Biggin Hill Airport consultation opportunity until mid-April

Supplementary Consultation on plans to introduce a new landing system for Runway 03 at Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport plans to install an all-weather aircraft guidance system for flights landing at the airport from the south west.

We consulted widely on these proposals between November 2015 and February 2016. That Consultation Document and the Post Consultation report – which collated all the responses to the original consultation – are in the airport’s website and remain available at

The original consultation determined that further work was necessary to resolve some technical details with other airspace users, including Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. That work is ongoing.

In the meantime, we (Biggin Hill Airport) are proposing an amendment to the last few miles of the approach route, which more closely follows the line of existing transport infrastructure such as the A23 trunk road and the M25. This supplementary consultation is specifically about that amendment.

This consultation, which runs for a six-week period from 27th February until mid-April 2017, is being conducted in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Cabinet Office and the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

We hereby invite you to respond to the consultation as a constituency, local government, interest group or airspace user group representative – or as a neighbour or other stakeholder.

Please go to:
to access the consultation document and for guidance as to how you can respond.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Annie Holmes

Bus 402 to cease in July 2017

Arriva has decided to stop the 402 bus at Dunton Green with effect from 17 July so we will lose our hourly service to/from Bromley. The R5/R10 service to Orpington has been progressivly cut back, so according to our councillor Lydia Buttinger, “Pratts Bottom must be one of the most poorly serviced communities in London for bus services.” Unlike other parts of London we can’t take the tube, tram or DLR.

A suggestion has been made to extend the R1 and/or R11 from Green Street Green to the Pratts Bottom roundabout. This would add only 5 minutes to the route and would transform public transport for our residents. If you support this proposal or have any other comments on the PB bus services, please email CUSTOMERSERVICES@TFL.GOV.UK quoting reference 7413688.
See Update 10.3.2017

Invitation to a round table discussion – Tuesday, 1st December 7pm, Civic Centre

Liz Turnbull, Chairman of the Pratts Bottom Residents’ Association, has asked for this letter from the Council to be put on our website. PBRA intends to send 2 reps to meeting on 1st December, but there is a public meeting on 26th November.

“I am writing to invite two representatives from your Residents’ Association to a round table discussion at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, 1 December from 7pm to 8.30pm to help inform the Council’s budget setting process. We want to hear your views as representatives of local people and talk about the council budget for 2016-17 and beyond. This discussion will be in light of continuing savings of more than £50 million we have to make over the next four years to balance our budget in addition to the £60 million saved in the last few years.

“As with last year we believe these smaller sessions with representatives of our Residents’ Associations will allow us to explore in more detail the issues we face and the difficult decisions we continue to have to make.

“I would be delighted if you and/or a colleague are able to attend and if you could please let Maggie Richardson know by emailing or telephoning 020 8313 4422 to help us plan seating and refreshments.

“On this evening, I am inviting associations broadly to the east of the borough. However, if you cannot make this date you would be very welcome to attend an alternative session on the previous evening, Monday, 30 November at the Civic Centre from 7pm – 8.30pm.

“As part of the budget setting process we have also launched an online survey.  This is to give Bromley residents the opportunity to tell us their views on our Building a Better Bromley priorities, which have governed the Council’s work and activity for a number of years and to tell us if they broadly support our approach in delivering these Building a Better Bromley priorities given ever reducing budgets and the need to meet the requirements placed on us by the Government.  We are also seeking practical ideas and suggestions for saving money as well as how to generate more funds to help secure important front line services.  We would be grateful if you would encourage the members of your Residents’ Association to take part in the survey. We are offering residents who are not able to log in online at home assistance with completing the survey in our libraries.

“In addition to the smaller session for Residents’ Associations we are also holding a public meeting from 11 am – 12.30 pm on Thursday, 26 November at the Civic Centre and again we would be grateful if you could encourage members of your organisation to attend.  You can find the online survey, details of the public meeting and background material on our website at

“We really welcome your views so I do hope your organisation can send one or two representatives to this important session. I look forward to meeting you on the night.

“Best wishes

“Cllr Stephen Carr”

A tribute to Alan Dimbleby

by Sue Short

Today, just before I left on my journey to Aylesford Priory, I heard that our good friend Alan had died. [It seems Alan died after an accident at work.]

He was a family man – loved by his wife and children. I first met Alan at a Residents’ Committee meeting. He greeted me with his wonderful broad grin – I immediately felt at ease.

He was kind and generous with his time. He took me on a tour of Charmwood Farm where he worked. He showed me the bat caves; the best place to view Norsted Manor and the banks and ditches – perhaps the work of a farmer-a farmer just like Alan.

Alan gave guided tours around Charmwood Farm – Pratts Bottom villagers could admire the fields and woods close to their village. He cheerfully showed us wild flowers; long lost footpaths; the new orchard he had planted – he smiled his lovely smile – he was proud – and so were we.

Alan always helped at village fairs, quizes and functions – stacking chairs and tables – he could be relied upon to get things done.

What happens now? Alan would know.

He was simply a lovely man – famous for cracking a corny joke; relied upon to help when help was needed. Within him was something special. Without him we are bereft.

Alan Dimbleby leading a walk on Charmwood Farm in 2008

Alan Dimbleby leading a walk on Charmwood Farm in 2008


That broad grin
Those corny jokes
That made us chuckle and smile
Always a gentle manner
Never abrasive or cruel
He was part of our village
That’s all – that’s all.

Chairs and tables stacked
Spaces cleared
Traffic directed
Tents erected
Part of our village community
That’s all – that’s all.

Bat caves revealed
Banks and ditches shown
Photographs taken
That broad grin again
Part of the fields
Part of the woods
Part of the countryside
That’s all – that’s all.

A family man
A good friend
A loyal worker
Not forgotten that broad grin
Those corny old jokes
Who will make us laugh now?
That’s all – that’s all.

Sue Short, 24 July 2015