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.
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.
Send me an email if you're interested and I'll pass on your details. My email address is:
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!
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.
Public Meeting to discuss Brick by Brick Developments 16/03/2018 13:17:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
It was standing room only at last night's meeting, hosted by Conservative Councillors Tim Pollard, Jason Perry and Lynne Hale, to discuss with residents the impact of Brick by Brick Developments.
Brick by Brick is an independant company, wholly owned and funded by Croydon Council, that will build on a number of sites across the Borough, albeit with a disproportionate number in the south of the Borough. These will not be council houses being provided for people in greatest need, and it seems not especially affordable for a young person on an average wage. It seems most of the units will be sold at normal market rates to make a profit.
The overwhelming message from attendees was frustration that the Labour Council has so flagrantly disregarded the very valid concerns of residents local to each of the proposed sites. We all agree that more housing is needed in Croydon but this can be achieved in such a way that takes on board exisiting residents' concerns and improves rather than damages our neighbourhoods.
Councillor Tim Pollard, Leader of Croydon Conservatives, explained that should the Conservatives win the Local Election on May 3rd, the Conservatives would put an immediate stop on Brick by Brick developments that have not been started (and thus far a brick has yet to be laid!) so that their appropriateness can be reassessed.
Thank you to those who attended from Riddlesdown Residents Association and Montpelier and Kingsdown Residents Association - and who spoke so eloquently on behalf of our neighbours. I hope I managed to speak to you all!
Montpelier and Kingsdown Residents Association (MAKRA) AGM 15/03/2018 10:55:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
The residents of Montpelier Road and Kingsdown Avenue held their AGM last night and very kindly allowed Simon Hoar and I to attend.
The discussion was, of course, dominated by the appalling Brick by Brick development due to commence in May 2018. Brick by Brick, Croydon Council's arms length development company, has been granted permission to build 34 homes across the steep slope between Kingsdown Avenue and Montpelier Road and also on the green to the west of the slope. MAKRA, Chris Philp MP and Councillor Simon Brew all opposed the development but the Labour dominated planning committee voted to approve the planning permission with the usual 6-4 split.
We were very impressed with the hard work already done by the Association's Committee and many of the residents. There was a wealth of knowledge and talents in the room and the community spirit was strongly evident. Should the development go ahead, currently schduled for early May, much work will need to be done to reduce the inconvenience caused during the build. It beggars belief that currently Brick by Brick intends to have lorries accessing the site via the entrance to Christchurch Primary School.
We offered our support to MAKRA, explaining that should the Conservatives win the Council Election on May 3rd, we would put an immediate stop on all Brick by Brick developments that have not been commenced, with a view to reassessing their appropriateness. We invited attendees to come to tonight's Conservative Meeting to discuss Brick by Brick developments across the Borough - all are welcome.
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