THE London Borough of Bromley Residents’ Federation has branded plans for a museum and heritage centre in Biggin Hill as “entirely inappropriate”.
Bromley councillors have approved proposals submitted by the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust for a new facility attached to St George’s Chapel on Main Road, Biggin Hill.
But the trust’s plans have drawn criticism from local residents, as well as the Federation, whose members represent some 42 residents’ associations throughout Bromley borough.
In a submission to Bromley council, Dr R Hadley, chairman of the Federation, said: “Located in the centre of the conservation area, the chapel is a fine brick-built war memorial to the men and women of RAF Biggin Hill and replaced the original chapel which was lost to fire on December 2, 1946.
“The current proposal is an entirely incongruous addition which is entirely unsympathetic and which representatives of residents’ associations are likening to a ‘crematorium’, a ‘prison camp’ and even a ‘public toilet’.
“Member associations are keen to see a proper memorial to celebrate the unique history of Biggin Hill. However, the present design falls short of anything appropriate or appealing and impacts negatively on St George’s RAF Memorial Chapel, the conservation area with its pleasant surroundings and neighbouring youth organisation.”
The federation is also concerned about the removal of trees at the site, particularly two limes.
For more information on the trust’s plans, visit http://www.bhmm.org.uk/