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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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Labour's local plan is bad for Sanderstead
17/12/2015 09:20:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

 
 

We are coming to the end of the consultation period on the Labour council's proposed changes to the local plan. This local plan is the set of principles and policies which determine what sort of development can go ahead and in what places. Essentially if a development is consistent with the local plan, it will most likely be approved.

More details of the proposed changes to the local plan can be found here.

The changes to the local plan fall into two categories: there are many minor amendments which are good, and which tidy up the somewhat confusing plethora of current policies. However, some changes are not so good and will change the character of our area, and Croydon more widely, in some quite funamental ways. 

The new plan proposes three new Traveller sites to be designated, for permanent encampments. All three of these are in Green Belt and all three - by one of life's funny little coincidences - are in the south and in Conservative-held wards. Well, there's a thing.....

We object to these on a number of grounds: the government has recently ruled that traveller encampments are inappropriate development for the Green Belt. The law is shortly to change meaning councils will no longer be obliged to provide extra sites. And we have sufficient brownfield sites to enable any necessary expansion in provision to happen there - if indeed any expansion is necessary at all.

Another unwelcome change is the de-designation of some Metropolitan Open Land to an unprotected status, so that it can be built on. This will change the character of an area of Shirley (another ward our Labour colleagues don't represent) for ever. And a number of Green Belt sites including Purley Downs and Sanderstead Plantation are to be downgraded from Green Belt to MOL.

Garden-grabbing is also encouraged in the new draft plan. The previous Conservative administration introduced strong policies to restrict garden grabbing, but Labour is to go back to a free-for-all. This is contrary to Boris' London plan, so may be challengeable on that grounds.

In terms of Sanderstead ward, there are several changes (in addition to those outlined above) which are very unwelcome. Firstly the former Good Companions site is to be designated for mixed use development of retail and residential. Given that the Appeal on this site for store-only use last year was quite clear that a supermarket development is not appropriate, the idea that Croydon council may later be able to force through a supermarket topped with housing is not good news.

But most bonkers of all is the proposal to allow 'intensification' of development in the area between Limpsfield Road and Addington Road - including Onslow Gardens, Cranleigh Gardens, Blenheim Gardens and Stanley Gardens. This is all low rise revelopment consisting of suburban semi's, detached houses and bungalows. But under Labour's plans, all those properties could be replaced by blocks of flats. Flatted development is perfectly appropriate along Limpsfield Road, but not in the hinterland behind it.

The ward team are objecting to all these plans and you can find a copy of my letter of objection here.

It isn't too late to object yourself - the deadline is the close of play on Friday - and details of how to do so can be found here.

 

 
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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

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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.

 


 

10 Clyde Avenue, Sanderstead - Application Withdrawn
10/05/2018 17:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

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.

 


 

Addington Road - Sapling Finally Planted
18/04/2018 18:02:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

After a number of requests the damaged sapling on the Addington Road has finally been planted.  Street trees add such value and its pretty blossoms will soon form new growth.

 


 

Large Street Tree in Lower Barn Road
16/04/2018 11:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The council have promised that the large tree running alongside Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club is at last going to have a crown reduction.  The leaf fall is impacting one side of the tennis courts and needs a good prune.  The promise is to do the work within the next two months so fingers crossed!

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
13/04/2018
Joy Gadsby 3 January 1928 - 14 March 2018
12/04/2018
Sanderstead Ward Crime Prevention Day - 21st April
12/04/2018
Caravan on Mitchley Avenue/Dunmail Drive field
09/04/2018
Hamsey Green Pond - Refuse and Neglect
03/04/2018
All Saints’ Church Graveyard in Sanderstead
30/03/2018
King's Wood Paths & Signs
30/03/2018
Ken's Auto's Site - Development Well Underway
25/03/2018
Scouts Go Green Thanks to Local Sanderstead Councillors
14/03/2018
Update on Fiveways
13/03/2018
Cherry Blossom Tree Dies in Purley Oaks Road
03/03/2018
Application for 48 Mitchley Hill withdrawn
02/03/2018
Temporary stay of execution on 105-7 Purley Downs Road
19/02/2018
Noisy drain cover at Waitrose traffic lights fixed
12/02/2018
Wentworth Way closure
09/02/2018
Spineless council backs developers again
09/02/2018
Westfield Avenue – road name plate being replaced
06/02/2018
Seat at 403 bus stop Sanderstead Recreation Ground
16/01/2018
20mph Zones in South of the Borough
16/01/2018
Enquiry into Purley Tower
16/01/2018
Purley Skyscraper
12/01/2018
43 Downsway - appalling planning decision
18/12/2017
Mitchley View road safety
18/12/2017
Last Floating Shelter before Christmas
07/12/2017
98 Hyde Road - increase from 7 to 8 flats
05/12/2017
Xmas Lights - Sanderstead and Hamsey Green
29/11/2017
Garden grabbing encouraged in Mayor Khan's London Plan
27/11/2017
Onslow Gardens closure: Tardis required
23/11/2017
Friends of Purley Beeches AGM
11/11/2017
Litter picking in Riddlesdown
07/11/2017
Sanderstead Floating Shelter
 
 
 
 
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