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BCS: activity, newsletters and bulletins

BCS Bulletin Spring 2012

BCS Bulletin September 2012

BCS Bulletin July 2011

Archived posts:

  • A look inside the Royal Bell Hotel, Bromley

    Peter Martin, Vice Chair Bromley Civic Society, writes about the Royal Bell Hotel. This story appeared in our September newsletter. With thanks to Jo Hone for the photographs. The Royal Bell has stood empty and forlorn now for some 5 years. Once the grandest hotel in Bromley, its most recent history has been somewhat chequered…
  • Archive, 2013, September: Site L 1 Westmoreland Road, Bromley

    Planning ref 13/02451 – 1 Westmoreland Road, Bromley: 20th September 2013 BCS have sent in their comments on this revised planning application for the development of the ex-DSS building (Opportunity site L). We are concerned at the lack of any significant changes since last application. Our comments can be viewed here: A_BCS comments_ September 2013_Site…
  • Archive: 2011 July: Site K: Westmoreland Road Car Park

    July 2011: Site K: Westmoreland Road Car Park The developer (Cathedral Group) outlined very sketchy plans of their proposed development in a container outside the Churchill Theatre. Our society have raised severe concerns about these plans particularly the height of the building. More details on this development are expressed in out July 2011 Bulletin:A_BCS_bulletin_July_2011
  • Archive: 2012, January: Site L– Plans for ex-DHSS building, Bromley South

    25th January 2012: Site L– Plans for ex-DHSS building, Bromley South A small public exhibition of Telereal Trillium’s proposal to develop the former DHSS site. This is a mixed development to provide a hotel, apartments and retail and will involve a 11-storey tower block at the junction Masons Hill/Westmoreland Road. BCS are concerned at impact…
  • Archive: 2012, January: Big screen dream part of £80m town development

    11th January 2012: Big screen dream part of £80m town development Tony Banfield comments adversely, in today’s News Shopper article on Cathedral Group’s 24 storey tower development in Westmoreland Road (Site K). Also known as Bromley South Central. In same issue a notice of a planning application (ref: 11/03865/FULL1) for this development appears. BCS will…
  • Archive: 2012, January: Former Army & Navy Store Ringers Road

    The application by Crest Homes for the erection of 1×11 storey (plus upper basement) and 1×9 storey (plus lower and upper basement) building comprising 148 flats (48×1 bedroom and 100×2 bedroom), 460sqm commercial unit (Class A3/A4), 77 car parking spaces has been refused by the council’s Development Control Committee. This is the former Army &…
  • Archive: 2012, July: Town Centre Festival

    Sunday 29th July 2012: BCS taking part in Bromley Town Centre Festival. We will be taking part in this important event in Bromley High Street, 11am—5pm. There will be lots of events celebrating local Arts, Sports, Leisure and Heritage. We will be manning a stall, together with the Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens…
  • Archive: 2012, June: Jonathan Clay talk at AGM

    Thursday 6th June 2013: BCS AGM. The society’s Annual General Meeting took place at the Parish Rooms, Church Street, Bromley. After our formal business our guest speaker Jonathan Clay spoke eloquently about the campaign by Gravesend Civic Society against disastrous local town centre development plans.
  • Archive: 2012, March: Heritage Trail Launched

    31st March 2012: Heritage Trail launched As part of the council’s Easter events an heritage trail around Bromley North Village was officially launched in the Market Square. Councillors Morgan & Manning were in attendance. Two separate walks were led by Marc Timlin (BCS).
  • Archive: 2013, Aug: 111 High Street, Bromley, shopfront

    28th August 2013 BCS opposes the planning application, reference 13/02630, to fit a new unsympathetic shop front to this historic building.
  • Archive: 2013, July: Bromley North Village

    Bromley North Village: July 2013 Work to improve the public realm has started with both East Street and the upper High Street being dug up. Some concern has been expressed about the grave impact on businesses. 11th May 2013: Bromley North Plans Approved. The plans for improvements to the public realm and re-routing of some…
  • Archive: 2013, June: Loss of the Italian Terrace

    QG_report_Nov_2011 This planned development, along with a terrace area outside the garden, will take most of the southern end of Queen’s Garden to build five restaurants. This particular area was added to the garden in 1990 in compensation for the northern part, adjacent to Market Square, then taken to build The Glades shopping centre. We…
  • Archive: 2013, September: Royal Bell

    Royal Bell plans: 4th September 2013 Supporters of Bromley Arts & Community Initiative meet with Bromley councillors, in Council Chamber, to discuss plans to make this historic but empty building into an arts centre. More details at http://bromleyartsandcommunity.blogspot.co.uk/ 28th March 2013:  Royal Bell meeting Bromley Arts & Community Initiative held a well attended meeting to…
  • Archive: 2013, September: West Side of High Street

    Site G Community G Meeting Site G Leaflet Community G Street Party: 22nd September 2013 BCS was pleased to be invited to the street party organised by the community of people seriously impacted by council plans. Bob Ogley was a guest speaker. Public Meeting on West Side of High Street, Bromley About two hundred people…
  • BCS Newletter and February talk

    The latest BCS newsletter was published before Christmas containing all the latest information about town centre planning and other important issues. One important story concerns the approval given for the revised planning application for the Royal Bell hotel on 13 December. Benedict O’Looney, one of the architects, will be giving an update on progress with…
  • Bromley Civic Society AGM: 4 June 2015

    We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting and Social Evening to be held on Thursday 4th June 2015, 8pm It will take place in the Parish Church Rooms, Church Road, Bromley (behind Primark) The agenda is as follows: Chairman’s report 2014/15 Treasurers’ report Election of officers General discussion Refreshment break Guest Speaker,…
  • Halloween Ghost Walk!!

    Bromley Civic Society will be leading a ghost walk this Halloween, Wednesday 31 October. Find out about Bromley’s murky past with tales of ghosts, murder, political intrigue and execution !!!!! Meet at Belgo in Queen’s Garden beside the north entrance to the Glades from 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start. Booking Essential Mail: chair@bromleycivicsociety.org.uk Tour 1…
  • HG Wells in Bromley: a Bromley Civic Society talk

    The talk will be held at the Parish Rooms, Church Road, Bromley at 8.00pm on Thursday 26th January 2017. The places and sights that the young HG Wells would have known, described in his own vivid words. Tony Banfield, Jane Secker and Peter Martin, in their best Victorian attire, will tell the story of his…
  • Historic Architecture Talk on February 28th: Venue Change

    Please note that the venue for Benedict O’Looney’s talk on historic architecture in south London has been changed to the Small Hall, Bromley Central Library (see below). Benedict will also speak about progress with the current plan to restore the Royal Bell hotel. Benedict O’Looney Talk on 28th February 2019, 7:30pm: Small Hall, Bromley Central…
  • Visit the old Palace on the next Bromley Heritage Walk

    Bromley Civic Society will be organising another heritage walk on Saturday 14th May led by Peter Martin, the BCS Vice-Chair and Jane Secker, BCS Secretary. It will be an opportunity to visit Bromley Palace and see inside the building, which was the former residence of the Bishops of Rochester and dates from the late 18th…