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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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Riddlesdown Litter Pick
17/11/2018 16:14:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

We had another well attended litter pick in Riddlesdown today, in part due to a great turnout from the Beavers and Cubs. Such a good turnout meant we collected quite a lot but my family felt that it was harder to find litter to collect than usual. We certainly walked further than usual to find the same amout as the last few times. I understand that Riddlesdown Collegiate and the Council have organised their own litter picks together which will have cleared some of the litter for us but hopefully people are more aware generally that dropping rubbish, especially plastic, is not good for our environment.

However, just like last time, the bulk of the litter we collected was single-use plastic water bottles. We could cut this further if everyone remembered to take a refillable one with them. 

The next litter pick will probably be in March. Hopefully we'll see even more residents there next time.



Remembrance Sunday
11/11/2018 21:11:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


This morning saw the Remembrance Service at St Edmund’s Church in Riddlesdown. It was the first time that the church had held a wreath-laying service outside and it was great to see over 40 cubs and scouts arrive with their standards. I was honoured to be asked to deliver the traditional Remembrance reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes.

The weather wasn’t terribly kind to us with the service coinciding with 20 minutes of heavy rain but the sun finally broke through as reveille sounded – a beautiful symbolism.

I then made my way to Katharine Street where members of the armed forces and uniformed group completed their march from North End and wreaths were laid by civic leaders and representative of the armed forces and community groups. It was a very well attended event.

It’s been a thought provoking day, and we will remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.



Police Ward Panel
08/11/2018 11:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

On Tuesday we had our second meeting of the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel. It was good to see some new members, especially a student representative from Riddlesdown Collegiate who provided us with a useful perspective on a number of issues including the difficulties experienced trying to use the 412 bus service – an issue that has only been made worse by TFL’s recent reduction in the service.

Our ward is relatively safe with the main issues being burglary and car related crime in addition to domestic violence which has its own specific Borough-wide action team.

One spike in burglaries has been exacerbated by overgrown vegetation on a footpath so I will be contacting the Council to see if we can have this cut back.

Our Safer Neighbourhood Team is very approachable and can be contacted in the following way:


Mobile: 07584 186578

Twitter: @MPSpurleyoaks

If you would like to come along to the next Police Ward Panel, expected to be in January/February, do get in touch with PC Pell at the above email address.




Croydon Hate Crime Awareness Week
14/10/2018 18:02:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Croydon Hate Crime Awareness Week is currently being hosted by Croydon Council and Croydon Voluntary Action. Yesterday I attended a panel discussion entitled, "Treating Misogyny as a Hate Crime".

It might seem that misogyny would only occur between individuals but the example discussed was Croydon Council not listening to residents in Thornton Heath who wanted to have a hedge cut so that it would not block sight-lines in a park. Reducing the height of the hedge would make the park safer and more accessible for women and schoolgirls who walk a long way round to school rather than using the park as a short cut.

I was really disappointed that the Labour councillors contacted about the impact of the hedge have been so disinterested in listening to and acting on the concerns of local women.



Riddlesdown Collegiate Quiz Night
13/10/2018 11:51:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Much fun was had last night at the Riddlesdown Collegiate Quiz, brilliantrly organised by the Friends of Riddlesdown Collegiate, with the quiz itself devised by parent Mark Cooper.

Thirteen teams turned up to test themselves on subjects such as Geography, Music and Sport. Much to our surprise, my team won by one point, We even won a trophy!

The aim of the night was for the Friends of Riddlesdown Collegiate to raise funds for the school. Look out for more events or, if you have an idea for a fundraiser, do let them know.



Maiden Speech
10/10/2018 12:16:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

I made my Maiden Speech in the Council Chamber at this week's full Council Meeting.

I provided Members with a whistle-stop tour of our wonderful ward. There is much to commend in Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown but I ensured that I made the point that some residents feel as if they are under seige from developers knocking down family homes to build blocks of flats, and the impact of the Brick by Brick developments in our area. I'm sure we'd all like to believe that the needs and concerns of residents in all wards are considered when planning decisions are made.




Intensification of the suburbs
04/10/2018 22:00:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


The consultation is now underway on Croydon Council's Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD2), otherwise known as ‘intensification of the suburbs’.

On Saturday 29th September I attended a public consultation at Purley Library which was well attended whilst I was there. Ward residents may be interested to see the proposals for Brighton Road/Sanderstead Road area.

The consultation continues until 15th October and the document can be viewed in the Borough's libraries and online at: 



Collection of Recycling Boxes
24/09/2018 11:16:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Many residents have asked me about the collection of the old green and blue recycling boxes which are to be collected by Veolia, the Council's contractor.

From today, Monday 24th September, residents should stack them by the kerbside with the lids inside. This process will take place over two weeks and the date of collection is unrelated to your usual waste collection day.

Residents are, of course, welcome to keep their boxes and I am aware of a number of organisations that are putting them to good use. With that in mind, if you are intending to keep your boxes, do ensure that they are not in vew over the next two weeks in case they are collected in error.



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.



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Public Meeting to discuss Brick by Brick Developments
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