Category Archives: Education
The long running campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Village Way to facilitate children crossing to Harris Academy Beckenham may yet prove successful. Despite multiple collisions, Bromley’s road traffic engineers haven’t considered the road dangerous enough to merit any intervention. Following the death of a motorcyclist in November, a roadside parent and teacher protest, and the support of Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon (Chair of the Greater London Assembly’s transport committee) Bromley Council has bowed to pressure. The Bromley News Shopper (6h December) reports that “Following an analysis of the police and coronary reports the Council will be reassessing road safety on Village Way potentially with a view to introduce traffic calming measures”. Belisha Beacons may still be out of sight, but the Council’s gear shift is an encouraging sign.
Beckenham Lines Up Day of Networking, Advice, Clinics and Workshops to Boost Your Business
Beckenham Business Association, supported by LB Bromley, is holding a day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business. It will be held at Time Night Club Southend Road (near Beckenham Junction Station) on Wednesday 6 September 2017, from 9am to 3pm.
As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be one-to-one PR, social media and SEO clinics, speed networking and practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Turning Your Prospects into Leads’, ‘Online Marketing’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.
Beckenham’s very own “2016 Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle will talk about ‘Following Your Dream’ and how a chat over a cup of tea turned into a successful garden design business that led to a place on TV.
All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day raffle will go to MindCare Dementia Support, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.
The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, will officially open the event, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s Footsteps – The Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, will MC and present the prize for the best dressed stand.
Beckenham Business Day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes one year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend – visitors are welcome at a cost of £10, which doesn’t include BBA membership.
For further details and booking visit the Beckenham Business Day page.
Planning permission was granted for this school on 25 January. The school would start in 2019 or 2020, and eventually take in around 1680 students.
Residents who will be very much affected by this development spoke against the application. Balmoral Avenue is a quiet, fairly narrow, residential avenue. Despite promises of a “travel plan”, parents cannot be stopped from bringing their children to school. Even if most do come on foot, the prospect of around 2000 people using the road four times a day during term time is distressing for the long term residents.
The portfolio holder for education, Cllr Fortune, supported the application saying that under the new arrangements for education, the local authority had very little say in where schools are located. The applicant is not the local authority but the academy with the support of the Education Funding Agency (EFA). WBRA have commented before that although EFA purchased the land at a cost of over £16m with taxpayers money, the Land Registry shows the owner of the land with “Title Absolute” to be the E21C Academy.
Cllr Fortune also said the Borough is short of several thousand secondary school places over the next 10 years (precise figures given at the meeting are not available in the minutes). The council is legally obliged to provide secondary school places for all pupils across the whole of the London Borough of Bromley and not necessarily in a specific ward or location. Furthermore, the Council had no legal ability to prevent out-of-borough children applying for places at Bromley schools or to reserve places at Bromley schools for children who live in the Borough or in certain communities.
Peter Dean, Councillor for Kelsey and Eden Park, and Chair of the Development Control Committee, moved that the application be refused. He acknowledged that the London Borough of Bromley was in need of school places to meet its statutory needs. However, Kelsey and Eden Park Ward was adequately covered for local students so there was no need for a further school in that area. The site in Balmoral Avenue had not been designated land for educational use in the draft Local Plan. Whilst there was a responsibility to the parents of children to provide them with school places, there was also a responsibility to local residents, their standards of living and enjoyment of life. Balmoral Avenue was a narrow road which opened out onto Upper Elmers End Road.
Nevertheless permission was granted. WBRA continues to support local residents in seeking stringent conditions on the use of the site both for educational purposes and for community use, particularly the use of the sports facilities in the evenings and at weekends.