Latest version of 'local plan' is still damaging for Sanderstead
14/07/2016 08:23:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
The council’s ‘Local Plan’ – a document containing their plans for building in the borough – has been released for approval after consulting with the public.
The Council received over 7,000 objections to previous draft of the Local Plan last year when local Conservative Councillors, Residents’ Associations and residents came together in unprecedented fashion to object to the Labour-controlled Council’s ideas.
As a result the council has backtracked in a number of key areas.
What was proposed in the original plans:
- a gypsy and traveller site in Conduit Lane, in the green belt, next to the award winning Coombe Wood Gardens. U-TURN AFTER PRESSURE
- a gypsy and traveller site at Coombe Farm, in the green belt, next to Lloyd Park. U-TURN AFTER PRESSURE
- a gypsy and traveller site at Pear Tree Farm, in the green belt. U-TURN AFTER PRESSURE
- the return to policies that allow building on back gardens and any green space, with developers pressurising homeowners through garden grabbing. GARDENS WILL HAVE GREATER PROTECTION AFTER PRESSURE
- intensification of development around shopping parades, such as Limpsfield Road, South Croydon, Forestdale and Shirley. MAJORITY OF SUBURBAN STREETS WITHDRAWN AFTER PRESSURE
Whilst Labour have u-turned on many issues there are still a number of areas of the local plan that will change the nature of our borough forever:
- the introduction of a gypsy and traveller site at the Purley Highways Depot, behind the already overcrowded recycling centre.
- the loss of greenbelt status for areas such as (Site of Special Scientific Interest) Croham Hurst Woods, Sanderstead Plantation and Purley Downs.
- the introduction of a number of schools into the green belt.
- the downgrading of the much loved Metropolitan Open Land around Shirley Oaks Village, though the plans for 100s of new homes have been dropped.
- the loss of Local Area of Special Character protection for over twenty roads including West Hill, Stanhope Road, Preston Road and Cheston Avenue.
In Sanderstead the three main issues are the downgrading from Green Belt of Sanderstead Plantation and Purley Downs Golf Club and the proposed intensification of the area between Limpsfield Road and Onslow Gardens - which means blocks of flats could replace the current low rise developments of houses and bungalows. We objected to this last time and as a result the proposed area has been made smaller, but it is still too large, taking in Onslow Gardens (end by All Saints’), Blenheim Gardens and Cranleigh Gardens.
Just like last time it is imperative that as many residents as possible respond to the latest consultation which will commence on 5th September 2016 for a six week period.
Whilst Labour bowing to public and political pressure is welcome, there are still major areas of concern for Croydon, namely the introduction of a new gypsy and traveller site in Purley; the downgrading of much loved greenbelt and metropolitan open land and the loss of protected special character status for many roads, with the sneaky move from Local Areas of Special Character to Local Heritage Areas.
Despite bowing to public pressure, Labour still have plans to downgrade our precious greenbelt and remove the special status of many areas in Croydon. This is our last chance to fight these damaging proposals. Now more than ever residents need to let this Council know that their plans are simply not good enough for our town.
How to comment on the plans:
The Local Plan documents, the accompanying Sustainability Appraisals and the Representation Form to respond to the Consultation may be viewed once the consultation starts:
- At the borough’s libraries (during normal opening hours)
- At Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon, 9:00am-4:00pm (Monday to Friday)
- By downloading from the Council’s website: Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options) www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanone Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options) www.croydon.gov.uk/localplantwo
- Alternative formats of the document are available on request at LDF@croydon.gov.uk or 020 8407 1385.
- You can respond by letter, e-mail, petition to email@example.com
- Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review, Spatial Planning, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA
Hamsey Green Pond - Early Morning Meeting
21/06/2018 10:32:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I met with Meike Weiser and Verena Trend at Croydon Council to discuss the improvements to Hamsey Green pond. The pond is in a terrible state with parrot weed now covering the whole of the surface of the pond and vegetation overtaking the entire surround. The pond needs de-silting which is a major operation and there would need to be a clear plan to dispose of the huge amount of silt and evasive plant form. The pond is extremely deep and the work that needs to take place would probably be beyond the remit of The Conservation Volunteers. Meike and Verena very kindly are putting together a plan to instigate work at this site.
Heathhurst Road/Mayfield Road Footpath
21/06/2018 10:14:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A number of residents raised concerns about overhanging foliage from neighbouring properties over the foothpath between Mayfield Road and Heathhurst Road. I am pleased to say that a Neighbourhood Safety Officer has visited the location and spoken to both the residents of the properties where the problem vegetation is located. Both agreed to cut back the trees/shrubs, one has complied already.
Hear Me Speak - Sanderstead Residents' Association
20/06/2018 21:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was pleased to attend the Hear Me Speak 2018 primary school competition which was organised by the SRA at St. Peters' Primary School. Four schools competed, Greenvale, Gresham, Hamsey Green and St Peters for the coveted trophy. Each school provided a three member team presenting on interesting topics such as gender neutrality, the impact of video gaming, shortening of school holidays and dieting and body image. It was an extremely close contest with all participants performing well but it was Greenvale Primary School that won first prize. It was an honour to present the certificates and prizes as a past Mayor of Croydon. Well done to the brilliant children and everyone involved and a thank you to the Sanderstead Residents' Association for organising the event.
20mph Road Markings - Purley Downs Road
20/06/2018 13:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
In a previous blog I highlighted some of the problems on Purley Downs Road since the introduction of the 20mph zone. A number of drivers are speeding and overtaking law-abiding citizens attempting to drive at the now required 20mph. I took this up with the council and the cabinet member and a number of 20mph markings have been painted on the road to assist. I hope that drivers adhere to the limit and it helps address the issue of any possible collisions or accidents.
Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team - Change of Email
19/06/2018 21:27:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) is a group of Met police officers dedicated to serving our community. The team is made up of officers based in the area supported by additional officers from the wider area. They work closely with local authorities, community leaders and residents to decide the policing priorities for the area. This helps them find useful, long-term solutions to local problems, while maintaining our wider focus on reducing crime across London.
As of today Sanderstead LPT has a new email address:
Please use this to contact the team. The old email address is no longer in operation and will bounce back if you try to use.
Do pass on this information to your contacts.
PCSO Sam Brooks 7381 ZD
Sanderstead SNT| Addington Police station | Addington Village Road | Croydon | CR0 5AQ
Telephone: 0208 721 2470
Follow us on Twitter @MPSSanderstead
Follow us on FaceBook www.facebook.com/MPSSanderstead
Grass Cutting and Green Space Management
18/06/2018 11:03:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
In general I would say that the new contractor has made a good job of the verges and green spaces that have been cut. It is a difficult task to maintain the banks of Sanderstead Hill and a good attempt has been made in ensuring that the bank has not been cut too short or "scraped" as it was before. However, there have been issues with the maintenance of Sanderstead roundabout, in particular the shrubs and beds have not had any attention this season. Many hedges are out of control and dead plants and weeds seem to be the star attraction rather than the beautiful plants that should be in full bloom. There are also problems on our border with Tandridge. This is also tricky and gets missed as one side of the pavement and verges is in our area and the other side in Surrey. A poor attempt has been made to cut the grass at the junction of Wentworth Way and Tithe Pit Shaw Lane but clumps of long grass have been left around the posts. I have asked the council to instruct the contractor to return with his strimmer to tidy up the grass area at our boundary and to ensure that the beds on the roundabout are maintained.
Sanderstead Pond - Rat Infestation
18/06/2018 10:39:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A number of residents have alerted me to the problem of rats running along the pathways around Sanderstead pond. The water and foliage and tasty morsals from ducks that are being fed is a natural habitat and ideal breeding place. However, there are just too many now around the pond scaring the residents and small children. Some rat boxes are to be installed to help with this infestation.
Kings Wood - Friends Signs
16/06/2018 20:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Finally the signs marking the entrance to Kings Wood at four locations have been installed. These were requested by The Friends of King's Wood to encourage people to visit the beautiful ancient woodland. This beauty spot can be accessed from a number of locations along the Limpsfield Road and finger post signs will also be put up on five lampposts highlighting the access points. The signs were funded by the local councillors and the Sanderstead Residents' Association.
Eid - Sanderstead Recreation Ground
15/06/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Muslims around the world gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan.
The Eid-al-Fitr is one of only two major festivals in the Islamic faith and sees Muslims hold mass prayers and give money to the poor and needy.
Translated from Arabic it means 'the feast of the breaking of the fast'. The festival signals an end to the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
The festival began at moonrise last night and can continue for up to three days, during which Muslims greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak.
'Eid' means 'celebration' and 'mubarak' means 'blessed', so the saying can be translated as 'have a blessed holiday. We were pleased to have our own gathering of prayers in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. Cllr Tim Pollard and I were able to meet members of the muslim community alongside our Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Sanderstead Care Centre - Previously Wells Place
14/06/2018 07:38:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Residents may have noticed a number of changes to the care home formerly known as Wells Place. The Prime Care Group has acquired the care home.
Prime Care own and operate two other nursing homes in Croydon and also operate another outside of Croydon. They acquired Sanderstead Care Centre from the Victoria Nursing Group who withdrew from the London market completely earlier this year. Prime Care are making changes to the environment and as such have started significant building work. This led to them self-imposing an embargo to ensure that they had space in which to make the relevant improvements. The home is not a purpose built care home and the building is undergoing some modernisation for a contemporary care environment to be achieved.