Elmers End Set for Tramlink Upgrade

Trams will be running through to Wimbledon from Elmers End under new plans unveiled recently.

Transport for London (TfL) are building an new ‘loop’ into the network in Croydon. As a result of the increased capacity it will provide, TfL will be able to run six trams per hour each from Elmers End and Beckenham Junction, running all the way through Croydon to Wimbledon. A  further two trams per hour will run from Elmers End to Croydon along the current route. Currently no trams from either station run further than Therapia Lane (with Beckenham trams only reaching Croydon town centre).Tramlink 2019

The changes are expected to take effect in 2019.

Why Bromley’s ‘Black Box’ Paper Recycling is Changing

The ‘black box’ paper recycling collection service is changing to a fortnightly collection schedule from the end of this month (June).

BlackRecycBoxIn the next week or so, residents will receive letters from the Council notifying them of changes to their paper collection schedule. From Monday 29 June onwards, paper will then be collected every other week instead of weekly as it is currently. New collection calendars (also available on the Council website) are also being sent out.

A very small number of households will also see their collection days changed, but they will be notified of this seperately by post.

The changes will save half a million pounds per year, but are also being driven by the substantially reduced amount of paper being collected these days, compared to when the service was introduced around fifteen years ago.

Gates Green Road Phone Mast Bid

Plans have been put forward to erect a mobile phone base station at the junction of Gates Green Road and Kingsway. The site – the small triangle of green where the two roads meet – has been selected by contractors working for Vodafone, and seeks to upgrade coverage in the area to the modern 4G standard.
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However, consultation has been poorly carried out so far, and test drilling has taken place in front of bemused residents – confusion added to by false claims the work was being done by the council.
Now a ‘planning application‘ (though technically a formal consultation) has been submitted and residents have until 18th June to make representations. We are certainly not opposed to an improvement in infrastructure in the ward; however, although the mast itself is in the style of a tall lamppost, the four accompanying equipment cabinets may well prove the unsightliest aspect. Apart from the significant ‘footprint’, the boxes will take up a prominent place in the street scene, with little in the proposals to address this.
UPDATE 24/6: The application has been refused by the council.

New Inn ‘Motel’ Proposals Unveiled

20150603_StatHill_RdgwayProposals have been submitted for motel-style accommodation at the New Inn in Station Approach.

The planning application for twelve ‘letting rooms’ in a separate building to the pub, envisages the project being built to the rear, on the Station Hill/Ridgeway side of the site.

The views we’ve received so far range from outright opposition in principle, to concerns over specific aspects such as the size, location, traffic issues, loss of trees and effect on the street scene, among others. Some are supportive of a prominent local business seeking to enhance its viability, but many still take issue with aspects of the proposals as they stand.

We would expect the proposal to come before a planning committee towards the end of this month.