Tag Archives: Sanderstead

Developers given free rein from a council with no controls

Many Croydon residents feel ill-served by the council’s developer-friendly planning department while being ignored by the Town Hall’s somnolent planning enforcement team. Here, STEVE WHITESIDE examines a case in Sanderstead where developers have been given virtual free rein as the … Continue reading

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14-year-old schoolboy from Sanderstead wins a BAFTA

Andrew Ah-Weng, a 14-year-old from Sanderstead, has won a BAFTA, as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts yesterday revealed the 2021 winners of its Young Game Designer Awards. Ah-Weng’s game, called Getting Out Of It, took top prize … Continue reading

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Sanderstead mum’s Channel swim closes in on bionic target

An amputee from Sanderstead has added “Channel swimmer” to her list of accomplishments after a 15-hour relay effort at the weekend gave the latest cash boost to her fund-raising campaign to pay for a bionic hand. Nicola Wilding, 44, was … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears Launch Night, Jun 30

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Council forced to back down over plan to close five libraries

Having created a threat to close five of the borough’s public libraries, the witless Labour administration is now trying to claim the credit for ‘saving’ them. By STEVEN DOWNES For the second time in just two years, hapless Ollie Lewis, … Continue reading

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Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

Posted in Addington, Church and religions, City Commons, Coulsdon, Croydon parks, Environment, History, New Addington, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Surrey, Tandridge District Council, Walks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Council’s libraries consultation accused of being unlawful

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council’s penny-wise and pound-foolish proposals for library closures could end up costing it more money after a badly-organised consultation, according to a national campaign group. By STEVEN DOWNES The council’s latest consultation, over the proposed closure … Continue reading

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‘It was extremely scary. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights’

Croydon businesses tell MARY LITCHFIELD how they have struggled to survive through lockdown with their government-funded grant aid Croydon firms looking to get back to business after lockdown could apply to the council for grants of up to £10,000 under … Continue reading

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South Norwood library needs £900,000 more to be fit to open

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Mounting repair bills has seen the bankrupt council earmark five public libraries for possible closure. But they are not saying how much they might make if they sell the properties. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports More … Continue reading

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Life expectancy in Fieldway 14 years less than in Sanderstead

The divergence in the quality of life among some Croydon residents is so great that a woman from Fieldway in New Addington can expect to live 14 years less than her counterpart with a home in the same borough and … Continue reading

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Libraries Week, but not in Coulsdon, Purley, South Norwood…

“It’s Libraries Week!” declared a council-run Twitter account yesterday. The exciting range of services on offer included using something they called “eaudiobooks”, perhaps to listen to while in the bath? But it is not libraries week if you would usually … Continue reading

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Second Croydon primary school hit by covid-19 positive case

Two Croydon primaries have been forced to postpone or alter plans for the return of pupils after members of staff tested positive for covid-19 in the past week, what was supposed to be the first full week of the new … Continue reading

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Tea rooms want to stage ‘thank you’ party for NHS staff

A café at the heart of the community in Sanderstead is calling on its customers and neighbours to help to raise funds for a special “Thank You” party for the Critical Care Team at Mayday Hospital. During the covid -19 … Continue reading

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Residents’ associations angrily reject Scott’s concrete plans

Croydon’s housing targets are out-of-step with the Mayor’s London Plan, and residents are on the warpath against the Town Hall’s planning chief, reports BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent When Paul Scott, the architect behind Croydon’s disastrous planning and housing policies, … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Geoff James, HADRA, Housing, Kenley, Mayor of London, Old Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Croydon’s biggest slave owner was ancestor of the Queen

It’s not just in Bristol that there are memorials to slave-owners. Even in a Sanderstead churchyard, there can be found links to the slave trade, and to the modern royal family, as STEPHANIE OFFER discovered The hauling down and dunking … Continue reading

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Objections? What objections? Opposition? What opposition?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Has the council granted planning permission to a slew of sub-standard developments because the local Tories have allowed them to do so? STEVE WHITESIDE on the questions that Croydon Conservatives refuse to answer Have you ever wondered how … Continue reading

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Residents on high alert to keep check on planning applications

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on the 9-9-9 emergency for some roads in the south of the borough Last week’s decision to delegate all planning decisions to council officials, removing even a vestige of cover offered by the planning committee … Continue reading

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The latest Croydon carbuncle: Riddlesdown’s own glasshouse

Another day, another Croydon carbuncle. This time it is a block of 18 flats in a gargantuan five-storey block plonked between the suburban detached houses of Mitchley Avenue, Riddlesdown, as proposed by Vita Homes.

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Hundreds turn out to join campaign for directly elected mayor

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the mounting numbers behind a campaign seeking to change the way the council is run The patronage that keeps Croydon’s Town Hall troika of Tony Newman, Alison Butler and Paul Scott in power is looking … Continue reading

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Warlingham Beer Bands and BBQ, Hamsey Green, Jun 13

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Our neighbourhoods are under attack. It’s time to fight back

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Aggressively acquisitive developers, operating mainly across the suburban southern parts of the borough, allied to a council planning department that seems to wave through most of their schemes for blocks of flats, is causing great distress for existing … Continue reading

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Come And Sing with Downland Chorale, Sanderstead, Feb 15

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Sanderstead and Riddlesdown lead battle to save Green Belt

In 1953, the Coulsdon and Purley Urban District Council was granted a coat of arms, and this included two trees, one an oak to represent the Purley Oaks and the other a beech for Purley Beeches. In 2020, Croydon Council … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Housing, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

CPRE makes appeal: just one week left to save the Green Belt

Conservation charity the CPRE has added its voice to residents’ associations across the borough calling on the public to take urgent action to try to save Croydon’s green spaces from development. Last week, Inside Croydon reported how the Labour council’s … Continue reading

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The Children’s Society art exhibition, Sanderstead, Mar 21

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