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Cllr  Simon  Hoar
Cllr  Helen  Redfern

Sanderstead Road Re-opened
14/01/2020 23:10:00......Posted by Helen Redfern


Sanderstead Road was reopened today after several weeks of closure to enable the replacement of the rail bridge. Having driven down there myself today, I also notice that the road surface looks new and there are new road markings.

The road will close again between 24-27th January to allow the scaffolding to be removed. We then all look forward to the South Croydon Rec being put back to at lease the condition it was in when work began.

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New Defibrillator in Riddlesdown
15/06/2020 15:27:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


It was great to spot the new defibrillator outside Riddlesdown Tennis Club last weekend which I was able to fund through my Community Ward Budget. The unit is attached to the external wall of the club house and is accessible and visible from the road. It is available for all to use so do make a note of where it is when you next pass. However, I’m hoping that this is one item funded by the Budget that never needs to be used. 



Flood alleviation in Lower Barn Road
13/06/2020 15:52:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Discussions regarding alleviating the regular flooding in Lower Barn Road are continuing. I am aware that long term residents recall flooding occurring by Riddlesdown Station for some years but there is a perception that it has got worse in recent years. Even this winter it seemed to occur every few weeks and I recall standing outside St Edmunds in February watching a river flow over the zebra crossing and down into Lower Barn Road where the drains could not cope with the volume of water and waders would have been required to walk under the railway bridge. 

It has taken a while but there now appears to be a plan to reduce the level of flooding which will be implemented this summer. The initial aim is to prevent water making its way down Lower Barn Road in the first place. This will involve installing geocellular crates under the green areas at the Lower Barn Road /Buttermere Gardens/Mitchley Avenue junction. These will not be visible, being underground, and will serve as storage tanks for the water, which will then drain out at a slower rate. There is also a proposal of a raised table across the zebra crossing which will slow the water down as it comes down from Sanderstead. 

I have asked Council Officers to consult with members of the Residents Association as they will have good local as well as technical knowledge. I am sure the plans will change to some extent over the next few months and the effects of the work will be reviewed with more action taken if required. On a practical level, I am concerned that work on this junction may clash with the re-opening of Riddlesdown Collegiate in September – a combination that may cause traffic mayhem. I have asked that this be considered when planning the timing of work. 



Mental Health First Aid Training
12/06/2020 17:50:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Croydon Council has been able to secure funding to offer free Mental Health First Aid training to 1000 Croydon residents and key workers. At the moment, the course will need to run as an online course over 4 sessions.

If this is something you might be interested in learning more about, please contact for an application form. Meanwhile, here is a little more detail below:


What is Mental Health First Aid?

MHFA is an internationally recognised programme which provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing mental distress. Delegates learn to:

●            spot the early signs of a mental health problem

●            feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem

●            provide help on a first aid basis

●            help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others

●            help stop a mental illness from getting worse

●            help someone recover faster

●            guide someone towards the right support

●            reduce stigma and discrimination of mental health problems



Catching up with local Police
12/06/2020 11:35:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Our local Police team often plan events where they are available for a chat e.g. in cafés in Sanderstead and Purley. Unfortunately with social distancing, this is not possible at the moment.

Our local team have advised me that if you do see them when you are out and about conducting you daily exercise or essential shopping, feel free to come and speak to them.

They will be located at Riddlesdown Common car park from 0900 until 1000 on Tuesday 16th June if you happen to be in the area. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.



Catalytic Converter Theft - Prevention Advice
12/06/2020 11:32:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

There has been a spike in instances of Catalytic Converters being stolen in the Borough, including in our ward. There were six such thefts between 4 and 11 June, mostly in broad daylight in Sanderstead Road, Riddlesdown Road, Riddlesdown Avenue, Lower Barn Road and Brancaster Lane. The local Police team have forwarded to me some prevention advice which I share here: 

The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft.
•       To protect your converter from theft, ask your vehicle dealership if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer.

•       Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this isn’t possible, park in an area that is well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

•       You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of. Visit: for more details.

If you spot a vehicle being jacked up at the side of the road in suspicious circumstances please call 999 and make us aware. We need your help to catch these offenders.



Water Works on A22.
04/05/2020 13:27:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

I have been advied of a project due to start on 18th May as part of SES Waters resilience plan set by OFWAT. The works will link a pipe already in the Tesco car park to an existing pipe at the Dale Road junction (junction between Warren Road / Downs Court Road junction and Foxley Hill Road, northern junction).  These pipes will then allow Kenley and Woodmansterne water works to serve one and other if either were to suffer a break down, particularly Kenley with the threat of the Bourne. 
Unfortunately the works will require a road closure of the A22 in both directions for 6-8 weeks from the Warren Road / Downs Court Road junction to outside the old My Old China site / Tesco entrance. 

The finer details, e.g. how traffic will be managed, have yet to arrive but I will share this once received.

UPDATE: The communication of this road closure was so poorly conducted that it was decided that the work, and road closure, would not take place until 2021.




Brick by Brick - Montpelier Road site
17/04/2020 14:56:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I have received a number of complaints about activity on the Brick by Brick site on Montpelier Road. Construction work is permitted but the usual health and safety standards are expected to be kept to, in addition to maintaining a minimum distance of 2 metres between members of staff.

Local residents have advised me that recent activity on site has included: 
•    working outside of permitted hours
•    the absence of a banksman (the person who supervises the movements of vehicles and heavy machinery in and out of the site)
•    gas cylinders being stored in an unsafe manner
•    workmen not maintaining a 2 metre distance from each other.

I very briefly visited the site today, whilst on another essential journey, and was able to observe what appeared to be the unsafe storage of gas cylinders (I’m not a construction site expert) and the workmen working in very close proximity to each other.

This afternoon I have highlighted these points to Colm Lacey, CEO of Brick by Brick, and asked that he confirm today what he will do to enforce safe working practices on the site. I am have also asked that the contractor shows a little more respect to the neighbours and keeps the road outside of the site clean. 



Seven days a week support for those suffering domestic abuse
17/04/2020 14:37:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Croydon’s FJC is now open every day to help domestic abuse victims during lockdown.

The service has extended its weekday opening hours and is now operating as a seven-day service to ensure those who are living at home with abusers have a safe space to go if they need advice and support.

The centre is now open weekdays from 9am - 5pm and weekends from 10am - 4pm, so those needing help can drop in and make appointments at the centre or by telephone. Professionals, for example the police or healthcare workers, can also now refer people seven days a week.

The FJC team is there to listen and provide a safety plan to ensure people are able to leave their homes if they are at risk and the revised opening hours and week-long availability of the service will continue until lockdown is lifted.

The FJC doesn’t share its address publicly to help protect those using its service. If you need help, support or advice please call 020 8688 0100. Further information is available at

Those needing support outside of the new opening hours can call the free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Hotline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency, call the police on 999.



Harris Academy Purley making a great contribution!
17/04/2020 09:12:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Its been great to see so many organisations in Croydon coming together during the COVID-19 crisis. Many schools have been doing their bit, by taking care of the children of key-workers, providing meals for those in need and even producing PPE. I think a lot of Design & Technology Teachers have rather enjoyed themselves.

Amongst the schools making a contribution is Harris Academy Purley which is on Kendra Hall Road off Pampisford Road. Pupils have been safely making PPE for the local NHS using their design skills and the 3D printer.

What amazing work – thank you everyone who has helped with this.



17/04/2020 09:07:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Following a successful trial, buses in London will temporarily become middle door only boarding from Monday 20 April until further notice as part of efforts to help combat coronavirus. This change will improve safety for bus drivers, enabling better social distancing while the city is fighting the virus.  
The change to boarding will provide better protection for drivers, who are playing a vital role in helping other critical workers, to tackle the virus. The safety enhancement follows a trial on nine routes to ensure that it was safe for all. 
The new operation of buses builds on the enhanced social distancing measures already introduced including signage asking passengers not to sit in the seats near the driver’s cab, improvements to the protective screen that shields drivers, and regular announcements to reinforce the need to keep a safe space from others. 
A new cleaning regime has also been introduced in stations, depots, bus garages, trains and on buses, including the driver’s cab. 
Please note that during the period of these temporary arrangements where passengers enter through the middle-doors, they will not be required to touch in. Passengers should not approach the card reader near the driver’s cab. These arrangements will be kept under review and will need to be adjusted as the Government begins to review the travel restrictions now in place across the country.



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Station Ticket Office Closures
Police Update
Parking Restrictions
COVID-19 Ward Update
Support for Domestic Abuse victims
Recycling, Waste Collections and Flytipping
Riddlesdown Common Car Park Closed
Helping our vulnerable neighbours during Coronavirus
St Edmunds Celebration Service
New Riddlesdown Collegiate Entrance Criteria
School Street Proposal - Montpelier Road/Christ Church School
Smart Water Event
Police Advice: Courier Fraud
Croydon BME Forum Wellness Centre
New Defibrillator in Riddlesdown
Police Ward Panel
Mitchley Avenue Roadworks
Holocaust Memorial Day
Riddlesdown Crime Figures
Sanderstead Road Re-opened
Womens Aid Funding
Riddlesdown Collegiate Admissions Criteria Consultation
Croydon Local Plan Review - and it's lack of infrastructure
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Croydon's Green Fund
412 Timetable Changes
Changes to 412 bus route
Montpelier Road/Kingsdown Avenue Meeting Cancelled
Sanderstead Road Bridge Works - Public Meeting
Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel
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