Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Old Lodge Lane Closure

As you have no doubt heard the Main Line Bridge is going to be replaced and the road closed to traffic from 18:00 hrs 16 December 2015 Until 17.00 hrs 11 January 2016 so that this bridge can be replaced.
For the whole period the 455 bus will be rerouted from 04:00 16 December as follows:
The 455 bus to Purley will go up Burcott Road, left onto Higher Drive, left into Foxley Hill Road and  left into Godstone Road. The bus will then stop at the Tesco stop before continuing its normal route to Croydon and Wallington.
As for the return Journey we hope that we can convince TfL to do a loop so that it stops on the High Street side of Purley Cross and then goes round its normal route to the Tesco stop before looping round  and going back up the Godstone Road, turning right into Foxley Hill Road, right into Higher Drive, continuing along Higher Drive, turning right into Bencombe Road and then turning left into Old Lodge Lane and continuing on its normal route to Canons Hill.
There is a map on our website on the following link

There is also complete closure under the bridge for pedestrians from 18:00 hrs 30 December 2015 to 04:00hrs 04 January 2016. During this period there will be a shuttle service picking up from Old Lodge Lane then Hartley Down and then taking pedestrians from there to the drop off point at Reedham Station. There will be another shuttle bus to do the return journey. We have been advised that there maybe a need to close the road under the bridge for pedestrians before 30thDecember and we will advise you by E-Blast when further information is available. If this is necessary the shuttle service will start early.
As you are aware there are many diversion signs for drivers and we have pointed out a couple of points where signs need to be displayed, i.e. traffic coming down Hayes Lane into Old Lodge Lane and traffic coming from Kenley Station via Higher Drive into Old Lodge Lane.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

From Local MP Chris Philp

Dear Neighbour,
Our local green spaces and the character of our local area are under threat, and I would like your help to try to protect them. I apologise that this is quite a long email, but it is an important topic.
Croydon council (which is currently Labour-controlled) has recently published a draft “Local Plan” for consultation. The Local Plan lays out broadly what the council will allow to be built over the next 20 years. If a planning application comes forward which is consistent with the Local Plan it will almost certainly be passed.  The deadline to respond to the consultation is 18th December 2015.
As our local MP, I have very serious concerns that some of the proposals in the draft Local Plan will threaten green spaces and the character of our neighbourhood. Of course we need to build more homes, but I believe that we should prioritise brownfield sites and make sure we preserve the character of our area.
I have gone through the 200 page document in detail, and I have listed what I think are the worst 10 proposals below. If you can face looking at the full document, it can be viewed here:
If you agree with some or all of my objections below, please can you email by 18thDecember 2015 to make clear that you object too, quoting the Policy reference numbers which I have given.
1. Garden Grabbing
Policy DM2 (p18) allows “garden grabs” to become much easier. National policy and London policy classifies gardens as greenfield, and there is an assumption against developing on gardens. But new Policy DM2 says that the council will allow building on gardens if “it will complement the local character and biodiversity is protected”. This is totally subjective and so is a much weaker form of protection, and will provide cover for developers to be given planning consent to build on gardens. I oppose making it easier to build on gardens as it will remove green space from our neighbourhood. There should be a presumption against building on gardens.
2. Purley Skyscraper authorisation
Policy DM40.1 (p166) says that a skyscraper of 16 floors can be built in the centre of Purley. I am sure that this policy is written with the specific site opposite Pizza Express on Purley Cross in mind. I totally oppose this. A skyscraper of 16 floors will completely change the character of Purley town centre and is wholly out of keeping with the rest of Purley town centre which is no higher than 5 floors.
3. Purley Pool
Policy 40.4, Table 11.3, Site 30 (p168) talks about redeveloping the current Purley Pool and multi-story car park site. Redevelopment would be welcome, but any new leisure centre must include a pool and the policy should make this clear. It should also make clear that the total number of public parking spaces should not go down.
4. Purley Parking
Policy 40.4, Table 11.3, Site 61 (p168). This car park at 54-58 Whytecliffe Road South is being re-designated as residential. Given the parking problems in Purley town centre, any new scheme should have at least as many public parking spaces as the current car park.
5. Sanderstead “Lidl” Site
Policy DM41.3, Table 11.14, site 306 (p171) says that retail can be built on the old Good Companions Pub site at the junction of Limpsfield Road and Tithepit Shaw Road. This site is owned by Lidl and has been the subject of a previous planning application by them. A Lidl or similar store on this site would cause traffic chaos. This site should only be considered for tasteful residential development, and not for retail.
6. Gypsy/Traveller site on Conduit Lane, next to Coombe Wood Gardens
Policy DM44.2, Table 11.17, site 661 (p179). The council plans to create a Gypsy/Traveller site here. This is a greenbelt site, and it is not appropriate to put a traveller site here.  Policy E of “Planning Policy for Traveller Sites”, published by the Government in August, says very clearly:  “Traveller sites (temporary or permanent) in the Green Belt are inappropriate development”.
7. Loss of Green Belt – (1) Coombe Playing Fields, (2) Croham Hurst, (3) Sanderstead Plantation
The Coombe Playing Fields, currently Green Belt, are being proposed for development in Policy DM44.2, Table 11.17, site 662 (p179). The site should remain as green belt. Croham Hurst Woods are being de-designated from Green Belt to Metropolitan Open Land in Policy SP7 of the Strategic Plan (p55 of Polices Map). Sanderstead planation is also being downgraded from Green Belt to Metropolitan Open Land. I object to all these downgrades.
8. Lack of Parking in new developments
Policy DM28 (p115-116) of the draft Plan will require developers to provide fewer parking spaces in areas of low public transport accessibility than the London Plan allows for. The Council assumes that this will lead to fewer people owning their own car.  In fact, it will lead to more and more pressure on on-street parking.  I will be calling for Policy DM28 to allow higher levels of parking in all locations than the London Plan contemplates, because so many of our District centres (such as Purley and Coulsdon) already have very severe parking problems. Policy DM29 (p120) prohibits temporary car parks.  This is too restrictive as temporary car parks may sometimes be needed.
9. Coulsdon Town centre – Current Waitrose Site
Policy DM35, Table 11.8, Site 945 (p146) is the current Waitrose on Brighton Road, which will close when the new one on Lion Green road opens. The plan contemplates residential and healthcare uses, but I believe that ground floor retail should be allowed as well as potentially healthcare, and require as many public car parking spaces as there are currently on the site. The parking is especially important given the current parking problems in Coulsdon.
10. More Protection; Less “Intensification” 
The loss of Local Area of Special Character protection for many roads such as West Hill, Campden and Spencer Roads, the Woodcote Estate and Hartley Farm will open these roads up to inappropriate development. Roads such as Oakwood Avenue in Purley should also be included as new Local Heritage Areas. In Policy DM31.4 (p126) some parts of Kenley, Sanderstead and South Croydon are earmarked for “intensification” – which is a euphemism for more building. This will change the character of those areas and should be opposed.
If you agree with some or all of my objections above, please can you email by 18thDecember 2015 to make these objections to the council in your own words, quoting the policy reference numbers I have given. I hope that we can persuade the council to change their mind on these points. I am sure that if we fight, we can keep our neighbourhood as a nice place to live.
Sorry to write such a long email, but this is an important topic.

Chris Philps 

Coulsdon West Councillor Public Meeting - Thur 4th Feb

The 3 Coulsdon West Councillors will be holding a public meeting for residents in early February next year.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 4th February from 7pm in the Coulsdon Community Centre, Barrie Close, Coulsdon.

This is there annual public meeting and is designed for the councillors to let residents know about their work over the last year and to discuss any local issues of concern in the community.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Galloway Chemist Survey

Save Our Chemist
Please could people fill in this survey regarding Galloways Pharmacy which is on The Mount. They are facing closure and it is a valued service for those who live up there and find transport difficult.