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Application for office in Glenthorne Avenue refused
21/10/2013 23:31:00......Posted by Adam Kellett

Earlier in the year, a planning application was submitted to convert a house in Glenthorne Avenue to office use. Your ward Councillors received several objections from residents about this one and we looked into it further. The intention of the applicant was to turn the building into an office and training centre for a foster care and placement organisation. That is a worthy cause but there was a big question mark about whether this was the right location. If this application had been approved then it would make life easy for any developer to turn a home into an office in the area.

We decided to object and I am pleased to report that Council officers have decided to refuse the application on the grounds that it would result in the loss of a residential family dwelling. That decision is, as always, subject to appeal.

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Rubbish bin collection issue on Highbarrow Road
19/03/2018 22:31:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee


Following on from a recent issue brought to my attention by residents of rubbish bins not being put back after collection on Highbarrow Rd. I’m glad to say that following this morning’s collections, bins have been put place where they came from and not blocking the whole pathway. 



Dumped rubbish on Woodside Court Road
15/03/2018 14:12:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee


Further casework which I’ve reported on Woodside Court Road is the dumped rubbish bags on the public footpath. Following on from us reporting it, we are pleased to say the rubbish bags have now been removed.



Visit of local business Tuga Sounds
12/03/2018 15:54:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee


It was Great to see Rick from Tuga Sounds again. He provided the sound system/Dj equipment for my own wedding and I would hugely recommend his services. Tuga sounds are based at 354 Lower Addiscombe Road, CR0 7AF.



Pot hole on Ashburton Road
21/02/2018 22:53:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee


Following on from residents concerns over the pothole as well as nearly driving over it myself. I am pleased to confirm that I’ve reported this to Croydon Council and have asked them to inform me once the repair is carried out so I can let residents know.




Blackhorse Lane bridge closure - the nightmare that Labour can't fix.
12/02/2018 10:20:00.......Posted by Jeet Bains

I've been contacted by residents about the misery caused by the long-closed Blackhorse Lane bridge. Traffic on surrounding roads has become intolerable, with short journeys increasing by up to a factor of 5! People's lives are being negatively affected, businesses are severely losing revenue. As the cars sit in unmoving traffic, tempers are flaring and pollution is rising. My tweet on this matter:

The Council, TfL and the Mayor of London are all controlled by Labour, and yet between them they cannot get this small bridge repaired and reopened. Communication with local people has been sparse at best, until the Conservatives pressed for this to be regular and meaningful.

Comparisons have been made with Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China, the world's longest bridge, which took four years to build, and The Shard in London which took 3.5 years to complete. Yet two tiny bridges over tram lines on a narrow suburban street are estimated to take 3.5 years to complete by the Labour-run Council and TfL.

The people of Addiscombe East deserve much better than this.




Croydon Conservatives help expand innovative education programme in Addiscombe
11/02/2018 21:39:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee


Students who go to school in New Addington and Addiscombe will soon be working with the  prestigious “White Hut Studios in Education”,  thanks to Conservative Councillors  who stepped in to support with  a new pot of funding. White Hut Studios in Education are  a local music organisation,  who will be ramping up the scale of its work and helping young people hit the educational high notes.

White Hut Studios in Education, based in New Addington, has a proven track record of educating young people through music, using rhythm and rhyme to support what they do.  They use high level mentoring  skills  throughout sessions to enhance working with not only gifted and talented children, but also those that are hardest to reach, often coming from very vulnerable circumstances. It was started to inspire young people to write their thoughts, use their imagination and build songs, working as part of a team or as an individual, increasing their knowledge of music whilst learning by having fun, but more importantly, to build up confidence, perseverance, self discipline and much more.

Recently, the organisation has won funding from a group of Conservative councillors and candidates so that they can engage with schools in the New Addington and Addiscombe communities.

In a joint statement, Cllr Jeet Bains and Joseph Lee (candidates for Addiscombe East) and Tony Pearson and Mark Johnson (candidates for New Addington South) said:

“The education of young people should be among the highest priorities of any politician and we’re always excited by new and innovative approaches that engage each and every youngster in the borough.  When it comes to projects we are keen to support, the work of White Hut Studios strikes all the right notes.  We hope and believe that this will make a transformative difference to the lives of students who find the combination of creativity, learning and fun an irresistible mash up.”

The activities of White Hut Studios in Education usually take place in a workshop format.  Each workshop gives young people the opportunity to learn the process of songwriting, recording vocals and music production, from start to finish. White Hut Studios  in Education also offer African culture workshops, where children get to write and record Afrobeat music.  All workshops are tailor made according to the age group of the children and the number of young people in the session.

The team at White Hut Studios in Education work closely with SENCOS and family liaison officers within schools and other places, gaining valuable insight on the progress and impact of the activities, and remain consistent by following up with schools and other institutes even when sessions have cone to an end.

“We at White Hut Studios in Education believe in the youth and we also believe in community, we know that the society in which we live can be stronger and better and we want to be the change we want to see. Myself, Miriam, I am a director and operate as a top end mentor. With well over ten years experience of working in this field, it is my delight to work with young people in New  Addington and Addiscombe, helping forge new relationships, and turning negative vibes into positive ones. My co-director Silvastone who built our state of the art music studio in the Heart of New Addington, is an international recording artist and producer, and  has a whirlpool of experience within this industry. He is well respected by youth in the area and has a great rapport with them.  We are very pleased with the support we have recently received from some of the Conservative councillors and candidates and are sure, that when we all do something, a lot can happen!”

Schools interested in working with White Hut Studios in Education should contact Davidson on 07868716736.

In total, £3000 has been contributed by Conservative councillors.



ASPRA Road Reps meeting
08/02/2018 10:10:00.......Posted by Jeet Bains

It was great to attend my first ASPRA Road Reps meeting where I was delighted to be confirmed as a Road Rep. Only one road rep vacancy left now I believe!

The meeting was very well attended and I was impressed with the passion and sense of community. Important issues were raised, including encouraging a sustainable way for local businesses to continue supporting the community.

I look forward to more of this, and to being of assistance.



The big H.O.M.E residents association clean up.
05/02/2018 12:01:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee


Really pleased to get along the H.O.M.E residents association clean up. We managed to help clean up Elgin, Havelock, Outram and Ashburton Road. Once done we spent time with H.O.M.E residents to discuss local issues including the new road layout on Canning and Addiscombe Court Road which is having a direct knock-on effect for residents of Elgin Road.

See you at the next clean up H.O.M.E!





Fallen branches on Green Court Gardens.
26/10/2017 16:07:00.......Posted by Joseph Lee

Following on from the issue of the fallen branches on the communal green on Green Court Gardens which was brought to our attention by residents. We are pleased to confirm that since we raised the issue with the Council, the tree debris has now been removed.



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