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Stuart  Millson
Cllr  Andy  Stranack

Spring Park Residents Association AGM
17/05/2016 23:13:00......Posted by Jason Cummings

Attended the SPRA AGM this evening. Huge turnout again this year and very pleased to see the Association is as strong as ever. Main areas of concern for the local residents were the Local Plan and it's effect on Shirley, potential Traveller sites, accessing recycling centres and having enough volunteers for the excellent monthly magazine (SPAN).

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Yellow lines to be added in Ravenshead Close
18/01/2018 19:39:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson

Following months of pressure from local residents, double yellow lines will be painted at the junction of Ravenshead Close and Old Farleigh Road at the beginning of February. Parked cars on the junction make it impossible for drivers exiting Ravenshead Close to see, which has led to accidents in the past.

Residents in the close have worked very hard to make the case for the double yellow lines, supported by Conservative Councillors in Selsdon. Andy and I contacted Council officers earlier this month and were told that Ravenshead Close has been added to the workstream. With more than 250 requests on the waiting list, and only 50 projects carried out each year, it is a real testament to the residents that they have been able to get this to the top of the list.



Autumn Walk in Selsdon Woods
13/11/2017 20:28:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson

I was really pleased to join the Friends of Selsdon Woods for their ‘Autumn Leaves’ walk on Saturday. It was one of many organised walks arranged by the Friends each year - a calendar of events can be viewed on the Friends of Selsdon Woods website here:

The Friends do a magnificent job maintaining the woods, with clearly marked and named footpaths making it easy to navigate. These are maintained, along with coppicing and other maintenance activities, on the Friends’ Workdays.

Everyone is welcome to join in these activities, helping out for as long as suits, on certain Sunday mornings at 10am - the first and last Sundays of the month during the winter, and the first Sunday of the month only from April to September.

If you haven’t visited the woods, I encourage you to check out one of the best parts of the Selsdon Vale and Forestdale ward.



Council walkabout in Forestdale
05/10/2017 22:46:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson

Councillor Andy Stranack organised a walkabout around Forestdale on Tuesday, attended by members of the Forestdale Forward, as well as Council officers and members of the Safer Streets team. We were able to raise a number of issues directly with Council officers, which they will be addressing in the next few days.

The foliage over the bus stop on Bardolph Avenue, which at present puts people off from using the footpath, is set to be cleared. We also reported littering and poor maintenance of the footpath on Featherbed Lane and access issues for the Brookscroft management committee to trees they have responsibility for maintaining.

One of the biggest issues in the area is access for refuse lorries among tightly parked cars, which has led to collisions between lorries and residents’ cars. We have asked the Council to look into making the Forestdale collections later in the day, when fewer cars are parked, to address this issue.



18/04/2016 16:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

SaveOurFairfield are encouraging concerned residents to attend tonight's full Council Meeting at the Town Hall to hear the latest debate on the future of Fairfield Halls. The meeting starts at 6.30pm but is likely to be very busy so arriving early is advised. There will be a photo at 6pm outside the Clocktower is you would like to come along and add your support to this worthwhile cause.



Burst Water Main on Upper Shirley Road
18/04/2016 16:09:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

There is a burst water main being worked on now near to the Junction of Upper Shirley Road and Postmill Close. We are aware of the problem and are chasing the relevant authorities to effect an efficient repair. Two way lights are being used and should be manually controlled during peak hours to ensure the best traffic flow possible. Please factor in possible delays to any journeys.



Quest students perform Oliver
03/02/2016 22:30:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack

I had a great evening at the Quest Academy this evening watching students from years 7 to 11 perform in an excellent production of Oliver. There were a number of very gifted students taking part, some may well have a future on the West End stage.



Heathfield Residents support local plan protest
27/01/2016 17:10:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

It was great to see a number of Heathfield Residents at the Council meeting on the 25th January. Below I have summarised why it is so important for local residents to stand up against the Council's plans to ruin our local green space.

We are particularly concerned about the plans to create traveller sites at the following sites:-

Coombe Lodge Nurseries off Conduit Lane, site 661;

Coombe Farm off Oaks Road, site 502; 

Pear Tree Farm and Pear Tree Farm Cottage, Featherbed Lane, site 755;

And the de-designation of:

Forestdale as a location where the Council wants to see “focussed intensification associated with gradual change of area’s local character” (page 129, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).  It goes on to describe what this means:

New development located in designated areas would be significantly larger than existing and may be associated with merging smaller properties.  The promoted character types are: ‘Medium-rise blocks with associated grounds’, ‘Large buildings with spacing’ and ‘Largebuildings with strong frontages’.  Their gradual introduction will alter over time the predominant character of intensified areas” (page 132, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).

The idea that the largely terraced housing and small blocks of flats in Forestdale should be replaced by medium-rise blocks is unacceptable - it would completely change the character of the area.



Neighbourhoo Watch
17/03/2015 21:22:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead

Went to the Heathfield and Shirley Neighbourhood Watch meeting which is held six monthly.    It was well attended by residents from both wards who asked a range of questions following the Police briefing which included a warning about current scams.   These were unsolicited telephone calls which usually asked for confidential information regarding bank account details and pin numbers.   These calls are of great concern regarding our vulnerable elderly people.       On the tables were lots of useful leaflets about how to protect your property and items of value and the telephone number to call if anyone saw something suspicious.      The police would rather follow something up even if it turned out not to be of concern.     Picked up some casework about road damage which I will follow up.     



Sexual Health services in Croydon
18/02/2015 18:07:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead

Visited this clinic to see what support is available to help keep people healthy.  Pleased to learn this is an open clinic and support and practical advice is given in a confidential way.    It was proved that an early visit often meant problems were quickly resolved and dealt with for good.    Looking at statistics, delays often meant that treatment would need to be on a longer term plan or perhaps even for life.    



Hearing from a Dementia Volunteer
11/02/2015 11:12:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead

Really interesting first talk by a volunteer this morning who showed how we can all understand better people who unfortunately suffer from some sort of dementia type illness.     There are various levels of dementia but examples of some simple things to help recognise someone who may be having a few difficulties doing ordinary tasks and how we can help whilst we are out and about   Having patience and making time to listen to someone who is trying to pay for some shopping for instance.    Looking forward to the next talk.



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