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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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Thank you for reporting potholes
25/02/2013 10:08:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

A number of people have been in touch following the Croydon Advertiser's passing on of my blogged request that people let me know of any pot holes in the locality. a number of residents have been in touch and I have passed the location details on to the council's team. Today I reported some on Wentworth Way.

Do please keep them coming and lets hope the cold wet weather (which leads to most of them) soon goes!

 
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South East Cancer Help Centre - AGM & Member's Meeting
23/11/2017 21:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was delighted to Chair the Annual General Meeting of the South East Cancer Help Centre along with the Members' Meeting.  It has been another successful year with not only an increase in membership but funding as well.  Paint Purley Purple was a great success with Chris Philp MP cutting the ribbon to start the week-long fundraising and awareness campaign.

Our guest speaker was Gary Das, who retired in 2016 from CUH.  Gary was a consultant urological surgeon in Croydon and also a pelvic cancer surgeon at St George's Hospital in London.  Gary gave a fascinating talk on his transition to becoming a surgeon at CUH and his book "Tender is the Scalpel's Edge".

The centre goes from strength to strength and is always looking for new volunteers.  If you feel you could spare a few hours do get in touch with Linda Kenison on 020 8668 0974.  The centre offers a wide range of activities and therapies and counselling can be booked through Linda.

 


 

Dementia Friends
23/11/2017 16:22:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was pleased to see so many Conservative councillors and selected candidates take part in the Dementia Awareness session given by Rachel Carse, the new officer appointed to take forward work on Dementia and Social Incusion.  I have been working with the Dementia Alliance group for almost a year helping to raise awareness about people with Dementia.  We all have lapses in memory and sometimes get a little confused but Rachel helped us all understand how we can help identify residents/family or indeed friends who are showing signs of the onset of dementia and explained how we can manage some of the challenges presented by people with Dementia.  We have all signed up to undertake a small challenge and support Croydon becoming a Dementia Friendly Borough.

Anna D'Agostino from the Croydon BME Forum also visited the Sanderstead Residents' Association to talk about how to keep your memory strong and stay mentally active.  The SRA will include an article in the spring magazine.

As community leaders it is important that we are able to support all our community, young and old and fully understand some of the more complex issues impacting our residents.  I was pleased to see that the Borough Commander of Croydon Fire Brigade and Croydon's Metropolitan Police are also happy to take forward this agenda.

If you want to know more about the Dementia Alliance Group or would like to talk to me about the work I progressing do get in touch.

 


 

Friends of Purley Beeches AGM
23/11/2017 16:15:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I attended the AGM of the Friends of Purley Beeches.  Many of the members are shocked and horrified that 31 of the borough's parks and green spaces are without local protection.  The Friends have worked hard in the beeches planting new trees and bulbs and cutting back much of the overgrowth from the natural pathways.  It is a very beautiful spot and has some exceptionally rare and beautiful trees.  Groups like this are so important in preserving our green spaces for all to enjoy. The group was formed after a number of trees were felled without informing local residents.  Many trees have been planted by the Friends and I am pleased to announce that the Sanderstead councillors will be making a donation from their community budget towards some bulbs to be planted alongside some of the pathways.  Do take a stroll through the woodland or maybe enjoy a game of tennis - its a real gem.

 


 

Trees Outside Priscillas and The Gruffy -- Xmas Lights
03/11/2017 15:58:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents will be delighted to hear that work is underway to put up the new Xmas lights purchased with the councillors community budget.  The lights will encircle the trees outside Sanderstead Recreation Park and at the Gruffy.  In order for the lights to be installed some minor works needs to be undertaken to remove some of the low hanging twigs and branches from the trees.  There will also be some new lights around the lampposts near the roundabout.  This builds on the lights already provided by the Sanderstead Residents' Association which will also be put up at the same time.  I am sure it will all look quite magical and we are looking forward to the official switch on and Xmas Fayre which will take place on Saturday, 2 December, in the Recreation Ground.

 


 

Traffic Sensors - Purley Oaks Road
03/11/2017 15:52:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Residents may have noticed some boxes attached to trees with rubber lines across Purley Oaks Road.  I enquired with officers why these have been implemented and they are monitoring traffic speed prior to the introduction of the 20mph zones being introduced.

Whilst the local Conservatives support resident concerns in relation to all traffic measures in roads where residents feel restrictions are necessary this is a blanket measure being introduced across the borough.

 


 

Footpath 138 Between Shaw Crescent and Rectory Park/Road Cleansing/Garden Waste Dumping
03/11/2017 10:25:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The footpath between Shaw Crescent and Rectory Park is full of debris and bags of dog poo.  I have asked officers to ensure the contractor cleans up this unsightly mess as soon as possible and hope that residents resist the temptation to leave these bags in the alleyway in the future.

Some roads in the ward do not appear to be getting their regular street cleansing.  I have reported Ashdown Gardens which I hope will be swept shortly. Hillsmead Way is another road that seems to get missed.  Do let me know if you feel your road has not been swept in the last couple of months.

Not surprisngly St Marys Road has a number of large piles of garden waste alongside the mound of leaves that have fallen on the pathway. This is now impassable and commuters struggle down the road which of course is quite dangerous.  I have asked for the road to be cleaned and the debris removed.

 

 


 

Bus Diversion
03/11/2017 10:18:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents have raised issues in relation to the recent bus diversion caused by the resurfacing of Sussex Road.  I have received the following response from officers which does in some part answer your questions:

Firstly I would like to apologise for the inconvenience the resurfacing of Sussex Road has caused to the residents. Regrettably we were unable to implement these works during any other time due to noise restriction in a residential areas.

Our highway inspectors carry out timely inspections of all carriageway and footways in Croydon twice a year and monthly on our busier routes to identify and raise orders to repair sections of the carriageway and footway which meet or will meet our intervention levels. This process allows our highway inspectors to prioritise repairs as well as it ensures that we can target our budgets to sites with the greatest need.

In December 2016 our team identified Sussex Road, for a road repairs,  Kier was instructed to commence works onsite from 31 October 2017, Prior to start works a letter was distributed to residents dated 17 October 2017 and buses accordingly. 

Unfortunately we were unable to use Selsdon Road as part of diversion route  due to the non-availability of low buses. However it is our understanding that the bus diversions signs were instituted on Friday by transport for London (TFL), this is a standard practice.

To enable the council to carry out these works with minimal distributions to the residents it was necessary to close Sussex road between the hours of 7am to 7pm on two sequential days. The council will only implement road closure under exceptional circumstance to safe guard road users and operatives.

In addition Croydon highways are constantly exploring ways to minimise disruption to residents and the surrounding networks while resurfacing works are taking place.

 

 


 

Fly tipping in Hamsey Green
20/10/2017 17:52:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Once again there is fly tipping on the verge between the borough border and the shops on Limpsfield Road parade - all within LB Croydon, not in Surrey.

There’s a bag on the west side near the lidl hoarding and furniture and bags around the tree to the south west of the pedestrian crossing. I have asked that it be removed asap.

 


 

Objection to local plan
11/10/2017 07:20:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Yesterday I submitted my objection to the areas of the local plan we are allowed to comment on at this stage in the procedings - we can only comment on aspects that the inspector has changed since the council's final draft.

You can read my entire objection, including comments on elsewhere in the borough here

However, my comments specifically on Sanderstead ward are pasted below. 

MMD86 – I strongly object to the deletion of the Local Green Space designation across the borough and with particular reference to several vital green spaces in Sanderstead: Sanderstead Plantation, The Gruffy, the pond at the top of Sanderstead Hill and Purley Beeches. Should regional protections be changed by a future London Mayor, these spaces would have no protection and would be available for development. This is not in the interests of my residents, who greatly treasure these spaces, all of which have active Friends’ Groups as a testimony to their local importance. There is more detail on my objections to the deletion in principle in the general section below.

MMD38 – Focussed Intensification Zones should be removed in their entirety from the plan, despite the modifications proposed by the Council. I am, however, pleased that the Inspector has deleted the entirety of the proposed Sanderstead (Onslow Gardens) zone. This was in contradiction with other policies (as per my previous two objections at the preceding stages) and its removal is warmly welcomed.

Technically, as the inspector did not substantively change the proposed designation of the area behind Purley Oaks Recycling Centre as a Gypsy and Traveller site, we are not supposed to comment on it. However, given its local importance I did object again in the full letter (link above).

 


 

A Busy Day in Croydon
29/09/2017 13:49:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group – AGM

 I attended the CCG AGM at the CVA and took note of the presentations by Andrew Eyres, the new accountable office and Dr Agenlo Fernandes, the Clinical Chair.  Highlights included improvements to access to mental health services for both adults and children and commissioning of the Health Help Now app.  Croydon residents use more hospital services on average than in other areas, often as a result of unplanned and avoidable hospital admissions.  At the same time the population is growing and is ageing and this results in an increase in the demand for care.

A locally designed new approach to treating urgent care issues is being introduced in 2017-18 which includes the provision of GP Hubs which will provide high quality urgent care services across the borough from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year.  The service comprises GP hubs, GP out of hours services, the urgent care centre at Croydon University Hospital and a roving GP.  These services will be provided at the minor injury unit sites Purley and Parkway as well as at East Croydon Medical Centre. 

An integrated IT service will allow them to access patient notes to enable them to provide the right care in the right place, first time.  The service will help promote self-care and also a phone before you go model that will utilise the integrated South West London 111 services to ensure patients are correctly signposted to the most appropriate services for their needs.

The CCG will also continue with its Transforming Adult Services programme which ensures more patients are appropriately cared for in community settings, including their own homes. 

Croydon Adult Social Services Users Panel

I also attended a meeting of CASSUP at Jurys Hotel in Croydon to look at how our residents were coping with the new DWP system of PIP and how the most vulnerable in Croydon are dealing with the new assessments.

Sadly the venue was a little cramped and not all guests were able to get into the room to get their points across.  It is imperative that those members who are disabled and struggle with access/facilities are able to seek assistance from the council and I certainly hope that a more suitable venue is found for future events.  The CASSUP event was historically held at Fairfield Halls, which sadly is not yet open and the community space at Bernard Weatherill House, which has disabled access is no longer available for use as it has been rented, ironically to the DWP.

Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Police Meeting

The SNT says goodbye to PC Stephen Wilson and welcomes PC Dan Revell to the team.  The team reported on a number of antisocial behaviour incidents in area including some shop lifting.  There have also been a number of break-ins from garages during July.  Motor vehicle crime is made up largely of theft from trade vans with the theft of power tools with 12 of the 19 incidents occurring during the night. They also undertook a road watch scheme along Sanderstead Court Avenue catching up to 20 vehicles going over the speed limit.  Crime in the area, fortunately, remains low with Sanderstead and Selsdon having the lowest figures in the borough.  The Safer Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 020 8721 2470 – sandertead.snt@met.police.uk

The Met police are looking at becoming more socially active and will be at the Community Day run by Priscillas at Sanderstead Recreation Ground this Saturday.

Riddlesdown Residents’ Association Meeting

My busy day ended with a visit to the RRA which as usual had a packed and varied agenda.  A number of planning applications were of great concern to the committee.  The overdevelopment of housing plots for the development of flats in inappropriate locations with size and massing of greatest concern.

Discussions were held about the main modifications to the Croydon Local Plan.  The Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the Croydon Local Plan has considered all the duly made representations and the evidence presented to him during the examination.  He has now concluded that further modifications to the Croydon Local Plan are required in order for the plan to be sound.  Comments need to be received by 10 October 2017.  Email ldf@croydon.gov.uk. 

What he stated will not be discussed is the Purley Skyscraper and the gypsy and traveller site at Purley Oaks depot.

One of the concerns raised was the deletion of all local green spaces.  For Sanderstead there has been some success in the protection of the Sanderstead Plantation to Metropolitan Open Land and the removal of the intensification zone for Onslow Gardens. The Policy on protecting back gardens has been merged into a revised policy DM11 Design and Character.

I am personally disappointed about the removal of the policy that limited fast food outlets.  With my Health and Wellbeing hat on I believe we should be doing more to assist in the prevention of obesity, which is above the National Average in the Borough.  Obesity, as we know leads to many other heatlh problems such as diabetes and heart disease. 

If you want to discuss any of the issues raised in my report or have any other local issues you want to take up with us the councillors will be available at 11.00 am to 1pm on Saturday, 30 September in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. We will be sharing a stand with the Sanderstead Residents Association.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
06/09/2017
Rec traveller update
01/09/2017
Eid prayers in the Rec
01/09/2017
Graffiti removed
01/09/2017
Sanderstead Rec travellers
30/08/2017
Local Plan: good news for Sanderstead, not so good elsewhere
29/08/2017
Graffiti
24/08/2017
SGN road works in Hamsey Green
22/08/2017
Borough Grange garden furniture
22/08/2017
Change to Riddlesdown road works
13/08/2017
Dementia Alliance Action Group - Helpful Links
11/08/2017
More roadworks in Sanderstead
03/08/2017
Update on Addington Road Gas Main replacement
31/07/2017
Long term roadworks on Addington Road
21/07/2017
Childhood Obesity - Can we do More?
30/06/2017
A number of Essential Repairs Taking Place in Sanderstead
30/06/2017
Police Update - Theresa's Walk
19/06/2017
Armed Forces Day - Flag Raising - Grenfell Tower Minutes Silence
16/06/2017
South East Cancer Help Centre - Vice Chairman
12/06/2017
Sight lines on Mitchley View
25/05/2017
Gypsy and travelller site
23/05/2017
Intensification zones at local plan hearing
23/05/2017
Fly Tipping - Downsway Sanderstead
22/05/2017
Church Farm Services - Mitchley Avenue
19/05/2017
Field Opposite Riddlesdown Shops on Mitchley Avenue
15/05/2017
Dementia Awareness Week is 14 May to 20 May
11/05/2017
Riddlesdown Collegiate consulting on changing hours
04/05/2017
7-9 Arkwright Road
03/05/2017
Fly tips in Sanderstead
02/05/2017
Anti-skid surface on Rectory Park
24/04/2017
Hamsey Green fly tipping - AGAIN!
 
 
 
 
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