Readers Comments (23)

  1. Could you lease put a piece in the newsletter about fly tipping. It is fly tipping to leave unwanted items on the pavement or grass verges outside your house. This seems to have become a trend on Grove a Park Road. We have a mirrored cabinet and an office chair currently on view and causing the pavement to become a hazard for walkers, mobility scooters and pushchairs. I have reported both on Love Clean Streets and Littergram.

    • Hello Rosemary
      Might I suggest you try “Fix My Street” on the COUNCILS page of the website ?
      I have had remarkable success with this and very prompt replies from Bromley.
      One of our local ward councillors lives in Grove Park road, and may be of assistance.
      Good luck
      Richard Webmaster

  2. Hi we are home owners on West Park. We are wondering who has started keeping farming yard animals- particularly the cockerel that disturbs our sleep everyday. We are young professional with stressful jobs and its yoo hot to keep tge windows closed. Could we please ask the owner to get rid of it before this becomes someones cockerel soup.

    • Hello Gurbani

      In reply to your comment regarding chicken nuisance.
      I am not sure that there is anything the MRA can do for you apart from sympathise.
      I would suggest that you contact one of the Greenwich Ward councillors to see if there is anything that they can do or advise.
      Yours faithfully
      Richard MRA Webmaster.

  3. Fed up with Heathrow and London City Airport planes flying over this area. They are noisy and polluting. Bad for our health and well-being. The City planes fly on a Concentrated Flight path which is resulting in a noise ghetto – flights should be spread over a much wider area.

  4. The Greenwich Council, on an appeal, has granted an application (the property is near to completion) for an 8 bed HMO in Bowmead, Mottingham.
    It is a quiet road and has controlled parking during the week. There is no facility for 8 cars to be parked on the property.

    • MRA Webmaster May 15, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

      Having discussed with our planning experts, I have learned that :
      The 6 bed HMO was a follow up application from the original 8 bed which Greenwich refused.
      They appealed for the 8 & won so the 6 bed was allowed to lapse.
      It is worth noting that it is the National Planning Inspectorate which makes the appeal decisions, and not Greenwich Council.


  5. Can u help. I live in Lavidge. My neighbour has embarked on a frenzy of building, each step by stealth (no consultation).Firstly they built a single brick ‘house’ at the bottom of the garden. Secondly a massive loft conv. Thirdly a brick extension on back of house. Leaving the the garden half its original size. Houses backing onto the property now have a real eye-sore of a view. There are 8 adults and 3 children currently there and maybe more? I wonder how the 1930’s drains/sewer will cope. But my real frustration is the lack of advance warning or ability to comment on such drastic changes. Greenwich have had complaints since January but seem oblivious. Is there anything I can do at this late stage ??

    Kind regards – Michelle Bond/Kitley

    • Suggest you contact your ward councillor John Hills (see Councils page).
      Have also forwarded your comment to our planning team.

      • Thank you – We are today told that Greenwich are sending someone to photo and check on the new structures. So hopefully this will be sorted out officially. Thank you for your help and will let you know the outcome. Regards

  6. Hi there,

    Just received a flyer from Liddle asking us to support the Porcupine development.

    We are against it, mostly for safety reasons and also because we think it is unneccessary.

    Is it better for us to complete and return it as a “no” or just bin it (which was our first instinct?


    • Hi Lucy
      We have received one too, but we do not know how wide is the distribution.
      The MRA is committed to supporting the views of its members, but has, in the past, been opposed to the Lidl development, mainly on traffic safety grounds, but also as inappropriate development, and loss of local amenities.

      We would suggest you contact Ted Rowlands at the Porcupine Development Committee ( and offer your services.


      • Can the MRA set up an opposition to lidl mottingham petition on that we can all sign up please

        • Hi Ian
          The MRA Executive Committee is awaiting the official planning process in order to properly represent the arguments. If you are a member of the MRA, you would be welcome to come to the next executive meeting at which I am sure this will be discussed.

    • I think you should complete the form. If those against just bin it then the results can be skewed in Lidl’s favour.

  7. This page shows very biased views against Lidl. There were comments supporting the development showing on here recently but they seem to have disappeared? If the comments page is there to represent the views of Mottingham residents all views are relevant and should be showed. There is a lot of support for a Lidl food store in Mottingham, a boost to local economy, provide a good choice of fresh food at a good price and also some jobs for people.

    • The comments received have not been filtered in any way to date.

      You are correct that the MRA has a duty to represent the views of residents, but the MRA’s representative view has to be influenced by those who correspondingly support the MRA in all its activities.
      The ACV declaration was assigned by Bromley Council in response to a request by not only the MRA, and was supported by all local councillors and the MP, and other bodies such as CAMRA.

      The first listed reason for Bromley council’s refusal of planning permission related to traffic and pedestrian safety as a result of their own consultants views. If the revised application is not significantly different, I suspect that the MRA will continue to protect safety in preference to food prices !

      There are already social network sites supporting the Porcupine which have no association with the MRA. The published LiDL documentation invites support for their planning proposals which are, as yet, not submitted.
      The Council’s planning details can be found at :

      All comments received are being published.

  8. Burglaries have started again in Grove Park Rd using access from Eltham College grounds So we all need to be vigilant

  9. Is anyone else fed up with constant bonfires at the allotments at gardeners close

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