Meeting local community organisations 19/02/2018 16:12:00......Posted by Michael O'Dwyer
An important part of our campaign is meeting as many groups and individuals who have a vested interest in improving the area and bringing people together for the benefit of all. We were delighted therefore to have the opportunity to meet up with East Croydon Community Organisation (ECCO – www.eastcroydon.org.uk) whose aims are “to bring together, represent and promote the interests and well-being of residents and organisations in the area”.
Issues raised included the lack of affordable housing and high cost of renting. This can lead to a transitory population who are often less likely to engage with their neighbours and may have a lower regard for the area as a whole. It is estimated that 25% of the population within the ECCO area changes every year. Other concerns were the introduction of the divisive one-way traffic system, the delivery of Westfield and the delayed re-opening of Fairfield.
These will become our priorities with the return of Addiscombe West Conservative candidates and a Conservative Council on 3 May.
Addiscombe West Action Day 27/02/2018 14:02:00.......Posted by Michael O'Dwyer
A huge thank you from Jade, Lindsey and myself to those who turned out in numbers from across the borough and beyond to give support to the Addiscombe West campaign. Whilst the weather was decidedly chilly the response was far from it. Covering the ward over two sessions the recurring theme is that Labour is not listening to residents’ concerns. This applies to borough-wide issues such as their Local Plan, the threat to Croydon’s valuable green spaces, delivery of Westfield, re-opening of Fairfield, the 20mph speed limit and local issues such as CPZs, fly-tipping and the traffic mis-management system. But it doesn’t have to be this way, change can happen, and with sufficient support that change can begin on 3 May.
Local campaign to save The Glamorgan Pub 21/02/2018 17:09:00.......Posted by Michael O'Dwyer
Already boarded up, becoming increasingly derelict and attracting fly-tippers, The Glamorgan is quickly becoming Addiscombe’s latest eyesore. Local residents and campaign groups (www.change.org/p/croydon-council-croydon-planning-department-save-the-glamorgan-pub) are working together to get it designated as an ACV (Asset of Community Value) - “the new owners want to demolish it and replace with flats. We want to save it and make it a community pub for all”. Addiscombe West Conservative candidates are happy to support this campaign.
Community Links 20/02/2018 14:54:00.......Posted by Michael O'Dwyer
Continuing the theme of meeting stakeholders in our community, we recently had the opportunity to meet the trustees of the Turnpike Hill Estate (THT – www.turnpike.org.uk). Their primary aim is the continued improvement of the Estate and the well-being of its residents. Issues raised included additional security and accessibility measures in response to incidents of criminal activity, damage to property and general anti-social behaviour often committed by outsiders. We promised to keep in regular contact, liaise with Safer Neighbourhood Teams and offer our future support in any way we can, particularly if elected as their local councillors on 3 May. When subsequently talking to the Turnpike Link residents, while these issues were clearly a concern, what was apparent was a positive response on the doorstep with a genuine community spirit and a willingness to see the continued improvement of the Estate for the benefit of all.
Meeting and Listening to the residents of Addiscombe West 12/02/2018 15:42:00.......Posted by Lindsey Blackburn
Since October 17, Jade Appleton, Lindsey Blackburn and Michael O’Dwyer the Addiscombe West Conservative Candidates for the May 18 Council elections have been out and about on the streets of Addiscombe West meeting and listening to residents. We have heard the frustrations at the Labour Council’s inability to keep the streets clean, delays in Westfield and Fairfield Hall, parking issues, the confusion over 20 mph implementation and signage and mixed views on the new one way system. We’re committed to continuing to listen to residents and will fight for to make Addiscombe West a better place for all.
Holocaust Memorial Day 26/01/2018.......Posted by Jade Appleton
The Power of Words was the theme for the Memorial Service held at the Town Hall.
"Words can make a difference - both for good and evil".
With poetry, songs and testimonies written and performed by Croydon schools, a string quartet from Whitgift School and witness accounts from a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. I attended with my wife, Marion, whose mother and two aunts arrived in England from Vienna in 1939 on the Kindertransport. By this time Austria had been annexed into Nazi Germany and her grandparents and extended maternal family ultimately all perished, but to this day in circumstances unknown.
As well as remembering the horrors of the Holocaust it was also a reminder that history can and does repeat itself with genocides committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.......Lest We Forget.
Introduction of Controlled Parking Zones 11/01/2018.......Posted by Jade Appleton
After listening to residents on the doorstep, feelings are running high in the roads recently consulted on the introducton of a CPZ.
The majority of respondents in Rymer, Stretton and Vincent Roads opposed its introduction but it seems that Labour is still pushing ahead, despite their pledge "It will not be imposed on any roads that vote against the proposals".
We also put a public question to Cllr. King, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, at the full Council Meeting on 29/01/2018 (can be viewed on Croydon Council webcast from 23mins). The next Traffic Management Advisory Committee meets on 06/02/2018 so there should be more information then.
Confusing Speed Limit Signs 06/01/2018 15:34:00.......Posted by Jade Appleton
We were out this morning meeting and listening to local residents and businesses and an issue raised was the confusing speed limit signage at the junction of Cross Road and Cherry Orchard Road.
As well as appearing contradictory an additional concern was the close proximity of two schools. This had been raised with a local Labour Councillor but no response had been received.
We wrote to the Director of Streets with supporting photographic evidence and within seven working days received this commitment
"I have arranged for the removal of 30mph signs in Cross Road at the junction with Cherry Orchard Road and the relocation of the 30mph VARs (electronic signs). This should address the confusion at the junction."
Addiscombe West Conservatives listening to the concerns of local residents and businesses, taking action, and getting results.
Calling time on an Addiscombe eyesore 09/12/2017 12:00:00.......Posted by Michael O'Dwyer
Having lived locally for 23 years, in all that time The Leslie Arms has remained closed, fenced off and covered in scaffold. Situated on the busy junction of Cherry Orchard Road and Lower Addiscombe Road, it is a huge eyesore and a blot on the Addiscombe landscape. Not only is it a depressing sight for existing local businesses, it must discourage potential new business to the area. Furthermore, local residents should not have to put up with its increasing derelict state, crumbling facade and incidence of fly-tipping. Something needs to be done to bring all parties together to resolve this situation once and for all.
Meeting Conservative Councillors 09/11/2017 23:57:00.......Posted by Lindsey Blackburn
The evening of 9th November 17 provided an excellent opportunity for residents of Addiscombe West to meet Conservative Councillors. Held at Christ Church, Addiscombe, the event attracted about 40 residents and discussions focused on concerns around Westfield delays, the failure of Croydon’s children’s social services, planning approvals and fly tipping. Councillor Tim Pollard provided some detailed insight into why Westfield had been delayed and Councillor Maria Gatland provided more information about how Children’s Services work in Croydon Council. The evening was full of debate and discussion with residents highlighting the many issues affecting the Addiscombe West Community which we will look to improve.
Clean up Addiscombe 14/10/2017 11:30:00.......Posted by Michael O'Dwyer
Survey after survey, doorstep after doorstep, local residents have told us about paying their Council Tax and not getting the service they deserve from the Labour Council. Fly-tipping, street cleaning, litter, graffiti are major concerns. So our Action Team said "We've had enough!" and took to the streets. Armed with litter pickers, rubbish sacks and our determination to sort this out, we collected litter from our streets and reported numerous fly-tips to the Council. Many thanks to the local residents who joined us and helped collect about 20 sacks of rubbish which went for recycling.
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