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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
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A Busy Day in Croydon
29/09/2017 13:49:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group – AGM

 I attended the CCG AGM at the CVA and took note of the presentations by Andrew Eyres, the new accountable office and Dr Agenlo Fernandes, the Clinical Chair.  Highlights included improvements to access to mental health services for both adults and children and commissioning of the Health Help Now app.  Croydon residents use more hospital services on average than in other areas, often as a result of unplanned and avoidable hospital admissions.  At the same time the population is growing and is ageing and this results in an increase in the demand for care.

A locally designed new approach to treating urgent care issues is being introduced in 2017-18 which includes the provision of GP Hubs which will provide high quality urgent care services across the borough from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year.  The service comprises GP hubs, GP out of hours services, the urgent care centre at Croydon University Hospital and a roving GP.  These services will be provided at the minor injury unit sites Purley and Parkway as well as at East Croydon Medical Centre. 

An integrated IT service will allow them to access patient notes to enable them to provide the right care in the right place, first time.  The service will help promote self-care and also a phone before you go model that will utilise the integrated South West London 111 services to ensure patients are correctly signposted to the most appropriate services for their needs.

The CCG will also continue with its Transforming Adult Services programme which ensures more patients are appropriately cared for in community settings, including their own homes. 

Croydon Adult Social Services Users Panel

I also attended a meeting of CASSUP at Jurys Hotel in Croydon to look at how our residents were coping with the new DWP system of PIP and how the most vulnerable in Croydon are dealing with the new assessments.

Sadly the venue was a little cramped and not all guests were able to get into the room to get their points across.  It is imperative that those members who are disabled and struggle with access/facilities are able to seek assistance from the council and I certainly hope that a more suitable venue is found for future events.  The CASSUP event was historically held at Fairfield Halls, which sadly is not yet open and the community space at Bernard Weatherill House, which has disabled access is no longer available for use as it has been rented, ironically to the DWP.

Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Police Meeting

The SNT says goodbye to PC Stephen Wilson and welcomes PC Dan Revell to the team.  The team reported on a number of antisocial behaviour incidents in area including some shop lifting.  There have also been a number of break-ins from garages during July.  Motor vehicle crime is made up largely of theft from trade vans with the theft of power tools with 12 of the 19 incidents occurring during the night. They also undertook a road watch scheme along Sanderstead Court Avenue catching up to 20 vehicles going over the speed limit.  Crime in the area, fortunately, remains low with Sanderstead and Selsdon having the lowest figures in the borough.  The Safer Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 020 8721 2470 – sandertead.snt@met.police.uk

The Met police are looking at becoming more socially active and will be at the Community Day run by Priscillas at Sanderstead Recreation Ground this Saturday.

Riddlesdown Residents’ Association Meeting

My busy day ended with a visit to the RRA which as usual had a packed and varied agenda.  A number of planning applications were of great concern to the committee.  The overdevelopment of housing plots for the development of flats in inappropriate locations with size and massing of greatest concern.

Discussions were held about the main modifications to the Croydon Local Plan.  The Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the Croydon Local Plan has considered all the duly made representations and the evidence presented to him during the examination.  He has now concluded that further modifications to the Croydon Local Plan are required in order for the plan to be sound.  Comments need to be received by 10 October 2017.  Email ldf@croydon.gov.uk. 

What he stated will not be discussed is the Purley Skyscraper and the gypsy and traveller site at Purley Oaks depot.

One of the concerns raised was the deletion of all local green spaces.  For Sanderstead there has been some success in the protection of the Sanderstead Plantation to Metropolitan Open Land and the removal of the intensification zone for Onslow Gardens. The Policy on protecting back gardens has been merged into a revised policy DM11 Design and Character.

I am personally disappointed about the removal of the policy that limited fast food outlets.  With my Health and Wellbeing hat on I believe we should be doing more to assist in the prevention of obesity, which is above the National Average in the Borough.  Obesity, as we know leads to many other heatlh problems such as diabetes and heart disease. 

If you want to discuss any of the issues raised in my report or have any other local issues you want to take up with us the councillors will be available at 11.00 am to 1pm on Saturday, 30 September in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. We will be sharing a stand with the Sanderstead Residents Association.

 
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St Edmund's Church - Riddlesdown
03/12/2019 09:48:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

                                                                                                  

STATEMENT TO LOCAL COUNCILLORS AND RIDDLESDOWN RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ON THE FUTURE OF ST EDMUND’S CHURCH                                                                           

The Community of St Edmund’s has concluded, with much sadness, that continuing as an independent worshipping congregation within the parish of Sanderstead is no longer viable and that a new future must be found for the building. Regular Sunday worship will cease at Christmas.

But St Edmund’s is NOT CLOSING. Christian worship and other activities will continue, the former in a different form to be determined as soon as possible.

The buildings will continue to be available for community use, as now. Contacts and administrative arrangements will change but otherwise things will remain unchanged. Indeed, we are hoping for an enhanced community role, as well as the continuing religious one, for St Edmund’s following the refurbishment of the William Goddard Room, generously financed by our local councillors.

We are holding a celebration of the past – and future – life of St Edmund’s on Sunday 16th February, to which all in the community will be welcome. Details will follow but, if you would like to come, you may wish to make a note in your diary.

Richard Wragg

Chris Babbs

Churchwardens

 


 

Cherry Trees and Litter Pick - Cherry Tree Green
30/11/2019 11:55:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

It was great to see the newly planted cherry trees on Cherry Tree Green.  Local residents led by Marianne Daniels from the newly formed Friends of Green Spaces organised a litter pick and was joined by membrs of the Sanderstead Residents Association, Mandy Ashton from Priscillas, local scout leader Janice and local councillors to ensure the green and area looked ship-shape.  I can't wait to see them in the spring.

 


 

Fire - 3 West Hill - New Flats
27/11/2019 10:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

A fire broke out this morning at the site of 3 West Hill, the new development on the corner of Sanderstead Road.  The fire started in the basement of the building and a crew from four fire engines quickly extinguished the fire.  The cause of the fire is being investigated.  I am pleased that no one was hurt.

 


 

Cherry Trees for Cherry Tree Green
25/11/2019 15:41:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Sanderstead is marking a week-long national celebration of trees by planting 20 new cherry trees. Ten new trees have been planted on Cherry Tree Green in Hamsey Green, as part of an initiative to plant 3,500 trees in the borough by 2023, and a further ten are set to be planted in coming weeks.

The site was suggested by local resident Marianne Daniels, who is part of the new Friends of Green Spaces Group.  She has been working with me and council officers on a number of initiatives in the locality.

They were planted just ahead of National Tree Week which sees a nationwide campaign to plant 1,000,000 trees.

Marianne said: “I am really delighted Croydon Council has supported my request to plant trees on Cherry Tree Green. The four different colours of cherry trees will be a welcome splash of colour.

“We will be holding a community litter pick on Saturday 30 November at 10.30am in order to tidy up the green followed by an informal photo at 11am. Litter picking equipment will be provided.

Do come and join the litter pick and see the newly planted trees on the green.  Whilst the rain may not be ideal weather for a litter pick the trees will certainly enjoy it!

 


 

Christmas Light Switch On - The Gruffy - Saturday, 30 November 2019 - 4.30 pm
22/11/2019 15:21:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The Xmas Lights Switch On will take place on Saturday, 30 November 2019 at 4.30 pm on The Gruffy around the Xmas Tree.  The star and the tree will be the first to be lit with the rest of the lights in the high street following.  It is hoped that santa, even though extremely busy, will be able to do this alongside All Saints Church choir who will be singing carols around the tree.  It is the start of the festive season and we wish everyone a Merry Xmas.  The Sanderstead councillors have funded the lights and switch on from their community budget.

 


 

Hamsey Green Pond
19/11/2019 13:20:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was pleased to meet with The newly formed Friends of Sanderstead Recreation Ground and Green Spaces alongside The Conservation Volunteers to look further at how the pond can be improved.  There is still much work to do around the boundary which is full of ivy.  The pond itself is now quite over grown with plants and parrot weed.  The edges need to be reformed and planting needs to be reintroduced in some locations.  I am pleased that both the volunteers and TCV are taking action and look forward to seeing the fruits of their work.

 


 

Solar Powered Bollard - Court Hill/Brian Avenue
13/11/2019 19:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents may be interested to know that the council is no longer repairing solar powered bollards.  I only found this out after reporting a broken solar powered bollard on Court Hill and Brian Avenue.

This is the response I have received:

Our investigations shows that the above Solar self-righting traffic bollard was installed over 5 years ago, however, since then the Department of Transport in 2016 has relaxed the lighting requirement for traffic bollards and some other signs.  The motivation for this was in a bid to reduce energy usage and light pollution at a national level. 

It is useful to note that all self-righting traffic bollards installed in the last 10 years are made up of retroreflective (reflect light back to the source and thereby increase visibility to approaching vehicles) materials.  For this reason there is no requirement for the highway authority to reinstate the solar illumination part of the traffic bollard.

To replace or repair the existing solar traffic bollard the Council has to pay nearly £600 per unit which is difficult to justify because of the current economic challenges.

I appreciate that this is not the answer your constituent may be looking for on this matter, however, we need to apply a stricter control over finances and prioritise the resources available to us in a way that achieves the most benefit for the borough.

Notwithstanding this I have instructed our cleansing team to thoroughly clean the traffic bollard to ensure its retroreflectivity is maximised.

All I can say is it is very disappointing.

 

 

 


 

SES Water - Poor Road Repairs - Mitchley Avenue
05/11/2019 07:20:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents in Sanderstead are extremely fed up with the poor quality road repairs undertaken by utility companies.  So much so that one has written to the MD of SES Water to elevate their complaint in respect of repairs in Mitchley Avenue.  I too have taken up the issue with the director at the council and asked that they ensure that any company undertaking work.here is of good quality and that the roads and pathways are reinstated to a good quality.  A number of potholes here in the pictures are attributed to the utility companies.

 


 

Berlin Wall - Fronting Sanderstead Road - Corner of West Hill
31/10/2019 20:18:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Many residents will have noticed a very large concrete wall appear on the corner of Sanderstead Road and West Hill where one of the new blocks of flats has been built.  It appears that there has been no approval given for this retaining wall which is close to the very narrow footpath.  Not only is the dreadful "Berlin" wall ugly but it prevents the planning condition applied to plant large trees along the boundary.  This is extremely distressing and not appreciated by residents who have already had to contend with a number of issues such as a blocked road, noisy work over the week-end and dirt and filth spilling onto the pavement.  I am assured by the head of planning that he is going to take action to rectify this matter.  The loss of the tree lined canopy, a natural characteristic of Sanderstead Road must be replaced.

 


 

Cherry Tree Green - Hamsey Green Pond
25/10/2019 16:03:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I have been working with the newly formed Sanderstead Friend's group in respect of the tree planting for Cherry Tree Green.  A variety of white, pale and darker pink Cherry trees will be planted in the last week of November.  We held a recent meeting in Priscillas to see how we could take forward through the council some of the brilliant ideas put forward by residents at the recent community day.

Also a meeting is pencilled in to see how work at Hamsey Green pond can be further progressed with local residents and the Conservation Volunteers.

It is all very exciting and I am pleased that residents are so enthusiastic about our important green spaces.

 


 

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