Lidl riddle over the council’s disappearing bats of Sanderstead

When asked to offer evidence of rare wildlife on the site of the Good Companions pub at Hamsey Green, to at least delay development of the old building while a rare species assessment report was prepared, Croydon Council’s planners failed to come up with any evidence of listed species in the area.

Let’s hope they have better luck tonight, then, when Croydon Council stages its “Bats over the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area” walk tonight.

The council is offering wildlife enthusiasts a 60-to-90-minute “leisurely walk”.

Sanderstead residents had hoped that bat protection measures would save the Good Companions pub being lost, to be replaced by an ugly metal shed to house a Lidl supermarket. But their council and local councillors could not help on this occasion.

The old pub has now fallen victim to another form of occupation – squatters. Arson has also cursed the site – all quite mystifying, since contractors have moved on to the site, boarded windows and axed down trees.

If you want to find the elusive bats that Croydon planners could not find, join the Countryside Warden at 7.30pm this evening at the far end of Tandridge Gardens.

The Save the Good Companions online petition can be accessed by clicking here.

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