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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

Hamsey Green Lidl
11/04/2015 07:24:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

A number of people have asked whether the workmen on site at the former Good Companions plot means that Lidl are reactivating their attempt to overcome the refusal on appeal of the application for a new store there.

I have asked Croydon officers whether there have been any pre-application discussions (as there normally would be) and they say there has been no specific contact since the autumn. At that time Lidl were trying various refinements to see whether they could get around the reasons for refusal, but without much prospect of success.

That doesn't mean they have given up - as a firm, that's not their normal way - but I suspect it just means that the workmen are securing the site after the winter damage and there is no more to be read in to the activity than that.

If we hear anything further we wil post on this blog.

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Sanderstead Residents Association - Waitrose - 4 August - 10am
12/07/2018 10:13:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Sanderstead Residents Association will be on hand at Waitrose between 10 and 12pm on Saturday, 4 August.  Members will available to talk to residents about the good work they carry out in the area and assistance they give in relation to a number of local concerns.  They work very closely with the councillors who jointly support numerous issues ranging from planning applications to organising events.  Established in 1926 The Sanderstead Ratepayers' Association was formed, later to be known as the Sanderstead Residents' Assocication.  Denis King, the chairman and his team will be happy to support you.  Membership is only £5 for which you receive two colour magazines posted to your doorstep and access to the committee's expertise.



New Bin Delivery
12/07/2018 10:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


The new bins are being rolled out in Sanderstead this week.  Do ensure you read the instructions attached to the bin and let the council know if you haven't received your new bins.  Any problems or issues of course your local Sanderstead team are here to help.



A New Bus Seat at Sanderstead Recreation Ground Bus Stop
11/07/2018 10:14:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


A number of elderly residents contacted the local councillors asking if a seat could be installed by the bus stop at Sanderstead Recreation Ground.  In this particularly warm weather it is good to have the opportunity to take a little rest whilst waiting for the 403.  I am pleased that the local councillors have been able to fund a new bench for residents from their community budget.  




New Crossing - Addington Road
03/07/2018 21:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 I am pleased to inform you that the proposed works for an informal crossing on Addington Road by the junction with Harbledown Road is due to start on Monday 30th July until 5th August.  Hopefully this won't cause too much disruption and will of course improve the safety of crossing this very busy road.



Possible New Gym in Hamsey Green
28/06/2018 14:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


We have received the following correspondence from the planning department in relation to the use of the ground floor at the new development, next door to the Co-op If you have any queries or would like to lodge comments please do so  and refer to Application:  18/02393/FUL Location:  359 - 367 Limpsfield Road, South Croydon, CR2 9BY.  Details of Application:  Use of ground floor commercial unit as gym (Class D2) with opening hours 6am-9pm Monday to Friday.

The council details are: Phone: 020 8726 6800 Email:

The letter from the commercial agency states:

RE: Commercial Unit at Limpsfield Road Croydon CR2

We act on behalf of the Landlord, Queensbury Investments Ltd, of the ground floor commercial element of the above scheme, and confirm that we have exchanged an Agreement to Lease with a tenant, which is subject to the hours of use being varied as per the planning application which you have submitted on behalf of our mutual client. You have asked for some further background information, which we can confirm as follows:


The commercial unit benefits from a range of uses, A1, A2, A3, D1, D2 & B1. The unit has been marketed extensively for over 9 months by our company and 2 other agents, James Commercial and Stile Harold Williams.

Due to the unit forming part of a residential led mixed use scheme, the lease restricts a number of activities / operations from taking place to ensure that the use is compatible with the residential element. Therefore, whilst the planning uses are wide, the actual uses permitted by the freeholder is more restrictive.

Efforts were made to secure a convenience store, however the neighbouring Co-Op is too dominant and none of their competitors wished to take a store.

We were delighted to receive interest from the proposed tenant, as this is a very compatible use for the wider scheme, and we have worked with them to design the fit out of what will be a fantastic addition to the area.


HARD Fitness is a well-established, goal specific personal training facility, delivering professional level fitness, hydration and nutritional education to private clients. They operate under brands HARD Fitness & Dynamo Boxing.

They currently operate from two locations in East Grinstead and Central Croydon, and due to success and ongoing demand, are opening a third site at the subject property, which would be branded as HARD Fitness.

The existing site in East Grinstead forms part of a mixed-use development with residential accommodation above, and the use has worked well and compliments the overall development. 

The new unit will be fitted out to a high quality including all necessary sound insulation, and will operate between the hours of 6am - 9pm on Monday to Friday.

Sessions are carried out by private appointment only, and typically there will be no more than 10 people within the premises at any one time. The premises has 7 dedicated parking spaces ensuring that there is no impact on local parking / transport. 

The planning application to vary the opening hours to 6am as appose to 7am is to allow appointments to take place before clients go to work, and this is typical of this type of operation, and is essential for the business to be competitive with other similar businesses.

The intention is to be ready to open the facility in line with practical completion of the development in October 2018. 

As a gesture of goodwill, HARD Fitness are pleased to offer a complimentary session to each household within the new scheme.

We can confirm that extensive consultation has taken place with Optivo Housing Association, who are the freeholder to the wider scheme, who are supportive of the use on the basis that it would be compatible with their overall development.


We feel that HARD Fitness will be an excellent addition to the overall scheme, being a highly compatible neighbour and one which promotes well-being and health. 

All parties are keen to see this happen, providing the hours of use can be changed to suit the operational requirements of the Tenant.

Yours sincerely,


Yours Sincerely, 

Joe Goldsmith Commercial Agency  

The site is right next door to Hamsey Green Pond which is not looking its best.  We hope to work with the contractor to improve the biodiversity of the pond which needs de-silting. 




Refuse Recycling and Green Waste Collections
26/06/2018 14:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Residents are contacting me experiencing severe problems with their green waste collections.  One resident has contacted the council more the fifteen times and even after my intervention the smelly bin remains some five weeks later. In this very hot weather the stench drifting down the street is quite horrible.  Not only are residents experiencing difficulty with collections but there seems to be a disconnect between the council and the contractor in the reporting of missed bins.  There is also a problem with tracing payments made by telephone when the council system of paying on line was down.  Nobody at the council can find the payments which is extraordinary. Elderly residents are contacting me in despair.  They have no access to online systems.

Coupled with the above residents living in a split road for collections of recycling and general waste are also being missed with two crews on separate weeks giving different informaton despite residents showing the men on their rounds the paperwork put through their doors.

Another excuse given to residents is that the bin is not properly presented or the bin is contaminated and when council officers have visited the properties they have found this to be completely untrue.  Both McCarthy and Stone's Yew Tree Court on the Limpsfield Road and the properties at the Methodist Church are also struggling with sporadic waste collections as well as the shops on the Limpsfield Road.

Something has gone seriously wrong and the situation needs rectifying immediately.  We are all dreading the new system of recycling in September as it doesn't appear that they can cope with the arrangements that are already in place.

For those families who have gardens they may have three green bins, one general waste, one for plastics and tins, one for paper and card and the food waste bin.  That's is seven bins being stored for the council at residential properties.  Whilst we all support the increase in recycling for those not living in a property that can cope with the footage these bins will take I certainly hope that the boxes can be retained.

The impact of this at the frontage of the house can be quite unsightly and destroy the character of the area as anyone who has visited Brighton will see.   And the very people that need to be encouraged to do more recycling are not generally those that are living in the larger detached houses but those living in the flatted developments and properties that are unable to house the new system.  So will there be an increase in recycling - we will have to wait and see!



Sanderstead Pond - Notice in SRA Noticeboard
25/06/2018 13:28:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Residents will see a new sign in the SRA noticeboard advising what is best for our ducks and geese.  White breat is not good for our feathered friends as it lacks the nutrients needed for a healthy life.  Grain, seeds, peanuts and brown or seeded bread are better.  Please don't leave an excess of food around the pond as it is attracting rats and can pollute the pond.



Hamsey Green Pond - Early Morning Meeting
21/06/2018 10:32:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I met with Meike Weiser and Verena Trend at Croydon Council to discuss the improvements to Hamsey Green pond.  The pond is in a terrible state with parrot weed now covering the whole of the surface of the pond and vegetation overtaking the entire surround.  The pond needs de-silting which is a major operation and there would need to be a clear plan to dispose of the huge amount of silt and evasive plant form.  The pond is extremely deep and the work that needs to take place would probably be beyond the remit of The Conservation Volunteers.  Meike and Verena very kindly are putting together a plan to instigate work at this site.



Heathhurst Road/Mayfield Road Footpath
21/06/2018 10:14:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents raised concerns about overhanging foliage from neighbouring properties over the foothpath between Mayfield Road and Heathhurst Road.  I am pleased to say that a Neighbourhood Safety Officer has visited the location and spoken to both the residents of the properties where the problem vegetation is located.  Both agreed to cut back the trees/shrubs, one has complied already.  



Hear Me Speak - Sanderstead Residents' Association
20/06/2018 21:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was pleased to attend the Hear Me Speak 2018 primary school competition which was organised by the SRA at St. Peters' Primary School.  Four schools competed, Greenvale, Gresham, Hamsey Green and St Peters for the coveted trophy.  Each school provided a three member team presenting on interesting topics such as gender neutrality, the impact of video gaming, shortening of school holidays and dieting and body image.  It was an extremely close contest with all participants performing well but it was Greenvale Primary School that won first prize.  It was an honour to present the certificates and prizes as a past Mayor of Croydon.  Well done to the brilliant children and everyone involved and a thank you to the Sanderstead Residents' Association for organising the event.



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Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team - Change of Email
Grass Cutting and Green Space Management
Sanderstead Pond - Rat Infestation
Kings Wood - Friends Signs
Eid - Sanderstead Recreation Ground
Sanderstead Care Centre - Previously Wells Place
Addington Road - Proposed Crossing
Footpath 145 Between Heathhurst Road and Mayfield Road
McCarthy & Stone - Limpsfield Road
Green Waste - Missed Collections
Sanderstead Memorial Hall - Appeal for Committee Members
Roadworks at the bottom of Sanderstead Hill - delays possible
Sanderstead Residents' Association AGM
10 Clyde Avenue, Sanderstead - Application Withdrawn
Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors
Sanderstead Councillors Elected - Thank You
Sanderstead Court Avenue one-way
Addington Road - Sapling Finally Planted
Large Street Tree in Lower Barn Road
Public Footpath 142 - Purley Oaks Road - Sanderstead Road
Joy Gadsby 3 January 1928 - 14 March 2018
Sanderstead Ward Crime Prevention Day - 21st April
Caravan on Mitchley Avenue/Dunmail Drive field
Hamsey Green Pond - Refuse and Neglect
All Saintsí Church Graveyard in Sanderstead
King's Wood Paths & Signs
Ken's Auto's Site - Development Well Underway
Scouts Go Green Thanks to Local Sanderstead Councillors
Update on Fiveways
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