Borough-wide Residents Association meeting 12/02/2018 21:51:00......Posted by Robert Ward
It was a full house at the Borough-wide Residents Association meeting this evening where the main subject was planning issues. Councillor Tim Pollard, leader of the Conservative group on Croydon Council and Conservative’s planning lead, Councillor Jason Perry brought us up to speed on where we stand on the planning process and how it has been operating in recent times. A lively discussion followed.
In brief, the Croydon Local Plan, which is the framework document for planning related issues in the Borough, is likely to be approved in the next couple of months, all opportunities for comment and revision having been exhausted. The net result is that Croydon will be expected to deliver a significant volume of additional housing, a number that is only likely to be increased by requirements imposed from above by Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is updating the London Plan, with which the Croydon plan must comply. This is a significant concern, especially so since the Labour-led Croydon Planning Committee has routinely been approving unsustainable and out of character planning applications against the wishes of local residents.
Councillor Pollard shared some ideas for improving the participation and influence of local residents in the planning process which might be included in the Conservative manifesto for the upcoming Council elections. Make sure you come out and vote on May 3rd to make a difference to the future of your local community.
Warning from local Police on distraction theft 11/11/2018 17:41:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
A recent incident took place in Sanderstead which the police have asked that people be made aware of:-
An older lady knocked on the door of a house and said she needed help picking up an item, on this occasion a scarf. An equally elderly resident goes to help, leaving the front door wide open BUT on this occasion, her husband was inside and noticed a male on a bike, who appeared ready to come in through the open door.
This technique has also been employed in a similar vein in Surrey where whilst putting their bags in their car in a shopping centre car park people are being told that they’ve dropped something under the car.
Please be aware of this type of distraction theft and remember to report any suspicious activity to Police.
Flu vaccination for young children - please get your child vaccinated 19/10/2018 21:47:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Flu can be very serious for some young children. If your child is aged 2 or 3, they can get the free flu nasal spray vaccination. It’s quick and easy with not a needle in sight.
Only about 33% of 2-3 year olds in Croydon had their flu vaccine last year. Protecting little ones from the flu is easy with a free nasal spray. Please get your child protected. Ask your GP now or search NHS flu vaccine.
Gas main replacement in Farnborough Avenue 10/10/2018 10:50:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Southern gas networks are today, 10th October starting work to replace the gas main in Farnborough Avenue, which will include some works across the mouth of Copse view and Heathfield Vale. The majority of the work will involve open cut trenches in Farnborough Avenue, in the line of where cars would normally park, so existing flows will be maintained.
It will be necessary to close Farnborough Avenue whilst they trench across Heathfield Vale, connecting the new main to the existing one. Two-way lights will be in use on Heathfield Vale through this phase of works. Advanced warning of this closure will go out one week before it is due to happen, with a local diversion signposted.
NOTE: I have now been informed that Copse view will be closed from 25th October to enable the works passed the junction. Advanced warnings and a local diversion will be signed.
Careers Fair - 16th Nov 09/10/2018 17:39:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Croydon Careers Fair is taking place on the 16th November in Croydon Conference Centre on Surrey Street from 10am – 2pm and there will be 30+ local organisations attending.
The event is completely free to attend, and as this is The UK Careers Fair’s first time in Croydon, they are also giving away a £5 Amazon Gift Card to the first 100 attendees!
Bin issues and delays at Fairfield Halls 08/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
There was a meeting of the full Council and there were many questions about the chaotic roll-out of the new wheeled bins. I asked about the lack of progress with the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls - there is still no firm date for reopening.
Dance Umbrella 07/10/2018 17:38:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Went to see the Dance Umbrella performance in BoxPark and it was great to see the performance by 200 women
Monks Hill Update 04/10/2018 17:37:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Went to Monks Hill for their community association meeting. They were discussing plans for their Christmas Crafts event in December and I am happy to support this using some funds from the Ward budget. They have set the date for their Fund Day next year - 1st June - look forward to it!
Consultation on new Planning Guidelines 04/10/2018 17:36:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Went to the consultation event about the Intensification of the Suburbs proposals that are being put forward by the Council. There were some good visuals, a video and some models which clearly showed the impact of the additional housing on communities. I am not convinced this is the best way to tackle the housing shortage.
Addington Residents' Assoc 02/10/2018 17:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Attended a meeting of Addington Residents' Association where we discussed how to protect the field at Pioneer Place from development. It is a precious community resource with many rare plants and animals.
Intensification of the Suburbs 26/09/2018 17:34:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
Joined colleagues at a meeting of residents associations to discuss the Councils consultation on the Intensification of the Suburbs planning document. They have serious concerns about the proposals and the impact they will have on their neighbourhoods.
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