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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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Wentworth Way 3 way lights
20/01/2017 16:30:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

Due to a gas mains replacement scheme, Wentworth Way at its junction with Ellesmere Drive will be under three-way signal control from Monday 23rd Jan – Wednesday 1st Feb. These signals will be manually controlled during peak times and when required. Council officers advise that residents have received notifications via letter drop from SGN and will receive a further letter this weekend reminding them of these works starting. SGN have also included an apology for their late amendment to the programme resulting in three-way signal control being used at this junction and not a one-way from Limpsfield road to Ellesmere Drive as originally planned.

 
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Fly tipping in Hamsey Green
20/10/2017 17:52:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Once again there is fly tipping on the verge between the borough border and the shops on Limpsfield Road parade - all within LB Croydon, not in Surrey.

There’s a bag on the west side near the lidl hoarding and furniture and bags around the tree to the south west of the pedestrian crossing. I have asked that it be removed asap.

 


 

Objection to local plan
11/10/2017 07:20:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Yesterday I submitted my objection to the areas of the local plan we are allowed to comment on at this stage in the procedings - we can only comment on aspects that the inspector has changed since the council's final draft.

You can read my entire objection, including comments on elsewhere in the borough here

However, my comments specifically on Sanderstead ward are pasted below. 

MMD86 – I strongly object to the deletion of the Local Green Space designation across the borough and with particular reference to several vital green spaces in Sanderstead: Sanderstead Plantation, The Gruffy, the pond at the top of Sanderstead Hill and Purley Beeches. Should regional protections be changed by a future London Mayor, these spaces would have no protection and would be available for development. This is not in the interests of my residents, who greatly treasure these spaces, all of which have active Friends’ Groups as a testimony to their local importance. There is more detail on my objections to the deletion in principle in the general section below.

MMD38 – Focussed Intensification Zones should be removed in their entirety from the plan, despite the modifications proposed by the Council. I am, however, pleased that the Inspector has deleted the entirety of the proposed Sanderstead (Onslow Gardens) zone. This was in contradiction with other policies (as per my previous two objections at the preceding stages) and its removal is warmly welcomed.

Technically, as the inspector did not substantively change the proposed designation of the area behind Purley Oaks Recycling Centre as a Gypsy and Traveller site, we are not supposed to comment on it. However, given its local importance I did object again in the full letter (link above).

 


 

A Busy Day in Croydon
29/09/2017 13:49:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group – AGM

 I attended the CCG AGM at the CVA and took note of the presentations by Andrew Eyres, the new accountable office and Dr Agenlo Fernandes, the Clinical Chair.  Highlights included improvements to access to mental health services for both adults and children and commissioning of the Health Help Now app.  Croydon residents use more hospital services on average than in other areas, often as a result of unplanned and avoidable hospital admissions.  At the same time the population is growing and is ageing and this results in an increase in the demand for care.

A locally designed new approach to treating urgent care issues is being introduced in 2017-18 which includes the provision of GP Hubs which will provide high quality urgent care services across the borough from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year.  The service comprises GP hubs, GP out of hours services, the urgent care centre at Croydon University Hospital and a roving GP.  These services will be provided at the minor injury unit sites Purley and Parkway as well as at East Croydon Medical Centre. 

An integrated IT service will allow them to access patient notes to enable them to provide the right care in the right place, first time.  The service will help promote self-care and also a phone before you go model that will utilise the integrated South West London 111 services to ensure patients are correctly signposted to the most appropriate services for their needs.

The CCG will also continue with its Transforming Adult Services programme which ensures more patients are appropriately cared for in community settings, including their own homes. 

Croydon Adult Social Services Users Panel

I also attended a meeting of CASSUP at Jurys Hotel in Croydon to look at how our residents were coping with the new DWP system of PIP and how the most vulnerable in Croydon are dealing with the new assessments.

Sadly the venue was a little cramped and not all guests were able to get into the room to get their points across.  It is imperative that those members who are disabled and struggle with access/facilities are able to seek assistance from the council and I certainly hope that a more suitable venue is found for future events.  The CASSUP event was historically held at Fairfield Halls, which sadly is not yet open and the community space at Bernard Weatherill House, which has disabled access is no longer available for use as it has been rented, ironically to the DWP.

Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Police Meeting

The SNT says goodbye to PC Stephen Wilson and welcomes PC Dan Revell to the team.  The team reported on a number of antisocial behaviour incidents in area including some shop lifting.  There have also been a number of break-ins from garages during July.  Motor vehicle crime is made up largely of theft from trade vans with the theft of power tools with 12 of the 19 incidents occurring during the night. They also undertook a road watch scheme along Sanderstead Court Avenue catching up to 20 vehicles going over the speed limit.  Crime in the area, fortunately, remains low with Sanderstead and Selsdon having the lowest figures in the borough.  The Safer Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 020 8721 2470 – sandertead.snt@met.police.uk

The Met police are looking at becoming more socially active and will be at the Community Day run by Priscillas at Sanderstead Recreation Ground this Saturday.

Riddlesdown Residents’ Association Meeting

My busy day ended with a visit to the RRA which as usual had a packed and varied agenda.  A number of planning applications were of great concern to the committee.  The overdevelopment of housing plots for the development of flats in inappropriate locations with size and massing of greatest concern.

Discussions were held about the main modifications to the Croydon Local Plan.  The Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the Croydon Local Plan has considered all the duly made representations and the evidence presented to him during the examination.  He has now concluded that further modifications to the Croydon Local Plan are required in order for the plan to be sound.  Comments need to be received by 10 October 2017.  Email ldf@croydon.gov.uk. 

What he stated will not be discussed is the Purley Skyscraper and the gypsy and traveller site at Purley Oaks depot.

One of the concerns raised was the deletion of all local green spaces.  For Sanderstead there has been some success in the protection of the Sanderstead Plantation to Metropolitan Open Land and the removal of the intensification zone for Onslow Gardens. The Policy on protecting back gardens has been merged into a revised policy DM11 Design and Character.

I am personally disappointed about the removal of the policy that limited fast food outlets.  With my Health and Wellbeing hat on I believe we should be doing more to assist in the prevention of obesity, which is above the National Average in the Borough.  Obesity, as we know leads to many other heatlh problems such as diabetes and heart disease. 

If you want to discuss any of the issues raised in my report or have any other local issues you want to take up with us the councillors will be available at 11.00 am to 1pm on Saturday, 30 September in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. We will be sharing a stand with the Sanderstead Residents Association.

 


 

Croydon Disability Forum/Dementia Action Alliance Meeting
13/09/2017 08:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I attended two very important meeting this week - Croydon Disability Forum and the Dementia Alliance Meeting.  At the Disability Forum concerns were raised in relation to the misuse of blue badges, wheelchair safety on the bus (particularly when wet and slippery) and the closure of high street banks.  Issues were also raised in relation to the new proposal to close some roads around schools, thus preventing the usual access for carers, the delivery of medical equipment and indeed disabled children to schools.  I will submit a number of council questions in relation to the issues raised and hopefully a satisfactory arrangements can be made to allow entry into the zone during the restriction period in exceptional circumstances.

I also attended a meeting of the Dementia Action Alliance Group at the town hall.  I am pleased that an officer has been allocated to this important work - Rachel Carse who starts on 18th Setpember.  Both the Sanderstead Residents' Association and the Riddlesdown Residents' Association are keen to work with the local councillors to raise awareness of dementia in the community.  If you want to become more involved with the work we are doing please do get in touch.

 

 


 

Rec traveller update
06/09/2017 21:29:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

I contacted officers again today because the traveller group who started to congregate on the Rec last Thursday are still on site.  The council has apparently  served a bye law notice, which is usually successful in forcing groups to move on but that has not been the case with this encampment.  They have therefore had to apply to the court to serve a s77 notice.  This notice has also now been breached so officers now need to go back to Camberwell Court again for the removal order, which may take until Monday.   However, officers have been regularly liaising with the group and they have said that they will leave before the weekend. 

If I get any further information I will post it here.

 


 

Eid prayers in the Rec
01/09/2017 13:35:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

Cllr Lynne Hale and I were delighted to be invited to join the community of the Purley Masjid and the South Croydon/Sanderstead Islamic Centre on the day of Eid-al-Adha. Around a thousand people were there on a beautiful morning to take part in a short prayer service.

It was fortunate that the weather was kind, as the organisers had chosen last night to take down the 'just in case' marquee due to the potential issues with a traveller group who had set up an illegal encampment on the other side of the Rec (see separate post).

It was great to see so many people using the park and I hope that this can become an annual event (albeit it moves earlier in the year by ten days every year).

Many thanks to the organisers and Purley Councillor Badsha Quadir for inviting us to be present for a very interesting event.

 


 

Graffiti removed
01/09/2017 13:32:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

Many thanks to the council's graffiti removal team who removed the racially-motivated graffiti left on several walls and fences in Sanderstead over the bank holiday weekend. I reported these on Tuesday, as I suspect did several other people, and the mess was removed very swiftly.

 


 

Sanderstead Rec travellers
01/09/2017 13:25:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

Last night we heard the unwelcome news that Sanderstead Rec had again been the target of a group of travellers, who have set up camp at one end. Apparently they gained access through the gate by the children's play area, which was temporarily open to allow access for the pizza man, who is allowed to set up inside the ground on certain nights. I understand he did his best to prevent their access, but there were a lot more of them than there was of him!

The access had nothing to do with the use of part of the rec this morning by some of our Muslim community for open-air prayers to celebrate Eid. In fact they had been given separate access to enable them to construct a marquee yesterday, but they felt under the circumstances it was best to take it down rather than leave it as a tempting target.

I am told that the required assessment of the traveller encampment has already been done and the eviction notice served. They then have 48 hours to vacate the site.

 


 

Local Plan: good news for Sanderstead, not so good elsewhere
30/08/2017 07:37:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

We have had the outcome of the Local Plan Inspection in public, where residents' assocations across the borough and Conservative councillors tried to get the worst excesses of Labour's local plan rejected or turned down by the Inspector. 

I think it is fair to say we have enjoyed mixed success, with some improvements to the plan gained, but much which is intensely disliked by residents still remaining.

In Sanderstead we have succeeded in getting the proposed intensification zone around Onslow Gardens removed. This was a particularly daft place to try to intensify and we are very pleased that it has gone. Elsewhere in the borough the intensification zones, all in wards which don't normally vote Labour, have been reduced in scale, which is good. But they are still there, which is bad!

We have also seen the deletion of Sanderstead Plantation from the Green Belt removed, so it remains as GB. 

Two of the most disliked policies affecting this area - the Gypsy and Traveller site behind the recycling centre and the 16 storey tower in Purley - are still there, so if Labour gets its way will be built.

Other changes in brief:

  • we’ve gained some MOL in Shirley but lost Local Green Space from the whole borough;
  • we still have a school site at Coombe Playing Fields, with green belt status removed;
  • the embargo on hot food outlets has been deleted;
  • the protection of garden land policy has been deleted and incorporated into a new character policy;
  • we have gained sites of nature conservation at Shirley Allotments and Kent Gateway.

All in all a mixed bag. My colleagues and I put a lot of time into supporting residents' groups and speaking at the Inspection hearings, so we are pleased that at least some of what we argued for has changed.

The changes to the plan (and only the changes, not the rest) are now open to consultation until early October.

 


 

Graffiti
29/08/2017 10:47:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Someone has daubed racially-motivated graffiti on a house in Blacksmiths Hill Sanderstead, which I have reported to the council's removal service, together with other graffiti in the same colour a little further up the road.

 


 

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Borough Grange garden furniture
22/08/2017
Change to Riddlesdown road works
13/08/2017
Dementia Alliance Action Group - Helpful Links
11/08/2017
More roadworks in Sanderstead
03/08/2017
Update on Addington Road Gas Main replacement
31/07/2017
Long term roadworks on Addington Road
21/07/2017
Childhood Obesity - Can we do More?
30/06/2017
A number of Essential Repairs Taking Place in Sanderstead
30/06/2017
Police Update - Theresa's Walk
19/06/2017
Armed Forces Day - Flag Raising - Grenfell Tower Minutes Silence
16/06/2017
South East Cancer Help Centre - Vice Chairman
12/06/2017
Sight lines on Mitchley View
25/05/2017
Gypsy and travelller site
23/05/2017
Intensification zones at local plan hearing
23/05/2017
Fly Tipping - Downsway Sanderstead
22/05/2017
Church Farm Services - Mitchley Avenue
19/05/2017
Field Opposite Riddlesdown Shops on Mitchley Avenue
15/05/2017
Dementia Awareness Week is 14 May to 20 May
11/05/2017
Riddlesdown Collegiate consulting on changing hours
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7-9 Arkwright Road
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Fly tips in Sanderstead
02/05/2017
Anti-skid surface on Rectory Park
24/04/2017
Hamsey Green fly tipping - AGAIN!
24/04/2017
Speeding fines
21/04/2017
Adult Social Care & Health
21/04/2017
Riddlesdown Residents' Association Notice Board - Councillor's Community Budget
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Purley skyscraper called in
13/04/2017
Proposed extra telecoms mast in Riddlesdown
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A New Primary School for Croydon Families
12/04/2017
Riddlesdown Collegiate primary school
 
 
 
 
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