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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
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Residents lose battle to protect character of their area
22/08/2016 08:25:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Last Thursday evening in the middle of the school holidays the Labour administration of the Council held a meeting of Planning Committee. On the agenda were four controversial planning applications in our ward of Croham. It was a very busy evening for me as I had great concerns about the applications and referred them to Planning Committee. I spoke on behalf of residents on all four applications. Nearly 70 residents objected to a startling modern block of flats on the corner of Lismore rd opposite Emmanuel Church. Lismore rd until now has retained its Victorian character but will now have a very modern block of flats on the corner opposite the listed Emmanuel Church with little parking.

A block of flats was approved on the only bit of green space residents have by the steps on Selsdon rd opposite Sussex rd with no car parking by the Labour controlled committee. 

There was better news on a block of flats at 2/2a Campden rd fronting Croham rd with the whole committee voting to refuse the outline application. This followed an appeal dismissal of the previous application.

A terrace of houses in the back garden of no 7 Harewood rd was deferred for a site visit.

There was sterling work by my ward colleague Cllr Jason Perry who led the concerns of the Conservative councillors on the committee. All four voted to refuse the applications on Lismore and Selsdon rds but all six Labour councillors voted to approve. In my view disgraceful decisions that will have long lasting negative impact on our local area.

 

 

 
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UKPN fault knocks out light in Selsdon Rd for 2 months
13/12/2017 18:57:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Residents contacted me very recently to ask for help to get some light back near the railway bridge on Selsdon Rd. The area near the railway bridges need all the lights to work for residents to feel safe. On contacting the Council I was informed it was a UK PowerNetwork fault and they had been chasing repair. Councils don’t have powers over utility companies. However when I found out that the light columns had been left for two months I felt that was unacceptable. Following contacting the Council a number of times I was pleased to be informed today that UKPN will start repair works on Sunday 17th December. I hope the fault will be finally repaired.

 


 

Good News at Croham Ward Police Panel
12/12/2017 19:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Recently attended the meeting of Croham Ward Police Panel. We were all very pleased to hear the news that three burglars had been arrested in the local area. This should help lower the number of burglaries in the ward. Good too to hear of all the good work done by our Croham SNT team.

 


 

Friends of Croham Hurst Woods AGM
19/11/2017 19:47:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It’s hard to believe that last week’s FCHW AGM was our 15th. I started the group along with two others way back in 2002. Since then with the support of our members we have achieved a lot from restoring the historic view at the top, clearing hectares of invasive Holly recreating the Meadow, Information boards and a lot more. I have no doubt these helped us win The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2014. Our members never let us down and once again we had a full house of 70 plus. The biggest concern of the meeting was the downgrading of Croham Hurst Woods from Greenbelt to Metropolitan Open Land brought in by the current Labour Administration of the Council. We had a really thought provoking talk from Steve Popcock the national organiser for London Park City. The evening was rounded off with a glass or two of wine and chatting with so many of our members

 


 

New litter bin .in place
20/10/2017 12:02:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Following requests from residents I asked the Council to provide a litter bin outside St Peters Primary School. Pleased it is now in place so we can all keep our local area tidier and cleaner

 


 

Anger ar Councils failure to protect The Rail View PH
12/10/2017 14:48:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

So many residents have contacted me after seeing the Rail View PH stripped of its roof and old slates  and floors ripped out. Acquired by a developer it lay empty for many months. I have been in contact with Planning Officers at the Council on numerous occasions since then with my concerns and residents concerns about what was happening. I have lost count of how many times I was told there was no Planning application or any request from the developer for “prior approval” to demolish that would allow the developer to demolish the building without the scrutiny of a Planning application. Yet over the weekend workmen in trainers and tracksuits have destroyed this mid 1800s building. Even when I gave the Council this information on Monday morning they preferred to believe the developers story of thieves rather than listen to residents or the ward councillor. Once the Enforcement visit took place a stop was ordered and a full Planning application will now be needed. It is now too late all the old slates have been smashed. The reason for all this an “ error” made by the Council approval given by one department and not by Planning. Whatever the reason for this incompetence we have lost yet more of our local and social history. 

 

 


 

Fly Tip at Croham Hurst woods takes 9 days to clear
08/10/2017 12:24:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

So many residents contacted me about a very large fly tip of builders rubble at the SSSI Croham Hurst Woods. The fly tippers brazenly drove across the grass at Bankside Green drove a little way up the slope dumped their rubbish in the middle of the afternoon 

i didn’t anticipate how long it would take Croydon Council to clear it. I was assured a works order was issued but then got excuse after excuse. It was too wet, too steep and the bags had spilt. 

Eventually it was cleared after 9 days a really poor performance 

Some Information was found in the Tip by a resident that I hope can lead to some action being taken against these fly tippers who show such little respect for such a wonderful place.

 

 

 


 

Birdhurst Community Gardening Group wins more awards
08/10/2017 12:08:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It was no surprise to hear that Birdhurst Community Gardening Group have won yet more awards including the prestigious National Certificate of Distinction. What a difference this group has made to what was a dirty and dingy area. It is not only their garden that is impressive it is the difference it has made to the local area and local residents. If you walk across the footbridge from South Croydon Station to the top of Birdhurst Ave you can see what I mean. Even the residents garages have all been painted in the same colours and all with hanging baskets. It is a great community effort. Jason,  Michael and myself have been delighted to support this group with funding from our community ward budget for plants for their garden and a History Board that illustrates the fascinating local history 

We are now discussing with them how we can help them with a Green Walls project

 

 

 


 

Birdhurst Community Garden Update
25/09/2017 10:47:00.......Posted by Michael Neal

 
 

Update 

Once again the ambitious members of the Community Garden in Birdhurst Avenue have won 3 prestigious awards from London in Bloom

Originally sponsored through the Croham Councillors (Croydon Council) they have gone from strength to strength to ensure a community spirit in the work that they all do.

They are particularly proud of what they have achieved and have work very hard to keep the garden as good as when it first opened. 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/birdhurstcommunitygarden/community/

 


 

Foot Path Clearing Near South Croydon Station
25/09/2017 10:47:00.......Posted by Michael Neal

 
 

The pathway adjacent to the foot bridge from Blunt road leading to South Park Hill Road has become over grown and needs cutting back. 

I feel this area is neglected by the Labour Council as they always need constant reminders around cleaning up the fly-tipping or cutting back the vegetation. 

I have asked the Council officers to ensure that this done and will report back 

 

 

 


 

Selsdon Rd Fly Tip Reported
24/09/2017 13:48:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

A fly tip of food stuffed into a litter bin near the junction of Rockhampton Rd has just been reported 

Bagged up last week by the Council the bags were not collected and animals have scattered food and leaves all over the grassed area and pavement

It needs to be cleared properly as soon as possible 

 

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
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
28/11/2016
Friends of Croham Hurst Woods fund more works at Croham Hurst Woods
21/11/2016
Green Garden Waste cut,Leaf Sweeping and Parking top residents concerns
21/11/2016
Permission for Backland Development, more pressure on our local area
27/09/2016
Good News! Croham Ward Police Panel increases membership
25/09/2016
Planning Decision on 14 Barnfield rd shocks residents
07/09/2016
Some more parking for Upland Rd
22/08/2016
Footbridge repairs at long last
22/08/2016
Residents lose battle to protect character of their area
24/07/2016
The Local Plan effects on our local area
13/07/2016
Brick by Brick Flawed Consultation on Drovers road proposal
22/06/2016
What a mess!
22/06/2016
Normanton Hotel end of an era
07/06/2016
Unkempt and overgrown South Croydon today
20/05/2016
Network Rail asked to clean up their land
20/05/2016
Decision on 14 Barnfield rd deferred for site visit
18/05/2016
The Local Plan: Residents Queries Answered
18/05/2016
Success! Footbridge Repairs Confirmed
11/05/2016
Controversial Planning Applications in the Local Area
 
 
 
 
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