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 The Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Blog
Cllr  Simon  Hoar
Cllr  Helen  Redfern

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.

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Residents meeting with Henry Construction and Brick by Brick
18/06/2018 15:44:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Councillor Hoar and I are continuing to seek further information to clarify the situation regarding the suspected asbestos on the Montpelier Road development site. 

Meanwhile, MAKRA, the residents' association for Montpelier Road and Kingsdown Aveue have advised us of the following,

"Henry Construction will be holding a residents meeting on Kingsdown Avenue / Montpelier Road tomorrow evening Tuesday 19th June at 6:30 PM. They understand this is very late notice but want residents to have the opportunity to hear how the project will progress...MAKRA have been told that there will also be representatives from Brick By Brick in attendance."



Concerns of asbestos on Montpelier Road
13/06/2018 17:48:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Since yesterday evening, we have heard a number of reports about the possibility of asbestos being found, and incorrectly handled, during the demolition of garages as part of the new Brick by Brick develpment on Montpelier Road. We received a number of photos of what looked like asbestos sheeting and I took a look myself this morning.

Last night Simon contacted Shifa Mustafa, the Executive Head of Place at Croydon Council, and we've had a number of contacts today with council officers and Brick by Brick staff.

This afternoon, Colm Lacey MD/CEO of Brick by Brick sent us the following statement,

" We at BXB have checked with our contractor (Henry Construction) who have confirmed that, as per the Construction Management Plan, they have completed an asbestos survey on the garages and this confirms that there is no asbestos present in the material pictured, nor indeed in this phase of the development.

Our planning surveys (available on the planning portal) indicate that there may be asbestos fibres in future phases of the site. When and if any asbestos is required to be managed or removed in future phases, the appropriate methodology will be used and residents will be kept informed."

I trust that this reassures residents that there has been no risk to people living close by, local children walking to school and the workmen themselves.



Purley & Woodcote Residents Association AGM
13/06/2018 13:24:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

We had a great time at last night's Purley and Woodcote  Residents Association ("PWRA") AGM. It was a good opportunity to meet some new residents of Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown ward. The area around Pampsiford Road, Montpelier Road, Grasemere Road, Warren Road and much of the Purley Bury are in our ward and the PWRA catchment.

The greatest worry for residents seems to be planning issues, as it is across our ward and much of the Borough.

The PWRA are looking for new committee members so if you are keen to get involved - or just a little curious - do let them know as they will be very welcoming.



Purley BID Board Meeting
13/06/2018 13:11:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I attended my first Purley BID Meeting at Tesco Purley Cross yesterday. It was interesting to hear from local business owners about the improvements they are looking for in the area and how they hope to engage more people and bring in potential customers from a wider area. I'm especially looking forward to the Purley Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 30th June.



Montpelier Road/Kingsdown Avenue Update
11/06/2018 16:10:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Over the past month, we have received a number of enquiries from local residents about the work taking place on Kingsdown Avenue and Montpelier Road. This work will involve the building of 96 homes by Brick by Brick, the Council’s arms-length development company. We are only at the early stages, with just the hoardings going up at present, but already a number of questions have been raised mostly due to the hoardings not going up in the positions previously advised or the work taking place with a low level of consideration for those who live nearby. Last week I asked the Council questions about:

·       How the hoardings are being built, currently with holes in the ground that are not adequately covered.

·       Hoardings not being the right place, contradicting the diagrams produced during the planning process and illustrated by the site manager.

·       Hoardings not protecting the trees as promised.

·       The proposed location of the site entrance which appears to be dangerous.

·       How the hoardings are impacting on site lines (I was shocked at how blind the corner has become now). It seems only a matter of time before an accident happens.

·       The proximity of the hoardings to some of the flats – some tenants can literally touch the hoardings from their balcony (see photo).

·       The behavior of the workers on site which includes mixing concrete on top of the sewer manhole. There is also no portable loo for them to use.

It takes little time and money for the developer’s contractor to act in a considerate manner making this a less painful process for local residents. Do let me know if you are aware of anything taking place that I should be aware of.



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:

  • POR1: Christchurch Hall, Brighton Road, CR8 2BN
  • POR2: Sanderstead Lawn Tennis Club, Penwortham Road, CR2 0QS
  • POR3: Purley Bury Tennis Club, 53 Purley Bury Avenue CR8 1JF 
  • 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!



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 Older Blog Posts
Riddlesdown Crime Prevention Event
Keeping Purley Rotary Field safe
Tidying up Riddlesdown
Allder Way playground
Public Meeting to discuss Brick by Brick Developments
Montpelier and Kingsdown Residents Association (MAKRA) AGM
Visit to Purley Masjid - Open Mosque Day
Croydon Residents Associations Meeting
Purley Service of Remembrance
Riddlesdown Litter Pick
Sanderstead Community Day
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