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Cllr  Simon  Brew
Cllr  Oni  Oviri
Cllr  Badsha  Quadir

Problems with bulky waste collection
31/12/2018 09:48:00......Posted by Simon Brew

Many residents are not aware that the Council offers a free collection up to three times per year of bulky waste such as white goods, furniture etc, and I strongly recommend its use.

A resident contacted me to complain that her bulky waste had not been collected as scheduled on 27 December. She reported the missed collection and was astounded to be told that it wasn’t collected because it was not “available for collection”. She had CCTV evidence that it WAS available, so it seems likely that disciplinary action will follow. Sadly I have to report that this is not the first case like this to come to my attention; I’m aware of four or five similar cases since the summer, including a non-collection of my own garden waste which was also falsely reported as not being available.

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Two very different events in one day...
19/05/2019 20:50:00.......Posted by Simon Brew


Yesterday morning, Chris Philp MP, my colleague Cllr Helen Redfern & I, ably assisted by several local activists, held a street stall in Purley's Brighton Road. A total of 30-40 people queued to talk to us about a huge variety of issues from planning, Tree Preservation Orders, issues from other wards, the latest on the Baptist Church development (of which we have no news at the moment), and inevitably Brexit, though this was less of a burning topic than we expected, given that European elections are scheduled for Thursday 23 May. 

It's sometimes difficult to deal effectively with complex issues in the street environment, but we made a point of offering an appointment on a later occasion if that seemed more appropriate. 


In the evening, it was a pleasure to be one of 130 people attending a South Indian fund-raising dinner organised by the Oshwal Association of the UK which is a charity associated with the advancement and support of the Jaine religion. The money was being raised to support the £750k Chartwell Cancer Trust appeal for CUH, the same charity for which about a dozen activists walked round a 5km circuit in Lloyd Park earlier this month. The Mayor also presided at this function and even participated in a short karaoke rendition of one of the traditional songs, for which the words were fortunately provided in English and Hindi! It was a very enjoyable occasion. 



Chartwell Cancer Trust 5k walk in Lloyd Park
05/05/2019 20:37:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

Earlier today, about a dozen Conservative councillors and Cllr Mario Creatura who is our Croydon Central parliamentary candidate joined about 700 other sponsored walkers in completing two x 2.5km circuits of Lloyd Park on a fairly wind-swept morning. It was all in a good cause, to raise money for the Lilypad Appeal which has committeed to raise £750,000 towards a new children's cancer unit at Croydon University Hospital. Conservative councillors have already donated £30k from our ward budgets for this extremely worthy cause. The Mayor started proceedings, and was there to welcome us as finished the second lap, rather colder and more wind-swept than when we had started! A huge hot-air balloon was due to be inflated to celebrate the event, but it only rose briefly off the ground before safety considerations required it to be deflated again. 

All in all, it was a very successful morning in aid of a very good cause. 



Christ Church Purley has a new vicar
01/05/2019 20:23:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

It was a pleasure to be invited to attend yesterday's service at which Doug McHardie was inducted as the new vicar of Christ Church. The church was packed and the service was an interesting combination of old and new forms of worship and of procedure. Some hymns were accompanied by an organ and others by a guitar band. The Bishop of Croydon Jonathan Clark gave an excellent oration as did Doug McHardie, and the service included a interesting section where the new vicar was led to the main door of the church and (I think) given a set of keys to symbolise his new temporal as well as pastoral responsibilities. 

After the service, there was a splendid buffet which gave everyone a great opportunity to mingle and chat to members, many of whom I knew through links with other Purley organisations. 



Talk on dealing with Domestic Abuse
01/05/2019 18:55:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

I recently attended a sobering but very useful talk which was organised by the Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid organisation on the painful subject of domestic abuse; it takes many different forms and afflicts both genders. A volunteer from the organisation told us how to spot signs of abuse, what to do about it and how to seek help. Part of the talk was given by my colleague Cllr Yvette Hopley from Sanderstead, and two or three other colleagues were also there. 

I would urge anyone who either needs help themselves or knows someone who might, to contact BCWA on 020 8313 9303 or to attend their drop-in centre, of which the details are on the website. The Croydon Family Justice Centre on 020 8688 0100 and the National Helpline on 0808 2000 247 are also very useful sources of help. 



Purley BID seeks new street ambassador
26/04/2019 19:45:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

Purley's BID (Business Improvement District) is currently seeking a new part-time street ambassador. This job is of course open to all, but may particularly suit someone who likes the idea of maintaining a close working relationship between the BID and all the local shops and offices in the Purley District Centre. If you know anyone who might be interested, I'll be delighted to put you in touch with the right people. 



Two Purley meetings
26/04/2019 19:32:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

It was a pleasure to attend the AGM of the South Woodcote Residents' Association which was held at the Purley Sports Club. This very attractive area adjoins the Woodcote Park Golf Club; it used to be in Coulsdon West ward until the boundary reorganisation in May 2018, so this was my first opportunity to meet its members. However, their concerns are very similar to those of the rest of the ward: there was concern about totally inappropriate planning applications being waved through by the Labour majority on the planning committee, and also about potential criminals loitering in the area in their cars and vans for no apparent reason. I urged them to report ANY suspicious activity by calling 101 (or of course 999 if it's urgent), or to the Safer neighbourhood police team who now have a mobile phone number and an email address which I'll be pleased to pass onto anyone who asks. 

Later that week, I attended the Purley Baptist Church job club to act as a dummy interviewer for some members of the club who had just completed a "back to work" course at the church, and were about to apply for real jobs. It was a real pleasure to help them on their way towards (re-)employment.




Two Vaisakhi celebrations in one week...
19/04/2019 19:16:00.......Posted by Simon Brew


I was delighted to be invited to two separate events this week to celebrate the Hindu feast of Vaisakhi. In the UK, it is celebrated in many diverse ways, with the method of celebration largely dependent upon a person's individual ancestry. However, all Hindus go to the temple to pay respect and seek blessings, and gifts and sweets will be exchanged bwetween friends.

In Selsdon, my colleague Cllr Vidhi Mohan celebrated by arranging a charming recitation by some local children followed by a delicious meal, while in the Town Hall, the Mayor had organised a similar event complete with dancing and music provided by some interesting Indian instruments. It's always a pleasure to go to events which celebrate the incredible diversity of the Borough's inhabitants. 



Pre-planning application for Whytecliffe Roads South & North
13/04/2019 18:49:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

Last night I and my colleague Simon Hoar from the adjoining Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown ward attended a pre-planning committee meeting at the Town Hall to review and speak about the proposal to build a total of 133 houses and flats on the East side of Whytecliffe Road South (WRS) and North (WRN) just North of the station and straddling the station car park. 

In general I welcomed the proposal which will provide lots of much-needed new homes in the area, but I worry about the almost total absence of car and van parking spaces in the new scheme. I acknowledge that the site has excellent access to public transport, but this does not compensate for the fact that self-employed tradesmen such a decorators and electricians need somewhere to park their vans, and I worry that there may not be enough spare spaces in the local car-parks. 

This was just a pre-application review, so we will await the final design with considerable interest.

Map showing the extent of this development



Good progress with Surrey Iron Railway = Iron Horse project
08/04/2019 18:43:00.......Posted by Simon Brew


There has been good progress on the Surrey Iron Railway commemorative sculpture, otherwise known as the Iron Horse project. Our sculptor Alan Potter visited Purley in early April to run a series of workshops in Christ Church, (both the church and the school), Purley Youth Project and the Sunrise Care Home. The objective was to raise local awareness of the project and to encourage participants to decorate a miniature version of the proposed sculpture. Over 200 different miniature models were decorated, and they will form the centre-piece of the opening ceremony which will probably take place in Rotary Field in the summer; I look forward to seeing this important piece of local history being properly commemorated in our local park. The photo shows Alan Potter holding one of the sculpture miniatures before being decorated.



Wellbeing cafe at Purley Baptist Church
29/03/2019 18:27:00.......Posted by Simon Brew


Every Thursday morning, PBC hosts a coffee morning for anyone who is at a loose end and maybe wants someone to talk to, or even just sit quietly. It's part of a support network run by local churches described here: Several games and jigsaws are available and there's a skilled counsellor on hand to help with any specific problems. Yesterday was my first visit and I'm glad I went: I met one lady living in sheltered housing who had a problem with overhanging branches at her home, and it was a pleasure to pick up casework on the fly, rather than relying on our formal surgeries which are held on the first Saturday of the month at 36 Brighton Road. 



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Selection of Conservative candidate for Croydon/Sutton GLA constituency
Croydon's support for small businesses
New Tree Preservation Order (TPO) for Monahan Avenue
New “Iron Horse” art installation will celebrate Purley’s proud past
Yet ANOTHER large family home bites the dust - this time in Riddlesdown Road
Fish & Chips in Selsdon
Another decent family home bites the dust.....
Olden Lane - yet another block of 8 flats...
Holocaust memorial day
Council Governance review
Major development at Whytecliffe Rd North & South
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Repeated flooding of a council flat
Dangerous leafy paths in Winter
A distressing Adult Social Services issue
Access to local councillors
Bangladeshi Victory day celebration
Problems with bulky waste collection
Whitgift Carer Support Centre Christmas Party
Planning subcommittee sensibly voted in favour of new children's cafe and play area
Purley Rail Art project - now down to a small shortlist
Special Council meeting last Monday
Surrey Iron Railway project: 22 expressions of interest!
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