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 The Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Blog
 
Cllr  Simon  Hoar
Cllr  Helen  Redfern
 

COVID-19 Ward Update
25/03/2020 15:25:00......Posted by Helen Redfern

Please see below the text of an email we sent on Monday to residents who have previously given us their email addresses.

Please feel free to forward it on to other neighbours using this link: 

Email Link

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, do us know:

 

As your local councillors for Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown, we are writing to update you on the current position as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.
Whilst demands on the Council are changing every day, emergency arrangements are in operation and we will ensure that the Council's priority remains to deliver essential services to vulnerable residents. Council staff are being as flexible as possible and working tirelessly, and we appreciate the service they are providing to our residents. 
There are a number of websites offering guidance:

  • Croydon Council’s COVID-19 information can be found HERE
  • The government’s main information website can be found HERE
  • The NHS portal is here: HERE

These sites are updated regularly as the situation changes. We strongly advise AGAINST consulting any other websites, or forwarding allegedly helpful emails to your friends, because there’s a lot of false information out there which may put people in danger.

These are exceptionally difficult times for everyone and it is heart-warming to speak to so many local residents who want to help others. Many people are ensuring that their neighbours are OK and have everything they need.
The main volunteering effort in Croydon is being coordinated via Croydon Voluntary Action.

We also have local groups such as:

  • St Edmunds Care Group which operates out of St Edmunds Church on Mitchley Avenue; their contact is Richard Wragg who can be contacted at richardwragg@hotmail.co.uk  or 02086605240
  • Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care based at All Saints Church in Sanderstead.

Do let us know of any more groups who are offering help to vulnerable residents and please pass these details on to anyone local who you think may need access to these services but who does not have access to the internet.


It would also be helpful  is you could let us know if you are aware of any individuals in particular need, or any Council services that are failing the most vulnerable.


Sadly, we will have to cancel our face-to-face monthly ward surgery for the foreseeable future. However, please do contact us if you have any local problems and we’ll try our best to help. Our contact details are:


simon.hoar@croydon.gov.uk
helen.redfern@croydon.gov.uk


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.


 We will get through this together.  Remember we're here to help. 
 
          Helen                                               Simon
Cllr Helen Redfern                              Cllr Simon Hoar

 
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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 Theresa.Dent-Gater@croydon.gov.uk 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: www.securedbydesign.com 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 https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/dabuse/fjc


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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 Older Blog Posts
06/04/2020
Station Ticket Office Closures
01/04/2020
Police Update
30/03/2020
Parking Restrictions
25/03/2020
COVID-19 Ward Update
25/03/2020
Support for Domestic Abuse victims
25/03/2020
Recycling, Waste Collections and Flytipping
25/03/2020
Riddlesdown Common Car Park Closed
18/03/2020
Helping our vulnerable neighbours during Coronavirus
16/02/2020
St Edmunds Celebration Service
14/02/2020
New Riddlesdown Collegiate Entrance Criteria
12/02/2020
School Street Proposal - Montpelier Road/Christ Church School
11/02/2020
Smart Water Event
11/02/2020
Police Advice: Courier Fraud
06/02/2020
Croydon BME Forum Wellness Centre
05/02/2020
New Defibrillator in Riddlesdown
05/02/2020
Police Ward Panel
31/01/2020
Mitchley Avenue Roadworks
27/01/2020
Holocaust Memorial Day
16/01/2020
Riddlesdown Crime Figures
14/01/2020
Sanderstead Road Re-opened
09/01/2020
Womens Aid Funding
13/12/2019
Riddlesdown Collegiate Admissions Criteria Consultation
27/11/2019
Croydon Local Plan Review - and it's lack of infrastructure
25/11/2019
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
09/11/2019
Croydon's Green Fund
03/11/2019
412 Timetable Changes
01/11/2019
Changes to 412 bus route
31/10/2019
Montpelier Road/Kingsdown Avenue Meeting Cancelled
13/10/2019
Sanderstead Road Bridge Works - Public Meeting
03/10/2019
Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel
 
 
 
 
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