Community Budgets 22/06/2015 09:39:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
You may have seen from council publicity that we are shortly to have 'community budgets' where groups of local people can decide how a modest sum of money is spent within each ward. In Sanderstead we have a total of £6,000 to spend this financial year (it's actually given out as £2,000 per councillor, assuming each councillor does the training to qualify to get 'their' portion, but in Sanderstead we have agreed to pool the money to enable larger projects to be supported).
The money has to be spent (or committed to a specific project by 30 Mar 2016 and it cannot be for something which requires repeat expenditure the following year. That is to say you can use it to buy a new park bench, where the money is spent once, but not to buy an ongoing service where residents might reasonably expect the service to continue in future years.
We are very interested in the community's ideas as to what this money could be most usefully spent on - and indeed have already had a number of interesting ideas put forward including a local cultural festival.
We are also talking to a number of local groups about whether they might be prepared to match fund the money to give us more local spend. Depending on what the most favoured local idea is, this might be a runner.
If you have any thoughts on what we might do, please email us as soon as possible.
McCarthy & Stone - Limpsfield Road 24/05/2018 16:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I visited McCarthy & Stone today with Hakeem (Director of Right at Home and one of the members of the Dementia Alliance) to talk to residents about local issues and concerns. I am pleased to say that most of the residents are living independently with little need for help from the house manager. They enjoy being close to the shops and park and many still drive locally and take part in a number of activities. Places like this are essential in maintaining independence for longer and they enjoy sharing stories with each other in this "family type setting". The main concerns for residents were the cost of parking at Croydon University Hospital and the fact that there weren't enough blue badge spaces vailable when they had day appointments. This is something Hakeem is going to look into and I have suggested that residents take up this issue with our very helpful MP Chris Philp. Also of concern was the speed of cars on Purley Downs Road. Since the introduction of the 20mph zone a number of other motorists are overtaking law abiding citizens and frightening them when vehicles pass at speeds in excees of 50mph. I have been informed by the cabinet member that he is going to ask that 20mph signs be painted on the road surfaces, which I hope has some impact on those driving too fast on this road. Another concern was the closure of Sandrstead Car Park for flats. Many residents drive to the shops to get prescriptions and shopping and use the surgery and other facilities. They feel they will be more isolated if they are not able to park their cars nearby to the shops and are unable to walk very far at all. This is a worry and was raised by the councillors during the consultation period but sadly wasn't taken into consideration. Another concern was the uneven pavements, some of which are quite at a camber which makes it difficult to get to Waitrose. I will speak to the director of service to see if anything can be done. Hakeem and I really enjoyed our chat with the residents and look forward to returning at a future date.
Green Waste - Missed Collections 24/05/2018 10:13:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A number of residents have experienced problems with signing up to the new green waste collection. Having navigated the council system and put out their green waste one or two residents have experienced missed collections. This has resulted in an automatic response that the bins have either not been presented correctly or the contents have been contaminated/unsuitable for collection. On investigation by council officers it was found not to be the case but perhaps just an excuse from the operative/Veolia not to return to something they have missed. I know that a number of elderly residents are not on email and if you know somebody struggling with the introduction of this seasons green waste collections or indeed any other issues do get in touch with me and I will try to assist.
Sanderstead Memorial Hall - Appeal for Committee Members 16/05/2018 09:48:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale
~~A request from Malcolm Sauders for new Committee Members for Sanderstead Memorial Hall
"You may be aware of Sanderstead Memorial Hall on Purley Oaks Road. It was built as a tribute to the men and women who died or served their country in the First World War. The hall was opened in June 1922 by Vice Admiral A.F.B. Carpenter VC of Zeebrugge fame. The Sanderstead Hall Association was formed in 1923 to manage the hall.
The hall is used as a facility for residents of Sanderstead and, subject to availability and proposed use, may be hired. It is used on a regular basis for various activities by several groups. These include:
The Cavat School of Dance Castle Day Nursery Dog Training Class Beeches Badminton Club Sanderstead Hall Badminton Club
We are looking for volunteers to join our small committee. The duties are not onerous as we have an excellent Business Manager, Caroline Hubbard, who manages the hall on a daily basis. The small, volunteer committee meet twice a year to review the management of the hall and any refurbishments necessary. If you are a resident of Sanderstead and interested in finding out more please contact: Caroline Hubbard on 07775 680087 or Malcolm Saunders on 020 8657 1795
Malcolm Saunders – Committee Member
Roadworks at the bottom of Sanderstead Hill - delays possible 16/05/2018 09:47:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale
~~ The Council has advised the following:
“To facilitate patching works, Kier will have three way signals on Sanderstead Road on the junction with Farm Fields from 21st to 23rd May , 2018 between 9.30am and 3.30pm This has been agreed during off peak hours to minimise the effect on the road network.”
Sanderstead Residents' Association AGM 11/05/2018 13:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The SRA AGM was held on Thursday, 10 May at All Saints' Church Hall. I was pleased to attend with Cllr Lynne Hale, Cllr Tim Pollard and Cllr Helen Redfern, a newly elected councillor for the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward. The lower end of Sanderstead, of which there are a number of members falls under her jurisdiction under the new boundary/ward changes. The event is well supported by its members and our Safer Neighbourhood Police Team who give an update on crime and crime prevention in our locality. A number of grants were made to various organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care and Scouting groups as well as the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley. Chris Philp MP gave a parliamentary update and the evening was rounded off with some beverages and snacks kindly provided by Waitrose. The Association was formed in 1926 and long may it continue. Well done to the committee and the executive for all the hard work and support they have given to residents.
I am pleased to say that the application for fulll planning permission on the above site no. 17/05843/FUL has been withdrawn. The application consisted of a two storey building on an area of land to rear of 10 Clyde Avenue, in association with the creation of four self contained (C3) residential flats with associated parking and bin stores. It was a complete overdevelopment of the site so residents will be delighted.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors 10/05/2018 09:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
It would appear that when the 20mph zone was introduced in the borough the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors were not altered accordingly. Most of these in the borough are still set to come on when speeds are over 30mph. This has been brought to my attention by residents in Purley Downs Road. I am informed that the ANPR's will be re-set to advise when drivers are exceeding the speed limits. Residents have also informed me that slight road rage is occuring since the introduction of the limit on this fairly main road which is a bus route. Drivers are either obeying the law and driving at 20mph or indeed ignoring it completing and over-taking drivers at great speed which is obviously quite dangerous. I do hope that the introduction of this limitation doesn't cause more accidents as that clearly is not the intention. Sadly, roads where the most accidents are occuring, such as the nasty one last week when a car came down Sanderstead Hill at speed landing in the garden of the dentist are not benefiting from any scheme to reduce the problem of speeding on this very busy and fast road.
Sanderstead Councillors Elected - Thank You 10/05/2018 09:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A very big thank you to all the residents who voted for myself and my fellow colleagues, Cllr Lynne Hale and Cllr Tim Pollard. We all appreciate your support and look forward to serving you for another four years. More details about the results are listed on the home page. If you have any issues or concerns you want to discuss do get in touch.
Potholes 27/04/2018 08:30:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
A few days ago I reported a bad area of road surface at the bottom of Mitchley Avenue by the junction with Lower Barn Road. As a result Keir were repairing the carriageway in Mitchley Avenue yesterday opposite the junction with Buttermere Gardens and are working towards repairing all the other pot holes identified. Engineers are assessing Mitchley Avenue for future patching works and I have asked that they update me on their intentions once the assessment has been undertaken.
I also asked that a sunken area of Lime Meadow Avenue be looked at as I am worried that this indicates problems with the mains sewer underneath. This has now been marked for temporary repair and more detailed investigation. I did report this several years ago but apparently then it didn't cause concern - so I am (sort of) pleased that now it is being taken more seriously!
Sanderstead Court Avenue one-way 24/04/2018 19:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
To facilitate emergency gas works outside number 2 Sanderstead Court Avenue, Southern Gas Networks have had to make the road one way from its junction with Limpsfield Road. The diversion for displaced traffic will be via Sanderstead Court Avenue/ Onslow Gardens/ Cranleigh Gardens/ Limpsfield Road.
It is expected for the work to be completed by Tuesday 1st May. I will post further updates if this changes.
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