The River Ravensbourne and its associated Mill Pond are greatly valued. However over many years it has become heavily silted up, with Bromley council no longer removing the sacculated silt periodically. Additionally occasional pollution incidents have occurred, a few of them serious. The Environment Agency and Thames Water continue to take appropriate action in response to these.
For several years we have been liaising with various organisations, seeking to renovate the historic Mill Pond (off Glassmill Lane) and so to enhance its potential ecological & heritage assets. We have been doing this in partnership with the following organizations:-
- London Borough of Bromley (owners of the site)
- Environment Agency (statutory body)
- Thames Water (local water utility)
- Thames 21 (specialist volunteer group)
- Shortlands Residents Association
Earlier in 2015 Thames21 outlined draft proposals at a public meeting. This plan can be viewed at HERE Construction plans are currently stalled, due to other higher priorities. However we are still hopeful of agreeing a plan and applying for the necessary grant funding to make this happen. See our Home page for the latest news.
We are seeking support among local residents and groups. If you are interested please contact us for further information.
It is our longer term objective to restore the adjacent landscape of Martins Hill and Queens Mead and the course of the River Ravensbourne through this area to a more natural state. Over the last couple of decades there have been several draft proposals for this, from the Environment Agency in 2009 and an earlier one by its predecessor the Rivers Authority, but so far none have got beyond the initial planning stage.
We are very conscious of the concerns of local householders about the potential for flooding of their properties. Any scheme would be designed to reduce the risk of flooding of any houses.
Besides the naturalization of the river our objectives would be to –
- Conserve and improve the ecology of slopes of Martins Hill.
- Improve access for local people and groups for educational uses.
- Employ this undulating area for better healthy lifestyle activities.
- Enhance the sports provision on Queens Mead.
- Improve links with other green spaces in the area
A good example of the improvements we are seeking can be found on Chinbrook Meadows, adjacent to Grove Park Station. Here the Quaggy Waterways Action Group (QWAG) and other organizations have transformed a stretch of the River Quaggy that was previously in a concrete channel like ours. Go along and see what we could achieve.