Croydon Residents Associations Meeting 13/02/2018 10:03:00......Posted by Helen Redfern
Last night I attended the Borough-wide Residents Associations meeting hosted by Councillor Tim Pollard, Leader of the Conservative Group on Croydon Council, and Councillor Jason Perry, Shadow Cabinet Member for Planning.
A number of issues were raised in relation to the Croydon Local Plan that has now been approved and the London Plan in which Sadiq Khan is expecting a significant increase in the number of homes built in the Borough of Croydon. Members of the Residents Associations expressed their frustrations at the decisions made by the Labour-led Council Planning Committee. This routinely involves the approval of unsustainable developments that negatively impact on existing residents. Councillor Pollard outlined a number of ideas that may be included in the Conservative Manifesto for the May 2018 Local Elections that would give residents more of a say in the planning process.
It was good to see Brian Longman, Chair of the Riddlesdown Residents Association in attendance. He shared his thoughts on some of the over development in the Riddlesdown area.
Dementia Awareness Week 21/05/2018 18:35:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Did you know that it's Dementia Awareness Week?
In advance of the activities taking place this week, I attended last Friday's Dementia Awareness Day at Croydon Town Hall. In the Braitwaite Hall there were a number of orgnisations providing information about the resources available to help those with dementia. In the David Lean Cinema there were a number of presentations and I was fortunate to hear Hakeem Anjorin's talk that explained the various forms of Dementia and why people with Dementia act in the way that they do.
A couple of key points stood out for me. The first was the explanation as to why someone might forget how to make a cup of tea. We learn how to do that when we are younger over a period of time. We don't just make a cup of tea, we perform a long series of steps to produce that cup of tea, and forgetting one step can make the making of a cup of tea a difficult, if not impossible task. The second point was those living with Dementia may forget the facts of an interaction, e.g. who visited and what their names are, but they do remember the emotion (good or bad) that that visit evoked. It is worth making that visit even if the sufferer won't remember that we visited because the emotion will be recalled.
Many thanks to Hakeem for his talk and to Vivian Slattery for organising this event.
New members needed for Safer Neighbourhood Panel 16/05/2018 11:27:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Under the new Ward boundaries, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown will benefit from its own dedicated Metropolitan Safer Neighbourhood Team. Members of the public are able to shape the work of the Team by particpating in the Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel and volunteers are currently being recruited. You don't need to have any previous experience, just an interest in your local community and this inclusive meeting is open to the public.
Contact me an email if you're interested and I'll pass on your details.
Night time road closure on Sanderstead Road 13/05/2018 19:16:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Network Rail need to examine a bridge on Sanderstead Road over the next few nights, meaning that there will be a road closure. The bridge in question is the one next to Broomhall Road and the road will be closed from 14 to 18 May 2018 during the hours 22:00 – 05:00.
Sanderstead Residents Association AGM 11/05/2018 12:47:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Around 16 roads in Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Ward fall within the area covered by Sanderstead Residents Association ("SRA") so last night I was delighted to attend the SRA AGM with the 3 Sanderstead councillors and Chris Philp MP.
Proceedings were started off by PC Revell and PCSO Sam Brooks from the Sanderstead Neightbourhoods Team who gave us some useful suggestions for protecting our homes and valuables.
SRA activity is clearly focussed on planning issues and unfortunately I expect that will need to continue. There were also a number of cheques presented to local charities including the 2nd Hamsey Green Scouts, Sanderstead Neighbourhood Watch and South East Cancer Help Centre, which is situated next to Tesco at Purley Cross, and provides a wide range of support to cancer sufferers and their families.
We finished off the meeting with drinks and nibbles provided by Waitrose and I was able to have a chat with individual residents. A great evening.
Will you be voting in a new polling station? 29/04/2018 17:33:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
A few residents with whom I've spoken have been surprised that they will need to travel to a new polling station for the Council Elections this Thursday. The details of your polling station will be on your polling card that you should have already received. The polling stations for Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward are:
POR4: Riddlesdown Tennis Club, Lower Barn Road, CR9 1HR
Even if your previous polling station is listed above, it may not be your polling station for this election. If your polling station is one of the tennis clubs, do make sure that you are travelling to the right one!
Who owns the development land in Kingsdown Avenue and Montpelier Road? 19/04/2018 16:10:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
In March, Simon Hoar and I attended the Montpelier and Kingsdown Residents Association (“MAKRA”) AGM which focused on the proposed Brick by Brick development to be built in the area. There was some uncertainty over the ownership of the land to be built on, with a number of organisations suggested as possible owners of the land. The MAKRA team had spent considerable time attempting to get a response on this issue from Croydon Council but was unsuccessful in gaining a response that revealed the ownership. I agreed to take up the issue.
I submitted a public question to the Council Meeting of 26th March to be asked to Councillor Alison Butler, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning. My question sought clarification on the following points:
- the ownership of the land in Montpelier Road and Kingsdown Avenue that is to be developed, with documentary evidence;
- if the land is now owned by Brick by Brick, from whom was title transferred, together with confirmation that that entity had the legal right to transfer ownership, with documentary evidence.
I was advised that as this was a factual question I couldn’t ask it in person and would have to await a written response that would take up to 21 days. Those 21 days came and went and I had to chase for a response. Finally, a response was forthcoming but it didn’t answer my question.
The response stated that the land is owned by the Borough of Croydon and that this was substantiated by external lawyers. The land will transfer to Brick by Brick in due course under the terms of a legal agreement under which Brick by Brick has the option to purchase the land. What a disappointing response; no facts were proved at all.
I clearly asked the Cabinet Member to provide documentary evidence of both ownership of the land and the right of that entity to transfer such a valuable community asset. This evidence hasn’t been forthcoming despite reference to a set of title reports provided by external lawyers. Why would it be so difficult to provide this? What is being hidden? When the current Labour administration took control of Croydon Town Hall in 2014, it did so on a promise of Openess and Transparency and yet achieving clarity on what should be provable facts has proved so very difficult.
I have again asked for the evidence to be provided and await a response. Hopefully we’ll have a Conservative run council after May 3rd so that the truth can be revealed.
Riddlesdown Crime Prevention Event 15/04/2018 15:53:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Riddlesdown Residents Association will be hosting a Crime Prevention Event with our local Police Safer Neighbourhood teams this weekend.
It will take place at St Edmunds Church Hall on Mitchley Avenue, between 10.45am and 1.45pm on Saturday 21st April.
This is a drop-in event, giving residents a chance to find out more about protecting their home and possessions as well as sit down for a cuppa and a chat with their neighbours. Hopefully I'll see a few of you there.
Keeping Purley Rotary Field safe 15/04/2018 15:06:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
It's almost the end of the school Easter holiday and we're just back from yet another visit to Rotary Field, Purley. The children love the play equipment, from the playground area to the half-pipe that in their imagination becomes part of a TV assault course. Both of my children usually find someone to play with as it's such a sociable place.
A walk around the park includes the memorial to The Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway which opened in 1805 as an extension to the Surrey Iron Railway - the first public railway in Great Britain. You will also find a fountain with the following inscription,
"This ground was purchased from funds obtained by public subscription inaugurated by the Rotary Club of Purley and conveyed to the Coulsdon and Purley UDC to maintain as a public playing field, July 1925"
We love this park but our Labour Council has put it at risk by not including reasons within the Local Plan for this park to retain its designation as a Green Space, together with 30 other parks and public areas across the Borough. Consequently this land is no longer protected and there is a potential for Purley to lose this park that was bought for community use as a public playing field.
A Conservative Council in Croydon will ensure that this park is kept safe for us and future generations.
Tidying up Riddlesdown 07/04/2018 22:34:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
My family and I joined the Riddlesdown Residents Association litter pick again today. Whilst our numbers were down on last time, we managed to collect c.20 bags of rubbish, 2 tyres and parts of a bike along Dunmail Drive, Mitchley Avenue and the footpaths alongside the farmer's field opposite the shops.
In the 4 bags that we filled, we'd mostly collected plastic bottles including a lot of mineral water bottles. Perhaps if we could encourage greater use of reusable bottles we'd find less single use bottles being discarded.
We had great fun seeing who could collect the most and we had a good chat with our neighbours and school friends as we walked up the path. Thanks to Tracey and Dermot from the council for providing the equipment that we used.
Allder Way playground 04/04/2018 16:29:00.......Posted by Simon Hoar
The Labour run council have recently removed the green space protection for Allder Way playground from Croydon's local plan that controls building and development in the borough.
Having represented the Allder Way and Joshua Close area off of Pampisford Road for 8 years as a Waddon councillor I know how valuable the playground is for local people. The playground is an important part of the community, provides a safe place for children to play and Helen and I will work to make sure it is protected and available for the community.
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