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

Proposed changes to our local bus routes.
13/01/2019 14:33:00......Posted by Helen Redfern

 
 

TFL is proposing changes to 11 bus routes that currently travel through Croydon town centre. A number of these bus serve Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown so residents may wish to participate in the consultation survey which can be found here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/croydon-town-centre/  or emailing direct to: consultations@tfl.gov.uk by midnight tonight, Sunday 13th January.

I have made a submission covering the concerns of many local residents, the text of which is below:

"I am very disappointed to see the proposed changes to the bus routes that run through or close to Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward. The following bus routes are of particular interest to residents in the ward:

 

405: Travelling along Pampisford Road into Croydon town centre

403: Travelling through Sanderstead into Croydon town centre. This is the only bus through Sanderstead and is used by some Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown residents after dropping off their children at Atwood and Gresham Schools.

412: Travelling through Riddlesdown into Croydon town centre via Selsdon. The frequency of the bus route was recently reduced significantly on September 1st 2018 and the punctuality is so poor during the morning peak that the timetable seems irrelevant.

 

Many people travelling from the south into town are doing so in order to reach the centre of town e.g to shop in the Whitgift Centre, work on Wellesley Road/Ruskin Square and connect with services at East Croydon tram/bus/train. The new routes drop passengers further away from these locations whilst the proposed Fell Road detour will make it a longer journey with no additional benefit for the passenger. The result of this is that:

-          Those with mobility issues may find the extra walk just too far to travel and therefore they will be effectively excluded from using public transport. Not everyone with mobility issues has a blue badge or even a car.

-          Parents with young children in-tow may opt to not use the bus if they have to walk a long way to the bus stop, especially where busy roads need to be crossed, they may opt to use their car, having to pay high parking fees, choose to go to another shopping centre such as Bromley or shop online.

-          Those who have been shopping may find it too difficult or frankly too inconvenient to carry heavy loads back to further bus stop. Again, they may opt for the car parks or another shopping centre all together.

-          People who work in the centre of town will have further to walk (in addition to sitting on the bus for the longer Fell Road detour) and therefore may have to start their journey earlier to accommodate this.

-          People who travel into town to connect with West Croydon train station will have to walk almost 1 kilometre. This will add significant time to their journey.

-          The Riddlesdown/Purley Oaks area has always had poor connections to East Croydon Station and the proposed route changes have extended the walk required to connect to over 600 metres.

-          I believe that there will not be a bus route on the east side of Park Lane for Fairfield Halls patrons to be use to get home to Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown after a performance. Many will simply choose not to travel over to Katharine Street in the dark to catch a bus. With reduced parking options too, this may be damaging for Fairfield Halls which is due to open later this year.

I also note that the proposed stop to the east of Katharine Street is usually full of buses that are out of service. How will this be managed so that passengers do not have to sit on a queueing bus waiting to be let off due to there not being sufficient space?

 

It looks like TFL is aiming to reduce its costs and has lost sight of the reason that passengers are using the bus - i.e. to get to a specific location/interchange - which I would expect to be its primary purpose. Residents of Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown have few public transport options (and the 412 has had reduced frequency as of September 1st) and these are the only available bus routes, none of which will take them into town, and now further from railway stations. A more inconvenient bus service may cause a reduction in use that will then be used to justify cutting the service further.

I believe that these changes will do no favours to the prosperity of our shopping centre as the difficulties involved in getting to and from the centre will cause people to shop elsewhere. I also fear for the success of Fairfield Halls if getting back home will be so difficult.

I hope that TFL will be persuaded to, at least, maintain the current level service and if there are to be amendments that the frequency be increased rather than the routes cut."

 
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Croydon's Green Fund
09/11/2019 13:44:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Croydon's Green Fund is now open for bids to provide funding support for projects, activities and initiatives that promote environmental protection, green living and a sustainable lifestyle in Croydon.

A sum of £250,000 is available each year over 3 years for voluntary organisations delivering projects within Croydon requiring £1,000 to £50,000.

The projects must take place in Croydon and shoiud deliver ad environmental benefit.

More information can be found at:

httPs://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/green-croydon-fund

 

 


 

412 Timetable Changes
03/11/2019 15:30:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Residents should note that not only has the 412 route been curtailed, bus times have also been amended e.g. in the morning, commuters into Croydon town centre will find that buses are scheduled to depart the bus stops around 7 minutes earlier than previously schduled. Given that during the morning rush hour, buses usually ran around 6-8 minutes late anyway, it is hard ot forecast what the realtime schedule will prove to be.

I also note that there are temporary traffic lights at the far west end of Mitchley Avenue which will cause some disruption.

 


 

Changes to 412 bus route
01/11/2019 21:29:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

 
 

Changes to the 412 bus route will begin tomorrow, Saturday 2nd November, with the bus no longer running between Katharine Street and West Croyon, and missing out the Whitgift Shopping Centre stop.

On the way into Croydon the bus will follow the current route from Purley as far as stop KS (Croydon Flyover) on Croydon High Street before going via Fell Road and Park Lane to Katharine Street, setting down at bus stop KB (Katharine Street).

Towards Purley the 412 will start at bus stop KB before going via Croydon High Street to bus stop KN (Croydon Flyover) and then contiue as normal.

Together with the recent reduction in the frequency of the service, this is a further erosion of our public transport service in Riddledown. I'm sure many residents will be inconvenienced and disappointed by the decisions made by TFL.

 


 

Montpelier Road/Kingsdown Avenue Meeting Cancelled
31/10/2019 16:18:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

 
 

I had hoped to provide an update today on the work being undertaken by the Labour Council's developer Brick by Brick. Last night there was to be a meeting between residents, Brick by Brick and Henry Construction. As is often the case, we councillors were notified by MAKRA, the Montpelier and Kingsdown Residents Association, rather than the organisers of the meeting. Unfortunately we also had to rely on MAKRA to advise us that the meeting had been cancelled at short notice, with no proposed new date.

This site has been a constant source of distress for local residents, not helped by what looks like a lack of consideration for those overlooking the site, pedestrians and road users. The development was orignially due to be completed in the next month but that date has been put back several times with it now currently looking like a May 2020. 

 


 

Sanderstead Road Bridge Works - Public Meeting
13/10/2019 18:38:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

 
 

Most residents of the ward will have been inconvenienced by the road closures that are occuring whilst the Sanderstead Road Bridge is being removed and replaced. Many of you have also mentioned how distressed you are to see the damage being done to South Croydon Rec during this time.

At the request of the South Croydon Councillors, Network Rail is holding a drop-in session on Thursday 17th October 2019 from 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the hall at St Gertrudes Church, 46 Purley Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EY. Representatives from BAM Nuttall will also be present.

The church hall is located at the back of the church along the small road beside the church on Wyche Grove, South Croydon, CR2 6EY.

 

 

 


 

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel
03/10/2019 22:17:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

It was interesting to attend the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel this evening. We now have around 20 residents attending in addition to the Police Officers, PCSO, NSO (Neighbourhhod Safety Officer) and one of the Councils' Anti-Social Behaviour team officers.

Police Officers talked us through the crime figures - which remain low; we live in a low-crime ward. There were a number of questions from the floor. These included a number of questions about poor driving and parking. On the latter there is a limited amount that the Council can do about cars parked over driveways as the Labour Administration sold its tow-trucks and closed the vehicle pound - with entirely predictable consequences.

A Council officer stated that reporting of flytipping etc should not be made via the Love Streets App rather than the existing Don't Mess WIth Croydon App. Unfortunately, having downloaded the new App, I have found that it is impossble for me to actually log any items. I don't know whether this is an error with the app per se or whether it just doesn't work well on Android.

The next meeting is expected to be in January.

 

 


 

School Streets - Kendra Hall Road
15/09/2019 19:38:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Kendra Hall Road, which links Pampisford Road to Harris Academy Purley has become a School Street. This means that no vehicular traffic is permitted between 8.00am to 9.30am and 2pm to 4pm. This will obviously affect parents at Harris Academy Purley and Regina Coeli schools but could also impact on anyone visiting the road, or trying to use the entrance of the road as a turning point. 

The penalty for driving into the road during these tiems is £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days. ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Reader) technology will be used so it will not be worth trying to sneak in!

If you wish to correspond with the Council about the School Street Scheme, please contact: schoolparking@croydon.gov.uk

 


 

Sanderstead Rail Bridge to be replaced
02/09/2019 22:30:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown and South Croydon councillors have been informed that the rail bridge closest to South Croydon Rec is to be replaced. 

South Croydon councillors Jason Perry and Maria Gatland met with Council officers and representatives from Network Rail to get greater detail on how this will be implemented.

The new bridge will be constructed in South Croydon Rec prior to being moved into place. Access for the engineers and their equipment will be via part of the playgorund. Reassurances have been given that the park will be returned to its original state.However, we are unhappy that local residents will lose this public space during this time.

I understand that there will be some road closures, parking bay closures and one-way routes over the next 5 months.

The PDF link below shows greater detail of the first stage and once we have more information we will update on this blog.

Road Layout in September

 


 


02/09/2019 21:58:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown and South Croydon councillors have been informed that the rail bridge closest to South Croydon Rec is to be replaced. 

South Croydon councillors Jason Perry and Maria Gatland met with Council officers and representatives from Network Rail to get greater detail on how this will be implemented.

The new bridge will be constructed in South Croydon Rec prior to being moved into place. Access for the engineers and their equipment will be via part of the playgorund. Reassurances have been given that the park will be returned to its original state.However, we are unhappy that local residents will lose this public space during this time.

I understand that there will be some road closures, parking bay closures and one-way routes over the next 5 months.

The PDF link below shows greater detail of the first stage and once we have more information we will update on this blog.

Road Layout in September

 


 

Electoral Review - Possible New Polling Station
09/08/2019 20:32:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Croydon Council is currently reviewing the polling districts and stations/places to be used in future elections. A few minor changes are being suggested in Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward:

·       3-17 Riddlesdown Road are currently on the electoral register in POR3 polling district but are located in polling district POR1. As the polling place for POR1, Christ Church Hall, Brighton Road is closer, it is proposed that these households with 16 electors be transferred to the POR1 electoral register.

·       632-694 Brighton Road and 592-626 Brighton Road, are currently on the electoral register in polling district POR2 but are located in polling district POR1. The polling place for POR1, Christ Church Hall, Brighton Road, is closer so it is proposed to transfer these addresses with 76 electors to POR1 and should be more convenient for the electors.

Prior to the Returning Officer’s Report being published, I submitted comments on the polling place for POR4 which stretches from Riddlesdown Station to Riddlesdown Collegiate. Previously the polling place was St Edmund’s Church Hall but in 2018 this was moved to Riddlesdown Tennis Club. This added additional walking distance for voters (it’s near impossible to find somewhere to park in Lower Barn Road) and took the polling place even further away from the middle of the polling district.

Whilst at present a change back to St Edmunds has not been included in the initial proposals from the Acting Returning Officer, a decision on whether to include this in the final proposals has not yet been made.

The introduction of the new ward boundaries meant that St Edmund’s Church Hall is now just over the boundary in Sanderstead ward and is used as a Sanderstead polling station. Two polling stations in one polling place is possible, but in this case the fact that the stations are for different wards would present some logistical challenges for the Returning Officer and staff at Council elections. The Council is therefore investigating how it might deal with the separation of the two polling stations within the polling place before a decision is made on whether to include this change in the final recommendations.

The Council welcomes comments from any registered elector on the existing and proposed arrangements, including whether you would want the POR4 polling place to be moved back to St Edmunds. More information is available at: 

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/electoral-review-of-croydon/notice-of-polling-districts-and-polling-places-review

 

 


 

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Incident in Purley Town Centre
21/06/2019
Call out to Dancers and Musicians
20/06/2019
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27/05/2019
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