Bromley Trading Standards wants to remind Bromley residents that they will NOT receive a telephone call regarding the Council Tax rebate that is currently due to qualifying residents in property bands A-D.
Scammers have been contacting households by phone asking for bank details in order to process the £150 rebate. They may claim to be calling from or on behalf of the Council but this is not true.
Bromley Trading Standards wants to draw your attention to the Easter chocolate scam that is being circulated and echoes the warning from Cadbury UK and in the mainstream media.
Cadbury UK say “We’ve been made aware of circulating posts on social media claiming to offer consumers a free Easter Chocolate basket. We confirm that this hasn’t been generated by us and we urge consumers not to interact. Your security is our priority & we’re currently working to resolve this”.
Bromley Biodiversity Partnership Species and Habitats are keen to find out where there are hedgehogs and toads across the Borough. They have some big gaps in areas where they would expect to find hedgehogs and toads such as the Bethlem area, Elmers End, Park Langley. If you spot one please let them know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
9-day closure of line between London Victoria and Beckenham Junction
There will be a 9-day closure of the line between Victoria and Beckenham Junction during the school holidays, 23 – 31 July. Trains will be able to run south from Beckenham Junction during the working week.
This extended line closure in one complete period will minimise overall disruption to both passengers and lineside neighbours and remove the need for repeated weekend closures which can take up twice the time. As the work will be noisy at times, Network Rail want to get it done in as short a time as possible.
Network Rail will be replacing 4km of old track
Network Rail engineers will be replacing the track through the 1.25m tunnel. They are replacing 3,970 metres of track in total, using engineering trains, road-rail vehicles and other heavy machinery to complete the work.
Most of the track, including the rail sleepers and ballast, are now over 30 years old and some even date back to the early 1970s – making it more than half a century old in places. The end result will really make a difference for our passengers. The new track will mean more reliable journeys for years to come.
Check revised timetables between 23-31 July
We are asking passengers to check before they travel when the revised timetables are confirmed. Travel information and advice amd ticket acceptance on other rail routes will be provided as soon as possible.
Passengers from the following stations will be affected:
Shortlands, Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill, West Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton and London Victoria.
Bromley Council sent out letters to residents to advise their intention to close Park Road at its junction of Southend Road (shown in yellow on the map). However they have not included residents that live on Copers Cope Road by the Southend Road junction. The closure of Park Road will likely displace traffic on to Copers Cope Road as well as Brackley Road. We asked the Council to send the letter to residents in the red circle, but they say they cannot. Grateful if residents can help spread the word.
Further details of the scheme can be found in our previous post here.
Message from South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):
Have you had aches and pains or difficulty with day-to-day activities related to a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition? MSK conditions affect the joints, bones and muscles, they also include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
We are looking to improve the MSK patient journey in south east London and are keen to understand views of people with lived experience of MSK conditions.
We will be hosting two online webinars, both webinars will have the same content therefore you only need to attend one.
Bromley Council are proposing to completely close Park Road at its junction with Southend Rd. This will be done for a minimum 12 months as a trial. Residents that wish to comment must do so by 8 March by email to email@example.com, we recommend also copying in Ward Councillors and ourselves at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Residents have previously raised concerns with our Association that closing Park Road will cause traffic to be displaced on to Copers Cope Road and on Brackley Road by a primary school, both of which also have a high number of traffic incidents according to crashmap.org.uk.
We put this to the Assistant Director Traffic and Parking at Bromley Council, who agreed there were concerns about displaced traffic, but as the number of collisions at the junction of Park Road with Foxgrove Road has been of concern for many years, it is felt that something must be tried here.
It would be interesting to know what other options the Council considered for this junction, if any. Our Association would like to see a light controlled crossing put in for Beckenham Place Park (not a zebra). We also think 12 months is too long if the road closure is not working well.
We have also asked Bromley Council to increase the letters they are sending directly to residents about this scheme as currently they have not sent them to residents on Copers Cope Road by the Southend Road junction.
➢ If you need to source a trader for urgent repairs, do as much research as you possibly can – try different traders especially if you have had a positive experience before; Check references, insurance, and membership affiliations with the claimed organisation directly – & get a written quote / contract before any work starts.
➢ Don’t deal with doorstep callers.
➢ Look out for your vulnerable neighbour.
If you or someone you know has been or is being targeted by Doorstep Criminals call Trading Standards Rapid Response on 07903 852090.
The Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association and West Beckenham Residents’ Association has written to the Council in support of a planning direction that will stop empty shops being allowed to change to residential without planning permission. The government introduced a rule allowing them to in August 2021 (see here).
We think it is essential that Beckenham High Street shop-fronts cannot be changed to residential without full planning approval (which gives local people, Cllrs and the Council a say). We must protect the character, heritage and function of our High Street and any changes of shop-fronts to residential must be carefully considered. We hope the the Article 4 Direction to withdraw the Permitted Development right for changes to residential use, proposed by the Council, will be implemented quickly.
Bromley Trading Standards is reminding residents to continue to be alert to deceiving calls, messages, emails, or letters taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NHS and Action Fraud have warned that criminals are pretending to be from the NHS to steal money, financial details, and personal information. The NHS has confirmed that it will never ask for payment or any financial details nor issue fines or penalties relating to your NHS Covid Pass.
Disappointly, despite almost 200 objections from local residents, Bromley Council has recommended for approval a planning application involving the demolition of a large Victorian house on Bromley Road, and redevelopment to private flats.
The final decision will be made by councillors at a planning committee meeting at 7pm on Thursday 20th January 2022.
Situated on the corner of Downsbridge Road, at a prominent location near the brow of the hill between Beckenham and Shortlands, Coleridge House at 79 and 79a Bromley Road is a distinctive building from the late-Victorian era and one of the last remaining grand villa houses that once lined Bromley Road.
The three-storey building is run by Riverside Housing Association (which also runs Calverley Close on Southend Road) and currently accommodates 12 self-contained social housing flats for the elderly and an adjoining, four-bedroom single family house (79a). The £12M development involves the demolition of the entire building, replacing it with a five-storey block of 27 flats much bigger than the existing building, and an underground car park. The proposed scheme comprises 5 No. one-bedroom, 17 No. two-bedroom and 5 No. 3-bedroom flats, providing space for up to 95 occupants.
The Victorian Society has said, “Victorian villas such as this may be considered fairly common nationally, but within the local context, it is a rare survival. The house has both architectural and historical interest as a building representative of the growth of the area in the late 19th century, and as such, should be considered a local landmark and a non-designated heritage asset and its loss would harm the significance of the building and the contribution it makes to the local area.” It goes on to say,“The two buildings in combination retain a vestige of the formerly leafy character of the area, and the loss of one would erode this character. If permitted, this could set a precedent for the piecemeal demolition of similar surviving larger 19th/20th century houses in the area.”
Bromley Council has committed to be carbon neutral by 2029 and, considering the UK’s national carbon reduction targets, we believe that retaining, refurbishing or converting existing buildings should always be preferable over demolition.
It is also very disappointing to see in their Affordable Housing Viability Statement that the developer, like many others involved in residential schemes in Beckenham in recent years, doesn’t include any affordable housing provision. According to planning application documents, the smallest one-bedroom flat in the £12M development is expected to market for £325,000. The developer’s claim that they can’t afford to provide affordable housing in the scheme, is unacceptable in our view.