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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

Beckenham Improvements work update 12th February 2018

 Completed and soon to be completed works:

  • Between the Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl, paving is complete and most of the parking bays have been reopened. Final drainage work will be completed.
  • Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street the considerable drainage, paving and parking bays have been completed. The parking bays have been reopened.

Phase 4 works 116 to 132 High Street.

Works commencing week beginning the 12th February 2018 

  • Excavation work to lay new kerbs and paving. In addition this section of work will require substantial new drainage due to the history of flooding in the area and the construction of an improved bus stop with a shelter and passenger waiting space. (At present the current bus stop comprises a bus stop sign only; with passenger waiting space restricted to a narrow footpath without seating)
  • . Excavation works for the above will continue up to 164 High Street (Nero’s).

During the works the bus stop will be temporarily relocated. Transport for London will be advising the Council on their preferred location.

 

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

Beckenham Improvements work update  5th February 2018

Completed and soon to be completed works:

  • Conway is continuing to work on the area between the Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl. Kerbing is complete and the parking bays have been reinstated. Paving is being laid and it is hoped will be completed by the 8th February. Minor works are required outside one of the entrances to the George.
  • Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street the considerable drainage and parking bays have been completed. Paving will be completed to number 120 High Street by the end of the week. The cooperation of local businesses in this location has been welcomed. The Council will endeavour to open the parking bays at this location at the earliest opportunity.
  • The first cycle stands have been installed at Albemarle Road junction and Beckenham Green.

Phase 4 works 116 to 132 High Street.

In addition to new kerbs and paving, this section of work will require substantial new drainage due to the history of flooding in the area and the construction of an improved bus stop with a shelter and passenger waiting space. (At present the current bus stop comprises a bus stop sign only; with passenger waiting space restricted to a narrow footpath without seating). During the works the bus stop will be temporarily relocated.

Works commencing week beginning the 5th February 2018.

  • Excavation work for the foundations for the bus stop and kerb laying will be commenced.

The Project Programme

The project is still on programme and due to be completed at the end of the summer, subject to unforeseen problems. Some sections of work have been commenced or completed differently to the original programme. This has been in response to requests by the community, other council departments or Transport for London.

Bromley Swift Survey

Bromley Swift Survey: How many swifts are nesting near you?

Swifts have been nesting in our buildings for centuries and have been a common sight performing their aerial acrobatics over our borough’s towns in the summer. They spend the rest of their year in Africa.

Unfortunately, their numbers are in severe decline. Between 1995 and 2015 the UK lost more than half its swifts. Numbers appear to have fallen even more in Bromley over the same period.

The RSPB believes that loss of nest sites is at least partly responsible. Due to our tendency to seal up buildings during renovation or knock them down, swifts are returning to discover their nest site has gone or access is blocked.

Action is urgently needed to prevent swifts becoming extinct in Bromley.

We are running a Bromley Swift Survey between May and July this year to discover where they are still nesting. We need to find this out quickly so that action to provide nesting spaces can be targeted in the right areas.

No knowledge of swifts or previous experience of doing surveys is needed. It will be really simple and easy, and help will be available if needed, for example on how to identify a swift.

We will ask participants to go for a short walk along the streets near to where they live or another location of their choice. A balmy summer’s evening would be best as the swifts will be most active then. The walk should be repeated at least once a month between May and July – so a total of three short walks. The participant would make a note of any swifts they see flying at rooftop level as this means that the birds will be nesting nearby.

It would be great if you could take part. The more people who join in the better as we will build a more detailed picture of Bromley’s swift population.

To take part in the survey or find out more information you can either:

  • email our Group’s Recorder Peter Smart on bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com
  • call the Group on 07392 790 719.

 

Beckenham High Street Improvements Work Update

Work for week commencing 29 January 2018.

Beckenham Improvements work update

  • Conway is continuing to work on the area between the Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl. Kerbing is complete and paving is being laid. Minor works are required outside one of the entrances to the George. It is estimated that that works will take 2 further weeks subject to unanticipated problems.
  • Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street. The considerable drainage required for this area due to its history of flooding has been completed in the first section. The parking bays have been completed. Paving should nearly be complete to number 120 High Street by the end of the week.
  • Car parking spaces in this location will have to be suspended during works for operational reasons. Conway and the Council are committed to maintaining as much car parking possible during works. Parking spaces will therefore not be suspended other than for necessary operational reasons.
  • The High Street was now reverted back to one directional traffic north from Village Way to Beckenham Junction similar to prior the Christmas break. TFL have confirmed that information will be displayed on the bus stops accordingly. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges “

Unfortunately Thames Water will be continuing works outside Kelsey Square until the 2nd February. These works have no connection to the improvement scheme.

Outside of Beckenham Town Centre other Council departments may carry out essential works such as tree pruning or safety improvements to paving. These works are frequently carried by other contractors and not Conway. The project team therefore cannot be aware of all activities in the Beckenham area.