New Haling Road School given planning permission - with conditions 06/09/2013 09:04:00......Posted by Jason Perry
As is usual on most Thursday nights, I sat on Planning Committee last night.
We had a very difficult decision to make with regard to a new primary school in Haling Road. Like most of the country Croydon has a chronic shortage of primary school places. However, unlike many authorities, Croydon is investing millions into building new schools and expanding existing schools - this Conservative Council really is investing in the future of our children. No doubt many people will have heard of other boroughs on the news this week that have sent their children to school in redundant offices and empty shops!
It is against this backdrop that a decision needed to be made with regard to the proposals at Haling Road.
The site is indeed tight, but it is well screened and does offer some staff parking, which many sites do not.
There is potential for overlooking to properties to the East of the school and I was, therefore, pleased that the applicant had listened to these concerns and added opaque glass to that elevation, thereby reducing the impact.
There will also be an opportunity for community hire of the school halls, which will a great benefit to local people, particularly as there is a lack of community halls in the area, though the hours of use have also been conditioned in order to protect the amenity of surrounding occupiers.
Traffic will probably be the biggest issue and that is why the committee insisted that the school travel plan be in place before the school opens. It will fill up one year at a time, so it will be a little time before the full impact is known.
In speaking on the item I did express that many local residents have concerns, but that there are also a large number of local families that would welcome a new school within walking distance.
I insisted that additional conditions be added to the development, namely that the roof teaching terrace was to be for teaching only, and not for play or hire. I also insisted that there be much stronger landscaping conditions to soften the impact of the school in the street.
These applications are never easy to decide, but with these additional conditions added I voted, on balance, to support the new school.
This was a tough decision for me, but I trust that it will ultimately be a great benefit to local residents and an asset to the area.
Rubbish piles up by benches on Selsdon Rd 13/03/2018 18:31:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
These two benches on what used to be a convenient place for residents getting off the bus to rest with their shopping has become increasingly filthy. Certainly no place to sit now. I have reported it to Council and hope it is cleaned up very soon.
Community Payback to clear litter from Croham Hurst Woods 11/03/2018 16:23:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
The Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Team contacted me to advise Community Payback formerly the Probation Service will be clearing litter from Croham Hurst Woods a day a week for a number of weeks. They will be supervised at all times. Their help is welcome. Residents and dog walkers clear litter every day on their walks. The Friends of Croham Hurst Woods hope to organise a litter pick on our Workday on the last Saturday in April as well. Although Croham Hurst woods does not have a major problem as some of our parks and open spaces there are some who have little respect for such a beautiful place.
Selsdon Road Goods Planning Application Deferred 11/03/2018 14:52:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Last Thursday evening I attended the Planning Committee to represent residents concerns about an application for a car repair business and paint spray booth. The residents most affected are those in Rockhampton Rd who live above the Goods Yard. This business started up without planning permission and has worked there for months causing noise and fumes for those residents. The Committee were very concerned that there were no real details of the mitigating measures proposed in the report and the effect that the works clearly had on residents until now. After a lot of discussion and legal advice from the Committee Solicitor the proposal from my ward colleague Cllr Jason Perry to defer this application was agreed by all on the Committee. The applicant must now bring forward details of workable mitigating measures to the satisfaction of planning officers or a temporary stop will served on this business by the Council. I hope for the health and well-being of local residents these measures come forward quickly.
Last Meeting of Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Ward Panel 11/03/2018 14:40:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Last week I attended the very last meeting of the Croham Ward Police Panel. The ward boundary changes for the May Local Elections means the end of the Croham Ward Panel and the creation of the new South Croydon Panel after May. The good news is the current police team will continue as the South Croydon team but we will lose some panel members who will join the Sanderstead Panel. In all the years I have attended the Croham Ward Panel the local police team have worked really hard to address the community’s concerns and fears. I am sure that will continue on the South Croydon Panel and thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years.
Planning permission granted for temporary school on Coombe Rd Playing Fields 11/02/2018 14:34:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
As soon as the Labour Council removed Greenbelt Status in their Local Plan it opened up the way for a school to be built there. Last Thursday evening Planning permission was granted for a temporary school to open in September 2018. There were many objections to the removal of Greenbelt status during the Inspector Hearings into the Local Plan but the Inspector finally agreed with the Councils position that there were exception circumstances. These were the shortage of Secondary School places in 2019 and the Council has a statutory duty to provide these places. Coombe Wood School will eventually be an 8th form Free School entirely funded by the Conservative Government. I have no doubt at all that it will be a very good school and many local parents will be delighted to have the choice of such a school near them. For many residents who live near the school there still remain concerns that were not resolved at the planning meeting especially around the temporary access to Melville Ave. The Council’s proposal to make Melville Ave one way seems remarkably unfair to local residents when the permanent access is proposed to be further along Coombe Lane. As I said at the Planning Meeting the Travel Plan and options have not been fully developed and there remain concerns about how children will get to and from the school safely. I was pleased to agree to a request from Jonathan Wilden the Head of Coombe Wood School for a meeting to discuss both residents concerns and childrens’ safety. I hope we can all work together to have both an outstanding school for children and parents and one that believes in working alongside the local community
Croham Mount Road Footpath, South Croydon 22/01/2018 16:18:00.......Posted by Michael Neal
A big thank you to residents of Croham Mount, South Croydon who mentioned the lack of cleansiness on the footpath adjoining their road.
On mentioning this to the Council, their reply was to apologise and state that; "It appears that for some reason this footpath does not appear on a cleansing schedule. We are having this rectified and the Veolia manager for the area has been notified and is arranging to have it swept and scheduled accordingly. I do apologise for such an oversight and would like to assure you that we are resolving this urgently"
Officers of the Council work hard and are under tremendous pressure, but they are not helped by an inaffective Labour Administration who continue to let down residents in our Ward with poor street cleaning, bins-overflowing (not being emptied on schedule) and the usual fly tipping not being removed for a number of days.
I will follow up on the cleansiness of the footpath to ensure the Council and Veolia do the job they are supposed to do in keeping our footpaths clean.
More Graffiti reported 21/01/2018 18:35:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Reported graffiti on bus shelter Sussex Rd. This area under the railway bridges is often defaced by graffiti
Service of celebration and dedication of Emmanuel Church New Centre 21/01/2018 17:56:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
I was delighted to accept the invitation to join the congregation of Emmanuel Church to celebrate the building of their new Centre. It was impressive to hear of the vision and the sheer hard work and energy of so many in Emmanuel Church both in raising funds and getting this project off the ground and built on time and in budget. The dedication ceremony was carried out by the Bishop of Croydon followed by refreshments and a tour of the new building. The Friends of Croham Hurst Woods held our AGM there until recently in the old halls. What a difference! Bright, airy with much better facilities lots of toilets and a lift so it is now suitable and accessible for all the community. I was particularly pleased to see the impressive oven and cooker in the new kitchen that Jason, Michael and myself funded through our Croham ward budget. There is no doubt the Emmanuel Church Centre will make a difference to many local groups and residents.
Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick Planning application to build on Sanderstead Car Park out to consultation 21/01/2018 17:19:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
The expected Planning application from Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick Company to build on Sanderstead Car Park has now come forward. The Council proposes to build a three storey block of 7 one bedroom and 7 two bedroom flats on the car park. The 36 car parking spaces will be reduced to 12 to be shared by future residents and the public. Although Sanderstead Car Park is actually in Purley Ward there will be impact on residents who live in Sanderstead and Croham wards as well. Many use the car park to access Sanderstead Station but I think the biggest impact will be on the parade of local shops on Sanderstead Rd in our ward of Croham and the residents who use these shops. The chemist is used especially by elderly residents who can park at the moment. We have huge stress on parking in our local area made worse by so many large developments being granted permission by the Labour Council with little or no parking. Despite opposition from residents and Ward Councillors a large development will be built beside Sanderstead Station with no parking. If permitted the application to build on Sanderstead Car Park will exacerbate the current serious pressures on parking in the area.
Residents Forced to wait almost 10pm for “Refused Planning Application” Committee Hearing 13/01/2018 19:24:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland
Last Thursday evening at least 26 residents of Churchill and Brighton roads were kept waiting until almost 10pm for a committee decision on a Planning application with a recommendation to refuse from Planning officers. The reasons for refusal were strong and included loss of employment, risk of flooding and a detrimental impact on residents amenities. The application was for a mixture of houses and flats on a very constrained industrial site at 360 Brighton Rd with very narrow entrances on Brighton and Churchill rds and included two three storey towers.Council protocols mean if a Planning application has a recommendation for refusal and in this case over 70 local objections and an objection from me as Ward councillor it is refused with no need for a committee hearing. However since 2014 Cll Paul Scott Chair has used “ super referral” powers to force a committee hearing when a decision of Planning officers is not to his liking. This has never been used before whatever political party is running the Council. It didn’t take long in his questioning of Planning officers to establish that the business was still in use so Council policies meant it must be refused. This information could have been easily obtained at any time. Not only should this application have been refused without the need of a committee hearing residents including a number of elderly residents who arrived as advised at 6.30pm were kept waiting by the Chairman until last at nearly 10pm. It is not right to treat residents in this way.
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