This Saturday is our annual BIG LUNCH… bring your family, and your picnic, as we’ve got lots on! New this year is a BBQ, as well as the fabulous cakes by Michelle!
This weekend the swifts arrived back over Havelock Rec. These African birds journey all the way to the UK to take advantage of our longer daylight hours to raise their families, and only stay until their youngsters leave the nest, before heading straight back to warmer climes.
Our local RSPB group is looking for volunteers to help survey the local summer visitors, as their numbers have suffered a decline of over 50%: [see the RSPB page here].
The British Trust for ornithology has tracked their migrations [see the BTO page here] and it is an epic journey: over the notoriously stormy Bay of Biscay, across the Sahara, and all the way south of the equator:
Every day that a bird has a nest, and is going to-and-fro to it, increases the chances of becoming dinner for a predator, so the swifts decrease the amount of time their young are vunerable in the nest by coming north to the UK’s longer daylight hours. Swifts are very air dynamic but it means their legs are not very useful, so if you find one on the ground, they need to be thrown up in the air before they can fly away. Once they fledge, they spend about 2 years on the wing, even sleeping in the air. This means that they can’t help their young once they leave the nest, so they depart straight back to Africa.
First Draft of the Havelock Rec Management Plan (extracts from)
These are extracts from the first draft (November 2018) of our management plan. It only contains the bits thought to be of more interest to park users, as they already know where the park is, how large it is, and can look at the Friends objectives elsewhere on the website.
A list of everything in the document
The Table of Contents in the document, which can be downloaded as .pdf here: Havelock Rec Management Plan v1 Nov2018 lowres
HAVELOCK RECREATION GROUND 1
1. The Park. 1
2. About This Plan 2
3. Demographics 3
4. History and Heritage 4
5. Social Links 5
6. Summary of improvements since 2015 5
7. Policy and Strategic Context 6
8. Plans to improve the park: 6
9. Site Management 12
10. Sustainability 12
11. Document review and site / work review 12
Appendix A1: Analysis of Survey Results: 15
The full text answers to “What would you particularly not want to see in the park?” 17
Appendix A2: Friends of Havelock Rec Vision Statement: 18
Appendix A3: Biodiversity Report from 2015: 19
Appendix A4: Analysis of 2011 census data from Streetcheck: 21
Appendix A5: Example of a joint monitoring inspection sheet. 25
Appendix A6. iDverde’s management procedures & plan: 25
Appendix A7 – Policy and Strategic Context 27 Promote Healthy Communities 27
Appendix A8.1 – Map of Local Park and the local Green Space Deficiency 30
Appendix A8.2 – Entry for Havelock Rec in the Draft Local Plan: 31
Appendix A9 – London Borough of Bromley Biodiversity and Arboriculture: 32
Appendix A10 – iDverde statement on park users and staff: 34
Appendix A11 – Idverde’s Sustainability policy 37
Appendix A12- Idverde’s Foreword & Introduction 37
Men who died from the local roads in the 1st World War:
Friends of Havelock Rec are proud to say that our Ward Councillors, (Nicky Dykes, Will Harmer and Michael Rutherford from Bromley Town ward Conservatives) have handed in, to the council Environment portfolio holder, an application for the park to have a Deed of Dedication.
Though the park is already designated Metropolitan Open Land, the friends feel that in the current housing crisis, this is insufficient protection. For instance, the CPRE list 10 sites (link to pdf here) with the same designation that are threatened. It should also be noted that it is perfectly permissible to build schools or other public buildings on Metropolitan Open Land – which is why the site was identified for a school when the Friends ran their campaign to save it.
It is considered best practice to protect council owned green space with Deeds of Dedication, and Fields In Trust provided the Friends with help to fill in our application form – Fields in Trust work to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites (through Deeds of Dedication). Hammersmith & Fulham Council are protecting all the parks ‘for future generations’ in their borough with Deeds of Dedication (see announcement here).
Here is a photo of the proud moment:
Here’s some nice pics around of our park, and we were wondering if you had some too? We (or our parent friends groups/forums) would then be able to use them for future posts on social media, if that’s ok. We think our park is ace and want to show off how great it is!
In November 2016, alongside 20 parks in the Borough, we were designated the title of Local Green Space. A Local Green Space is a:
“green or open space which has been demonstrated to have special qualities and holds particular significance to the local community which it serves.
Development which causes harm to the ‘special qualities’ of a Local Green Space as defined within its Statement of Significance but is otherwise policy compliant will be considered inappropriate and will not be accepted except in very special circumstances.”
A lot of work and time went into the submission for this, so we are very proud to have achieved this status.
You can read the full documentation including the other parks that were granted this status, which is part of the Council’s Draft Local Plan, here.
Our events for 2017 will include our third Big Lunch in June, our third ‘Bug Day’ in July, a brand new summer picnic event in August and our second Havelock Hoedown. Now all we need is for the weather to be on our side in 2017 – we didn’t mind the rain really, but we have put in an early order for sunshine on these dates in 2017.
Our locals were not put off by the weather, we know how to have fun here, whether it rains or not!
There was a great turnout for our Bug Hunting and Birdbox Painting day on a very warm but windy Saturday 9th July.Even the sun turned up for a while.
Thanks to everyone who came and participated! We sold out of birdboxes in record time and we now have 30 Havelock Hunters in our midst. Lots of people took part in the Scavenger Hunt, and there were some excellent drawings and crafts. Thanks to Sandy and Judy who helped us to identify lots of minibeasts and to Friends of the Earth who had a stall.
We braved the rain and had a great time, so thank you to everyone who came along! The cake stall was as amazing as ever and the crowning glory made by Michelle was, quite literally, a crown! Happy 90th birthday Your Majesty! We hope the winners of the Guess the Weight of the cake competition enjoyed it as much as we all enjoyed the rest of the cakes.
Our volunteers set up the stalls (in pouring rain!) and a lovely marquee (thanks to the Scouts) complete with beautiful table decorations.
And of course, everyone got stuck in to the Tug of War. We’re not sure who won…. but it was about the taking part.
Not forgetting the amazing game of pin the tail on Puddle the corgi – painting by Sandy.
What a great day, fun had by all who came. Thank you for helping us raise some much needed funds. See you at the next event in July.
As we’ve just sent out lots of leaflets about our forthcoming events, we thought that some people may be new to the area or not be quite sure where we are. Just for you, here’s the map of the area showing Havelock Rec. For more detail on Google Maps, click here.
The two main entrances are on Homesdale Road and off Havelock Road (actually Marlborough Road). The Homesdale Road entrance is a pedestrian entrance opposite the Eivissa beauty salon.
If you’re arriving by car, parking is available on the street but is restricted to residents only between the hours of 12-2 on Monday – Saturday. There is pay and display parking available on nearby Chatterton Road.
If you’ve never visited us before, now’s your chance! We hope to see you on June 12th at noon for our Big Lunch, if not before.
It’s nearly a year since the fateful and desperate day when we formed our campaign to save our park, and this park friends group to run it. Thanks to all of you, we still have a park to use and for our children to play in. It also means that we are holding our AGM shortly: please join us for a drink and to talk about our park, at 8pm, at the Chatterton Arms on Wednesday 24th February!
In this newsletter:
10:30am Saturday 12th March – litter picking
12noon Sunday 12th June – OUR 2ND ANNUAL BIG LUNCH
12noon Saturday 10th September – Havelock Hoedown
But more will be arranged – keep an eye on your email or the notice board!
We are delighted to announce (for those of you who have not been on the brickfield recently) that we have finished planting both the Homesdale road entrance and the biodiversity hedge (along the chain link fence).
Thanks to everyone who made it happen! Personally speaking, when I first read that we should plant the hedge on Dr Judy’s biodiversity report, I never imagined that a year later we would have actually planted ourselves a hedge! I wasn’t sure we’d even have our recreation ground to put it on either!
Lots of thanks to Stephen Tickner at the landscape group, who enabled it to happen (and helped us muddle though learning how to be a friends group). The hedge planting was done by a volunteer group that Stephen organised, called Pulse. They are committed to helping long term unemployed back into work.
Above, the drawing of what the hedge might look like in a couple of years time, from our page for your input into our action plan, and our little mascot William, supervising the work on the entrance!
Unfortunately, as the brick pit was filled with crushed and compacted rubble (and other stuff, see our history page) it is hard work to dig the holes to plant, and it is great that people put in the effort for the community – thanks again!
It will be exciting to see our plans to add diversity to our park actually take shape, and for our collective effort to make a little change for generations to come.
Our packs include holly, hawthorn, dog rose and hazel from the Woodland Trust, and Wayfaring tree, guelder rose, and dogwood (among others) from OVO energy. For the entrance on Homesdale Road, we’ve also got some ornamental dogwood.
The hedge is following expert recommendation, this hedge will enhance the biodiversity value of our park, not just with the little trees themselves, but by providing food and (when bigger) homes for our bats, bumble bees and birdlife. They will also give shelter for other plants and flowers that insects, like butterflies and grasshoppers, will love.
This is one of our projects to help us, as a community keep our park, as it provides a visible sign how much it is valued and used by the community. If you have any ideas you have for our park, please feel free to fill in the survey (http://friendsofhavelockrec.org/our-action-plan/)or just email us:
This summer, Google updated their street view of Homesdale Road, and our notice board now appears!
What’s really good about this, is that it means, that any Whitehall official, Bromley planning officer or speculative developer can see that we care about our park and that it is loved. Also, the position of the parked car hides the broken railings, if not the somewhat drunken parking notice! Thanks also to people like Emma and Rebecca, (forgive me if I’ve missed anyone here) there are several notices on it, showing that we’ve been organising events and our park is not “under used” as was suggested when it was proposed as a site for building La Fontaine.
We are very proud to announce that Havelock Recreation ground has been added to the List of Assets of Community Value!
Only 15 places have been successfully registered in the London Borough of Bromley (see the photo of the other places) since the Localism Act came into effect in 2012.
The Localism Act required councils to keep a List of Assets of Community Value, and it also gave the Community Right to Bid; it means that when listed land is disposed of, the community has the right to a ‘moratorium period’ (seems to be six months) to decide if they want to bid for their asset. Importantly for us, it also demonstrates to government bodies and potential developers, the strength of local feeling about this park.
(a montage of photos from our recent Big Lunch event)
What the internet says about the Community Asset Register, the Community Right to Bid, under the Localism Act.:
Community Right to Bid and the Community Asset Register
A building or land is an asset of community value if its main use is to further the social wellbeing or interests of a local community for example a local village shop, community centre or playing fields.
Community right to bid
The Community right to bid came into force in September 2012. The Community right-to-bid allows communities to nominate buildings and land that they consider to be of value to the community, to be included on a local authority maintained list. If any of the assets on the register are put up for sale, the community is given a window of opportunity to express an interest in purchasing the asset, and another window of opportunity to bid. from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/5959/1896534.pdf
The Community Right to Bid allows communities and parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing by the local authority as an asset of community value. An asset can be listed if its principal use furthers (or has recently furthered) their community’s social well-being or social interests (which include cultural, sporting or recreational interests) and is likely to do so in the future. When a listed asset comes to be sold, a moratorium on the sale (of up to six months) may be invoked, providing local community groups with a better chance to raise finance, develop a business and to make a bid to buy the asset on the open market. from: http://mycommunity.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/LOCALITY-BID_UNDERSTANDING.pdf
How the Community Right to Bid will work
How the Community Right to Bid works is set out in the Localism Act and Regulations: With the Community Right to Bid, Local Authorities must keep a ‘List of Assets of Community Value’; the legislation sets out in detail the process they must enter into and what information they must include. The legislation also outlines the definition of an asset of community value, what groups can legitimately nominate, the appeals process for land owners, timescales for groups interested in buying land or property on the list, and compensation available to the owners of land or property on the list.
What is an Asset of Community Value?
A building or other land is an asset of community value if its main use has recently been or is presently used to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future. The Localism Act states that “social interests” include cultural, recreational and sporting interests. The regulations list a number of situations where land or buildings are exempted from inclusion on the list or operation of the moratorium. These include homes, hotels, assets being transferred between kindred businesses, and Church of England land holdings.
Who can nominate Assets of Community Value
A number of community organisations can nominate land and buildings for inclusion on the list: parish councils, neighbourhood forums (as defined in Neighbourhood Planning regulations), unconstituted community groups of at least 21 members, not-for-private-profit organisations (e.g. charities). Community organisations also have to have a local connection, which means their activities are wholly or partly concerned with the area, or with a neighbouring authority’s area.
The Community Right to Bid does not give the right of first refusal to community organisations to buy an asset that they successfully nominate for inclusion on the local authority’s list. What it does do is give time for them to put together the funding necessary to bid to buy the asset on the open market. If an owner wants to sell property/land that is on the list, they must tell the local authority. If the nominating body is keen to develop a bid, they can then call for the local authority to trigger a moratorium period, during which time the owner cannot proceed to sell the asset. There are two moratorium periods. Both start from the date the owner of the asset tells the local authority of their intention to sell. The first is the interim moratorium period, which is 6 weeks, during which time a community organisation can decide if they want to be considered as a potential bidder. The other is a full moratorium period, which is six months, during which a community organisation can develop a proposal and raise the money required to bid to buy the asset. The regulations list some situations where the Moratorium will not be applied, even when it is an Asset of Community Value on the list. These exceptions include the sale of assets from one partner or another (for example in a divorce).
In August 2012, the government announced grant funding which community organisations can apply for in order to make use of the Community Right to Bid or Community Asset Transfer. The Social Investment Business is managing the £16 million grants programme ‘Community Ownership and Management of Assets’ on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.
We had such a fantastic event!
Thanks to the many of you who came along and made it a wonderful day! And to Rebecca for all that organising, to Stephen Tickner for helping us set it up and just being there, to Michelle for all those diet-busting delicious cakes (myself, I had too many of those), Cassie for the Tombola, Emma and the local businesses for the Tombola prizes, 3rd Bromley scouts for their tents, tug-of-war rope and expertise, and everyone else who helped out, who are too many to list!
Here’s the article that Hatty Collier wrote yesterday, about our park, in the News Shopper:
She said “Plans to build a primary school on a Bromley park have been shelved.
Residents, councillors and Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill have campaigned against the proposals.
One of our ward councillors, Nicky Dykes, has posted about saving our park on the local conservative’s site, she tells us:
We are delighted to announce that our councillors tell us that they will not allow the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to build on our park:
Nicola Dykes, one of our Ward Councillors, wrote “Due to considerable opposition from Bromley Town Councillors, local MP Bob Neill and the local community, the Council has informed the Education Funding Authority (EFA) that they will not lease them the land to build the school. Instead they are working with them to find an alternative site for the school which they are confident they will be able to do.
Thanks to all those hardy souls who turned up to help us pick the litter and plant the last of our bulbs!
Tea, coffee and cake were served too, and we all worked hard to improve our park:
Here’s a group photo of some of us at towards the end of the morning:
Litter picking at the Bourne End side,and bulb planting at the Havelock side:
Many of the Friends of Havelock Rec met up on Valentine’s Day 2015 to make a heart in the rec.
Our park is the heart of our community, so we laid out a symbolic heart in the brickfield. We demonstrated how much, and how many of us care about our park. Despite the chilly weather, lots of people turned up to support the campaign.
Please write to the Scrutiny Committee today!
To Our Supporters,
As we have said before, Havelock Rec is NOT saved yet and we need to keep campaigning and writing; the Council have not thrown the application out, and La Fontaine and the Education Funding Authority still have our park as their ‘preferred option’.
We are very grateful for the local conservative party’s support, but they don’t actually make the decision. We want the option of building on Havelock Recreation ground to be dropped now, and not have to fight a planning application.
Havelock Recreation Ground Not Saved…Yet!
The Council have not thrown the application out, and La Fontaine and the Education Funding Authority still have our park as their ‘preferred option’.
We are very grateful for the local conservative party’s support, but they don’t actually make the decision. We want the option of building on Havelock Recreation ground to be dropped now, and not have to fight a planning application.
Friends of Havelock Rec got some good news today. Here’s the post from http://www.bobneillmp.co.uk/
Monday, 16 February, 2015
Recent proposals to build a new bilingual primary school on a section of Havelock Recreation Ground, put forward by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), have, quite understandably, caused deep concern amongst residents in Holmesdale Road and the local area.
La Fontaine Academy, which opened last September under the Government’s Free School policy, is currently in temporary accommodation at the site of the former Princes Plain School. Although there is of course a need to find a permanent home for La Fontaine, I remain unconvinced that Havelock Rec offers a suitable alternative for anyone involved, including pupils, staff, or indeed local residents. At the end of the day, we have precious little green space in the Borough, and what we do have should, I believe, be protected wherever possible.
Our home page is deliberately not the front page of the site and first thing you see. We want visitors to quickly see any updates we post here. If you’ve not had a read of it yet please click Home in the navigation menu or this link.
We’re working on a mock-up that will show what this view will look like with the proposed La Fontaine school.
To see this as a 360 panorama visit this link. If you view it on a modern smartphone or tablet it will turn as you turn the device using the compass and accelerometer. Be virtually there!
Men who died from the local roads in the 1st World War: (group 4 – St Luke’s roads)
St Lukes Road Group – households bereaved
Bourne Road: (7)
households in the 1909 survey map.
Elliott Road: (4)
houses in the 1909 survey map.
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Friends of Havelock Recreation Ground – our Purpose and Objectives are:
- Maintain the open vistas and big skies of the park
- The park should be about freedom not restriction. Let the wide-open spaces be used by the community in ways that they desire.
- Try and increase the natural diversity of the park, but not detracting from points 1 & 2
- Make the park a more rewarding experience for our visitors
- Work under the supervision of the council* to maintain the park in good order and to try and achieve the objectives highlighted in the previous points
Constitution of Friends of Havelock Recreation Ground
ARTICLE 1 : NAME AND LEGAL STATUS
The name of the organisation shall be The Friends of Havelock Recreation Ground
The legal status of the Group is an unincorporated “not for profit” organisation where its Committee
members are responsible for any contracts entered into.
The Group shall operate in the area known as Havelock Recreation Ground (the “Park”)
ARTICLE 2 : AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aims and objectives of the Group will be as follows:
To help with practical conservation through voluntary action for the benefit of wildlife and the community under the supervision of the London Borough of Bromley (LBB) and its professional officers.
To help to secure and promote the conservation and protection of the Park. To monitor its plants animals and wildlife habitats and maintain and improve its biodiversity.
To promote its use as a place for quiet, informal enjoyment, recreation and study.
To assist in providing an educational experience for the general public in the history, natural history and biodiversity of the Park.
With a view to maintaining a sound financial base and seeking other funding or donations to further activities which meet the above aims and objectives.
ARTICLE 3 : POWERS
To further these aims and objectives the committee shall have the power to:
Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.
Associate with LBB, voluntary organisations and those with an interest in the Park in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group.
Permit the Committee to enter into contractual arrangements. To have its own bank account.
Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.
ARTICLE 4 : MEMBERSHIP
Membership will be open to anyone interested in promoting the aims of the Group. Applicants for membership shall normally become members upon submission of their application form or email address.
Membership will be for one year from the date of the annual meeting. There will be one level of membership known as ‘household’ and this will be free of any subscription. There will be no pre-set minimum amount for any voluntary donation.
Membership will entitle each individual in the household over the age of 16 the right to vote.
The continuation of free subscription levels shall be determined and/or varied by the Management Committee and confirmed annually.
At its discretion the Management Committee may refuse to admit an applicant or to terminate the membership of any member provided that they give written reasons to the member. This may arise as it becomes apparent that a household does not share the Group’s aims and objectives.
ARTICLE 5 : MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
A Management Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting shall manage the Group.
The committee shall consist of a minimum of 3 without a maximum number of individuals and shall include a chair, secretary and treasurer.
The committee may co-opt additional committee members during the year
All Committee members shall retire at each Annual General Meeting although may offer themselves for re-election.
The committee shall meet at least three times each year. Representatives of the London Borough of Bromley shall be invited to attend committee meetings in an advisory capacity.
The Chairman will have a second and casting vote.
Two committee members or one third of the committee being present (whichever is the higher) shall enable the business of the Group to be carried out.
A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept.
All Committee members must be members of the Group.
ARTICLE 6 : FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Monies raised from voluntary donations, sale of goods, gifts, other sources or grants awarded to the Group shall be used for the express purposes of pursuing the aims and objectives of the Group.
The funds shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee.
The Management Committee is empowered, to pursue or make applications for grants to secure funds to support the Group’s planned activities and may take whatever steps are necessary to meet the requirements of the awarding bodies.
No persons representing the Group shall make or enter into any agreement with any persons or organisation that may incur a financial liability save for those purposes as agreed by the Management Committee as necessary to carry out the objectives of the Group.
A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept and presented to members annually at the AGM.
ARTICLE 7 : EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT
Any organisation is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. This commitment extends to our volunteers and we welcome everyone from our community as a volunteer.
We will not discriminate against our volunteers on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability or impairment, age, race, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, trade union activity, HIV or marital status, religion or belief or similar bases.
Furthermore, we value difference, and recognise the value that the different backgrounds, skills, outlooks and experiences of our volunteers bring to the Group.
ARTICLE 8 : GENERAL MEETINGS
An Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held within 15 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.
Notice of the AGM shall be given at least 21 days before the meeting and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time.
The AGM agenda will include formal business as follows:
– Minutes of the previous AGM
– Chairman’s report
– Treasurer’s statement including, independently examined accounts (e.g. two ordinary members elected at the previous AGM)
– Election of Management Committee members for the following year. Nominations for Management Committee members shall be received by the Secretary before the published date of the AGM. Nominations shall be supported by two members and signed by the nominee indicating willingness to serve.
- Review of this constitution, as necessary
The activities of the Group shall be approved at the AGM.
Decisions needing a vote shall be decided by a simple majority of those members present, the Chairman having a second and casting vote.
Voting rights shall be restricted to members of the Group over the age of 16 years and each member shall have one vote.
An Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called at any time at the request of the committee. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members at least three weeks beforehand.
A minimum of two committee members plus one tenth of the membership being present shall enable a General Meeting to take place.
Open General Meetings (i.e. meetings which may include members of the general public and not necessarily sole members of the Group) should be held every three to four months. These would include a general discussion on progress of the Group and how well it is meeting its aims and objectives.
ARTICLE 9 : AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the constitution can only be made at the AGM or EGM. Proposed amendments must be circulated at least 21 days before the Meeting at which they are to be considered, and must be approved by a majority of those members present.
ARTICLE 10 : DISSOLUTION
The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two-thirds majority of those present and voting at an Extra-ordinary General Meeting.
After the payment of all bills and other liabilities and the fulfilment of any requirements of any external bodies e.g. grant providers, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining to other group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide.
Under no circumstance should any assets of the Group be paid or shared out amongst members of the Group.
LBB and any body external funding organisation must be provided with accounts and other documentation as they require.
5. Work under the supervision of the council* to maintain the park in good order and to try and achieve the objectives highlighted in the previous points