Vacancy for post of WURA Secretary

The post of Secretary for WURA is vacant now that Richard Russell has retired from the position. The post could be ideal for a retired person as the work requires working a varying number of hours per day dealing with road matters and associated issues but equally could suit anyone who feels able to fully commit to the work involved. The job, which tends to be event driven, involves responding to multiple emails from not just residents but developers, builders, utilities and various Council departments some of whom are not particularly responsive or helpful as well as organising meetings and keeping minutes. There is an honorarium which I must admit does not reflect the work involved. However whilst it is a challenging role it is also rewarding in terms of the opportunity to be of real service to the community here.

It would be an advantage for the applicant to be well established in the area with contacts within the community and be of a friendly disposition plus plenty of patience!

If you are interested and would like more information please email WURA or telephone myself directly (contact information in the newsletter).

Colin Brown (Chairman)



AGM – 3rd May 2022

All WURA residents are invited to a ‘live’ AGM which will take place at 7.30pm in the Small Hall at the Kenley Memorial Hall on 3rd May 2022.

1. Agenda view here(PDF file)

2. Note on how the Road Committee will run the Association in future in the absence of a full time Secretary view here(PDF file)

3 .Updated Constitution. view here(PDF file)
The key changes relate to: 
a. the addition of a paragraph on dissolving the Association Para 6
b. mandate for the Road Committee to pay for outsourced work Para 4.6
c. revised powers for the Committee to contract road works Para 4.13

4.  Draft Accounts and Budget. These will be posted here on the website on or soon after April 20th 2022.

The Committee look forward to seeing you on 3rd May 2022  at 7.30pm. Please sign in on the registration form provided.

Richard Russell, Secretary

A message from the Chairman for 2022

Richard Russell, our Secretary, has for many years stoically borne the brunt of the work associated with the Council planners and developers and it is acknowledged that (not wishing to belittle input from other Committee members) without him WURA would not be the recognised ‘street manager’ it is. He will be retiring after the next AGM in May/June 2022 leaving a massive hole in WURA – a hard act to follow and I’m sure every resident would join me in recognising his dedication and massively thanking him.

He has accepted a one day a week part-time post of a consultant enabling myself and the others to use his expertise and knowledge when required whilst keeping himself ‘remote’ from the daily demands of email traffic.

With Richard’s departure we need volunteers from Welcomes and Uplands Roads to fill spaces on the WURA committee to ensure that there is succession. If you are interested do please contact any member of the Committee. You can join a Committee meeting to see if the role is for you before you make up your mind finally. The next meeting will take place at some time in the New Year prior to the AGM.

The result of all this is that the Road Committee remit has to be considerably reduced, dealing only with core road matters and funding. This means residents will have to handle more issues themselves than was the case before. The website now contains a page of reference information specifically for residents, including a list of useful contacts.

With the retirement of our Secretary after the 2022 AGM and in the absence of a replacement, in spite of efforts to find one, the Committee will only be dealing with core road issues after March 2022. All emails will be assessed by the Chairman and where relevant will be discussed with Richard in his new capacity and relevant road representatives. Please see the ‘about WURA’ page for details of the Committee’s focus.

Inconsiderate parking on Uplands Road

It has been drawn to WURA’s attention that some members are parking on Uplands Road when it seems that they could be parking on their own drives. In some cases the parked vehicles are obscuring the sight lines of neighbours when exiting their property.

There has always been an understanding that members will not park on either Welcomes or Uplands Roads but on their own drives. However being privately owned it is not illegal for members to park on Uplands Road but littering the road with cars, apart from making for an unattractive street scene, also endangers passing traffic, particularly walkers and cyclists. There is no pavement on either of our roads for walkers to use.

As a designated footpath Welcomes Road in terms of the law cannot be used to park on except briefly for deliveries. That includes members’ cars.

Non members are not allowed to park on either road except to make deliveries. Tradesmen as far as possible should park on the property they are visiting.

Members’ visitors/guests should try to park off the road on the host’s drive or on a neighbour’s drive if there is no room on the host’s property.

In the past the Road Committee have had discussions with the Council about formalising parking restrictions but is reluctant to use traffic wardens to enforce the regulations unless on-street parking gets out of control and the membership votes for Council enforcement at an AGM after a further review of the situation.

WURA requests that neighbour parking problems should if at all possible be resolved between those neighbours. Be considerate about where you park.

Thank you for reading this.

Sept 13th – 20th : Road Works : Hayes Lane to Uplands Road

At our last pre Covid AGM a member suggested that we ‘get on with resurfacing the (Welcomes) Road instead of just talking about it’. Having received quotes from Swift Surfacing, TTS Surfacing and London Surfacing Co Ltd. The latter company came with an informal ‘introduction’ from the Council Highways Dept. We met the various personnel from each of these companies and the result was that we felt we could work best with the road engineer (Chris) from London Surfacing Co. Ltd. Each quote was similar in terms of price. Anyway we are now ‘getting on with it’ by making a start with resurfacing the section of Welcomes Road from Hayes Lane to Uplands Road (Phase 1). Phase 2 will cover Uplands to Zig Zag Road (2022) and Phase 3 from Zig Zag to Kenley Lane when construction traffic has tailed off.

To be clear : the road will be closed at the Uplands Road junction on the south side and at the Hayes Lane end near the white posts. Traffic from the Welcomes Road from the north (lower end) will be able to turn right into Uplands Road.

Specification : The intention is to apply an overlay of 40mm of stone mastic asphalt (SMA) after regulating the existing surface and re-profiling one speed ramp and installing a drain pipe by the top ramp near Hayes Lane. The works include a 12 months guarantee.

The impending works will commence on Monday 13th September 2021 for 5 days as follows, with working hours from 9am to 5pm :

Monday 13th
NO PARKING ON ROAD
Set up site and start the following prep works, Adjust iron work and install drainage pipes. Cut joints at all tie in points.
Road open but with traffic management.

Tuesday 14th
Preparatory works
Road open but with traffic management

Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th
Start resurfacing works from Hayes Lane working towards Uplands Road laying in 3 stages over this period.
ROAD WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY WITH SOME ACCESS AFTER 5 PM.

Monday 20th September
Install new speed ramp between Maryhill Close and Simone Drive near telegraph pole. Carry out line marking.
Road open but with traffic management.

IMPORTANT

Members fronting Welcomes Road between Uplands Road and Hayes Lane will need to bear in mind that the contractors need to be allowed to get on with their work uninterrupted. When the overlay is being applied it is vital to keep away from moving machinery. Walkers should be able to find a way round the road works but are encouraged to keep away from the site. If you need to use your car please park it on Uplands Road considerately but do not park near the junction with Welcomes Road as this area will be set aside for the contractors plant and machinery. The postman will need to walk to houses having parked in Uplands Road and other deliveries avoided that week unless essential.

If you have space on your drive for an extra car please let me know  in case any of the  people who will lose access to their own drives from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th could use it. Otherwise parking will need to be in Uplands Road or other public roads nearby. The section of Uplands Road leading to the junction with Welcomes Road will be reserved for the contractor’s plant and machinery.

SMA curing time 24 hours. No HGV traffic during this period.
Monday is, of course, a refuse collection day for food waste and plastic. This should take place before 9am when the contractor starts work each day.

Site Manager: Chris Stylianou Mobile 07808 318328. Please approach Chris if you need help.
Other contact Nos. Colin Brown 020 8668 2101, Richard Russell 07563 723809 and 020 8668 7293.

PLEASE BE PATIENT WHILE THE WORK PROCEEDS.
Working in Welcomes Road is never easy and your patience will be appreciated

MANY THANKS.

Applications are invited for the position of WURA Secretary

You may have read in the Spring newsletter that Richard Russell is retiring from the position in May 2022. The post could be ideal for a retired person as the work requires working a varying number of hours per day dealing with road matters and associated issues but equally could suit anyone who feels able to fully commit to the work involved. The job, which tends to be event driven, involves responding to multiple emails from not just residents but developers, builders, utilities and various Council departments some of whom are not particularly responsive or helpful as well as organising meetings and keeping minutes. There is an honorarium which I must admit does not reflect the work involved. However whilst it is a challenging role it is also rewarding in terms of the opportunity to be of real service to the community here.

It would be an advantage for the applicant to be well established in the area with contacts within the community and be of a friendly disposition plus plenty of patience! The successful applicant would need to start working with Richard over the coming months to learn the ropes.

If you are interested and would like more information please contact either the current Secretary by email or myself (telephone contact information in the newsletter).

Colin Brown (Chairman)

Zig Zag Road junction roadworks – 16th to 21st Dec

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.

Construction Site Contacts

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

Site Manager: Phil Johnson
T: 07534 506 244
E: phil@goldstonehomes.co.uk
W: www.goldstonehomes.co.uk
Construction Logistics Plan: 32 Welcomes Road
Routing Map: here

42 Welcomes Road

Admin Manager: Mr Joy Gopinadhan
T:07703 209 652
E: joy@phoenix-lr.com
Construction Logistics Plan: 42 Welcomes Road

57 Welcomes Road – Regal Abode Ltd

Admin Manager: Abi Mukhurjee
T: TBD
E: estate.manager@mail.com
Construction Logistics Plan: 57 Welcomes Road

35 Uplands Road – CPSL Construction Ltd

Admin Manager: Mr Darryl Castelino 
T:07540 369293
E: TBD
Construction Logistics Plan: 35 Uplands Road

Others

36 Welcomes Road is now complete and occupied.