Update on Addington Road Gas Main replacement 03/08/2017 13:40:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
This morning Cllr Dudley Mead (Selsdon ward councillor) and I met with representatives of Southern Gas Networks (SGN) and the council to discuss the gas main replacement works taking place this month and next.
At the moment the works are not too much of a nuisance, because there is no school traffic. However, it will be a different story when the schools go back and there are dozens of new parents trying to access Sainsbury’s car park to drop off their daughters at Croydon High.
As things stand the council does not yet know how TfL buses will handle the works due for the last two weeks of August whereby there is no right turn in to or out of Upper Selsdon Road. At this point SGN will be using one of the two westbound lanes of Addington Road to carry out the works whilst the other lane is used for traffic. However, this does not leave enough space for buses to right turn in or out, hence the temporary suspension. TfL works out its own diversionary routes for buses, which is why we don’t yet know what they will be. We suggested that if there were a daytime parking suspension in Queenhill Road, this might provide a suitable diversion, albeit at the cost of inconveniencing those residents. This solution was used some years back when the SGN works were the other side of the Selsdon junction.
We learned that when the works get down to Mountwood and Ferns Closes in September, there will have to be a three way light on the junctions, but this will only be three way when a car is detected on the Close, this somewhat mitigating the extra delay of a three way light rather than two way.
Finally we suggested that the council may wish to make contact with Croydon High to encourage them to make contact with parents and give them advance warning of the difficulties to come.
Sanderstead Court Avenue one-way 24/04/2018 19:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
To facilitate emergency gas works outside number 2 Sanderstead Court Avenue, Southern Gas Networks have had to make the road one way from its junction with Limpsfield Road. The diversion for displaced traffic will be via Sanderstead Court Avenue/ Onslow Gardens/ Cranleigh Gardens/ Limpsfield Road.
It is expected for the work to be completed by Tuesday 1st May. I will post further updates if this changes.
After a number of requests the damaged sapling on the Addington Road has finally been planted. Street trees add such value and its pretty blossoms will soon form new growth.
Large Street Tree in Lower Barn Road 16/04/2018 11:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The council have promised that the large tree running alongside Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club is at last going to have a crown reduction. The leaf fall is impacting one side of the tennis courts and needs a good prune. The promise is to do the work within the next two months so fingers crossed!
Public Footpath 142 - Purley Oaks Road - Sanderstead Road 16/04/2018 11:28:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Residents have raised concerns over the condition of the footpath between Purley Oaks Road and Sanderstead Road. The rail has broken and is missing on one section of the steep incline, making it difficult for residents, in particular, the elderly, to use the pathway. Moss and leaf mould has taken a grip of a large section of the pathway making it extremely slippery in wet and icy conditions. It hasn't helped that the council haven't picked up the winter leaf fall which line the pathway on both sides. I have taken these issues up with the council and hope that action will soon be taken to get the footway back into safe use.
Joy Gadsby 3 January 1928 - 14 March 2018 13/04/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was extremely sad to learn that Joy Gadsby passed away on 14 March 2018. I know that many residents attended her funeral at All Saints Church. She was a wealth of knowledge and had not only provided me with information for the Sanderstead News over the last fourteen years but had written articles for numerous editors before me. She was a keen and knowledgeable botanist who took a great interest in her local environment, particularly the ancient woodland adjoining Sanderstead. In fact, her very last article published in the March edition of the Sanderstead News was about Kings Wood.
As well as being a faithful worshipper at All Saints she was a lover of Scandanavian life and culture and had many friends in both Denmark and Norway.
Joy never married, her young man being killed in World War II and lived in Sanderstead all her life. They are now united. We will all miss Joy and the huge contribution she made to the local community. We are looking at celebrating her life in some way perhaps by planting a tree or a rose in Wettern Tree Gardens. We work closely with the Sanderstead Residents Associaton and will discuss an appropriate way forward at the next meeting.
Sanderstead Ward Crime Prevention Day - 21st April 12/04/2018 12:48:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale
Our local Sanderstead Neighbourhood Police Team are holding a Crime Prevention Day on Saturday 21st April which residents may wish to pop along to. Local Police Officers will be on hand to discuss how best to protect your home and vehicle. The details are as follows: Date: Saturday 21st April Time: 10.45am – 1.45pm Place: St Edmund’s Church Hall, Mitchley Avenue, Riddlesdown CR2 9HL
Caravan on Mitchley Avenue/Dunmail Drive field 12/04/2018 09:15:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
Yesterday residents started to report that a caravan had been delivered to the field at the bottom of Dunmail Drive where it meets Michley Hill/Mitchley Avenue. This is the field which has been used for a while to graze horses. A few years ago the owner got permission (against the ward team and local residents' associations wishes) from the Labour-controlled planning committee to put down hard standing and access gating, which they said they needed to facilitate the care of the horses. The land is Green Belt, which severely limits what can go on it.
I have asked planning officers to visit and advise whether the caravan can lawfully remain there (and if not, to take enforcement action). It looks as though the caravan is there with the permission of the field's owner and it doesn't appear to be the start of an illegal encampment, but we will keep and eye on it and make sure there are no additions whilst officers review it.
Hamsey Green Pond - Refuse and Neglect 09/04/2018 17:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I have been working closely with the Sanderstead Residents' Association and local organisations such as the Rotary Club to improve the biodiversity and general appearance of Hamsey Green Pond. Cllr Pollard and I planted crocus bulbs and the three local councillors alongside the Sanderstead Residents' Association funded the new railings, gate and hardstanding as well as organising the new noticeboard and benches for people to sit and enjoy this quiet place of contemplation. Sadly, the pond itself is in a terrible condition. Refuse and litter are strewn all around the pond and an old for sale board is now the main feature of the area. I have repeatedly asked that the parrot weed be cleared and the whole area be cleaned of refuse and debris but sadly this does not seem to be a priority for this administration. Despite being recognised as an important conservation and biodivrsity area recently listed in the local plan it is severely neglected. Many residents have complained saying they are unable to enjoy this spot and are deeply saddened by its condition. All I can say is that I will continue to email the council and the cabinet member asking that this important place is not neglected and work take place so that the community can enjoy this rare and beautiful pond. As an update to this post the council is trying to facilitate a way forward with the developer to see if they would be willing to work with the council.
All Saints’ Church Graveyard in Sanderstead 03/04/2018 21:25:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
I've been visiting a number of the 31 green spaces which our Labour council managed to fail to get protected in the 'Local Plan' it recently adopted. These are a mix of playgrounds, small parklets, large recreation grounds and graveyards, all of which now have no local protection from development.
One such is in Sanderstead, the graveyard of All Saints Church in Sanderstead. Like 30 other spaces in our borough, under Labour’s ‘Local Plan’ adopted in February, it does not have any local protection from development. As a graveyard, it seems unlikely to be a target for even the most rapacious property developer in the future, but sadly the same cannot be said for all the spaces Labour failed to get protected. This is a place of quiet contemplation and remembrance, rather than a thriving park like South Croydon Rec (also unprotected). It can be spooky at night, as I captured as part of a project on night photography, which I love doing. Spaces like this will always be protected by any Conservative administration I lead, whatever the local plan might say.
If you want to see the pic a little larger, please click here.
King's Wood Paths & Signs 30/03/2018 19:41:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The three Sanderstead councillors were pleased to contribute a significant sum of money to the Downland Project to improve some of the entrances to King's Wood.
Access is particularly difficult when the weather is wet and the new and improved surface in many of the entrance areas will give better access throughout the year.
Quotes have also been received for new welcome signs and these will be funded jointly by the Sanderstead Residents Association and the councillors. Hopefully it won't belong before these are installed and the work is complete on the pathways.
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