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 The Sanderstead Blog
Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

Increased Parking Charges to Use Waddon Leisure Centre
28/01/2016 14:59:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I have received an email from an extremely unhappy resident who uses the Waddon Leisure Centre.  The excessive increase in parking from the present 50p for two hours to £1.20.

We are supposed to be encouraging residents to live healthy life styles by using facilities such as these.  This is going to impact both the elderly on low incomes and families with children who often drive to this centre.

The resident who raised particular issues with me announced that he had been parking in the designated parking bays at Waddon for 18 months and until late December had no problems with the parking procedure which was to pay with cash at the ticket machine and then get a refund from the centre once they knew he was having a swimming session. To get the refund you presented half the parking receipt.

He stated: "From the end of December the machine has been regularly out of action to take coins, which means you should then pay by phone via “Ringo”. If you do this you are charged 70p for 2 hours rather than 50p for cash and the leisure centre ( I guess the private firm Fusion) are refusing to give a refund.

There is no mention on the board by the machine that you will be charged extra for paying by phone and of course you are also paying for an 020 no. phone charge.

It would seem that it is to Croydon’s Council advantage that the coin operated machine does not work. This machine has been out of order on a regular basis from 27/12/15 to this morning when my wife went for a swim.

From the 1st February I notice that the parking fee is going to be hiked by an incredible amount to £1.20 for 2 hours from the present fee of 50p. I believe this has been introduced in spite of an election manifesto denying any rises. I feel that this is way out of order, especially for young mothers or fathers taking their children for a swim or pensioners like myself and my wife.

To conclude on the following points:-

1) Why is there an increased charge for paying by parking for phone and this is not displayed on the machine or board especially when the Council cannot repair a machine?

2) Why are Fusion not giving refunds when the machine is out of order? You get a text on your phone immediately showing the fee has been paid which could be shown.

3) What is the reason for such an increase in parking fees? Will Fusion refund these fees?

Does Croydon Council feel that it is obligatory for you to have a mobile phone if you want to park? What if you haven’t got your phone with you or it is not charged,. What, amazing though it might seem, if you don’t actually own a phone. What is the legal position on this?

I support the residents' concerns and have taken this up with the council and the cabinet member.  It really doesn't seem fair.  I spoke of discrimination at the council meeting in relation to digital exclusion and this is another fine example of technology excluding residents from yet another service.


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Mitchley View road safety
18/12/2017 14:54:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

Last week I received a petition many residents of Mitchely View, Briar Grove and the nearby area of Mitchely Hill have signed to request that the council agrees to extend the double yellow lines on Mitchley Hill to either side of the Mitchley View junction, with the aim of improving road safety as residents leave Mitchley View.

I have written to the council’s democratic services manager to ask that this be put on the agenda for the next full council meeting on 29 January 2018. I will present the petition to the relevant cabinet member and he will respond to the request either at that meeting or the next one.

A couple of concerned residents contacted me in the summer about this and I wrote to the council’s road safety officer asking that the junction be prioritised for consultation. The response that I got then was not encouraging, reproduced in full below:

The officer wrote…… 

I did spend some time on site looking at the sightlines and also observing driver behaviour at the junction and of course driving out of the junction myself.  I’ve attached a series of photographs showing the line of sight for drivers emerging from the junction.

In short the existing double yellow lines and the fact that the junction is on the outside of a bend helps provide good sightlines and there is no justification in extending these at the present time.  Care is always needed when joining a main road but I don’t consider this junction any different to many junctions across the Borough and if anything probably easier to negotiate than some.

Although this response was not favourable, and this will therefore colour the view of the cabinet member making a response to the petition, I do agree with residents (as opposed to the officer) on this and am happy to keep pressing the council to think again. A letter similar to this blog post will be hand-delivered to the residents affected in the next few days.



Xmas Lights - Sanderstead and Hamsey Green
05/12/2017 17:12:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


On Saturday I attended the official switch on for the Xmas lights outside Priscillas Cafe.  The Sanderstead councillors purchased additional lights for the trees and lamp posts from their councillor budget for Sanderstead and Hamsey Green.

It was a joyous occasion officiated by Jeremy Groombridge from All Saints Church and of course Santa who arrived courtesy of the Rotary Club. The lights will remain on during the day throughout the festive season and have low voltage bulbs.

It has made a huge difference to the area and we have received many compliments and thanks for all the work involved in making Sanderstead more festive!



Garden grabbing encouraged in Mayor Khan's London Plan
29/11/2017 13:38:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

he new draft London Plan has now been published and is available here:

The key issues to note for Croydon are as follows.

  • As suspected, protection for back gardens has been removed. In addition, the Plan actually appears to be encouraging garden grabbing with a presumption in favour of 'infill development within the curtilage of a house'.
  • The housing density matrix has been completely removed. This means there are no limits or guidelines to the appropriate density of developments in particular areas.
  • Also as expected, there has been a drastic squeeze on parking standards. All developments with PTAL of 5-6 (i.e. areas with good public transport) are expected to be car free without exception. There is also a squeeze on office and retail parking.
  • Whilst internal housing space standards remain the same, it now says they should not be exceeded. The previous London Plan encouraged the space standards to be exceeded. So they are effectively now a maximum, rather than a minimum.
  • There are no targets for family homes, despite previous commitments. Boris's housing strategy had a target for 36% of affordable homes to be family sized. There was no target in Khan's housing strategy and we were told to expect this in the London Plan instead - however, it is not there. It also suggests that two bed units can be considered suitable for family housing.
  • As previously announced, the new London housing target is 64,935 homes a year across London. Croydon’s share is just under 3,000 homes per year, the fifth highest in London and the largest of any of the boroughs without large brownfield (former industrial or housing) sites. The borough breakdown show that Croydon’s target is double Bromley’s and three times Sutton’s.
  • Within this, there is also a new specific target for development on small sites of 24,573 homes per year. Again Croydon’s target is 50% more than Bromley’s and double Sutton’s.
  • There is a 'strategic target' for 50% affordable housing across London.

Cumulatively, these policies will encourage (particularly in outer London suburbs) a huge increase in the demolition of existing family housing and its replacement with blocks of flats with little to no parking provision.




Onslow Gardens closure: Tardis required
27/11/2017 13:05:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard


The council placed signs at the weekend announcing the closure of Onslow Gardens from 30th Nov to the 4th Nov. We think they meant until 4th Dec! So unless you have a time machine handy, don't worry about the closures in the past....

As is frustratingly common they put the signs up before telling the councillors, so we have been unable to shed any light on what is happening until now.

It seems that the closure is necessitated by the back garden development at no 24, about which I bloogged several times duing the planning process. The two infill houses need ot be connected to the mains sewerage and that is the cause of the closure.

The actual closure takes place on the following days 30/11, 1/12 and 4/12, according to officers, which suggests it will reopen over the weekend.

Displaced traffic will be diverted via Blenheim Gardens and Cranleigh Gardens. Access will be maintained for residents up to works site and via diversion.



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.




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Fly tipping in Hamsey Green
Objection to local plan
A Busy Day in Croydon
Croydon Disability Forum/Dementia Action Alliance Meeting
Rec traveller update
Eid prayers in the Rec
Graffiti removed
Sanderstead Rec travellers
Local Plan: good news for Sanderstead, not so good elsewhere
SGN road works in Hamsey Green
Borough Grange garden furniture
Change to Riddlesdown road works
Dementia Alliance Action Group - Helpful Links
More roadworks in Sanderstead
Update on Addington Road Gas Main replacement
Long term roadworks on Addington Road
Childhood Obesity - Can we do More?
A number of Essential Repairs Taking Place in Sanderstead
Police Update - Theresa's Walk
Armed Forces Day - Flag Raising - Grenfell Tower Minutes Silence
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Sight lines on Mitchley View
Gypsy and travelller site
Intensification zones at local plan hearing
Fly Tipping - Downsway Sanderstead
Church Farm Services - Mitchley Avenue
Field Opposite Riddlesdown Shops on Mitchley Avenue
Dementia Awareness Week is 14 May to 20 May
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