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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

43 Downsway - appalling planning decision
12/01/2018 12:31:00......Posted by Lynne Hale

I objected to the recent planning application which was lodged for 43 Downsway for the demolition of the bungalow and erection of a building containing 7 flats, effectively built across 4 storeys. Having referred the application to the Planning Committee for a decision I attended last night’s meeting to speak against the recommendation to approve the application.
Both Dennis King, Sanderstead Residents’ Association Chairman, and I both spoke strongly against the proposal but I am very sorry to say that the Labour controlled Planning Committee completely dismissed the very real concerns about the height of this proposed development and its impact on the properties adjacent to it.
The main details of my objection to the Planning Committee are set out below:

“Thank you Chairman.

There is so much to object to with this over-intensive application on this corner site such as;

• the access, insufficient on-site parking provision, the impact of overspill parking and highways safety issues
• the density - which exceeds the London Plan recommendations and is thus significantly out of character with neighbouring properties but
• my main concern is for the living conditions of adjoining occupiers and in particular the residents of the property immediately next door to the site at number 41.

The application site at number 43 sits considerably higher than number 41 and because it is located immediately south of number 41, it was constructed as a bungalow in order to prevent over shadowing; allowing the sun to shine on number 41 and natural light to enter the property and garden.

Previous applications for number 43 have taken into full consideration the very significant topography of this site and a past refusal for a 5.1m high roof 12.5 m from the boundary respected this.

This application for the erection of a large property just 1.8m from the boundary and 8m high therefore seems completely illogical and means the residents of number 41 will suffer overlooking, loss of privacy and by putting it completely in the shade, the complete lack of natural sunlight.

It is fully recognised that light is critical in the maintenance of good mental health and that a lack of sunlight is associated with reduced cognitive function among depressed people.

Housebound people in particular need access to natural sunlight in their homes and gardens and to deliberately take away someone’s access to sunlight seems to me to be completely unacceptable.

I would invite the Committee to have another look at the photographs (in the case officer’s report) of the bungalow’s relationship with number 41 as seen from Purley Downs Road. Add on the roof height of this proposal and it will tower over number 41.

In summary, this application fails to respect the significant changes in land levels and the appalling effect which such a large dominant building will have on the living conditions of the occupiers of number 41.

Loss of sunlight, overshadowing to the detriment of residential amenity and overlooking are all substantial material planning considerations and I hope that you will therefore refuse this application"


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Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team - Change of Email
19/06/2018 21:27:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) is a group of Met police officers dedicated to serving our community. The team is made up of officers based in the area supported by additional officers from the wider area. They work closely with local authorities, community leaders and residents to decide the policing priorities for the area. This helps them find useful, long-term solutions to local problems, while maintaining our wider focus on reducing crime across London. 

As of today Sanderstead LPT has a new email address:

Please use this to contact the team. The old email address is no longer in operation and will bounce back if you try to use.

Do pass on this information to your contacts.

PCSO Sam Brooks 7381 ZD

Sanderstead SNT| Addington Police station | Addington Village Road | Croydon | CR0 5AQ

Telephone: 0208 721 2470
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Grass Cutting and Green Space Management
18/06/2018 11:03:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


In general I would say that the new contractor  has made a good job of the verges and green spaces that have been cut.  It is a difficult task to maintain the banks of Sanderstead Hill and a good attempt has been made in ensuring that the bank has not been cut too short or "scraped" as it was before. However, there have been issues with the maintenance of Sanderstead roundabout, in particular the shrubs and beds have not had any attention this season.  Many hedges are out of control and dead plants and weeds seem to be the star attraction rather than the beautiful plants that should be in full bloom.  There are also problems on our border with Tandridge.  This is also tricky and gets missed as one side of the pavement and verges is in our area and the other side in Surrey.  A poor attempt has been made to cut the grass at the junction of Wentworth Way and Tithe Pit Shaw Lane but clumps of long grass have been left around the posts.  I have asked the council to instruct the contractor to return with his strimmer to tidy up the grass area at our boundary and to ensure that the beds on the roundabout are maintained.



Sanderstead Pond - Rat Infestation
18/06/2018 10:39:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


A number of residents have alerted me to the problem of rats running along the pathways around Sanderstead pond.  The water and foliage and tasty morsals from ducks that are being fed is a natural habitat and ideal breeding place.   However, there are just too many now  around the pond scaring the residents and small children.  Some rat boxes are to be installed to help with this infestation.




Kings Wood - Friends Signs
16/06/2018 20:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Finally the signs marking the entrance to Kings Wood at four locations have been installed.  These were requested by The Friends of King's Wood to encourage people to visit the beautiful ancient woodland.  This beauty spot can be accessed from a number of locations along the Limpsfield Road and finger post signs will also be put up on five lampposts highlighting the access points.  The signs were funded by the local councillors and the Sanderstead Residents' Association.



Eid - Sanderstead Recreation Ground
15/06/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Muslims around the world gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan.

The Eid-al-Fitr is one of only two major festivals in the Islamic faith and sees Muslims hold mass prayers and give money to the poor and needy.

Translated from Arabic it means 'the feast of the breaking of the fast'. The festival signals an end to the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The festival began at moonrise last night and can continue for up to three days, during which Muslims greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak.

'Eid' means 'celebration' and 'mubarak' means 'blessed', so the saying can be translated as 'have a blessed holiday.  We were pleased to have our own gathering of prayers in Sanderstead Recreation Ground.  Cllr Tim Pollard and I were able to meet members of the muslim community alongside our Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team.




Sanderstead Care Centre - Previously Wells Place
14/06/2018 07:38:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents may have noticed a number of changes to the care home formerly known as Wells Place. The Prime Care Group has acquired the care home.

Prime Care own and operate two other nursing homes in Croydon and also operate another outside of Croydon. They acquired Sanderstead Care Centre from the Victoria Nursing Group who withdrew from the London market completely earlier this year.  Prime Care are making changes to the environment and as such have started significant building work. This led to them self-imposing an embargo to ensure that they had space in which to make the relevant improvements. The home is not a purpose built care home and  the building is undergoing some modernisation for a contemporary care environment to be achieved.



Addington Road - Proposed Crossing
12/06/2018 11:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Following safety concerns from residents a new informal crossing is proposed for the Addington Road. It should help many people navigate the road safely.  The scheme should be implemented within the next year or so.



Footpath 145 Between Heathhurst Road and Mayfield Road
12/06/2018 10:06:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I have reported to the council the overgrown foliage from properties concealing the single street lamp in the centre of the footpath which is impacting the illumination of the lower length of the footpath's surface.  A number of residents are rightly concerned.  A serious assult took place on this footpath and it is imperative that the path is lit properly to prevent falls and accidents and to address public safety.



McCarthy & Stone - Limpsfield Road
24/05/2018 16:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I visited McCarthy & Stone today with Hakeem (Director of Right at Home and one of the members of the Dementia Alliance) to talk to residents about local issues and concerns.  I am pleased to say that most of the residents are living independently with little need for help from the house manager.  They enjoy being close to the shops and park and many still drive locally and take part in a number of activities.  Places like this are essential in maintaining independence for longer and they enjoy sharing stories with each other in this "family type setting".  The main concerns for residents were the cost of parking at Croydon University Hospital and the fact that there weren't enough blue badge spaces vailable when they had day appointments.  This is something Hakeem is going to look into and I have suggested that residents take up this issue with our very helpful MP Chris Philp.  Also of concern was the speed of cars on Purley Downs Road.  Since the introduction of the 20mph zone a number of other motorists are overtaking law abiding citizens and frightening them when vehicles pass at speeds in excees of 50mph.  I have been informed by the cabinet member that he is going to ask that 20mph signs be painted on the road surfaces, which I hope has some impact on those driving too fast on this road.  Another concern was the closure of Sandrstead Car Park for flats.  Many residents drive to the shops to get prescriptions and shopping and use the surgery and other facilities.  They feel they will be more isolated if they are not able to park their cars nearby to the shops and are unable to walk very far at all.  This is a worry and was raised by the councillors during the consultation period but sadly wasn't taken into consideration.  Another concern was the uneven pavements, some of which are quite at a camber which makes it difficult to get to Waitrose.  I will speak to the director of service to see if anything can be done.  Hakeem and I really enjoyed our chat with the residents and look forward to returning at a future date.



Green Waste - Missed Collections
24/05/2018 10:13:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents have experienced problems with signing up to the new green waste collection.  Having navigated the council system and put out their green waste one or two residents have experienced missed collections.  This has resulted in an automatic response that the bins have either not been presented correctly or the contents have been contaminated/unsuitable for collection.  On investigation by council officers it was found not to be the  case but perhaps just an excuse from the operative/Veolia not to return to something they have missed.  I know that a number of elderly residents are not on email and if you know somebody struggling with the introduction of this seasons green waste collections or indeed any other issues do get in touch with me and I will try to assist.




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