Council proposals to build on Sanderstead Car Park causes consternation
23/02/2017 12:11:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Croydon Council's proposal to build blocks of flats on Sanderstead Car Park has caused alarm and concern in many residents. Although in Purley Ward it is beside both Sanderstead and Croham wards and will affect many residents there as well as those in Purley. A particular concern to many would be the loss of the shops opposite if residents lose the car park. Many are used by residents and the possible loss of these in particular the chemist would be damaging to the lives of elderly residents. This proposal comes from the Labour Council's Brick by Brick company that is proposing to build on many publicly owned bits of land to provide housing. While some sites might be suitable this proposal would be damaging to the local community. The shops are situated in Croham ward and we delivered leaflets explaining about the consultation to the shops and some residents as the Council failed to inform them. Yet another flawed consultation by Brick by Brick. If you missed the consultation and want to comment you can e mail firstname.lastname@example.org the development manager. These are just proposals as yet there is no planning application but no doubt it will come forward in the near future. As I have written about before combined with the block of flats bulldozed through committee by Labour on Station Approach with no parking where will residents park to access the station and local facilities?
Loss of more local character as permission given for flats on Station Approach Sanderstead Station
22/01/2017 14:06:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Yet another block of flats pushed through by the Labour dominated committee in our ward.
Many residents use this local station and will know that Station approach is quaint with small local shops and businesses
On the Station side most of this will be demolished with an oddly designed three storey block of flats built virtually on the tracks.
Permission was granted because as Labour councillors said "we need housing" While I agree we do I am concerned there is little concern about harm to the local area or to the amenities of local residents. I wonder what sort of Croydon is being created and what problems created further down the line. Once again there is no parking this with application and when as seems likely Sanderstead car park over the road is built on parking pressures will increase in the surrounding streets.
Council tenants lose parking and green space in Council's planning application
03/01/2017 19:59:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Just before Christmas Croydon Council cynically brought forward a planning application to build a three storey block of flats on the parking spaces and small piece of green of the current council block in Drovers rd. Brought forward by Brick by Brick the Council owned company set up to build houses on council owned land. While there is a great need for housing to build a three storey block of flats on Drovers rd removing the parking and building on the the only space that the children living in the blocks have to play and replacing this much needed space with a block of flats seems short sighted and so dismissive of the current council tenants.
This large block of flats will also affect the privacy and outlook of the residents in Upland rd backing onto the Council blocks. Parking pressures are severe on the surrounding roads and yet another block of flats will add to the pressures.
We delivered leaflets to the residents in the blocks and in Upland to let them know of the application and how they can object to it.
i have objected as ward councillor and referred to Planning Committee. I will attend the Planning Committee and will speak on behalf of local residents once the date of the meeting has been announced.
Friends of Croham Hurst Woods fund more works at Croham Hurst Woods
28/11/2016 10:08:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
I am so pleased and proud that our members of Friends of Croham Hurst Woods will support more works through their generousity. Following my meetings with Croydon Council and our AGM works will begin soon to open up the view in another spot on the top of the Hurst. It will be nearer the Croham Manor road end and will add even more to the attractions of this stunning ancient woodland. The opening up of the historic view by FCHWs last year has been immensely popular and the proposed works will further enhance the top of the Hurst
The work of the last few years removing invasive holly has opened up the Hurst to light and warmth bringing regeneration and to stunning views. We have always had problems of access for machinery on the Upper Selsdon rd side but that has now been solved and work will start to remove another block of holly but on this side of the Hurst.
Local residents recognise what a treasure we have in Croham Hurst Woods and I am really grateful so many help to care for it in so many ways.
Green Garden Waste cut,Leaf Sweeping and Parking top residents concerns
21/11/2016 09:13:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Croham councillors Maria Jason and Michael along with our MP Chris Philp and our great supporters were out and about in Croham ward talking to our residents last Saturday morning. The pressures on parking in the streets off Brighton and Selsdon roads were raised numerous times. This is not an easy problem to solve but we will survey the area to see how we can help.
The cut to the green garden waste service stopping it just as all the leaves are coming down was raised by residents again and again. We are lobbying the current Labour administration to think again
Under the former Conservative Council the service was free and extended longer in the season
The lack of street cleaning and leaf sweeping especially now they are wet and slippery is something we will continue to lobby for an improvement to this service that is so important to our residents and our area
Permission for Backland Development, more pressure on our local area
21/11/2016 08:52:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
At Planning Committee recently the Labour Party pushed through a development to build houses behind no 5&7 Harewood rd. Harewood and Normanton roads were heavily developed under the former Labour Council. This has led to pressures on our area especially parking and the loss of trees and green space. The precious local green space Normanton Meadow will now have houses looming above it. No one disputes we need houses but we need a more balanced and sustainable policy.
There are more pressures to come with an application to demolish the Stag and Hounds public House and to build houses and flats in an already congested area. The application to build a very large block of flats replacing a bungalow at 2a Campden rd fronting Croham rd has come forward again
With permission already granted for blocks of flats on Lismore and Selsdon roads and more controversial applications in the pipeline residents are really concerned about our local area
Good News! Croham Ward Police Panel increases membership
27/09/2016 17:24:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
i attended as usual the Croham Ward Police Panel yesterday evening. For some time because of all the changes to the panels members were dwindling. It was recently down to three or four residents.
So it was good to see a full house yesterday evening with new residents from Spenser and Broomhall rds among others. We still lack residents from the Avondale, Bleinheim Park, St Augustines area.
It was good to hear of the work of the Croham ward SNT since the last meeting and to see and discuss the crime statistics. Burglaries are still a concern but the good news is the overall trend is down. Police again advised that some burglaries and theft from motor vehicles are preventable if residents take sensible precautions.
Planning Decision on 14 Barnfield rd shocks residents
25/09/2016 17:52:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Last Thursday evening the Labour controlled planning committee granted approval for the changes to 14 Barnfield rd. This wasn't built to approved plans and a raised patio and balcony were added
without the benefit of planning permission. Despite all this and following a number of enforcement visits at my request, the acknowledgment from the Council that is was not built to the approved plans, two planning meetings where I spoke on behalf of residents it was pushed through by Labour councillors. Conservative councillors voted to refuse but lost the vote. Residents who are affected by this very large development were shocked and angry. I don't blame them, it was a disgraceful decision.
Some more parking for Upland Rd
07/09/2016 08:41:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Some of you may remember the Woodman Public House a very popular pub many years ago. Sadly it shared the fate of many local pubs and closed down. Boarded up for some time it was developed into residential housing. Recently residents contacted me about parking restrictions in front of the former pub that were put in for deliveries to the pub. Clearly no longer needed I contacted the Council to remove and create more parking. Pressures on parking is intense in this part of the ward. This proposal will need to come to Traffic Management Committee and can take up to six months to implement because of legal and consultative processes.
Footbridge repairs at long last
22/08/2016 09:11:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
After over a year of lobbying the Council to repair the walkway and Network Rail to repair the rotten posts and hand rails on the footbridge the repairs are almost finished. This is the footbridge that links Whitmead Close to Dornton rd and is heavily used by parents and children going to St Peters Primary School and commuters to South Croydon Station. Many complaints came to me about water pooling on the surface of the bridge. The Council repaired the walkway during the school holidays after many requests from me. Hopefully that will have solved the problem, we will wait and see! I lobbied the Council to contact Network Rail to repair the rotten wood on posts and rails as the structure of the bridge is their responsibility however many times that was denied to residents! Their contractors were on site last week to repair. Now we just need the wire fencing that has been cut by vandals to be repaired.