Bradbourne Lakes Residents' Association
Land Use Consultants Report on the Lakes
Over the summer, Land Use Consultants, (LUC), the specialists hired by the District Council to produce a ‘Vision for Bradbourne Lakes’, completed the various tree, ecology, sediment and structural surveys needed for this purpose. These have now been delivered to the Council in the form of a report. This can be found on the SDC website here.
Prom In The Park
Bradbourne Residents’ Association held holding their annual concert at Bradbourne Lakes, Betenson Avenue in September, enjoying two hours of popular tunes and light classical music from The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Training Band in lovely surroundings.
Park Renovations Update – May 2019
The initial phase of the restoration project for which the District Council has commissioned Land Use Consultants (LUC) has been going ahead. Early in the year, LUC’s team undertook Phase 1 of their Ecology survey of the site, including a tree survey. Visitors will have noticed the resulting tree numbering now present. LUC has now further commissioned silt survey tests across all the lakes, and these are scheduled for 21st-22nd May. The previous survey, done some years ago by the District Council, is now out of date and, if dredging is ever to take place, it has to be established that the silt to be removed is non-toxic.
Separately, some good news for wheelchair users. The District Council have at last repaired the broken-up footpath in the southern park, something for which, as a residents’ association, we have for several years campaigned.
Petition to lobby SDC to restore our lakes
Many thanks to all those who supported our 2018 petition to Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) to “Save Bradbourne Lakes from neglect”. By 9th October, 792 had done so on-line and a further 366 had signed the paper version. That was the day we made a crucial presentation to SDC’s Direct & Trading Advisory Committee. At well over 1,000 names this demonstrated clear support for our cause. Following that Committee’s recommendation, SDC are budgeting £60,000 in 2019/20 to cover further work by Land Use Consultants (LUC), which is hoped will ultimately lead to a host of potential funding partners being approached to facilitate restoration. The petition is now closed but our work continues!
Working Parties in 2019
Our 2019 working parties are on the second Saturday of every odd month starting at 9.30 by the monolith in the South park. March, May, July, September and November. Please come along for any time that suits you. We normally start packing up at around midday.
Paying annual subscriptions online
As we only manage to collect the £3 subscriptions from about half of the households in the area, we are trialing Paypal as a method of collecting subscriptions to save us from knocking on so many doors in June.
Feel free to use the Paypal link on the left and be sure to add your name and address where it states “Add special instructions to recipient.” If you don’t have a Paypal account, it’s quick and easy to set up. All subscriptions go towards our campaign to restore the Lakes, helping advance other local causes of people and funding social events such as the Easter egg hunt.
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