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

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.

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Resolving waste/recycling issues
12/09/2018 13:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown was amongst the first wards to receive the new bins so residents have had a long time to juggle finding space for both the old and new bins. Being the first to receive our bins meant that we were amongst the first to realise which roads and houses the new scheme wouldn't work for and meetings with council officers and residents associations helped to resolve many of these issues. However, as the Council's focus has been on getting the new bins delivered, those residents that have been told that their new bins will be removed, have had a long wait to see that actually happen.

I met with the Head of Environment and Leisure this morning as a couple of roads just haven't been resolved - a long dance of 2 steps forward and a different 2 steps back. I am hopeful that the situation in Hill View Close is close to resolution. By the end of the week I expect house numbers 1-6 and 31-45 to have had the new bins removed so that they can go back their exisiting arrangements, whilst house numbers 7-30 will keep 2 new bins and the use of their exisiting store cupboard bin, with the correct stickers.

Letters will be going out to residents in Montpelier Road today to explain that new bins, still mostly on the pavement, are to be collected and their waste collections will be reverting back to the Haling Down Passge entrances.



Young Runaways and Missing Children
12/09/2018 12:50:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Amongst my committee responsibilities as a Councillor, I attend the Corporate Parenting Panel and Scrutiny Children and Young People Sub-Committee. It's important for me to understand the topics covered by these committees so yesterday I attended the Public Policy Exchange symposium on Young Runaways and Missing Children. The speakers included academics, social workers, police officers and the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaways and Missing Children and Adults. Much of the benefit of the day came from the experiences shared by the other professionals attending. 

Obviously Croydon's experience is a little different to most authorities due to the high level of unaccompanied asylum seeking children that we care for. However, the day provided a good insight into the work conducted by the various agencies involved in keep our children and young people safe.



Eid in the Park
21/08/2018 11:39:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I had a lovely morning, celebrating Eid al-Adha in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. Councillor Badsha Quadir introduced me to a number of worshippers, many of whom I had met at Purley Masjid or knew from my children's school.

I had an interesting chat with the ladies who explained what was happening and we had a lovely moment when the sun finally broke through the clouds at the end of Salat-al-Eid, or Eid prayers.

Thank you to all those who were so very welcoming to me.

Eid Mubarak.



Councillors' Surgery - this Saturday
30/07/2018 15:01:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

We hold our monthly Councillors' Surgery at Christ Church Purley, 863 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN between 10am and 11am on the first Saturday of each month - so the next one is this Saturday.

We will be in the café to the left of the church. If you can't see us, we will be in a meeting room with another resident so take a seat and we'll be with you as soon as we can. 

If you have an urgent enquiry, you don't need to wait for the monthly surgery. Please email or telephone us between surgeries.



Waste & Recycling Update
30/07/2018 13:03:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


This morning I visited a number of the roads from which I have received the greatest number of enquiries regarding the new waste and recycling system which will become operational in early September. Our ward was one of the first in Croydon to receive the new bins so for many residents the initial problem has been how to store the exisiting crates and bins alongside 2 new wheelie bins. I'm pleased to say that after the first surprise of seeing that many containers outside our windows, many residents can now see how they can make it work for them from September.

I invited Council officers to visit some of the roads for which the new system is going to be a challenge, in some cases an impossible challenge. I am pleased to report that Council Officers have been considering alternative solutions and we are currently awaiting confirmation from Veolia that they can work with these proposed solutions. I am hopeful particularly of alternative arrangements being made on the west side of Riddlesdown Avenue and those houses in Hill View Close with the very steep steps between pavement and front door that make it difficult to carry much more than a handbag.

The Cabinet member responsbible for this initiaitive has said that the system generally cannot take into account personal cicumstances, rather it should be what is best for the property. However, assistance is available for residents who would physically struggle with the bins and we have had some success confirming that assistance will be provided to some residents who already receive such help.

The last of the recycling roadshows is tomorrow at Tesco Purley between 11am and 6pm so do visit if you have any queries about what goes in which bin.



New bins for Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown
16/07/2018 16:32:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


The delivery of more than 200,000 new bins across Croydon began 2 weeks ago with our ward one of the first to receive the new bins. There will be a period of time when we have to accommodate both the old and the new bins as the new service does not start until September. 

I have received a lot of correspondence from residents who fear that they don't have sufficient space for the new bins and/or will not be able to transfer the bins from door to pavement. I asked Cllr Stuart Collins about this at the Council Meeting of 9th July 2018 and it appears that there could be some flexibility, Therefore, if you feel that the new system won't work for you, please contact Waste Services by:

  • Email   or
  • Phone 0208 604 7282 between 9am and 5pm on week days.

There will also be a number of roadshows at which you can discuss the new arrangements. The closest to us are:

  • North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Saturday 21 July, noon – 6.30pm.
  • Waitrose, 87 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead CR2 9LE. Thursday 26 July, noon – 5pm.
  • Tesco Extra Purley Cross, 8 Purley Road, Purley CR8 2HA. Tuesday 31 July, 11am – 6pm.

Visit for more information on the new collection arrangements.



Honister Heights Association AGM
15/07/2018 16:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

I had a great time last night at the Honister Heights Association AGM, hosted by the Chair Sheryl Holland. I was in the road earlier this week looking at the trees on the side opposite the houses as some residents consider them to be potentially dangerous. After several conversations with Council Officers, I believe that we are making progress to having some of these trees, which are on private land, cut back.

Many residents asked about the new bin collections, having already received their new bins. Residents are very unhappy that they will have a smaller bin for general waste and yet more bins than they could ever fill for recyclables, for which they will have to find space. I will continue to raise these points with Council Officers.

It’s always a pleasure to meet with residents in the ward and I look forward to next year’s AGM. If any of the residents of Honister Heights have any concerns before then, do get in touch.



FREE Youth Activities - but not everyone's invited.
07/07/2018 19:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


With 4 great state schools accommodating c.3,700 pupils, Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown is home to a lot of children. As such, I was delighted to see that Croydon Council is planning a summer of free activities for young people aged 8-19 years - from DJ masterclasses to drama productions, seven-a-side football sessions to enterprise and employability workshops, music and art projects to confidence-building and counselling.

With c.40 days of activities in 10 locations I scanned the literature for activities in our ward or neighbouring areas only to find that nothing has been scheduled – literally nothing. Over the whole summer of events only 1 afternoon of events is planned in the south of the Borough, in Coulsdon, which would involve a number of buses and a round trip of at least 1.5 hours.

I questioned this with the Council’s communications team who were advised of the following,

“The summer project has been designed in consultation with young people and reflects where our statistics and young people tell us they are spending their leisure time at the moment.  We have planned the events and activities in collaboration with voluntary sector partners who also deliver in the South area.  We have tried to ensure that we offer a range of free and interesting ‘taster’ experiences for young people that enable them to make new friends and build confidence. “

Really? All those thousands of children in our ward who apparently don’t want to spend time in their own area? Could this be because no activities are provided in their locality? I’m really disappointed that the Council appears to have effectively excluded whole geographic areas from this programme and that young people in our ward will look at the schedule and map of activities and see that they are not included. As such I have sought further information about the consultation process and how the young people of Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, and our neighbouring areas, can be included.

I sincerely hope that if this programme is rerun next year, that there will be greater consideration for serving young people across all the wards that make up the Borough of Croydon.



Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel
06/07/2018 16:06:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

The first meeting of the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel took place last night at Christ Church Hall on Brighton Road. In attendance were PC Pell, PC Allen and PCSO Eaton and 7 members of the public. This is a public meeting so if you are interested in attending, do come along. It’s really important that we have a range of residents at the meeting and if we are to be representative of the ward it would be great if we could have some more residents from the north of the ward, particularly to the west of Brighton Road, a few more women and definitely some more younger people.

As is usual for a ward panel, 3 promises were made, in this instance a focus on preventing burglary, reducing theft from vehicles and youth engagement. We are very fortunate that crime levels are low in our ward.



Councillors' Surgery this Saturday
03/07/2018 12:24:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


We will be holding our monthly Councillors' Surgery at Christ Church Purley, 863 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN between 10am and 11am on the first Saturday of each month. We will be in the café to the left of the church. If you can't see us, we will be in a meeting room with another resident so take a seat and we'll be with you as soon as we can. 

If you have an urgent enquiry, you don't need to wait for the monthly surgery. Please email or telephone us between surgeries.



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