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August 2022

Update on water levels from SES Water

Dear Customer, Due to us receiving a number calls from our customers lately, we wanted to give an update on our position regarding hosepipe bans. Firstly, we just want to thank you for the excellent work you’re doing to save water this summer. We know it’s not easy, but if we all work together, we can help stop the need for restrictions.

Our Bough Beech reservoir is currently 60 per cent full, 11 per cent lower than we’d expect at this time of year, and the dry weather is having a large impact on this. We do, however, also rely on groundwater sources, which is water stored in aquifers under the ground, and although these have also been affected there’s less chance of the water evaporating like it does from reservoirs.

While we cannot rule out the need for restrictions in the future, we’re not yet in a position where we feel it’s necessary. If everyone plays their part to save water, we can pull through this together.

We’re playing our part too. In the last 12 months we’ve reduced leaks by 17 per cent and we’ve invested in a new smart network which allows us to detect leaks at a faster rate than ever.

You can help save water by: letting your lawns go brown (they’ll soon bounce back), take shorter showers and reuse washing up water on your plants. We’re also working closely with the Environment Agency, regulators, and other water companies in the region to manage our water resources and protect the environment.

If we do need to go further with restrictions, you’ll be the first to know, but for now, if we all play our part, we can make sure there’s enough water for everyone.

Many thanks, SES Water

July 2022

Filming for a new feature film will take place in Sanderstead during July

A representative of the film company "Blueprint Pictures" has been in touch with the Sanderstead Residents' Association regarding various filming dates for a feature film they are working with called "Strangers". They will be filming in Sanderstead Recreation Ground, Limpsfield Road and Purley Downs Road.

For Sanderstead Recreation Ground and Limpsfield Road, their filming dates are the 5th and 6th July. They will be filming in multiple locations including the playground, the basketball court, grass areas and outside some shops on Limpsfield Road. In order to conduct their filming safely on Limpsfield Road they've requested to have stop/go traffic management meaning they will hold traffic for up to 3 minutes at a time only while they go for a take. Emergency access will be maintained at all times. For further information on this filming, please see the attached letter that will be distributed to local residents and businesses.

For Purley Downs Road, they will be filming at their 'hero' property as well as on the road itself on multiple dates. Once again, please find a resident letter attached that will be distributed to residents regarding this location with further details on their filming dates, traffic management requests and parking plans. Similar to Limpsfield Road, they've requested stop/go traffic management on some days meaning they will hold traffic for up to 3 minutes at a time only while they go for a take. In addition to this they have requested a road closure on 4 of their filming days (28th June, 7th and 8th July and the 5th August) between the junctions of Briton Crescent and Sanderstead Hill (please refer to the map on the third page of their letter). Resident access will be maintained at all times throughout the closure.

The production will be working to strict Covid safety protocols so as to minimise any potential risk to the crew and the community. Moreover the crew are all regularly tested and must return a negative test in order to be cleared to work on set.

The production has been consulting heavily with local residents and businesses so they're fully notified of their intentions and are endeavouring to cause as minimal disturbance as possible to the local area.

For more information follow the link to letters which have been sent to residents who will be most affected by the filming: Letter to residents in Purley Downs Road, and Letter to Limpsfield Road residents

May 2022

Have your say on the London wide ULEZ

Transport for London has launched a consultation seeking our views on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide. We have until 29 July to have our say. The Mayor has asked TfL to consult on these proposals and to begin to develop a longer-term smart road user charging system to address the triple challenges facing London of toxic air pollution, the climate emergency and traffic congestion.

Tfl wants to encourage us to have our say on our proposals to help achieve a clean, green and healthy future London. Additionally, they want to hear our views on how we shape a future road user charging solution to address the triple challenges. We can share our views through the consultation survey, or by writing to them or calling using the following details: call on 0343 222 1155 or email at [email protected]

FOSRGAGS on Hamsey Green pond and litter picking on Sanderstead Rec

FOSRGAGS (Friends of Sanderstead Recreation Ground and Green Spaces) is calling for more funding to help restore and maintain Hamsey Green pond. A big effort has been put in to clear out the weed and make it a pleasant place to visit, but more funding is needed to keep it in good condition. Please donate via their "crowdfunder" site at

Litter picking dates for Sanderstead Rec: Saturdays 11th June, 9th July, 13th August and 10th September between 12 and 4 pm. Pickers and hoops available from Priscilla's.

Sanderstead Sign restored for the Jubilee

Sanderstead Sign restored

We previously advised that the committee of Sanderstead Residents’ Association had arranged for the Sanderstead sign to be remade as closely as possible to the original in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. On May 12th the new sign was delivered and installed back to its original position. The remodelling and refurbishment was meticulously undertaken by Butler Associates who were able to repair and reuse the intricate carvings from the original sign. The photograph shows how smart our Sanderstead sign looks now!

The cost for this was shared between SRA and the Sanderstead Councillors, plus donations from some Sanderstead residents.

April 2022

Janice Simpson receives special award for services to scouting

On Sunday 24 April, Janice Simpson, who is a member of the Residents Association executive, received her Silver Acorn for good service in scouting. This is the 2nd highest award given to leaders. After nearly 25 years as a volunteer at the same group, starting as a Cub Assistant, moving on to be the leader, moving to Beaver leader, back to Cubs, starting the first Squirrel Drey in Caterham and being the Group Scout Leader, it is great to have recognition. Janice also received a merit award and award of recognition from the High Sheriff of Surrey.

Janice says "Scouting is a big part of my life and I have my daughter and her husband running other sections. I look forward to many more years running the 2nd Hamsey Green Scout group, if my diminishing health allows."

silver acorn award

School Street Schemes return on 25 April

Ten School Street scheme traffic restritctions will be back in place from 25th April, Including those at Ridgeway and Christ Church CofE schools. Follow this link for more information.

Croydon Mayoral Hustings

Croydon residents will have the opportunity to hear and question the five mayoral candidates on Thursday 7th April. The meeting will be held in St Matthew's Church, Chichester Road, CR0 5NQ at 7.30pm.

For more information and to submit a question by 31st March, please contact the Democ committee on [email protected]

March 2022

School Street Schemes dropped

"Inside Croydon" reports that the Council has had to drop the School Street scheme restrictions because it failed to organise in advance any replacement for what were temporary measures. See report on Inside Croydon

Sanderstead sign restoration for the Jubilee

The committee of Sanderstead Residents’ Association are pleased to announce that they have arranged for the Sanderstead sign to be remade as closely as possible to the original in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

The new sign will be in place in time for the Jubilee weekend in June.

The cost for this is being shared between SRA and the Sanderstead Councillors, however due to the work involved, it is quite costly and any donations will be gratefully received. Email: [email protected]

Sanderstead Sign

Sanderstead Road closure 5 and 6 March 2022

To facilitate a duct installation works Community Fibre will be closing Sanderstead Road between its junctions with East Hill and West Hill on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2022. The signed diversion for displaced traffic will be via Brighton Road, Godstone Road, Downs Court Road and Mitchley Avenue.

January 2022

Consultation to Expand the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

You may be aware that the Government’s advisor on the natural environment, Natural England, is running a public consultation to expand the boundaries of four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). These proposals have the potential to deliver over 1600 additional square km of protected land. This is part of the Government’s commitment to protect 30% of our land by 2030 for nature. The boundaries of the Surrey Hills AONB are included in this review and I am delighted that potential candidates for areas of outstanding natural beauty include Farthing Downs, Happy Valley, Coulsdon Common and Riddlesdown.

The Surrey Hills AONB boundary has not been reviewed since its original designation in 1958 and I know that there have been repeated calls by local campaigners to reconsider the boundary. Including parts of our local area in the Surrey Hills AONB could help preserve the natural environment and heritage while providing an opportunity to support people’s health and wellbeing through access to nature. The consultation is considering areas of high scenic quality including chalk grassland, parkland, and historic features.

The first stage of the public consultation is running until 31st January 2022. After this, further field work and evaluation will take place, followed by the identification of candidate areas by June 2022. The Call for Evidence is asking for locations accompanied by a photograph and description of the special qualities of the location, such as the landscape quality and tranquillity, as well as any additional supporting comments. You can read more about the consultation and how to respond by post here If you would like to fill in the consultation online, you can access an online form here

This is a fantastic opportunity for our area, and I hope that you take part in the consultation. Please do also forward this to friends and family in our area who may be interested.

Consultation period extended on Croydon Local Plan

The Council are now consulting on the changes in red font only in the Croydon Local Plan (CLP) document. Because of the error in the Official notices of the Sutton & Croydon Guardian (the wrong year was inserted), the Council have now extended the consultation period until 5pm on Thursday 17 February 2022.

For all the links to look at the lengthy document, please go to the RRA website

Reduced timetable on Southern Railway

Reduced weekday timetable from Tuesday 4 January 2022

We are sorry to update you that Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern services will run to a reduced weekday timetable from Tuesday 4 January 2022 until further notice. Gatwick Express services will be suspended with trains and crew used to support Southern services. We know this will be difficult for our customers and we are very sorry.

This change is in response to a significant reduction in traincrew, service planning, controllers and other critical staff availability as the rise in coronavirus cases sees more staff needing to isolate. We understand how disappointing this news is, and our colleagues are working to find the best possible solution.

By reducing the size of the planned service in proportion to the number of staff expected to be available, we reduce unexpected cancellations, which we know are frustrating to our customers, and provide greater certainty over which trains will and will not run so customers can plan their journeys.

However with the limited time available, which is insufficient to design a new timetable, the only option available is to continue the weekday service that was planned to run between the 29th and 31st of December.

This means that trains will start and finish earlier than usual and will mostly run to Saturday-style timings.

Importantly, as this timetable was originally designed to support the closure of London Victoria, many Southern trains will remain on diversion, including to London Bridge. It means there will be no Southern or Gatwick Express service at London Victoria, Battersea Park, Clapham Junction or Wandsworth Common until Monday 10th January. Services will be progressively reintroduced from Monday 10th January.

Customers will need to allow additional time and may need to take alternative routes, such as travelling via London Bridge or taking a Thameslink train onto other parts of central London. Some school journeys may be affected, and we are working to add additional station calls and similar wherever we can using the information that stakeholders have helped us to develop over previous years.

December 2021

Cherry trees planted on Sanderstead Rec

Councillor Yvette Hopley reports: "I was delighted to attend the Sakura Cherry Tree Project official planting ceremony in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. When Theresa May our then Prime Minister met with the Prime Minister of Japan a gift of over 7,000 trees was given for the parks and schools across London. This is a great way to celebrate a new era of Japan-UK friendship and co-operation. It was a pleasure ot talk to Mr Keisaku Sandy Sano and Victoria Borwick about the scheme. At our own event at the park children from local schools sang and read poetry and the Mayor of Croydon officially planted one of the trees. I am grateful to all involved in the project but particularly to Priscillas, Waitrose, The SRA, Rotary and the Friends of Green Spaces Group who worked closely alongside the council to bring about this important event. I can't wait to see the cherries when they blossom. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long!"

Cherry planting

November 2021

Christmas lights switched on

Santa Claus was on hand to switch on Sanderstead Christmas lights on 28th November. The lights are sponsored by the Sanderstead Residents' Association with our local councillors.

Christmas lights

Wildflower Meadow at Sanderstead Library

Wild flowers and hundreds of seeds have been planted in a designated area of Sanderstead Library garden

This project was started with an initiative by former library staff and the Brilliant Butterflies partnership which finished in August 2020. Local residents and Sanderstead Residents Association have picked up the initiative and planted new plants. This area, the grass and wild flower vegetation should not now be cut until the end of the flowering season in July 2022, and then again in September.

A notice describing the different species and instructions for the Council's grounds maintenance contractors not to cut will be posted soon on a post next to the meadow.

We need volunteers for the next project, a simple composting area made out of chicken wire and wooden stakes. This is all part of a larger initiative to get some life back into the Library, to get for instance the return of newspapers, maybe a coffee machine plus new facilities including disabled access to the toilets and open more days a week. All of this requires negotiation with the Council.

If you feel this is a good thing then please come forward and help form a Friends of Sanderstead Library group. Please contact Heather Lindsay, chair of the SRA in the first instance and we will coordinate the start of the group. Thank you.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Sanderstead Residents' Association are pleased to support the British Legion in this years poppy appeal by putting up poppies at Cranleigh Parade, Elmfield Way, Sanderstead Parade and Hamsey Green

Poppy on Sanderstead Parade

October 2021

Save Purley Pool from Closure

MP Chris Philp and Croydon Mayoral Candidate, Jason Perry write:

Croydon's Labour Council has just published shocking plans to permanently close Purley Pool.

The Pool is a much-loved and much-used local resource, with schools and charities using it. It is critical for people from Coulsdon, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead and South Croydon who would otherwise have very long journeys. The pool and leisure centre is a key part of local people staying healthy. While the site would benefit from updating, until this can be arranged we believe that it should be immediately re-opened.

The cost of the repairs needed to re-open the pool, at £200k immediately and perhaps more later, is small compared to the developers’ Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money that is being raised in the south of the Borough. The council has spent £300 million on failed commercial property speculation, including a further £20 million in recent months. They have their priorities wrong and should be spending this money on residents' services, such as Purley Pool.

The closure plans are avoidable, and for the sake of relatively small amounts of money, the Pool should be kept open.

Please support our campaign to get the council to change their mind as follows:

1. Petition. Please sign this petition and send the link to your friends and neighbours, and post it on social media.

2. Attend a Zoom meeting to learn more. There is a Zoom meeting at 7pm this Thursday 28th October to discuss the issue. A number of speakers including councillors, Chris Philp MP and Croydon Conservatives' Mayoral Candidate Jason Perry will be attending, with an opportunity for residents to ask questions.

3. Attend a public meeting to learn more. There will be a public meeting 7pm on Wednesday 3rd November at Christchurch, 859-887 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN, at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd November. which will include contributions from Councillors as well as a chance for questions from the public.

Please email [email protected] for more information and to RSVP to attend the meetings.

Library grounds clean up and banner

On Monday 18 October Sanderstead Residents committee members and Councillor Yvette Hopley spent a hard day's work clearing up all the leaves and debris from the library grounds. They also managed to remove much of the ivy damaging the wall. Many residents had been in touch stating that the library steps were dangerous because they hadn't been swept and it was good to hear passers by thank us for all our work. Also the brambles in the corner of the library had grown over the wall onto the pavement and around the electrical boxes on the street. Much of this was removed and cut back at the root.

It all looks much cleaner and of course safer for residents. We are grateful to Bosch who on hearing that the council were bankrupt gave the SRA a lawn mower and strimmer to help with the work. Since the bankruptcy many of our green spaces and grounds have been neglected with the council gardening staff much reduced and unable to cope with the maintenance.

We can help where we can but of course the magnitude of the work to be done is immense.

There is also significant damage to the fabric of the building from ivy that has got into the rendering on the walls. We hope that the council will repair the brickwork.

The Residents' Association has provided a large banner advertising that the library is now open two days a week on a Wednesday and a Friday.

Library clean up Library clean up steps

Attempted abduction

Croydon Neighbourhood watch have asked us to alert residents to an attempted abduction of a school girl on the Ridge Way in Sanderstead. The following was posted on the Nextdoor website on 5th October: "CCTV help - 15 year old daughter harassed by man in a black van. Good evening, I am writing to ask if anyone who lives on The Ridgeway/West Hill/Arkwright Road can check their CCTV to see if they picked up a plain, black transit van driving between 4.50 - 5.05pm on 5th October. Unfortunately my 15 year old daughter was on her way home from school when she was filmed and stopped by a man approximately in his late thirties to forties on The Ridgeway. The man stopped his van on the corner with Hook Hill and urged her to get in the van whilst he was filming her. She didn't manage to get his number plate but he eventually turned back on to The Ridgeway and drove further up the road towards Arkwright Road."

September 2021

Sanderstead Community Day

We were pleased to support the Sanderstead Community Day organised by Priscilla’s and the Rotary of Sanderstead and Selsdon. We jointly sponsored the toilets and insurance costs with the Sanderstead Councillors. We had a stall which was busy all day and we recruited many new members and had a raffle with prizes from Tana B, Star Barbers, Filtr, Med Kitchen, Delhi Kitchen, Hardy’s Fish and Chips.

A short survey from Chris Philp MP about local and national issues

Chris Phip MP asks that we fill in a short online survey so that he can get our views on local and national issues. There is a question at the end of the survey if you are interested in changing Croydon by helping the campaign for a Directly Elected Executive Mayor (so the public choose who runs our town) or helping the campaign to remove the current administration at the elections next May.

The link to the survey is here and it will take under 2 minutes to complete:

August 2021

Less than 50 days till the vote for an elected mayor of Croydon

In less than 50 days’ time, Croydon residents will have the chance to reshape the way the borough is run. On 7 October, the referendum that we’ve all been fighting for will finally take place.

The next 50 days are crucial if we are going to secure the change that Croydon needs. Every one of us knows how frustrated people are with the lack of leadership in Croydon – now we need to translate that frustration into a vote for change. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a political animal or an activist. It can be as simple as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Talk to family, friends and neighbours who live in Croydon about the vote. Let them know they’ve got a chance to bring about a historic change in the borough – and get them signed up to emails from [email protected]!
  2. Join one of our leafletting sessions in the borough – it’s just a couple of hours, and it’ll help you get your steps up! Details of where we’ll be over the next couple of weeks is on our Facebook page.
  3. If you run a business in the borough, sign up to Business for a Croydon Mayor, a campaign to highlight how having a directly-elected mayor is best for business.

These three steps will help change the future of Croydon for the better – and with just 50 days to go, there’s no time to waste!

With best wishes, Gerry Meredith-Smith, Chair, DEMOC

Croydon residents will have the opportunity to shape the borough’s future. If you would like to get involved with the campaign, get in touch at [email protected] and follow us on Facebook.

June 2021

Library Consultation 2 Survey

The conclusion of Phase 1 of the Croydon Council’s consultation of their six options proposed has resulted in these being reduced to three. The Residents’ Association is pleased to advise that the complete closure option has been dropped. The Committee would like to thank all members who contributed to the Phase 1 consultation and are convinced that your response was at least in part, the reason the Council has taken this step. We would stress the need for you to continue your support for this next phase if we are to rescue our library.

Read more

Online exhibition re plans for 1 Addington Road

Aitch Group are in the process of preparing plans for a retirement living scheme of 30 new apartments. There will be an online exhibition on Thursday 24 June at 6-7 pm. At the exhibition, you will be able to hear from the project team about the plans, participate in a Q&A and give your feedback on the emerging proposals. To register for the exhibition go to “", fill in your name and address and click on the “Register to attend” button.

Full details here

Library survey and consultation

Following a meeting of our council’s cabinet where it was agreed to start the second phase of public consultation on proposed changes to the service, we now want to hear people’s views on the following options developed to make the £500,000 savings target outlined in detail in the cabinet paper.

  • Reduce service hours by 21% across the borough
  • Outsource all libraries
  • Hybrid – reduction in service hours (two days per week) to eight libraries and five community run libraries

You can find more details for each of these options here

Have your say on the libraries consultation. Attend a drop-in at Sanderstead Library on Friday 2 July 11am - 12.30pm. Find out more and complete a survey online

May 2021

Croydon Children's Centres consultation

Croydon Council is consulting on the proposed closure of a number of children's centres in order to make £1m of cost savings. Sadly, both the Purley Oaks Children's Centre off Brighton Road and the Service Access Point that operates from Atwood Academy are to be closed,leaving a large area of the south of the Borough with no Children's Centre provision; the nearest alternatives will be over an hour's walk or several bus-rides away. Children's Centres provide a range of services including speech and language support and help for babies and toddlers with additional needs. They also help parents and professional to build trusting relationships so that issues can be resolved.

It is vital that past and present Children's Centre users and their families complete the consultation survey so that new parents across our area have access to this vital service. The consultation link is here.

20 Minutes parking at Stations

Southern Railway have regularised drop off/pickup times in station car parks. Those stations which have numberplate recognition cameras will allow a maximum of 20 minutes before charges apply. This information will be displayed as shown below.

Station sign

DEMOC video

The DEMOC campaign has produced a video explaining why Croydon needs a Democratically Elected mayor and why it is important to vote on October 7th.

Watch the video here.

Learn more about the campaign here.

Notes from DEMOC launch Zoom meeting

A meeting on Zoom was held on 12 May to launch the DEMOC campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor Of Croydon. Click here for the notes of the meeting.

DEMOC online launch event

On Wednesday 12 May, the residents' campaign for a Directly Elected Mayor Of Croydon (DEMOC) are holding their online launch event. The campaign's online launch will be an important step in the run up to Referendum Day on 7 October. The details are: Wed, 12 May 2021, 20:00 – 21:00.

April 2021

30 households needed for fostering

Croydon’s fostering service will be recruiting 30 new fostering households this year to help care for children in safe, healthy and happy homes. Could you be one of these families or people to help?

Read more here

News from the 18th Purley Scouts

Due to the new lockdown, we have had to resort to using Zoom for our Scouts and Cubs which we are currently doing weekly. We have focused on fun games and educational activities like quizzes rather than specific badge related activities. We have good regular attendance across the Scouts and Cubs and positive feedback. With the Scouts, we now have the Patrol Leaders contributing to the weekly session. However, the Leaders generally do not know the answers to the Younger People's quizzes such as Minecraft! Nevertheless, the Troop have enjoyed the sessions.

18th Purley Scouts on Zoom

It has been good to get the Patrol Leaders on-board and gives them the responsibility that goes with the role. We will continue to use Zoom until such time as we are allowed to go back to face to face Scouting when it will be lighter in the evenings and we will be allowed outside.

We have held virtual cooking sessions over Zoom, but I think we are all looking forward to cooking round a campfire when we are allowed.

March 2021

DEMOC referendum confirmed for 7th October

SRA support DEMOC in their campaign for a democratically elected mayor. Now that it has been confirmed that there will be a referendum in October they are seeking donations. Visit their website on

Library listed as an Asset of Community Value

Sanderstead Residents Association has obtained Sanderstead Library to be an Asset of Community Value. This requires local authorities to keep a register of all their community assets so that if an owner decides to sell a listed property, the community is given the opportunity to bid to buy it and keep it in community use. The current register is available at We feel that this is a useful step in securing its future in a time of uncertainty.

The Association would like to thank all the members who nominated the library and are very pleased with the result. We also feel that this initiative has demonstrated our value to the community.

View the listing decision notice here.

Letter re library to Councillors and MPs

The Sanderstead Residents' Association has sent the attached letter to all Croydon Councillors and MPs detailing the reasons against closure of Sanderstead library.

"Sanderstead residents are aware of the desperate financial situation facing all of Croydon but I have to ask on their behalf if the closure of five libraries will be a significant factor in addressing the deficit? There is an increasing groundswell of public opinion throughout the borough that these local libraries - a very valuable community asset – will be lost forever and harm will be done to the most vulnerable. Not because the libraries are underused or undervalued in their communities - they are both well used and highly valued!..." Read More

Census 2021 - Sunday 21 March

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes. It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales. Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.

If you need help, you can visit where there’s a wide range of support services available. There will also be help by phone to fill in your Census and if you need a paper copy they will be available by requesting one through the Contact Centre (the number will be in your letter).

More information here

The attached paper gives useful contact numbers

Feb 2021

Library Consultation webinars

Residents can register for webinars about the closure of libraries via the link on the Croydon Council website. Questions can be submitted in advance via our email address or via the dedicated telephone line. The webinars will be recorded and published on the website for residents who are unable to attend at the time, or wish to refer back to what was discussed.

The webinar relating to Sanderstead Library is on Wednesday 24 February at 6.45 - 7.45 pm.

The dedicated telephone number is 020 7884 5159. The email address is [email protected] The consultation website is

Southcote Road Traffic Restrictions

See Councillor Yvette Hopley's blog about the traffic restrictions outside Ridgeway School in Southcote Road.

Train Service alterations

From Govia Thameslink Railway – Train Service Alterations from 22 February 2021

Train services are being reduced to better match anticipated demand in the months ahead, and to ensure services are as reliable as possible at a time when colleagues may need to self-isolate or shield.

The plan focuses on maintaining services earlier in the morning, later in the evening and at peak times, based on feedback from key workers and stakeholders. Train services will change across the network, so as always, it is important that customers check journeys at before travelling.

A summary of the main changes from 22 February affecting Sanderstead:

  • East Grinstead and London Victoria. The Southern service will operate as hourly throughout the day, with a half-hourly service to support peak time and school travel.
  • Sanderstead passengers may consider alternative services from Purley Oaks station [0.3 miles]
  • East Grinstead and Bedford. The peak-time-only Thameslink service from East Grinstead to Bedford will not operate.
  • Purley Oaks and London Bridge. A reduced service will be provided at Purley Oaks and South Croydon. Purley Oaks passengers may wish to consider alternative services from Sanderstead station (0.3 miles).

Jan 2021

ACV application submitted for Sanderstead Library

The application to designate Sanderstead Library as an Asset of Community Value has now been received by Croydon Council. A big thank you to all members who responded with nominations for the above. The over 100 signatures received was well in excess of the minimum required for the submission to Croydon Council. Progress will be reported via this website.

SRA encourage residents to take part in the consultation regarding the closure of Sanderstead Library

The attached paper details the steps that Sanderstead Residents' Association are taking to combat the proposed closure of Sanderstead Library and indicates how all residents can effectively take part in the consultation. Click here

Questions on the library for Croydon Council

Sanderstead Residents' Association have tabled a series of questions for Croydon Council about the use of Sanderstead library and the closure the proposal. Read all the questions here.

Download this list of the status of all the latest planning applications.

Beware new phone scam about covid vaccination

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity.

The NHS will never ask for peoples banking information.

There is a texting scam leaflet you can download here:

The scam has been reported in the media here:

Dec 2020

Croydon's Renewal Plan

Follow the link below to Croydon Council's website to take part in a survey about Croydon's savings proposals

Nov 2020

Christmas Lights

Sanderstead Residents Association together with the Concillors have contributed towards the new Christmas lights in Elmfield Way, in addition to the existing lights in Sanderstead village and Hamsey Green.

Elmfield lights 500

Planning application for 11 The Windings

An application has been submitted for a new build house on the site of 11 The Windings with access from Sanderstead Hill

Application Number: 20/05832/FUL. Location: 11 The Windings, South Croydon, CR2 0HW. Details of Application: Erection of a 4 bedroom detached house and provision of two parking spaces. Creation of new access onto Sanderstead Hill.

A tribute to Malcolm Saunders

It is with much regret that the SRA Committee have to inform you that a valued member of our executive passed away recently. Malcom Saunders joined the committee in 1995 for nine years and later re-joined in 2018. He quietly and efficiently assisted in many tasks. He will be sorely missed.

Most recently Malcolm was a key person in our involvement with the DEMOC campaign and for many years has been involved with the Neighbourwood Watch. He was also a judge for our ‘Hear Me Speak’ competition for local schoolchildren.

Malcolm was the key person in the Sandestead Millenium project in Sanderstead as he had the idea and vision to do something for Sanderstead to mark this occasion. As early as 1996 a public meeting was held and a committee formed. You only have to look around Sanderstead to see what was achieved: in the recreation ground the multi games court and children’s cycling track; the restored Sanderstead sign by the roundabout; the floodlighting of All Saints; Church; and local schoolchildren were given a commemorative mug.

Malcolm was involved with many other committees and organisations giving his time to help the local community. When his eldest son was a cub he became involved with 16 th Purley Scout Group as transport officer looking after the scout van and he later became Fundraising Chairman in which capacity he organised several Gruffy Fayres, jumble sales, barn dances and old folks suppers.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Development of garages to the rear of 31 - 49 Elmfield Way

Follow this link for information about a proposed development of garages to the rear of 31 - 49 Elmfield Way. Please sent any comments or queries to Brie Foster, Senior Planner, 8 Baltic Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1Y 0UP. Tel 0203 002 7457, email

Oct 2020

Traffic restrictions around Ridgeway school

Traffic restrictions are now in place around Ridgeway School in Southcote Road. No entry for cars and motorbikes apart from residents between 8 and 9.30 am and 2 and 4 pm.

Planning application for 37 Kingswood Lane

Visit the planning pages for details of this latest planning application

More details here

Planning permission refused for 85 Purley Downs Road

Demolition of existing house, erection of three storey building comprising nine flats, formation of vehicular access/access road and provision of associated parking and cycle storage - 85 Purley Downs Road South Croydon CR2 0RJ. Ref. No: 20/02354/FUL | Status: Permission Refused | Case Type: Planning Application

Reasons for planning refusal: substandard accommodation, loss of trees, highways impact.

Changes to parking charges

Croydon Council are proposing to bring in emission based parking charges for all Council pay-and-display carparks and on street pay-and-display bays. They also intend to revoke the 1 hour free display ticket parking at certain locations [such as Sanderstead Station Parade] and introduce a 2 hour maximum pay by phone emissions based charge. If the scheme is approved this year, the scheme would take effect from 1 January. For more information and to give your feedback, visit the council website:

All objections about these proposals to be submitted to Parking Division by e-mail: [email protected] by 22 October 2020 quoting ref; PD/CH/K90.

Renewed planning application for 56 West Hill

56 West Hill is opposite 444 Selsdon Road which has already been approved. It is on an awkward junction of West Hill snd Selsdon Road. The application is submitted by the same developer as 1 Sandhurst Way (next door) which was recently refused but the developer will undoubtedly come back with another plan. Find the details here

Update on traffic scheme around Ridgeway School

Read the latest information about traffic restrictions in Southcote Road by Ridgeway School.

Planning for the future, a questionnaire

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has issued a white paper consultation which has wide ranging proposals to reform the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

It may be accessed at

Sanderstead Residents Association is preparing a response to the questionnaire together with other Associations in the South of the Borough. HOWEVER, our response only counts as ‘one’. Every resident is encouraged, therefore to participate in the consultation process, please. The more responses submitted, the more chance the policy makers will listen.


Save Purley Pool

MP Chris Philp has urges us to sign a petition to prevent the council from closing down Purley Pool.

"Croydon council is currently refusing to re-open Purley Pool – despite several other council-run pools being re-opened already. They are giving no time frame to re-open it. Pools have been re-opened elsewhere in the Borough, but as usual with the council's Labour-run administration, we are being ignored. There are fears that this is a precursor to the council’s plans to close the pool permanently, as they tried to do a few years ago. Local residents, councillors and I successfully stopped the closure plans then, and we must re-start the campaign now."

Sign the petition here:

Sept 2020

DEMOC petition handed into Town Hall

The Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon “DEMOC” P O Box 3254, Purley,CR8 9ER [email protected]

20,000 local residents urge Council to hold referendum for a directly elected Mayor of Croydon on 6 May next year.

Today (3 September), a campaign led by local Residents' Associations and supported across the political spectrum, handed in a petition to Croydon Council with over 20,000 signatures – well in excess of what is legally required – to trigger a referendum for a directly elected Mayor for Croydon.

The leaders of the campaign called on Croydon Council’s leadership to confirm the referendum would take place on 6 May next year, the same day as the London Mayor and Assembly elections are already due to be held.

There are many good reasons why the people in Croydon want a directly Elected Mayor. Underlying all of them is the belief that the current council system doesn't work for residents – whoever is in power, half the Borough is ignored because of Croydon’s specific political landscape where the North of the Borough votes Labour and the South of the Borough votes Conservative. The Council doesn’t listen and often doesn’t seem to care what large parts of the community think.

The current Council's action in response to the 20,000 signatures on this petition, secured despite lost months from the Covid lock down, will be a good indicator of their approach to democracy and accountability. The current Council leader has stated his desire to delay the referendum for as long as possible, rather than making an argument to defend the current system and putting that to the people.

Gerry Meredith-Smith, Chair of the DEMOC campaign said: “There is a desire for change in our Borough and a lot of momentum behind the idea of a referendum for a directly elected Mayor. Will the Council listen to the will of the people and go ahead with a referendum on May 6 next year? Will the Council now give people the choice over how their town is run and how those responsible are chosen by and accountable to the people?

“Or will they hide behind Covid legislation, using it as an excuse to ignore what a large number of the people of Croydon now demand? Will they prioritise holding on to their current positions and allowances for a few more months, rather than giving the people the chance of a better system and a better future for our town?”

Joanne Milligan, Vice Chair, Croydon South Labour Party, said: “This campaign is about what is best for democracy and best for Croydon – not which political party is in charge. Residents’ Associations, members of all political parties and of none, have come together to change the way local government in Croydon works – to boost accountability.

“We want to change the system so that whichever political party the Mayor comes from, they have to listen to people right across the Borough from Norbury to Coulsdon and New Addington to Waddon.”

Chris Philp, Conservative MP for Croydon South, said: “As the local Conservative MP, you would expect me to disagree with Croydon’s current Council on a wide range of issues – from their indiscriminate approach to granting planning permissions to the abject failure to deliver the regeneration of Croydon’s town centre; from the huge cost overrun on the Fairfield Halls refurbishment to the near bankruptcy of the borough’s finances.

“But the root of many of these problems stems from the way the Town Hall works. A directly elected Mayor would dramatically increase the accountability of those who run our town locally.”

August 2020

Planning application for 3-5 Harewood Gardens

Application Number: 20/03366/FUL, Location: 3 - 5 Harewood Gardens, South Croydon, CR2 9BU. Details of Application: Demolition of two family dwellinghouses and erection of 8x semi-detached houses with associated access, car parking, cycle and refuse storage. Note that 1 Harewood Gardens is currently attached to 3 Harewood Gardens which will be demolished. Planning details

Information from TFL about school travel

I’m writing to let you know that we have today announced proposals to help schoolchildren travel safely and sustainably as they return to schools in September. Plans include additional buses and dedicated school services, a range of Streetspace measures and a comprehensive communication and engagement programme. A link to the full press release is here.

We are encouraging parents, students and school staff to plan ahead, and to walk, cycle, scoot or use public transport for their journeys. While we are running a normal service on weekdays on public transport, social distancing reduces the number of people we can carry, so those who can are advised to travel during quiet off-peak times, and allow more time if travelling by bus during school travel times.

We have worked closely with schools, London’s boroughs and the Government to prepare for the significant additional demand on a public transport network where capacity is reduced owing to social distancing measures.

More than 3,000 schools have been advised on encouraging active travel, staggered start and end times and Government safe travel advice, with bespoke plans for those schools served by the busiest bus routes for school travel. A new dedicated webpage for education providers gives the latest advice and useful resources for schools to encourage safe and sustainable travel among their pupils.

We are also planning to add over 200 extra dedicated school buses onto some of the busiest low-frequency bus routes, including our existing school services, funded through an additional £5.8M grant from the Department for Education.

We will be writing to all schools and customers with details of the affected bus routes once confirmed and we will keep you informed.

In the meantime, we would appreciate your help in sharing this update on our plans widely via your borough’s communications channels and networks. This will help ensure your communities are aware of our plans to help young Londoners make safe and reliable journeys to and from school this September.

Residents Associations reject Scott's concrete plans

"Inside Croydon" reports on an angry rejection of Croydon's planning Committee's housing plans by many of Croydon's Residents' Association, including the Sanderstead Residents' Associations. Read the full article here

Friends of Sanderstead Rec newsletter

Read the latest newsletter from the Friends of Sanderstead Recreation Ground and Green Spaces

Information about library opening, July 2020

Currently, we will be operating a Select & Collect service from 20th July from, Central, Selsdon, Coulsdon, Ashburton and Thornton Heath

We are, unfortunately, unable to offer a Select and Collect service from Sanderstead at the moment. We currently have reduced Libraries’ staff availability because they are supporting our shielding service. Once Libraries’ staff return to their normal duties we will review the opportunity to increase the Select and Collect service. In the meantime, the nearest Select & Collect service for Sanderstead Library members is Selsdon Library.

For residents who are unable to travel because of covid-19, they are able to apply to join the Home Libraries Service, where books are delivered to the door of our most vulnerable members. Residents who are interested in joining this scheme can call 020 7884 5158, leave a message, and a Libraries colleague will call them back; or send an email to [email protected]

Latest Bulletin from Trading Standards with information about current scams

List of all recent and current planning applications in the Sanderstead area

Planning application for 85 Purley Downs Road

An application has been submitted for demolition of existing house, erection of three storey building comprising nine flats, formation of vehicular access/access road and provision of associated parking and cycle storage. Ref 20/02354/FUL Croydon Council Planning link. The closing date for neighbour consultation is 10 Jul 2020.

Planning Application for 1 Sandhurst Way

An application has been proposed for demolotion of one house at 1 Sandhurst Way, Sanderstead, and construction of a block of 13 self contained flats. The closing date for neighbour consultation about this plan is 28th June 2020.

20/01061/OUT | Outline planning permission for the demolition of existing two storey detached dwellinghouse (including garages) and erection of a part three; part four storey building comprising 13 self-contained flats (4x3 bed, 8x2 bed and 1x1 bed); car parking; reinstatement of two vehicular crossovers along Sandhurst Way and new crossover along West Hill, cycle and refuse provision; hard and soft landscaping; communal/amenity/play space and external alterations (Access, Layout and Scale only). | 1 Sandhurst Way South Croydon CR2 0AH

How to object to a planning application

Councillor Tim Pollard has written the attached paper poiting out how to and how not to complain about contentious planning applications, with reference to the latest application to build a block of flats on Sanderstead Hill.

Follow the link to our News 2 page for the full report

Where you can get help during the coronavirus crisis - Information from our Councillors

Dear Resident

We hope you're safe and keeping well in these difficult and frightening times. If you need any advice on Council services or help on any local issue we and the Council are here to help.

Sadly, our ward surgeries and street stalls will be cancelled until future notice.

However, do please e-mail us on

Or alternatively, we can arrange a video call if you need to discuss something face to face. Please e-mail Tim to arrange this.

Do please stay safe during these difficult times. Many neighbours are coming together and looking after one another which is wonderful. Sadly, there are some scammers out there – so be careful.

News from our Councillors

The continued attack on the character of the Sanderstead area continues with a number of planning applications lodged with the Council. These include blocks of flats at 56 West Hill, 28 The Woodfields, 89 Hyde Road, Red Gables, 34 Flats in Beech Avenue and a really incongruous 20 flat block at 2-4 Addington Road. We have 'referred' all these to the Planning Committee, which means they must be determined by committee in public, rather than decided by council officers behind closed doors.

Sadly this referral process isn't making much difference to outcomes. We are seeing applications for blocks of flats replacing family homes all across the south of the borough: recently three such applications in nearby Croham Valley Road were granted by the Labour dominated committee in one meeting. None of the reasonable objections of residents, ward councillors and Conservative committee members were considered.

We have also noticed a trend for developers to build out consented developments without much regard to the plans. One of the worst offenders is 4 Rectory Park, which has been subject to many applications over the last few years. Now it is is built it is clear that it is in the wrong place, built too high and with numerous other divergences from the consented scheme.

Since the Community Ward Budget was introduced some years ago we have committed to support local residents and groups that make a difference in our community.

This year we have been delighted to support many groups and projects including

  • The South East Cancer Help Centre, to assist more people diagnosed with cancer in a non-clinical way through support groups, therapies and counselling
  • Helping in the renewal of stage lighting for Sanderstead Dramatic Group
  • Sponsorship of a therapy room at the Wellness Centre, The Whitgift Centre
  • New tables for the 2nd Hamsey Green Scout Group
  • Christmas lights for the Sanderstead area
  • Support for Croydon Accessible Transport (CATS). The Charity provides accessible transport to people with mobility needs across the Borough of Croydon
  • Support for Purley & Kenley Churches Together Food Hub and Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care

These are just some of the highlights of the many schemes that we have helped. For our latest news you can visit: Telephone queries to: 020 8660 0491 (24 hour answerphone). We don’t know when we can get back to being out-and-about in the community, but in the meantime stay safe.

Urgent notice re COVID-19

In line with Public Health guidance it is likely that many of the events listed in the Sanderstead News magazine will either be cancelled or postponed. It is most certainly likely that both the AGM and the VE Day celebrations will not take place on the days stated. We will endeavour to reschedule these events once we feel it is safe to do so and will carefully follow government announcements and processes to protect our members.

We can keep our website up-to-date with information and if a friend or family member doesn’t have the internet maybe you can help keep them informed. We will also put up notices on the Sanderstead Residents’ Association noticeboard once we have any confirmed dates.

We are working closely with our local councillors Lynne Hale, Yvette Hopley and Tim Pollard and a co-ordinated approach is being formed with local neighbourhood care organisations, centres and Rotary to support residents at this difficult time.

We will be match funding the donations made by the local councillors to Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care and the Purley Food Hub to try to help with this crisis and of course our phone lines remain open.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but hope you understand that we are experiencing exceptional circumstances whilst the world tries to cope with this pandemic.

In the meantime, keep safe and thank you for your continued support of the Association.

Yours sincerely,

Dennis King, Chairman

Planning application for 2 - 4 Addington Road

A planning application has been submitted for 2 - 4 Addington Road, to demolish 2 family homes and build a five story block of 20 apartments. Comments and objections need to be submitted by Thursday 19th March on the Croydon Council Planning site, reference 20/00107/FUL

Planning application for 28 The Woodfields

A planning application has been submitted for 28 The Woodfields, to demolish the existing family home and build a block including 9 flats. Full details can be found on the Croydon Council Planning site, reference 19/03984/FUL. Comments on this proposal must be received by 12th March 2020.

Deadline for consultation on local plan extended to 20th January

Croydon Council have released details of their 2019 Croydon Local Plan Review which outlines three options to deliver an additional 46,040 homes within the borough between now and 2039.

The consultation documents can be viewed at: Please carefully consider all the options below and make sure you express any concerns or opinions by engaging with the consultation before the closing date of 20 January 2020

The detailed documents comprise a very substantial package of information with various policies and proposals amongst numerous pages of text. To assist with extracting the key issues having a direct impact on Sanderstead and neighbouring areas, we have summarised the points below.

The three principal options are:

  • Option 1: All residential growth to take place in the existing urban and brownfield areas. This would have an impact on some areas in the north of Sanderstead which would see focussed intensification in areas with better access to public transport.
  • Option 2: Major redevelopment of the Purley Way area to provide up to 12,000 new homes including major infrastructure works. This will ease some pressure for residential growth within existing suburban areas.
  • Option 3: Release of Green Belt land for residential development to reduce pressure for residential growth within the existing suburban area. The existing Green Belt farmland bounded by Mitchley Hill, Rectory Park and Borrowdale Drive is identified for release to allow up to 780 new homes to be built on the site.

Sanderstead has one of the lowest Public Transport Accessibility Levels (PTAL) within London adding stress to existing services whilst TFL current plans indicate there are no proposals for any improvements.

Green Belt is recognised as an intrinsic fundamental benefit to prevent urban sprawl and provide health and ecological benefits to communities. It must be protected and attempts to remove its protection should be resisted. If some areas of Green Belt are released it is likely there will be future pressure for more to be re-designated and built upon.

In addition to the above options, the following sites have been proposed for future development:

  1. Sanderstead Recreation Ground, Limpsfield Road: Proposal to take a substantial part of the Green Belt community parkland to extend Gresham Primary School.
  2. 2 Red Gables, Beech Avenue: Residential development for up to 47 new homes.
  3. Waitrose: Mixed residential and retail development subject to impact on designated views for up to 54 homes.
  4. The Good Companions site, Tithepit Shaw Lane: Mixed residential and retail use for up to 24 new homes

We have summarised below five relevant documents:

  1. National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (Chapter 13, paras 133 to 147): The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence. Once established, Green Belt boundaries should only be altered where exceptional circumstances are fully evidenced and justified. For exceptional circumstances to exist to justify changes to Green Belt boundaries, Croydon Council would need to demonstrate that it has examined fully all other reasonable options for meeting its identified need for development, including making as much use as possible of suitable brownfield sites and underutilised land and promoting a significant uplift in minimum density standards in town centres and other locations well served by public transport.
  2. Croydon Site Appraisal: Croydon Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land Study –Technical Note Nov 2019 states that development of the Mitchley Hill/Rectory Park/Borrowdale Drive Green Belt is judged to result in Moderate to Significant degree of harm to the Green Belt, reflecting the clear loss of openness on a visually sensitive slope.
  3. Croydon Site Appraisal: Croydon Green Belt & Metropolitan Open Land Study Appendix A - Parcel Survey Proformas, Nov 2019 concludes that Sanderstead Recreation Ground is of local importance in respect of providing character, openness and facilities within Sanderstead.
  4. The 2019 Draft New London Plan: Policy G2 (London’s Green Belt) states that ‘The Green Belt should be protected from inappropriate development: 1) development proposals that would harm the Green Belt should be refused and 2) the enhancement of the Green Belt to provide appropriate multi-functional beneficial uses for Londoners should be supported. The extension of the Green Belt will be supported, where appropriate. Its de-designation will not be supported.
  5. Croydon Brownfield Land Register: (updated in December 2018) It identifies potential capacity for 5,756 dwellings on previously developed sites in the Borough which do not currently have planning permission and capacity for a further 5480 dwellings on sites which have already been granted either full or outline permission, or where permission is pending (Scoping report for the Croydon Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Nov 2019).

Please carefully consider all the above options and make sure you express any concerns or opinions by engaging with the consultation before the closing date of 20 January 2020

This paper can be downloaded here.


Email: [email protected]

Post: Spatial Planning, Bernard Weatherill House, Zone 6B, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA

Friends of Purley Beeches response to the threat to Green Belt land in Sanderstead

Friends of Purley Beeches have produced a detailed response to the threat to Green Belt land in Sanderstead. Read the document here

Threat to Green Belt land in Sanderstead

According to papers that went to Croydon Council’s Cabinet meeting on 21 October, the Council is considering the option of de-designating areas of Green Belt, i.e. removing Green Belt status so the land can be developed for housing. This includes the triangle of land between Rectory Park, Mitchley Avenue and Sanderstead Rec.

Croydon council has a public consultation on the plan which runs from 8 November to 13 January 2020. Full details can be found here

There will be a series of street stalls. Details can be found here.

Democratically elected Mayor of Croydon

Croydon South MP, Chris Philp has written in support of a change in governance to include a democratically elected Mayor of Croydon. This is the text of his letter:

"Dear All,

Many of us are in despair at the way Croydon Council’s planning committee is granting almost every planning application that comes before it – especially destroying family homes and replacing them with blocks of flats. Neighbouring councils Bromley and Sutton do not do this, and there is nothing in national planning policy that means Croydon has to.

Of course we need more homes for young people – but new flats should be build in town centres and brownfield sites. Destroying family homes, as Croydon is choosing to do, means that there will not be enough homes for future families and it is in danger of changing the character of the neighbourhood.

I totally oppose what the council is doing. So do Residents Associations and thousands of residents. Residents Associations, local councillors, people living here and I have all tried so hard to make the council listen over the last few years. I have arranged petitions, personally objected to dozens of the worst applications, we have organised demonstrations at the Town Hall and I have met with the council leader repeatedly to plead the case.

But the Labour-run council just ignores us, time after time. They do this because they can keep control of the Town Hall based on just a few marginal seats (called Wards) in the centre of the Borough. So they ignore everyone else, including our area. There is only one way left to fix this.

A group of Residents Associations from across the Borough wants to fix this by changing the way Croydon is run to a Directly Elected Executive Mayor – where we directly elect an executive mayor. This means all our votes would count equally wherever they are cast, and whoever runs the Town Hall will have to listen to everyone across the Borough if they want to win. If about 14,000 signatures are collected, the council legally has to hold a referendum on adopting a Directly Elected Mayor. If the referendum is positive, then the council is obliged to implement a Directly Elected Mayor. Four London Boroughs have done this already. It would work like a mini Mayor of London, but for Croydon.

I am fully supporting this campaign – because changing the way Croydon is run is the only way to make the Town Hall listen to us. Please go the Residents Group’s website and donate to their campaign and/or download their petition sheet (it has to be done on paper). When you have downloaded the petition sheet, please get as many of your neighbours to sign as possible and post it back to the campaign at the address they give.

Donate here:

Download the petition forms here:

We are all sick of being ignored by the council and watching them ram through planning applications against residents wishes virtually every week. This is now the only way to stop the council doing this. Please join me in supporting the Residents Association’s campaign. This is really important because otherwise the Council will just keep on ignoring us all.

Best wishes,


Friends of Sanderstead Rec

A new group is being formed - The Friends of Sanderstead Rec and other green spaces. They have produced a consultation paper to give local residents a chance to have a say in how they would like to improve the park. The online form is available to complete, but is only available until 15th October 2019. Follow this link to view the form.

Sanderstead Road rail bridge

Renewal of the Sanderstead Rd Rail Bridge, South Croydon

This road closure to replace the main rail bridge in Sanderstead Rd by the Recreation Ground (between Broomhall Rd and Purley Rd/Wyche Grove) could have an impact on Sanderstead residents. Especially for those who drive along this part of Sanderstead Rd to gain access to and from the Brighton Rd and also pedestrians who wish to gain access to the Parkside Doctors Practice in Wyche Grove and the shops in Brighton Rd.

This is a letter that Network Rail have issued giving the timetable for the works on page 2.

The works are planned to come into effect from 18 September 2019 and if all goes to plan will last for 4 months, until 27 January 2020. There will be road and footway closures but these will only apply at times when the work is in operation. This bridge is on the main London to Brighton/south coast/Gatwick rail link/, so these works will therefore have an impact on the train timetable between London and Brighton/south coast/Gatwick. This is the link for Network Rail’s planned engineering works. Click on the date of travelling.

Sanderstead Library

The Sanderstead Residents' Association has received confirmation that there are no plans to close Sanderstead library.

"Dear Chairman and Secretary,

... I can confirm that no Croydon libraries will be closed in the borough. Indeed, rather than slashing £800k from the budget and farming our libraries out to a private company like the previous administration, we are committed to our libraries and are investing £5m in them.

I was pleased to open our first refurbished library at Selsdon in August. I would like to invite you both to see it for yourselves, if you have not already been. I look forward to further improvements at all our libraries in the borough over the next few years.

Best regards, Oliver

Oliver Lewis

Councillor for New Addington South

Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport"

Objections to Barrowsfield development

Councillor Lynne Hale has written the letter below, listing her objections to the proposed development.

Re: 18/05157/FUL – 2-5 Barrowsfield South Croydon CR2 9BZ

Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 4/5 storey building comprising 33 self-contained flats (5 x one bed, 14 x two bed and 14 x three bed), vehicular access on Limpsfield Road, 26 car parking spaces (including two disabled car parking spaces), integral cycle store for 64 cycles, integral bin storage, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatment and communal amenity space at roof level.

Further to previous correspondence I am writing to let you have a further update regarding the awful Barrowsfield planning application.

The applicant has lodged a number of amendments in relation to their scheme for a large block of flats next to Sanderstead Recreation Ground. The full details can be seen via the following link:

Points which can be used to lodge further objections include the following:

  • The amendments, taken collectively, amount to a major material change and a new submission should have been required. 22 new documents have been uploaded, each requiring review and a period of 14 days to comment is not reasonable.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the proposal provides poor quality accommodation and should be refused. It fails to meet policy on a large number of issues and, furthermore, the applicant has not addressed planning officer concerns with the pre-application responses
  • Height, massing and design are out of character and context
  • Density is too high and contrary to guidance
  • Over 50% are single aspect flats
  • Loss of two properties below 130 sqm
  • Inadequate cycle, mobility scooter and electric cycle storage
  • Loss of amenity to existing residents of Barrowsfield and inadequate perimeter treatment
  • Over development of the building footprint and car parking to cover 90% of the site
  • Inadequate landscaping
  • Proposed building line does not reflect the established building line
  • Unsafe rooftop children’s play area
  • Inadequate car parking which will negatively impact local businesses and residents
  • Poor quality design with no architectural merit; completely at odds with its proposed Sanderstead Village location immediately adjacent to the open green space of Sanderstead Recreation Ground

In summary, this application fails to meet the Croydon Local Plan 2018 policy standards and should be refused.

Please do take a few minutes to lodge any concerns which you have in relation to the amendments – comments need to be submitted by 19th July. You can use the following link:

Thank you and kind regards

Cllr Lynne Hale

Revised proposal for Barrowsfield development

Many residents have been horrified by the proposal to construct a block of flats on the edge of Sanderstead Rec. Councillor Lynne Hale has referred the application to committee and has been leading on it for the Sanderstead ward team. Now amendments have been received to the scheme, as outlined in the email the ward team received below.

18/05157/FUL 2-5 Barrowsfield, South Croydon, CR2 9BZ

Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 4/5 storey building comprising 33 self-contained flats (5 x one bed, 14 x two bed and 14 x three bed), vehicular access on Limpsfield Road, 26 car parking spaces (including two disabled car parking spaces), integral cycle store for 64 cycles, integral bin storage, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatment and communal amenity space at roof level.

Amended plans have been received for this application. The main alterations to the scheme are as follows:

  • Alteration of top floor to a mansard roof form
  • Balconies recessed into the building envelope
  • Alteration to appearance of entrances
  • Inclusion of roof top children’s play space
  • Removal of entrance into Sanderstead Recreation Ground
  • Additional lift within the second staircore
  • Additional entrance to the car park
  • Addendum to Transport Assessment

The plans can be viewed on the application file on the website. Any comments on the amended proposal by 19th July 2019.

You can view the revised plans following this link.

Local Councillors raise 30k for Lily Pad appeal

Croydon Conservatives help fight child cancer in the Borough. Local councillors have made a £30,000 donation toward a new Oncology Unit at CUH.

From Coulsdon to Crystal Palace, people across Croydon are passionate about taking the fight to child cancer. That’s why, Croydon’s Conservative group of Councillors has pooled together money from their community ward budgets in order to donate £30,000 to the Chartwell Cancer Trust’s Lily Pad Appeal. The Chartwell Cancer Trust supports cancer patients – adults and children – across South London and Kent. Recently, the trust has launched the ‘Lily Pad’ appeal in a bid to raise £750,000 to build a new and modernised Oncology Unit at Croydon University Hospital. The donation from the Croydon Conservatives group will help fund a brand-new play area to provide moments of respite for young patients.

Inspired by the great work of the Trust, Croydon Conservatives have thrown themselves into wider fundraising activities to help secure the necessary cash. On the 5th May, a team of councillors will take part in a 5K walk in Lloyd Park and are encouraging community members to sponsor them as they do their best to stumble through one of Croydon’s most beautiful green spaces.

You can sponsor the Croydon Conservatives Councillor team by visiting their Virgin Money sponsorship page:

Conservatives donate to Cancer appeal

A Cherry Tree from Japan for Sanderstead

The Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan has introduced the Sakura Cherry Tree Project, a UK-wide project distributing Japanese cherry trees to publicly accessible spaces across the UK. One of the prospective sites is the 'Sanderstead Recreational Ground'. The Sanderstead Residents Association and local councillors are meeting with officers at the council to look at how they can take this project forward at Sanderstead Recreation Ground. Letter to MPs from the Japanese Embassy.

MP Chris Philp campaigns to stop Croydon's planning blight

MP Chris Philp raises concerns about Croydon Council's planning decisions and asks us to join him.

"For some time, Croydon’s Labour-run council has been granting planning permissions indiscriminately. Over 90% of all applications are getting approved by the Planning Committee. In particular, they are routinely allowing family housing to be destroyed and replaced with small blocks of flats. Neighbouring Boroughs Bromley and Sutton do not allow this. We do need more homes, but blocks of flats should go on brownfield sites and in Croydon town centre. Buildings like the old Royal Mail building next to East Croydon station are derelict, and you could build hundreds of flats on that site. The council would then have no reason to destroy houses in suburban areas, which changes the character of the area and removes much-needed homes for families. They should not destroy any family homes until all the brownfield sites in the Borough have been used – which we are at least 10 years away from doing. It is time for the council to stop destroying family homes and pursue a Brownfield First policy.

One way to make planning decisions more accountable would be to have local “Area Planning Committees” where you divide Croydon up into three areas (say, north, central and south) and only councillors that area sit on its planning committee and decide for smaller applications – say less than 50 units – in that area. At the moment, councillors from distant parts of Croydon who do not understand our area decide applications in our neighbourhood – often imposing very bad schemes. Many other councils including the London Boroughs of Kingston and Barnet, and Wiltshire and Durham amongst others have Area Planning Committees. Croydon should have Area Planning Committees too.

It is time for us to stand up to the council on behalf of residents across the Borough and demand change. Please join me as our local MP by taking the following steps:

  1. Sign a petition here calling for the council to stop destroying family homes (instead pursuing a “Brownfield First” policy) and calling for Area Panning Committees:
  2. There is currently a review of Croydon Council’s Governance run by Dame Moira Gibb. Please email her directly explaining your views about how the council currently handles planning applications (i.e. often ignores residents etc) and asking Dame Moira to recommend Area Planning Committees in Croydon. Her email address is: [email protected] Please do cc me.
  3. Tell the people responsible for planning in Croydon how angry we are about what they are doing. Email them directly at:
  4. Do cc me as well.
  5. Attend a demonstration at the Full council meeting on the steps of the Town Hall on Monday 1st April from 600pm-630pm and then the council meeting afterwards in the public gallery of the Council Chamber. From around 830pm onwards planning will be debated and Area Planning Committees will be proposed and voted on. The Town Hall address is: Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

What the council is doing is totally unacceptable. Please join this campaign to stop them."

Sanderstead Library Poetry Competition

The theme for our poetry competition is "Fantastic Beasts and Animals". Enter the following age categories 6-8, 9-11, 12-16 and adults. Please pick up an entry form from the library. All entries must be handed in to the library by Saturday 13 April 2019. The winning entry from each age category will receive a voucher donated by Sanderstead Residents Association.

Red Box Project

The Red Box Project is a project that is trying to end period poverty by collecting sanitary products that are distributed to local schools as a way to help girls who are unable to attend school during their period as they can't access sanitary products. From Sunday 3 February they began a collection at St Mary's Church, Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead CR2 0NY.

If anyone would like to drop off donations the best time would be Thursdays 10.45-12.00 or Sundays 11.00-12.00.

If anyone would like to donate money the easiest way is via their Just Giving page on

For more information see the facebook page for the Red Box Project in Croydon: Or the website on

Sanderstead Clinic

Re SANDERSTEAD CLINIC. Official statement

We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients.  There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.

Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses.  Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.

At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people.

Barrowsfield planning application


A planning application has been lodged for a 4/5 storey block of 33 flats in Sanderstead Village. The proposal is for the site at 2-5 Barrowsfield, which is right next to Sanderstead Recreation Ground, opposite Yew Tree Court and the Shell petrol station. Whilst accepting that we need more homes, the Sanderstead Residents Association (SRA) has a number of serious concerns:

  • The proposal for 33 homes on this site is over-intensive – with the proposed density more than 8 times the average in this suburban area and exceeding the Mayor of London’s maximum density for even far more centralised urban locations.
  • The area has been identified as not appropriate for intensification as stated by The Planning Inspector, in his report dated January 2018, confirming Sanderstead’s public transport level was one of the lowest in London.
  • The building design is poor and fails to respect the historic character of the village buildings along this western side of Limpsfield Road, nor the green and open character of Sanderstead Recreation Ground.
  • The height and massing of the building is inappropriate and overbearing for the unique setting of Sanderstead and the local amenities.
  • The demolition of existing family homes including 2/3 Barrowsfield, which is a historical Edwardian country style property and one of the oldest remaining buildings in Sanderstead.
  • Parking provision is inadequate - the shortfall of resident’s spaces within the scheme (75 bedrooms and 26 parking spaces) with no visitor parking provided will inevitably lead to more pressure on already stressed parking, especially at school times.

View the flyer for more information and pictures

Update on Sanderstead pond

Councillor Yvette Hopley writes, "Sadly the Sanderstead Residents’ Association noticeboard and notices around Sanderstead pond were vandalised last week. What the public probably don’t know is that the area is currently infested with rats. Poison has been put down to try to bring the numbers down but with the warm weather, water and current food supply from residents feeding the ducks the problem has become an environmental health problem.

The council as a matter of urgency put up metal signs at the pond and also laminated posters on the trees and bench to try to persuade residents to stop feeding the ducks whilst they deal with this worrying situation. Huge rats have been seen scurrying along the pathways and around the Gruffy and in the vegetation at the pond. This is only a temporary measure until the infestation is brought under control.

I thought it was worth informing you of the dangers of contracting Weil’s disease.

Weil's disease is a form of a bacterial infection also known as Leptospirosis that is carried by animals, most commonly in rats and cattle. It can be caught by humans through contact with rat or cattle urine, most commonly occurring through contaminated fresh water. Although human infection in the UK is minimal it is still worth taking some preventative measures to decrease the possibility of contracting it.

Lots of young and elderly people enjoy this pleasant beauty spot and as a matter of public safety these measures have had to be taken. I would hate for anyone to become seriously ill as a result of not taking action with the council." 1.11.18

SRA Questions the 20 MPH limit

The Sanderstead Residents Association made the front page of the Croydon Advertiser (South edition) with an article questioning the value of the new 20 mph speed limit now imposed on many roads in the south of the borough. Follow this link to read the whole article on the Croydon Advertiser website.

Feeding the birds on Sanderstead Pond

Anyone passing Sanderstead pond on the Gruffy lately will have noticed that it has become covered in green/brown algae. The Community conservation officer from Croydon Council has visited the pond and reports: "I have been to site and looked at pond, there is a large amount of bread floating in the pond which causes the brown algae to grow – this will not harm the ducks but is bad news for the pond. I also noted a large number of rats on site, I know this has already been reported but given the surrounding of the pond it is very difficult to establish rat traps. The reason the pond looks this bad is because of people feeding the ducks with bread in combination with a very hot and dry summer. The best course of action is to stop feeding for the time being or if so then with special waterfowl food, which can be bought in pet shops."

New signs in King's Wood

Sanderstead Residents' Association and our local Councillors have arranged for smart new signs to be erected in the entrances to King's Wood in Sanderstead.

King's Wood Sign

Sanderstead Memorial Hall

You may be aware of Sanderstead Memorial Hall on Purley Oaks Road. It was built as a tribute to the men and women who died or served their country in the First World War. The hall was opened in June 1922 by Vice Admiral A.F.B. Carpenter VC of Zeebrugge fame. The Sanderstead Hall Association was formed in 1923 to manage the hall. The hall is used as a facility for residents of Sanderstead and, subject to availability and proposed use, may be hired. It is used on a regular basis for various activities by several groups. These include: The Cavat School of Dance, Castle Day Nursery, Dog Training Class, Beeches Badminton Club, Sanderstead Hall Badminton Club.

We are looking for volunteers to join our small committee. The duties are not onerous as we have an excellent Business Manager, Caroline Hubbard, who manages the hall on a daily basis. The small, volunteer committee meet twice a year to review the management of the hall and any refurbishments necessary. If you are a resident of Sanderstead and interested in finding out more please contact: Caroline Hubbard on 07775 680087

South East Cancer Help Centre

The SECHC was one of the recipients of a grant from the Sanderstead Residents' Association at out AGM in May.

The South East Cancer Help Centre is a registered charity which supports patients and their family members who have been affected by cancer in the last three years. Our mission is to provide complementary therapies, information and group support and other therapeutic activities which will help people affected by cancer to cope with their situation. We offer a caring, friendly environment which respects and supports people in the choices they make, resourced predominantly by volunteers working alongside fully qualified therapists.

We receive no funding and rely on the generosity and goodwill of our members, the local community and the hard work of our volunteers. We are extremely thankful for your support, and generous £500 donation that will enable us to support more people and families affected by Cancer. Facebook: Twitter:

Street Trees

Five year street tree planting programme

The Association has noted that quite a number of street trees have been removed due to their deteriorating condition. The policy for Council owned trees is that if a tree is removed due to subsidence it will not normally be replaced at the same location. However if it was removed due to being diseased then they would consider planting a replacement.

The Council’s Trees and Woodlands Department have recently recruited an Officer to develop and deliver a Five Year Street Planting Programme which will address the Council’s tree stock that has been lost, and therefore this Programme will look at re-stocking empty tree pits. This tree planting programme forms part of the Council’s objective to deliver a greener and cleaner (pollution) borough in line with the new Air Quality Action Plan 2017 – 2022.

In response to a request by the Sanderstead Residents’ Association, the Council welcomes residents to email their tree requests which will then be considered during the five year planting programme (April 2018 to March 2023).

Contact Email Address: [email protected]

Points to consider if approached by a developer

Riddlesdown Residents' Association website has useful information about what a householder should consider if approached by a developer wishing to buy their home.

Beware offers too good to be true

Trading Standards Alert: Rogue Traders Operating in Croydon

Beware offers too good to be true.

Croydon Trading Standards have received a report about leaflets being put through doors in the Riddlesdown area. The leaflets advise that someone will be calling at homes in the area to offer free valuations of valuable items.

Trading Standards advise consumers to proceed with caution:

  1. If you are thinking of selling a valuable item, ensure you use a known and reputable source.
  2. Check them out with trade associations, etc, before approaching them for a valuation.
  3. Get several valuations to ensure that you are going to receive a fair price.
  4. Do not be rushed into selling your item, you may sell it for far less than the item is worth.
  5. Remember, that when someone calls at your door you do not really know who they are.
  6. Be cautious about letting a stranger into your home and showing them your valuables and where they are kept.
  7. Persons entering your home will also have the opportunity to see your home security, etc.

As always, Trading Standards advise consumers not to buy or sell at the door

Keeping your memory strong

Sanderstead Residents' Association is a dementia friendly organisation, and keen to bring to our members information about maintaining good mental health as well as spotting the signs of early dementia. Read the information provided by Croydon BME forum representative Anna D'Agostino.

Call blockers for people with dementia

Many of us suffer with the problem of nuisance calls on our phones, but this can be a particular problem for people with dementia. To help with this the government is providing funding for call blockers to tackle this issue. Free call blockers will be available to anyone living with dementia who is currently suffering from scam or nuisance calls.

To get a FREE call blocking device YES should be answered to the following:

  1. Do you or the person you are applying for receive nuisance and scam calls?
  2. Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia?
If you answered yes to the above then please apply at

Residents form a group to fight proposed developments in the area - Read the report in the Croydon Advertiser

Changes to the way Croydon Council advises residents about planning applications

The system of putting notices on lighting or telegraph poles was changed in August. Now immediate adjoining owners will be advised by letter, however should there be a footpath or alley the next property will not be informed, in fact letters could be sent to adjoining empty properties or to adjoining owners who do not appreciate the implications of the proposed application. Residents living opposite or behind the property will not be aware of the planning application.

The only means of checking planning applications in your area is to check regularly on the Council's Planning website. Croydon Council planning applications

Changes to urgent care services in Croydon

Read the full report here

Sanderstead Memorial Hall

Sanderstead Memorial Hall was built as a tribute to the men and women who died or served their country in the First World War. The hall was opened in June 1922 by Vice Admiral A.F.B. Carpenter VC of Zeebrugge fame. The Sanderstead Hall Association was formed in 1923 to manage the hall. The hall is used as a facility for residents of Sanderstead and, subject to availability and proposed use, may be hired. It is used on a regular basis for various activities by several groups. These include:

  • The Cavat School of Dance
  • Castle Day Nursery
  • Dog Training Class
  • Beeches Badminton Club

The hall is managed on a daily basis by Caroline Hubbard and overseen by a small, volunteer committee who meet twice a year to review the management of the hall and any refurbishments necessary. We would like to see a few more volunteers join this small committee and continue the work of this facility in Sanderstead.

If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact Caroline Hubbard on 07775 680087

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hall now available for hire

Now available for hire: The Clubhouse at Trinity Sanderstead Sports and Social Club is set in tranquil surroundings, overlooking playing fields at the end of Lime Meadow Avenue. With a large free car park and its proximity to bus routes, it is the perfect venue for classes and clubs, rehearsals, parties, wakes, sporting events and business meetings. If you are interested in hiring The Clubhouse for a function or a regular booking please call 07582 910094 or email [email protected]

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