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Cllr  Helen  Redfern

Visit to Pupil Referral Unit
13/03/2019 10:01:00......Posted by Helen Redfern

Members of the Scrutiny Children and Young People Sub-Committee visited the Key Stage 3 Referral Unit ("PRU") on Coombe Road last Friday. We met Jenny Adamson, the Head Teacher of Saffron Valley Collegiate and Kay Wilson, Head Teacher of the KS£ provision that takes in children at risk of exclusion or those already permanently excluded/

Prior to the visit, I had read various media reports suggesting that exclsuion and attending a PRU puts children in danger. In the above context, the visit was an eye-opener. The unit provides a very postitve warm environment. Lessons were conducted in small well-behaved groups whilst an assembly saw a number of pupils rewared for good behaviour and good performance with congratulations coming from staff and their fellow pupils.

It is often asserted that some of Croydon's schools are purposely excluding pupils for minor offences in order to protect their exam results, sometimes by illegally off-rolling'. At present there doesn't appear to be evidence to support this and whilst it would be inappropriate to go into individual details, it is clear that pupils are not be referred to the unit on a whim, and it was a testament to the unit that the environment in the school was so calm. Jenny Adamson compared the PRU system to a hospital that takes in injured patients and treats them; she sees their role as treating the children until they are better - the word treatment came up often during the visit. The childrens' needs were very much at the centre of the unit.

Staff spoke of the sometimes difficult relationshp that they have with social workers, with a lack of consistency, poorly briefed new social workers and poor communication beng specifically mentioned; the Council must work to resolve this.

All of the Sub-Committee members expressed how impressed they were by the Key Stage 3 Pupil Referral Unit. Clearly more needs to be done by Croydon's Childrens' Services to ensure that all agencies are working together for the best outcome for the children and their families.

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Croydon Local Plan Review - and it's lack of infrastructure
27/11/2019 12:17:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I visited the Croydon Local Plan pop-up event outside Purley Leisure Centre this morning. It seems that every option seeks to add more homes to our local area without any regard to improving the infrastructure that gives a quality of living to residents.

In Riddledown we are all aware of houses being demolished in order to build more (usually) 9 more homes. These applications, which are almost always approved, claim to provide family housing. I would contest that that is the case if the parent in that family home has to make a 1 hour round journey on foot to take her children to primary school (no parking space means they have to walk and there is no local non-selective primary school in Riddlesdown) before they even think about taking a (reduced frequency) bus into town for work. And then they do that all again on the way back home.

Every Strategic Option in the proposed Local Plan involves a considerable increase in the housing units across Sanderstead and Purley - between 7K and 11K depending on the option. However, I saw no proposal for new schools, GP surgeries, bus routes, community centres. I really don't know how residents are expected to access local services if there aren't any and car usuage is made as difficult as possible.

If you want to learn more about the proposals, the following website provides more detail. It is vital that resident contribute to the discussion, especially adding examples of how the proposed infrastrucuture will not support increased housing and population.





International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25/11/2019 11:36:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Last week I received a press release promoting a Borough-wide initiative to inform domestic abuse victims about how they can seek help against domestic abuse inall its forms. It begins today to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Today marks the start of an annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

The Council’s FJC (Family Justice Centre) team, which works to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse, will be using this period to engage with local partners to raise awareness of this crime, and the impact it can have.

The team will be in Centrale Shopping Centre with staff from Croydon’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre on the 25th. The event, from 11am to 4pm, will be an opportunity for people to meet the services and to discuss their concerns.

Posters promoting where to get help against this crime will also be put up in the hallways of all council housing blocks. I am unaware of posters being placed anywhere else.

I have spent some time seeking clarification on how else female residents can access the information during the remaining 15 days of action. So far, I have not been able to receive any further details but I will continue to seek more information so that our residents know how to access help.


I tried to visit the stall at Centrale today but couldn't fnd it - and the Centrale Managment couldn't help. Apparently it was inside the volunteer centre. Given that I stood in the doorway to see what volunteer opportunities they had this week, I can only assume it was a very small stall at the back of the unit. I'm disappointed that the only awareness event for residents was so well hidden from residents - the remaining events are for Council staff and other professionals.

If you need to talk about your own circumstances, or someone you care about, more information about the FJC can be found here:



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:





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:



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



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Incident in Purley Town Centre
Call out to Dancers and Musicians
Police Ward Panel
Active Ageing Event - All Saints Church
Helen Pankhust - Deeds Not Words
Riddlesdown Residents Association AGM
Riddlesdown Litter Pick - Tomorrow
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Domestic Abuse Awareness Event
Upcoming Women's Aid Event
Visit to Children in Care, Adoption and Fostering Services
Paint your wagon (and horse)!
Visit to Children Services Single Point of Contact
Energy Advice Event at Purley Library
Visit to Pupil Referral Unit
Happy Birthday Croydon Home Start
Roadworks in Riddlesdown and Sanderstead
Another House To Be Demolished in Riddlesdown Road
Southern Gas Networks and Grasmere Road
Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
St Edmunds Caring Group
New Development Proposed in Whytecliffe Road
Proposed changes to our local bus routes.
Quest Academy Visit
Question Time at Croydon Synagogue
Speaking to local residents
Riddlesdown Litter Pick
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