Your Councillors are Cllrs Julian Benington & Cllr Melanie Stevens Advice Surgery, To be held on the 1st Friday in the month, (excluding Bank Holiday weekends) at the Memorial Library and Pool, Church Road, Biggin Hill, TN16 3LB, between 5.00pm – 6.00pm. You do not need to make an appointment, you will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
Cllr Julian Bennington
Julian was elected as one of the two councillors for Biggin Hill ward in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. A former Police Officer, Julian was a career Detective working in the West End and the New Scotland Yard Organised Crime Unit and Corporate Fraud Department. Following his Police career, he established a specialist Corporate and Financial Fraud investigation company employing 13 staff, based in Central London.
For over 30 years he lived with his wife in Luxted Road, Downe, not far from the Old Jail Pub, recently downsizing to a house nearer to Downe Village.
He and former Cllr Gordon Norrie led the development of the new Biggin Hill Library and Swimming Pool, which opened in 2010. He is a Trustee of the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust, which has taken over St George’s R.A.F Memorial Chapel and is developing a museum to ensure the long term future of the Chapel.
Julian is a Governor at Charles Darwin School, and was a short term Governor at Biggin Hill Primary and Oaklands Primary Schools, during the merger of the Infants and Junior schools. He is an active member of the Police Safer Neighbourhood Panel working closely with the Local and Bromley Police. The Biggin Hill Business Forum, the Friends of Biggin Hill Parks including their working parties and the Biggin Hill Residents Association. He supports Biggin Hill residents helping and advising them with their plans and problems of all types from school places, Planning matters, traffic problems, waste and many others. He has written a monthly article in the TN16 magazine since 2013, keeping residents up to date with Council and local matters.
Julian was for 4 years the Portfolio Holder for Renewal and Recreation for the borough. One of his major projects was the major changes to Orpington High Street in 2010, which has led to a revival of the High Street and Walnuts as a major shopping and recreation destination. He was responsible for the move of Orpington Library from the Priory Gardens to new premises in the Walnuts which led to the Library membership more than doubling.
He was Mayor of the London borough of Bromley from May 2014 – May 2015. In that role he attended over 500 separate events, some all day and others of a few hours. A very demanding, but fascinating year.
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Education Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee
Public Protection and Safety Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee
Renewal and Recreation Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee
Rights of Way Sub-Committee
Cllr Melanie Stevens
Melanie was born, educated and has always lived in the Borough. She has worked in Human Resources, Health & Safety and training for over 20 years, mainly in large international facility services organisations until setting up her own consultancy in 2006. She has several clients throughout Kent working on a part-time basis which allows her the time and flexibility to devote to Biggin Hill and its residents.
She has been actively involved with the Orpington Conservative Association since 2003 and has served as a Branch Secretary and been Association Web-master for over 10 years recently developing the new site. She has championed the Biggin Hill facebook page and actively updates and posts news to the pages using at a useful effective and fast interactive tool in keeping in touch with the local residents and current issues.
Elected in 2014 after a very short campaign Melanie has worked hard within the Ward getting to know the residents and the many and varied issues. She has dealt with many ranging residents concerns including to name a few, unreliable buses, housing concerns, missed waste collections, parking and planning matters. Melanie actively supports the Residents Association, assisting with litter picking and fundraising activities, Friends of the Parks, helping with gardening sessions, Stock Hill PPG, Community Care and Business Associations and is keen to support any other organisations that feel they could benefit from her input. She actively assisted and continues to take an interest in the Men in Shed project working out of the Spitfire Youth Centre two days a week and recently facilitating partnership days between the men from the shed with younger people developing skills and knowledge.
Working in close association with the local Police and Fire teams and Safety Neighbourhood Panel Biggin Hill continues to benefit from low crime however we all continue to work to make it crime free. Melanie also attends regular meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee keeping a close eye on the developments of the airport and associated companies.
Being an energetic individual who thrives on challenges and hard work you can rely on Melanie to throw herself into projects, however she does say she can not preform miracles but she will always endeavour to support and resolve all residents and overcome issues. She has lovingly become known as the “little but loud one” and is ready to take on most challenges that people wish to throw at her.
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Mobile Telephone: 07900 171 266
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Environment Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee
Plans Sub-Committee No. 4
Local Development Policy Advisory Panel
Appointment to Outside Bodies:
Biggin Hill Airport Consultative Committee
Thomas Stringer Charity – Cudham – Trustee
Biggin Hill Branch
Branch Chairman: Tim Scott
Vice Chairman: David Haslem
Ward Key Facts
Biggin Hill ward lies at the Southern end of the London Borough of Bromley and is surrounded on three sides by Green Belt countryside in Darwin ward and on the fourth by Tandridge ward in Surrey County council.
The ward comprises the Main Road Shopping area with two leading supermarkets and many small private businesses, the residential areas are at the Top and in the Valley. The combined Library and Swimming Pool was opened in 2010. There is one 1300 student Secondary School, Charles Darwin Academy, two Primary Schools, Biggin Hill Primary School, which is part of the Charles Darwin Multi Academy Trust and Oaklands Primary School. These are both two form entry. Biggin Hill Airport with companies based on the airport is a major employer in the area with about 1000 employees. There are two separate Business Parks. There are Farming areas in the ward to the West of Biggin Hill. The whole area has developed since the early 1900s, it was before a rural part of Kent.
Biggin Hill is particularly famous for the R.A.F Fighter airfield which started in 1917 and after the RAF left became the Business and General Aviation airport, which it is today. There was a major Army Base next to the airfield until after 1946, with more service personnel than the much better known R.A.F. base. Many of the R.A.F. barracks and administrative buildings remain as West Camp, which it is hoped to develop as Business units and an Aviation and Engineering College.
The residents of Biggin Hill are proud of their area, which is effectively a self-contained town, with about 12,000 residents, although older residents still refer to it as the village. A large number of residents are self-employed or run small companies, others work in the Public Sector, N.H.S., Police, Fire Service with a minority commuting to Central London or Croydon.
Please contact either Tim or David or further details and information about the Branch by contacting Orpington Association at No 6 Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9JJ. Telephone 01689 820347 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Police Safer Neighbourhood Team may be contacted on 07880 783 736
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