Bromley Civic Society was formed to provide awareness and protection for the built and green environment of Bromley, in particular for the town centre. The Society was formed in 2007 in place of the Heart Neelgeeries housesof Bromley Residents Association (HOBRA) out of concern for the content of the emerging Town Centre Area Action Plan, to which the Society made detailed response through the various consultation stages as well as at the AAP public hearing in 2010.

We are grateful to the past work of HOBRA, in particular for their successful campaign for the designation of the Town Centre Conservation Area which, as a result, gives protection to over 500 historic buildings.  This protection, however, is subject to constant attack from developers and so there is a need for consistent vigilance, education and dissemination of information.

We have continued to campaign for better protection of the historic built and green environment of the Town Centre and its environs and the wellbeing of its residents.

We are founder members of Civic Voice, the UK national body for amenity societies, and The London Forum, both of which inform government policy on planning matters.  We are also members of the Bromley Federation of Residents Associations and regularly contribute to meetings with an exchange of information.

We love Bromley in Kent and we think there is much in Bromley town to celebrate and cherish.

As a local amenity society we seek to:

  • Encourage people to take greater interest in central Bromley.
  • Provide an opportunity for informed discussion and increasing awareness of the principles and objectives of development and conservation within the area.
  • Ensure that officials and members of government at all levels are aware of the importance of Bromley town centre as a historic place and a living place.
  • Promote high standards of planning and design in the area.
  • Secure the preservation or enhancement of those features that contribute to the special character of the area.
  • Press for improvements to the public realm.

We have the following officers who manage the day to day work of the Society:

Chairman—Tony Banfield

Vice Chair—Peter Martin

Treasurer—Davina Misroch

Secretary—Jane Secker

They are supported by a committee of society members covering matters such as planning, membership and publicity.

Please contact our web editor Tim Hayward via the address below if you have any suggestions regarding content for this site.

The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month. These meetings start at 8pm and are held at the Parish Rooms adjacent to the parish church in Church Road, Bromley BR2 0EG.

For further details please contact our Chairman, Tony Banfield (see below).

4 Responses to Home

  1. Sally Phillips says:

    I have a notice about a public meeting tonight about Site G which I must have printed off the Internet some time ago. At the bottom is a message – keep up with Site G on your website. I have just tried to do this expecting that the meeting would be on the front page with details of Site G plans but found nothing. Is this the way to get support for your campaign? I had intended to come to the meeting – now I am not so sure

    Sally Phillips

    • Tim Hayward says:

      Thanks Sally. BCS sent representatives to the meeting on 21 July which was arranged by The Friends of Community G who are responsible for the campaign. They will be providing a readout from the meeting and we will post this on the BCS website shortly.

  2. Martin Hurst says:

    Dear BCS

    I have followed developments in Bromley via your website with great interest.

    Naturally I am sad to see the demise of the Italian Garden but I think there is much to be positive about here. The Queen’s garden is still a lovely space and the new restaurant area will complement it perfectly. I care about Bromley and am as keen as anyone to see its heritage preserved but I also want to see Bromley as a competitive town centre where people spend money. The Italian Gardens were a very sweet ornamental feature but they did not seem to be the best use of space in a town centre that even without them is well endowed with green space.

    The Bromley North Village development is a fantastic project that is bringing about transformation to an area that previously looked dilapidated – almost seedy in parts. The work has been carried out to a very high standard and has completely lifted the area. There are those who say that “period” lighting would have been more appropriate but what period do they have in mind? I understand that the inspiration behind the lighting is Bromley’s most famous son, HG Wells and I can’t think of a better inspiration. They make a striking contrast with the surrounding architecture and because of their colour the blend in well compared with some modern street lighting.

    Is there any further news about the destruction of the Dutch gables adorning some of the buildings in High Street North? Is this not illegal and shouldn’t the building owners be compelled to reinstate the gables? I haven’t heard much about this matter recently and would appreciate an update.

    I also look forward to an update on the Royal Bell Hotel. It is some time since antic acquired the lease and Anthony Thomas is very unresponsive. Peter Martin had some excellent work done to look at how the place could be transformed and I hope this will be put to good use by the new owners and not left to gather dust.

    Finally, the new flats proposed for Tweedy Road would be an eyesore. “Monstrous carbuncle” comes to mind; where’s HRH Prince Charles when you need him?

    Best wishes and keep up the good work.

    Yours sincerely,

    Martin Hurst

    • Tim Hayward says:

      Martin – Many thanks for your email and for your supportive comments. We intend to publish an update on the Royal Bell Hotel in our next newsletter and I’ll also follow up your comments about the Dutch gables. Best wishes, Tim

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