Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Latest Cane Hill Newsletter

Latest Insite Update from Cane Hill, click link below for full document.

Loss of 30 Minute Free Parking in Coulsdon

Image courtesy of Dr Neil Clifton
Dear All,

It will come as no surprise that at last evening's Council meeting it was agreed that Coulsdon should lose our free 30 mins in Brighton Rd. Cllr Bee was chairing.

In spite of Cllr Bee's time restrictions, Maureen Levy of ECRA, Cllrs; Mario Creatura, Luke Clancy, Steve O'Connell, Yvette Hopley with Chris Philp made the case well, pointing out that Labour had pledged to keep free parking and other areas in the Borough would be keeping theirs to help their traders. No dice as Cllr Bee said she had changed her mind about the manifesto pledge and implied Coulsdon people were just whingeing again. The proposal was passed with the Chair's casting vote despite a petition of 878 signatures against the removal of free parking.

There you have it - another example of democracy in action.



Monday, 18 April 2016

Croydon Library Threat of Closure Form

Croydon libraries are under threat of closure.

I am attaching a  paper survey from Croydon Council for you to give your views on the future. The Council have not made it easy to get hold of this document, hence my email to you 

Please complete the survey and give your views and also pass it on to your contacts for them to do the same.

You can print it out and take it to your local library where they will scan it and send it to the correct place, you can go online and complete it or you can take or post it to allan.nimmo -  or post to him at  Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1E

See below for Save our Libraries and the meeting to be held on 26th April at  St Michael's, Poplar Walk, in central Croydon. Places are limited by the capacity of the venue so if you'd like to attend, please book a place.  

Please help us to spread this information as widely as possible.

Residents across Croydon are generally not aware of the survey on libraries, even those with ready access to the internet and those visiting libraries. 

There is misinformation in circulation, with some saying libraries will close. The staff and stock have already been drastically cut. It is likely that the future plans will include greater reliance on self-service machines and volunteers - the focus being on open doors and not on maintaining or improving the service in our libraries.

Some residents have received paper copies in their library when they've asked.  Others have had to request a copy, some then received a single copy by post, whilst others have not received a copy at all.

Some libraries have displays advertising the survey, others have none.

There is mention of focus groups but the Council will not share when and where these are being held, and library staff do not have the information to pass on. This means people who might want to participate are excluded. If you know of any please let us know so we can advertise them.

 People who have completed the survey online report it closing before they can have their say, and that the questions are leading. 

The survey promotes volunteering and the campaign has received at least one report of a resident inquiring about the survey being actively encouraged to volunteer by a member of library staff.

This is not a fair process!

Upper Norwood library has now lost all its library staff and self-serve machines have been installed. 

Is this really what we want for Croydon libraries?

Please share this information as widely as possible.  It obviously helps the council officer responsible if you can complete the survey online, but do look at a copy first to prepare your thoughts and avoid the issues other people have had, and if you prefer to complete a hard copy then request one or print the downloadable copy in this post to use and to share.

Find the link to the online survey and the downloadable copy of the survey here:

It would be wise to keep a copy of the comments you make to ensure that they are reflected in the final document. We can collate any comments you have if you send them on.

Public meeting
There is also a public meeting on Tuesday 26 April ay 7 p.m. in the hall to the rear of St Michael's, Poplar Walk, in central Croydon. Places are limited by the capacity of the venue so if you'd like to attend, please book a place. This meeting is a meeting by the community for the community as the council is holding no meetings on the subject. The focus of this meeting will be purely on this current engagement on libraries and the fate of the current Croydon Libraries, so will not include discussion on the old Ashburton Library building or on Upper Norwood Library. 

Please help spread the word.

And if you know of anyone who would like to be added to the circulation list, please ask them to get in touch.

Kind regards

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign
Follow us on twitter @SaveCroydonLibs 

Latest Cane Hill Planning Applications on Croydon Site

 These can be viewed on Croydon’s planning portal, application details are below -

Validation Date
11 April 2016
Target Date for Determination
11 July 2016
Deed of Variation to S.106 Reference
Phase 2 – Gateway Reference
Phase 3 – Hillside Reference
Phase 4 – Historic Centre Reference
Phase 5 – Historic South Reference
Phase 6 – Cricket Pitch Reference

Access the planning Portal here and input the Ref numbers to view.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Objections for Closure of Croydon Libraries

Please see below and please obtain and fill in your objections if you do object to the libraries in Croydon being shut by the Council or staffed by volunteers.

The Council have a survey on line on their proposals to CLOSE CROYDON LIBRARIES.  This on line survey is badly put together and ends leaving you up in the air unable to put full details.  Therefore the way to get involved and let the Council know that you are not happy with this proposal is to do so via a paper copy of the survey.  They are making it as difficult as possible to obtain one of these paper copies but you should be able to get in the libraries as stated below.  Do not listen when told that this can only be completed on line.

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign is collecting information on people’s experience in trying to obtain this document so please let them know at


Maureen Levy
Secretary of ECRA

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Morgan's House

Morgan Bishop is a six year old boy in Epsom and Ewell who suffers from severe food allergies, Eczema, Asthma as well as FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome - a life threatening Kidney condition. Morgan's family are trying to raise money for a deposit on a bigger house that will make their lives that little bit easier.

Please us beth link below to donate