2020 Draft Open Space Strategy – List of Parks with Actions

These are actions, against specific parks, in the Draft Open Space Strategy here: https://cds.bromley.gov.uk/documents/s50083222/Idverde%20Draft%20OPen%20Space%20Strtaegy.pdf

Please excuse any duplicates that have not been spotted; they were repeated in the different strategic-objectives tables. 

It is expected that many of these will not be welcomed by their park’s community.

And… what if your park has no objectives?

Town Centre Parks:

In General“Investigate repurposing urban centre open spaces, to support the local economy (As identified in the Bromley Local Plan)” (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Actions column, item 1)
In General“Develop key town centre open spaces to support a growing night-time economy” (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Actions column, item 2)
2022/23:“Improve the Open Space Portfolio built form opportunities in Bromley’s key town centres starting with a Pilot project improvement scheme for The Glasmill Lane Reservoir at Church House Gardens” (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, item 10)
2022/23:  Develop (built? sustainable?) proposals for Church House Garden (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, item 13)
2022/23:  “Deliver feasibility study into town centre open spaces and ways in which they may contribute to the Bromley economy”   (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, item 1)
2022/23:  “Create a ‘green town’ model programme and initiate pilot projects at Church House Gardens, Queen’s Gardens, Library Gardens, Martin’s Hill, Queensmead, Palace Park and College Green” (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, item 1)
2023/24:“Undertake feasibility study into solar and wind power on Martins Hill and Church House Gardens” (SO3 zero carbon, page 28, item 3)  
2023/24:“Create a ‘green town’ model programme and initiate pilot projects at Church House Gardens, Queen’s Gardens, Library Gardens, Martin’s Hill, Queensmead, Palace Park and College Green”  (SO3 zero carbon, page 28, item 4)

Alexandra Recreation Ground

2022/23: Develop proposals (built? sustainable?) for (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2022/23, item 13)

Betts Park

2021/22: Review and plan the redevelopment of play areas (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2021/22, item 8)

Develop plans for the provision of new play facilities (2021/22 action page 39)

Biggin Hill Recreation Ground

2021/22: Develop detailed proposals for initial phase of pilot projects (built? sustainable?) within 3-year programme (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2021/22, item 8)

2023/24: Develop pilot proposals (clean energy generation) (SO3 zero carbon, page 28, Column 2023/24, item 2)

2022/23: Deliver improved grass root sports facilities (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2022/23, item 5)

2022/23: Attract larger scale funds for strategic open space aspirations – as key open space (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2022/23, item 2)

Croydon Road Recreation Ground

2022/23: Develop and deliver a grant funded restoration programme to the Edwardian bandstand to create an enhanced community facility (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2022/23, item 12)

2023/24: Develop improvement plans to reflect their uniqueness, history and horticulture, customer expectation and to support the local economy”  (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2023/24, item 3)

2023/24: Develop improvement plans to reflect their uniqueness, history and horticulture, customer expectation and to support the local economy (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2023/24, item 2)

2023/24: Attract larger scale funds for strategic open space aspirations – as key open space (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2023/24, item 2)

Crystal Palace Park

2021/22: Develop and implement an environmental awareness and opportunities programme predominantly through BEECHE 2-year programme (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2021/22, item 5)

2021/22: Management regime review environmental awareness programme  (2021/22 action page 39)

2022/23: Develop and implement Year-2 of the environmental awareness and opportunities programme” (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2022/23, item 4)

Farnborough Recreation Ground

2021/22: Develop and deliver grant funded projects improving cricket and pitch playing surfaces (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2021/22, item 7)

Deliver projects (2021/22 action page 39)

Goddington Park

2021/22: Secure and deliver a grant funded improvement scheme for facilities supporting grass root sports (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2021/22, item 6)

High Elms

unknown – Transform the Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE) into an accredited centre for learning (KSS 7 – Learning Open Space improve BEECHE income generation)

2023/24: Investigate wind/solar power and ground store heat exchangers and deliver Pilot projects (SO3 zero carbon, page 28, Column 2023/24, item 1)

2023/24: Assess feasibility of health and wellbeing and other opportunities for physical activity for children, youth and seniors at rural locations (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2023/24, item 2)

Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground

2021/22: Secure and deliver a new grant funded cycle track and community club (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2021/22, item 7) & (2021/22 action page 39)

Kelsey Park

2023/24: Develop improvement plans to reflect their uniqueness, history and horticulture, customer expectation and to support the local economy”  (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2023/24, item 3) & (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2023/24, item 2)

2023/24: Attract larger scale funds for strategic open space aspirations – as key open space (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2023/24, item 2)

Kings Meadow Recreation Ground

2021/22: Deliver enhanced play provision (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2021/22, item 6) & Deliver projects (2021/22 action page 39)

Norman Park

2021/22: Develop detailed proposals for initial phase of pilot projects (built? sustainable?) within 3-year programme (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2021/22, item 8)

2021/22: Deliver sports improvement scheme (2021/22 action page 39)

2022/23: Deliver a sustainable rolling 3-year events programme – as one of Bromley’s key event and activity sites through the development plan (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2022/23, item 3)

2022/23: Deliver improved grass root sports facilities (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2022/23, item 5)

2022/23: Attract larger scale funds for strategic open space aspirations – as key open space (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2022/23, item 2)

2023/24: Develop pilot proposals (clean energy generation) (SO3 zero carbon, page 28, Column 2023/24, item 2)

Old Hill Playground

2021/22: Review and plan the redevelopment of play areas (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2021/22, item 8) & Develop plans for the provision of new play facilities (2021/22 action page 39)

Palace Square

2021/22: Review and plan the redevelopment of play areas (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2021/22, item 8) & Develop plans for the provision of new play facilities (2021/22 action page 39)

Poverest Park

2021/22: Secure and deliver a grant funded improvement scheme for facilities supporting grass root sports (SO5 Financially Viable Open Space Portfolio, Page 32, Column 2021/22, item 6) & (2021/22 action page 39)

Priory Gardens

2023/24: Develop and consult upon a horticultural ‘Arts and Crafts’ model (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2023/24, item 2)

Scadbury Park

2021/22: Develop and deliver a grant funded repair works project to protect the vulnerable brickwork at the historic Scadbury Moated Manor remains (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2021/22, item 10)

2021/22: Develop a 5-year master plan to conserve and create a sustainable open space asset,… (SO2 Sustainable Assets, Built Form, Function and Open Space, page 26, Column 2021/22, item 11)

2021/22: Scadbury Moated Manor repair project, master plan development (2021/22 action page 39)

2023/24: Investigate wind/solar power and ground store heat exchangers and deliver Pilot projects (SO3 zero carbon, page 28, Column 2023/24, item 1)

2023/24: Assess feasibility of health and wellbeing and other opportunities for physical activity for children, youth and seniors at rural locations (SO4 supporting the local economy, page 30, Column 2023/24, item 2)

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Write to say ‘No’ to the Draft Open Space Strategy

This draft strategy is the plan for our Parks, open- and green-spaces for the next ten years. The devil is in the (very) small print: to rank and ‘dispose’ of an unnamed number of parks/open spaces. The council has provided a survey for you to input your views. However, it seems to mislead the participant into (1) filling in their open space usage (2) focussing on the least controversial content of the Strategy (which is conveniently hidden in size 6 font in a sideways table). Instead, you might also want to email: william@ocat.co.uk (portfolio holder) James.Hilsden@bromley.gov.uk & will.harmer@bromley.gov.uk with the following points (putting them in your own words would be good):

* we need is an Open Space Strategy in which the Council “brave enough” to resist ‘repurposing‘ of any more Open Space. This comment leads on to our conviction that open spaces are a precious amenity and there should be no question of ‘development’ or ‘disposal’ for whatever reason.

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SAVE our Neo-Georgian Shop (AGAIN)

The developers who own the shop, that was formerly Maplins, have amended and re-submitted their planning application – please object! Here’s the link to the application (so click the Comments tab, then add a comment, chosing ‘Objection’ as the reason) https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=Q0UFGIBTHXZ00 Unfortunately, it looks like this one will go to appeal, and the more objections to this latest manifestation would really help the case.

Iceni Projects (the developer?) has produced rebuttal documents to counter the reasons from the last hearing. However, they don’t seem to have taken on board that their building is oversized, out of character, and ugly. Though they have reduced the height, we feel that:

* at 12 storeys it is still over-sized, and out of step with the rest of the buildings in this part of the high street, that are only 2-4 storeys high.

* The proposed building is right on the top of the ridge and much too high. It will stick out like a sore thumb when viewed from the railway. It will overlook the flats above the high street shops, Ethelbert and Ravensbourne Road. If the white in the picture is concrete then it will be black and mouldy after ten years.

* It is out of scale and character with the area and adjacent Conservation Area (contrary to Council policy 42) – a cheap squat concrete car-park style building which will stick out over the High Street and surrounding areas.

* It is ugly and poorly proportioned building. Definitely not a good quality or appealing design, and the statement that it is “delivering high quality development” is clearly false.

* the facade proposal is horrible. Instead of retaining the lovely Neo-Georgian shop, there is just the very front left, placing a really ugly cheap dark storey behind – it is not complimentary and clashes badly.

We also note that there will be no Affordable Rent flats provided, just Shared Ownership (Affordable Rent housing is not provided on ‘viability’ grounds).

Ugly squattish 12-storey oversized building
The ugly 12-storey proposal from Iceni Projects, reducing our lovely Neo-Georgian shop to a thin brick frontage to an ugly dark fronted building.
The over-sized and over-shadowing proposal for the former Maplin shop

The lovely Neo-Georgian shop that they are replacing:

The existing shop, formerly Maplin’s. Neo-Georgian brick building with fine pediments.

The existing Neo-Georgian shop parade, built in 1930 for Fifty Shilling Tailors – more details about this building, describing the history and architectural embellishment, here.

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North Street Demolished – The Parish School

The Parish school, then known as the National School, was built on the corner of North Street and College Road, in 1854.  The building was especially designed for it, by the eminent architect James Piers St Aubyn, who also designed the romantic additions to Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.

It was locally listed and, protected as a key building in a Conservation Area but nevertheless in 1987 the Council offered it to the Methodist Church to relocate from their existing site which the Council wanted for what was to become the Glades shopping centre. Thus, it was demolished.

The old National School was a successor to the Bromley Charity School that started in 1717, in an old gravel pit that’s now covered by the south corner of Bromley South station.  The children of the working or middle classes were not normally educated in that day and age, so it was remarkable that the Bishop of Rochester (they were Lords of the Manor of Bromley) funded 10 boys, and (surprisingly), 10 girls.  This attitude of not educating poorer people changed with the Elementary Education act of 1880 requiring all children to be schooled,  

According to HG Wells, funding these school places was in opposition to the great and the good of the Vestry (who ran the town until it became incorporated in 1901 with a Local Board), as it was

 “achieved against considerable resistance. There was a strong objection in those days to the use of public funds for the education of “other people’s children”, and he continues to say that the school offered

 “a mere foundation of an education that saw to the children up to the age of thirteen or even fourteen, and no further.”

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Widmore Road Demolished – Homeopathy Hospital

Homeopathy was a popular treatment in Bromley, starting in 1865  when part of the White Hart Inn was opened as a homeopathic dispensary, and when it outgrew this accommodation,  Bromley’s first homeopathic hospital opened in 1889 at 19 Widmore Road.  This backed onto White Hart Field (part of which is now Queens Gardens).

“When a new homeopathic hospital was under discussion, the Lord of the Manor, Coles Child, presented White Hart Field to Bromley in 1897, part given for the hospital and the rest laid out as a public recreation ground.”

“Phillips Homeopathic Hospital had opened in 1900, was enlarged further in 1907, but it was bombed in WWII by a direct hit and although it temporarily became a home for homeless people, escalating costs meant that it was eventually demolished in 1951.”

With the recreation ground next door, patients had used what was then called Victoria Gardens, but now renamed to Queens Gardens, during their convalescence.

* London Gardens Trust: from https://londongardenstrust.org/conservation/inventory/site-record/?ID=BRO061

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New Virtual Tour – A visit to Bromley Palace and Park!

Bromley Palace
The Bishop’s Palace, Bromley

Join us for a close look at the 18th century Bromley Palace, now the nerve centre of Bromley Council – we’ll also ‘walk’ around the secluded Park behind the Palace

The 18th century Bromley Palace was the Georgian home of the Bishops of Rochester. It was transformed in 1845 to the home of Victorian entrepreneur Coles-Child. Now we know it as part of the Civic Centre and is the nerve centre of Bromley Council.Inside we will see the magnificent grand staircase, carved oak panels, Robert Adams fireplace, Mayor’s parlour and the Council’s Cabinet room.The online ‘walk’ will also take in the secluded Park behind the Palace where we’ll see the St Blaise Well, the Pulham Rocks, the Ice House, Ha Ha and Victorian folly.The virtual visit will take the form of a Zoom meeting led by members of the Bromley Civic Society.  If you want to join the ‘walk’ please register for Eventbrite tickets by clicking the button below.

Click here to get free tickets

We like to ‘pass the hat’ after our walks but if you want to donate something now just click here

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Saturday Mornings at the Gaumont by Adrian

An extract from Adrian’s contribution to the memories on the Havelock Rec in 2018, he writes:

“On Saturday mornings many of us attended the Gaumont cinema at Bromley South where, for sixpence, we would sing popular songs before watching features like Zorro, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and Dick Barton – Special Agent.  At one time we had yoyo championships on stage and my pal Pete Gilbert, another Raglan Road pupil, won a dart board and I won a cricket bat which I still have.”

There’s more about the Gaumont cinema, on the lower “Broadway” part of the High Street, in our page High Street No. _44, the former Gaumont Cinema – Heritage Building Profile

Gaumont Cinema on high street
The Gaumont in it’s heyday years
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Reminices – Weeks Ironmongery by Peter

An extract from Peter’s contribution to the memories on the Havelock Rec, he writes:

“I had a regular delivery (of broken coke) to the lady next door at No 109 Homesdale Road, called Mrs Stokes. Her husband was the manager of a large Ironmongers in the High Street called Weeks. Manager or not, he still had to come in the house through the back door AFTER HE HAD CHANGED INTO HIS SLIPPERS AND CLEANED HIS SHOES FOR THE FOLLOWING MORNING. But she was very kind to me. I still remember her giving me a lovely shiny Half a Crown for my birthday in 1943  I dropped it between the floor boards when we were hiding in the cupboard under the stairs. My parents continued to live there until my mother died. Then I moved my father to live near me in Crawley, and he sold the house to a Mr Hennesey in 1986 – I often wondered if he found my half Crown.”

There’s more about Weeks ironmongery, on the north part of the High Street, in our page High Street No. 206 Diners Inn formerly George Weeks ironmongery

gable-topped mid-3-storey terrace, civic pride era shop with green tiles.
Diners Inn at 106 High Street, originally Weeks & Sons, by Paul Ylaes

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High Street No. 111 – Heritage Building

Number 111 is Tweed cottage. This modest 2-storey building marked the southern most end of the High street until the railway came, in 1858.

Since then, this Georgian building has been Barclays Bank, before becoming Tiger shop, selling arts and crafts materials.

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Comments on the Supplementary Planning Document consultation

oval of proposed high-rises compared with oval of nicer ones
comparison of proposed overbearing designs with nicer modern developments (as built in Kent this year)

This summer the council has run a consultation to decide whether to issue supplementary planning guidance for Bromley and Orpington town centres.

The consultation was run by Commonplace and closed 5th October 2020. You can view the comments people made by clicking the [View Comments] button at the bottom of each theme’s page: overview.

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