Market on the Green is back and with lots of Stardust! We’ve teamed up with Kat Webb, Bowie enthusiast and founder of ‘In Ziggy’s Footsteps – The walking tour of Bowie’s Beckenham’. Together we won a Bromley Council Cultural Grant to bring you a fabulous family fun Day celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust, which David created as his famous alter-ego when living in Beckenham.
When: 10am to 5pm on Saturday 16 July 2022
Where: Beckenham Green (next to St George’s Church, Beckenham High Street, BR3 5JG, near Beckenham Junction Station and Tram link)
What: street food, live performances, market stalls, funfair, free kids entertainment, spoken word tent, community sing-a-long and much more…
Stall pitches available at Market On The Green, Beckenham on 16 July 2022. Especially looking for crepes, coffee, art and craft. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Bromley Biodiversity Partnership Species and Habitats are keen to find out about sightings of White Admiral butterflies across the Borough. Look out for them between June and September. If you spot one please let them know by email to email@example.com
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.