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

Contributions for the Review – email

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


8pm 19 OCTOBER




Road Closures Upper Elmers End Rd and Southend Rd

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 for up to weeks 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

Unveiling of Clock House History Panel 22 October

Please come along to see Cllr Sarah Phillips unveil a panel celebrating the history and famous local people of the Clock House District.

11.30am Saturday 22 October 2016 outside the entrance to Venue 28, Beckenham Road – opposite the Library.

join us afterwards for coffee at the café in The Spa.


Funds needed for the “Bowie” bandstand

As we reported previously, the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help restore the iconic Edwardian ‘Bowie’ Bandstand in Beckenham. They are running this campaign in order to restore the much-loved historic bandstand where David Bowie performed at the Beckenham Arts Lab Growth Summer Festival in 1969.

Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground say ……..

 “Whilst we are putting every effort into fundraising for the project, the restoration of the bandstand will not be possible without a lot more help! To reach our crowdfunding target of £72,747 by 8th November, we need to raise approximately £51,000 in addition to the £21,700 that we have already achieved.

 Supporters have different opportunities to contribute to the restoration of the bandstand:

1.   By pledging a donation at and/or

2.   By purchasing a personalised brick for £100. It can commemorate a loved one, promote a business or be a personal tribute to David Bowie. The bricks will form a circular pathway around the bandstand.  Please see:

 For more information, please visit their website:

Balmoral Avenue proposals for new school

The planning application for this academy was received by LB Bromley in early July, but was published only in mid September. The application is for two buildings of two to three storeys to provide an eight form entry plus 6th form school (up to 1,680 pupils) and sports hall, playing fields, Multi Use Games Area and car parking spaces, cycle parking spaces, floodlighting, new pedestrian and vehicular accesses, servicing and storage.

The residents living right next to this development are understandably very alarmed at the prospect of over 1600 students passing down Balmoral Avenue four times a day, as well as sports facilities and floodlights. They have welcomed the fact that Balmoral Avenue is one of four sites in LB Bromley’s Local Plan review recommended for removal of the designation as suitable for educational use.

There seems to have been problems with LB Bromley’s mailing of consultation letters to residents. The consultation letter dated 16 September had not been received by residents in Balmoral Avenue on 26 September – half way through the supposed 21 days allowed to make representations. There are 57 documents associated with this application, so even the full 21 days is hardly adequate! The letters have been re-issued and the deadline for responses is now 17 October.

LB Bromley has deferred a decision on permission for Eden Park High School’s temporary site at the Ravensbourne School. This could delay the whole process for the proposed new school at Balmoral Avenue. There is considerable doubt as to whether this new large school is needed in the Borough. It might well be that the school children would come from neighbouring Boroughs rather than Beckenham.

Balmoral Residents have a petition against the school. Click to link.

Beckenham Post Offices Close

Beckenham’s Post Office at the war Memorial closed last week. WBRA along with CCARA and the Beckenham Business Association, in collaboration with the Communication Workers Union, tried very hard to stop this by collecting thousands of signatures on petitions, but to no avail.

post office closure

The business is now franchised to W H Smith in the High Street.

Also closing is the sub Post Office on Croydon Road. This will now operate from Brandon’s a few doors down.