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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry
 

Visit to new Harris Primary School in Haling road
08/10/2014 20:32:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

I was really pleased to visit the brand new Harris Primary School in Haling road. It is not that long ago that the former Conservative administration bought this site to build a school to meet the huge demand for primary school places in this area. Jason, Michael and myself were very involved from the start delivering leaflets with information on the project, the consultation and the planning process to local residents. We also attended the consultation and planning committee meeting where permission was granted. To see the plans come to fruition is quite something. The school certainly has the wow factor, light, bright, with a surprising amount of outdoor space for the pupils to use. The play deck on the top of the school will now be used as a learning deck and what a stunning area it is with great views of the listed St Peter's Church. Unusually for a new school the reception year is full with 60 pupils. Of course the challenges will come as the school fills year by year especially with traffic concerns for local residents. However the school is trying hard to engage with local residents and I hope that will continue. 

 
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Bin Collections Problems from Blocks of Flats persists in South Croydon
20/06/2018 12:39:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

For many months now, well before the local elections in May we have been contacted by so many residents in blocks of flats who had no collections for weeks on end. What is worse following our interventions they received a collection only for it to back to square one in the following weeks. Residents contacted the Council with no result multiple times. Eventually we have received information from Council officers that data was incorrectly entered into the system or not entered at all so crews were not given a complete schedule. Why on earth has this taken so long to discover? Where was the oversight of the Veoila contract by the Council? When will the service to residents in blocks of flats and a local church improve? We have been contacted by residents again this week with problems with bin collections.

 


 

First South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel Meeting
19/06/2018 18:25:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last week we had the first meeting of the SNT Panel of the new South Croydon Ward 

It was good to see a number of residents attend the meeting at Emmanuel Centre.

It was disappointing not to have a fully staffed team at the meeting. There remains confusion about just which officers will staff the team. I have asked for clarification from the police. We need a fully staffed team here in South Croydon.

 

 

 

 


 

Churchill rd residents improve local area
19/06/2018 18:20:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Residents in Churchill rd not only work to resolve issues in their road but in their local area as well. They are working hard to improve the gardens at the nearby St Augustines Church. Good to see.

 


 

Evicted Travellers now camped on South Croydon Recreation Ground
11/06/2018 08:36:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Travellers who had illegally camped on Coombe Lodge Playing Fields were evicted by the Council at the weekend. However I was alerted by a resident early on Saturday that travellers were now camped on South Croydon Recreation Ground. Once again the Council has to go through the statutory welfare assessment and the process of eviction.

It is a big cost to the Council and tax payer that doesn’t end on eviction as a clean up of rubbish generally has to take place. Residents have reported litter and rubbish left on Coombe Lodge Playing Fields. I will contact the Council about the clean up.

 

 


 

Travellers on Coombe Lodge Playing Fields
07/06/2018 08:25:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 

Local residents alerted councillors that there was an illegal encampment of travellers on Coombe Lodge Playing Fields last weekend. Since then the Council had to apply to the Courts and carry out a welfare assessment that is quite a long process but are hopeful the travellers will be moved on by Friday. However local residents nearest to the encampment have reported broken glass thrown into their garden and loud music played at night. 

 

 


 

No Graffiti Cleaning by Network Rail or Council under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
29/05/2018 12:36:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Walking under the railway bridge on Croham Rd to get to Croydon or South Croydon Station is a very unpleasant experience. Dark, dirty often with litter and fly tipping and graffiti. I have contacted the Council as I have done many times to request they contact Network Rail to clean up the area under the bridge. I am really disappointed that Network Rail have informed the Council they will no longer clean graffiti on railway bridges. Unfortunately Croydon Council will not clean it either as they claim it is too high. Jason, Michael and myself will see if there is anything we can do to get it removed.

 


 

First Meeting of new South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Police Panel
29/05/2018 12:15:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Following the ward boundary changes and the recent local elections there have been changes to many of the SNT teams. The first meeting of the new South Croydon SNT Ward Panel is on Tuesday 12th June at Emmanuel Centre Normanton Rd at 7pm

The new email address to contact the team with any local police issues is

ZDMailbox-SNTSouthCroydon@met.police.uk

 

 


 

St Giles School Open Morning
29/05/2018 12:10:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

I am really pleased that the wonderful St Giles School is now in the new South Croydon Ward

I enjoyed my visit to the school last week hearing about all the work done and a really interesting tour of the school led by two of the lovely pupils.

 

 

 


 

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. 

 

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
16/04/2018
Croham Rd Railway Bridge
30/03/2018
Fly tip removed from Croham Hurst Woods
30/03/2018
Croham Ward Budget supports local groups
30/03/2018
Talk at The Wives Fellowship Sanderstead
13/03/2018
Rubbish piles up by benches on Selsdon Rd
11/03/2018
Community Payback to clear litter from Croham Hurst Woods
11/03/2018
Selsdon Road Goods Planning Application Deferred
11/03/2018
Last Meeting of Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Ward Panel
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
 
 
 
 
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