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 mostly conducted by email between us.

For more information, or contributions for the Review, email   info@westbeckenhamra.org

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

 Next meeting

FORUM FOR COUNCILLORS

Joint meeting with Copers Cope Area RA 

8pm 18 October 2017

Beckenham Halls

Bromley Road

 

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

BECKENHAM HIGH STREET  
Work for week commencing the 16th October 2017.
Phase 3 works:
  • Transport for London will commence the installation of new traffic signals at Thorntons Corner. Paving work will continue on the eastern corners of Thorntons Corner.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green and filling with soil will continue and resurfacing of the hard area will commence shortly.
  • Completed Works
     Granite paving, kerbing and parking spaces have completed on the western side of Thorntons Corner.

The works outside the old Post Office is not connected to the TfL work but is emergency UK Power Networks replacing a link box that is overheating. Also, work further up the high street relates to a new gas main into a newly renovated shop.

Concert by Arina Lazgiian Penge Congregational Church

Saturday 14 October 2017 at 8pm

Penge Congregational Church, High St., SE20

near Kent House station; buses 194, 227, 354, 358 to Clevedon Road

Arina Lazgiian

Admission £10 including programme and interval refreshments

Arina Lazgiian was a student for five years from 2010-2015 at the Moscow Conservatory under Vera Gornostayeva. She has performed in various concert halls in Moscow and St Petersburg, after winning the Open Regional Piano Competition, the Yevgeniy Mravinsky Piano Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition, all in St Petersburg. She has also performed in the Salle Cortot in Paris, in Salzburg, Austria and in Regensburg, Germany and won the Città di Barletta International Piano Competition, Italy. Arina Lazgiian is now studying for a Master’s degree in performance at the Royal College of Music under Vanessa Latarche. Since arriving at the Royal College of Music in London, she has won the RCM Concerto Competition for 2017, playing Saint-Saens’ Concerto no. 2 and will perform this work again with the RCM Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music, at 7.30 pm. Arina also won the Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano this year.

PROGRAMME includes

Valses nobles et sentimentales ………………..  Ravel

Sonatine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ravel

Echoes of the Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . Desyatnikov

Spanish Rhapsody. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liszt

 

(Information: 020 8778 28

Arina Lazgiian is performing Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto with the RCM Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November at 7 30 at the RCM; this will include the Mozart Requiem in the 2nd half. The concert on 9th November is being streamed worldwide too –  www.rcm.ac.uk/live77)

 

Carers Bromley has lost funding

Carers Bromley, the local charity, has lost its funding from Bromley Council. It needs this funding to support unpaid carers in Bromley. The charity has been operating for 26 years and supported 5,500 carers of all ages in 2016/7, including some as young as 4 years old.

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability.

Most carers would still not recognise themselves under the term ‘carer’, they are just people trying to cope as best they can whilst helping to look after a relative or friend who is frail, ill or disabled. They may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home or they may be a young carer aged 4-18 years who is also having to attend school.

Carers Bromley give practical support and information to carers in the London Borough of Bromley.

Jane Palmer, a carer for her disabled husband, said “the decision by the Council is beyond comprehension. All the expertise that Carers Bromley has will be lost. We don’t know what will happen next. Carers are very upset.”

The future of the service now hangs in the balance and the organisation is planning ways to try to survive in order to continue to offer much needed support to carers in Bromley.

Personal Note from Lionel Sawkins: In the last decade of the life of my late wife, Maureen, I was given invaluable support by Carers Bromley. Their social workers guided me through the minefield of getting Attendance Allowance, and they provided trained nurses to stay in the house on two occasions so I could go for a holiday for a few days. Carers Bromley were my lifeline in those days, and I am in disbelief that the Council have discontinued their funding. Some of the money frittered on cosmetic changes to footpaths in Beckenham could have been better spent, surely?

 If you want to sign the petition to call on Bromley Council to restore Carers Bromley funding, here is the link: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/carers-bromley

 

 

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

 Work for week commencing the 2nd October 2017.

Phase 3 works:

  • Granite paving will continue to be laid at Thornton’s Corner.
  • Kerbing, drainage and paving will be installed outside the Village Garage and continue west up the High Street.
  • A materials compound will be located further up the High Street.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue. Filling the planters will commence.

Late Working

  • For the next 2-3 weeks the contractors will be working to 8pm to ensure the improvements are ready for new traffic signals to be installed.

Completed Works

  • Granite paving, kerbing and parking spaces have been installed in front of the toilets and Kelsey House.

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

Work for week commencing the 18th September 2017.

  • In front of Kelsey house and the former toilets works will continue to excavate the highway, install additional drainage and the new introduction of new kerbing will continue. The construction of the PAD parking will also continue
  • Granite paving will continue to be laid on the north-west and north-east corner of Thorntons Corner.
  • Thames Water has had a problem with one of their water mains The repair works are due to be finished early in the week. The road resurfacing is due to be carried out on Friday 22nd September.
  • A temporary materials compound will be located near the junction of High Street and Fairfield Road.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

Traffic Management Issues.

From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner, with diversions on Rectory Road. Work will be suspended at the end of November for the Christmas period. In January 2018 the temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.

TfL have adjusted lights at the junction with Thornton’s Corner to regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day.

The left turn at Thornton’s Corner is, presently, much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve. from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve.

The High Street from Thorntons Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Council Highways Department and TfL consider that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thorntons Corner and the War Memorial.