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PUBLISHED: 13:44 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 12 March 2015

Beckenham Improvements

Beckenham Improvements

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£3.2m revamp set for Beckenham High Street

Removing lorries, widening the pavements, improving parking and increasing the number of regular street markets as well as boosting its ‘village’ feel are all part of the council’s £3.2m revamp of Beckenham High Street. Now’s your chance to have your say. Chris Murphy reports...

It’s time for the public to have their say on what they want to see happen to the High Street in Beckenham.

Bromley Council has launched a public consultation so it can hear all thoughts and ideas on the £3.2m plans it has put together.

The council has a seven point plan it wants to achieve, which it has detailed on a 57 page document.

A spokesman said: “We need to remove or at least reduce the level of HGV usage in the High Street.

“The pedestrian experience of the High Street needs improving with enhanced crossings and wider pavements.

“Improved parking and loading provision for visitors and businesses are required, along with increasing opportunities for regular street markets.

“We want to improve the quality of design, reduce street clutter, while emphasising a village identity – this will include an increased use of soft landscaping.

“An improvement of traffic flow at major interchanges is essential as well as enhancing public and pedestrian accessibility at the war memorial.”

The £3.2 million scheme is being funded in partnership with Transport for London.

Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation in the borough, said: “We have been working closely with key stakeholders from the town and have now prepared our initial concept designs.

“ We now want to hear from residents, businesses and others so if you are interested come along to our exhibition event or visit our website to view the plans.

“We are committed to improving Beckenham town centre and encouraging new investment to the historic area, which will support its future vibrancy.”

The authority said: “We have reached an important stage in the design development of the Beckenham town centre public realm scheme.

“Having agreed a set of clear objectives for the scheme, we have developed concept designs to deliver these objectives.

“This process has involved input from a wide range of stakeholders, including the Beckenham Town Centre Working Group.

“We have now refined the concept designs to reflect the ideas and aspirations of people and businesses in Beckenham.

“We have recently developed a cost plan which shows what is affordable within the existing scheme budget. We have also undertaken a traffic modelling exercise on the proposed improvements to key junctions.”

The council says it has worked closely with residents and community groups throughout the ‘process of producing an improvement strategy and public realm concept designs for Beckenham High Street’.

It said: “The quality of the public realm would be improved by including coordinated and harmonious design, reduction of street clutter and an emphasis on the ‘village’ identity.”

How the consultation works:

The plans are available to view on the council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements.

A series of events, one for the general public and others for interested associations, allow for further opportunities to view and comment on the plans.

This stage of consultation will run until Friday, March 27.

One event for businesses, residents and community groups is on March 12 from 11.30am to 8pm. An exhibition at the Citygate Church at 22 Rectory Road, Beckenham will let people to view the concept designs and discuss the plans.

For the Beckenham Business Association, there is a meeting scheduled for March 25. And for the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, members of the council and East Architects will attend their annual meeting on March 18.

For those who can’t get along, they can write to Beckenham Town Centre Improvements, Town Centre Renewal Team, Renewal and Recreation Department, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH. Or drop an email to beckenhamimprovements@bromley.gov.uk

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