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19 May 2017
A planning application relating to Lewisham Council’s proposals to improve Beckenham Place Park, and specifically the construction of a community BMX cycling facility, has been granted. See this link for details, includ­ing the flood alleviation scheme and Heritage Lottery Fund scheme to transform the park.
18 May 2017
We are hopeful that the longstanding mess of stones at the bottom of each of Hillbrow Road and Elstree Hill, Bromley, will be resolved - see here.
14 May 2017
We are very sorry to announce that Carol Davidson, our Road Rep for Warren Avenue and long standing resident of Elstree Hill, recently passed away. See opposite.
7 May 2017
Our latest newsletter has been added to our archive for members to down­load using this link.
2 May 2017
The further application for the partial demolition of 81 Ravensbourne Avenue, Bromley, and the erection of one detached dwelling has been permitted. See here for details.
28 April 2017
The application for the demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham has been substantially revised. See here.
26 April 2017
The agenda of our next meeting has been added to our website for members to down­load using this link.
22 April 2017
Trees have been removed at Sunset Hill, Hillbrow Road, Bromley, We feel it particularly important that these should be replaced in order to soften the street scene – see here.
21 April 2017
Various conditions have been approved on the application with details of conditions submitted in relation to planning permission at 74 Madeira Avenue, Bromley. See here.
11 April 2017
The application for the change of use of part of the Bromley Court Hotel to a driving test centre for a temporary 12 month period has been permitted. See here.
28 March 2017
The appeal on the application for the con­struc­tion of a two bedroom, single storey dwelling house on land to the rear of 13 Calmont Road fronting Amble­side, together with the pro­vision of a one-car parking space, has been refused. See here.
24 March 2017
A decision has been given on one of the conditions in relation to the application for outline permission relating to the demolition of 4 Oaklands Road, Bromley and erection of 11 flats. See here.
9 March 2017
The planning application for the demolition of the house at 61 The Avenue, Beckenham and erection of 2 two-storey detached houses has been granted. See here.
6 March 2017
The application for the erection of 3 two-bedroom dwellings with undercroft parking on land at the rear of Oaklands Court, 6 Oaklands Road, Bromley has been withdrawn. See here.
5 March 2017
Our 2017 AGM included a recital by St Dunstan’s College, Catford, and a presentation by Rob Vale from the Trading Standards team at Bromley Council. See opposite for further details. The final minutes of our 2015 AGM and draft minutes of our 2016 AGM have been added to our website for members to down­load using this link.
2 March 2017
We have added a new page with some sound advice on how to avoid rogue traders and scams. See this link. We have included previous warnings from our existing pages relating to crime prevention and Neighbourhood Watch.
24 February 2017
At our AGM on Thursday 3 March 2016, we adopted the revised version of the new con­stitution which is available. See this link.
18 February 2017
Planning permission has been granted on the revised application for the demolition of the existing four-bedroom detached dwelling and redevelopment to provide 6 two-bedroom apartments and 1 bedsit at Upfield, Hillbrow Road, Bromley - see here.
15 February 2017
The applicants have won an appeal against the decision refusing the application for the demo­lition of a derelict shop to create eight new apartments at 2 River­park Gardens, Bromley. See here.
13 February 2017
There has been a further application to fell three pine trees in the front garden of 16 Crab Hill, Beckenham. For this and other tree news, see this link.
9 February 2017
The application to fell the very prominent tulip tree on the corner of Madeira Avenue and Bromley Avenue has been refused. For this and other tree news, see this link.
10 January 2017
Twelve RVPS tree friends met to cut back the bramble and ivy on Beckenham Place Park fence and to tidy up the triangle of common ground at the junction of Ravensbourne Avenue and Downs Hill. For this and other tree news, see this link.
11 October 2016
In September 2016 the Mayor of London presented a paper to their Board that summarised proposals on suburban rail services, including the transfer to TfL of various services. For further information, click here.
10 October 2016
The Crab Hill, Beckenham pay-by-mobile parking scheme is now in force in the vicinity of Ravensbourne station. For details, see here.
9 October 2016
Our annual roundup newsletter is available here for all to read.
6 October 2016
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has launched a consultation closing 8 December 2016 which sets out proposed changes to the timetable in 2018It would be good if members of the Ravensbourne Valley Preservation Society and other residents could respond in favour of this vast improvement to the service from Ravensbourne station. See here.
5 October 2016
One of the conditions (arboricultural method statement) on the application for demolition of the garage to the side of 19 Ullswater Close, Bromley and the construction of a new house has been approved – see here.
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.
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.
25 February 2016
The appeal against the decision refusing the application for the demo­lition of Billingford, Elstree Hill, Bromley has been dismissed. 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.
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Carol Davidson
We are very sorry to announce that Carol Davidson, our road rep for Warren Avenue and long standing resident of Elstree Hill, recently passed away. The following message was prepared by two of her close friends:

It is with great sadness that we tell you of our dear friend Carol Davidson who has passed away after a short illness.

She would always think of others and never saw any bad in anyone.

She will be sorely missed.

Heather and Ron
Report of the 2017 AGM
The outstanding feature of the AGM was a recital by a string ensemble from St Dunstan’s College, a co-educational school for nursery age to 18 year-olds based in Catford, who played the following programme:
  • Karl Jenkins – Palladio 
  • Fauré – Pavane (abridged)
  • Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement)
  • Leroy Anderson – Forgotten Dreams
  • Velázquez – Bésame Mucho
  • Richard Rodgers – Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music (selections)
  • Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor (first movement)
The youngest member of the eight-piece en­semble was just 12 (!) yet the performance was to an ex­tremely high standard and everyone felt genuinely privileged to have had the opportunity to hear them. There was a clear feeling that we should repeat this soon, and if you missed it first time round do watch out for a repeat.

We also heard from Rob Vale from Bromley’s Trading Standards Team. The key message here was to be vigilant of rogue traders trying to scam elderly, vulnerable or lonely members of our com­munity. If you should see anything unusual please contact the Trading Standards Rapid Response Team (24 hours) on 07903 852090.

We also conducted the society’s normal business, and this will be reported in the minutes in due course.

We were very grateful to the Bromley Court Hotel for the use of a magnificent room and it was pleasing to see the recent upgrades and im­prove­ments to the Hotel. The hotel hosts a number of other events that may be of interest to members.


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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 4 May 2017Members’ Meeting
Thursday 6 July 2017Members’ Meeting

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).
Allotments
There are allotments alongside Valley Primary School in Beckenham Lane, Bromley with no waiting list. If anyone is interested, contact Andrew and Irene Karrouze for information: karrouze@hotmail.co.uk.
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
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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
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