A sad day - flats approved on Croham Valley Road. 26/01/2017 20:56:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
Tonight Croham Valley Residents Association and I objected to the first block of flats proposed for Croham Valley road. To our dismay and great sadness, the committee on a vote of 6 to 4 approved the proposal. Conservative Councillors spoke against the plans but the Labour Councillors all voted in favour of it. Cllr Paul Scott made it very clear that flats can be built anywhere and no area is special and everywhere can be intensified. Not what any of us wanted to hear.
I will do all I can to keep our area as distinctive as possible, but it will be an uphill battle whilst Labour are the majority group on Planning. If you want to read the speech I made it is below.
In the reasons for recommendation the report states that the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on the character of the area. This is completely untrue. It will and it will be very significant.
If you drive down Farley Road and into Croham Valley Road you will clearly see a change in the type of housing and character of the area. Where this proposal is are large detached family homes with one house per plot. There are no flats and this makes the area what it is. If this application is permitted it will start a trend and we will lose the very attractive and distinctive look of the area.
You may say that the plot is large enough for a block of flats but that should not be considered to the detriment of the character which is not just in keeping with the Croham Valley Road area but those roads around it. This is an area that is attractive, open and has a special feel with the cricket and rugby grounds of old Whits just up the road. If we start changing the character this part of the borough will just merge into the next and lose its distinctiveness, which would be a real shame.
Adding a block of flats will be to the detriment of the area and is not acceptable and whilst I know we need more homes these won’t be affordable to most so won’t really impact on the borough’s housing problems.
This is a further creep application. The developer started by getting permission to build semi’s which residents and I also opposed. The developer clearly felt this wasn’t enough and has gone one step further. I hope this committee agrees this is one step too far. This isn’t acceptable to residents so shouldn’t be acceptable to you. Please don’t let the need to put forward statistics and numbers override the need to keep parts of the borough special and respect the character.
I would also like to add that it is disappointing that yet again plans have been changed 22 days after the close of the application consultation date. It isn’t fair to residents not to advertise and give a chance for people to see these changes. I know officers say the changes are not material but they are to residents, we need to be open and transparent. Any changes should be consulted on otherwise it looks as though there is favouritism towards developers and against objectors. This application has received a very high number of objections so I hope the committee does the right thing, respect the character of the Ballards area and listen to residents views and respect them.
I would ask that you refuse this very very out of character application.
Health advice for the New Year - start as you mean to go on 07/01/2019 15:04:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Croydon Council has some good advice for residents who want to start the New Year by making plans for a healthier and happier life.
The JustBe Croydon website at www.JustBeCroydon.org has tips and advice to support you to achieve those common resolutions like quitting smoking, losing weight and being more active. Visit the website and set yourself some realistic, personal goals to boost your overall health and wellbeing.
The website has a Health MOT tool, which only takes five minutes to complete. It gives you a personalised report to consider how best to meet your health goals in the coming year.
You can also visit a Croydon Live Well advisor at their nearest health hub and speak to them about getting fitter and improving your mind and body. There is no need to make an appointment to see an advisor. The health hub locations can be found on the JustBe Croydon website.
A few simple changes like reducing the salt and sugar in your food and drink and just a few minutes of exercise daily, can make a big difference to your future health and happiness. My own experience is that slowly reducing salt and sugar works. Think also about getting your cholesterol tested.
It's not easy to change but taking it slowly and with determination can make a real difference to you. Go for it.
Recycling and collection of Christmas trees 05/01/2019 23:46:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas tree collections, Croydon Council will be collecting trees from kerbside properties again this year.
Once the festivities are over you can place your tree out for collection on your refuse collection day between Monday 14 January and Friday 25 January. Before you put your tree out for collection, please make sure you have removed all decorations, stands and pots. If these have not been removed, your tree may not be collected. For more details look here.
Changes to Croydon's bus routes - Please check this out if you use busses in Selsdon and Addington 04/01/2019 08:39:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Transport for London ('TfL') are consulting on changes to the bus network in Croydon. Eleven routes are set to change.
According to TfL these changes will make the network more efficient and also respond to the ongoing changes in Croydon Town Centre. It does mean that routes will terminate at Katharine Street rather than West Croydon bus station and passengers who might previously have taken a single bus now forced to transfer to another route to complete the same journey as previously.
The closing date for comments is Sunday 13 January 2019.
Disruption to traffic on roads near Selsdon Sainsburys 02/01/2019 22:56:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
We have just been informed at very short notice that as part of works to connect power to the new development opposite the Selsdon Park Hotel on Addington Road, a utility need to connect their new supply to an existing one near old Farleigh Road. The work will be done in phases.
Phase One will start on the 3rd/4th January and requires a lane closure on the south west bound nearside lane outside Sainsbury’s. The bus stop will remain open and the lane closure will be in force between 0900 – 1630. The late notice is very poor, please do your best to avoid the area if you can.
Shurgard Self Storage fire update, 11:30 am 1st January 2019 01/01/2019 13:28:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
We have been advised this morning that Purley Way remains closed in both directions at the scene of last night's (31.12.18) fire at the Shurgard Self Storage facility. As a consequence there are no trams between Church Street and Mitcham Junction.
The emergency services and in particular the Fire Brigade have been working all night. Our thanks to them for their work. Unfortunately despite their best efforts the building itself has been completely destroyed by the fire.
I have tried to contact Shurgard but there is nothing on their website and their phone line is closed. If you had items stored at the facility it looks like enquiries will have to wait until tomorrow although I understand from social media that the company may have contacted their customers by email.
There will be continuing travel disruption into Wednesday 2nd January. The A23, Purley Way remains closed in both directions between Lombard Roundabout (A236) and Beddington Farm Road.
The tram network remains suspended between Church Street & Mitcham Junction, with replacement buses operating between Mitcham Junction and Reeves Corner.
Please check the Transport for London website for travel updates.
Fairfield Halls progress update 24/12/2018 22:00:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
One my jobs as a councillor is to serve as vice-chair of the Scrutiny Committee. This committee reviews the activities of the council, partner agencies and other related bodies providing services to the public. As such we question Cabinet members on their portfolio and look at projects where the council is involved.
At our last meeting on December 11th 2018 we looked at, amongst other things, progress on the Fairfield Halls. My view, and it is a cross-party one, is that the Fairfield Halls are a crucial part of Croydon's future success so this was an important and interesting meeting. As well as Cabinet members we were able to question the operator, BHLive, on their plans.
Immediately prior to the meeting we were shown around the site. We saw that although the interior still has a lot to be done it appeared to me that the elements that could cause difficulty are largely past. I would be positive about the likelihood of opening on the current timeline which I believe is a handover to the operator BHlive on 1st September 2019 with opening of the entire facility a couple of weeks later.
Big acts book some considerable time in advance. Consequently you will already see that, for example, Jimmy Carr is showing a Fairfield Hall date on November 26th for which you can book tickets already.
BHLive announced at our meeting that their website will launch on January 16th with regular updates as the year progresses. I recommend you look out for that and see what takes your fancy. I for one will be keen to see the venue and enjoy great performances as soon as possible. As Croydonians we should support it, especially in these early days after a major refurbishment.
BHLive did ask politicians and others to be mindful of the potential for negative comments to damage ticket sales. To repeat, all Croydon's politicians are behind the Fairfield Halls as a key part of Croydon's future but part of our job is to ensure public money is wisely spent.
Those questions will be asked because the project is much delayed from its original schedule and costs are likely to have increased. That said, we are now on the home straight of the refurbishment. I for one have already booked my first tickets and am looking forward to the show.
Changes to key bus routes 02/12/2018 13:32:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
The Council is seeking views on proposed changes to bus routes 50, 75, 109, 154, 197, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 & 433 serving Croydon town centre.
The Council are proposing these bus routes terminate on the side of the town centre from which they approach, so they would no longer cross the town centre.
These proposed changes would help maintain reliability of services in Croydon by making the bus network simpler and more efficient, and would ensure our resources are invested in the right locations. They would also ensure the impact on bus operations, potentially arising from the construction works in the town centre, is minimised. Customers who would need to interchange to reach their destination could do so within one hour without additional charge using the Hopper fare.
They are keen to hear your views on how these proposed changes could impact on you, and if you have any specific comments or suggestions.
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