Thursday, 22 February 2018

Correction- health service procurement meeting

The advertised meeting is on Thursday 8th March

Woodcote traffic restrictions

For your information - from Peter Morgan (Road Users Forum).

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1    WOODCOTE SCHOOLS PARENT ACCESS BAN - RUF SURVEY
    A number of people have sent their survey responses already.
    Could I ask if you have not done so, please simply open the appended file, add your comments, save the file,, and then email it back to me?
    The survey form is also here - simply click the link and it should open for you.
   http://bit.ly/2ArpmBS
    Could I also ask you to invite others that you know to complete the survey.
    NOTE - The survey is worded in a neutral way, and I am interested in ALL responses, where supporting, opposing or neutral about the scheme.
    The survey results will be sent to the council, and the more who respond the greater value the survey has.
2    REMINDER - SPECIAL PUBLIC RUF MEETING - FRIDAY 23 FEB 2018
    WOODCOTE SCHOOLS PARENT ACCESS BAN
    OBJECTION DEADLINE 4 MAR 2018
    The next meeting of the RUF will be on Friday 23 Feb 2018, 730pm to 9pm, at the usual community centre venue - address below.
    All are welcome.
   Chipstead Valley Rd, Coulsdon CR5 3BE
   Entrance in Barrie Close - turn right just before the BP petrol station
   Large free car park onsite, and free parking in roads outside
   Buses 166 and 434 stop in the main road nearby.
3    REMINDER - OBJECTIONS
   Anyone with comments, complaints or objections to this scheme needs to send an email by the end of 4 Mar 2018 to Croydon Council at     Parking.Design@croydon.gov.uk

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Health service procurement




Dear Colleague 

NHS Croydon CCG would like to invite you to an introductory session to learn more about how we buy (Procure) health care services for Croydon residents and the important role that Patient Representatives play by ensuring that the services we buy provide the best quality healthcare for all Croydon patients.

Procurement is the term used to describe the process of finding, agreeing terms and acquiring goods, services or works from an external source, which usually involves bids from a number of different providers.

At the session participants will learn more about:
  • NHS procurement rules 
  • The bidding process for organisations who want to provide NHS services
  • The role of Patient Representatives in procurements
  • The practicalities of being a Patient Representative on a procurement panel 
We hope that you will join us on Wednesday 8 March 2018 at Croydon Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 from 2 pm to 4 pm to learn more.

If you are interested in attending please book here as it is helpful for us to know in advance so that we can organise refreshments. 

Please do contact me if you would like to know more or have any questions.

Kind regards

Ros



Ros Spinks 
Senior Engagement Manager

Local health and care services






Dear Colleague

Please see below for details of an event on Tuesday 27th February. The event is an opportunity to find out more about the transformation of local health and care services in Croydon.

Kind regards

The Communication and Engagement Team 

We present an opportunity to meet the NHS changemakers & hear about what they propose for Croydon's NHS in 2018. Learn more and give your views directly to them in rounds of small-table discussion. Tues 27 Feb 18.30 at Croydon Conference Centre. Book now.Is this email not displaying correctly?
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Meet the changemakers…

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Tuesday 27 February  18:30 – 20:30

(doors open 18.00) 


Croydon Conference Centre, Surrey St,


Croydon CR0 1RG
 

Ask your questions directly to those making the changes to these NHS services in Croydon in 2018:

ANTICOAGULATION (BLOOD THINNING)
DERMATOLOGY (SKIN)

DIABETES

EAR, NOSE & THROAT

GYNAECOLOGY

MUSCLOSKELETAL


 
Hear more about the changes they propose and give your views in three rounds of small-table discussion. A great opportunity to learn more and get your views heard.

Andrew Eyres, NHS Croydon CCG Chief Officer will give an overview.

There will also be a profile of the One Croydon initiative from one of the project leaders.
Refreshments will be served.

This is a Healthwatch Croydon event in association with the NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group.


 


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Warning - how some developers operate





KENDRA and other Local R.A.s have become concerned about the tactics used by some developers:

At the recent CCC meeting with Councilor Perry, an RA mentioned that the developer Aventier is active in their area.  Kenley is also proving very attractive to developers and we have several house owners report that Aventier has sent them an unsolicited offer to buy their house.

We have looked into the Aventier offer and are concerned about complex structure.  We suspect that house owners may be getting carried away by high offer-price and failing to understand what the Option parts of the offer mean 

Within Kendra we have written and distributed the attached documents via email to our members  They have been sent one at a time over 2 weeks.  Numerous members have expressed gratitude for us circulating the information because they did not understand what could go wrong.  The documents have also encouraged our members to talk about the offers they are receiving from developers.  We wont stop the developers, and we wont stop homeowners selling to developers.  However, we can try and stop the developers taking unfair advantage of the house owners.

We this matter is so important that we want make these documents available to all South of Croydon RAs. If you too have problems with developers (and specifically any developer using the Aventier structure) then please feel free to customize the documents and use them to help inform your members (house owners) so that they can better understand the problems before they sign the paperwork. 


At the recent CCC meeting with Councilor Perry, an RA mentioned that the developer Aventier is active in their area.  Kenley is also proving very attractive to developers and we have several house owners report that Aventier has sent them an unsolicited offer to buy their house.

We have looked into the Aventier offer and are concerned about complex structure.  We suspect that house owners may be getting carried away by high offer-price and failing to understand what the Option parts of the offer mean 

Within Kendra we have written and distributed the attached documents via email to our members  They have been sent one at a time over 2 weeks.  Numerous members have expressed gratitude for us circulating the information because they did not understand what could go wrong.  The documents have also encouraged our members to talk about the offers they are receiving from developers.  We wont stop the developers, and we wont stop homeowners selling to developers.  However, we can try and stop the developers taking unfair advantage of the house owners.

We this matter is so important that we want make these documents available to all South of Croydon RAs. If you too have problems with developers (and specifically any developer using the Aventier structure) then please feel free to customize the documents and use them to help inform your members (house owners) so that they can better understand the problems before they sign the paperwork. 


The CCC is not the Care Commissioning group but refers to Croydon Conservatives.

More details

Aggressive developers are starting to prowl around Kenley
We are receiving reports of developers expressing an interest and sending unsolicited offers for properties within Kenley. This is almost certainly related to the much-relaxed attitude to planning that is now available under the new Croydon Plan (see above).
The developers typically want an "option" and will only complete the purchase if planning permission is obtained. Having paid around £5K for the option, the developer then funds the planning application process, and if successful they have first-refusal to buy your house at the previously agreed price.
If a developer approaches you, any neighbours, or your local family then there are some important matters to understand: -
  1. The developer is not "buying" the house right now - they are locking the owner into a contract that is likely to force a sale in 12 to 18 months’ time. Only the developer can walk away from the agreement. 
  2. They can fail to gain planning permission - so the developer will decline to purchase your house. You get to keep the initial option money and you keep the house. Any plans you had to move elsewhere may be significantly disrupted
  3. The "option" process often creates a great deal of inconvenience to the seller. Having taken the Option-payment the developer can force you to sell your house. Even if your circumstances have changed or you have simply changed your mind once you see how much your neighbours resent the planning proposal.
  4. If for any reason you need to unexpectedly sell your house you will be unable to whilst the developer holds the option. You can only wait for the planning process and let the Developer decide.
  5. The developers often describe their designs in very favourable ways. They will suggest they only provide modest developments that are in-keeping with the character of the area, or that they are aimed at local residents that want to down size. Often the developers will tell you whatever you want to hear so that they get control of your property. You will only know what they have in mind when you see the planning application and the reaction from your neighbours - by then it will be too late. Developers only seek to minimise costs and maximise profit
  6.  The developers are currently offering a "fixed price" for Kenley houses that is to be paid in 12 to 18 months. You would not benefit from any uplift in the value of your property. However, if the value of your house goes down then the developer can choose to walk-away
  7. Developers will often promise special treatment or concessions to encourage owners to provide the option. This is especially true if there is key property that is holding out. These concessions are often not worth anything, as they are not put in writing, or are worded in such a way that they are meaningless (For example they offer "first choice" to buy one of the new houses. That is clearly very attractive, but you are buying off-plan and the developer can state any price he likes and meet this requirement)
  8. We often see existing Kenley owners electing to buy one of the new-builds on/near their plot. The owner will need to pay storage costs and may need to rent whilst the building takes place. Owners need to be aware that despite the developer's verbal promise to complete the build in 6 to 9 months, building projects are often delayed. The owner will likely have extra costs if there is any delay 
  9. Should you be tempted to enter into an option-relationship with a developer then you should speak to your friends and family. You should also obtain independent professional advice and ensure that you totally understand what you are committing to; and what can go wrong. If you have received assurances or been promised any concessions, then these MUST be placed in writing and reviewed by your solicitor before you sign the contract. 
  10. You will likely find that the developer will suggest various reasons why any special terms cannot be written down. You need to ask yourself why that is, and what extra risks and costs may apply if they are not met?
  11. The active developers that we are aware of are making low-ball offers for a 12 to 18-month option. You do not have to accept the first offer you receive, and an 18-month option is worth considerably more than a 12 month option.

Kendra is keen to receive copies of any correspondence that is provided as we would like to monitor the situation.





Thursday, 15 February 2018

Just notified


Please can you put on Facebook due to Road Works 



No Service on 166 to Chipstead Valley Rd, Chipstead or Woodmansterne tonight Thursday  after 9.30pm

Thanks 
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WOODCOTE PRIMARY SCHOOLS PARENT ACCESS BAN









These restrictions remain contentious with some residents pleased with the effects of the restrictions and some not.

FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES


  WOODCOTE PRIMARY SCHOOLS PARENT ACCESS BAN
    SURVEY + RUF 23 FEB 2017
    I want to ensure that everyone interested is made aware of the public meeting and survey, so noone is excluded.
    WHERE CHILDREN LIVE
    Following  my email asking local RA's to help in making their members aware of the public meeting and survey, it has been suggested that few if any residents in some areas are affected by the scheme.
    Please see the map here, which shows where children live by density of colour.
        http://bit.ly/2BylhLs
    What is clear is how large the school's catchment area is - which I define as the area from which the school draws pupils.
    We can see that children come from Hooley, Wallington, Woodcote, Purley Oaks, Riddlesdown, Kenley and Old Coulsdon - as well as Purley and Coulsdon.
    The high school map includes Chipstead.
    WALK TO SCHOOL?
    The council have asserted that children who live within 20 minutes walk can and should walk to school.
    However the average walking time by the council data is 21 minutes.
    The council thus implicitly accept that there are many children who would have an excessive distance to walk to school.
    It is clear that buses are little use - and the car is the only realistic option.
    FAULTY COUNCIL ANALYSIS
    Remember, this scheme is designed to make it inconvenient and difficult for parents to take children to and from school by car.
    The council make a number of errors.
    Of course, many children walked to and from school before this scheme came in, so we are concerned here with those whose parents choose to use the car to take their children to and from school - presumably those furthest from the school.
1    The fact that children may be able to walk to an from school does not mean that they can travel unaccompanied.
    Nor doe it mean that parents, predominately women, have TIME to walk their children to school, then walk back home to get their car to drive to work - or even go on to work by bus from the school.
    Look at where the school is, and the limited buses nearby.
2    The speed assumed here is 3mph (4.8kpn, 1.3 m/s).
    That is a reasonable walking speed for a normal adult.
    Young children aged 3-7 will not walk that fast.
    TfL assume 1.2m/s for crossing the road, for example.
3    Young children may not be able  - or willing - to walk for as long as 20 minutes without complaint, stopping etc.
4    The calculated walking time appears to be based on an as the crow flies calculation.
    This takes no account of whether roads go direct to the school - in many cases they do not.
    It ignores hills - which add to the distance.
    Hills also add to the time, as you cannot walk much faster downhill but do go much more slowly uphill.
5    No account is taken of crossing the road.
    This may add a minute or more to each crossing.
    Some routes mean crossing a number of roads.
6    The council wants children to cycle.
    This might be suitable for those of 10 and over, but obviously not for those aged 3-8.
7    The council wholly ignores the weather - wet or cold. adds to walking time, and getting suitable clothing on and off.
8    The council wholly ignores the risks of cycling and walking  -
    Thus the couch's conclusion about how many children can realistically be expected to not go by car - and instead walk to school - are seriously faulty.
 
    Peter Morgan