Boris visits the Kenley emergency services 11/02/2014 17:05:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Along with council leader Mike Fisher and GLA Member (and Kenley councillor) Steve O'Connell, I toured the site of the Kenley Water Teatment plant again today, hosting London Mayor Boris Johnson. That's my third visit in three working days, so the water company staff and I are getting to know each other pretty well! The work is continuing to protect our water supply and to defend residents' houses near the Bourne from the effects of the recent rains.
Boris was hugely impressed by the scale of the effort going in to the operation and praised the water company, the council and the emergency services for the enormous collaborative effort.
Both Boris and the councillors also talked to local businesses and residents along the Godstone Road, which continues to be closed to non-local traffic. So impressed has the local florist been with the council and emergency services' efforts, that she gave Boris a Valentines rose, by way of a thank you! Clearly the road closure has been bad for businesses who rely on passing trade, but it continues to be necessary to use the road as the conduit for the many kilometres of pipe which are preventing the flooding of both the businesses and nearby homes. It will be reopened as soon as it is practicable, but the water removal has to be the priority whilst the weather is so unsettled and the ground is saturated with water.
Today's rain raised the water levels in the critical areas again, but the pumping operation to create capacity for the expected rainfall over the next 48 hours continues. Sutton & East Surrey Water has been working closely with Thames Water, who both supply water to adjoining areas and provide the sewerage system, to develop contingency plans for how to cope in the event that there is no respite in the rains.
I will continue to post updates on this blog, as the situation develops.
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!
Please do contact us with any issues or concerns you may have. We answer all our constituents' correspondence and value your comments. If you want your concern addressed by your local team, please follow the link above.