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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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Bus route consultation
07/01/2019 11:53:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

Transport for London (TfL) is currently consulting on a number of changes to Croydon's bus routes and some of these particularly impct on Sanderstead. Should you have views on this, the  consultation website is at the following address: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/croydon-town-centre/ 

The email address for comments is - consultations@tfl.gov.uk 

There is also a survey that can be completed but this is more useful if you are a regular user of a route as it does ask how often you use each individual service. 

I have quite a lot of concerns about the proposals, so have pasted below a summary of the feedback I have given TfL as a ward councillor:

Below are my comments as a ward councillor for an affected area and as the leader of the Conservative group on Croydon Council.

I have concerns over many of these proposals and will itemise some specific worries below. I would also make the general comment that many of the changes relating to the overall connection strategy for Croydon, and in particular the changes to connections in the town centre, seem likely to reduce the appeal of using buses for cross-borough journeys and are potentially discriminatory against people with any mobility limitation. Across public bodies we are being urged to incentivise the reduction in car usage and a well designed bus network with quick and easy transfers where no through route can be sustained are an important contributor to taking people out of their cars. I am most likely to take a bus where it takes me directly from where I am to where I want to go. I am less likely to do so if it involves a change and a second wait, but where the incoming and outgoing buses are at the same transfer point. i am least likely to take a bus where I have to walk a significant distance between arrival and departure points. That’s more of a problem in the winter when it is cold and wet, and even more so for people for whom walking is more difficult.

The consultation document says that accessing West Croydon or Croydon University Hospital can easily be achieved on routes such as the 60, 64, 109 and 198 by changing at mid-Croydon along Wellesley Road, but the incoming buses from the south of the borough terminate at Katharine Street (154, 403, 405 and 412) which is at least 100m away. For many residents this is not a show-stopper, but for some residents it may well be: and for all residents it is a chilly inconvenience which makes using the bus less attractive. 

Further, the termination of these southern routes at Katharine Street limits the appeal of using these buses to access the Whitgift Centre. It is a reasonably significant walk (750m) to get to Marks & Spencer (say) from Katharine Street, probably too much for many older or less mobile residents.

Sanderstead residents are most likely to use the 403 and 412 routes and this part of the borough is already low on bus provision. The 412 was reduced as a service on 1st September yet is the only route through the Riddlesdown area and the Elmfield Way area of South Croydon. The 403 runs from Warlingham and through Sanderstead where it intersects with the 412. The proposed changes, coupled with the reduction in service already suffered, can only result in reducing usage further and this might be used to justify a further reduction in the services in the future.

I know that colleagues with knowledge of the bus routes operating in other areas have similar concerns, so I would urge TfL to rethink the entire strategy focusing on Croydon to ensure that transitions are made easier, not harder, and that routes finish at the place residents are most likely to be trying to get to, rather than places which are most administratively convenient.

 
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Matt Hancock Minister of State for Health and Social Care Opens New A&E in Croydon
20/05/2019 14:02:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was pleased to attend the official opening of the new A&E at Croydon University Hospital today by Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Health and Social Care.

Significant investment by the government means that the residents who attend the A&E will have a much better experience at what is often an extremely worrying time.  The area for children's admissions has a Westminster theme with Big Ben and London buses and taxis featuring in the design.  Importantly the department was designed by doctors and nurses and has incorporated all the features important to looking after residents who are often extremely poorly when they come in through the front door.

 


 

West Hill - Development and Loss of Trees
03/05/2019 14:44:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I raised the issue of the loss of trees on the corner of West Hill and Sanderstead Road at planning committee last month.  The cummulative impact of a number of sites across the area has significantly changed the character of the road, given the amount of shrubs and trees that have been lost.  I am pleased that they have accepted that the trees are an important asset and as a result 15 new mature trees will be plantd in the adjoining site to recompense some of the loss.  When the development is complete I look forward to seeing the new trees.

 


 

Green waste bins splitting
01/05/2019 13:01:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

I have had a number of reports from residents that their Green Waste bin has split on both sides and is leaking green waste. I can confirm that this is a problem as mine now also has two splits on each side, which occur as the bin bends when it is raised up to the truck. I have asked that replacement bins be provided, as the splits get worse and worse until the top lip also splits and then they are likely to dump the waste all over the road.

I'd be interested to know how widespread the problem is, so please let us know if you're having the same issue.

 


 

Fly tipping in Hillsmead Way
01/05/2019 10:22:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

I have reported the large display of household waste that somebody has dumped near the junction of Hillsmead Way and Limpsfield Road. Hopefully the Veolia team wil pick it up in the next 24 hours.

 


 

Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid - Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse
30/04/2019 11:54:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak alongside Bromley and Croydon's Women's Aid Group.  Raising awareness of domestic abuse is so important with one in four women suffering some sort of abuse.  The refuge services, safebeds and child support services are just a few important areas of support.  Working alongside our Family Justice Centre I am pleased that we have the staff and the expertise working with volunteers who play such an important role in the delivery of services.  An astonishing two women a week die because of domestic abuse and often women suffer 35 instances of abuse before eventually reporting their plight.The contact details of the National Domestic Abuse Helpline and links for the Honour Based Violence, FGM and the Women and Girls Networks are all listed on the council website.  The Family Justice Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm but is closed on a Thursday.

 


 

Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid - Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse
30/04/2019 11:54:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak alongside Bromley and Croydon's Women's Aid Group.  Raising awareness of domestic abuse is so important with one in four women suffering some sort of abuse.  The refuge services, safebeds and child support services are just a few important areas of support.  Working alongside our Family Justice Centre I am pleased that we have the staff and the expertise working with volunteers who play such an important role in the delivery of services.  An astonishing two women a week die because of domestic abuse and often women suffer 35 instances of abuse before eventually reporting their plight.The contact details of the National Domestic Abuse Helpline and links for the Honour Based Violence, FGM and the Women and Girls Networks are all listed on the council website.  The Family Justice Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm but is closed on a Thursday.

 


 

The Active Ageing Event - All Saints Church, Onslow Gardens - 28 May 2019 - 12pm
17/04/2019 10:19:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Representatives from the local organisations who are working to support older residents to live well including the Older Adult Community Mental Health Services, Age UK, Croydon Health Care Services, Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association, Social Services and Local Police have got together to put on an event at All Saints Church Hall in Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead. The event will take place on Tuesday, 28 May between 12pm and 3pm.

Come and meet local services and organisation, take part in free taster sessions, ask questions in a friendly and relaxed environment.  

Light refreshments will be available.

 


 

Roadworks on Addington Road
15/04/2019 12:43:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

The building site on Addington Road where the Churchill retirement flats are going up needs to be connected to the mains sewer. This was scheduled to start last week but has been postponed until the May half term: 25th May to 02nd June. This is clearly going to cause considerable congestion, as works will take place under 2 way temporary signals that will be manually controlled from 07:00 – 20:00. The contractors are fully aware of the sensitivity of this location and will try and get completed before that end date if possible.

 


 

Japanese Cherry Tree - Sakura - A Wave of Blossoms Across the UK
12/04/2019 14:27:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The Japanese Cherry tree known as Sakura is the most popular tree for people in Japan.  In August 2017 the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the British Prime Minister Theresa May announced when they met in Japan that they welcomed a proposal from the Japanese private sector to plant a substantial number of Japanese cherry trees across the UK.

I am pleased that one of the sites identified suitable for the trees is in Sanderstead and another in Ashburton.  The proposal is one of the main projects of the Japan UK Season of Culture, which aims to celebrate the friendship between our two countries and will provide both British and Japanese people with the opportunity to explore each other's cultures between 2019 and 2020.  

In addition to the trees planted in the parks and gardens on the list hundreds of trees are to be delivered to schools across the UK.  What a wonderful project!

 


 

Sutton Wheelie Bin - Sanderstead Road
12/04/2019 14:14:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

At last the Sutton wheelie bin which mysteriously appeared on Sanderstead Road has been removed.  Despite residents reporting the bin as being fly tipped to the council on numerous occasions it was only after the matter was escalated to the council director that action was taken.  Residents should be able to get the council to take action for fly tipping, etc within 24 hours but sadly this doesn't seem to be happening.  Do let me know if you are struggling to report fly tipping via the council system.

 


 

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