Bromley Business News February 2018

Posted on: February 19, 2018

Market move – latest position and Your Bromley’s response to the consultation

While Your Bromley supports the move towards Market Square in principle, this was on the understanding that the market stalls would be reducing in number and that the quality on offer would be improved. We now understand that all 46 stalls, including ones which are in competition with existing shops, are likely to be moving. On the basis of this new information, we neither supported nor objected to the planning application for change of land use and made the following comment:

“We would like to see … fewer stalls than at present, and of higher quality; stalls that enhance the town centre without competing with existing shops.

“We believe that the market layout [as presented in the application] needs further work to ensure the stalls do not obstruct sight lines to shop windows and that care is taken that food stalls are located well away from clothing shops.”
The application for change of land use is to be considered by the Bromley Council’s Plans Committee on 22 February at 19:00hrs.

Fundraising inter business quiz 20 Feb

Venue: Community House Cafe, South St, BR1 1RH
Time: 18:00 – 21:30hrs
Book: Book and pay on line via Eventbrite

We have secured the quiz master services of am.dram actor/local businessman Kevin Gauntlett to lead our very first quiz night competition amongst local businesses, fundraising for Bromley Community Fund. Whether you’re a whizz with a quiz or simply want to raise money for an excellent and local cause, amongst great company, this night is for you.

The Bromley Community Fund supports the fantastic smaller charities and community groups that do so much to strengthen local communities in Bromley and tackle disadvantage.
Teams of up to five members – (41 tickets are taken already and there’s space for another four teams) are very welcome to attend the event. Individuals can also book a place.

£10 per head will be donated to Bromley Community Fund (Eventbrite charge a small commission of £1.37 per ticket bringing the total charge to £11.37). Food (jacket potatoes with chilli con carne, cheese or beans) is included in the entry fee. BYOB, and your own food too, if you wish. A prize for the best dressed table will be awarded and another fund raising raffle will take place on the night. Prizes to be announced on the night.
All you need to do for now is choose a name for your team giving the number of team members, your contact details, and book/pay on line here

Landscaping works in pedestrianised part of the High St.

Throughout 2018, Bromley Council’s works on the pedestrianised section of the High Street will continue. Between 5 February and 16 March the works are due to take place in front of the shop fronts from WH Smith to the former BHS building. For any queries please contact Conway’s Liaison Officer Helen McConnell E

First Pocket Park planted

Your Bromley has turned a neglected, overgrown and litter filled site into a small oasis of greenery for the benefit of office workers and residents. The ‘pocket park’ runs alongside the pathway between the High Street and Elmfield Park, alongside Over the Moon Café. Office workers now have a much better view as they walk through. The grasses, shrubs, and bulbs can cope with all weathers and will eventually grow to fill the space and with a little tender care, suppress weeds. Green fingered enthusiasts who might be interested in starting a gardening club to maintain the pocket park are warmly welcomed to get in touch, Your Bromley will supply the tools. If you’re aware of any other neglected sites that could do with similar treatment, please let us know and we’ll explore the options.

Hop Around Bromley Easter trail

This Easter sees the return of our Hop Around Bromley trail (30th March – 8th April). 26 retailers, cafés and restaurants in the town centre have offered to have a bunny placed in their business. The aim of the trail is to encourage families to Bromley town centre, participate, shop, eat & drink whilst searching the town centre for ten bunnies. Those who complete the trail will be offered the opportunity to enter a competition to win a family friendly prize. Your Bromley is working in partnership with The Glades to promote Easter in Bromley. The Glades are offering free face painting and a character roadshow featuring Peter Rabbit.

Jet Washing

Your Bromley’s jet washing/chewing gum removal programme of town centre footpaths concentrates on the areas with most chewing gum stains – generally worse around bus stops and litter bins. The ‘Clean Team’ has now started on High St North, overnight on every other Sunday night/early Monday morning. The Your Bromley Ambassador for the area will provide a feedback postcard for businesses near to where the work has been done for your comments when it’s been done. We welcome your suggestions of areas that could do with some chewing gum removal. The Council has now purchased a scrubbing vehicle to wash the streets with new granite paving. Our chewing gum removal programme will co-ordinate with that service to make sure there is no duplication

Your Bromley funds additional policing for our town centre

Following the success of Operation Gemini (funded by Your Bromley) of additional policing in the town centre in December, an additional Borough tasking team has been deployed to the Town Centre for the after school period. This team operates in plain clothes so there is no visible presence but we hope for additional arrests. Businesses will be pleased to hear that arrest rate for crime in shops and town centre streets increased during the Christmas period– 18 people were arrested for offences in the town centre from 1 December, with sufficient evidence following investigation to charge seven.

Going forward beyond the end of March, the police will alter weekend shift patterns to end at 04.00 am rather than at 02.00 as at present in order to support our Night Time Economy businesses.

Your Bromley wishes to remind businesses that police resources are allocated on the basis of crime reports. Crime affecting businesses in the town centre appears to be heavily under-reported but the town centre is unlikely to see additional police officers unless businesses report all crimes. This can be done quickly online. For emergencies or crimes happening now, call 999, for anything else where online reporting is not possible, please call 101.

New Chief Superintendent takes over from Borough Commander Chris Hafford

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe will take over from Borough Commander Chris Hafford on 15 March, and will be covering the boroughs of Sutton and Croydon as well.
Borough Commander Chris Hafford explains “This is part of the roll out of the Basic Command Unit (BCU) across London. The decision will mean the Met will bring together policing in Bromley with Croydon and Sutton to form the South Area BCU which will deliver neighbourhoods, emergency response, CID and safeguarding. On the BCU, our officers, buildings and resources will be shared across the boroughs.”
Your Bromley wishes both officers well; we hope to interview Chief Superintendent Boothe about his vision for policing in Bromley in the near future. Watch this space for the interview.

Recycling - Gold and Silver Certificates being awarded to local businesses

62 town centre businesses who have signed up for free recycling from Your Bromley’s award winning recycling and waste collection partners First Mile have qualified for gold or silver certificates and will shortly receive these in the post. Gold is for businesses who have recycled at least 80% of their waste over the last 12 months and silver for those who have recycled between 50% and 80%. Well done to these businesses.

Collectively the 88 Bromley businesses who have opted in to receive Your Bromley’s allocation of FREE recycling sacks have so far saved 103 trees, 70 CO2 tonnes, produced 4331 of KWH energy and achieved a recycling rate of 86% over the last twelve months. The bulk of waste collected from Your Bromley members is cardboard (38,005 kg), followed by mixed recycling (8,625 kg). The remainder is general waste (7,875 kg) and paper shredding (25kg).

Did you know that First Mile also provides collection services for junk, coffee grounds, food recycling, and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEE) and toners? While the cost of these additional services has to be met by the business, the charge is discounted for businesses already receiving recycling services through Your Bromley. For more, please contact First Mile on 0800 612 9894 or via email here.

Dates for your Diary

Licensing Partnership Meeting

22 February, at McDonald’s (first floor meeting room), Market Square, 15.00 – 16.30hrs for all businesses with a license to sell alcohol or hot food at night time, with Council and Police Licensing authorities in attendance. Guest speaker will be Andrew Smith from Firebrand Insight who will present his findings following a survey carried out of evening visitors to Bromley town centre. Please RSVP here.

Retailers Security Meeting:
14 March 10.00 to 11.00hrs at Nick's Café, 20 - 22 The Mall, Bromley, BR1 1TS with Police and CCTV Manager from the Council CCTV Centre in attendance. Find out the latest about shoplifting and robberies in town and what steps you can take to protect your business. Also hear about the latest initiatives the police are undertaking locally and share tips with other businesses. Please RSVP here.