Riddlesdown Collegiate Admissions Criteria Consultation 13/12/2019 12:58:00......Posted by Helen Redfern
I hear regularly from Riddlesdown residents about the quantitiy of school traffic and parking in the area south of Mitchley Avenue. I also hear from Riddlesdown sesidents who live within a mile of Riddlesdown Collegiate but who find that they do not live close enough for their children to gain a place there on the basis of distance and who had previoulsy struggled to get their child into a feeder school. An obvious solutuon to cutting the traffic would be to make it easier for local families to gain access to their local school, with these children far more likely to walk the short distance to school. The obstacle to this was priority provision being given to children at 5 feeder schools and the 15% of places going to those to children who passed an entrance exam.
I was delighted to hear over Half Term that the Collegiate Trust was consulting on its admissions criteria.The proposal is for the removal of both feeder schools and the entrance examination. I understand that this proposal has caused some upset in the local area amongst those families who were relying on the feeder status to gain a place for their child. However, without feeder schools, the 'catchment area' will greatly increase and I would expect that most local families with a child at the closest primary schools will still gain a place, and children who live in Riddlesdown itself will be given priority.
I have written in support of the consultation on the basis that it will make Riddlesdown Collegiate a local school for local children and that in doing so it will reduce the traffic and parking that causes so much distress to local residents.
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.
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.
Small Business Grants Fund 12/04/2020 20:05:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
The Government has provided Croydon Council with £61m to distribute to local bsinesses in the form of business grant funding.
Around 4,500 businesses in the borough are eligible to receive grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 under the government scheme. The aim is to support local businesses in response to the significant financial impact of Covid-19.
Receiving a government business grant is a free and automatic service. There is no lengthy application process and businesses have been asked to fill in and return a simple online form to verify details such as the name of the rate payer, their business address, VAT registration details and Companies House registration number. Also there is no need for businesses to employ any agency or broker.
Station Ticket Office Closures 06/04/2020 11:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
I have been notified today that the ticket offices at Riddlesdown and Purley Oaks Railway Stations will be closed until further notice.
This is to help with efforts across the country to slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping the number of our front-line workers to a minimum. It is also necessary to ensure Railway staff are available for roles vital to the running of trains and to staff the remaining ticket offices reliably.
I am told that the number of tickets being sold at these ticket offices is extremely low and passengers will still be able to use the ticket machines.
Police Update 01/04/2020 16:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
I have received the following message from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Safer Neighbourhood Team:
"Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives
On 23rd March 2020 the Prime Minister closed all nonessential shops, banning meetings of more than two people and requiring people to stay in their homes, except for trips for food and medicine. He also stated that people could leave their homes for exercise either alone or with members of the same household for one form of exercise a day.
Thankfully huge numbers of people area complying with this request however some are not. People are not listening, this is real and people are dying.
Driving to a local beauty spot to start your exercise or take your dog for a walk is not essential. Your exercise or dog walking starts when you walk out of your front door.
All outdoor gyms in park areas are closed, please do not use them.
We are seeing far too many cars on the roads. We are and will be conducting more road blocks in and around Croydon, do not be offended if you are stopped by our Officer’s, if your journey is not essential you should NOT be out.
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives"
Parking Restrictions 30/03/2020 21:05:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Croydon Council's advice on Parking resrictions changed over the weekend. The following can be found on the Council's website:
We are suspending issuing all permits. Drivers do not need to display a resident or visitor permit or pay-and-display ticket to use parking bays in Croydon.
Safety restrictions including double yellow lines, disabled bays, parking on footways, blocking dropped kerbs, parking in bus stops and bus lanes, yellow box junctions, no right or left turn restrictions and one way streets will still be enforced.
Parking for health and social care workers
Health and social care workers can park for free in any council-run on street or off street bays. They should contact their employer who will be able to apply for dispensation on their behalf."
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