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Vodaphone Base Station - Adjacent to Oakapple Close off Cherry Tree Green
15/09/2014 21:04:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley

We have received the following communication regarding a proposed Vodaphone base station.  Please do get in touch with Craig Horn if you have any concerns or wish to raise any objections.  As local councillors we are happy to assist you.

Dear Sir/Madam,                              

 PROPOSED BASE STATION INSTALLATION AT VF 87873 – CHERRY TREE GREEN SW, ADJACENT OAKAPPLE CLOSE, JUST OFF LIMPSFIELD ROAD, CROYDON, SURREY, CR2 9BN

Vodafone Limited has entered into an agreement with Telefonica UK Limited pursuant to which the two companies plan to jointly operate and manage a single network grid across the UK. These arrangements will be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) which is a joint venture company owned by Vodafone Limited and Telefónica UK Limited.

This agreement allows both organisations to:

·                     Pool their basic network infrastructure, while running two, independent, nationwide networks

·                     Maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations

  • significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development.

 Vodafone and Telefónica are in the process of identifying a suitable site in the Croydon area for a radio base station. The purpose of this letter is to consult with you and seek your views on our proposal before any planning submission is made. We understand that you are not always able to provide site specific comments, however, Vodafone and Telefónica are committed to consultation with communities on our mobile telecommunications proposals and as such would encourage you to respond.

 As part of Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for a radio base station at this location to improve coverage in the area.

 Mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones and other devices we rely on simply won’t work.

 Please find below the details of the proposed site and the alternative site options considered and discounted in our site selection process: -

 Our technical network requirement is as follows:

 ·         CTIL 149759 – VF 87873 – TEF 72171 – Cherry Tree Green SW

 ·         The site is required to improve existing 2/3G coverage and provide 4G coverage in the area.

 ·         The proposal is for a streetworks mobile phone site just off Cherry Tree Green. The new installation will consist of the erection of a 12.5m dual stack structure with 6 antennas and 2 equipment cabinets.

 ·         A number of options have been assessed in respect of the site search process and we consider the best solution is as follows:

 ·         Cherry Tree Green SW, Adjacent Oakapple Close, Just off Limpsfield Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 9BN – NGR: 534744, 160094

 ·         This is the preferred option as the site provides adequate coverage, its proposed position  is considered suitable in the context for the telecommunications base station. Taking into account the development’s siting and appearance when read in its current environment, it is considered that a scheme in this location will not undermine the visual amenity of the area with minimal impact on the sky-line.

 Alternative site options considered and rejected are as follows:

 ·         Limpsfield Road SW, Opposite 336 Limpsfield Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 9BX – NGR: 534939, 159656. This is a streetworks option and is being discounted on the basis Vodafone felt it would not provide the required level of coverage to the target area.

 ·         Ken’s Autos, 359-367 Limpsfield Road, Hamsey Green, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 9BY – NGR: 534999, 159581. The SP did not respond to the greenfield site proposal made.

 ·         St Anthony’s Church, Wentworth Way, Hamsey Green, South Croydon, Croydon, CR2 9ET – NGR: 534541, 159758. The construction of St Anthony’s Church is not suitable for accommodating a rooftop telecommunications site.

 ·         333-341 Limpsfield Road, Hamsey Green, South Croydon, CR2 9DH – NGR: 534955, 159633. The pitched roof semi-detached nature of the building does not lend itself well to accommodating a rooftop telecoms site.

 ·         Workingham Court Farm, Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9AT – NGR: 534343, 159206. This option was discounted due to the farm being too far outside the search area and too close to VF 44814.

 ·         Kingsmead Equestrian Centre, Kingswood Lane, Warlingham, South Croydon, Surrey, CR6 9AB – NGR: 535521, 159722. Kingsmead Equestrian Centre is outside the search area provided and wouldn’t give the desired level of coverage to the target area.

The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of the site has been examined.

 All Vodafone and Telefónica installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation.  A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

In order to give you time to send your comments or request further information, we commit to allow at least 14 days before an application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority. This 14 day period starts from the date at the top of this letter.

 We would also be grateful if you could please advise of any local stakeholders or groups that might like to make comments.

 We look forward to receiving any comments you may have on the proposal.

 Yours faithfully,

 Craig Horn

 Maxema Ltd

Email: Craig.horn@maxema.co.uk

Tel: 07851 005034

 
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Disposing of Christmas trees post Xmas
13/12/2019 16:35:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

It may seem a bit early to be talking of how to dispose of your shiny new Christmas tree, but the council has just published detals of its January tree disposal programme.

Real trees will be collected and recycled between Monday 13 January and Monday 27 January 2020 inclusive.

Trees should be placed as close as possible to the front boundary of residents’ properties on Monday 13 January. It must be visible from the kerbsidewithout blocking access or the pavement.

Decorations must be removed from the trees, which should also be taken out of any pots.

Residents should note, their tree will probably not be collected on the same day as normal recycling and refuse collections.

Alternatively, residents subscribed to the council’s garden waste collection service can cut up their tree and put it in their bin and it will be collected as part of the normal garden waste collection.

Residents in properties with communal bins should leave trees outside the bin store but make sure they do not block access. Flats above shops and other homes with no frontage should put trees out on normal collection days.

If your real tree is missed during this two-week period you can:

  • Take it to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre at Factory Lane, Fishers Farm or Purley Oaks. Trees must not be left outside the recycling centre.
  • Put it out next to your rubbish bin on your next collection day, although your tree will not be recycled on the same day.
  • Cut it up and put it in your garden waste bin if you have a subscription.

 


 

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.

 


 

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