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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.