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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

Croydon Debate Club - Borough Commander Jeff Boothe
23/02/2017 10:54:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Last night saw the February Meeting of the Croydon Debate Club, with around 25 residents hearing from Jeff Boothe, Croydon’s Borough Commander. The topics discussed ranged from the prevalence of domestic abuse, child sex exploitation and missing children in Croydon to the policing of the night time economy and the difficult priority choices that have to be made with finite resources.

Helen Redfern asked a number of questions including how the 20mph speed limit in north Croydon is currently being enforced and how the reduced speed limit would be enforced should it be extended across the Borough. Whilst it wasn’t a particular surprise to hear that the 20mph limit is not currently being enforced by teams of police officers holding speed guns in the residential streets of north Croydon, it was a surprise to hear that there is no intention to enforce the reduced limit if it is extended. Many people in the room stated that Councillor Stuart King, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, had indicated at both Scrutiny Committee and Public Consultations that he had secured agreement from Croydon’s Police to enforce the limit. Jeff Boothe indicated that he has yet to meet Councillor King. This left a number of attendees feeling both shocked and misled by the Council’s consultation process

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Flytipping reported
23/03/2017 09:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

I have reported for removal the following fly tips:

- Against flowering tree to the south of the pedestrian crossing over Limpsfield Road near the borough boundary on the west side of the road

- On the pavement on Sanderstead Court Avenue near the junction with Blacksmiths Hill



Seven Day GP Urgent Care Services and GP Appointments
16/03/2017 20:09:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

People in Croydon will soon have access to a wide range of urgent care services, including GP appointments available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

From April 2017, three ‘GP Hubs’ will open across the borough to treat children and adults with urgent care needs.  The new ‘Hubs’ will be open for longer hours every day, and will offer more services to treat both minor injuries and minor illnesses. 

People should call NHS 111 for an assessment to book an urgent appointment at a GP Hub.  The hubs also offer walk-in services, but the NHS is encouraging people to ‘phone before you go’ to make sure they access the most appropriate service for them.

NHS 111 is staffed by highly-trained health advisors to direct people to the best medical care depending on their symptoms – including the GP Hubs where appropriate. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day and is free to call from landlines or mobiles.

Appointments at any of the new GP Hubs will be available to people living and working in Croydon if they are unable to get an appointment with their own GP.

The improved services are part of a new contract with NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and the Croydon Urgent Care Alliance – a coalition of hospital doctors, nurses and local GPs.  This means, that for the first time, emergency and urgent care services will be working together to provide more coordinated care and support right across the borough.  It also means patients and GPs within the Hubs will benefit by having more services closer at hand.

The new GP Hubs will increase the services already available at Purley Minor Injuries Unit and New Addington Minor Injuries Unit.  A new Central Croydon GP Hub will be provided within the East Croydon Medical Centre, replacing the walk-in centre located on Edridge Road.

There will also be a continuation of the Urgent Care Centre and GP out-of-hours services located at the front door of the Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital.  The Urgent Care Centre itself will be open 24/7 and equipped with the expertise to treat all urgent but non-life threatening illnesses or conditions.

Additional services from the Croydon Urgent Care Alliance will include:

·       A roving GP service to provide urgent home visits for local residents live from 1 July 2017

·       an out-of-hours GP service, including rapid telephone advice, face-to-face consultations and home visits from trained clinicians Monday to Friday (between 6.30pm to 8.30am), and 24 hours a day at weekends and bank holidays.

Dr John Chan, a local GP and the chair of Croydon GP Collaborative said:

“The new urgent care service enables previously separate parts of the system – including the Urgent Care Centre, A&E, and Walk-In Centres – to be joined-up along with other primary care services, such as GPs and local pharmacies. This will make access to appropriate care and advice much more straightforward for patient and professionals alike.

“We are also promoting 'Phone Before You Go!', which uses NHS 111 to book individuals for telephone or face-to-face consultations at the hubs for a more seamless patient experience.”

Dr Kathryn Channing, lead consultant for the Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital said:

“In joining-up our urgent and emergency care services, we have a real opportunity to get this right for Croydon.  Across the country, you hear reports of emergency services under pressure as people often find it difficult to access primary care – especially in the evening and at weekends. 

“Our alliance means that GP appointments will be available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.  What’s more, because the hospital will be running the services with Croydon GPs, you will be seen by one team working together to provide the right care for you.” 

Dr Fiyaz Lebbe, GP Director of AT Medics added:

“By combining our services, we are placing people at the heart of everything we do, rather than expecting people to navigate their way round from one service to the next.  By working together, our people will benefit from extended opening hours for GP Hubs, with direct links into hospital care and local pharmacies.  This means we can do more to keep people well, and provide expert care and treatment when it is needed.”

The Croydon Urgent Care Alliance teams up hospital doctors and nurses alongside community healthcare professionals from Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, with General Practitioners throughout the borough to offer a wealth of clinical experience, knowledge and expertise.

Local GPs have formed the Croydon GP Collaborative and, with the Trust, have joined with AT Medics – a leading provider of primary care services in London – to complete the partnership.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Assistant Clinical Chair, Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

"We are delighted to announce that the contract has been signed for Croydon’s new urgent care service.  The plans were drawn-up after extensive engagement with local residents who called for longer opening hours and greater access to GP appointments.  We are proud that Croydon Urgent Care Alliance will help local people to get the right treatment by the right person in the right place.”

The contract awarded by Croydon CCG will run for three years from April 2017, with an option to extend for a further two years. 




Fly tipping near Lidl site
01/03/2017 15:31:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard


Someone has dumped a load of household items around the tree just south of the pedestrian crossing over Limpsfield Road adjacent to the borough boundary. This has recently become a regular location for fly tips.

I have requested that it be removed.



Loss of Sanderstead Road car park
01/03/2017 11:26:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Croydon Council has been working for over a year to identify sites for its new housing development company, Brick by Brick (BxB), to develop out. Clearly there are a number of council sites in the borough where there is little controversy about the proposed developments, but there are others where it is highly controversial. 

One of these is the car park opposite the parade of shops by the main entrance to Sanderstead Station. The last time Labour was in administration in Croydon (2002-6) it sold off half the existing car park, which formed the site on which the new block of flats was built.

That time it took several years for us to get the council to reinstate remaining portion of the car park and it wasn't until we returned a Conservative council in 2006 that we got the site resurfaced and the appropriate ticket machines installed.

Now the council is proposing to almost completely close the car park and reduce the number of public spaces to just seven. It wants to build a new block immediately overlooking the existing one - so that there willl be considerable shading of one by other for most of the year, as well as a total loss of privacy to the current residents. 

The new building would  be a 4/5 storey block with 20-22 flats, and NO provision of ANY car spaces for the new residents. There would be a permanent loss of about 25 parking spaces in this very popular car park, while at the same time the local demand for car spaces will be massively increased as a result of the influx of new residents.

If the site absolutely has to be developed, then there should be a way to retain at least some parking spaces, for example by putting the building up on stilts leaving part of the ground floor still available for parking; no doubt there are many other planning options.

As you would expect, the traders are up in arms - they rely heavily on people being able to conveniently park opposite for quick shopping visits. The station car park is no substitute, as this is set up for long stay parking for commuters, so would be too expensive for shoppers (as well as often being full).

Another aspect which has incensed local residents is that the site of the car park was a gift to the people of Sanderstead from a resident many decades ago, to be used for the benefit of residents. The council apparently has 'no record' of the terms of the bequest, so feels free - as it did last time - to completely ignore it.

Whilst the design of the proposed new block is not finalised, initial sketches are not encouraging - it looks more like a prison than a home! Sadly, athough we are always told 'oh, it's only an outline design at this stage', when the design is finalised it usually bears a striking resemblance to the one initially presented!

Here's a link to a page with links to the initial designs.

If you wish to express an opinion on this development, please write to by the end of March 2017.

This site is just in Purley ward but we will be working closely with the Purley councillors on this.  The shops are in Croham ward while St Mary’s Road is in Sanderstead ward, so the site is at the junction of three wards.

I would stress that I am not opposed to BxB's work on principle, but I do believe that a number of the sites which Labour believes are 'surplus' are actually vital community assets (it also proposes developments on other car parks, community centres and youth clubs). This one is the wrong development in the wrong place, and is one our council should back off from. 



Dog neutering vouchers
01/03/2017 11:24:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

This is one of the more oddball posts I have done in my time as a councillor......

Croydon Council dog warden service works in close partnership with Dogs Trust to help promote responsible dog ownership. They recently ran a Christmas bull breed project, which was very successful and their latest project is our ‘£35 Neutering’ initiative, which runs throughout the whole of 2017. The idea is that they have 50 low cost neutering vouchers for selected breeds, allowing owners who are on benefits or a low income and living in a Croydon postcode to get their dog neutered for just £35 at any one of our participating vets. The procedure normally costs between £200- £500 depending on the size of the dog so this is a huge saving and will hopefully encourage owners to go ahead.

There is a UK wide overpopulation of unwanted dogs and although this is due to a large number of unscrupulous backyard breeders, there are also many owners who would like to have their dog neutered but simply cannot afford it, which leads to accidental litters, continuous straying, dog thefts and unneutered dogs being sold to new owners, antisocial behaviour involving dogs and dangerous dogs so I hope this initiative will help curb these problems.



Fly Tipping - Downsway Sanderstead
20/02/2017 17:28:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


A builder has dumped a load of rubble in a bag in the middle of the road in Downsway. Unfortunately the frequent fly tips of this nature seem to be increasing in Sanderstead. I am not happy and have reported this to the council department.  It is causing a bit of a hazard!



Commander Gordon Campbell, DSO, RN
17/02/2017 12:36:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Commander Gordon Campbell, DSO, RN was Croydon's only recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC) during the First World War.  Today invited guests and dignitaries made their way to the cenotaph in Katharine Street for the unveiling of the stone to be placed in the vicinity of the memorial. Captain R J Anstey MA, Royal Navy read words which gave an account of the Commander's bravery.  I was proud to be part of the ceremony.



Panahar - 16th Anniversary Celebrations
11/02/2017 10:26:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I was pleased to attend the celebrations at the Panahar restaurant in Hamsey Green, Sanderstead with the Mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor and  many or its regular customers.  Very generously Shelim and Jalal (the owners) host a annual event free of charge in appreciation of all their regulars.  The food and entertainment is always excellent.  I certainly would recommend a visit - my favourite is the prawn madras.



98 Hyde Road, Riddlesdown, Sanderstead - Planning Disaster
10/02/2017 18:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I spoke alongside the chairman of the Riddesdown Residents’ Association at planning committee to object to the application to pull down a family home and build a block of 7 flats on the site of 98 Hyde Road.  The application, which sadly has now been approved, is completely out of character with the detached and semi-detached housing but unfortunately, as you will see from Cllr Tim Pollard’s report this is now the norm with the labour administration’s chair Cllr Paul Scott.

There was a total disregard to the points raised by conservative members of the committee and myself and the RRA chair in relation to the development being completely out of character with the area, over dominant, an over development of the plot, serious parking issues and flooding.  Coupled with all these issues is the fact that the land will have to be excavated to shoe-horn this block of flats into the plot, which is only 1.5 meters from the shared boundary.

For those of you who know the area this monstrosity of a building will be an overbearing landmark in the area and will also impact the green belt by virtue of its size and massing.

One member of labour’s planning committee stated: “it’s not the worst application I have seen” and on that basis still approved the development!!!

I have real concerns that the face of Sanderstead which will change significantly under this administration and I have already had one resident association tell me that it is quite pointless attending committee meetings as their points are not taken into consideration.




Selsdon lights last night
10/02/2017 10:33:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Apologies to any readers of this blog who are wondering why we didn't post any advance warning of the gridlock in Sanderstead caused by the temporary lights by Selsdon Sainbury. Council officers did notify the Selsdon councillors the night before the lights went in, but didn't realise the impact it would have on Sanderstead and so failed to notify the councillor team here. I have asked that in future they try to inform members in any ward which is likely to be affected by roadworks, not just the ones for the ward the works are in.

According to the email sent to the Selsdon team, the roadworks are caused by a problem with a power cable belonging to UK Power Networks. They go on to say:

To facilitate these works multi-way signals are required at this junction. These signals will be manually controlled from 7am – 7pm. A pedestrian walkway will be provided. Like for like pedestrian crossing points will be installed and this 4-way junction. UKPN will work around the clock and hope to be off by Sunday afternoon.

Council officers this morning told us:

This is an emergency job to repair a fault which is effecting the businesses along Addington Road. These are not planned works. Planned works would have been carried out with advance warning and at a more suitable date/time (nights).

Croydon have insisted that UKPN work around the clock to have these works finished as quickly as possible. At Croydon’s instruction UKPN had two teams working all last night, two teams today and again more tonight. Croydon have stressed the sensitivity of this location. The signals are being manually controlled from 7am – 7pm, allowing more green time where most needed.



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