Bromley Palace Park Sale

A Public Notice was recently published in the News Shopper in which Bromley council has announced its proposed sale of part of the grounds of the Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre) for development. This despite there being no planning application, or indeed any details of what would be built, so we the public are therefore a unable to judge whether this sale is justifiable. This ‘back door’ sale is very similar to the earlier attempt to sell off park of Library Gardens for the Churchill Quarter development. In this latter case campaigning pressure made the council withdraw their public notice of sale – at least for now. It seems that the council have not learnt!

Folly, Rafford Way entrance

So our Friends group have sent in a letter of objection, copied to the Bromley Town ward councillors. The palace site contains several Grade 2 listed features and indeed one of them, a Folly, is within the land to be sold off to private developers! This area is a highly valued public green space of great importance to both our group and the wider Bromley public. How the council deal with it should properly  reflect this. We hope that members of the public will support us in this.

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Dogs in our parks

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While it is great to see responsible dog owners walking their pets in nearly all of our parks, there are some areas in which dogs, other than assistance dogs, are unwelcome. This is to ensure that in these ‘dog free’ areas wildlife, along with people, especially young children, can remain safe. For example children can get an infection from dog waste left on the grass that they play on.

Such ‘dog free’ areas are; Church House Gardens (part) and Queens Garden. The entrances to these areas are clearly marked (as in above image). Sadly in a very few cases irresponsible dog owners ignore such restrictions and deliberately take their dogs into these areas. So doing they risk the well being of children and other park users and a possible £80 fine.

If you come across any such a miscreant, please call Bromley Council Enforcement on 0208 313 4870, or Ward Security on 0845 476180

Bikes left in parks

IMG_2664With the new for Lime hire bikes now arrived in Bromley, we are starting to experience a new issue – bikes being left in our parks! Came across this one on Martins Hill this morning, after its hirer presumably didn’t want it any more. I can see this becoming a significant issue if they are not picked up quickly by Lime. At present I understand they only undertake to collect their bikes within 3 days. So will we end up with lots of more objects discarded in our parks, along with those occasional shopping trollies etc.? What a prospect!

Preparing for Secret Springs walk

In order to make two springs accessible for this Saturday’s walk we organised a work party today. On a bright sunny day several members cut back nettles, low branches etc so that people taking part in our walk could access these sites safely. While sometimes tough work those taking part felt that they were contributing towards a successful event

All we need now is for reasonable weather on Saturday and a good turn out of people wanting to find out more about the ‘hidden’ places in Bromley town centre. The walk starts at 10.30am this Saturday from outside Bromley Central Library.

Has Spring Arrived?

With the recent record high winter temperatures the natural world could be forgiven for believing that Spring has arrived, as shown in above image? Just twelve months after the ‘Beast from the East” snow showers, we have been more than 20 deg C higher! Hopefully not all will be lost when the cold weather returns. The crocuses, daffodils,snowdrops & snowbells beneath the steps in Church House Gardens are so beautiful. The Egyptian geese pair are almost certainly preparing to nest here this year, and two Mallard pairs already have a nests.

Queen’s Garden: Green Flag inspection

We had an inspection visit, last Friday, in response to the application for a Green Flag award. It was a rather cold and damp, in great contrast to the weather just a week before. However the inspection seemed to go well and we await a decision in a couple of months. Besides the two inspectors, representatives of our Friends group as well as idVerde (the parks maintenance contractor) were in attendance. We later met two members of The Glades management team.