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Commander Gordon Campbell, DSO, RN
17/02/2017 12:36:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Commander Gordon Campbell, DSO, RN was Croydon's only recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC) during the First World War.  Today invited guests and dignitaries made their way to the cenotaph in Katharine Street for the unveiling of the stone to be placed in the vicinity of the memorial. Captain R J Anstey MA, Royal Navy read words which gave an account of the Commander's bravery.  I was proud to be part of the ceremony.

 
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Croydon Debate Club - Borough Commander Jeff Boothe
23/02/2017 10:54:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Last night saw the February Meeting of the Croydon Debate Club, with around 25 residents hearing from Jeff Boothe, Croydon’s Borough Commander. The topics discussed ranged from the prevalence of domestic abuse, child sex exploitation and missing children in Croydon to the policing of the night time economy and the difficult priority choices that have to be made with finite resources.

Helen Redfern asked a number of questions including how the 20mph speed limit in north Croydon is currently being enforced and how the reduced speed limit would be enforced should it be extended across the Borough. Whilst it wasn’t a particular surprise to hear that the 20mph limit is not currently being enforced by teams of police officers holding speed guns in the residential streets of north Croydon, it was a surprise to hear that there is no intention to enforce the reduced limit if it is extended. Many people in the room stated that Councillor Stuart King, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, had indicated at both Scrutiny Committee and Public Consultations that he had secured agreement from Croydon’s Police to enforce the limit. Jeff Boothe indicated that he has yet to meet Councillor King. This left a number of attendees feeling both shocked and misled by the Council’s consultation process

 


 

Fly Tipping - Downsway Sanderstead
20/02/2017 17:28:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

A builder has dumped a load of rubble in a bag in the middle of the road in Downsway. Unfortunately the frequent fly tips of this nature seem to be increasing in Sanderstead. I am not happy and have reported this to the council department.  It is causing a bit of a hazard!

 


 

Panahar - 16th Anniversary Celebrations
11/02/2017 10:26:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was pleased to attend the celebrations at the Panahar restaurant in Hamsey Green, Sanderstead with the Mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor and  many or its regular customers.  Very generously Shelim and Jalal (the owners) host a annual event free of charge in appreciation of all their regulars.  The food and entertainment is always excellent.  I certainly would recommend a visit - my favourite is the prawn madras.

 


 

98 Hyde Road, Riddlesdown, Sanderstead - Planning Disaster
10/02/2017 18:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I spoke alongside the chairman of the Riddesdown Residents’ Association at planning committee to object to the application to pull down a family home and build a block of 7 flats on the site of 98 Hyde Road.  The application, which sadly has now been approved, is completely out of character with the detached and semi-detached housing but unfortunately, as you will see from Cllr Tim Pollard’s report this is now the norm with the labour administration’s chair Cllr Paul Scott.

There was a total disregard to the points raised by conservative members of the committee and myself and the RRA chair in relation to the development being completely out of character with the area, over dominant, an over development of the plot, serious parking issues and flooding.  Coupled with all these issues is the fact that the land will have to be excavated to shoe-horn this block of flats into the plot, which is only 1.5 meters from the shared boundary.

For those of you who know the area this monstrosity of a building will be an overbearing landmark in the area and will also impact the green belt by virtue of its size and massing.

One member of labour’s planning committee stated: “it’s not the worst application I have seen” and on that basis still approved the development!!!

I have real concerns that the face of Sanderstead which will change significantly under this administration and I have already had one resident association tell me that it is quite pointless attending committee meetings as their points are not taken into consideration.

 

 


 

Selsdon lights last night
10/02/2017 10:33:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Apologies to any readers of this blog who are wondering why we didn't post any advance warning of the gridlock in Sanderstead caused by the temporary lights by Selsdon Sainbury. Council officers did notify the Selsdon councillors the night before the lights went in, but didn't realise the impact it would have on Sanderstead and so failed to notify the councillor team here. I have asked that in future they try to inform members in any ward which is likely to be affected by roadworks, not just the ones for the ward the works are in.

According to the email sent to the Selsdon team, the roadworks are caused by a problem with a power cable belonging to UK Power Networks. They go on to say:

To facilitate these works multi-way signals are required at this junction. These signals will be manually controlled from 7am – 7pm. A pedestrian walkway will be provided. Like for like pedestrian crossing points will be installed and this 4-way junction. UKPN will work around the clock and hope to be off by Sunday afternoon.

Council officers this morning told us:

This is an emergency job to repair a fault which is effecting the businesses along Addington Road. These are not planned works. Planned works would have been carried out with advance warning and at a more suitable date/time (nights).

Croydon have insisted that UKPN work around the clock to have these works finished as quickly as possible. At Croydon’s instruction UKPN had two teams working all last night, two teams today and again more tonight. Croydon have stressed the sensitivity of this location. The signals are being manually controlled from 7am – 7pm, allowing more green time where most needed.

 


 

Another block of flats approved by Labour
10/02/2017 10:08:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

You have to hand it to Cllr Paul 'Blue Circle' Scott, Labour chair of the planning committee - he's as good as his word. Two weeks ago he told the Planning Committee that nowhere in the borough was it inappropriate to build flats, and last night he pushed through another block in an otherwise low-rise road in Sanderstead.

This development, in Hyde Road, sees the demolition of a family home and its replacement by a block of seven two-bedroom flats. It will be totally out of character with the area and will put increasing strain on this narrow and already heavily parked road, but that doesn't bother Cllr Concrete.

There were 36 public objections including Riddlesdown Residents' Association and the application was refered to committee by Cllr Lynne Hale (who was ably deputised for at the meeting by Cllr Yvette Hopley, as Lynne was unable to be there last night).

It also flies in the face of Labour leader Cllr Tony Newman's claim that local people know best how to sensitively redevelop their area, as set out in this rather laughable blog post recently.

As has become rather apparent recently, Labour isn't listening.

Apologies for the rather political nature of this post - but as you can probably tell, I am very angry at the vandalisation of our borough by this hopeless council administration.

 


 

Two planning applications pushed through
30/01/2017 16:47:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

I normally try to avoid being excessively political in this blog, as I am conscious that it is read by people who support all political parties (and none). However, this post is going to have to be the honourable exception to that rule.

Last Thursday night the Labour-dominated planning committee approved a number of intensification schemes in the south of the borough including two in Sanderstead. Sadly for local democracy, there was never any question that these schemes would be refused – despite the fact that committee members are not supposed to be whipped or express pre-determination, in each case all six Labour members voted en bloc.

The first of the schemes in Sanderstead was 105-107 Purley Downs Road, currently occupied by two lovely and distinctive large detached houses opposite the golf course. The proposal is to demolish both and replace with two large blocks of nine flats. One block is to be for sale and the other to be ‘affordable’, in co-operation with a housing association. I spoke in opposition to this development, as did a representative of the residents in Hill Barn, who would be most affected.

Here is what I said:

105 and 107 Purley Downs Road are two of the finest detached properties in Sanderstead, one of which was built by a local builder whose works are characterised by the distinctive glazed green tiles. As such I deeply regret that the owners have opted to sell these beautiful houses to a developer only for them to be demolished. That’s a great shame, but sadly I have to accept that it is not unlawful to do this.

If they are to go, it would seem a great shame not to insist that the space is filled by the type of accommodation of which we need much more and which is found a few yards down the road in Maywater and Tindale Closes – namely small family detached houses.

Instead , advised by the council during an extended pre-application process, the committee is being asked to adjudicate on two large blocks of flats, of which there are no other examples on Purley Downs Road. The two blocks are derived from the blocks from a previous scheme on this location, which was treated as two separate schemes on each of the plots of 105 and 107, both of which were refused by Croydon, upheld on appeal. The Inspector determined that the previous scheme would ‘materially harm the character and appearance of the area’. He further concluded that the scheme ‘failed to promote or reinforce local distinctiveness, and to seek a good standard of amenity for all existing and future occupants of land and buildings, a necessary requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework.’

It is hard to see that these concerns have been substantively ameliorated in the new scheme. The buildings are still alien, do not promote local distinctiveness and offer poor amenity for residents of the buildings. They still materially harm the appearance and character of the area. The revised scheme does go some way towards reducing the bulk and massing issues with the first scheme, although it will still be significantly worse than the current buildings and more intrusive than any others on the road. In particular there will be significant dominance as seen from Hill Barn , along with a significant increase in the overlooking of the detached properties in Hill Barn which back onto the site. This will result in a loss of privacy to those residents, especially from the higher floors in the new blocks. Although some soft landscaping is proposed, the parking requirements mean that this is necessarily modest in scale. It does not offer much reassurance that the privacy of neighbours will be protected.

The new blocks have been brought forward significantly and now stand in front of the building line. This will increase the dominance as seen from the road. In the locality people accept that development on this site is probably inevitable. But this is the wrong development for this area so I would ask that the committee refuses the application.

Sadly all these arguments were in vain. The Conservative councillors present moved refusal, which was rejected by 6 votes to 4 and the committee chair, Labour’s councillor Paul Scott then moved approval which was agreed by the same 6 votes to 4.

The second application, for land between Church Way, Briton Hill Road and Arkwright Road, went the same way. Here a tiny access road was to be created which is too narrow for a fire engine to get access, to lead to three new two storey detached houses. A local resident spoke very eloquently about the good reasons for refusal. Again the four Conservative councillors on the committee chose to support the 35 residents who were against the development in this form. Again the Labour chair proposed approval and his five colleagues slavishly followed his lead. Six to four in favour.

The other applications in other wards had all gone the same way when I left. Perhaps I was an unlucky charm that night, because shortly after I left we had a rare success - in Croham ward. Cllr Jason Perry and Cllr Luke Clancy proposed and seconded refusal on a scheme to replace the Stag & Hounds pub with an over cramped development. Whilst there was nothing to protect the pub in planning terms, Jason and Luke argued it was an over-intensification and pointed especially to the lack of defensible space for the residential units fronting busy highways which showed the developer had built as close as possible to every boundary - in some cases by 0.2 metres. To Conservative members’ astonishment the chair of the committee agreed with them, Labour abstained and they overturned the officer recommendation. Doubtless it will soon be back in a slightly less awful form and will be agreed, but at least this was a small victory for local residents.

Even more alarmingly, the Chair nailed his colours to the mast in terms of setting out what the Labour Group’s policy is. He said – and I quote – “There is no area of the borough where it is inappropriate to build flats”.

He went on to outline that respecting the character of an area does not mean building dwellings that are broadly the same as the ones around them. Nowhere, apparently, has the right to be considered special. And our housing need is so acute that, according to Scott, ‘every part of the borough will require intensification’.

Isn’t democracy marvellous?

 


 

Our Lovely Sanderstead Pond
27/01/2017 16:23:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Sadly, when I went to Sanderstead pond today to discuss Xmas lighting  with our contractor Skanska I discovered a lot of rubbish strewn across the icy surface.  A Xmas tree had been dumped along with other debris and many of the stones supporting the railings were on the top of the ice.  It was not a pretty sight and I did feel sorry for the ducks who looked very chilly and sad at having their home destroyed.  Hopefully the mess will soon be cleared up and the repairs to wall undertaken to make it safe.

On a happier note it looks like it will be possible to light the trees in front of the Sanderstead Recreation Ground and along the front of the gruffy with pretty white lights.  All very exciting.  I know we have only just recovered from last Xmas but it is important to plan ahead!

 

 


 

20mph Zones - Labour's sham consultation
21/01/2017 09:08:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Our Labour Council has a policy to introduce 20 MPH roads across the borough, covering the vast majority of roads, with the exception of a few arterial roads, such as Brighton Road, Sanderstead Hill and Addington Road

Different people have different views as to the need for these 20 MPH zones, but if implemented will operate 365 days a years and 24 hours a day.

Two zones in the north have marginally voted in favour of the scheme and now it is our turn to tell the Council what we want. The Council started its consultation on the 18th January and it will run until the 15th February. They will deliver a leaflet with the full details to each household. The details will also be on the Council’s website. The consultation is not a simple yes or no vote; you will be asked to explain why you object, if you do, to the proposal and it will relate to all roads in the zone you live in to be 20MPH. This is a departure from how the previous two zones were consulted on so it is very important for you to respond giving your reasons. In summary the first two zones in the north of the borough had an opportunity to vote yes or no in an opinion survey, but the two zones covering the south and parts of the centre of the borough won’t have that opportunity. We believe this is deeply unfair and possibly discriminatory. However, it is what we've got.

This is an all or nothing approach so you will be expressing your view for the whole zone you live in. For example, Zone 4 covers Croham, Fairfield, Fieldway, Heathfield, New Addington, Sanderstead (part), Selsdon and Ballards and Shirley (part). Zone 5 covers Coulsdon East. Coulsdon West, Kenley, Purely, Sanderstead (part) and Waddon. Each Zone is consulted on separately, so if you have an objection you will need to submit it to both consultations. You will, of course, only have had the leaflet delivered which relates to the zone your house is in, so as Sanderstead is split in two we have attached this document which contains maps of both areas to help you see which roads around you are excluded.

As your local councillors we have a number of concerns raised with us about this blanket approach scheme by residents. We asked the Council to consider doing only problem hot-spots and areas of specific need such as outside schools, medical facilities and elderly care homes. They refused.

Whilst we all realise that accidents at low speeds cause less injury and damage there are a number of reasons why a scheme across the whole zone has raised concerns too. The concerns that have been raised with us are:-

  • At low speed pollution is greater
  • The police at the first scrutiny meeting on 20MPH zones said they would not enforce it.
  • If there is no (or minimal) enforcement pedestrians have a false sense of security.
  • This does not cover the main roads where the higher number/ most serious accidents are.
  • Each Zone costs £300K to implement (£1.5M for the whole scheme) and only targeting specific hot spots is better value for money.
  • Spending this money on blanket signage means real physical traffic calming and road safety measures don't get done.
  • Every road in the zone, at all times, eg 2am will be 20 MPH, just as much as rush-hour
  • That this scheme will not prevent inconsiderate / bad drivers who are the cause of many accidents (often by ignoring existing higher speed limits).
  • That current 20MPH zones outside schools will lose their significance and could become more dangerous.

If you do not receive the information from the Council by the 25th January please do let us know, so we can ensure you have the opportunity to make your views known.

Please do contact us if you have any questions.

 


 

Wentworth Way 3 way lights
20/01/2017 16:30:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Due to a gas mains replacement scheme, Wentworth Way at its junction with Ellesmere Drive will be under three-way signal control from Monday 23rd Jan – Wednesday 1st Feb. These signals will be manually controlled during peak times and when required. Council officers advise that residents have received notifications via letter drop from SGN and will receive a further letter this weekend reminding them of these works starting. SGN have also included an apology for their late amendment to the programme resulting in three-way signal control being used at this junction and not a one-way from Limpsfield road to Ellesmere Drive as originally planned.

 


 

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