London Borough of Croydon’s Local Plan 23/11/2015 19:55:00......Posted by Margaret Bird
Notice of Consultation on the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options) and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options).
The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012- Regulation 18 and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended)
The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies was adopted in April 2013 and sets a vision and framework for the planning of the borough up to 2031. A Partial Review of the Strategic Policies has been undertaken to ensure the borough has an up to date development plan to 2036 and to take account of the Further Alterations to the London Plan, which has increased the borough’s housing requirement. The Partial Review also includes updated evidence on employment policies, community facilities and a move from Local Areas of Special Character to Local Heritage Areas.
The Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals will provide greater planning policy detail to the Strategic Policies, setting out development management planning policies and site allocations for a range of land uses to meet the borough’s growth needs to 2036. The Detailed Policies and Proposals will also ensure a continued focus on the 16 Places of Croydon outlined in the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies. The focus on the 16 Places of Croydon provides detailed context to important and valued character, functions and opportunities for each Place. Once adopted, the Detailed Policies and Proposals will replace the currently saved policies of the Unitary Development Plan (2006).
Following Cabinet approval in September 2015, consultation on the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options) and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options) will take place from 6 November to 18 December 2015 (inclusive).
Consultation events will take place across the borough in the following locations and will focus on some of the 16 Places with one event covering all of Croydon.
· Tuesday 17 November 3.30pm to 8pm, – Addington Community Centre, Central Parade, New Addington CR0 0JB (Addington)
· Wednesday 25 November 4.30pm to 8pm – St. John’s Community Hall, Upper Selsdon Road, Selsdon CR2 8DD (Sanderstead, Selsdon and Shirley)
· Saturday 28 November 10am to 2pm – Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon CR0 1EA (on all of Croydon)
· Wednesday 2 December 3.30pm to 8pm – Christ Church Methodist Church Hall, 114 Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe CR0 6AD (Croydon Opportunity Area, Broad Green & Selhurst, Waddon, South Croydon and Addiscombe)
· Tuesday 8 December 3.30pm to 8pm – Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Purley CR8 3EA (Purley, Coulsdon, Kenley & Old Coulsdon)
· Wednesday 9 December 4pm to 8pm – South Norwood Methodist Church, Suffolk Road, South Norwood SE25 6EG (Norbury, Thornton Heath, South Norwood and Woodside and Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood).
Both Local Plan documents, the accompanying Sustainability Appraisals and the Representation Form to respond to the Consultation may be viewed:
· At the borough’s libraries (during normal opening hours)
· At Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon, 9:00am-4:00pm (Monday to Friday)
Rememberance Day 2017 12/11/2017 16:19:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Margaret Bird and Chris Wright attended the Annual Rememberance Day service and wreath laying in Old Coulsdon on Rememberance Sunday with Margaret laying a wreath on behalf of the Coulsdon East Councillors, alongside the Scouts, Guides,Rotary, Residents Associations, Schools and College, Army and Airforce cadets, veterans and the local Safer Neighbourhood Police. For many years Chris has organised the wreath laying ceremony and this year was no exception..
Messsage from Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood team 01/11/2017 13:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Team The team - PS Williams 57ZD PC Allen 518ZD PC Straker 642ZD PCSO Allan 7157ZD Local Borough Priorities MOPAC consulted with every Borough and developed a new system of agreeing local priorities, in partnership with local police leaders and the elected local Council. Each Borough has selected two local volume crime priorities, based on local knowledge, crime data and police intelligence, along with antisocial behaviour. The priorities for all Boroughs will also include mandatory high-harm crimes: sexual violence, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, weapon-based crime and hate crime. The priorities for Croydon are therefore all mandatory high-harm crimes, ASB, burglary and non domestic violence with injury. The MOPAC document can be found at https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/pcp_local_borough_priorities_2017-18.pdf General Crime Overview Crime statistics for the whole of the Met Police area can be found via this link: https://maps.met.police.uk/stats-and-data/crime-data-dashboard/ The data for October will not be available immediately. There were thirty one reported crimes for the ward during October. Of that total count we had two thefts of motor vehicles, two thefts from motor vehicle and one incident of criminal damage to a vehicle. There have been five residential burglaries and two non residential burglaries. Croydon Police Newsletter October 2017 Email - CoulsdonEast.SNT@met.police.uk Website - https://met.police.uk/your-area/croydon/coulsdon-east/ Twitter - @MPSCoulsdonEast Facebook - Coulsdon East Police Telephone - In an emergency please call 999 or if the matter is non-urgent but requires a police response please dial 101. Team News A male was issued with a cannabis warning after reports of ASB on Aldercroft. We met with local residents and council officials at the Lacey Green shops to discuss concerns of pedestrian safety on the pavements, parking and using the zebra crossing. The council will consider the options discussed. A male was given a cannabis warning after being stopped on Farthing Downs. We continued with our speed checks and a few drivers were stopped and spoken to regarding speeding. One driver was also found to be driving on a provisional licence. He and the passenger had to make alternative transport arrangements as his pride and joy was seized and taken off to the car pound. On arrival at the joint Coulsdon East and Coulsdon West ward panel meeting a panel member notified the team of an apparently abandoned vehicle on Canon's Hill. An officer went round and checked the vehicle which was found to have been reported stolen. The vehicle was recovered. Protecting your mobile phone against theft Technology is allowing us to do more and more things through our phones. Not only are our phones more valuable in themselves, but many of them will also contain valuable data. As a result, mobile phones can be a very tempting target for thieves, with the loss of a phone causing great inconvenience to the user. Knowing how to identify your mobile phone if it is stolen You need to know more than the model and colour of your handset. Each mobile phone manufactured for use in the UK has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI) hardwired into it during the manufacturing process. Knowing the IMEI will help the police and insurance companies identify your handset should it be stolen. UK network operators will also prevent a stolen phone from working across their respective networks if they know its IMEI. You can find your handset’s IMEI by typing *#06# into the keypad or dialer of your handset. Being aware of your surroundings when using your mobile phone Here are three simple things to consider in order to protect your handset from opportunist thieves: Busy locations such as concert venues, shopping centres, and public transport are popular places for pickpockets, especially if your handset is visible in an open bag, or hanging out of your back pocket. Thinking about when you use your phone – outside underground stations can be popular venues for snatch theft, as people instinctively get their handsets out to check for signal and any missed calls. Don't leave your handset unattended in public places - you would not leave your wallet unattended, but a surprising number of people leave their mobile phone on the table while they go to the bar to order a drink, or go to the toilet. Please contact us via e-mail if you would like to receive communications or a visit from the team. We hope that schools, colleges or residents associations will ask us to attend any events or talk on one of several topics. Kind regards Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Team
Clean up on Hilliars Heath 10/09/2017 10:41:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Cllr. Margaret Bird joined residents of Hilliars Heath and Stoats Nest village, scout leaders and Council tenancy resident involvement and Neighbourhood safety officers to clear the land of flytipping at the rear of 28 Hilliars Heath. 2 caged vehicles and a dustcart helped remove the debris which had accumulated over years. The identity of one flytipper was discovered. Unfortunately the rubble, large full builders sacks and corrugated roofing will have to be cleared with more specialist equipment. Council officers have promised to consult with the residents on what the cleared land should be used for. On the day returning it to car parking was the preferred option as parking is limited in the area of the estate. Suggestions also included a childrens play area an outdoor gym, pond and cultivated wildlife habitat.
Tudor Parade Old Cousdon 10/08/2017 13:03:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Croydon Council is proposing to commence works to alleviate flooding outside The Parade, Coulsdon Road on 14th August 2017. The works will be carried out under 2-way temporary traffic lights with extended working hours. Some disruptions are unavoidable however, these would be kept to a minimum and our operatives on site would be available to assist when required. The works should be completed by the 18th August subject to no major engineering difficulties being encountered. The co-operation of residents and businesses would be required to ensure the works are completed as quickly as possible and safely.
Roadwatch volunteers needed 03/08/2017 12:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Are you concerned about speeding in Coulsdon or wider area of Croydon?
Volunteers are needed to join Roadwatch. Details can be found at https://www.croydon.gov.uk/transportandstreets/roadsafety/community-roadwatch
Travellers in Old Coulsdon 24/07/2017 15:31:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Many residents have raised concerns that Travellers have, for the second time in just over a month, driven onto Grange Park and set up a camp. The Council are dealing with the eviction and Cllrs Chris Wright and Margaret Bird are working with the Council on measures to prevent this happening again without spoiling the Conservation Area and Park,
Message from Croydon Borough Commander 25/06/2017 21:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Dear Ward Member,
Communication from Croydon Borough Commander
I am writing to you with regards to the MPS’s plans to increase the availability of Taser across London. Our plans will see a further 1,867 officers trained, which takes the total number of officers trained to just under 6,500, with an increase in the number of devices available taking the total to 2,500.
The principal reason for this uplift is so that we are better equipped to protect the public from the threat of violent incidents, but also to protect our officers from violent assaults.
We’ve taken this decision in light of the increase in violence offences, including knife crime which rose by 24% last year, and the steady increase in the number of assaults on police officers in recent years.
The uplift will see the device made available to more borough based Emergency Response Officers, with 1,729 of the additional 1,867 officers being trained coming from borough response teams. These officers are the most readily available to protect the public, and are also the officers who face the most unpredictable threat. In borough terms, we are talking approximately double the number of Taser trained officers – with most boroughs having at least 40 Taser trained officers already.
It’s a two stage uplift; the first part will see the Met change its deployment policy in line with national guidance. At the moment Taser officers on borough are deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own, for example Sergeant supervisors, but the norm for most response officers will be some form of ‘double crewing’. This change to deployment will see an immediate increase in the number of Tasers available 24/7.
The second part of the uplift will see the additional officers trained. We anticipate that this will take 2 years, with the training due to begin later this year in late summer / Autumn. As part of this, the Met will be changing device. Our current model is no longer manufactured, and we will gradually replace these with the new Home Office mandated model, the X2.
Taser is already an important part of the protective equipment available to officers. It’s been safely and effectively used in the Met since 2003 and provides officers with a highly effective option for prevent violent situations from escalating, often without needing to be fired. In 2016 it was fired on just 13% of 1,635 occasions it was deployed. Most incidents where Taser is used are resolved simply by drawing the device, or by using the red dot to highlight to the suspect that it may be used. These are lower uses of force than any form of physical restraint, baton or CS spray – or indeed a firearm - which might otherwise be needed.
We’re very careful to ensure that the officers who use Taser are trained to a high standard, both in how they use it and in post-use procedure. Officers are personally responsible for justifying that each use is reasonable in the circumstances they are presented with. I am responsible for oversight of this in the borough. Each use of Taser is recorded, with data reported to the Home Office, and published on the Met website.
One concern that has been raised in the past is about transparency, in terms of how and when officers use Taser. The roll out of body worn video to all frontline officers will greatly improve the transparency of how we use it, and we hope will also serve to provide understanding as to what happens at any incident
As a key partner I wanted to inform you of our change in approach. You won’t see any visible change in policing style, but there will be increased protection for the public.
Of course, if you need any further information or have any concerns please do let me know.
Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe
Croydon Police Station
PCSO 7157 Andy Allan
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Road closure in Coulsdon 16/05/2017 11:51:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
SGN are currently working on a gas leak at Brighton Road / Woodplace Lane. Unfortunately Woodplace Lane has been closed and will stay closed until Friday evening. Diversions have been put in place
Warning message from the Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Police 20/04/2017 14:05:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Yesterday we received reports of a male knocking on doors and then trying car doors on driveways. This happened at 1630 hrs and the male was seen on Coulsdon Road. The male is described as white, 5ft 8 tall, medium build, he was wearing a grey t-shirt with black jogging bottoms. He had short brown hair with tattoo's on his right arm. The male was carrying a large holdall on his back.
Please make sure you lock your vehicle's and items left in the vehicle are hidden away. If you see this male acting suspiciously around houses or vehicles please call 999 immediately
PC 518 Chris Allen
Email - CoulsdonEast.email@example.com
Tel - 020 8721 2059
Remembering events of March 22nd 29/03/2017 16:26:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird
Today at 2.40pm I joined other Councillors the Mayor, faith leaders , the police and Council Officers in a minuites silence and reflection on the horrific events at Westminster last Wednesday . Our thoughts are with the families of the bereaved and those that were injured.
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