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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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Planning permission granted for temporary school on Coombe Rd Playing Fields
11/02/2018 14:34:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

As soon as the Labour Council removed Greenbelt Status in their Local Plan it opened up the way for a school to be built there. Last Thursday evening Planning permission was granted for a temporary school to open in September 2018. There were many objections to the removal of Greenbelt status during the Inspector Hearings into the Local Plan but the Inspector finally agreed with the Councils position that there were exception circumstances. These were the shortage of Secondary School places in 2019 and the Council has a statutory duty to provide these places. Coombe Wood School will eventually be an 8th form Free School entirely funded by the Conservative Government. I have no doubt at all that it will be a very good school and many local parents will be delighted to have the choice of such a school near them. For many residents who live near the school there still remain concerns that were not resolved at the planning meeting especially around the temporary access to Melville Ave. The Council’s proposal to make Melville Ave one way seems remarkably unfair to local residents when the permanent access is proposed to be further along Coombe Lane. As I said at the Planning Meeting the Travel Plan and options have not been fully developed and there remain concerns about how children will get to and from the school safely. I was pleased to agree to a request from Jonathan Wilden the Head of Coombe Wood School for a meeting to discuss both residents concerns and childrens’ safety. I hope we can all work together to have both an outstanding school for children and parents and one that believes in working alongside the local community 

 


 

Croham Mount Road Footpath, South Croydon
22/01/2018 16:18:00.......Posted by Michael Neal

 
 

A big thank you to residents of Croham Mount, South Croydon who mentioned the lack of cleansiness on the footpath adjoining their road. 

On mentioning this to the Council, their reply was to apologise and state that;  "It appears that for some reason this footpath does not appear on a cleansing schedule.  We are having this rectified and the Veolia manager for the area has been notified and is arranging to have it swept and scheduled accordingly.  I do apologise for such an oversight and would like to assure you that we are resolving this urgently"

Officers of the Council work hard and are under tremendous pressure, but they are not helped by an inaffective Labour Administration who continue to let down residents in our Ward with poor street cleaning, bins-overflowing (not being emptied on schedule) and the usual fly tipping not being removed for a number of days. 

I will follow up on the cleansiness of the footpath to ensure the Council and Veolia do the job they are supposed to do in keeping our footpaths clean.

 

 

 


 

More Graffiti reported
21/01/2018 18:35:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Reported graffiti on bus shelter Sussex Rd. This area under the railway bridges is often defaced by graffiti 

 


 

Service of celebration and dedication of Emmanuel Church New Centre
21/01/2018 17:56:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

I was delighted to accept the invitation to join the congregation of Emmanuel Church to celebrate the building of their new Centre. It was impressive to hear of the vision and the sheer hard work and energy of so many in Emmanuel Church both in raising funds and getting this project off the ground and built on time and in budget. The dedication ceremony was carried out by the Bishop of Croydon followed by refreshments and a tour of the new building. The Friends of Croham Hurst Woods held our AGM there until recently in the old halls. What a difference!  Bright, airy with much better facilities lots of toilets and a lift so it is now suitable and accessible for all the community. I was particularly pleased to see the impressive oven and cooker in the new kitchen that Jason, Michael and myself funded through our Croham ward budget. There is no doubt the Emmanuel Church Centre will make a difference to many local groups and residents.

 


 

Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick Planning application to build on Sanderstead Car Park out to consultation
21/01/2018 17:19:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

The expected Planning application from Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick Company to build on Sanderstead Car Park has now come forward. The Council proposes to build a three storey block of 7 one bedroom and 7 two bedroom flats on the car park. The 36 car parking spaces will be reduced to 12 to be shared by future residents and the public. Although Sanderstead Car Park is actually in Purley Ward there will be impact on residents who live in Sanderstead and Croham wards as well. Many use the car park to access Sanderstead Station but I think the biggest impact will be on the parade of local shops on Sanderstead Rd in our ward of Croham and the residents who use these shops. The chemist is used especially by elderly residents who can park at the moment. We have huge stress on parking in our local area made worse by so many large developments being granted permission by the Labour Council with little or no parking. Despite opposition from residents and Ward   Councillors a large development will be built beside Sanderstead Station with no parking. If permitted the application to build on Sanderstead Car Park will exacerbate the current serious pressures on parking in the area.

 


 

Residents Forced to wait almost 10pm for “Refused Planning Application” Committee Hearing
13/01/2018 19:24:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last Thursday evening at least 26 residents of Churchill and Brighton roads were kept waiting until almost 10pm for a committee decision on a Planning application with a recommendation to refuse from Planning officers. The reasons for refusal were strong and included loss of employment, risk of flooding and a detrimental impact on residents amenities. The application was for a mixture of houses and flats on a very constrained industrial site at 360 Brighton Rd with very narrow entrances on Brighton and Churchill rds and included two three storey towers.Council protocols mean if a Planning application has a recommendation for refusal and in this case over 70 local objections and an objection from me as Ward councillor it is refused with no need for a committee hearing. However since 2014 Cll Paul Scott Chair has used “ super referral” powers to force a committee hearing when a decision of Planning officers is not to his liking. This has never been used before whatever political party is running the Council. It didn’t take long in his questioning of Planning officers to establish that the business was still in use so Council policies meant it must be refused. This information could have been easily obtained at any time. Not only should this application have been refused without the need of a committee hearing residents including a number of elderly residents who arrived as advised at 6.30pm were kept waiting by the Chairman until last at nearly 10pm. It is not right to treat residents in this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7th/12th Croydon Scout Group
18/12/2017 20:03:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

i was delighted to join the 7th/12th Croydon Scout Group celebrate Christmas by switching on their Christmas tree outside their HQ behind Birdhurst Ave in South Croydon. Now in their 80th year they provide interests and activities for children in the area. Jason Michael and myself have been pleased to support them through the Croham ward budget and we wish them well for the future.

 


 

New Emmanuel Church Hall nearly ready to open
18/12/2017 14:09:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Local residents watched with interest the rebuilding of Emmanuel Church Hall. It has been built with impressive speed and the builders have worked well with the local community and worked around St Peters Primary school’s times. Hopefully it will open early in the new year. Jason Michael and myself were delighted to fund an oven and cooker for the new Hall from our Croham ward budget. We look forward to seeing the Hall host lots of community and local groups in lovely new surroundings. It will be good too to see the Floating Shelter up and running again and the guests and many of the groups will benefit from a hot meal so the new cooker and oven will be very well used.!

 

 

 


 

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.

 


 

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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
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25/09/2017
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24/09/2017
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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
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More Fly Tipping Croham Manor road
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Local Concerns reported
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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
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22/01/2017
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