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Happy Birthday Croydon Home Start
07/03/2019 17:00:00......Posted by Helen Redfern

 
 

Yesterday I attended the AGM and 30th anniversary celebration of Croydon Home Start. The core of Home Start's good work is the home visiting service that is available to families in need.

Home Start trains its own volunteers who visit families in their own homes for around 2-3 hours a week for up to 9 months. In that time, volunteers offer emotional support, transportation to places such as children's centres and medical appointments, support with parenting skills and help to access other services. 

At the AGM we heard from Kumbu, a mother who has been helped by Home Start. Kumbu is a wheelchair user and is a single mother of triplets. She had sought help from the Council but this was declind so she turned to Home Start. Her emotional testimony ended with her saying that Home Start had saved her sanity and helped her to keep her family.

Whilst the majority of families come to Home Start via a professional referral, a significant amount of families contact Home Start themselves and this is welcomed. A large part of Home Start's funding comes from Croydon Council, with funding expiring in 2020. I would like to see funding renewed in 2020.

 
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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.

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/framework/localplan/croydon-local-plan-review

 

 

 


 

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.

UPDATE:

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:

www.croydon.gov.uk/community/dabuse/fjc

 


 

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

 


 

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09/08/2019
Electoral Review - Possible New Polling Station
20/07/2019
Local Plan Partial Review - Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces
13/07/2019
Incident in Purley Town Centre
21/06/2019
Call out to Dancers and Musicians
20/06/2019
Police Ward Panel
27/05/2019
Active Ageing Event - All Saints Church
27/05/2019
Helen Pankhust - Deeds Not Words
16/05/2019
Riddlesdown Residents Association AGM
10/05/2019
Riddlesdown Litter Pick - Tomorrow
09/05/2019
Sanderstead Residents Association AGM
30/04/2019
Domestic Abuse Awareness Event
25/04/2019
Upcoming Women's Aid Event
09/04/2019
Visit to Children in Care, Adoption and Fostering Services
02/04/2019
Paint your wagon (and horse)!
21/03/2019
Visit to Children Services Single Point of Contact
17/03/2019
Energy Advice Event at Purley Library
13/03/2019
Visit to Pupil Referral Unit
07/03/2019
Happy Birthday Croydon Home Start
25/02/2019
Roadworks in Riddlesdown and Sanderstead
15/02/2019
Another House To Be Demolished in Riddlesdown Road
14/02/2019
Southern Gas Networks and Grasmere Road
31/01/2019
Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown
28/01/2019
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
16/01/2019
St Edmunds Caring Group
15/01/2019
New Development Proposed in Whytecliffe Road
13/01/2019
Proposed changes to our local bus routes.
28/11/2018
Quest Academy Visit
26/11/2018
Question Time at Croydon Synagogue
24/11/2018
Speaking to local residents
17/11/2018
Riddlesdown Litter Pick
 
 
 
 
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