On Saturday 30th November, my team and I called on every property in Lebanon Road to see if there were any concerns about local services or the local area that I could help with. There were two issues that were raised by nearly everyone we spoke to: the recent spate of burglaries in the road and the difficulties caused by heavy two-way traffic in a narrow road with lots of on-street parking.
With regard to the burglaries, I contacted the Borough Commander, who has informed me that one individual has been arrested, charged and is currently in custody and other arrests are likely. I was also pleased to be told that the police have increased patrols and other activity in the area. They have asked me to pass on two requests: first, to ensure all windows and doors are locked and to leave a light on during hours of darkness to give the appearance of occupancy; second, to register electronic devices on ‘Find my phone’ apps and similar to assist in locating if stolen.
With regard to the traffic issues, I submitted a petition signed by a number of people in the road to Croydon Council and have received the following response:
“The issues in Lebanon Road have been discussed a number of times in the past, but any measures that reduce traffic flows on Lebanon Road would simply divert this traffic onto other neighbouring roads such as Addiscombe Court Road. This matter will therefore need to be considered as part of an area wide action, so as to protect all roads in this area, rather than just Lebanon Road. Consideration will have to be given to how local traffic enters and exits the area and that any measures considered do not impose an unreasonable restriction on local people. Officers will be instructed to discuss such possible options with the local ward members and Gavin Barwell MP to develop an area wide scheme.”
I will be meeting Council officers to discuss this early in the New Year and I hope that once an acceptable scheme has been drawn up, the Council will consult local residents to seek their views.
I've written to every resident in Lebanon Road and will keep them updated on progress.