Kenley & Purley Flood - Kenley Residents Asso. Spring Magazine 02/04/2014 13:10:00......Posted by Steve Hollands
Kenley Councillors update to residents for the floods.
As you might imagine over the past few weeks we have concentrated on the flooding in Kenley Ward which also incorporates parts of Whyteleafe and Purley that have seen flooding. It goes without saying that our area has been is subject to unprecedented flood waters from the River Bourne and also surface water coming off the hills and down from the river source out in Surrey.
As your Councillors we have been working closely with the Leader of Croydon Council, Council Officers, East Surrey Water, the Fire Brigade and the Police on an almost hourly basis to bring in as much support as we possibly can and also to provide information to residents both directly and through KENDRA. We are also very grateful for the assistance of the Army. The Salvation Army have been providing food and drink to the Fire Brigade and other services. At the time of writing this report we are still very much in the middle of what's going on, with the Godstone Road closed off and road diversions around our area. I hope that you can continue to bear with these diversions whilst the problems persist. We are working with officers to try and alleviate as many issues as we can and in particular Old Lodge Lane.
We have received a large number of requests from residents for sandbags and have found Croydon Council very prompt in delivering these. Over the weekend of the heaviest flooding, the number of sandbags provided exceeded 20,000. We have also obtained and provided advice to residents on what do in case of flooding and various other issues. We have found officers from all the different services very willing to help and consider ideas that can help.
We are grateful to KENDRA for being a superb conduit of information from Croydon Council, East Surrey and ourselves and also for providing some valuable information that has been acted upon. Jan Buttinger, Steve O'Connell and I continue to visit residents across our area in order to find out what their individual needs are and have ensured that the council's social services and housing departments are fully up to speed with people's needs. Local business and their needs are also key to ensuring that our shops have access to suppliers and access to passing customers.
We have also found tremendous community spirit amongst our residents offering support in various forms including providing tea, coffee and food.
Once the present flooding has passed and has been cleaned up we will work very closely with the various agencies on how we make preparations against any recurring flooding.
Advance notice re road works Abbots Lane / Zig Zag Road. 23/03/2015 12:20:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
The Council has given notice that residents should be aware that multiway signals will be in place 27th March until 13th April on Abbots Lane and Zig Zag Road. SGN have a section of main to replace along with services to properties.
Ministry of Defence say Kenley Airfield is safe 13/02/2015 09:13:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it does not have plans to sell Kenley Airfield after announcing land across the country would be sold to save money.
At the end of January Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, announced that the MOD would consider whether it needs 57 sites within the M25, and what the right number of airfields is.
He said: “Every year we should be looking to take out unnecessary cost, to improve productivity, to sweat our assets so that we can better support the frontline.”
But today a spokeswoman for the MOD said: “The MOD does not have any plans to sell Kenley Airfield.”
The MOD owns the airfield within the perimeter track, while the City of London owns the land outside the track.
Steve O’Connell, Kenley councillor and member of the Greater London Authority, has written to Mr Fallon to remind him of an agreement that should the MOD no longer want the airfield ownership must be passed to the city of London.
“We want to make sure they don’t even think about selling it,” said Mr O’Connell.
Alan Morgan, chair of Kenley Airfield Friends Group which is applying for an £800,000 Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve the site, said he was not alarmed about the land’s future.
“We are alert but think it’s a low level risk at the moment,” he said.
Dumped rubbish Northwood Avenue, Purley and Oaks Road, Kenley 13/01/2015 09:27:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
We continue to report dumped rubbish in the ward and have reported rubbish left on Northwood Avenue near the junction with Higher Drive. It's not the first time that someone has left rubbish there and we are keeping an eye on this section of the road.
As is customary real Christmas trees could be recycled and the site in Kenley was the usual one on the green by Oaks Road. I noticed that some trees had blown down the grass between Saturday morning 10th January and later in the day when trees were collected. I've reported the left over trees as well as some rubbish that was also left there.
Remembrance Service RAF Kenley Tribute at Kenley Aerodrome 14/11/2014 10:11:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
Every year Kenley residents remember the brave fighter pilots, crew and ground staff who served and fought from Kenley Aerodrome during WW11. Since the installation of the memorial the crowds have grown that attend the 1.30pm service on Remembrance Sunday. Croydon’s Mayor and the Chairman of Tandridge District Council lead the service by laying wreaths on behalf of the two councils and we also attend laying wreaths as well other local representatives including local churches and the Corporation of London.
This year we commemorate the beginning of the Great War and no doubt residents minds will have been focused on relatives and the people that took part in that great conflict 100 years ago. The occassion also allows us to remember those that have served their country in other more modern wars including Korea, the 'Cold War', The Falklands Conflict, Iraq, Afghanistan and not forgetting the troubles in Northern Ireland.
“We shall remember them”
Kenley Councillor and GLA Member Steve O'Connell hails Coulsdon bypass success 14/11/2014 09:17:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
Steve O’Connell’s GLA Conservatives Media Report
13th November 2014
Transport for London gives the green light to speed limit hike on Coulsdon bypass
Transport for London has said a planned hike to the speed limit on one of Croydon’s busiest roads will take place in the New Year.
The speed limit along most of Farthing Way, the A23 bypass around Coulsdon, has been 30mph since the road was built in 2007.
TfL announced last year it would consider raising the limit to 40mph - following complaints its current drop to 30mph at its northern end was unnecessary and had led to unfair speeding charges.
Steve O’Connell, GLA member for Croydon and Sutton, the Metropolitan Police and residents’ associations all backed the change in a consultation held earlier this year.
A statement on TfL’s website said: “We considered the comments and views expressed to us, which have helped inform our decision.
“We plan to go ahead with the extension of the 40mph limit 600 metres north to a point near to the footbridge across the A23.
Flood prevention works for Kenley and Purley 22/10/2014 16:10:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
Since the extraordinary flooding earlier this year in Kenley and Purley councillors have kept the pressure on the Council to ensure that resources are found to prevent as much as possible a recurrence of the heavy floods. We are pleased to report that funding for nearly £850,000 of flood prevention measures in Kenley and Purley is set to be approved by Croydon Council.
The money will be spent on increasing the size of the underground section of the Caterham Bourne, increasing the capacity of the temporary reservoir at Bourne View, and upgrading the balancing pond at Purley Oaks. Other projects include carrying out landscaping at Bourne Park to form a dam, building a retaining wall to protect homes from flood water at Bourne Park Close, improving the flow of water past the school and cricket club and reinforcing the open ditch near to Tesco’s car park.
A lot of work has already been completed, most importantly changes to the pipe network between the water treatment plant and Purley. This will mean that in future there will be no need to bring in temporary pumps and hoses to transfer excess water past those homes most at risk of flooding.
The culverted section of the Bourne which runs under Dale Road is also in the process of being cleared out to stop water from backing up and reaching the surface.
More needs to be done in the longer term,in a much shorter time frame that is currently envisaged, but this is a good start.
Kenley Councillors attend residents meeting 17/10/2014 15:13:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
The monthly meeting of Kenley Residents Association was held in Kenley Primary School. The second part of the meeting was open to residents to ask questions and highlight local issues. Jan Buttinger and Steve Hollands attended. Amongst the issues discussed were: Croydon Council’s response to this year’s local flooding, traffic issues on Beverley and Valley Roads, recent planning applications and the LMD waste site on the Godstone Road in Surrey.
We took various questions away with us to get the answers and respond in due course.
The meeting was well attended and it was good to see some many people turn up.
Purley Hospital Petition - residents queue to sign to have the opening hours decison reversed. 15/10/2014 09:11:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
Saturday 19th October saw Cllrs Steve Hollands, Jan Buttinger and Steve O’Connell along with Chris Philp (Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Croydon South) and the Purley Councillors out in Purley gathering signatures for the Purley War Memorial Hospital Petition.
The Conservative Party launched the petition to have the down grade of the hospital to a Minor Injury Unit reversed. Facilities such as the X Ray Facility is no longer available to local residents and the opening hours have been cut to 2pm – 8pm.
People were queuing up to sign our petition and this reflects the great concern to local residents that the facilities have been downgraded so quickly after millions of pounds was spent on the hospital.
Caterham Bourne 14/10/2014 16:33:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
We are in close liasion with senior Croydon Council officers over the recent heavy rain with regard to the proposed works to mitigate future flooding of the valley. The Council is about to take a major report to committee to discuss short, medium and long term proposals for measures to be taken in both Croydon and Surrey. We will of course remain vigilant to ensure that Croydon Council delivers and in good time. More updates to follow.
Foxley Wood - winter woodland work 14/10/2014 16:25:00.......Posted by Steve Hollands
Following on from last years discussion between local councillors, residents and council tree officers, the council is writing again to inform residents that the woodland behind Oaks Road and Northwood Avenue will soon be subject to tree work.
Last year residents were very worried that the proposed works went too far and would leave them with blighted views and property security issues. Officers state in a letter to local people that they have taken on board residents concerns but they are convinced that the works will benefit the woodland in the longer term.
We shall of course keep an eye on whats going on and contnue to liaise with residents.
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