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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry
 

Cllr Michael Neal. Ward Matters speech at Full Council Monday 22/04/2013
23/04/2013 11:55:00......Posted by Michael Neal

Mr Mayor; as part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s £23 million package to improve Croydon’s public realm and infrastructure, over £3 million investment will be allocated for public realm improvements in Southbridge Road, South End and South Croydon. This will include repairs, enhancement of paved areas, a de-cluttering of the area and a rationalisation of advertising along our busy streets.
Shop fronts will also be enhanced to support the vitality of South End’s businesses which already has a thriving restaurant quarter.
Cllr Jason Perry is engaging with the South Croydon business forum and representatives from the GLA and the Council are making representations to local community and resident groups. The feedback so far has been positive with further engagement over the coming months.
This Investment will also benefit the local economy and in particular the residents of South Croydon and Croham with an improved high street environment which will enhance a key gateway to the town centre.
This is another good example of this Conservative authority working in partnership with Mayor Boris to improve trading conditions for local businesses along South End high street which will enhance the experience of those coming to Croydon to shop or eat in our very fine restaurants.
We will of course ensure that Conservation Area guidelines are adhered too and that any change to the public realm integrates appropriately with the historic environment. Croydon’s Conservation Area Management Plans will provide guidance that aims to preserve and enhance these particular areas.

Croham residents are very encouraged that this Conservative administration has secured the £1 billion investment with the partnership of Westfield and Hammersons.
The deal will see the companies join forces to redevelop and combine the Whitgift Centre and Centrale, with the potential creation of more than 5,000 jobs.

On a local level,
The Croham Councillors have been involved with the residents of Birdhurst Avenue in partnership with the SCCA in bidding for an area improvement grant of £5000. On behalf of the residents I would like to thank the Council for their contribution which will help develop an area of overgrown shrub land into a gardener’s paradise

We have also secured an element of free parking along the parade in Sanderstead Road and working with the council hope to secure 30 minute free parking in South Croydon which will benefit businesses in the locality

Cllr Gatland continues to work with Friends of Croham Hurst woods to ensure that the area retains its natural beauty; they have their monthly “work day” gathering on the 27th April at 10am
We are very grateful to the promise that Cllr Gatland made to set up a Friends group after the 2002 local elections.

We will continue to work with residents associations in Sanderstead and Croham, making vital contributions in terms of planning, highways and the environment.
We will continue to monitor the use of Lloyd Park and the effect this has on local residents In Croham Park Avenue, Castlemaine, Melville Ave and Campden Road. We will ensure that residents are told in advance when events such take place.

On Crime
Although some in the community will feel that crime is on the increase around South Croydon, The evidence suggests that Croham is a low / medium crime area with overall crime being reduced from 144 reported crimes in November 2012 to 115 in February 2013.
According to crime statistics Anti-Social Behaviour is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2012 with 34 crimes reported in Croham in the month of February 2013.
Suggestions that certain groups of vulnerable people in our community are always at the heart of anti-social behaviour are misleading and may lead to an increased fear of crime amongst our residents which is unwise and unfair. We have in our community law abiding young men and women whose contribution to society is sincere and honest. Local residents must be encouraged to report incidences of anti-social behaviour and those who commit crimes must be punished according to the law.
But we must not label those law abiding group, they have every right to live amongst us in our community.

I recognise that we need to keep improving and would like to thank the Croham Safer Neighbourhood Team in their diligence to reduce crime in particular burglary and Motor Vehicle crime across Croham ward
We are pleased that Mayor Johnson has recognised the need to increase Police numbers in Croydon with an additional 117 fully warranted Police Officers, 110 of which will go into local Policing. On top of this we have another 200 Special Constables who work as part-time volunteer Police Officers.

Finally Mr Mayor
On Recycling;
I would like to congratulate Cllr Thomas and his officers for the Local Authority Partnership Award. The partnership is responsible for a 28% increase in Croydon's recycling rates over the past six years with a £755,000 cost saving to the Council which has been recognised by industry, residents of Croham have benefited from having a Conservative authority actively engaged in reducing huge landfill costs. Of course Croham residents will also benefit from the proposed waste to energy plant with landfill costs being reduced even more significantly across the borough.
I am sure the residents of Croham will also be extremely happy to see the Free fortnightly garden waste collections start up again from 22 April.
I note the Changes; that residents can now use any bags or sacks they like, as long as they are no bigger than the ones that can be bought from libraries for £1 each and that the council will now collect up to 10 sacks from every household each fortnight, an increase from the six-bag limit of last year. The green waste will be composted rather than send it to expensive and environmental damaging landfill sites. This is a Conservative administration looking after the interests of the environment and the tax payers of Croydon. END

 
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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 

 

 

 


 

More Local Heritage Lost
24/09/2017 13:25:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Last week at Planning Committee the current Labour Administration of the Council voted to demolish 236 Selsdon Rd and replace with a three storey block of flats with just 4 parking spaces. You may have noticed this pretty cottage at the junction of Selsdon and Carlton rds it was built probably around the 1840s by Frederic Potter the owner of the brick fields that covered this area. In the 1860s the house and acres of the brick fields was sold to the Railway for the construction of the Oxted line. It then became the stationmasters house for the station opposite now closed. A house that stood for so much of our local and social history will now be demolished. I was at Planning Committee to object and speak against this proposal but all six Labour members of the committee voted to demolish the building and the four Conservative members voted against. There will be new housing but I had hoped the cottage could have been retained within the scheme. Public art in the form of a wall shaped like a train will be built but that in no way compensates for the loss of this cottage and so much of the local and social history of the area.

 

 


 

Help for South Croydon Allotments from Croham Ward Budget
23/08/2017 11:47:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

We were so pleased to hear of the success of the South Croydon Allotments Open Day. We know how hard the committee worked to make it such an interesting day. We were delighted to play our part by funding new notices,bulbs and wild flower seeds and especially a new toilet door that was much needed!  These allotments are so important for lots of local residents helping mental and physical health and a meeting place to chat and have a cup of tea. We are looking forward to seeing the wild flowers and bulbs come up next year.

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
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
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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
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What a mess!
22/06/2016
Normanton Hotel end of an era
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20/05/2016
Network Rail asked to clean up their land
20/05/2016
Decision on 14 Barnfield rd deferred for site visit
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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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Rains bring muddy pavements to Manor Way
 
 
 
 
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