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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard
 

Scams - look out for them!
28/04/2014 13:39:00......Posted by Lynne Hale

 

Residents are being urged by Croydon’s trading standards team to make a stand and fight back against scammers.

May is national Scams Awareness Month and the council’s dedicated fair trading unit is calling for people in Croydon to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phone call with a proposal that sounds too good to be true – because the chances are high that it will be a scam.

Scams come in lots of different shapes and sizes, including dodgy online adverts and tricksters using dating websites to build relationships with people they later defraud.

Other common types including ‘phishing’ emails and ‘vishing’ phone calls – designed to con people into giving away sensitive information – investment scams, and advanced fees requested to claim unexpected lottery wins.

With fewer than 5% of people in the UK reporting scams to the authorities, Croydon’s residents are being urged to fight back against scammers, to ensure they don’t get away with conning innocent people.

People should report suspect or too-good-to-be-true adverts or sales pitches to the authorities, and speak to a friend or relative about any out-of-the-blue offers they get on the doorstep, by phone or email.

The trading standards team wants people to bin scam mail at any of the collection boxes located in libraries across the borough and in the council’s headquarters at Bernard Weatherill House. When collected, the mail will alert the team to the latest cons – and where they are coming from.

Tony Brooks, the director with responsibility for community safety, said: “Residents telling us about a scam puts us in a much stronger position to stop the con artists and make sure nobody else falls foul of their tricks.

 “May is Scams Awareness Month, and we’ll be telling people what to look out for, what kind of scams there are, and of the advice available if you think you might have been a victim.

“Don’t suffer in silence – speak up, let us know and help us put an end to the misery these heartless scammers cause.”

 

Top tips for dealing with scams

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • It you haven’t bought a ticket – you can’t win the prize.
  • You shouldn’t have to pay anything to get a prize.
  • If in doubt, don’t reply – bin it, delete it or hang up.
  • Persuasive sales patter? Just say: “No thank you”.
  • Contacted out of the blue – be suspicious.
  • Never reveal your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you.
  • Take your time – resist pressure to make a decision straight away.
  • Never send money to somebody you don’t know.
  • Walk away from job ads that ask for money in advance.
  • Your bank will never attend your home.
  • Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card.
  • Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN.
  • Computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.
  • Don’t suffer in silence – tell others about scams.

The low-down on scams can be read at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/sam14

If you have been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to help stop it happening to others.

For more information, visit Croydon Citizens Advice Bureau at www.croydoncab.org.uk/index.html or contact Croydon’s trading standards team on 020 84017 1310.

 
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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

Venue:                   David Lean Cinema , Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St,              Croydon CR9 1ET

Cost:                     Free (thanks to sponsors from the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance)

How to book:         Click here to reserve seats for VIVA LAS VEGAS

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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