About us

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 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.

what we do

WBRA acts as a link between local residents and various public bodies such as Bromley Council, the Greater London Assembly and police and health authorities. We support residents on many local issues, including:

  • Planning issues affecting the character of the area including historic buidlings, overdevelopment
  • parking and traffic problems
  • safeguarding public footpaths and allotments
  • tree protection
  • transport links: buses, trams and trains
  • noise, litter and anti-social behaviour.

We host two public meetings a year with Bromley councillors and local police where you can raise your concerns. Our MPs and GLA member usually attend.

Members also receive regular newsletters keeping them up to date on local concerns.

With around 500 members, West Beckenham Residents’ Association is a strong voice on behalf of local residents.

In the last couple of years we have:

  • participated in the working group on the improvements to Beckenham High Street
  • participated in the plans for  the development of Crystal Palace Park, supporting sister organisations such as Crystal Palace Community Association
  • campaigned against the closure of public toilets in Beckenham, and then lobbied about their future uses
  • supported members on large developments affecting their homes such as Balmoral Avenue/ Eden Park High School and the impact of the use of the Coptic Church in Dunbar Avenue
  • advised and supported members on general planning and parking issues affecting their homes
  • kept a keen eye on flytipping and general waste problems
  • contributed to the London Borough of Bromley Residents Federation, ensuring coordination of responses across the borough and mutual support for borough-wide issues.
  • erected two panels on local history – one on Elmers End on Elmers End Green and one on Clock House on the approach to The Spa, opposite Beckenham Library

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Join us

Make your voice heard on issues affecting your neighbourhood and quality of life by joining WBRA. We always welcome new members. Whether you feel strongly about a local issue or just want to meet local people, do join us. We look forward to making you feel at home in West Beckenham!

For more information, please email info@westbeckenhamra.org.