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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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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.



Purley Food and Drink Festival
30/06/2018 15:19:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


It's going to start looking like I spend every weekend munching my way around food festivals as today I went to Purley Food and Drink Festival, so ably organsied by the Purley Business Improvemen District, known as Purley BID.

My daughter and I managed to consume an impressive amount of delicious food which she finished off with free candy floss provided by Purley BID. 

We listened to some great music from S.I.N.G Purley and attempted to dance along with AeroLatino - hopefully no one spotted that - and I spoke with lots of stallholders and members of the Rotary Club who were helping wirth stewarding. 

It's great to see the centre of Purley used like this and I hope that it made visitors aware of some the businesss there and that they'll be back soon.



Croydon Food & Music Festival
24/06/2018 18:45:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Finally, I've managed to make it to the Croydon Food & Music Festival in South End, Croydon. I've been trying to go for several years but have always had to be somewhere else. Having heard such good things about it, I wasn't disappointed by the food on offer and the great musical entertainment. As a family we managed to try pasta, arancini, panzerotti, hot dogs and churros. Yum!

I also helped on the Conservative stall where we were asking residents to help us fill our wall with the their suggestions of the best things about Croydon. The most popular responses were Croydon's diversity, green spaces, community spaces and great restaurants. Residents, including staff at Croydon University Hospital and Epsom General Hospital, also told us how excited they were about the announcement of £400m additional investment in the NHS. It was good to hear from them.

Congratulations to the team behind the Croydon Food and Music Festival and to South Croydon Conservatives who used some of their ward budget to financially support this event. I'm hoping to make it 2 years in a row next year!



Croydon Classic Car Show in Purley Rotary Field
24/06/2018 18:18:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


We had a great time this morning visiting the Classic Car Show in Purley Rotary Field. There were some fantastic cars with us particularly admiring some classic Jaguars and Mercedes. We even spotted a Ronart W152! What was slightly disconcerting was the number of cars that I remembered from my childhood and even my teens. You're definitely getting old when the 'classic cars' are from your own childhood rather than your dad's!     

Well done to the Rotary Club of Croydon Whitgift for organising such a great show.



Celebrating Windrush Day
22/06/2018 21:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I was honoured earlier today to be part of the Windrush celebrations at Croydon Town Hall today. A unique flag was raised to mark the UK’s inaugural Windrush Day – a celebration of the rich diversity that British Commonwealth citizens bring to the borough. Today marks 70 years since the ship Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948 carrying amongst its passengers 492 citizens from the Caribbean. I was very proud to wear my "Windrush 70" badge.



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."



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Purley & Woodcote Residents Association AGM
Purley BID Board Meeting
Montpelier Road/Kingsdown Avenue Update
Dementia Awareness Week
New members needed for Safer Neighbourhood Panel
Night time road closure on Sanderstead Road
Sanderstead Residents Association AGM
Will you be voting in a new polling station?
Who owns the development land in Kingsdown Avenue and Montpelier Road?
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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