News reaches Inside Croydon of more discontent among local residents, this time in Kenley ward in the south of the borough, where they are also complaining of poor consultation from their council over the building of a high dependency medical unit in Higher Drive.
Brian Watson, who is co-ordinating the campaign, has started an appeal for support, expressing concern that the HDU, with its unrestricted visiting times, will cause unwelcome disruption for local residents. With the HDU opposite a nature reserve and near a newly opened children’s playground, there are worries that the unit’s extra traffic will risk accidents.
“122 staff, with a shift change at 8am every day!” Watson writes. “Constant Deliveries! Ambulance set down and pick up throughout the day and night! Special ‘Medical’ refuse collections! Light Pollution throughout the hours of darkness! Noise pollution at all hours! Nocturnal Vehicular activity! Increased pollution from 24 hour vehicular activity! Oh and yes, the completed ‘Hospital,’ it is proposed, will only have 14 car parking spaces, and is not served at all by public transport!”
Watson complains that already gridlocked junctions at Foxley Hill Road, Dale Road and the A22 Godstone Road “will become totally impassable”
Traffic concerns in the area recently saw another campaign launched to have measures introduced to make the A22 less dangerous for pedestrians.
Watson calls on concerned locals to lodge objections to the plans for 94, Higher Drive by writing to or emailing Natalie Glover, Planning Officer, Planning Control & Transportation Department, Croydon Council, Tabener House, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1JT.
Complaints require the full name and address of the obejctor for it to be registered.
The council has consulted 131 people in the neighbourhood, and received 120 responses. Not a single response was in favour of the development.