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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry

The work this Council has done to help businesses and residents in Croham Ward
03/02/2014 10:53:00......Posted by Michael Neal

Text of speech in Full Council on “Ward Matters” on the 27th January 2014

 Thank you Madam Mayor

I have represented Croham ward since 2002 with my colleagues Cllr Jason Perry and Cllr Maria Gatland, I would like to personally thank them for their dedication and hardwork in dealing with ward matters and the very important work they do for this Council in respect of Strategic planning and licensing.

Madam Mayor in May the residents of Croham will play their part in deciding who runs this council for the next 4 years.

Let us look at our record so far and set this against an inactive labour group who almost brought this council to bankruptcy prior to 2006 after 12 years in office.

We have just introduced half an hour free parking in South End to help business in the area.
Croham residents will benefit from the freeze in parking charges and permits for 2014 /15

We have introduced fixed rate night time parking in the newly named Restaurant Quarter Car Park at £2.50 – again a great boost for business and residents

New street lighting coming soon to Croham Ward

This Conservatives administration introduced plastic, green garden waste, FOODWASTE and tetra Pac recycling

Set this against Labours recycling rate of just 16% in 2006. Every resident I canvass in Croham, Waddon and Fairfield, state how happy they are about our recycling facilities.

When residents ask for additional recycling boxes we are always happy to oblige.

This Conservative administration has improved street cleaning in Croham.

This administration has invested thousands of pounds to repair Labours backlog of repairs and started to invest properly in our roads
We have introduced recycling in all blocks of flats.

Croham residents are able to use the new Waddon Leisure Centre which has first class pool and gym facilities.

We are investing in our schools, with £110 million from the Government to enable this administration to meet the ever growing demands of school places in Croham and other wards in Croydon.

The residents of Croham can look forward to the Hammerson / Westfield retail development in the town centre bringing thousands of jobs, new homes, new walkways and green spaces. The residents know that this scheme could only be delivered by a Conservative administration under the leadership of Cllr Mike Fisher.

We have new Public realm works for South End due to start in the spring, which will include decluttering, wider pavements, shop front improvements – in all £3million of investment

We have financially supported the very popular Food Festival in South End which proved so successful in the summer of last year, bringing business to the restaurant quarter.

We have prudent financial management of this Council. The residents of Croham trust the Conservatives because they know we will look after their money responsibly. They have not forgotten Labours massive 27% council tax rise in 2003 with 7.4% in 2004, 5.1 in 2005 and 6.3 in 2006

In April so long as you pay council tax, all households will have a £25 rebate.

All good news for residents from a Conservative administration delivering for the people of Croham.




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 Other Blog Posts

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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