Residents complain about the tight deadlines for objecting to Lidl 26/03/2016 07:48:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Residents have been complaining to me about the council’s timescales on the highly contentious Lidl application on the border with Tandridge. This is the third application on this site, a previous one having been withdrawn and the most recent refused by the council and upheld as a refusal on appeal on road safety grounds.
According to the council’s web site the application was validated on 7 March and the Standard Consultation Expiry date is 7 April. However the site notices only went up on 24 March, so over half the time allowed for residents to object has already gone. The notices went up on the last day of term and many parents will be away for a the whole of the remaining time. This does not seem to be playing fair!
Many are asking why an application for a major development - a significantly sized supermarket plus flats right on the borough boundary and opposite a school - only merits a four week consultation window even if the council had got around to siting the notices promptly? I can happily accept that a domestic extension which is not Permitted Development (I.e. Normally allowed without full planning permission required) could be handled in four weeks, but surely we need more time to consider such a major application which is right on the border and, as such, is necessarily more complex to consult on. For example the highway authority for the exit from site is Tandridge. Half the residents affected are in Tandridge (and therefore presumably Croydon has done nothing to engage with them).
On a related note, I noticed that the web site is exceedingly confusing on the subject of deadlines for all planning applications. Looking at the eight different dates set out in the consultation section here, how on earth is an ordinary member of the public supposed to know which date matters?! What is the difference between all the different dates cited - even I am not 100% sure! I have suggested to officers that we really need some plain english here.
I have asked officers to advise why the consultation period is so short and whether they can consider extending it.
Selsdon Half Marathon in Aid of South East Cancer Help Centre 23/03/2019 11:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was pleased to start the Selsdon Half Marathon this morning. The event is organised by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Selsdon and all the volunteers come from around the country to assist. Hope everyone has a good run and I am particularly appreciative of the funds raised for the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley.
The centre is open to all who need supoort.
McCarthy & Stone Development - Atwood House 11/03/2019 12:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was plesed to meet the new manager, Sue Todd and have a look around the new accommodation and facilities available for the residents. I particularly liked the lounge where residents can meet and chat and have friends over for a coffee or enjoy the lovely garden. The rooms are beautiful and well appointed with walk in shower rooms, which are so important in later years for those less able to get in and out of a bath. They have a new IT system in every room where residents can interconnect with their neighbours and set up a watch system with the manager so that she knows residents are safe without invading private space. These apartments are so important for our elderly residents who know they can stay in the place they love whilst living in a secure environment. Staying independent for longer is very important and I hope that we see more of these high quality apartments in the future for residents to enjoy. Picture - Sue Todd and the new key pad IT system.
McCarthy & Stone Development Addington Road - Refuse 11/03/2019 12:30:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I visited the new McCarthy & Stone Development today to try to see what had happened in terms of waste collections at the fltas. Unfortunately, since October of last year the manager has been unable to secure regular collections at the site.The bins are now over-flowing and residents in desperation have taken their waste to the recycling centre. I am hoping that they won't have to suffer too much longer before regular collection are in place.
SGN works on Sanderstead Court Avenue 01/03/2019 15:20:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
The SGN works at the corner of Limpsfield Road and Sanderstead Court Avenue have been causing chaos for a few days now, but unfortunately they are due to say another week due to 'unforseen complications'. They expect to be removing them on 8th March.
Crossways House - 209 Sanderstead Road 01/03/2019 15:05:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Despite constant reporting of missed collections Crossways House on Sanderstead Road has not received regular collections of waste for months. The cost of enlisting the services of a private waste disposal service and a cleansing company to clean up the dreadful mess is mounting. I have contacted the director and the cabinet member asking when a normal service can be resumed. It appears that despite contacting the council myself the waste still remains piled high. It just isn't good enough. Residents are extremely upset.
Ministerial Visit by Mims Davies to Croydon Carers Centre 01/03/2019 13:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I attended a meeting at Croydon Carer's Centre with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies MP and our prospective parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central, Mario Creatura. We were also joined by my deputy Cllr Margaret Mead and Cllr Scott Roche. The Minister was extremely interested in the good work of the centre and even joined in the Indian dancing session. She was concerned about the number of elderly in the borough who are socially isolated and praised the many carers here in Croydon, many of which come to the Centre for support.
David Lean Cinema - Dementia Screenings - All Welcome 20/02/2019 19:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The Sanderstead Councillors have sponsored two Dementia Friendly Screenings at the David Lean Cinema. The First one is on:
Date: 5 March
Time: Tea/coffee available from 10.15am, film starts at 11am
These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to. There is an interval for people to take a break and tea and coffee will be served before the film starts.
Food Waste Bins - Montana Close 11/02/2019 17:40:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The food waste bins at Montana Close have not been collected since 18 December. They are so full and smelly that residents have reported this as an environmental issue to the council. Repeated requests by residents and the management company are to no avail. I have reported the missed bins on several occasions. What has gone wrong nobody can explain. The Director of service has promised that the bins will be collected tomorrow. Let's wait and see!
Clinic - Rectory Park Sanderstead 30/01/2019 10:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The local councillors received many emails from concerned resident about the possible closure of the clinic at Rectory Park. I have received the following official statement which does give some assurance:
RE: SANDERSTEAD CLINIC
We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients. There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.
Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses. Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.
At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people.
Christmas Trees 23/01/2019 12:18:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
I was a bit disappointed to see a large pile of Christmas trees uncollected this morning near Sanderstead Pond. I don't know whether these all came from the same source or whether one person dumped their tree there and lots of other people followed suit, but as there's a danger that the council teams who are supposed to be collecting trees will miss these, I have reported them. The council, on its web site, says it will only collect from 'kerbside properties' - i.e. houses they collect kerbside recycling from. This is not really a kerbside site location, so that's another good reason to report them. Hopefully the council will collect them before the service ends on Friday, but rest assured I will keep an eye on it!
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