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Cllr  Jan  Buttinger
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Whitgift Shopping Centre rebuild gets a step closer
11/04/2014 13:31:00......Posted by Steve Hollands

For most residents the Whitgift Centre in Croydon is where for the past 40 years we have shopped for our major purchases. However, Whitgift needs major investment to ensure that other centres in places like Bromley and Kingston do not overtake us and we then lose the investment and jobs created for Croydon residents.

We were very pleased that at Monday's Cabinet Meeting it was agreed that Croydon would go ahead with a CPO to ensure that Croydon's best chance of regeneration wasn't damaged. This is what the Council had to say in a press release earlier this week:


Croydon Council has resolved to make a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring together the land for the £1billion Westfield/Hammerson retail-led development, taking Croydon a step closer to major regeneration.

Following the publication of notices, the council will submit the CPO to the Secretary of State for confirmation later this month.

CPOs are often used by local authorities to assemble land for complex regeneration projects which are in the public interest particularly those which involve multiple land ownerships.

Cllr Mike Fisher, Leader of Croydon Council: said: “The Westfield/Hammerson development is hugely important for Croydon. It is the catalyst for our town’s regeneration, delivering thousands of new jobs, homes and fantastic retail and leisure facilities while attracting further investment.

“We know our residents and businesses are as eager as we are for this long-anticipated transformation of our town centre to get underway. As a council, one of the most important things we can do to ensure it progresses quickly is to help assemble the land. Tonight’s decision to make a CPO brings Croydon another step closer to regeneration and marks another milestone on this exciting journey.”

Cllr Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning transport and regeneration, said: “This is a really exciting time for Croydon. The Westfield Hammerson shopping centre is a major and complex development and we want to ensure it moves forward as quickly as possible. I’m pleased that the Croydon Partnership has already acquired some of the land for this development. They aim to reach agreements with the vast majority of other owners in the coming months.

“However, given the scale of this regeneration and the diversity and complexity of some of the land ownerships involved, it is unlikely that the developers will be able to reach agreement with all parties within a reasonable timeframe.

“Local authorities have these powers to ensure that regeneration projects like this – which will bring major social, economic and environmental benefits for everyone in Croydon –progress quickly for the good of the local community and the economy.”


Croydon Council’s planning committee voted unanimously for the Westfield/Hammerson (The Croydon Partnership) redevelopment at a special meeting of the strategic planning committee on 25 November 2013. The Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government have also approved the plans. The signing of the S106 agreement in January 2014 was the final stage in the planning process and planning consent was then issued for the scheme.

The £1bn development is a major regeneration project, including 300 shops, 400-600 homes, new restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and a bowling alley. It will also bring a substantial package of community benefits, including 5,000 new permanent jobs and thousands of temporary construction employment opportunities. Local people will be among the first to benefit, with recruitment for the new jobs carefully targeted towards Croydon residents, particularly those who are long term unemployed.

The S106 agreement also paves the way for significant investment into Croydon’s transport networks, with £29 million worth of improvements agreed. In addition to the immediate works associated with the development, this will include £2.5 million for local highways improvements, £10 million for additional bus services and £15 million for trams. A further £1.6m has been allocated for sustainable transport. Streets and public spaces in North End will benefit from a revamp with £2.1million spent on new lighting and other environmental improvements. £150,000 has been allocated for public art within the scheme, or a programme of performance art.  "


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All Saints Church Refurbishment- Council Ward Budgets
08/03/2018 21:44:00.......Posted by Jan Buttinger

All Saints Church is a Grade 2 listed Victorian building with lathe and plaster ceilings which are falling down. Funding has been donated to preserve the heritage of the building which is a well loved focus of the community.

In addition a contribution has been made to improve the external lighting at All Saints Church to secure a safer environment for the Scouting Groups and various other organsiations in the community which use the Church and Hall. 



The Kenley Memorial Hall- Council Ward Budgets
10/02/2018 21:37:00.......Posted by Jan Buttinger

A whole variety of different groups use the Kenley Memorial Hall from the Residents' Association to the Womens' Institute and some of these request the use of a sound system. Funding has been donated to support the replacement of the unrepairable speaker system with an updated one which will be compatible with a hearing loop or lapel mike, in the future. The Ward Councillors are very pleased to be able to support this initative. 



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.



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