Bus Stop Improvements

Bus passengers have received some good news with the announcement that Transport for London are upgrading the “countdown” technology that gives passengers information about the waiting times and order of buses due at stops.

The new technology is expected to provide more acccurate information as well as the signs being easier to read and also showing more service and general information.

Installation is expected in the 2011/12 financial year at the stops at Hayes Station, Coney Hill Road, the Layhams Road/Addington Road junction and the Hayes Lane/Hayes Road junction.

Out And About With Bob Stewart

Yesterday saw Bob Stewart DSO, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Beckenham, out and about in Hayes Station Approach together with Cllrs. Graham Arthur, Anne Manning and Neil Reddin (ward councillors and Conservative council candidates) and supporters. The team spoke to many people and are all looking forward to the opportunity to serve Hayes and Coney Hall over the next few years.

Bob Stewart DSO Prospective MP for Beckenham in Station Approach Hayes
Bob Stewart DSO, Prospective MP for Beckenham, talks to local shoppers in Station Approach, Hayes

Hayes Place Flats Update

Last December Cllrs. Anne Manning and Neil Reddin had a meeting, arranged by Bob Neill MP, with the Chief Officers of Affinity Sutton (Broomleigh’s parent company).

Our meeting with Keith Exford, the Chief Executive of Affinity, and Neil McCall, the Group Operations Director, was useful.  Unfortunately, it appears that plans to redevelop the site will go ahead, despite the strong case we had put. However, any proposed planning application remains on hold and the assurance that no resident will be forced to leave has been renewed and welcomed.

In the last few months some residents have already moved out and some more are in the process of seeking alternative accommodation.  Clearly any resident who wishes to take up the offer made by Broomleigh/Affinity is free to do so and it is right that they should feel free to do so without intimidation.

However, a large number of residents appear to want to stay at Hayes Place and we shall continue to seek assurances that any request to “stay put” is managed in a kindly and appropriate way. In the meantime we are seeking information and clarification regarding the timetable for any closure and redevelopment.

We will continue to liaise with Affinity/Broomleigh and keep you all updated.

The (New) New Inn

Changes are afoot at the The New Inn in Station Approach. The owners hosted a meeting with residents recently where they presented part of their plans for the business, prior to the former “Harvester” closing in March for a major refurbishment. The restaurant is to move onto the ground floor, while a function room is envisaged on the first floor. We understand that an element of “take-away” of food and drink is also proposed.

Now a licensing application has been received. The owners are seeking an extension in hours to 12:30am, as well as permission for music, dance and other activities. Also, an extension to 10am on New Year’s Day as well as permission to hold 20 events a year without notifying the police (currently 12). A regular opening time of 8am for hot beverages is also sought.

Your ward members are currently examining the proposals, some aspects of which will also require planning permission, which ought to be obtained before any licence variations are granted.

The New Inn during its "Harvester" days

New Youth Sports Facilties in Coney Hall

Plans are being drawn up for a multi-use sports court in Coney Hall Recreation Ground, next to the existing skateboard half-pipe.

The facility, which is designed for five-a-side football as well as basketball, cricket and other ball sports, will add to the facilities for young people in the ward and is being taken forward at the suggestion of the Friends of Coney Hall Recreation Ground. A planning application has been made.