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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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403 bus diversion latest - UPDATED
17/01/2019 09:43:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

The ward team and Steve O'Connell, GLA Member, have continued to work with the local residents' associations to put pressure on TfL over the diversion to the 403 bus which means two miles of its route through Sanderstead receives no service.

This is the response from TfL, which I have considerable sympathy with:

As mentioned previously, the disruption is due to emergency gas works with multiple leaks having been identified on Selsdon Road at its junction with Croham Road. Croydon Council have contacted us last week to inform that in order to facilitate the works, they would need to put a directional closure in for all traffic heading southbound. Following on from this, our Network Traffic Controllers were tasked to investigate whether Brighton Road and Upland Road could be used to get the buses back to line of route on Selsdon Road. After detailed checks and risk assessments, we were advised that it would not be possible to use these roads as the buses would not be able to make the turn safely from Upland Road onto Selsdon Road.
 
We then enquired with the Council whether the diversion could be reversed, ie divert buses coming northbound, as this would have allowed us to use Junction Road which is much wider and could be used by buses. However, the Council advised that due to the location of the leaks this option would not be feasible.
 
As a result, the only diversion possible was the one that we have already put in place. This is due to low bridges on Selsdon Road, Sanderstead Road and Croham Road.
 
With regards to the specific suggestion to divert the buses via Croham Manor Road and Normanton Road, we have assessed this option however this is not feasible due to low trees, issues with parking and turning manoeuvres that would be required from Normanton Road onto Hurst Way or Hurstview Road and Croham Manor Road onto Selsdon Road.
 
With regards to supplying single deck buses, we have spoken to both operators for the 403 and 412 buses and they have confirmed that unfortunately there are no single deck buses available that could be used on the route, particularly on such short notice given the emergency works. Had these been planned works, we would look at potentially providing a shuttle service or single deck buses but these require some lead time to plan, organise, source and finance.  
 
We apologise again for the inconvenience this temporary disruption has caused. We have spoken with Croydon Council again this morning and reiterated the urgency and the problems that these works are causing and have asked them to ensure that the contractors are doing all they can to get these works completed as soon as possible.

Whilst it is very frustrating for passengers, I can see TfL's point of view here. I have been trying to get a response from the Council team that agrees works with the utility companies for over a week now, but they are not responding to my requests.

TfL believe that the works are now scheduled to come to an end on 20 Jan, which is better than we were first led to believe. I've driven past the site many times over the last week but regret to say I have yet to see anyone working on it. But we won't give up, we'll keep trying to get the council to take this more seriously than it seems to be at the moment.

LATEST: 

4pm Thur 17 Jan

The officer co-ordinating the closure tells me:

Regarding the diversion, it was put in this way due to the proximity to the roundabout. If it had been a few meters back then we would have had the closure the other way and used Junction Road as the diversion for buses. We will keep this in mind if this situation is to happen again.

The extended duration of these works is due to a high number of leaks being discovered, 2 of which required specialist repair kits that had to be measured for each joint. I have spoken to SGN this morning and they have informed me they will be off the road Sunday night. I will be instructing them to liaise with Tfl buses to have the bus route / stops back to normally immediately following the road reopening.

 
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Hamsey Green Pond
19/11/2019 13:20:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was pleased to meet with The newly formed Friends of Sanderstead Recreation Ground and Green Spaces alongside The Conservation Volunteers to look further at how the pond can be improved.  There is still much work to do around the boundary which is full of ivy.  The pond itself is now quite over grown with plants and parrot weed.  The edges need to be reformed and planting needs to be reintroduced in some locations.  I am pleased that both the volunteers and TCV are taking action and look forward to seeing the fruits of their work.

 


 

Solar Powered Bollard - Court Hill/Brian Avenue
13/11/2019 19:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents may be interested to know that the council is no longer repairing solar powered bollards.  I only found this out after reporting a broken solar powered bollard on Court Hill and Brian Avenue.

This is the response I have received:

Our investigations shows that the above Solar self-righting traffic bollard was installed over 5 years ago, however, since then the Department of Transport in 2016 has relaxed the lighting requirement for traffic bollards and some other signs.  The motivation for this was in a bid to reduce energy usage and light pollution at a national level. 

It is useful to note that all self-righting traffic bollards installed in the last 10 years are made up of retroreflective (reflect light back to the source and thereby increase visibility to approaching vehicles) materials.  For this reason there is no requirement for the highway authority to reinstate the solar illumination part of the traffic bollard.

To replace or repair the existing solar traffic bollard the Council has to pay nearly £600 per unit which is difficult to justify because of the current economic challenges.

I appreciate that this is not the answer your constituent may be looking for on this matter, however, we need to apply a stricter control over finances and prioritise the resources available to us in a way that achieves the most benefit for the borough.

Notwithstanding this I have instructed our cleansing team to thoroughly clean the traffic bollard to ensure its retroreflectivity is maximised.

All I can say is it is very disappointing.

 

 

 


 

SES Water - Poor Road Repairs - Mitchley Avenue
05/11/2019 07:20:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents in Sanderstead are extremely fed up with the poor quality road repairs undertaken by utility companies.  So much so that one has written to the MD of SES Water to elevate their complaint in respect of repairs in Mitchley Avenue.  I too have taken up the issue with the director at the council and asked that they ensure that any company undertaking work.here is of good quality and that the roads and pathways are reinstated to a good quality.  A number of potholes here in the pictures are attributed to the utility companies.

 


 

Berlin Wall - Fronting Sanderstead Road - Corner of West Hill
31/10/2019 20:18:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Many residents will have noticed a very large concrete wall appear on the corner of Sanderstead Road and West Hill where one of the new blocks of flats has been built.  It appears that there has been no approval given for this retaining wall which is close to the very narrow footpath.  Not only is the dreadful "Berlin" wall ugly but it prevents the planning condition applied to plant large trees along the boundary.  This is extremely distressing and not appreciated by residents who have already had to contend with a number of issues such as a blocked road, noisy work over the week-end and dirt and filth spilling onto the pavement.  I am assured by the head of planning that he is going to take action to rectify this matter.  The loss of the tree lined canopy, a natural characteristic of Sanderstead Road must be replaced.

 


 

Cherry Tree Green - Hamsey Green Pond
25/10/2019 16:03:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I have been working with the newly formed Sanderstead Friend's group in respect of the tree planting for Cherry Tree Green.  A variety of white, pale and darker pink Cherry trees will be planted in the last week of November.  We held a recent meeting in Priscillas to see how we could take forward through the council some of the brilliant ideas put forward by residents at the recent community day.

Also a meeting is pencilled in to see how work at Hamsey Green pond can be further progressed with local residents and the Conservation Volunteers.

It is all very exciting and I am pleased that residents are so enthusiastic about our important green spaces.

 


 

Raw Sewage - Back of Sanderstead Court Avenue
23/10/2019 10:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

It looks as though a tanker full of human excrement has been dumped in the field at the bottom of Sanderstead Court Avenue adjoining numbers 74 & 63.  A local resident reported that: "The smell is apparently horrendous.  The offending matter is quite a way from the gate and has spread from this field along the valley bottom and across the strip of woodland between the field and Selsdon Park Golf Course. It doesn’t look like a vehicle has driven across there but that a pipe has been taken across from the gateway.

I drove past there earlier this week and noticed a white tanker and a couple of vans or lorries parked by the field. My immediate thought was that it was something to do with the extensive building work recently done on no. 74, or even worse, more building on our green spaces. I now believe that to be something to do with this sewage".

I have twice reported this incident to the Environment Agency, as has the resident and it does appear from recent photographs that some of the waste has been put into bags from the land around the golf course.

Sadly without the licence plate of the vehicles seen in the area at the time we are going to be unable to take the matter further in terms of any investigation/prosecution.  If anyone has information relating to this incident do get in touch with myself, The Environment Agency or the police.

 


 

Dementia Friendly Film Screenings at David Lean Cinema
17/10/2019 20:30:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The Sanderstead Councillors are pleased to once again support the Dementia Friendly Screenings at the David Lean Cinema in Croydon.  Last year was a great success so the programme is to be continued through 2020.  The dates are as follows: 

  • Tuesday 7th January 2020 11am Pakeezah
  • Tuesday 4th February 2020 11am A Hard Day’s Night
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 7th April 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 5th May 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 19th May 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 2nd June 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 7th July 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 1st September 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 6th October 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 3rd November 2020 11am
  • Saturday 12th December 2020 2.30pm

And future titles will include:

Pakeezah (Bollywood)
A Hard Day’s Night (The Beatles)
Parineeta (Bollywood)
Carmen Jones (Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey)
Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley)
Funny Face (Fred Astaire)
Wonderful Life (Cliff Richard)
Some Like It Hot (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Doris Day)
Cabin in the Sky (Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong)
The Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland)
Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly)

Do let residents know about the dates and times.  There is no charge and tea and cake is provided.

I am now a Dementia Friendly Champion and I am qualified to give talks to groups to raise awreness.  Do let me know if I can help.  

 


 

New Posts and Repairs to Railings - Sanderstead Shops
17/10/2019 20:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

A number of posts and railings were damaged outside Sanderstead shops.  Whilst it has been at times difficult to get repairs done by the council I am pleased that on this occasion the repairs have been undertaken in a timely fashion.

 


 

Churchgate - 1 Addington Road - Consultation
17/10/2019 20:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The three local councillors attended the consultation in All Saints Church Hall in respect of the possible development of 1 Addington Road.  This was an opportunity for residents to see the computer generated images of how the scheme may look and talk to the development team.  The main issue for us is safety over vehicles turning into the development from Sanderstead Hill. Churchgate have promised to share resident views with the councillors and we will update our blog accordingly.

 


 

Possible care home opposite All Saints
29/09/2019 17:02:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

Recently the three ward councillors met with a representative of the developer for the emerging proposals of Churchgate Services for their site at 1 Addington Road.

Linked below is an invitation leaflet for a public exhibition on Friday 11th October at all Saints Church. The exhibition starts at 3.00pm.

The leaflet will be distributed in the local area during the course of next week, and it contains CGIs of the apearance of the proposed building.

When we met the developer's representative, we asked about the view from properties in The Woodfields. We have subsequently ben advised that a CGI looking from that direction would simply show a wall of trees. The building will be 47 metres away from the nearest point of houses on The Woodfields. No trees would have to be removed and additional planting would have to be provided. 

We also expressed considerable unease about the proposal to have the entry and exit by car from the site being on Sanderstead Hil just north of the zebra crossing. Given that the corner from roundabout to crossing is a blind curve with adverse camber, we think that being stationary there whilst traveling northbound and waiting for a gap in the southbound traffic is going to be very unsafe.

 

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 Older Blog Posts
25/09/2019
West Hill Development Site - Disruption
25/09/2019
Scam callers pretending to be Thomas Cook liquidators
06/09/2019
Temporary closure of street as a 'Play street'
03/09/2019
Bridge works on Sanderstead Road requiring road closure
09/08/2019
Sanderstead Road - Public Footpath 142 - Adjoining Purley Oaks Road
07/08/2019
Resurfacing on Rectory Park
06/08/2019
Mitchley Avenue Bench
01/08/2019
Hamsey Green Pond - Work by the Downland Volunteers
31/07/2019
Hamsey Green Pond -1914
30/07/2019
BARROWSFIELD - Planning Committee this Thursday - 1st August
24/07/2019
Sanderstead Road closure at West Hill junction 403 bus diverted
22/07/2019
Ashdown Gardens - Hamsey Green Sanderstead
18/07/2019
Act quickly to protect your local green spaces
18/07/2019
Barrowsfield planning application deadline tomorrow
03/07/2019
Amendments to Barrowsfield proposal received
03/07/2019
Third consecutive missed green waste collections
27/06/2019
Grass Cutting of Sanderstead Hill
27/06/2019
Sanderstead Horticultural Society - Summer Show
27/06/2019
Fallen Tree Across Mitchley Hill and Limpsfield Road
14/06/2019
Potholes in Sanderstead
07/06/2019
Active Ageing Event - All Saints Church Hall
07/06/2019
Cherry Tree Knocked Down - Purley Oaks Road
31/05/2019
Another bad planning night for Sanderstead
25/05/2019
Mature Tree on the Corner of Ewhurst Road Chopped Down
25/05/2019
Sandhurst Close - Condition of Street Cleansing and Pavements
25/05/2019
Talking to Residents in Sanderstead about Local Issues
20/05/2019
Matt Hancock Minister of State for Health and Social Care Opens New A&E in Croydon
03/05/2019
West Hill - Development and Loss of Trees
01/05/2019
Green waste bins splitting
01/05/2019
Fly tipping in Hillsmead Way
 
 
 
 
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