Residents in Baston Road, Hayes Street and Hayes Lane should have a little more peace after today, as the HGV traffic to and from the Bromley South development is diverted.
Your local Conservative councillors, following approaches from residents – particularly those in Baston Road and Hayes Street – have been in contact with senior officers at Bromley Council and the contractors building the new development at the Bromley end of Westmoreland Road. HGVs travelling to and from the site had been trying to negotiate their way through Hayes Street and up through Baston Road – a route totally unsuitable for such vehicles and which had even led to an ugly recent altercation with a bus.
From now on, the vehicles should be using the more suitable A21, with some ‘in-bound’ lorries waiting in Oakley Road – away from residential properties in that area – until they are required on-site. While a few wayward drivers cannot be ruled out, the bulk of the problems should now be resolved.
The 2011 Hayes Fair was an outstanding success. Thousands of visitors of all ages enjoyed a wonderful day out on 11th June, and the committee has received grateful thanks for organising a traditional British fair. One elderly visitor said he went as an “oldy” but came home young at heart.
It is estimated that, collectively, charities benefited to the tune of approximately £15,000 as a direct result of this year’s Fair.
June 23rd has been provisionally set for the date of the 2012 Hayes Fair, again to be held in the grounds of Baston House School thanks to the generosity of Hillcrest Autism Services Limited. The Hayes Fair committee will be working hard during the coming months to ensure another successful event takes place.
Hayes Fair is a community event, organised by the community for the enjoyment of the community (and also visitors from outside the community). Its success depends on hard but rewarding work from a small group of dedicated volunteers.
Hayes Fair Committee urgently needs active new members who are willing to take on specific responsibilities if it is to continue beyond 2012 and these new members are needed NOW.
Without new help now, it is possible the 2012 Hayes Fair will be the last to take place. The local community will lose a long-standing and popular event, and many charities will be denied essential income.
If you would like to join the Hayes Fair Committee, a meeting will be taking place in Hayes Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 14 September. Alternatively, please contact the Chairman, Alan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr. Manning, as a member of the committee, and Cllr. Reddin spoke against the application. They cited a proliferation of take-away shops in the Hayes district, the proximity to the Hayes Conservation Area, potential parking problems (particularly in the evenings) and late night disturbance, along with the issues raised by the Hayes Village Association and individual residents. Your councillors also expressed concerns that, regardless, of the accaptibility of a fish and chip shop or good intentions of the applicant, the “A5” classification that was allowed could also allow a different form of take-away to open in future without further permission.
Unfortunately the motion to refuse the plans was defeated by 4 votes to 3.
On the 8th April, Cllr. Neil Reddin attended the unveiling of the new non-grass pitch at Hayes (Kent) Cricket Club, which had been funded by the “Chance To Shine” initiative of the England Cricket Board.
Hayes member and England cap Lydia Greenway bowled the first ball on the new pitch after Deputy Mayor Cllr. Ruth Bennett had formallly opened the new pitch.
The club have a vibrant youth section and are always on the lookout for new members of all ages.
There has been much interest in the future of Hayes Library, with a council Working Party including it in a list of libraries whose future could be under review. It will be some time before any final decision is taken, the Working Party Review first being returned to a meeting on 12th April of the Council’s Recreation & Renewal PDS Committee for further consideration. A round of public consultation, on the outcome of that meeting, is likely to be the next step.
However, your local councillors have been at pains to point out the key part the library plays in the life of Hayes and beyond, as well as the difficulties inherent in the physical site as regards any possible sale by the council.
Care for older people in the borough is undergoing major changes as more people seek to stay in their own homes for longer, including in ‘extra care’ housing, and the standard of remaining care homes is raised significantly. As part of this process, Isard House has now closed, all residents having been moved to alternative accommodation. The Council’s Property Department will ensure the site is made secure, pending a decision on its future.
The Council’s intention is to place Isard House on the open market and, at that stage, to indicate a preference either for a new care home or extra-care housing. Much will depend, of course, on someone making an appropriate bid and that, in turn, will depend upon the availability of funding.
We are keeping nearby residents informed as matters progress.
Recent works to the gas mains in Baston Road and Hayes Street have caused increasing concern as the former have overrun by some months, reaching a peak when works outside the shops in Hayes Street began at the start of the busy Christmas shopping period.
The Council has limited powers over such works by “statutory undertakers”. However, following approaches from your local councillors and council officers (and no doubt with minds concentrated by the fines that were by then being imposed by the Council) Southern Gas Networks (SGN) moved to complete the works at both sites before Christmas.
SGN are due to return to complete some aspects of the works in the New Year in Hayes Street, West Common Road and at the junction with Pickhurst Lane. We will once again be keeping close watch on the works.