Sign at controversial Blackbrook Lane site in Bickley set on fire after being sawn in half

The sign was found damaged over the weekend

The sign was found damaged over the weekend

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A sign at the controversial Blackbrook Lane site in Bickley has been attacked for a second time this month.

Lead plot owner of the land Lesley Osborne said on Saturday night a new information post was doused in petrol and set on fire.

Today (March 24) Bromley Police received reports of the incident and a spokesman said officers are currently investigating.

Mr Osborne, 65, of Welling, added a previous sign was also damaged on March 6, explaining it was found sawn in half.

News Shopper reported earlier this month the architectural consultant, along with 17 other landowners, have filed a planning application that could see houses developed there.

The group has underlined recent changes to government planning framework that it claims should allow building work to go ahead.

Mr Osborne had told News Shopper: “We want to improve and enhance the area – we want to see it used for something worthwhile.”

But local MP Bob Neill said the alterations to Green Belt policy noted by landowners have been “misinterpreted” and some residents in the area have come out in opposition of proposals.

Hannah Edmonds, 77, of Timms Close, said: “There is a strong feeling here that nobody wants it (Blackbrook Lane) developed.

“It would just be ghastly. We have traffic problems here already. The trees have gone and we’re losing green space.

“I would like to see a recreational park.”

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3:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Brook says...

Sounds like an ideal static site for travellers
I'm sure Joe will comment
Sounds like an ideal static site for travellers I'm sure Joe will comment Brook
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Mon 24 Mar 14

isaachunt7100 says...

I have looked at the website www.blackbrooklane.c
om and it seems to me that this guy of no fixed abode is a real problem. He is almost above the law as he has nothing to loose? What can the police do?
.Why are the hotel not kicking him out?
As a local resident I don't want potentially dangerous people like this living on my doorstep.
I have looked at the website www.blackbrooklane.c om and it seems to me that this guy of no fixed abode is a real problem. He is almost above the law as he has nothing to loose? What can the police do? .Why are the hotel not kicking him out? As a local resident I don't want potentially dangerous people like this living on my doorstep. isaachunt7100
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Jakemathews says...

I think you all forget that your own homes were built on farms & woodland and your children will be thankful to have extra houses in this area to move into. Blackbrook Lane was in the middle of being built when the war halted the project. The houses were supposed to stretch from one end to another, the bit in the middle was used by the MOD and had buildings on it hence it is a brownfield site. You couldn't turn it into a park, it is too dangerous. You have only got to look at the video evidence on the blackbrooklane.com website.
Jubilee Park is 62 acres, 2 minutes away and cannot be joined to this site as it is land locked. How much more park land is needed? Most isn't used anyway other than as a dog toilet.
If it isn't built on I'm sure the owners might look at inviting travellers onto it. What would we rather, nice homes or travellers/boot fairs ECT?

If it is traffic problems you are talking about then get someone to enforce the 7.5 tonne weight limit on these roads and that will fix the issues.
I think you all forget that your own homes were built on farms & woodland and your children will be thankful to have extra houses in this area to move into. Blackbrook Lane was in the middle of being built when the war halted the project. The houses were supposed to stretch from one end to another, the bit in the middle was used by the MOD and had buildings on it hence it is a brownfield site. You couldn't turn it into a park, it is too dangerous. You have only got to look at the video evidence on the blackbrooklane.com website. Jubilee Park is 62 acres, 2 minutes away and cannot be joined to this site as it is land locked. How much more park land is needed? Most isn't used anyway other than as a dog toilet. If it isn't built on I'm sure the owners might look at inviting travellers onto it. What would we rather, nice homes or travellers/boot fairs ECT? If it is traffic problems you are talking about then get someone to enforce the 7.5 tonne weight limit on these roads and that will fix the issues. Jakemathews
  • Score: -3

10:35am Tue 25 Mar 14

Slonik says...

I dare say that if a recreational park is created there, the residents will start complaining about the noise and traffic created by all the people enjoying it. All those cars, dogs, noisy children - I can see their crossed arms and angry expressions on the NS front page now...
I dare say that if a recreational park is created there, the residents will start complaining about the noise and traffic created by all the people enjoying it. All those cars, dogs, noisy children - I can see their crossed arms and angry expressions on the NS front page now... Slonik
  • Score: 5

7:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Lizrobertson269 says...

Hear hear to enforcing the 7.5 tonne weight limit on this and surrounding roads. Im fed up with lorries and buses illegally using Blackbrook Lane. What a load of hypocrites the residents of Bickley are ! They are all too ready to sell their large homes to developers who demolish them and then build two or more homes on the same site (more cars, loss of trees/gardens etc etc). Or back garden homes like the one being built in the garden of a home in Hawthorne Road directly overlooking houses in Albyfield! I almost certain that Timms Close was built on a back garden orchard, no doubt Mrs Edmunds also has a car. I understand that the site had to be cleared because of squatters building shacks to live in on the land. Personally I don't want people like that as my neighbours.
Hear hear to enforcing the 7.5 tonne weight limit on this and surrounding roads. Im fed up with lorries and buses illegally using Blackbrook Lane. What a load of hypocrites the residents of Bickley are ! They are all too ready to sell their large homes to developers who demolish them and then build two or more homes on the same site (more cars, loss of trees/gardens etc etc). Or back garden homes like the one being built in the garden of a home in Hawthorne Road directly overlooking houses in Albyfield! I almost certain that Timms Close was built on a back garden orchard, no doubt Mrs Edmunds also has a car. I understand that the site had to be cleared because of squatters building shacks to live in on the land. Personally I don't want people like that as my neighbours. Lizrobertson269
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Fri 4 Apr 14

danm5577 says...

Stop the parents trying to drive in and out of the school grounds to drop their little kiddies off.
This will stop the traffic jams!
Park sensibly along blackbrook lane and walk them to the school.
You have cars waiting in the middle of the road turning right into the school and people trying to turn right out of the school = blocked road.
No issues with out of service busses cutting through to return to Bromley common, aren't we supposed to be reducing carbon emissions?
Much better than driving around the town.
There are NO traffic issues other than school times!
Stop the parents trying to drive in and out of the school grounds to drop their little kiddies off. This will stop the traffic jams! Park sensibly along blackbrook lane and walk them to the school. You have cars waiting in the middle of the road turning right into the school and people trying to turn right out of the school = blocked road. No issues with out of service busses cutting through to return to Bromley common, aren't we supposed to be reducing carbon emissions? Much better than driving around the town. There are NO traffic issues other than school times! danm5577
  • Score: 1

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