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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

Bridge works on Sanderstead Road requiring road closure
03/09/2019 10:21:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown and South Croydon councillors (but not Sanderstead ones) have been informed that the rail bridge closest to South Croydon Rec is to be replaced. Although the bridge is a few hundred yards inside South Croydon ward, it is also very close to both PO&R and Sanderstead wards, and will have a big impact on journey times for our residents.

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. We have also asked officers to ensure that the Sanderstead team are also kept informed, as it will significantly affect our residents.

Some extra info here

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Watch out for Coronavirus scams
27/03/2020 13:19:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

It is a sad reflection on modern life that, in the midst of the current Covid-19 crisis, there are still people whose first instinct is to try to con their fellow citizens. The link below is to  a police postcard which outlines some of the latest wasy the scammers are trying to con people.

There are many authentic offers of real help out there, and we thank those people who have volunteered to help out. Just be careful when accepting help that it is from someone you know and trust, or a reputable organisation.


Link to the postcard



Dumped mattresses
25/03/2020 11:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard


Most people behave brilliantly in a crisis like the one we're currently having with Covid-19. But a few people just can't help behaving badly, like whoever dumped these mattresses on Southcote Road and two more on West Hill. Given the state of them, it looks like a contractor closing up a doss house they've been housing their workers in.

I've reported all three sites to the council for clearing. Hopefuly that will hapen in the next few days, as the waste services part of the council is working reasonably normally.

By the way, if you see mattresses like this in your locality, bear in mind that the dumping MAY be caused by Coronavirus concerns - for example if an HMO has a case in a 'dorm' then they may well ham-fistedly 'sanitise' by dumping all the mattresses. So it is best not to handle them without proper protective gear and taking great care, as they potentially still have virus contamination. Sadly, at this time, we must all treat anything outside our home as potentially dangerous. The best rule is to touch nothing that isn't part of your home.



Coronavirus: getting help from your councillors
23/03/2020 12:52:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

We hope you are safe and keeping well in these difficult and frightening times.

If you need any advice on Council services or help on any local issue we and the Council are here to help.

The Council has the following information on its website:-

The government website can be found here:-

The NHS Portal is here:-

The main volunteering effort in Croydon is being coordinated via Croydon Voluntary Action, whose website is here:-

Sadly, our ward surgeries and street stalls will be cancelled until future notice.

However, do please e-mail us on:-               

Or alternatively, we can arrange a video call if you need to discuss something face to face. Please e-mail Tim to arrange this.

Do please stay safe during these difficult times. Many neighbours are coming together and looking after one another which is wonderful. Sadly, there are some scammers out there – so be careful.


Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives

Please do your best to stay at home. If you do that you will reduce your chances of getting infected and reduce the chance of passing the virus on to vulnerable family members and neighbours. That will reduce the pressure on the NHS, and in turn will help to save lives.

We will get through this by working together, following official guidance and supporting each other.




Site of the Old Good Companions - Lidl
28/02/2020 15:41:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


A number of residents contacted me over the state of the hoardings on the site of the old Good Companions, owned by Lidl.  Many residents that back on to the site from Princes Avenue have repeatedly requested that someone from Lidl come and repair their boundary fence and hoarding, which in the last high wind had fallen down in places.  Coupled with this problem was the invasive Japanese Knotweed which had taken over the land and worked its way towards neighbouring properties.

I got in touch with the directors and they have outlined the following plan of action which is currently taking place. Part of the hoarding has already been replaced.

  • 24th February - Hoarding around the front of the site (Tithepit Shaw Lane) constructed by Reactive 02
  • 4th March - Contractors from Japanese Knotweed Ltd to attend site to remove Japanese Knotweed
  • 11th March - Fencing to be constructed (paid for by Lidl) along the boundary with neighbouring properties
  • 13th March - Once fencing has been completed, new hoarding to be contracted behind the fence panels separating the residential Lidl's land.



Three way lights Wentworth Way
25/02/2020 21:49:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

UK Power Networks contacted the council earlier today to advise another network fault has occurred at the junction of Wentworth Way and Limpsfield Road, to fix it 3 way lights are required at the junction. The council has requested manual control of the lights through the peak hours, although it seemed ot be on auto when I crawled past at 6-ish tonight! It is hoped to have the site cleared no later than Friday.



Riddlesdown School admissions criteria
14/02/2020 15:38:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

I hear that a letter has been distributed to parents at at-least one primary school in Sanderstead confirming that the Board of Directors at The Collegiate Trust has decided to approve the admissions criteria upon which they recently consulted parents, for entry to Riddlesdown Collegiate after September 2021. The key affect of this is that the Feeder School criterion and the Ability criterion will be removed and the main admissions criterion will be the distance from the school gate that you live.

The current criteria have always had an odd effect on where the children admitted lived. What mattered was not how close the apllicant lived to Riddlesdown Collegiate, but rather how close they lived to one of the feeder schools. This had a secondary effect that the traffic levels are high because of the distance that some of the qualiying children live from the school. These new criteria should open the Collegiate up to more local families and hopefuly reduce traffic over the next few years.

There will be some families in Sanderstead who had relied on the feeder status of Gresham and Atwood for places at Riddlesdown and they will now be understandably concerned. However, I am expecting that the 'catchment' settle down over the next few years as a consequence of these new rules and hopefully these families will still be able to gain a school place.



Street trees
02/02/2020 08:37:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Whilst out meeting residents in The Windings yesterday I spoke to family about a street tree which used to be outside their property. Apparently some years ago the council appeared one day and chopped down the perfectly healthy street tree. Apparently the council finally told them that it had been removed because their neighbour, who was renting the next door property, was concerned it might damage his car. They went back to the council to ask whether the hole could be filled with a new sapling, but instead it was tarmaced over.

Now that we have a budget for street trees again, I have asked that they be considered as a site for a new street tree, as it seems a shame to have families who actively want a street tree unable to have one. Street trees are both attractive and helpful in absorbing greenhouse gases to combat climate change, but over the years we have lost many which have not been replaced. If you are in this situation and would like to be considered for a replacement tree, please let me know.



Leaf sweeping in Farm Fields
02/02/2020 08:34:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Yesterday I was out meeting residents in The Windings and The Woodfields. I noticed that down by the library exit onto Farm Fields the street sweeping has been poor, and as a resulted there are semi-mulched leaves all over the pavement, which must get very slippery for the library users in the area on rainy days. I have asked for it to be dealt with.



Christmas tree collections 'behind schedule'
02/02/2020 08:31:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

On Tuesday night I almost killed myself tripping over a Christmas tree which was on the pavement in a poorly lit area of Lime Meadow Avenue. That tree has been there since about 5 Jan, along with several others in other properties on the road. Next morning I checked up on my earlier post about the scheduled service dates and found 'Real trees will be collected and recycled between Monday 13 January and Monday 27 January 2020 inclusive’ in the council press release. Over the previous weekend I noticed trees everywhere in several other wards. It looks to me like Veolia have not been clearing these properly in lots of areas, and for sure they haven’t done my road and a number nearby.

I reported this to a senior officer who said 'I am aware there are some locations where Christmas trees are still to be collected and as such Veolia are doing a mop up this week. I will double check Lime Meadow Avenue is on the list long with the surrounding area.' 

As of Saturday 1st Feb it is, of course, still there, so I have reported it again.



The council needs to start again with its Local Plan update
19/01/2020 08:39:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Monday 20 January is the revised date for submissions of comments on the council's Local Plan, Partial Review. As has been widely publicised by Residents' Associations and Friends Groups, the revisions to the plan proposed will have wide ranging consequences in our suburbs, and particularly on the loss of more Green Belt (to add to that land the Labour Council freed up for development in 2018). If residents want to protect their area from further damage, now is the time they must stand up for their local area, working with Conservative councillors.

I have made my submission to the consultation today, covering both borough-wide and issues more narrowly relating to Sanderstead ward.

The full text of my submission can be found here.

You can view the documentation the council has produced here.

You can let the council know your views using the online tools on their documentation page or simply by emailing




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 Older Blog Posts
Riddlesdown Station and Flats
Development on the Corner of West Hill and Sanderstead Hill
Disposing of Christmas trees post Xmas
St Edmund's Church - Riddlesdown
Cherry Trees and Litter Pick - Cherry Tree Green
Fire - 3 West Hill - New Flats
Cherry Trees for Cherry Tree Green
Christmas Light Switch On - The Gruffy - Saturday, 30 November 2019 - 4.30 pm
Hamsey Green Pond
Solar Powered Bollard - Court Hill/Brian Avenue
SES Water - Poor Road Repairs - Mitchley Avenue
Berlin Wall - Fronting Sanderstead Road - Corner of West Hill
Cherry Tree Green - Hamsey Green Pond
Raw Sewage - Back of Sanderstead Court Avenue
Dementia Friendly Film Screenings at David Lean Cinema
New Posts and Repairs to Railings - Sanderstead Shops
Churchgate - 1 Addington Road - Consultation
Possible care home opposite All Saints
Cressey College - Special School (5-19) Off Orchard Road
West Hill Development Site - Disruption
Scam callers pretending to be Thomas Cook liquidators
Temporary closure of street as a 'Play street'
Bridge works on Sanderstead Road requiring road closure
Sanderstead Road - Public Footpath 142 - Adjoining Purley Oaks Road
Resurfacing on Rectory Park
Mitchley Avenue Bench
Hamsey Green Pond - Work by the Downland Volunteers
Hamsey Green Pond -1914
BARROWSFIELD - Planning Committee this Thursday - 1st August
Sanderstead Road closure at West Hill junction 403 bus diverted
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