Tommy the turtle finds out he is a terrapin after all!

The other day when one of our members reported that a turtle had appeared through the fence from the building site next door to her,  the event ignited a good deal of interest among members and offers poured in to ‘house’ Tommy until he could be returned to his rightful owners.

He was offered several ponds but in the end Tommy moved to Kenley Lane to take up residence in a thriving pond there. I wonder if he will stay there or move on? Will the owners come and claim him back and what if he doesn’t want to move? Will there be tears?

 Thank you everyone who offered a home to Tommy or who took an interest in the fate of this itinerant amphibian.

 If you have children who would like to write a short story about the adventurers of Tommy the Terrapin, the one the Committee likes best will be published in the next WURA Newsletter and put on the web site. Closing dates for your story 31st August 2020.

More roadworks : 29th June – 2nd July

A new drainage connection for the development at 32 Welcomes Road is to be installed from 29th June to 2nd July. You are strongly advised to avoid using the lower part of Welcomes Road/Kenley Lane/Valley Road at all for this period. 

Advance warning notices will be put up by the contractors.

The contractors will manage the refuse collection lorry routing which is due to empty bins on Monday.  

The drainage work had been scheduled for w/b 22nd June as previously advised, but had to be postponed a week for technical reasons.

Every effort will be made to complete the work by Wednesday 1st July  but an extra day has been allowed  for the unexpected.

Thank you for your patience.

Please send in any traffic incidents

Croydon Council require evidence-based data for any traffic infringements or damage to the WURA roads. This isn’t just for the HGVs involved in the construction work, but should cover any obstruction or blockage, except those for the short period required for a delivery.

Construction traffic is required to conform to the Council stated rules which now form part of each site’s logistics plan. Vehicles should enter at the Kenley Station end of Welcomes Road and depart via Hayes Lane by turning right.

Any HGVs travelling in the opposite direction, reversing or maneuvering to turn (except, of course, to access their site) are contravening these rules and should be reported.


Any damage caused to the road surface or kerbside should also be reported.

Please email details to the WURA secretary at welcomesanduplandsroads@gmail.com. To be a useful report, the following information MUST be included:

  • The name of the contractor on the vehicle and its registration number – ideally a photograph showing one or the other.
  • The location of the incident (outside which house number or junction, for example)
  • The date and time of the incident
  • A statement regarding the incident – whether the vehicle was moving, reversing, parked, the direction of travel, etc.
  • If the incident is associated with damage to the road or property frontage, a picture of the damage caused.

Planned Road Works : 23rd June

Work is planned for 3 to 4 days from Tuesday 23rd June 2020 outside 32 Welcomes Road, which is a construction site. The road will be passable but traffic light controlled whilst managing any  HGVs that might be travelling in opposite directions. 

Monday has been left clear for the refuse lorry to operate unimpeded.

AGM 2020

Because of the COVID 19 situation the Committee felt that it would be unwise to hold an AGM this year and noted that Kendra had made a similar decision.

The Committee therefore met on 1st June using Zoom. Click here to view the resulting report on the meeting which was  based on matters arising from the 2019 AGM and updating members on the current situation. The website stats referenced in the minutes can be viewed here

Signed-off accounts are now also included here.

Your comments are welcome and you can email myself or the Chairman with them.

Kind regards and keep safe.

Richard Russell
Secretary WURA

After the 1862 auction to 1909

It’s not until 1869 that Kenley starts to be identified as a distinct area in the Croydon Directory, although it is still listed under the Coulson ward. There are a mere 11 entries in 1869, including Mr John Hough at Welcomes Farm and Mr Henry Laycock, at Eastcott, on Valley Road just at the bottom of Welcomes Road.

The advert (left) in the Caterham Directory of 1872/73 shows how development is being encouraged along the Caterham branch line.

It is at this point that the early properties in the immediate area start to appear, including Elmwood (on Abbots Lane opposite the end of ZigZag Road), Hillside (building itself near Kenley Lane opposite the church, but with driveway down to Welcomes Road) and The Mount (Hermitage Road). No road names are included yet, building was sparse enough that the property name was sufficient to identify each property within Kenley.

By 1876 the list has expanded to 54 entries, with properties being listed as Hayes Lane, Godstone Road and Valley Road.

In 1882 the Waddenden Arms appears in the Directory (now, of course, the Wattenden Arms) although the Village History refers to the landlord there being Thomas Hill from 1876, followed by Sophia Hill from 1895. Within another couple of years Woodhurst, Elmhurst and Benthall appear, grouped around what is now ZigZag Road but just listed as property names.

1886 brings the arrival of a local school, with a Mr Walter Smith as the schoolmaster.

During the 1880’s, the number of entries for Kenley continues to increase, reaching 243 by 1890.

In the early 1900’s, properties begin to appear specifically listed as Welcomes Road, some with names still in use today:

  • 1901
    • Ravenscroft (listed as a school at this point)
  • 1904
    • The Copse (no 22 Welcomes Road)
    • WyssWood (no 78 Welcomes Road)
    • Woodend (no 80 Welcomes Road)
    • Alwyne Cottage (no 163 Welcomes Road)
    • Babbecombe (Uplands Road)
    • The Nest
    • The Cottage
  • 1905
    • Kenilworth (no 165 Welcomes Road)
    • Ridgehurst (Uplands Road)
    • The Hermitage (Uplands Road)
    • Kings Close
  • 1906
    • Sherwood Mount (Uplands Road)
  • 1907
    • The Garth (no 12 Welcomes Road)
    • Barrington (no 36 Welcomes Road)
    • The Homestead (nos 151 & 153 Welcomes Road)
    • The Glen (Now Uplands Road, with 102 Welcomes Road & others in front)
    • Morven (Uplands Road)
  • 1908
    • The Chestnuts (nos 155 & 157 Welcomes Road)
  • 1909
    • The Old Place (Uplands Road)
    • the Woodhurst and Elmhurst listings move to ZigZag Road
    • Hillside Stables

The 1901 Census provides supporting information. It shows Mrs F Dyer as the head of the household at Hazelea. My Henry Laycock is still at Eastcott, Mr George Maw at Benthall, Mr Charles Thomes at Woodhurst and Harriet Wilson at Elmshurst. It logs a population for Kenley of 1299 people.

The WURA website is indebted to local history expert John Carr for making his research into the Croydon Register and 1901 Census information available and also acknowledges the Bourne Society Village Histories 6: Kenley (Ed Grahame Brooks).

Covid-19 – need assistance or can you offer help?

One of our members wrote to the Secretary the other day kindly offering to help with shopping for anyone who requires such assistance when isolated at home for whatever reason.

The member concerned wrote :  ‘Generally I imagine most ‘elderly’ residents have family/’younger’ friends to assist with shopping, maintaining contact etc. but maybe not everyone – and of course if these support people contract the virus they will be unavailable too. I’d be happy to include myself on a list -through WURA to provide a shopping service if required (and if people want, a telephone calling-in-to-see-how-you-are-doing activity). Until such time as the quarantine signs hang off my gate too! ‘ 

If you can also help in anyway please let the Secretary know and he will create a list of volunteers on the WURA email system.

Helpers will be asked if they are willing and able to do the job before we give their contact details to the person needing help.

People needing help should tell any Committee member what the problem is.

Another WURA member has noted that the Croydon Voluntary Action are trying to co-ordinate the voluntary effort in the Borough.  They are working with the Council and other statutory bodies to ensure that volunteers are properly checked out under safeguarding rules and that as much care as possible is taken in helping and providing support to members of the community.

For more information from the CVA, including a telephone helpline and a volunteering portal, please visit their website.

If you have not yet provided your email address to WURA Secretary , please do so, so that you can be kept up-to-date or request assistance if you need it.

For other problems please be guided by the advice from Government particularly about avoiding contact with people with flu like symptoms.

Keep well everyone and thank you the lady who raised the topic.

Kenley Community Plan – Feedback requested

The Kenley Community Plan work last year was carried out by Croydon Council in response to concerns raised by the local community about the impact of the increase in housing in Kenley.  The Council secured funding from the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Good Growth Fund (GGF) to appoint consultants to engage with the community to create a Community Plan for the area.

The last update presentation of the Plan was held at the Kenley Memorial Hall in September, and included the following key areas of interest:

  • youth and community
  • transport and streetscape
  • greening and local green space
  • health, sport and wellbeing
  • community safety and waste services
  • jobs and training

The Council is now seeking your feedback on the draft Plan prior to publishing the final version.  If you wish to provide feedback please follow this link which will take you to the draft Plan and a structured feedback questionnaire.

The questionnaire and draft Plan will be live from 1pm on Friday 21 February 2020 and feedback will close at midnight on Sunday 22 March 2020.  The final Plan will be published in late spring.

You can keep up-to-date with what is happening in Kenley here: www.croydon.gov.uk/kenleycommunity

If you would like to be added to Croydon Council’s Kenley mailing list to ensure you are included in any further engagement and to be kept up-to-date please send your details to: kenleycommunity@croydon.gov.uk

HGV movements – update

Croydon Council have over-ridden one aspect of our suggestion and have required the HGVs to go up the length of Welcomes Road to Hayes Lane, despite major safety concerns about large vehicles turning at the poorly sighted junction. Their ruling is to keep the one-way approach, but in reverse to our original proposal. The solution imposed on us is as follows:

1. All HGV traffic to enter the WURA zone at the Railway Station/Kenley Lane end of Welcomes Road.

2. All HGV traffic to exit at the Hayes Lane end .

3. No HGV traffic to use Zig Zag Road in any circumstances including for turning round.

This approach at least still ensures that HGVs do not meet on Welcomes Road and should not try to turn round on the road or at junctions with any of the side roads.

All developers have been informed of this policy and should be adhering to it under the Construction & Logistics Plan for each site. Please notify a Committee member if you see any HGVs breaking these rules, making sure you take a note of the date and time, the company named on the HGV and ideally the site for which it was working.