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NEWS


Paddling Pool status update

Bowie Bandstand Planning Application

Future Plans

The state of the park's toilets

Latest news update July 2022

Council discuss Bowie Bandstand restoration report

Programme Timetable for Bandstand Restoration work

Gate Lodge and adjacent Gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground
Awarded Listed Building Status

David Bowie's festival bandstand gets Grade II listing (August 2019)

Events in the Recreation Ground


Paddling Pool status update

Children's Paddling Pool

Paddling Pool status - The Paddling Pool is now OPEN and will remain so through the Summer


Bowie Bandstand Planning Application

(The above image may be viewed in more detail as part of PDF document 'PROPOSED NORTH-WEST & SOUTH-EAST ELEVATION PLANS' within the planning application documentation via the Planning Permission link below)

The planning applications for the Bandstand Restoration have been published and may now be viewed on the London Borough of Bromley's planning portal via the links below:

Planning Permission:

https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RFKMBNBTLO100&activeTab=summary

Listed Building Consent:

https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RFKMBOBTLO200&activeTab=summary


Future Plans

LBB Neighbourhood Management is working with the Friends of Parks borough-wide forum on a parks-wide signage improvement project and our Friends Group will be putting forward some ambitious proposals to improve park signage at Croydon Road Rec. specifically.

London Borough of Bromley is now accepting applications for their 1Million Platinum Jubilee Parks fund, an LBB-administered parks improvement fund. .Details of how to apply for some of the fund have been circulated to community groups and The Friends are planning to apply to the fund for replacement of our park's grossly out of date signage, which could include a story board of the bandstand.

We will keep you informed of the progress of our application in due course.

Also, toilet refurbishment has been brought up by ourselves, the cafe and the Ward Councillors as a priority for the park (see the article below)..

Another longer term improvement for the park will be refurbishment of the paddling pool, for which we have already started fundraising. LBB are also planning to refurbish the smaller gazebo/shelter in the park this year, should the external funding prove forthcoming.


The state of the park's toilets

 

The Friends are increasingly concerned about the state of the park’s toilets, following several recent complaints. idverde ground staff are contracted by Bromley Council to clean and re-stock the toilets every morning when the toilets are unlocked; the Service level Agreement is once a day.

The toilets have deteriorated recently and have experienced vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The state of the toilets has led to the ward Councillor escalating the situation with the Portfolio Holder for parks at Bromley Council.
idverde's Grounds Maintenance Manager has now ordered a deep clean from their sub-contractor to help address the situation.

Due to these problems, the idverde team has committed to monitoring the toilets at various times during the day and cleaning and restocking them as necessary. Time sheets have now been placed in the toilet for the operative to sign on each visit and a supervisor will visit periodically to assess the condition and request a clean, if necessary. The team will inform management immediately if there are any signs of anti-social behaviour and record any damage to the toilet block so that this can be reported to Bromley Council, for repairs to be initiated.

We would encourage all Friends to report issues with the toilets direct to the council. The more we report it the more pressure we put on Bromley Council to address the issues . Please report all issues with the toilets (and any other matters in the park) here:
https://fix.bromley.gov.uk/around?js=1&zoom=3&lat=51.40378&lon=-0.03297

Longer term we are campaigning for a full refurbishment of the toilet block to coincide with the bandstand renovation and we would welcome support from all Friends to pressure Bromley Council to provide funding to support this.

If any Friends are interested in volunteering to help with repainting and refreshing the toilets in a community day partnership with IdVerde and Bromley Council please email John Backway, Membership Secretary at jmbackway@yahoo.co.uk. All materials will be provided and no toilet cleaning would be expected !


Latest news update (July 2022)

All our parks are still recovering from the extra visitors they had during covid but the Summer bedding has recently been planted and after nearly 10 years of fundraising by the local community and other park stakeholders, the long-awaited bandstand restoration will be underway before the end of the year, for completion in 2023. Updates concerning that will be on the Council and here on the Friends’ website soon.

London Borough of Bromley (LBB) Neighbourhood Management is working with the Friends of Parks borough-wide forum on a parks-wide signage improvement project and the Friends (FoCRR) have flagged up some ambitious proposals to improve park signage at Croydon Road Rec specifically. Details of how to apply for some of the Platinum Jubilee fund – an LBB-administered parks improvement fund - are to be circulated to community groups shortly, and the FoCRR’s proposal to improve the noticeboards and internal communication within the Rec will be part of an FoCRR application for that fund. Toilet refurbishment has been brought up by FoCRR, the Cafe and the Ward Councillors as a priority for the park also.

Another longer term improvement for the park will be refurbishment of the paddling pool area, for which the Friends have already started fundraising. There are also plans to refurbish the smaller gazebo/shelter in the park this year, should the external funding prove forthcoming.

We hope that park users will be pleased to see these, and other park improvements to come, in the following months and years.

Please do consider becoming a member of the Friends’ group, if you would like to make a positive contribution to the Rec.


Council discuss Bowie Bandstand restoration report


(See Architectural Proposal link below to view the document)

The London Borough of Bromley Environment and Community Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee discussed the Bowie Bandstand Restoration Architectural Proposals report during a meeting which took place on the 21st March 2022.

After passing through this committee it then went to the Executive Committee on the 31st March 2022.

The links below provide the information discussed:

Restoration Committee Report

Bandstand Architectural Proposal - Draft


Bowie Bandstand, Croydon Road Recreation Ground
Indicative
timetable
August 2021

The table below shows the indicative timetable for the delivery of the bandstand refurbishment, restoration and repair works project:

Action

Timetable

Complete brief for Conservation Consultant and associated preparation of tender documentation September 2021
Tender for Conservation Consultant who will survey the bandstand, development proposals and oversee delivery of the agreed works September/October

Tender evaluation and clarification, including LBB process to enable contract award

October/November
Introduction of Conservation Consultant to the project, including their attendance at Friends AGM November
Conservation Consultant proposals delivery (including any specialist surveys and condition assessment), stakeholder consultation, planning application and Listed Building Consent preparation and works tender documentation preparation December – April 2022
Finalisation of works tender and issue to specialist iron work contractors April
Apply for Listed Building Consent, part of planning process April
Tender evaluation and clarification including LBB process to enable contract award for repair works May/June
Mobilisation period for specialist contractor July
Works start (4-6 months). To include on-site and off-site foundry work September – March 2023
Works complete and unveiling event April 2023

For more details about the bandstand refurbishment, restoration and repair works project, follow the link to the Bandstand Project page


Gate Lodge and adjacent Gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground
Awarded Listed Building Status


The building was added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest in June 2021. The building is now listed at Grade II.

HISTORIC ENGLAND HAS STATED THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION

The gate lodge and gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, built in 1890 to 1891, are recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

A late Victorian gate lodge forming a strong architectural composition alongside the gateway at the entrance to the park, including wooden verandas, a circular bay window for the supervision of the park covered by an elegant ogee dome, and a pyramidal roof rising to a tall central chimney stack;

The lodge survives relatively well and compares favourably to listed lodges of the period.

Historic interest:

For the historic association with the wider expansion of the public park movement in the late 19th century, following the Public Health Act (1875), when parks developed in suburbs and small towns for recreation and as an expression of civic pride.

Group value:

As a component of a fine late Victorian and Edwardian ensemble alongside the Grade II-listed (2019) Bowie Bandstand (1905), which is also associated with the 1969 Summer Growth Festival and David Bowie’s rise to fame after performing in the park, adjacent to housing of the same period.


David Bowie's festival bandstand gets Grade II listing
(August 2019)

Singer performed to audience of few hundred at Beckenham landmark in summer of 1969

The Beckenham bandstand, known to fans as the Bowie bandstand was used for singer’s 1969 summer festival
Photograph: Historic England/Chris Redgrave/PA

Fifty years after a young David Bowie performed from a south London bandstand in front of a tiny crowd at a summer festival he organised, the historic iron structure that served as his modest stage has been Grade II-listed.

Known to fans as the "Bowie bandstand", and thought to be the only surviving example from the Glasgow-based McCallum and Hope iron foundry in the UK, it was the centrepiece of the Growth summer festival, held by Bowie and friends on 16 August 1969 in Beckenham.

London Borough of Bromley press article

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2022 Events in the Recreation Ground


Saturday 13th August 2022


Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/547443


Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2022


Previous events in the Recreation Ground



Beckenham Concert Band on the Bowie Bandstand, June 2022


Beckenham Concert Band, June 2022



A special mention and thanks to Ray Stevenson for kindly allowing us to use his image of David Bowie for this year’s event.
(click image for larger version)


? The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground 2008 -