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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

Deadline approaching for Primary School applications
19/12/2013 11:02:00......Posted by Lynne Hale


The deadline for parents to apply for primary school places in Croydon is 15 January for children due to start in September 2014.

A simple online application form is available from the school admissions page at

Croydon Council has been investing heavily in expanding and building schools to ensure there is a place for every child who needs one.

Despite this, some popular schools continue to receive many more applications than they can accommodate. This is why it is important parents use ALL six options on the form, in case none of their preferred schools are available. It is also usually advisable to include the most local school which uses distance as a selection criteria, even if it is in sixth place.

Children will always be offered the highest-ranked school with available space from their list, so putting in additional choices won’t reduce the chances of being offered one listed as a higher preference. However, if only some of the six options are used, and none of these have spaces, an offer will be made from the places that are left after the first allocations round.

Parents are also advised to check on each school’s admissions policy to make sure they do not put their child down for a school that would be unlikely to accept them.

This can be a worrying time for parents but filling in the application form completely using all six preferences and lodging the application on time will give the best chance of securing a place for their child that parents are happy with.

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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.



Addington Road - Proposed Crossing
12/06/2018 11:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Following safety concerns from residents a new informal crossing is proposed for the Addington Road. It should help many people navigate the road safely.  The scheme should be implemented within the next year or so.



Footpath 145 Between Heathhurst Road and Mayfield Road
12/06/2018 10:06:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I have reported to the council the overgrown foliage from properties concealing the single street lamp in the centre of the footpath which is impacting the illumination of the lower length of the footpath's surface.  A number of residents are rightly concerned.  A serious assult took place on this footpath and it is imperative that the path is lit properly to prevent falls and accidents and to address public safety.



McCarthy & Stone - Limpsfield Road
24/05/2018 16:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I visited McCarthy & Stone today with Hakeem (Director of Right at Home and one of the members of the Dementia Alliance) to talk to residents about local issues and concerns.  I am pleased to say that most of the residents are living independently with little need for help from the house manager.  They enjoy being close to the shops and park and many still drive locally and take part in a number of activities.  Places like this are essential in maintaining independence for longer and they enjoy sharing stories with each other in this "family type setting".  The main concerns for residents were the cost of parking at Croydon University Hospital and the fact that there weren't enough blue badge spaces vailable when they had day appointments.  This is something Hakeem is going to look into and I have suggested that residents take up this issue with our very helpful MP Chris Philp.  Also of concern was the speed of cars on Purley Downs Road.  Since the introduction of the 20mph zone a number of other motorists are overtaking law abiding citizens and frightening them when vehicles pass at speeds in excees of 50mph.  I have been informed by the cabinet member that he is going to ask that 20mph signs be painted on the road surfaces, which I hope has some impact on those driving too fast on this road.  Another concern was the closure of Sandrstead Car Park for flats.  Many residents drive to the shops to get prescriptions and shopping and use the surgery and other facilities.  They feel they will be more isolated if they are not able to park their cars nearby to the shops and are unable to walk very far at all.  This is a worry and was raised by the councillors during the consultation period but sadly wasn't taken into consideration.  Another concern was the uneven pavements, some of which are quite at a camber which makes it difficult to get to Waitrose.  I will speak to the director of service to see if anything can be done.  Hakeem and I really enjoyed our chat with the residents and look forward to returning at a future date.



Green Waste - Missed Collections
24/05/2018 10:13:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents have experienced problems with signing up to the new green waste collection.  Having navigated the council system and put out their green waste one or two residents have experienced missed collections.  This has resulted in an automatic response that the bins have either not been presented correctly or the contents have been contaminated/unsuitable for collection.  On investigation by council officers it was found not to be the  case but perhaps just an excuse from the operative/Veolia not to return to something they have missed.  I know that a number of elderly residents are not on email and if you know somebody struggling with the introduction of this seasons green waste collections or indeed any other issues do get in touch with me and I will try to assist.




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




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