Thursday, 25 May 2017

Update from Chris Philp - FYI

Dear All,

I enclose below some election and non-election related news I thought might be of interest to you.
There have been some press reports about whether the ban on hunting foxes with dogs will be subject to a Parliamentary vote after the election. If there were such a vote it would be a “free vote” in Parliament, meaning the political parties would not take a position. People have asked me how I would personally vote on this issue if re-elected and if it comes up. So in the interests of full transparency: I would vote against any change in the law – that is, I would vote to leave the hunting ban in place as it is currently.
This week and next week, hearings are being held on the draft “Local Plan” by a Planning Inspector. This document was produced by the council and contains various planning policies for the next 10 years. I have been strongly opposing some of the things in it, and I’ve taken time off from the campaign trail to make my own representations in person to the Inspector at the Town Hall. These include opposing the planned “intensification” near All Saints Church in Sanderstead (I can think of few places less suitable for “medium rise buildings”) and around Kenley station, opposing the proposed Gypsy & Traveller site by the Purley Oaks tip and of course opposing the Purley Skyscraper (which will, after my intervention, be the subject of a separate public enquiry later this year but is in the Local Plan too). I have also made written submissions asking that the protection of Crohamhurst, Sanderstead Plantation and Purley Downs Golf course be maintained. The results of the Planning Inspector’s work on the Local Plan will be known in a few month’s time.
The Labour-run council has recently granted some awful planning consents, against the strong wishes of local residents. This has included the Purley Skyscraper, flats on Norman Avenue near Purley Oaks station, on Montpelier Road in Purley and Tollers in Old Coulsdon besides dozens of smaller but still intrusive schemes. If re-elected, I intend to step up the campaign to ask the council to stop doing this to our neighbourhood.
Southern Rail
I am very pleased to report that the work to upgrade the signals and points on our track has now started. This is being funded with the £300 million which I obtained from the Government after arranging a meeting with the Prime Minister last December. This should lead to fewer breakdowns and therefore fewer delays.
The other piece of vital infrastructure work is to widen the track around East Croydon and to grade separate the Windmill Junction near Selhurst. This is the pinch point on the entire Brighton mainline and would increase capacity by 30% and avoid many of the current delays. I have been assured that this is a top priority for the next major capital works programme (called “Control Period 6” which starts in 2019), and if re-elected I will stay on top of making sure that this promise gets delivered.
It is disappointing that the industrial dispute is not yet over. I will keep up the pressure to resolve this dispute, but I am pleased to see in the manifesto my idea that on strike days a minimum service must still be run. I will push to make sure this is delivered and also continue to push for the franchise to be broken up if re-elected.
Croydon Schools Funding
There has been some misinformation circulated about school funding which I am keen to correct. The proposed National Funding Formula re-distributes funding to correct some historic unfairness. Croydon schools actually benefit, as Croydon has been historically underfunded. For example, Woodcote High will get a 10% increase (worth £500,000 a year), Riddlesdown will get a 10% increase and Oasis Coulsdon a 12% increase. Primary schools benefit too. Some inner London schools would have lost out because they had been over-funded historically but there has now been a manifesto commitment that no school anywhere would get a funding cut (Croydon is unaffected by this as we are getting increases anyway). In addition to this, the Conservatives just announced an extra £4 billion for schools in their manifesto, meaning that the overall schools budgets will rise faster than inflation.
Purley Hospital

From 1st April, the morning opening hours at the Minor Injury Unit / GP Hub have been restored. 

The Unit is now open 8am to 8pm 365 days a year. This followed a long campaign by local residents and me, and I am delighted it has finally borne fruit. They can treat most injuries short of a bone fracture and you can walk straight in, although they encourage people to call 111 first. While the Purley Hospital X-Ray facility is open (roughly speaking, during office hours) an immediate referral can be made to it. It is vital that people use the new facility so that we don’t lose it again – please pass this on to your friends and neighbours so that they know that they can use the facility if needed.

Meanwhile at Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) work is currently underway on a £21m new A&E department. This is due to open in a few months’ time and will offer more capacity and a state-of-the-art service. This is good news for the whole Borough.

I hope that this was a useful update.

With best wishes,

Information For Carers


Carers Week 12 - 18 June 2017: our biggest yet!

Looking after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs your support?

Carers Week 12-18 June 2017 is a national campaign to raise awareness of unpaid carers looking after someone due to illness, disability or old age. 

  • Relaxing massage, dance, henna hand painting and therapeutic art sessions.
  • Vintage afternoon tea at the Carers CafĂ©. 
  • 'Meet a professional' drop-ins.
  • Find out about local carer support and health services.
  • Opportunity to have your say on Croydon's Carers Strategy.
  • Annual Carers' Information Day.
  • And much, much more! 
Download the Carers Week flyer or pick up a paper copy at the Carers Support Centre for a full timetable.
Carers' Information Day: Wednesday 14 June, 10am - 2pm
Community Space Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA
Pick up useful information, meet local carers and professionals and find out what support is available at our annual information event for carers in Croydon. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund. Drop in any time between 10am - 2pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please pass this information on to any contacts who may be interested in attending.

We have flyers and posters for you to display, so please contact me if you would like any publicity materials. You can email or call my direct line 020 8649 6288.

Best wishes,

Amy DeakinCommunications & Publications Officer
Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

Carers Support Centre, 24 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB
Tel: 020 8649 9339 (option 1)
Direct Line: 020 8649 6288

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Never trust GPO to deliver safely.

My daughter ordered a valuable bit of kit, which the supplier chose Royal Mail to deliver. Big mistake. At 7.30 am she received notification of delivery today, with of course, no time slot specified.and being a working lady she found she was  unable to log on to website to request delivery to me, next door. She stuck a notice on her door asking for it to be delivered to me.... Guess what..precious kit was lobbed over her side gate...smashed to smithereens.
I manage to accept all sorts of unexpected deliveries for neighbours, whose deliverer never seem to have a problem gaining my attention. We all have experience of just finding a collect card from Royal Mail even when we have been in. Why cannot they be bothered to knock or just allow a few minutes for people to get to the door?

They simply seem unable to provide any semblance of a public service, so please choose another carrier to avoid disappointment.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Job Vacancy at Cycling Made Easy

The job description is here:

Contact Neil Redulfa - 0208 660 8823

Changes to late train timetables


Please can you put the following on Facebook and web 

Major changes to Late night trains from Victoria

From Monday 22nd of May 2017 

The last train from Victoria to East Croydon will be 00.05.

The following late night trains From Victoria are cancelled from Sunday night/ Monday morning to Thursday night/ Friday morningThey will still run on Friday night/ Saturday morning and Saturday night/ Sunday morning 

00.14 Victoria to Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Purley Coulsdon South, Redhill and Gatwick Airport.
00.16 Victoria all stations to  East Croydon
00.42 Victoria all stations to  East Croydon

The 01.00, 02.00, 03.00 & 04.00 Victoria Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Purley and Gatwick Airport.

On Sundays to Thursday Thameslink trains from St Pancras at  23.54 & 00.24  and Blackfriars at 00.05 and 00.35 will call additionally at Coulsdon South and Redhill.
However, Please check with National Rail enquiries or your App as on some night due to Engineering works these train might start from London Bridge .
The last connecting train from London Bridge is 00.12.

Some Thameslink services will also call at Purley during the night between midnight and 05.00

There will be a connecting bus from Clapham Junction  to East Croydon at  00.21, 01.09, 02.09, 03.09 & 04.09.

This is expected to last until at least December 2017.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017


From Kenley R.A.

Dear fellow Residents Associations,  
I wanted to alert you to a scammer who targeted Kenley last weekend.
The scam involves a lady knocking on the door of elderly residents late in the evening, typically a Friday or Saturday evening and claiming that her relative has been rushed to hospital, and she would like someone to drive her there. This rapidly turns into a request for money.
Unfortunately, a number of our residents fell victim to this scam and handed over cash. Many other residents had the knock at the door but were astute enough to turn her away.
The Police/Safer Neighbourhood Team are involved and think they know who might be the perpetrator, as it follows a very similar MO of a convicted scammer a few years ago. As in this article:
However at this time no arrests have been made and the perpetrator is still active.
Please can you alert your residents to this scam, and, report any suspicious activity to the police.
Chris Stanley


From Riddlesdown R.A.

Hello All
It probably comes as no surprise that our Labour Council voted this through last night despite all the objections from residents. Democracy seems to be dead in Croydon now!
I won’t repeat what is on the Croydon Conservatives website (see link) but Cllr Sara Bashford is to refer it to the Council’s scrutiny committee, although it will probably end up with the same result!
I did note in the Officer’s report that they said they have received very few comments/complaints from the public about the continuation of speeding in Area 1 (North). 
Perhaps after 6 months from implementation in our Area and traffic speeds remaining the same i.e 30 mph and above, we ought to start writing en masse to them?! I think we are good at that and see what they are going to do about it! 
We will also to have to wait for the minutes but it appears from the report there is to be a mix and match of 20 and 30 mph speed limits on residential side streets. Not all roads will have the new lower limits and some major roads will! Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will probably be in utter confusion! See Annexe 3 on paragraph 7 to this link
Phil T