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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

Alan Brookes - Chairman Selsdon Centre for the Retired
09/08/2019 19:58:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I attended an open day event at Selsdon Centre for the Retired to meet residents and enjoy a cup of tea.  Alan Brookes, Chairman showed me around the facilities and the new freezers, two of which were purchased with the community ward budget funds by the Sanderstead Ward Councillors.  These freezers are important to the centre who stock food for many of the elderly, who rely on this service for a hot meal.  It is good that they can socialise and enjoy time together.

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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 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.



Raw Sewage - Back of Sanderstead Court Avenue
23/10/2019 10:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


It looks as though a tanker full of human excrement has been dumped in the field at the bottom of Sanderstead Court Avenue adjoining numbers 74 & 63.  A local resident reported that: "The smell is apparently horrendous.  The offending matter is quite a way from the gate and has spread from this field along the valley bottom and across the strip of woodland between the field and Selsdon Park Golf Course. It doesn’t look like a vehicle has driven across there but that a pipe has been taken across from the gateway.

I drove past there earlier this week and noticed a white tanker and a couple of vans or lorries parked by the field. My immediate thought was that it was something to do with the extensive building work recently done on no. 74, or even worse, more building on our green spaces. I now believe that to be something to do with this sewage".

I have twice reported this incident to the Environment Agency, as has the resident and it does appear from recent photographs that some of the waste has been put into bags from the land around the golf course.

Sadly without the licence plate of the vehicles seen in the area at the time we are going to be unable to take the matter further in terms of any investigation/prosecution.  If anyone has information relating to this incident do get in touch with myself, The Environment Agency or the police.



Dementia Friendly Film Screenings at David Lean Cinema
17/10/2019 20:30:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The Sanderstead Councillors are pleased to once again support the Dementia Friendly Screenings at the David Lean Cinema in Croydon.  Last year was a great success so the programme is to be continued through 2020.  The dates are as follows: 

  • Tuesday 7th January 2020 11am Pakeezah
  • Tuesday 4th February 2020 11am A Hard Day’s Night
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 7th April 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 5th May 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 19th May 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 2nd June 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 7th July 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 1st September 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 6th October 2020 11am
  • Tuesday 3rd November 2020 11am
  • Saturday 12th December 2020 2.30pm

And future titles will include:

Pakeezah (Bollywood)
A Hard Day’s Night (The Beatles)
Parineeta (Bollywood)
Carmen Jones (Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey)
Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley)
Funny Face (Fred Astaire)
Wonderful Life (Cliff Richard)
Some Like It Hot (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Doris Day)
Cabin in the Sky (Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong)
The Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland)
Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly)

Do let residents know about the dates and times.  There is no charge and tea and cake is provided.

I am now a Dementia Friendly Champion and I am qualified to give talks to groups to raise awreness.  Do let me know if I can help.  



New Posts and Repairs to Railings - Sanderstead Shops
17/10/2019 20:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


A number of posts and railings were damaged outside Sanderstead shops.  Whilst it has been at times difficult to get repairs done by the council I am pleased that on this occasion the repairs have been undertaken in a timely fashion.



Churchgate - 1 Addington Road - Consultation
17/10/2019 20:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


The three local councillors attended the consultation in All Saints Church Hall in respect of the possible development of 1 Addington Road.  This was an opportunity for residents to see the computer generated images of how the scheme may look and talk to the development team.  The main issue for us is safety over vehicles turning into the development from Sanderstead Hill. Churchgate have promised to share resident views with the councillors and we will update our blog accordingly.



Possible care home opposite All Saints
29/09/2019 17:02:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard


Recently the three ward councillors met with a representative of the developer for the emerging proposals of Churchgate Services for their site at 1 Addington Road.

Linked below is an invitation leaflet for a public exhibition on Friday 11th October at all Saints Church. The exhibition starts at 3.00pm.

The leaflet will be distributed in the local area during the course of next week, and it contains CGIs of the apearance of the proposed building.

When we met the developer's representative, we asked about the view from properties in The Woodfields. We have subsequently ben advised that a CGI looking from that direction would simply show a wall of trees. The building will be 47 metres away from the nearest point of houses on The Woodfields. No trees would have to be removed and additional planting would have to be provided. 

We also expressed considerable unease about the proposal to have the entry and exit by car from the site being on Sanderstead Hil just north of the zebra crossing. Given that the corner from roundabout to crossing is a blind curve with adverse camber, we think that being stationary there whilst traveling northbound and waiting for a gap in the southbound traffic is going to be very unsafe.


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Ashdown Gardens - Hamsey Green Sanderstead
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Grass Cutting of Sanderstead Hill
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Another bad planning night for Sanderstead
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