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 The Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Blog
Cllr  Simon  Hoar
Cllr  Helen  Redfern

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.

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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.



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.



Eid in the Park
21/08/2018 11:39:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I had a lovely morning, celebrating Eid al-Adha in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. Councillor Badsha Quadir introduced me to a number of worshippers, many of whom I had met at Purley Masjid or knew from my children's school.

I had an interesting chat with the ladies who explained what was happening and we had a lovely moment when the sun finally broke through the clouds at the end of Salat-al-Eid, or Eid prayers.

Thank you to all those who were so very welcoming to me.

Eid Mubarak.



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