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16 September 2016
A statement on Beckenham Place Park is available from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) website. See this link for details, including the flood alleviation scheme and the Lottery funding proposal.
1 September 2016
Bromley Council has started a trial to publish information on waste collection delays as a way of notifying residents when there is a specific problem. See this link.
31 August 2016
The application revising the scheme permitted under the planning application to include two dormer windows to the rear roof slope at 74 Madeira Avenue, Bromley has now been permitted. See here.
29 August 2016
The agenda of our next ordinary meeting has been added to our website for members to down­load using this link.
28 August 2016
A reminder that any person wishing to object to the Crab Hill, Beckenham (Ravensbourne station) pay-by-mobile parking scheme should do so no later than 31 August 2016. For some additional comments, see here.
23 August 2016
Southern Gas Works have completed the gas main replacement and Bromley Avenue is open again to through traffic. See here.
1 August 2016
At our Garden Party on 30 July 2016, we handed over a cheque for £3,000 to the London Borough of Bromley as the RVPS 50% contribution for a Community Tree Project. For this and other tree news, see this link.
31 July 2016
A decision has been issued for details of conditions submitted in relation to planning permission at the development of Sunset Hill, Hillbrow Road, Bromley – see here.
30 July 2016
A further application has been made with details of conditions relating to the demolition of 4 Oaklands Road, Bromley and erection of 11 flats. A new application has also been made with details of appearance, landscaping and scale. See here.
29 July 2016
A further planning application details the various conditions for the redevelopment at Upfield, Hillbrow Road, Bromley to provide six two-bedroom flats, and includes a well-illustrated road condition report - see here.
25 July 2016
An appeal on the application for demolition of the garage to the side of 19 Ullswater Close and the construction of a new house was allowed. Details of conditions have now been submitted – see here.
15 June 2016
Our latest newsletter has been added to our archive for members to down­load using this link.
22 April 2016
The appeal against the refusal of the application for the controversial development at 20 Blyth Road, Bromley, and affecting residents in Bracken Hill Lane, has been dismissed. See this link.
14 April 2016
The Parklangley Club have said that police are investigating thefts from the men's changing rooms and have released a picture of a man – see here.
9 March 2016
The appeal against the decision refusing permission for the development at 61 The Avenue, Beckenham has been dismissed. See here.
25 February 2016
The appeal against the decision refusing the application for the demo­lition of Billingford, Elstree Hill, Bromley has been dismissed. See here.
1 February 2016
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Peter Clarke of 210A Ravensbourne Avenue, Beckenham on Friday 29 January 2016. See opposite.
30 January 2016
We welcome Anna Koffer, who has taken over the role of road rep for Farnaby Road (lower numbers). See opposite
23 December 2015
The decision refusing the application for the demolition of a derelict shop to create eight new apartments at 2 River­park Gardens, Bromley is now available. See here.
19 December 2015
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it will begin "detailed technical work" next year to develop a case for the extension of the Bakerloo Line to Old Kent Road and Lewisham. See here.
23 November 2015
Bromley Council is planning to demolish all the homes in Ethelbert Close. A meeting with Bromley Civic Society will be held on 25 November 2015 to discuss these town centre homes under threat of demolition - see here.
28 October 2015
The London Borough of Bromley have produced a 'Tree Friend Toolkit’ . The one year maintenance contract for trees in Farnaby Road, Warren Avenue and Downs Hill will finish at the end of March 2016. For this and other tree news, see this link.
25 October 2015
The planning application for a two-bedroom bungalow at the rear of 13 Calmont Road, Brom­ley, at the junction with Amble­side, has been refused. On the other hand, an application, for a part one / part two storey extension has been granted. See here.
24 October 2015
A hybrid planning application has been granted subject to various conditions for the demolition of the plant rooms and refurbishment of the hotel and erection of a new leisure centre at the Bromley Court Hotel. See here.
5 October 2015
A decision has been issued on the con­ditions sub­mitted in relation to planning permission of the application at 28 Downs Hill, Beckenham. See here for details.
14 September 2015
There are allotments alongside Valley Primary School with no waiting list. See opposite.
5 September 2015
TfL are introducing a Sunday service every 30 minutes on Route 354 (Penge – Bromley North station). See this link.
4 September 2015
See opposite for a report on our summer garden party.
6 Auguest 2015
Our annual roundup newsletter is available here for all to read.
1 July 2015
Transport for London is working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police to run Community Roadwatch - a road safety initiative which aims to reduce speeding in residential areas. See here.
7 June 2015
The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis is coming to a roadshow in Bromley Central Library on 24 June 2015. For further information, and some useful links, click here.
31 May 2015
A view of what is proposed for Glassmill Pond and comments from a couple of interested people are available. See this link.
8 May 2015
If you have a dropped kerb and others are parking in front of it, the council may be able to assist you by painting a white bar access marking on the highway. See here.
Working with the Community

Welcome to our website. We are a residents' society covering an area of 1500 house­holds of which nearly 500 are subscribing members. Our objective is to maintain and enhance the built environment and to generally enhance the area for the benefit of residents.

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Dates for your diary
Future meetings are on the first Thursday, every other month, at 8 p.m. at the Bromley Court Hotel as follows:

Thursday 3 November 2016 Members’ Meeting
Thursday 5 January 2017 Members’ Meeting
Thursday 2 March 2017 AGM
Thursday 4 May 2017 Members’ Meeting
Thursday 6 July 2017 Members’ Meeting

The Bromley Court Hotel hosts a number of other events that may be of interest to members.Their calendar of 2016 special events is available.


New Zealand Herald, March 1914

At our 2016 AGM, there was a presentation on the history of the Bromley Court Hotel by the General Manager, Max Ball. Other agenda items included:
  • Revision of the constitution
  • Planning officer’s reports
  • Roads and traffic report
  • Community projects and tree officer’s report
  • Beckenham Place Park representative’s report
  • Membership secretary’s report
  • Determination of subscriptions
  • Appointment of an auditor
  • Election of officers
How to join
You can join us here. For further background information about the Society see About Us.
 
We cover the area shown above, and in more detail here, whilst an Introduction to Planning Issues can be opened here.
Peter Clarke
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Peter Clarke of 210A Ravensbourne Avenue, Beckenham on Friday 29 January 2016. He died aged 72 from a short battle with cancer. His funeral was held at Beckenham Crematorium on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Peter was a former road rep for Ravensbourne Avenue and will be remembered fondly driving one of his many antique cars around the local area.

New road rep for Farnaby Road
We welcome Anna Koffer, who has taken over the role of road rep for Farnaby Road (lower numbers).
Our summer garden party
On Saturday 22 August 2015, we held our summer garden party at the Shortlands Tavern as a way of saying thank you to all our road reps and officers, some of whom have been serving the society for over 25 years! About 30 people turned up to what was an outstanding success – the weather was beautiful, our reserved part of the pub garden was perfect, and the conversation flowed convivially far beyond the allotted time. We were also delighted that Councillors Tickner, Dykes and Harmer were able to join us. And we take the opportunity once again to say thank you to all those who support the society year in year out.
Planning Officer support
We are sorry to inform residents and members that, unless we are able to obtain further support from any volunteers to help us deal with planning applications, we will no longer be providing per­son­alised and specific advice to members. How­ever, we have made available self-help resources under the Planning tab, and RVPS will continue to formally object to planning applications as and when ap­pro­priate. If you would like to support us with planning, please contact the chairman.

Council news downloads
Latest news from the council can be found here or here. 

Newsletters
Our annual roundup newsletter is available here. Other newsletters, including the Ravens­bourne Valley Preservation Society 25 year review, are available from our archive for members to down­load.

To those members who have not done so already and would be happy to receive future newsletters by e-mail, please send the following information to the address given in our
 Download area (or via our Webmaster):
  • YOUR NAME
  • YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS
61 The Avenue, Beckenham
Our thanks to Councillors Tickner and Mellor for supporting our successful campaign to oppose knocking down this property. See here.

RVPS Roads and Traffic
We are very happy to announce that the vacancy for Roads and Traffic has been filled by Andrew Storey.

Ann Rowswell
After over 25 years of active participation in the Society, Ann has decided that it is time to let someone else be the Road Rep for Ravensbourne Avenue (evens). We are enormously grateful for the dedication and commitment shown by Ann over such a long period and wish her well for the future. Find­ing a replacement might have been trouble­some. but we are delighted to announce that Monica Wiltshire will now be taking over Ann’s duties.
Above: artist's impression of how the scheme won't look
Flood alleviation scheme in our area
There are interesting proposals for a new lake in Beckenham Place Park. See this link.
Our activities
We are publishing a selection of the letters we have written to local authorities to demonstrate the range of activities with which the society is involved. Generally, we receive replies but as we consider that we do not have permission to publish these, we have simply given details of the outcome of the correspondence.

Life Members
Brian Sanders and Leslie Tucker have been made Life Members of the society. Brian was treasurer for over 20 years and Leslie has been involved in various capacities since the founding of the society over 25 years ago. Both have made an enormous contribution to the society and to our community and we remain very grateful for their efforts.

Sunset on the Italian Villa, Elstree Hill
Sunset on the Italian Villa, Elstree Hill, 16 March 2014
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Please remember!
If you see work being carried out on a protected tree please contact the Council immediately. If you learn of a developer wanting to develop a property please
let us know immediately.
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