Since 1945, West Beckenham Residents’ Association (WBRA) has represented the interests of residents in local matters.

WBRA covers an area of about five square miles in the Beckenham addresses in the wards of Clock HousePenge and Cator, and Kelsey and Eden Park. Each of these wards is represented by three councillors.

We are not affiliated to any political party. Our committee is currently made up of ten volunteers. We meet every few months, but most of our day-to-day business is conducted easily by email between us.

For more information email   info@westbeckenhamra.org.

Contributions for the Review – email review@westbeckenhamra.org.

Also see the notice board outside the Odeon cinema near the war memorial

Beckenham High Street Updates

Work for weeks commencing the 19th June 2017.

  • New paving will be laid in the crossover to Rokeswood Apartments.

The entrance to Rokewood Apartments will be closed to vehicles for a minimum time from 8:00am on Tuesday 20th June through to Thursday 22nd at 16:30pm. Residents and users of this car park have being notified. Alternative parking will be arranged during this time for authorised users. If you do not need to use your car during these dates it can remain in situ.

If you are affected by this and have not contacted FM Conway’s liaison officer Helen McConnell please could you email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk detailing your address, car make, model and registration number. Alternatively you can call Helen on 07917 518 529

  • Strengthening materials will be laid under the new parking bays along The High Street between Rokewood Apartments and Thornton’s Corner.
  • Additional drainage will be installed between 94 and 106 High Street. New kerbing will be completed.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue. The structures have been designed in consultation with the Councils arboriculturalist. Each root will be boxed in a pipe/chamber to protect it with leverage for growth.
  • Transport for London will continue to carry out modification works to the traffic signals on the corner of Albemarle Road and the High Street.

Previous completed works

  • New kerbs have been laid between the Rokewood Apartments to Thornton’s Corner.
  • Structural works for the Beckenham Green planters has continued.

 

An Evening of Music for Choir and Concert Band

Beckenham Concert Band and their special guests, The Choir of the Royal Free Music Society, present “An Evening of Music for Choir and Concert Band” in aid of ‘The Cancer Centre at Guy’s’. The programme includes music from ‘Grease’, The Blues Brothers’, ‘Les Miserables’ ‘Frank Sinatra’ and much more.

 The Concert on Saturday 24 June 2017 at St Barnabas Church, Perth Road Beckenham, is free with a retiring collection in aid of the charity. Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

” The Beckenham Concert Band has partnered with Choir of The Royal Free Music Society for several concerts on both sides of the Thames. This time we come together to enjoy making music and to raise funds for the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital which brings cancer care under one roof, and whose vision is to be “a world leader in caring for people with cancer – continuously innovating to improve the lives of our patients”.”

  The Beckenham Concert Band was founded in 1977 by the late Ken Messenger and is a community band performing in the Borough of Bromley and throughout London and the South East. 2017 is their 40th anniversary year and over that time they have raised many thousands of pounds for local and national charities. The Band’s Musical Director is Dwight Pile-Grey and membership ranges from school students to those who have retired.

More details at www.beckenhamconcertband.com or contact Philip Emery on 07950 099766

 About the Royal Free Music Society

 The Royal Free Music Society is a friendly, non-auditioned choir based at the Royal Free Hospital in North London. The choir was founded in 1999 by staff of the hospital but now includes many members of the local community. The Musical Director is Benjamin Wolf.

 

Beckenham High Street Updates

Beckenham Improvements work update – supplied by Conways

 Work for weeks commencing the 5th June 2017.

 ·       Foundation are continued to be laid for the planters on Beckenham Green. The structures have been designed in consultation with the Councils Arboriculturalist. Each root will be boxed in a pipe/chamber to protect it with leverage for growth.

 ·       Preparation works for new kerb alignment between 106 High Street and 62 High Street will continue with trial holes on Thornton’s Corner, to confirm the location of underground services.

·       It is anticipated that Transport for London will carry out modification works to the traffic signals on the corner of Albemarle Road and the High Street.

 Previous completed works

 ·       Kerbing and paving on Bromley Road will be completed.

 ·       Foundations for the planters on Beckenham Green have been commenced.

Purple Flag raised at Beckenham Junction

Beckenham achieved the award in January 2016. The flag was raised on 19 May by PC Russell Edwards and Chloe Ross of CCARA (centre right) outside Beckenham Junction station. Cllr Michael Tickner (third left) made the speech.

The Purple Flag is awarded by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Similar to the Blue Flag for clean beaches and the Green Flag for great parks, the Purple Flag is for towns with diverse and safe evening and night-time economies.

At the time, Beckenham was one of only 42 places in the country to have been awarded the flag. ATCM was most impressed by the collaboration from the two residents’ associations representing local people (CCARA who chair the Town Centre Team and WRBA who provide the secretariat), and wants to use Beckenham as a case study. Usually applications are driven by the council or businesses.

Last Christmas the number of incidents related to late night drinking fell significantly in Beckenham whilst the rest of the borough saw an increase. Purple Flag status lasts for two years and the town will need to maintain and hopefully improve standards in order to re-qualify.

Please help us to re-qualify by completing the survey on your feelings about the town centre on  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7CN3D5J

Beckenham High Street Works weekly update

Work for week commencing the 8th May, from Conways

  ·         Kerbing and paving on the roadside half of the pavement will be completed on the south side of Bromley Road. The existing tree pits will be surfaced to allow pedestrians to use the front portion of the paving to enable the excavation in front of the shops.

·         Work on the planters on Beckenham Green is underway.

·         Kerb laying will continue around the corner from the High Street to Bromley Road, Church side. To facilitate the works the crossing point will be temporarily moved slightly towards the junction will St Georges Road.

·         Between 47-71 High Street excavation and paving will commence on the pavement area in front of the shops. The completed tree pits, will be temporarily asphalted until tree planting in the autumn.

Previous completed works

 ·         New signs on the approaches to Beckenham have been installed.

·         Road marking at Beckenham Junction crossroads has been completed.

·         New kerbs have been laid on Bromley Road between the Nat West and the Public Halls and between 47-71 High Street.

·         Trees outside 47-71High Street have been removed, to be replaced by 6 trees.