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 House, Penge 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.
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Also see the notice board outside the Odeon cinema near the war memorial
Have your say on LB Bromley’S budget for 2017/18
You can have a say in what the council’s priorities should be at their portal. Please do take advantage of this opportunity to record whether you agree, for example that more services should be contracted out, including Library services. The consultation can be accessed here and ends on 2 December.
LB Bromley’s Local Plan
The Local Plan is shortly to be submitted to central government for approval. There is a final opportunity to comment, before 31 December, on their website. Find it here.
Please do use this facility to report on problems on the streets – fly tipping, un-cleared litter/ overflowing bins, street cleaning, flower beds not maintained properly.
The council uses these reports to monitor how well their contractors are delivering on their contracts. We are paying these companies to do a job, so do use this facility to report on jobs not done or not done well.
There is a public consultation running next week regarding plans to rejuvenate the Homebase site in Penge, owned by Legal & General.
The Homebase lease is expiring early next year and L&G are looking to attract one of the major established supermarket chains to come to the north end of Penge High Street. In order to do so, substantial improvement works will be undertaken to update the building within the same footprint and height but with the aim of opening up the building and improving pedestrian accessibility. As well as the food store there will be space for two small retail units internally, such as a café or other local service. The proposals should help increase the retail attractiveness of this end of Penge High Street and provide more facilities for people living or working in the vicinity.
HardHat, a consultancy, will be running a public consultation drop-in event on the evening of Thursday 3 November between 4 pm and 8 pm in Melvin Hall, Melvin Road.
On Saturday 22 October, Cllr Sarah Phillips unveiled a panel detailing the amazing history of the Clock House area.
WBRA Chair, Marie Pender, thanked Cllr Phillips for helping to opbtain the money to produce the panel, which we hope will also stretch to improving Clock House Parade by cleaning the pavements and putting in flower baskets. Now that Venue 28 is thriving, the area has had a great uplift and we hope that it too will thrive.
Clock House area is named after the clock on the stables of the manor house that was located close by the panel. The house was built in the early 18th century by William Lethieuller, son of a wealthy merchant and occupied in the early 19th century by Lady Annbelle Byron, estranged wife of Lord Byron and mother of Ada Lovelace, mathematician and first computer programmer.
It has had a varied history since then, and most interesting of all is the large number of famous people who lived, studied and worked in Clock House. The panel lists many of them. You can download the panel clock-house-history.
Members of WBRA along with Councillors Ian Dunn (Clock House ward) and Michael Tickner (Coper Cope ward and chair of the Beckenham Town working group) gathered to see Cllr Phillips unveil the panel, and then enjoyed coffee and cake at the cafe in The Spa.
In order for Network Rail to make railway bridge repairs Upper Elmers End Road will be closed to through traffic for one weekend starting at 07:00am on Saturday 19/11/2016 until 05:00am on Monday 21/11/2016. The road will be closed at the railway bridge in between the junctions of Abbots Way and Adams Road.
Displaced traffic will be diverted via: – South Eden Park Road B230, Wickham Road B230, Manor Road A222, Beckenham High Street A222, Croydon Road A222 in both directions.
In order for Thames Water to make repairs to a sewer Southend Road, Beckenham will be closed to through traffic from Saturday 22nd October 2016. The point of the closure will be between the junctions of Brackley Road and Park Road. The closure will be in place for up to two weeks.
Displaced traffic will be diverted via:- Brackley Road, Copers Cope Road in both directions