We have very recently discovered Bromley council’s intention to sell off, on a 250 year lease, parts of Library Gardens (aka Church House Gardens) to Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd. as part of their intention to build multi-storied buildings on adjacent Site G, Phase 1.This intention to sell was issued 20th June, before public consultations on Site G, Phase 1 has even started! We feel that any such proposal, if still relevant, should only be issued after the full public consultation process has taken place, if this process is to be really meaningful, and not just a ‘tick box’ exercise.
We request your urgent support. Please submit your objections to the council’s Notice of Intention to Dispose of Open Space, in writing to the following address –
David Mark Brown Director of Corporate Services, Civic Centre, Stockewell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH.
The deadline for such objections is 12th July.
We consider objections should be made on the following grounds.
- Notice of Intention to sell is premature and would prejudice the outcome of the upcoming public consultation.
- Loss of Public Open Space.
- Loss of Open Green Space.
- Loss of Urban Open Space.
- Enables development likely to be harmful to the appearance of the Conservation Area.
- Threat of loss of mature Cedar tree (next to closed toilet block) shown in proposed development area.
More information on our campaign for this park can be found on our Library Gardens campaign page,
After much work by contractors, and expense, the oil spill appears to have been cleared. We await feedback from the Environment Agency on their investigation of this incident. It is pleasing to see the ever optimistic moorhens are sitting on eggs again. Let us hope that they are successful this time.
Pollution measures on Mill Pond Photo by Kari Silvester
Early last Friday morning (31 March) a serious pollution incident was spotted on the Mill Pond, Glassmill Lane, Bromley BR1. This was immediately reported, by one of our members, to the Environment Agency. A large quantity of oil was covering the water and its margins.
Since then Thames Water contractors have been busy on site installing temporary booms to restrict the wider contamination of the River Ravensbourne, as well trying to remove the oil. To date at least one tanker full of oil has been sucked up. Unfortunately oil has also contaminated both the mud and the island. This will be extremely difficult to clean. The impact on the fish and other invertebrates in the water has yet to be determined. Already several nesting Moorhens have died as a result of this pollution, and the RSPCA are continuing to monitor the situation.
The Environment Agency and Thames Water investigation, of the cause of this pollution and identification of the culprit, is ongoing. For more on this area go to Mill Pond and Ravensbourne restoration
This historic Mill Pond is important both for its heritage and environmental features. It is an important nesting site for ducks and is also visited by grey herons, kingfishers, etc. Part of the River Ravensbourne catchment, we were already working with Thames21 and other stakeholders, to access grant funding to enhance this important space.
Beltane cross found.
During a recent walk by our group we came across these unusual objects adjacent to the Grade 2 listed Pulhamite garden feature in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre Grounds). This included a ‘St.Brigid’s Cross’ celebration of spring. Let us hope that the weather proves otherwise!
Learn more about St.Brigid’s Cross HERE
Learn more about Bromley Palace Park HERE
Flower bed in Church House Gardens
A parliamentary committee enquiring into the status of public parks in England has now issued its report. It recognises the importance of our parks and that they are at a critical point due to financial and planning pressures.
A few selected comments from the report are given below –
“They provide opportunities for leisure, relaxation and exercise, but are also fundamental to community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and local economic growth.”
“However parks are at a tipping point, and failure to match their value and the contribution they make with the resources they need to be sustained could have severe consequences.”
“Planning policy, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply, may not always give enough priority to parks and green spaces, or to other elements of our green infrastructure.”
The full report can be found HERE
Martins Hill Lodge as it is now fenced off
The old Lodge on Martins Hill has been sold again and the new owner intends to restore it into a habitable home. Following on from an earlier planning permission, further details have been submitted (Ref: 15/01561/FULL1) showing proposed external finishes. Details can be found on the council online planning page
We look forward to the sympathetic restoration, and occupation, of this local landmark, which has sadly been empty and derelict for many years.