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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
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Labour's New Tenant Tax
07/10/2014 17:28:00......Posted by Michael Neal

Based on the local election results, some constituents of Croham are now realising that having a Labour Council means change they did not vote for;
• The first back land planning application in Elmfield Way granted by Labour
• The Implementation of twenty mile an hour zones
We have yet to determine whether the Labour council will have a full consultation with all individual residents in the road. So if you’re living in the middle of a Zone and you object, then it appears this Labour Council will ignore you and your road.

 Please sign-up to our petition online “roads not zones” to ensure the Labour Council is listening to your views.

http://www.change.org/p/croydon-labour-councillor-kathy-bee-we-request-that-roads-and-not-zones-are-consulted-on-when-croydon-council-contacts-residents-about-their-20mph-speed-limit-policy


Controversially, this Labour Council is now consulting on a tenant tax for private landlords across the borough.  The Council suggests £1,000 charge per property over five years.  This is the highest charge in London if not the UK and will severely impact the landlords in Croham and across the borough
As businesses; they will surely pass the costs onto their tenants inflicting higher charges in an already competitive market particularly to the most vulnerable in our community

At the recent National Landlord Association meeting in Croydon, landlords were quite rightly suggesting that this scheme was unjust and disproportionate.
At that meeting, no councillor representative from the Labour group attended to answer questions about the scheme which has widespread opposition.

The Labour administration is trying to link anti-social behaviour with the private rented sector. There is very little data to suggest this is possible. Landlords cannot patrol their homes to ensure tenants are behaving correctly.

Admittedly, there are a few rogue landlords.  The question is, “Will those landlords put themselves forward for this licence scheme?” The answer is most definitely no.  So why do the majority of decent landlords have to pay for a small minority who flout the law?

The Council does have the legal power to challenge rogue landlords, I have personally been involved in assisting tenants secure their right to live in a decent home.  Credit must go to those tenants who are willing to report poor standards.


To be fair to landlords there are also tenants who do not care about the property or their surroundings and there have been cases were tenants have left properties in total disrepair and the landlord sometimes has no choice but to take legal action to recover costs.

Cllr Dudley Mead has already suggested that this scheme will drive out landlords who may be thinking about expanding their portfolio.
The private rented sector is very important for those who wish to come and live and work in Croydon and to the council in terms of re housing some of our most vulnerable families.. Over the coming years as the population increases in Croydon and across London, the private rented sector will need to grow to ensure we have enough homes.

How can it be justified that this council will raise over £4 million on this scheme over the next few years? This is a stealth tax and should be abolished>

 

 

 

 
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Another day another flytip on Moreton Rd South Croydon
14/05/2018 08:32:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Last week it was a mattress and other rubbish. Over the weekend a large pile of garden waste was dumped on a parking space on Moreton Rd. I have reported it to the Council but it is endless on this part of Moreton Rd that is not overlooked by houses. I will ask the Council for the possibility of a camera at this location. It is so disheartening for local residents to see their local area degraded in this way.

 


 

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.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
11/02/2018
Planning permission granted for temporary school on Coombe Rd Playing Fields
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
 
 
 
 
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