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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry
 

The Local Plan effects on our local area
24/07/2016 09:43:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

 Many residents objected to the very controversial proposals in the Labour's Council Local Plan. This document sets out the policies that along with the London Plan and national legislation will inform planning decisions for Croydon in the future. Real anger and concern about many of the proposals led to an unprecedented 8,000 objections during the consultation. The Labour Council made some changes before it agreed The Local Plan so what does it mean for Croham ward? There is some good news and some really disappointing news. The gypsy and traveller camp on the former council nursery near Coombe Wood gardens in Conduit Lane has been dropped. This will be a huge relief to local residents. Both Camden and Spenser rds that were dropped from the Local Area of Special Interest have been reinstated but West Hill has not. This will leave West Hill more vunerable to planning applications like the block of flats application recently refused. However the really disappointing news is that the Council intends to proceed with the downgrading of Croham Hurst Woods from Greenbelt to Metropolitan Open Land. Oddly Coombe rd playing fields has been retained as Greenbelt but a school looks likely to be built on it. As many of you know the Hurst is probably one of the most important green spaces in Croydon, a site of special scientific interest, ancient woodland, site of a Bronze Age Barrow, wild flowers, birds, animals and majestic trees. It is a local treasure. We are told it will make no difference but many of us have seen what can happen once on the slope of dedesignation. We are told that as isolated Greenbelt it does not comply with legislation but the message sent out by the Labour Council is symbolic of their lack of interest in this wonderful place and is depressing. I have spoken out against this at Cabinet and Council meetings and in the press and will continue to fight for Croham Hurst Woods. There will be a further consultation on the Plan in September and I hope many residents will join me and my ward colleagues and object to the downgrade of Croham Hurst Woods.

 
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Huge Log in place to stop truck driving into Croham Hurst Wood
16/04/2018 18:38:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Recently a blue truck just drove into Croham Hurst Woods at the mini roundabout at Bankside 

Two men in high visibility jackets one carrying an axe chopped up and stole many of the lying logs covered in moss that play a role in the health of this SSSI ancient woodland. 

Alerted by a fellow dog walker I contacted the Council. Officers from the tree department at the Council acted very quickly and a huge log was put in place. 

 

 

 


 

Network Rail land Selsdon Rd.
16/04/2018 18:28:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It’s depressing to see Network Rail land at the edge of Selsdon Rd Goods Yard full of rubbish and cans. I have asked the Council to insist Network Rail clean this up. 

 


 

Croham Rd Railway Bridge
16/04/2018 18:22:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It never pleasant to walk under this bridge on the way to South Croydon station or into Croydon, dirty, dark with flytipping on the ledge. I have once again asked Croydon Council to insist Network Rail step up to their responsibility and board up the ledge.

 


 

Fly tip removed from Croham Hurst Woods
30/03/2018 17:20:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Sadly once again I had to contact the Council to remove a large flytip at Croham Hurst Woods this time by the mini roundabout at Bankside. There is also a supermarket trolley dumped there. This has been reported to Trolleywise and should be removed soon. How can some people spoil such a beautiful place?

 


 

Croham Ward Budget supports local groups
30/03/2018 17:01:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Once again Jason,Michael and myself were pleased to support local groups and organisations that make a difference in our ward. This year some of the projects we funded were the installation of green walls by the Birdhurst Garden Community Group, eye gaze technology to help profoundly disabled young people at the Rutherford School, new ovens for the new Emmanuel Centre. We also funded seeds and plants for the wildlife area at South Croydon Allotments and the Mind Gardening Project there as well. We also funded a Books Beyond Words Group for local residents with communication difficulties and once again were delighted to step in and help fund the South Croydon Food Festival

 


 

Talk at The Wives Fellowship Sanderstead
30/03/2018 16:58:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Lovely to meet all the ladies once again and updating them on what’s happening at the Council 

 


 

Rubbish piles up by benches on Selsdon Rd
13/03/2018 18:31:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

These two benches on what used to be a convenient place for residents  getting off the bus to rest with their shopping has become increasingly filthy. Certainly no place to sit now. I have reported it to Council and hope it is cleaned up very soon.

 


 

Community Payback to clear litter from Croham Hurst Woods
11/03/2018 16:23:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

The Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Team contacted me to advise Community Payback formerly the Probation Service will be clearing litter from Croham Hurst Woods a day a week for a number of weeks. They will be supervised at all times. Their help is welcome. Residents and dog walkers clear litter every day on their walks. The Friends of Croham Hurst Woods hope to organise a litter pick on our Workday on the last Saturday in April as well. Although Croham Hurst woods does not have a major problem as some of our parks and open spaces there are some who have little respect for such a beautiful place.

 


 

Selsdon Road Goods Planning Application Deferred
11/03/2018 14:52:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last Thursday evening I attended the Planning Committee to represent residents concerns about an application for a car repair business and paint spray booth. The residents most affected are those in Rockhampton Rd who live above the Goods Yard. This business started up without planning permission and has worked there for months causing noise and fumes for those residents. The Committee were very concerned that there were no real details of the mitigating measures proposed in the report and the effect that the works clearly had on residents until now. After a lot of discussion and legal advice from the Committee Solicitor the proposal from my ward colleague Cllr Jason Perry to defer this application was agreed by all on the Committee. The applicant must now bring forward details of workable mitigating measures to the satisfaction of planning officers or a temporary stop will served on this business by the Council. I hope for the health and well-being of local residents these measures come forward quickly.

 


 

Last Meeting of Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Ward Panel
11/03/2018 14:40:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last week I attended the very last meeting of the Croham Ward Police Panel. The ward boundary changes for the May Local Elections means the end of the Croham Ward Panel and the creation of the new South Croydon Panel after May. The good news is the current police team will continue as the South Croydon team but we will lose some panel members who will join the Sanderstead Panel. In all the years I have attended the Croham Ward Panel the local police team have worked really hard to address the community’s concerns and fears. I am sure that will continue on the South Croydon Panel and thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
22/01/2018
Croham Mount Road Footpath, South Croydon
21/01/2018
More Graffiti reported
21/01/2018
Service of celebration and dedication of Emmanuel Church New Centre
21/01/2018
Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick Planning application to build on Sanderstead Car Park out to consultation
13/01/2018
Residents Forced to wait almost 10pm for “Refused Planning Application” Committee Hearing
18/12/2017
7th/12th Croydon Scout Group
18/12/2017
New Emmanuel Church Hall nearly ready to open
13/12/2017
UKPN fault knocks out light in Selsdon Rd for 2 months
12/12/2017
Good News at Croham Ward Police Panel
19/11/2017
Friends of Croham Hurst Woods AGM
20/10/2017
New litter bin in place
12/10/2017
Anger ar Councils failure to protect The Rail View PH
08/10/2017
Fly Tip at Croham Hurst woods takes 9 days to clear
08/10/2017
Birdhurst Community Gardening Group wins more awards
25/09/2017
Birdhurst Community Garden Update
25/09/2017
Foot Path Clearing Near South Croydon Station
24/09/2017
Selsdon Rd Fly Tip Reported
24/09/2017
More Local Heritage Lost
23/08/2017
Help for South Croydon Allotments from Croham Ward Budget
23/08/2017
Fly Tipping, Graffiti under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
23/08/2017
Residents in South Croydon raise concerns about grass cutting
14/07/2017
More Fly Tipping Croham Manor road
02/07/2017
Local Concerns reported
07/04/2017
Now you see them, now you don't!
02/04/2017
Emergency Road Closure Causes Problems for Residents
02/04/2017
Croham Ward Community Budget 2016/17
14/03/2017
Double Misery for residents in Sanderstead rd
23/02/2017
Council proposals to build on Sanderstead Car Park causes consternation
22/01/2017
Loss of more local character as permission given for flats on Station Approach Sanderstead Station
03/01/2017
Council tenants lose parking and green space in Council's planning application
 
 
 
 
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