Road Resurfacing List Confirmed For 2018-19

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Hilldown Road, set for resurfacing this coming year – and not a moment too soon!

The road resurfacing schedule for 2018/19 has been confirmed.

Roads for resurfacing are listed based on information such as technical inspections, input from residents (including the FixMyStreet website) and requests by us as your local councillors.

The roads on the list this year are:

Abbotsbury Road
Bourne Vale (part)
Cheriton Avenue
Courtlands Avenue
East Way
Five Elms Road
Hawthorndene Road
Hayes Gardens
Hayes Lane (part)
Hayesford Park Drive
Hilldown Road
Holland Close
Northbourne
Oakmead Avenue
Ridgeway
South Way
Westland Drive

Other roads outside but close to the ward:

Church Road (Bromley Common & Keston)
Jackass Lane (part) (Bromley Common & Keston)
Hayes Road (part) (Bromley Town)
Westmoreland Road (part) (Shortlands)

The full report, as presented to the Environment scrutiny committee is under item 6b here.

We don’t yet know precisely when each road will be done and there is always the chance of some slippage in the schedule if, for instance, we experience a hard winter when resources have to be diverted into emergency repairs elsewhere.

Occasionally some rescheduling may also take place as a result of the need to coordinate with utility companies if they have some planned (non-emergency) works of their own, to avoid a newly resurfaced road being dug up just months after it’s been laid. Similarly, non-emergency works requested by utilities shortly after a relaying will also usually be denied.

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Action on Hayes Street Congestion

After a number of requests from your councillors and the Hayes Village Association, the Council is set to tackle the long running issue of traffic congestion on Hayes Street.

A scheme that will widen the road, as well as controlling parking, especially at the key bottleneck points, should ensure that traffic including buses will be able to pass more freely through the street without encouraging speeding.

The road will be widened by up to a metre from a point near the war memorial down towards the rectory on the church side, while parking will be restricted on the same side from near George Lane, again down to the rectory. The plans, which the Council will be consulting residents on shortly, will be combined with a scheduled resurfacing in the early Spring.

 

Baston House School Unveils Expansion Plans

Baston House School has applied for planning permission to build ten new classrooms, replacing redundant structures already on site.

The school in Baston Road, which specialises in children with autism, wants to expand to take in 30 additional pupils to bring the total capacity to 115.

To accommodate the additional parking the school proposes an extra 11 parking spaces on site, and an improved entrance and internal driveway is intended to eliminate congestion on the road outside the school.

Proposed new classrooms at Baston House School

However, the site is classified as Green Belt, so the school must show ‘very special circumstances’ to justify the development, which will see the built footprint increase by some 90%.

On this key point the school cites, among other factors, the increasing demand for this specialist educational provision and that the openness overall will not be materially affected with 60% of the site still open grounds. They also point out that the nature of the education means the ten classrooms would equate to 5 or 6 classrooms in a mainstream school.

As it lies in a conservation area, any proposals must also preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the area.

Few will deny the need for quality education provision for autistic children, and we are pleased that such a provision exists in the borough when the council is looking to reduce the number of SEN children travelling far outside the area for their education. However, the council and residents will want to be satisfied that not only are there sufficient arguments to allow such building in the green belt but also that the additional traffic generation will indeed be sufficiently mitigated and that the aesthetic design is appropriate.

As your local councillors we are generally supportive of the school and its work. However, we will be studying the plans carefully and would welcome the views – for, against or neutral – of residents.

The full plans can be seen on the council website here.