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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard
 

Loss of Sanderstead Road car park
01/03/2017 11:26:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

Croydon Council has been working for over a year to identify sites for its new housing development company, Brick by Brick (BxB), to develop out. Clearly there are a number of council sites in the borough where there is little controversy about the proposed developments, but there are others where it is highly controversial. 

One of these is the car park opposite the parade of shops by the main entrance to Sanderstead Station. The last time Labour was in administration in Croydon (2002-6) it sold off half the existing car park, which formed the site on which the new block of flats was built.

That time it took several years for us to get the council to reinstate remaining portion of the car park and it wasn't until we returned a Conservative council in 2006 that we got the site resurfaced and the appropriate ticket machines installed.

Now the council is proposing to almost completely close the car park and reduce the number of public spaces to just seven. It wants to build a new block immediately overlooking the existing one - so that there willl be considerable shading of one by other for most of the year, as well as a total loss of privacy to the current residents. 

The new building would  be a 4/5 storey block with 20-22 flats, and NO provision of ANY car spaces for the new residents. There would be a permanent loss of about 25 parking spaces in this very popular car park, while at the same time the local demand for car spaces will be massively increased as a result of the influx of new residents.

If the site absolutely has to be developed, then there should be a way to retain at least some parking spaces, for example by putting the building up on stilts leaving part of the ground floor still available for parking; no doubt there are many other planning options.

As you would expect, the traders are up in arms - they rely heavily on people being able to conveniently park opposite for quick shopping visits. The station car park is no substitute, as this is set up for long stay parking for commuters, so would be too expensive for shoppers (as well as often being full).

Another aspect which has incensed local residents is that the site of the car park was a gift to the people of Sanderstead from a resident many decades ago, to be used for the benefit of residents. The council apparently has 'no record' of the terms of the bequest, so feels free - as it did last time - to completely ignore it.

Whilst the design of the proposed new block is not finalised, initial sketches are not encouraging - it looks more like a prison than a home! Sadly, athough we are always told 'oh, it's only an outline design at this stage', when the design is finalised it usually bears a striking resemblance to the one initially presented!

Here's a link to a page with links to the initial designs.

If you wish to express an opinion on this development, please write to croydon@newmanfrancis.org by the end of March 2017.

This site is just in Purley ward but we will be working closely with the Purley councillors on this.  The shops are in Croham ward while St Mary’s Road is in Sanderstead ward, so the site is at the junction of three wards.

I would stress that I am not opposed to BxB's work on principle, but I do believe that a number of the sites which Labour believes are 'surplus' are actually vital community assets (it also proposes developments on other car parks, community centres and youth clubs). This one is the wrong development in the wrong place, and is one our council should back off from. 

 
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Sanderstead Court Avenue one-way
24/04/2018 19:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

To facilitate emergency gas works outside number 2 Sanderstead Court Avenue, Southern Gas Networks have had to make the road one way from its junction with Limpsfield Road. The diversion for displaced traffic will be via Sanderstead Court Avenue/ Onslow Gardens/ Cranleigh Gardens/ Limpsfield Road. 


It is expected for the work to be completed by Tuesday 1st May.  I will post further updates if this changes.

 


 

Addington Road - Sapling Finally Planted
18/04/2018 18:02:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

After a number of requests the damaged sapling on the Addington Road has finally been planted.  Street trees add such value and its pretty blossoms will soon form new growth.

 


 

Large Street Tree in Lower Barn Road
16/04/2018 11:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The council have promised that the large tree running alongside Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club is at last going to have a crown reduction.  The leaf fall is impacting one side of the tennis courts and needs a good prune.  The promise is to do the work within the next two months so fingers crossed!

 

 


 

Public Footpath 142 - Purley Oaks Road - Sanderstead Road
16/04/2018 11:28:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Residents have raised concerns over the condition of the footpath between Purley Oaks Road and Sanderstead Road.  The rail has broken and is missing on one section of the steep incline, making it difficult for residents, in particular, the elderly, to use the pathway.  Moss and leaf mould has taken a grip of a large section of the pathway making it extremely slippery in wet and icy conditions.  It hasn't helped that the council haven't picked up the winter leaf fall which line the pathway on both sides.  I have taken these issues up with the council and hope that action will soon be taken to get the footway back into safe use.

 


 

Joy Gadsby 3 January 1928 - 14 March 2018
13/04/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was extremely sad to learn that Joy Gadsby passed away on 14 March 2018.  I know that many residents attended her funeral at All Saints Church. She was a wealth of knowledge and had not only provided me with information for the Sanderstead News over the last fourteen years but had written articles for numerous editors before me. She was a keen and knowledgeable botanist who took a great interest in her local environment, particularly the ancient woodland adjoining Sanderstead.  In fact, her very last article published in the March edition of the Sanderstead News was about Kings Wood.

As well as being a faithful worshipper at All Saints she was a lover of Scandanavian life and culture and had many friends in both Denmark and Norway.

Joy never married, her young man being killed in World War II and lived in Sanderstead all her life.  They are now united.  We will all miss Joy and the huge contribution she made to the local community.  We are looking at celebrating her life in some way perhaps by planting a tree or a rose in Wettern Tree Gardens.  We work closely with the Sanderstead Residents Associaton and will discuss an appropriate way forward at the next meeting.

 

 


 

Sanderstead Ward Crime Prevention Day - 21st April
12/04/2018 12:48:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale


Our local Sanderstead Neighbourhood Police Team are holding a Crime Prevention Day on Saturday 21st April which residents may wish to pop along to. Local Police Officers will be on hand to discuss how best to protect your home and vehicle. The details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 21st April
Time: 10.45am – 1.45pm
Place: St Edmund’s Church Hall, Mitchley Avenue, Riddlesdown CR2 9HL
 

 


 

Caravan on Mitchley Avenue/Dunmail Drive field
12/04/2018 09:15:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

Yesterday residents started to report that a caravan had been delivered to the field at the bottom of Dunmail Drive where it meets Michley Hill/Mitchley Avenue. This is the field which has been used for a while to graze horses. A few years ago the owner got permission (against the ward team and local residents' associations wishes) from the Labour-controlled planning committee to put down hard standing and access gating, which they said they needed to facilitate the care of the horses. The land is Green Belt, which severely limits what can go on it.

I have asked planning officers to visit and advise whether the caravan can lawfully remain there (and if not, to take enforcement action). It looks as though the caravan is there with the permission of the field's owner and it doesn't appear to be the start of an illegal encampment, but we will keep and eye on it and make sure there are no additions whilst officers review it.

 


 

Hamsey Green Pond - Refuse and Neglect
09/04/2018 17:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I have been working closely with the Sanderstead Residents' Association and local organisations such as the Rotary Club to improve the biodiversity and general appearance of Hamsey Green Pond.  Cllr Pollard and I planted crocus bulbs and the three local councillors alongside the Sanderstead Residents' Association funded the new railings, gate and hardstanding as well as organising the new noticeboard and benches for people to sit and enjoy this quiet place of contemplation.  Sadly, the pond itself is in a terrible condition.  Refuse and litter are strewn all around the pond and an old for sale board is now the main feature of the area.  I have repeatedly asked that the parrot weed be cleared and the whole area be cleaned of refuse and debris but sadly this does not seem to be a priority for this administration.  Despite being recognised as an important conservation and biodivrsity area recently listed in the local plan it is severely neglected.  Many residents have complained saying they are unable to enjoy this spot and are deeply saddened by its condition.  All I can say is that I will continue to email the council and the cabinet member asking that this important place is not neglected and work take place so that the community can enjoy this rare and beautiful pond.  As an update to this post the council is trying to facilitate a way forward with the developer to see if they would be willing to work with the council.

 

 

 

 

 


 

All Saints’ Church Graveyard in Sanderstead
03/04/2018 21:25:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

I've been visiting a number of the 31 green spaces which our Labour council managed to fail to get protected in the 'Local Plan' it recently adopted. These are a mix of playgrounds, small parklets, large recreation grounds and graveyards, all of which now have no local protection from development. 

One such is in Sanderstead, the graveyard of All Saints Church in Sanderstead. Like 30 other spaces in our borough, under Labour’s ‘Local Plan’ adopted in February, it does not have any local protection from development. As a graveyard, it seems unlikely to be a target for even the most rapacious property developer in the future, but sadly the same cannot be said for all the spaces Labour failed to get protected. This is a place of quiet contemplation and remembrance, rather than a thriving park like South Croydon Rec (also unprotected). It can be spooky at night, as I captured  as part of a project on night photography, which I love doing. Spaces like this will always be protected by any Conservative administration I lead, whatever the local plan might say.

If you want to see the pic a little larger, please click here.

 


 

King's Wood Paths & Signs
30/03/2018 19:41:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The three Sanderstead councillors were pleased to contribute a significant sum of money to the Downland Project to improve some of the entrances to King's Wood.

Access is particularly difficult when the weather is wet and the new and improved surface in many of the entrance areas will give better access throughout the year.

Quotes have also been received for new welcome signs and these will be funded jointly by the Sanderstead Residents Association and the councillors.  Hopefully it won't belong before these are installed and the work is complete on the pathways.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
25/03/2018
Scouts Go Green Thanks to Local Sanderstead Councillors
14/03/2018
Update on Fiveways
13/03/2018
Cherry Blossom Tree Dies in Purley Oaks Road
03/03/2018
Application for 48 Mitchley Hill withdrawn
02/03/2018
Temporary stay of execution on 105-7 Purley Downs Road
19/02/2018
Noisy drain cover at Waitrose traffic lights fixed
12/02/2018
Wentworth Way closure
09/02/2018
Spineless council backs developers again
09/02/2018
Westfield Avenue – road name plate being replaced
06/02/2018
Seat at 403 bus stop Sanderstead Recreation Ground
16/01/2018
20mph Zones in South of the Borough
16/01/2018
Enquiry into Purley Tower
16/01/2018
Purley Skyscraper
12/01/2018
43 Downsway - appalling planning decision
18/12/2017
Mitchley View road safety
18/12/2017
Last Floating Shelter before Christmas
07/12/2017
98 Hyde Road - increase from 7 to 8 flats
05/12/2017
Xmas Lights - Sanderstead and Hamsey Green
29/11/2017
Garden grabbing encouraged in Mayor Khan's London Plan
27/11/2017
Onslow Gardens closure: Tardis required
23/11/2017
Friends of Purley Beeches AGM
11/11/2017
Litter picking in Riddlesdown
07/11/2017
Sanderstead Floating Shelter
03/11/2017
Trees Outside Priscillas and The Gruffy -- Xmas Lights
03/11/2017
Traffic Sensors - Purley Oaks Road
03/11/2017
Footpath 138 Between Shaw Crescent and Rectory Park/Road Cleansing/Garden Waste Dumping
03/11/2017
Bus Diversion
20/10/2017
Fly tipping in Hamsey Green
11/10/2017
Objection to local plan
29/09/2017
A Busy Day in Croydon
 
 
 
 
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