School Street for St Mary’s, Westgate Rd – have your say by 30 Jan 2022

Bromley Council are proposing a school street on the unmade part of Westgate Rd for St Mary’s primary. During school drop off and pick up the road will be closed other than for residents. Fine our more here:

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/546/cycling_and_walking_to_school/1617/st_marys_school_street_%E2%80%93_westgate_road_beckenham

Residents must complete the short survey by 30 Jan 2022.

Bromley Borough Pharmacy Survey has been extended to 14 Jan 2022

Bromley Council is working with Healthy Dialogues on a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) which looks at the health needs of the people who live in your area.

They want to know about your experiences and views around your local pharmacy, and how you may be currently using the service. This will help to inform potential decisions on future pharmacy services, or considerations for changes and improvements at your current pharmacy.

Take the survey here: pharmaceutical needs assessment survey.

Loss of gas supplies – Beckenham BR3 1QT31 Dec 2021

Notice from SGN:

We are aware that gas supplies to around 300 properties in the Worsley Bridge Road area of Beckenham have been affected as a result of water entering our network. Our engineers are on site and have worked with Thames Water to establish the cause. Work to repair one of our pipes will take place today. At this time, it’s difficult to estimate exactly how long it will take to restore supplies.

For anyone elderly, disabled, chronically sick or have young children or other special needs, we have portable electric appliances available for cooking and heating. These can be obtained by calling our 24-hour Customer Service team on 0800 912 1717.

Our website will be updated with further information here.

 

Getting vaccinated in Bromley over holiday period

Below an overview of available clinics during the festive season. Please note additional clinics might be added. BOOKING IS ENCOURAGED. WALK-INS AVAILABLE DEPENDING ON CAPACITY.

  • 27 and 28 December
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in (last admission 5.30pm)
  • 29 December
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in (last admission 5.30pm)
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-4.30pm
  • 30 December
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in (last admission at 5.30pm)
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-4.30pm
    • Oaks Park Medical Centre – Book on 020 8175 0473 or walk-in. 9.30-5pm
  • 31 December
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-12pm
  • 3 January onwards
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in before 5.30pm
  • 6 January
  • 8 January
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-12pm
  • 13 January

Bromley Winter leaflet

Bromley health and care staff are urging residents to take good care of themselves this winter and seek medical help early when they need it.   The Bromley winter health leaflet provides some top tips for staying well and where to go when you need help

POP UP VACCINATION CLINIC AT BROMLEY FOOTBALL CLUB – Sun 19 Dec 2021

Bromley Football Club, Hayes Lane, BR2 9EF is hosting a one-day Pfizer vaccination event on Sunday 19 December between 10am and 4pm. Free lateral flow kits will also be available on the day.

What: Pfizer vaccine – First, second dose and boosters.

Who: All 18 years+ welcome plus those eligible for boosters

How: Book via 020 8175 0473 / Walk-ins welcome

Copers Cope Police Surgery – 3pm Wed 8 Dec 2021

Photo from Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood T.

Officers from Copers Cope Beckenham organizing another Police Surgery.
When : Wednesday 8th December 2021,
Where: Costa coffee Beckenham high street.
Time : 15:00 Hours.
Why we will be there?
Because, we will be available to give out crime prevention information especially in the lead up to Christmas where traditionally we see a rise in burglaries. We also have information and also advice you on how to keep safe when out and about.

Pharmacy Survey – have your say by 13 Dec 2021

Pharmacies are services that typically affect everybody and spaces almost all of us engage with so Bromley Council is working in partnership with Healthy Dialogues in writing a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) that looks at the health needs of people who live in our area.

Part of this PNA will consider finding more out about your experiences and views around your local pharmacy and how you may be currently using them. Responses you provide to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, Public Survey will help inform potential decisions on future pharmacy services or considerations for changes and improvements at your current pharmacy.

Your input is invaluable in helping to shape the future of pharmacy services in your local area so you are invited to give your views on this research by visiting this link to thePharmaceutical Needs Assessment survey. Your answers will in no way affect the service you receive from your pharmacy and you will not be identified in any reporting.

The survey is open until 13 December 2021 and participation takes less than 10 minutes.

Scam Police Call – be aware!

Bromley Trading Standards have received a transcript of a scam call:


“My name is Detective Constable ———. I am based at ————– London Police Station. We have a
young person in custody by the name of —– ——. She has a number of forged credit cards in her
possession. Your name is on one of them. An amount has been withdrawn from an account, possibly
yours. My Police ID is — —-. The Crime Reference is CR———“.


Crucially, the scammer adds “You need to phone the number on your bank card to get
the bank to make sure that nothing has gone”, “Would you like me to do it? I can
transfer you?”.


How you can protect yourself:
• Don’t reveal any personal details.
• Hang Up.
• Call the actual organisation(s) yourself directly to check, if you are
unsure. Don’t rely on information provided by the caller, and use
another phone, or if you can’t wait a good while, as the scammer(s)
may still be on the line.

Report it:
Protect others by reporting incidents.
If you or anyone you know have been affected by fraud or any scam report it to
Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you have given out your bank details, contact your bank as soon as possible.
You can also visit http://www.Bromley.gov.uk/scams

Beckenham Local Travel Survey

Our Association has partnered with Bromley Living Streets to undertake a Local Travel Survey (some residents may have received a leaflet) to better understand local travel habits, preferences and challenges in Beckenham. Our Association often receives correspondence on these issues and we are keen to hear more views.

Please find the survey link below if you would like to take part.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RYLTTMW

Last chance: Albemarle Rd Cycle Way and Westgate Rd Bridge – have your say by tomorrow 12 Nov 2021

Bromley Council is undertaking a survey on the ‘experimental’ Albemarle Rd Cycle Scheme and its decision to close Westgate Road Bridge to two-way traffic.

We encourage all local people to complete the survey. This scheme remains controversial and our Association regularly receives concerns about is impact and effectiveness, along with suggestions for improvement.

The survey is short and asks just 5 questions about the scheme. Please complete it here by 12 November 2021.

Survey link: https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/545/traffic_management/1510/traffic_management_on_albemarle_road_and_westgate_road_bridge_-_consultation

Albemarle Rd Cycle Way and Westgate Rd Bridge – have your say by 12 Nov 2021

Bromley Council is undertaking a survey on the ‘experimental’ Albemarle Rd Cycle Scheme and its decision to close Westgate Road Bridge to two-way traffic.

We encourage all local people to complete the survey. This scheme remains controversial and our Association regularly receives concerns about is impact and effectiveness, along with suggestions for improvement.

The survey is short and asks just 5 questions about the scheme. Please complete it here by 12 November 2021.

Survey link: https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/545/traffic_management/1510/traffic_management_on_albemarle_road_and_westgate_road_bridge_-_consultation

Have your say – Open Space Strategy Engagement Session – 7th Oct 2021

Bromley Council’s Open Space Strategy Engagement Session will take place on the 7th October from 6pm to 7:30pm. We encourage all residents with a interest in our parks and green spaces to take part.

Our Association called for many improvements including increased accessibility (toilets, lighting, disabled access), no reduction in spending, no disposal of open spaces, increased amenities in parks, better management of events (read our full response here). You can read the much improved Councils revised strategy (that doesn’t not refer to disposal of green spaces) here.

The Engagement Session will be hosted on Go To Webinar with the support of sustainability consultancy Anthesis. Should you wish to attend please register in advance using this link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7584683414413148943  

You will then be able to access the session on the night through the link provided in the confirmation email.

Bromley Trading Standards are reminding residents to be wary of ‘cold calls’ – unexpected phone calls

Imposters are tricking people into divulging personal and sensitive information or parting with cash and high value items. 

Some examples of cold calls include claiming to be a: 

Police Officer – victims are told to withdraw a sum of money or purchase high value items such as jewellery, watches and gold. Someone is sent to their home to collect it. They are often told to keep their involvement in the ‘Police investigation’ secret. 

Bank official – victims are convinced to transfer money to a ‘secure’ bank account (which is operated by the criminal) 

Citizens Advice representative – offering to help people with accident claims and debt problems. A Bromley resident was contacted and asked for by name and offered help with debts against her. 

Large/well known organisation – advising of a problem on the victims account or confirming whether a fictitious purchase has been made by the victim 

Protect yourself, your family & friends: 

HANG UP if you receive a cold call – wait 5 minutes then contact the organisation to check whether the call was legitimate. Use a trusted number from a letter or Contact details on their website or on the back of your bank card. Do NOT rely on anything provided by the cold caller. 

✓ Keep your personal information to yourself – never confirm or provide your details during a call 

 Knowing you name and address does NOT mean that the caller is genuine and works for the organisation they claim to be from 

 Banks, Police or other ‘law enforcement’ agencies will never ask for your PIN, bank card, or ask you to withdraw money or buy items on their behalf. 

If you would like to receive Trading Standards Alert! direct to your inbox please visit http://www.bromley.gov.uk/scams and complete the online form. 

If you think you have been targeted by a scam: 

Contact your bank as soon as possible 

Contact the organisation you believed were contacting you 

Tell someone you trust so they can help you to get the help you need 

Call Citizens Advice for advice and guidance 0808 223 1133 

Report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or http://www.actionfraud.police.uk 

Suspicious emails: report to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service by forwarding the email to – report@phishing.gov.uk 

Suspicious text messages: forward to your service provider on 7726. 

Please share with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues & clients 

Read it. Share it. Prevent it 

Council ‘Call for sites’ for housing, employment and retail uses or any other use

Planning policies and housing targets have changed since Bromley Council adopted their ‘Local Plan’ in 2019.

The Local Plan includes planning policies covering a range of areas, such as housing, employment, sustainability and community uses. It also includes some site allocations which identify sites to be developed for specific uses. The local plan can be found here.

As a first step in the process of updating the Local Plan due to recent changes, the Council is undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise, which invites landowners, developers and any other parties to put forward potential development sites for allocation, for development of housing, employment and retail uses or any other uses.

Local groups may be aware of sites that would be ideally suited to be developed for housing, employment (office, retail, light industrial) and community use (including green spaces) or existing sites that need protecting and investment to reach their full potential. They may also have submitted suggestions for particular sites for the 2019 Local Plan that were not included and this may be an opportunity to raise them again. Further details on how to submit a site can be found here.

Please get in touch regarding any sites in Beckenham by email to hello@coperscope.org.uk