WURA Committee members held a meeting early in December with Croydon Council to follow-up on the routing requirements for the HGV traffic associated with the new developments.
Following the meeting, the Principle Network Impact Assessment Engineer confirmed:
“As discussed at our meeting I believe I can support vehicles on Uplands Road entering and exiting via Abbots, and whilst I agree ‘SLOW’ markings and some double yellow lines are needed on the Abbots sharp turn these would have to be implemented as part of a new sites conditions if one comes up on Abbots as the current financial situation in the Council does not allow me to implement them on a general basis.”
“I can confirm that new sites along Welcomes are required to pay into a fund to cover a camera at the northern end of the road, again unfortunately with the current situation the installation fee and the small balance left over that would have been covered by the Council is not able to be authorised until we are no longer under Section 114 and there is a clear path back to a balanced budget.”
Please avoid using the Zig Zag Road/ Welcomes Road junction from between Wednesday 16th and Monday 21st December.
The very informal logistics plan is as follows:
1. Wednesday 16th December at about noon the contractor will start to gun off the surface of the road in the bellmouth of Welcomes Road and 5m into Zig Zag Road
2. Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th December the work will continue and concrete edging installed along the hedge line fronting Zig Zag Road and which belongs to 70 Welcomes Road. The new edging will support the compaction of the new tarmac.
3. Saturday and Sunday the junction will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic to allow the new surface to ‘go off’. No motorised traffic particularly HGVs must drive over the new surface for 48 hours.
4. Early Monday morning the contractor will remove signage closing the road so the refuse lorry can pass.
The contractor will be allowing traffic to use the junction from Wednesday to Friday but for safety reasons if you can avoid the junction by using Abbots Lane and Uplands Road that would be very much appreciated.
The road will be passable to pedestrians at all times including over the weekend. Apologies for the short notice but these jobs are very much dependent on when the road materials become available.
These are the contact details for the first point of contact for any issues you may have regarding the construction sites currently operating on the WURA roads under planning applications approved by Croydon Council.
Please only refer back to the WURA Secretary if you are not satisfied with the developer’s response to your enquiry. Please copy the Secretary in on any correspondence for record keeping purposes. Note also that if you are unhappy with the response and believe that the developer has broken the terms of their agreements, you should raise the issue with Croydon Council as described in “Problem With Construction Sites” .
32 Welcomes Road – Goldstone Homes
42 Welcomes Road
57 Welcomes Road – Regal Abode Ltd
Admin Manager: TBD
Construction Logistics Plan: 57 Welcomes Road
35 Uplands Road – CPSL Construction Ltd
Admin Manager: Mr Darryl Castelino
Construction Logistics Plan: 35 Uplands Road
36 Welcomes Road is now complete and occupied.
with fox in hot pursuit…
Photos by SH with kind permission of RP
UK Power Networks now have a start date to carry out works involving upgrading an underground electricity connector. They will be using a sub contractor who is being properly briefed by UKPN on traffic management.
o/s 17 Welcomes Road Kenley
UKPN ref- 240104449 – LB 1L4517)
Start date – 18/11/2020
Permit end date – 26/11/2020
Permit Number — PW00000021428
Works will involve excavation (approx. size 8m x 1.1m x 0.9m) cable jointing and reinstatement. Whilst on site the road width past the works will be restricted to 2.5m, wide. When leaving site overnight, access past the works should be 3m wide.
UK Power Networks
Whilst the UKPN works are on-going please avoid using the lower part of Welcomes Road if you can.
At Zig Zag Road
Junction of Zig Zag Road and Welcomes Road: Starting Wednesday 18th November until first thing Monday morning 23rd Nov. To make good damage by construction site traffic using Zig Zag Road contrary to Council routing instructions by installing some new kerbing, breaking out surface of bellmouth and first section of Zig Zag Road and laying 20mm sub base and 10mm SMA running course. The road will be closed most of the time so please use Abbots Lane for this period. It will be passable for pedestrians. Although the work will be finished by Friday night Zig Zag Road will remain closed over the weekend to allow the SMA surface course to cure.
The contractor will open the road early on Monday morning so the refuse lorry can get past. Your patience is appreciated and please be nice to the people doing the work!
We have suffered another tranche of planning applications recently, the majority of which the WURA committee consider to be over-development for the size of the plot and a level of intensification which will impact road safety, the environment and the amenity of the immediate surroundings. WURA will continue to submit objection letters for these types of proposals.
We still await responses to letters written to Heather Cheesbrough (July 2020) and to Nicola Townsend (Sept 2020) the new Head of Development. Hopefully they are having some effect on planning decisions as refusals are beginning to emerge even if they have not made a formal acknowledgement to either of them. The recent application for 37 Welcomes Road and an earlier one for 52 Welcomes Road were refused and the reasons stated included over-massing, scale and highway safety.
The current situation is as follows:
Already approved (54 dwellings):
- No. 10 WR – 8 houses
- No. 32 WR – 9 flats
- No. 36 WR – initially 7, now 8 flats
- No. 42 WR – 7 flats plus 2 houses
- No. 56 WR – 9 flats
- No. 57 WR – 7 flats
- No. 35 UR – 6 houses
- No. 2 KC – 4 units (under PIP)
- No. 8 KC – 4 houses
Applications pending (49 dwellings):
- No. 60 WR – 7 flats plus 2 houses
- No. 52 WR – 9 flats (new proposal following previous refusal)
- No. 67 WR – 8 flats
- No. 88 WR – 9 flats (outline)
- No. 90 WR – 3 houses
- No. 1 KC – 15 flats + 4 houses
This represents a 10-fold increase in dwellings, the vast majority with inadequate parking capacity.
More information about each of these can be viewed on the Planning Application Archive page.
There have been many problems on the road recently caused by deliveries at the various construction sites and complaints about various aspects of the developments. It appears that some changes have been made in the last few days as a result of the representations made to the developers and hopefully this means that things will improve from now on. If not, there is a process which people can follow to make any grievance known to the right people.
Every developer must agree with Croydon Council a plan covering logistics and management of the construction site. If this is not part of their original application then the decision to “grant” by the Council will require it as a “condition”. The report will then be submitted for approval as a “Discharge of Conditions” planning application. The team responsible for ensuring compliance with such plans is the Enforcement Team within the Council.
The plans for each development can be viewing on the Croydon Planning Application portal. The plans for the current developments can also be viewed here:
Emails with specific details of any non-compliant actions should be sent to email@example.com and copied to the planning department at firstname.lastname@example.org . Ensure you include the following information as part of the email:
- the address of the construction site
- the date and time of the non-compliant action (and ideally photos attached as well)
- your own name and address
- ideally the planning application number of the development
- the section of CLP which is not being adhered to
Please also copy WURA so that the number of issues being raised can be collated. Feel free to also copy other parties such as Heather Cheesborough and Nicola Townsend as well as our councillors.
Note that if an infringement is repeated you are within your rights to submit a complaint each day the non-compliance takes place.
If members feel particularly strongly, as pointed out by others, it is an offence to block a public highway. In such cases, if appropriate road closure signage has not been provided for a planned blockage, the Council should be informed. If a parked vehicle is causing the blockage the police can issue a parking ticket or remove and impound the car (in extremis). You could notify the police of such road safety issues.
For future reference, WURA will obtain the equivalent documentation for any new developments as they prepare to start and will make it available to members.
The (slightly belated) Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available here (PDF file).
Please be aware that there will be temporary closures/or delays from 30th September for 4 to 5 days due to kerbing being installed at the lower end of Welcomes Road.
Please try to use an alternative exit/entry and we apologise for the inconvenience caused.