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Bromley to join national one minute of silence with this streamed on Saturday

Bromley to join national one minute of silence with this streamed on Saturday

Published Thursday, 15 April 2021

Bromley to join national one minute of silence with this streamed on Saturday.

The national one minute of silence in remembrance of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh taking place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3 pm is being observed locally, with this being streamed on the Council’s website.

The one minute silence will be observed before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, with local residents invited to observe this virtually to help maintain social distancing. The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith will be observing the silence on the Old Palace Lawn representing the Borough in front of the union flag at half-mast.

Councillor Hannah Gray, the Mayor of Bromley said, “We in Bromley will join the Nation in the act of remembrance for the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his funeral.  It is a time to remember his many years of public service and his extraordinary support for Her Majesty the Queen for more than 70 years as husband and consort. We may also reflect on his many initiatives including the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and his early support for the protection of the world’s environment along with our own personal memories, as we come together to mourn. Naturally, along with many residents, our thoughts and prayers remain with Her Majesty, the Queen, and other members of the Royal Family.”

The Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes. See https://www.royal.uk/donations, with an online Book of Condolence also now available at www.royal.uk.

This local act of remembrance will be streamed on the Council’s website, with a link being published on Saturday from www.bromley.gov.uk.

Pickhurst Lane phone mast refused

Pickhurst Lane phone mast refused

A mobile phone mast proposed near the bottom of Station Approach has been refused planning approval by the Council.

The twenty-metre structure was to be sited in the forecourt of the petrol station close to the entrance from Pickhurst Lane. The application was refused on the grounds that the mast would have a significant detrimental impact on the visual amenities of the surrounding area and this would outweigh the public benefit that it would provide’.

Pickhurst Lane Phone Mast Refused

Hayes Common works – Update

Hayes Common works – Update

We are well aware of the controversy over the filling in of the bike tracks and jumps on Hayes Common and removal of the dens that local children had made. We can well understand the disappointment of both parents and children at the move, especially in recent times when the common provided such respite from domestic lockdown.

It seems the works were carried out in response to reports of excessive damage to the Common – particularly trees – as well as being an enforcement of existing by-laws. While the Council has generally taken a pragmatic approach to enforcement of these by-laws it appears that some additional recent damage to the trees and surroundings had meant action had to be taken.

The full explanation for the works is as follows:

On 17th March 2021 idverde received written concerns regarding the existence and extent of the area used for bike jumps. The concern was based primarily around the safety risk posed to both the users of the jumps and other site users. Upon further inspection we found jumps of significant size which we deemed to be dangerous. In addition to this, trees in the immediate vicinity had been vandalised and one had its root base excavated which resulted in that particular tree unfortunately having to be felled due to the risk it presented.

Hayes Common is a Local Nature Reserve and part of a Site of Scientific Interest, as well as Common Land. The presence of such a feature as well as the activity itself contravenes a number of the bye laws for common land.

As a Local Nature Reserve the significant level of ground disturbance from digging and the repeated use by bicycles has resulted in a large area of bare ground where flora is unable to grow. Combined with the damage to trees in the vicinity this represents a real ecological concern. A similar issue exists with the construction of dens which result in large volumes of timber dangerously stacked against trees, often for long periods of time. These structures are unstable and dangerous and could arguably represent an increased fire risk during periods of dry weather. The removal of dead wood from the woodland floor negatively impacts the wider woodland ecology by reducing the surface are of deadwood in contact with the soil which again in a Local Nature Reserve is an important consideration.

It is standard working practice for us to take such action when informal structures are built within our parks as it is considered anti-social behaviour/vandalism and also create serious health and safety issues for other users. We sincerely appreciate the impact of Covid and the strain it has on many young people. We’ve seen a significant increase in numbers of visitors to our parks and open spaces over the last year, and this is forcing us to observe our duty of care more sensibly. While a minority of users may enjoy using such a feature we have a duty of care to all site users, particularly when the act contravenes the bye laws in place. This was the second bike track which we had been made aware of in Hayes Common, the first in February which was also filled in.

As your local councillors, we were disappointed at the breakdown in communication between the contractors, Council, councillors and other interested groups which led to the current position; this is currently being looked into to ensure a repeat situation does not occur.

Clearly it would be preferable to see solutions that respect the wishes of all users of our Common and open spaces, including generations both present and future. Each of us councillors have been users of the common either in our own youth, with our children or, in one case, now grandchild.

Furthermore, the continued attractiveness of the Common is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of the Friends of Hayes Common and we greatly appreciate all that they do.

Revealed: Top performing primary schools in Bromley

Revealed: Top performing primary schools in Bromley

The best performing primary schools in Bromley have been revealed.

Topping the table is Balgowan Primary School, with 96 percent of students meeting the expected standard.

Information is based on The Department for Education (DfE) published list from 2019, as last year’s results were put on hold due to coronavirus.

Pupils are meeting the expected standard if they achieve a scaled score of 100 or more in their reading and maths tests, and their teacher assesses them as ‘working at the expected standard’ or better in writing.

It is based on a series of national curriculum tests at the end of Key Stage 2, which take place for mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

A student’s raw score is then scaled because despite tests being developed each year to the same specification, the questions are different, and the difficulty of tests may vary.

Once a score is scaled it will fall somewhere in between 80 (the lowest score) and 120 (the highest score).

The results are based on ranking schools by the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard.

Here’s the top 20:

1. Balgowan Primary School – 96%

2. St James’ Roman Catholic Primary School – 94%

3. Burnt Ash Primary School – 93%

4. St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School – 93%

5. Highfield Junior School – 88%

6. Warren Road Primary School – 88%

7. St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School – 87%

8. Wickham Common Primary School – 87%

9. Raglan Primary School – 86%

10. St George’s, Bickley, Church of England Primary School – 86%

11. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School – 85%

12. Farnborough Primary School – 84%

13. Scotts Park Primary School – 84%

14. St Nicholas Church of England Primary – 84%

15. Crofton Junior School – 83%

16. Downe Primary School – 83%

17. St Philomena’s Primary School – 83%

18. Stewart Fleming Primary School – 83%

19. Hawes Down Primary School – 82%

20. Hayes Primary School – 82%

 

Scadbury Manor: The hidden gem Tudor ruins in Chislehurst opening their doors to the public

Kent is home to many a historical site, from grand and well-preserved castles, to a half-buried Roman Villa, and even a ruined medieval chapel perched on a deteriorating coastline.

But one such location is far less known about, and even more difficult to visit.

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Scadbury Nature Reserve may seem a fairly ordinary area of woodland, sandwiched between Sidcup and Chislehurst, and just off the A20, but this historic wood is home to one of Kent’s most hidden gems – Scadbury Manor.

The Manor, or rather what’s left of it, is deep in Scadbury’s woodland, placed conveniently on a scenic circular walking route through open fields and deciduous forest.

Public access is strictly limited as a matter of conservation, though the Orpington and District Archaeological Society often are able to organise an open weekend, though rarely more than for a handful of hours, once a year – and the dates for 2021 have been announced.

Though no advance booking is required, the 2021 open weekend is slated for 11 and 12 September 2021, between 2pm and 5pm on each day, with final entry at 4.30pm.

The history of Scadbury

Scadbury’s history is long, murky and complex, though it is believed that the Manor was first owned by the De Scathebury family in the 13th century, the family name having outlived their ownership and slowly becoming Scadbury, as the surrounding area is now known.

It was then bought in 1424 by Thomas Walsingham, a London MP and wine merchant, who added additional lands to the estate, remaining in the Walsingham family for over two centuries until it’s sale in 1660.

In the intervening years, the manor was the residence of the Sherriff of Kent, Queen Elizabeth I’s Principal Secretary, and a Lieutenant of the Tower of London, who was responsible for jailing many of Henry VIII’s most notorious enemies.

It even briefly saw visitation from famous Tudor playwright and pioneer of the gothic literary genre, Christopher Marlowe, in 1593.

From there it was sold to the High Sheriff of Kent, Richard Betenson in 1660, before passing through the hands of Colonel John Selwyn and ultimately Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, the namesake of Australia’s largest city.

It is believed the manor was pulled down in the 18th century by Townshend’s family, though parts were built up again for use as a garden by subsequent occupants, including the renovation of the pillars, chimney, fireplace and a spiral staircase that are still visible today.

The Great Storm

The surrounding woodland was all also originally part of the estate, now a 300 acre conservation area, notable for its high number of burnt-out and felled trees, which were victims of the Great Storm of 1987.

Though much of the intrigue of Scadbury lies in the rich history and nearly untouched Tudor ruins, there have been other investigations into the house, such as multiple archaeological digs, turning up stoneware pottery and oyster shells.

There was also an amateur ghost hunt on the island conducted in 2007, and in spite of reports of a “wild brooding energy” and sounds of “1920/30s grammarphone music” being heard on the island, there is little popular mythology connected to the island house.

Ghosts aside, the manor is truly a hidden gem in Kent’s northwest reaches, and though access is extremely limited, the intrigue of a rarely opened Tudor ruin fit with a moat is enough to spark imagination on its own.

Kent News

 

Hayes Community Council AGM 2021

Hayes Community Council AGM 2021

Hayes COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Representatives of affiliated community organisations supporting the Hayes Village Hall Trust 

Hayes Village Hall: Charity Commission Regn No. 302956 

HAYES VILLAGE HALL BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF HAYES

Hon. Secretary, Hayes Community Council:

Mrs. J Miah, 2a Hayes Road, Bromley BR2 9AA

The annual general meeting of Hayes Community Council will be held Online via Zoom at 8pm on Thursday 15 April 2021.

If you would like to attend please email kiwipamuk@gmail.com and we will send you the link to the online meeting.

The Community Council represents most of the regular users of the Village Hall; non-members of the HCC are welcome to the meeting as users of the Hall and/or as residents.

The meeting will receive reports on maintenance, the long-term renewals programme, finance and fund raising. The Hayes Village Hall Management Committee for 2021-22 will also be elected.

The work of the Committee is not onerous and rarely presents any difficulty in solving a problem (other than finance!). Much of what we have to do follows through from familiarity with the building, and informal discussion with the groups which use the Hall.  But inevitably, members of the Committee join and leave it from time to time and we are always happy to welcome new members.  

Jenny Miah, Hon Sec., HCC

Oliver Pereira, Chairman, Hall Management Committee

March 2021

Bank holiday waste and recycling collections

Your recycling and waste collections are affected by Easter and other bank holidays. Please check the collection schedule below because most  collections will take place later than usual.

If you are a member of our green garden waste collection service, please check the calendar online to see if bank holidays affect your scheduled collection day.

My usual collection day  My holiday collection day 
Friday 2 April (Good Friday) Collection day as usual
Monday 5 April  (Bank holiday) Tuesday 6 April
Tuesday 6 April Wednesday 7 April
Wednesday 7 April Thursday 8 April
Thursday 8 April Friday 9 April
Friday 9 April Saturday 10 April
My usual collection day  My holiday collection day
Monday 3 May Tuesday 4 May
Tuesday 4 May Wednesday 5 May
Wednesday 5 May Thursday 6 May
Thursday 6 May Friday 7 May
Friday 7 May Saturday 8 May
My usual collection day My holiday collection day
Monday 31 May (bank holiday) Tuesday 1 June
Tuesday 1 June Wednesday 2 June
Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June
Thursday 3 June Friday 4 June
Friday 4 June Saturday 5 June
My usual collection day  My holiday collection day 
Monday 30 August (bank holiday) Tuesday 31 August
Tuesday 31 August Wednesday 1 September
Wednesday 1 September Thursday 2 September
Thursday 2 September Friday 3 September
Friday 3 September Saturday 4 September

Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association’s Newsletter

Our Newsletters keep you abreast of news and events from sources such as local Police, Bromley Council, Trading Standards, Councillors, MPs, Action Fraud and the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit.

CENSUS 2021 – BEWARE OF SCAMS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is carrying out the census for England and Wales. Census day is 21 March and information will be sent by post as a paper questionnaire or letter with an access code needed to fill in the online questionnaire

ONS will not call for information unless you’ve made an appointment with the Contact Centre or made a query or complaint. If in contact with the ONS:

  • All emails will be sent from noreply@help.census.gov.uk
  • All text will be sent from Census2021.
  • If you text ONS, the response will come from 86677

From 22 March 2021, field officers from ONS may visit to offer help to complete the census questionnaire and/or to ensure everyone has been counted.

Bromley Trading Standards supports ONS to remind residents field officers will carry an official ID badge with a photograph and the officer’s name. Field officers and contact centre staff will NEVER ask for your national insurance number, passwords, money, your bank account details or your credit/debit card number. They will work in a socially distanced way and wear PPE but WILL NOT enter anyone’s home. Visits may occur Monday to Saturday (9am-8pm) or Sundays/Bank holidays (10am-4pm).

Call the Office for National Statistics on 0800 141 2021 if you are at all concerned. For more information visit: www.census.gov.uk & www.bromley.gov.uk/census 

KEY MESSAGES RE: SARAH EVERARD

In Bromley, the Police are uplifting patrols of transports hubs and town centres, particularly during the evenings to reassure lone female travellers. Superintendent Andy Brittain from our BCU confirms the message below has also been circulated using the Nextdoor application:

“I wanted to share with you some key messages in relation to the tragic death of Sarah Everard.

  • Sarah’s is an extremely rare but alarming case.
  • The arrest of a Metropolitan Police officer on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met.
  • We understand Sarah’s kidnap has left some in our local community feeling scared, especially women.
  • Our officers are out patrolling and are there for anyone who feels unsafe.
  • We are here to listen to your concerns and will keep doing everything we can to support and reassure you.
  • Please speak to officers on patrol or get in touch if you have any concerns.
  • We don’t believe women need to, nor are we advising women to take additional safety measures
  • Women, like men, should be able to walk our streets without the fear of abuse or violence.
  • Our advice hasn’t changed from the normal personal safety precautions that we advise everyone in the capital to routinely take.
  • Please follow this hyper-link for further crime prevention advice. https://www.met.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

I will provide further updates as soon as I have them.”

The following is the Media Statement dated 10 March from The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick:

“I want to start by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with Sarah Everard’s family and her friends at this very difficult and painful time. As you are aware, a man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. This evening detectives and search teams investigating Sarah’s disappearance have very sadly discovered what we believe at this stage to be human remains. 

The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent. As you can imagine, at this early stage we are not able to confirm any identity and indeed this may take us some time. Specialist officers have been with Sarah’s family to update them on the investigation and to continue to support them as best we possibly can.

The news today that it was a Metropolitan Police officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met. I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the Met when I say we are utterly appalled at this dreadful news. Our job is to patrol the streets and to protect people. The investigation is large, fast moving and very determined.  We have hundreds of officers and staff who have been working around the clock.

Sarah’s disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every family’s worst nightmare. I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets. But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public – particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing – will be worried and may well be feeling scared. You should expect to see continued high levels of police patrols in that area as well as very significant investigative activity.

Please report any concerns you may have to us.

We have been so impressed, and thankful for the public support for the investigation and for sharing our appeals for information and of course we are deeply grateful to the many people who have come forward to assist us.

HKVA Lodges planning application objection

An objection made to a planning application. Application SummaryAddress: 1 – 3 Station Approach Hayes Bromley BR2 7EQ

Proposal: Installation of 20m high monopole supporting communications apparatus and 3No.equipment housing cabinets at ground-level, ancillary works thereto.|cr|(56 DAY CONSULTATION BY CORNERSTONE AND TELEFONICA UK LIMITED REGARDING THE NEED FOR APPROVAL OF SITING AND APPEARANCE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT).

Case Officer: Lawrence Stannard

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Stance: Customer objects to the Planning ApplicationReasons for comment: – ObjectionComments: Whilst Hayes (Kent) Village Association fully understands the need to meet the increasing requirements for telecommunications infrastructure, the Association opposes this application for the following reasons. Under Section 10 of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework published in February 2019, it is stated “Use of existing masts, buildings and other structures for new electronic communications capability (including wireless) should be encouraged.” The applicant has not provided any evidence to show that this requirement has been complied with. This Section continues ” Where new sites are required……equipment should be sympathetically designed and camouflaged where appropriate.” The application for this monopole does not comply with this stipulation. The proposed siting for this monopole is in a prominent position, it will be approximately 10m above the neighbouring rooftops and double the height of existing buildings. It will dominate the skyline and will be clearly visible in many parts of Hayes. It is evident from the side elevation drawings attached to this application that this monopole has been designed for extra equipment to be attached in addition to the unsightly antennas located at the top of the structure. Reference is made to a lower headframe for future antennas and equipment and proposed MW dishes. Further and better information is required to be submitted with this application specifying exactly what the additional equipment will consist of, and how this will impact the design of the monopole