The Council is reminding residents who are not currently on the electoral register or have moved recently they have until Monday 20 April to register to have their say in the General Election on May 7.
Residents who haven’t registered yet should also be aware registering to vote has changed. Individual Electoral Registration (IER) requires you to register and update your details individually. No one can register for you. The new system means you can register on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Once on the page you need to fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details including your National Insurance number. If you don’t have access to the internet or can’t use it a form can be posted to you. Once registered you can vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
And remember it’s a legal requirement to register and you can face a fine if you fail to do so. If you want further information email email@example.com
Penny Avann has bravely stepped into the role as editor of the village newsletter. Here is the first of the new look publication with PB news and all that’s fit to print!
Pratts Bottom Village Newsletter 2015
The Pratts Bottom Residents Association invites you to attend the Annual General Meeting on 26 September at the Village Hall. Kicking off at 7.30pm with tea and biscuits before the guest speaker, Mr Frank Levett from Orpington First, enlightens us on the regeneration of Orpington.
The latest village newsletter is now available to view or download here
Note that the date for the Village Fete given in the Village Newsletter is wrong. It is definitely Saturday 17 May this year!
Photo Tesla Exploration International Ltd
Unlikely as it may seem, the major seismological survey being carried out around Pratts Bottom, Knockholt and Farnborough by Tesla Exploration Ltd is to explore for “oil” (more likely, shale gas) for Northdown Energy Ltd, a partner of the Texas-based Alamo Energy Corporation.
The Sevenoaks planning application is available here but it doesn’t state the purpose: http://www.sevenoakstown.gov.uk/updates/20130204PlanAg.pdf
Note reference to an “oil discovery” at Knockholt: http://www.oilvoice.com/n/Alamo_Energy_Announces_Partnership_With_Northdown_Energy_to_Develop_UK_Weald_Basin_Acreage/8977c5fa7b74.aspx
Apparently we are considered to be in part of the “Weald Basin” and if you drill down far enough there are oil deposits: http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Yes-s-true-hunt-oil-planned-Sevenoaks/story-18076098-detail/story.html#axzz2U1JIv3ov
When will the nodding donkeys arrive? I think we should be told.
A chance to get out your bunting again and win a prize for the Best Dressed House in the Village! With a little imagination, you can create a wonderful scarecrow for the competition: just bring it along to the URC before 11 on the morning of the 11th or display it in your front garden, letting us know that it is there so that it can be included in the judging.
There will be prizes for children who dress up as characters from children’s story books and join the May Queen Procession which begins at 11 in Broke Farm Drive Recreation ground. Once the May Queen opens the fete at 12 noon the fun will begin.
The “Fun Dog Show” will be judging the dog which looks most like its owner, the one with the waggiest tail and best entertainer, so bring along your “best friend” and enter it for one or all of the “classes”. The popular Horsey Hopper Races are being run again. Competition is fierce, so get in some practice. As well as the entertainment there will be many exciting games to play, great prizes to win and lots of stalls to browse, with interesting things to buy. The Railway Society are running a splendid steam train on a 50 foot track across the Green and in the Village Hall, together with other stalls and super refreshments, children will have a chance to drive Thomas the Tank Engine!
If you buy a Lucky Programme you will know what is happening and when it is going to happen and you could also win £50. An exciting end to the day is the raffle draw – don’t forget to buy your tickets as there are some great prizes to be won!
Lesley Jones – Chair of the Fete Committee
If you were at the recent Residents’ Association AGM you will know about the big redevelopment plans afoot on the old MOD/Qinetiq base at the top of the hill where Britain’s atomic bomb was developed by William Penney. Unfortunately as the site is in Sevenoaks we are not being considered and consulted as fully as our councillors think we should be, especially as regards transport and parking at OUR local station – Knockholt station is in Bromley but the parking places outside are controlled by Sevenoaks council.
Views on this project have been circulated among a select group by email, so I’m hoping these and other people will post their comments here for us all to share.
With the autumn equinox upon us, the days are getting shorter, winter draws on and all that. Why not become a snow friend and clear the pavement for your neighbours, especially if they are elderly? What you should do is contact Jackie Barber (SnowFriends@bromley.gov.uk) at Bromley Council and she will put you in touch or explain how to become one yourself.
Salt and a shovel are provided by the Council
Click the Village News link at the top to read the latest goings on in Pratts Bottom.