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Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

11/06/2018 16:12:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


Many colleagues have told me that when asking questions of our Labour-run Council that they often don't receive answers for many weeks or months over the constitutionally alloted three week turnaround.

I've therefore asked the Council the following question:

'In 2015 the Labour administration amended the Council constitution. Among the many changes enacted was an alteration in the procedure for councillors submitting 'council questions' - a device by which democratically elected representatives can scrutinise the administration and seek redress for our residents.

Before these changes were made, in advance of each full Council meeting councillors were able to send in a written question to the relevant Cabinet member from which they would be allowed to orally ask a follow up question. This not only engaged councillors in the questioning process thoroughly, but ensured data was gathered in advance of the meeting to improve the quality of the questions.

The changes in 2015 removed the requirement to submit written questions in advance. Instead councillors can ask questions at any time and receive a written reply within three weeks.

Could the Leader please answer the following questions:

1. How many written council questions were submitted by councillors to the Council each year between 2010-14?

2. How many written council questions were submitted by councillors to the Council each year between 2014-18?

3. On average how many oral questions were asked in Council meetings each year between 2010-2014?

4. How many council questions were submitted by councillors to the Council each year between 2014-18?

5. Of those written questions submitted by councillors between 2014-18, how many were from the Labour Group and how many from the Conservative Group?

6. Of those written questions submitted by councillors between 2014-18, how many answers were successfully replied to within the three week stated deadline? Correspondingly, how many were late?'

The answer should be back by 15.04pm on 29th June or 2nd July at the latest. I'll update this blog as soon as I find out more.

Update: 2nd July

To the shock of nobody, I have not received an answer in time.

One of my colleagues today received an answer to a question he submitted on 21st February. That's a wait for four months when it should be three weeks. Incredible.

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A23 Brighton Road Improvements - Coulsdon Concerns
05/03/2019 13:26:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I attended a meeting of Residents’ Association (ECRA, CWRA and Cane Hill) representatives with a representative of Highways England and Ian Plowright from the Council’s Highways Department.


Our strong concerns were expressed about the proposed A23 Brighton Road improvements from the M23 through Hooley to Coulsdon.  The proposed works cross Surrey/Croydon and TfL boundaries and our concerns surround the potential knock on effect of road widening and lane re-configuration on Coulsdon. 


As things stand at present, it’s difficult to rat run at the point at which the congestion starts but, with the ‘improvements’, the potential for rat running is significant and would impact negatively on Woodplace Lane, Downs, Fairdene and Reddown Roads.


It would appear that insufficient modelling had taken place to evidence the likelihood of this so the Highways England representative went away with a remit to carry out further studies. 


Watch this space!



Public Transport Liaison panel
03/03/2019 13:27:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

As a member of the Public Transport Liaison Panel I saw a presentation by the Managing Director of First Tram Operations.  Did you know Croydon's Tram Network….

  • Has 35 trams and 39 tram stops
  • Serves 80,000 customers daily
  • Is responsible for 29.1m customer journeys per annum (down 1.2% year on year)
  • Under performance by the tram operators was significantly impacted by the Shurgard/Ampere Way fire when the service was part-suspended for 7 days
  • At 90%, their customer satisfaction rating is the highest within London Transport
  • A number of new procedures have been introduced to improve safety (staff rosters, fatigue management procedures, enhanced training)

It was particularly fascinating to hear about the ‘Guardian Device’ – a fatigue and distraction detection solution which uses sensors and image processing technology to monitor the micro movements of a driver’s eyes, facial expressions and head to identify fatigue.

The Panel was grateful to the MD of the tram operators  for her presentation and for answering questions.






Bus Consultation - 404 and 434
08/02/2019 14:23:00.......Posted by Ian Parker


The three Councillors covering Coulsdon Town ward have commented on the bus proposals affecting our residents. 

There are a number of positives about the proposals which we welcome, particularly the introduction of a new service to Cane Hill.  The proposed increase in bus frequency and links to Coulsdon are also welcome as is integration with trains at Coulsdon South and Town stations. 

As much as the new service to the ever-growing Cane Hill estate is appreciated, this should not be at the expense of passengers from the Rickman Hill area who will be penalised with the proposed service alterations.  This negative impact will affect particularly school children attending Woodcote High School and passengers to Purley from the Rickman Hill area.  Purley provides health and leisure facilities not available in Coulsdon. 

These views have been submitted as part of the consulation process.  

The closing date for submissions to the consultation is 11th February.  You can view the consultation document here

Please do e-mail your thoughts to:




Development at 76 Reddown Road
31/01/2019 23:11:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy


Tonight at Planning Committee I supported 110 objectors in opposing a development at 76 Reddown Road in Coulsdon Town Ward.

Here is what I said:

While local residents and councillors understand the need to increase housing across the borough we feel this is too much in this location. The massing of this large 4 storey development looms larger over its neighbours. The roofline proposed is about 2 metres higher than the surrounding properties and its footprint is approx. twice the scale of its neighbours. It will introduce a harsh blank solid brick wall to the outlook of the residents of number 78. The proposal would increase the mass and bulk compare to the existing building just a little too much in my view.

The design is also out of keeping - particularly the fenestration and balconies. The exterior building materials and appearance are not consistent with neighbouring dwellings in the location, the grey slate roof being one example. And contrary to assertions in the report, residents claim their road does have a character of its own - white render, reddish-brown brick, wood panels – and that is not reflected in the design of this proposal.

This proposal is also marked out by a lot of unattractive tarmacked parking at the front in contrast to the generally verdant nature of Reddown Road. It is important to note that even that parking provision still doesn’t guarantee all residents their own car parking space on site. So there will be parking in the street. It is a likely misassumption that six parking bays will suffice for 9 flats with 19 bedrooms.

The lack of parking is a particular concern in a road that has a PTAL rating of 1b and residents dispute that parking is not already more stressed than the report assumes. The timing of the parking surveys seems to have been undertaken at times designed to suit the developer’s case. Most were timed to coincide with the period 11am to noon when a lot of residents have driven off to work and any illegal parking is actively enforced against by a warden in accordance with restrictions in the road.

The survey results were also ignored when it was convenient for the developer’s case. On Thursday 8 November at 4am, for example, the parking survey shows stress was shown to be actually 100%.

I think not restricting future residents applying for parking permits could lead to aggravation in the road and I would advise the committee to consider such a restriction on future residents in the interests of maintaining the status quo in the competition for parking spaces.

A better solution would be for the onsite parking provision to be mirror the number of occupants, and perhaps this could be reduced by reducing the number of flats in the building to six or seven, which is what I think had been proposed in a previous application.

The refuse arrangements are also questionable.  Does the proposal of just 3 large bins adequately provide for the needs of the proposed development, when all the existing housing along the road have 3 and in many cases 4 bins already along with food waste caddy?

All in, this indicates this is an overdevelopment and that too much is being crammed onto this site.

Unfortunately the proposal was approved by a 5-4 vote with one member abstaining.



Memorial Service
28/01/2019 10:13:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I was pleased to attend a Memorial Service at Croydon Minster in remembrance of those Croydon Scouts who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War and since. 

Movingly, 75 youth representatives from Croydon Scouting each laid a single wooden poppy cross with the name of one of the 75 former Scout members who gave their lives in the Great War. 

A moving service indeed and many congratulations to the organisers.




Transport for London proposing changes to bus routes 404 and 434
17/01/2019 11:22:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Following the development of Cane Hill, TfL have worked with Croydon Council to provide a bus service to the area, parts of which are currently more than five minutes walk from a bus route. TfL have also said they want to improve services in both the western and eastern sides of Old Coulsdon.

Under the changes, route 404 would serve the Tollers Lane estate and Shirley Avenue in Old Coulsdon. It would also be extended along the current route of the 434 between Coulsdon and the Rickman Hill estate.  TfL propose to introduce a Sunday service and to increase the frequency to every 30 minutes on all days.

Route 434 would be extended from Coulsdon to serve Cane Hill. It would no longer serve Rickman Hill. The frequency would be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and remain every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Details of the proposals can be found online at:
Please do let TfL know what you think about their proposals using any of the methods shown in the link. The deadline for comments is Monday 11 February 2019.



Councillors' Street Stalls
17/01/2019 11:15:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Our popular street stalls outside Aldi in Coulsdon continue.  Residents come and discuss issues of local concern with us.  The dates and times for the first half of the year are:

16th February     2pm
16th March         2pm
13th April            11am
25th May             11am and
15th June            11am

As always, if residents prefer to meet by appointment, perhaps more confidentially, this can be arranged.




Illegal discharge on Cane Hill
02/01/2019 07:32:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura


A resident recently got in touch having spotted an illegal discharge into a cattle grid at the bottom of Cane Hill Drive. They also reported that there is a constant breach of the 8:00 noise restriction as the sweeper is in full operation from 7:00am.

I've been working with the Council to get to the bottom of both these complaints.

The site manager has been contacted and as the road sweeper is vital to mitigate dust on site the Council has recommended that they clean the areas where there is no residential impact earliest in the morning before moving onto other areas later.

The manager has also been asked to investigate the ‘illegal discharge’ and I hope that now we're out of the Christmas period that we'll have a swift resolution to the issues.

If you spot anything like this where you live, then please do contact the Council's construction enforcement team.



Damaged parking pole
27/12/2018 13:26:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura


I've reported to the Council a damaged parking pole about 50 tards east of the Woodplace Lane Rail Bridge. It looked like it was hit by a vehicle.

The highways inspector has said they'll investigate and get it sorted as soon as possible.

If you see anything like this, then please use the Council app or contact information to report it.



Speed limit sign knocked down
24/12/2018 11:42:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura


A speed limit sign has been knocked down at the Croydon/Surrey border on Woodplace Lane, opposite the stables. 

I've reported this to the Council who tell me they'll investigate and get it sorted as soon as possible.

If you see anything like this, then please use the Council app or contact information to report it.



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