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.

41 Croydon Road: The Saga Continues

In a positive development, the Council has allowed the application for 41 Croydon Road in Coney Hall, but for restaurant and cafe use only, thus excluding any usage as purely as a drinking establishment.

However the licensing hearing had to be deferred (for a second time) after the applicant failed to appear.

Update (9/2/10): The applicant has withdrawn the application and apparently has opened a premises in Dulwich.

Action on Floodlighting

Residents in West Common Road were caught by surprise when Hayes School switched it’s new floodlights on for the first time last week, and their houses being lit up (but not by any fireworks).

The floodlighting on the “school side” of the courts are causing the problems and it is hoped that, following Cllr. Anne Manning’s intervention, adjustments being made tomorrow (Tuesday 10th) will solve, or largely eliminate, the problems.

Hayes School Development Passed

At last Tuesday’s Development Control committee, the Council approved the plans for the new sports block and classroom block at Hayes School.

Following our previous representations to the committee, the school made a good number of changes to the plans, including a slight reduction in height, more evergreen planting on the boundary and removal of the wind turbine. The committee agreed with us (and the Hayes Village Association) that enough had been done to make the plans acceptable and supported the school.

However, the master-plan – which sets out the school’s longer term development plans – was deferred again pending more information regarding the traffic and parking situation.

Hayes and Keston Get Back to Nature

Parks_hayescomm_448x336A swathe of commons and green space from Hayes to Keston Ponds are set to become designated a Local Nature Reserve.

The classification, which will cover Hayes and Keston Commons, Padmall Wood and Ravensbourne Open Space, will give additional legal protection from development and other unwelcome activities.

The new reserve will be known as “Ravensbourne Local Nature Reserve” and is due to come before the Renewal and Recreation PDS Committee and Portfolio Holder (Cllr. Julian Benington) on 13th October.

(Full committee papers here (MS Word 84Kb)).

Hayes Place Older People’s Flats

HCH_Hayes_PlaceWe have been heavily involved in the reaction to Broomleigh Housing Association’s (BHA) plans to redevelop the sheltered flats in Bourne Vale. BHA is seeking ultimately to demolish the flats and build a mixed residential development.

However, the initial stages of their consultation have caused much worry among existing residents and their relatives. At the time of writing, we have held meetings with residents, BHA and the Council’s housing officers to examine Broomleigh’s justification for their plans and to clarify their timescale. We share the common view view among residents that Broomleigh have not made the case for the closure of the flats.

Today saw Bob Neill M.P. visit the flats and see for himself the good sized accomodation and hear from residents directly. Bob has promised to take the issue up, alongside ourselves, with Broomleigh and their parent organisation, Affinity Sutton.

New Pitches at Bromley Football Club

Having been established at Hayes Lane for many decades, Bromley F.C. was recently seeking to expand its facilities with four five-a-side, two seven-a-side and a full size artificial pitch. However, concerns were raised over increased intensity of use,  the level of floodlighting, noise, length of opening hours, loss of trees, impact on nearby residents and on the Green Belt.

Following representations and suggestions by your local councillors and nearby residents, a series of amendments and ultimately a new application reduced the plans to just four pitches in total, fewer floodlights, no loss of trees and slightly shorter operating hours. This compromise eventually won the Council’s approval.

Flooding at Layhams Road & Addington Road

HCH_Layhams_Rd_JnA long running problem has been the leaking drainage system  in Layhams Road, resulting in a collapsed drain at the roundabout at the junction with Addington Road.

The problem has taken longer to resolve due, in part, to unsuccessful attempts to persuade Thames Water to take responsibility for any repairs, rather than the private owners of the sewer/drain, plus convoluted legal problems.  Formal notices were served on the owners but, in default, the Council has stepped in to actually carry out the works on their behalf.

Summer Traffic Round-up

Council highway engineers recently accompanied us, at our request, on a tour of the ward, to assess various concerns raised by residents.  Not all concerns could be taken on board, but the following are the main ones to be investigated further:

•    Recent surveys of Hayes Lane revealed it to be the worst road in London for speeding – even though it doesn’t have the worst accident record. Engineers are drawing up plans for tackling the issue – particularly near the Club Gardens junction – prior to submitting a bid for funding.

•    We are also working closely with the traffic engineers to find a solution to the dangerous junction of Bourne Way/Addington Road and Tiepigs Lane/Coney Hill Road. A number of engineering measures are being considered, subject to the necessary finances being in place.

•    The bottom of Station Approach is also being re-examined.