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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry

New Haling Road School given planning permission - with conditions
06/09/2013 09:04:00......Posted by Jason Perry

As is usual on most Thursday nights, I sat on Planning Committee last night.

We had a very difficult decision to make with regard to a new primary school in Haling Road. Like most of the country Croydon has a chronic shortage of primary school places. However, unlike many authorities, Croydon is investing millions into building new schools and expanding existing schools - this Conservative Council really is investing in the future of our children. No doubt many people will have heard of other boroughs on the news this week that have sent their children to school in redundant offices and empty shops!

It is against this backdrop that a decision needed to be made with regard to the proposals at Haling Road.

The site is indeed tight, but it is well screened and does offer some staff parking, which many sites do not.

There is potential for overlooking to properties to the East of the school and I was, therefore, pleased that the applicant had listened to these concerns and added opaque glass to that elevation, thereby reducing the impact.

There will also be an opportunity for community hire of the school halls, which will a great benefit to local people, particularly as there is a lack of community halls in the area, though the hours of use have also been conditioned in order to protect the amenity of surrounding occupiers.

Traffic will probably be the biggest issue and that is why the committee insisted that the school travel plan be in place before the school opens. It will fill up one year at a time, so it will be a little time before the full impact is known.

In speaking on the item I did express that many local residents have concerns, but that there are also a large number of local families that would welcome a new school within walking distance.

I insisted that additional conditions be added to the development, namely that the roof teaching terrace was to be for teaching only, and not for play or hire. I also insisted that there be much stronger landscaping conditions to soften the impact of the school in the street.

These applications are never easy to decide, but with these additional conditions added I voted, on balance, to support the new school.

This was a tough decision for me, but I trust that it will ultimately be a great benefit to local residents and an asset to the area.

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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




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. 





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?



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 Older Blog Posts
Talk at The Wives Fellowship Sanderstead
Rubbish piles up by benches on Selsdon Rd
Community Payback to clear litter from Croham Hurst Woods
Selsdon Road Goods Planning Application Deferred
Last Meeting of Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Ward Panel
Planning permission granted for temporary school on Coombe Rd Playing Fields
Croham Mount Road Footpath, South Croydon
More Graffiti reported
Service of celebration and dedication of Emmanuel Church New Centre
Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick Planning application to build on Sanderstead Car Park out to consultation
Residents Forced to wait almost 10pm for “Refused Planning Application” Committee Hearing
7th/12th Croydon Scout Group
New Emmanuel Church Hall nearly ready to open
UKPN fault knocks out light in Selsdon Rd for 2 months
Good News at Croham Ward Police Panel
Friends of Croham Hurst Woods AGM
New litter bin in place
Anger ar Councils failure to protect The Rail View PH
Fly Tip at Croham Hurst woods takes 9 days to clear
Birdhurst Community Gardening Group wins more awards
Birdhurst Community Garden Update
Foot Path Clearing Near South Croydon Station
Selsdon Rd Fly Tip Reported
More Local Heritage Lost
Help for South Croydon Allotments from Croham Ward Budget
Fly Tipping, Graffiti under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
Residents in South Croydon raise concerns about grass cutting
More Fly Tipping Croham Manor road
Local Concerns reported
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