Friday, 1 February 2019

Regardless of individual political affiliations


This is the latest from Chris Philp, which contains items which may be of interest to some.




Dear Resident,

Here is an update on some local issues I have been working on, or which may be of interest.

Purley Skyscraper Update: High Court Appeal by the Developer
You will recall the excellent news that in December the Labour council’s planning permission for a 17-floor Purley Skyscraper was over-turned by the Government. Unfortunately, the developer has now appealed to the High Court against that decision. I am not sure how long the appeal will take, or what the chances are of it being successful. As soon as I have more news I will let you know. The sooner the skyscraper proposal can be finally defeated, the sooner the site can be developed in an appropriate way.

Have a chat with me at a Street Stall - Saturday 2nd February, Old Coulsdon, 11:30-12:30
If you’d like to drop by for a chat about any topic, I’ll be at a street stall in Old Coulsdon on Tudor Parade (CR5 1EH) from 1130-1230 on Saturday 2nd February. There is no need for an appointment – just drop by. I will do street stalls in other parts of the neighbourhood in the next few months if this one is not convenient.

Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) – Brand New A&E now open
The new A&E, or Emergency Department, at Croydon University Hospital (Mayday), opened to the public in December. It offers a wonderful service and operates at around double the capacity of the old A&E.

In 2015 I met with the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to discuss the importance of upgrading the A&E. That year, the Government decided to invest £21 million in the new A&E. It is much bigger than the old A&E, so can see far more patients. Patients also now have higher levels of privacy – they will be treated in their own treatment rooms, rather than just a curtained cubicle.

Other facilities include two mental health liaison rooms for adults, one for children, and a dedicated resuscitation unit for very seriously ill patients. A separate new Urgent Treatment Centre has also been opened next door to the A&E to handle less serious cases.

The local NHS still recommend that residents in the south of the Borough attend Purley War Memorial Hospital’s GP Hub / Minor Injury Unit for less serious matters (excluding potential broken bones – for which people should still go to Croydon University Hospital). Following my campaign a year or two ago, the Purley facility is now open 8am-8pm 365 days a year. There are both GPs and nurses available to see people immediately, as well as an X ray service. The NHS also encourages non-emergency patients to phone 111 for medical advice.

Gatwick: A second Runway
The Government announced a little while ago that the extra runway in the south east should be at Heathrow – the (in)famous Heathrow third runway. This implied that Gatwick would not get Government support to expand.

But Gatwick has developed a plan to get a second runway operational without needing to be the “official” extra runway in the south east - and the extra Gatwick runway is likely to be operational long before Heathrow’s third runway.

It turns out Gatwick has an existing “standby” runway that runs parallel to the current main runway.  They had pledged not to use it for the first 40 years of Gatwick’s lifetime – but that expires later this year. The plan is to bring this standby runway into operation. The airport could then provide for up to 70 million passengers per year, an increase of around 50% from current levels.

The amount of work needed is not significant – some more taxi routes are needed around the edge of the current runway, and the standby runway needs to be extended by 12 metres to the north to meet international aviation standards. All of this can happen within the current boundaries of Gatwick airport.

The airport would remain a two-terminal operation, and noise levels would remain about the same. The cost would be entirely paid for privately by the airport owner – no public money is needed. The cost of the second Gatwick runaway, at around £500m, is around 1/30th the cost of the Heathrow third runway in any case.

I support these plans. It would be very useful for Croydon to have extra airport capacity just a 30 minute drive from Purley (in normal traffic) or a 15 minute train ride from East Croydon. But if they go ahead I do want to see Gatwick make financial contributions towards improving the M23 and A23, and also the Brighton Mainline. Extra traffic and train passengers will be generated (albeit mostly outside the rush hour) and it is right that Gatwick helps with meeting the costs of better infrastructure. I will keep you updated on progress with this project.
 
Major Upgrade Opportunity – Brighton Mainline
The Brighton Mainline, running from London to Brighton through our neighbourhood, is one of the busiest in the country carrying over 300,000 passengers each day. Some time ago, I led a delegation of MPs to see the Prime Minister which led to a £300m programme of works to upgrade the infrastructure (for example, fixing points and signals). This work is now happening, and should ensure there are fewer delays and cancellations once completed.

But the line is nonetheless running at 99% capacity, which means any small problem creates wider disruption and rush-hour trains are often over-crowded. We need to create more capacity.

The bottleneck for the whole network is around East Croydon station – Network Rail describe it “the most challenging bottleneck on Britain’s Railway Network.” Services converge from across Surrey, Sussex and parts of Hampshire through East Croydon, before diverging to Victoria, London Bridge and Blackfriars. The Windmill Junction, near Selhurst, is also a bottleneck. You will have noticed southbound trains often pause for a few minutes near Selhurst while they wait for this junction to clear.

I have therefore been campaigning for the Government to provide around  £2 billion to fix this bottleneck. This project would entail expanding East Croydon from 6 to 8 platforms and widening other areas of track in the vicinity. It would also involve grade separating Windmill junction. Not only would this prevent a lot of delays, but it would allow for more services to run, increasing capacity by 30%.

This project is being taken forward by Network Rail, and there are some more basic details in a video on this page:
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/south-east/croydon-area-remodelling-scheme/

The funding still needs to be finally signed off, but I will be pressing hard to make sure that this happens. This would be one be one of the biggest rail infrastructure upgrade projects in the country. I will keep you updated.


Charity News: Get Well Gamers
This charity is registered in Scotland but their Head of Operations, Richard Thurbon, is from Coulsdon. They provide video and other electronic games to seriously ill children in hospital and hospices to provide them with some entertainment as well as diversion from pain they may be suffering. They need donations of second hand games consoles and volunteers to take them into hospitals and hospices. They have recently worked with Croydon University Hospital. If you can make a donation of a second hand console or would like to volunteer, please have a look at: www.getwellgamers.org.uk

Charity News:  Selsdon Centre for older people
I visited the Selsdon Centre (on the left as you go into the entrance of the big Sainsburys in Selsdon), a few weeks ago.  They offer older people a place to go, a very cheap cooked meal five days a week and various social activities such as bingo, chess, cards and IT training. They have a minibus that can collect people who need that. Anyone interested in using this service themselves, or who has friends or relations that might be, should make contact (details below). They are also looking for volunteers to help in the Centre and two volunteers to serve on the Board.  If interested, please contact Craig Anderson or Jane Bird 020 8651 1111 or email selsdon.centre@btinternet.com.

In the House of Commons
I asked the Prime Minister earlier this week about getting more young people onto the Housing Ladder. Here is the clip:
Getting first time buyers on the property ladder.
And here is the speech I gave a couple of weeks ago in the “No Confidence” debate, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn the day after the Government lost the original vote on the BREXIT deal:
The "No Confidence" debate.
I hope this update was useful.

Best wishes,

Chris
Chris Philp
Member of Parliament for Croydon South

Thursday, 24 January 2019

FW: Chipstead Valley Road - 2 way Temporary Signals

From: Edgerton, Jackie <Jackie.Edgerton@croydon.gov.uk>
Sent: 24 January 2019 15:29
To: King, Stuart <Stuart.King@croydon.gov.uk>; Creatura, Mario <Mario.Creatura@croydon.gov.uk>; Clancy, Luke <Luke.Clancy@croydon.gov.uk>; Parker, Ian <Ian.Parker@croydon.gov.uk>
Cc: 'Quickfall Suzanne' (Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk) <Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk>; Iles, Steve <Steve.Iles@croydon.gov.uk>; Dickson, Hilary <Hilary.Dickson@croydon.gov.uk>; Wallace, Scott <Scott.Wallace@croydon.gov.uk>king.charles@talktalk.net; Judah, Jon <Jon.Judah@croydon.gov.uk>
Subject: Chipstead Valley Road - 2 way Temporary Signals

Good afternoon Councillors,

In order to carry out emergency works on a gas leak outside of 364 Chipstead Valley Road,  Southern Gas Network  are controlling the traffic with two way temporary signals on Chipstead Valley Road near its junctions with Woodstock Road.  I have asked for the lights to be manually controlled at peak times because of the proximity to schools in the area. The works are expected to be completed by Wednesday 30th January. I will send further updates if this changes.    

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss further.

With kind regards


Jackie Edgerton
Network Management Officer 
Place Department
Streets Division
Highways Team
6th Floor Zone C
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon
CR0 1EA

Tel: 020 8726 6000 - Ext 64907
Fax: 020 8633 9566
Mob: 07827280355
Minicom 020 8760 5797

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

CWRA response to proposed changes to the 404/434 bus routes

Following a request from our TfL representative, Cllr Steve O'Connell, for a CWRA response the following has been sent:

Initial Responses to the proposed 404/434 bus changes from members of Coulsdon West Residents’ Association (CWRA).

The proposals have stimulated much debate within CWRA, particularly within the Rickman Hill area with the majority believing this to be very much to their detriment.
This part of Coulsdon West is home to an elderly demographic, many of whom suffer mobility problems with some of the more disabled being wheelchair users. This area is extremely hilly and the introduction of the 434 route some fifteen years ago (particularly with the hail’ n’ ride section) has given them vital travelling independence and has meant they are able to bring shopping home, for example. Following the recent closure of Dr. Khan’s Brighton Rd medical practice a number of his patients chose to register with the Keston practice given the ease of travel to Purley and are most disappointed with these proposals.


The changes will aid journeys to Old Coulsdon and be of great benefit to Tollers and Cane Hill residents but existing 434 users from the Rickman Hill/Chipstead Valley Road area will lose direct access to the popular destination of Purley, with this now requiring a change of buses in Coulsdon Town. Most children and adolescents from this area attend Woodcote schools and together with some school staff travel on the 434 which under the new proposal the 404 will no longer follow the usual route along Woodcote Grove Road. Some parents have already indicated that they will drive their children, thus depriving these children of a modicum of independence and adding to traffic congestion in Woodcote Grove Rd.

Our members fail to understand why the 404 cannot serve Cane Hill and the 434 remain as it is.  It might be a helpful to suggest that the 404 should turn at Smitham Bottom Rd to loop back to Coulsdon instead of turning at The Drive, which would cover the missing length of Woodcote Grove Road. Our members are generally supportive of Cane Hill (and Toller’s) residents having a bus service but feel that their needs would be unfairly compromised by these proposals.
Of course, strict and careful timetable scheduling between services to ensure connectivity would be an essential pre-requisite for any changes.

A submission to TfL will follow, having given time for further feed-back from our residents. Anything of substance sent to info@thecwra.co.uk will be included.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Proposed changes to routes 404 and 434


Proposed changes to routes 404 and 434

Inbox
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TfL Consultations SMBConsultations@tfl.gov.uk via srs2.kundenserver.de 

Tue, 8 Jan, 11:22 (2 days ago)
to TfL
Dear Stakeholder

We are proposing to make changes to bus routes 404 and 434.

Following the development of the Cane Hill estate in Coulsdon, we have worked with the London Borough of Croydon to provide a bus service to the new area, some of which is currently more than five minutes walk from a bus route. We also want to improve services in both the western and eastern sides of Old Coulsdon.

Route 404 would serve the Tollers Lane estate and Shirley Avenue in Old Coulsdon. It would also be extended along the current route of the 434 between Coulsdon and the Rickman Hill estate.  We propose to introduce a Sunday service and to increase the frequency to every 30 minutes on all days.

Route 434 would be extended from Coulsdon to serve Cane Hill. It would no longer serve Rickman Hill. The frequency would be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and remain every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Details of the proposal can be found online at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-404-434/.

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please let us know your views by Monday 11 February 2019.

Yours faithfully
Ben Adams
Local Communities & Partnerships
Transport for London

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Advance warning


From: Edgerton, Jackie <Jackie.Edgerton@croydon.gov.uk>
Sent: 09 January 2019 14:57
To: King, Stuart <Stuart.King@croydon.gov.uk>; Creatura, Mario <Mario.Creatura@croydon.gov.uk>; Clancy, Luke <Luke.Clancy@croydon.gov.uk>; Parker, Ian <Ian.Parker@croydon.gov.uk>
Cc: 'Quickfall Suzanne' (Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk) <Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk>; Iles, Steve <Steve.Iles@croydon.gov.uk>; Dickson, Hilary <Hilary.Dickson@croydon.gov.uk>; Wallace, Scott <Scott.Wallace@croydon.gov.uk>king.charles@talktalk.net; Judah, Jon <Jon.Judah@croydon.gov.uk>
Subject: Chipstead Valley Road - 2 way Temporary Signals

Good afternoon Councillors,

In order to carry out a water connection to 177 Chipstead Valley Road,  SESWater will be controlling the traffic with two way temporary signals on Chipstead Valley Road between its junctions with Sherwood Road and Vincent Road from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th January. I will send further updates if this changes .    

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss further.

With kind regards


Jackie Edgerton
Network Management Officer 
Place Department
Streets Division
Highways Team
6th Floor Zone C
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon
CR0 1EA

Tel: 020 8726 6000 - Ext 64907
Fax: 020 8633 9566
Mob: 07827280355
Minicom 020 8760 5797

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

CAR THEFTS

We have received many reports of car theft - particularly those relying on electric fobs. Please isolate these fobs from easy access from outside your property using distance, foil or cheap protective devices. Unfortunately, police concern on these crimes is sorely lacking.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Epsom Bus Quality Line strike on Friday





TfL have announced there is likely to be a strike by Drivers at Epsom Buses Quality Line on Friday 7th December 2018 and this could affect the following routes in our area 404, 463, S1 & S3
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