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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
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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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Criminal Damage Croham Hurst woods
18/08/2018 12:48:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Following on from the serious fire earlier on in the summer that destroyed much of the scarce heathland residents were dismayed to see more damage.

For some incomprehensible reason someone armed with a grinder cut out two railings and even dug up the concrete posts. This would have taken time and strength but sadly no one witnessed it. Not finished there the perpetrator tried to burn the railings. It was lucky there was not another serious fire. I reported to Council and Police. The Council have ordered replacements. Hopefully this will be repaired soon.

 

 

 


 

New Bin Collections
18/08/2018 12:33:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

The new bin collections to come into effect in September has certainly provoked reaction from numerous residents in many roads in South Croydon Ward. Our ward has many streets of Victorian cottages with tiny front gardens or none at all. Other streets are very steep with lots of steps leading up and down. The majority of residents already recycle and this one size fits all policy of the Labour Administration will cause problems for some residents. I was pleased however to meet with Cllr Collins in Kingsdown Ave where he has agreed the old system will be kept and residents appreciate that. The old system will be retained too in Whitmead Close following a visit from Cllr Collin where logistically the new vehicles will not work. However the bins in Whitmead Close delivered in error have still not been collected 

 


 

First Steps for South Croydon Recreation Ground Friends Group
03/07/2018 09:14:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Just before the Local Elections in May Jason, Michael and myself held a meeting at South Croydon Rec to see if there was community interest in setting up a Friends Group. There was genuine interest from local residents in improving their local open space and for more community involvement in their local park. Yesterday evening we held a meeting at St Gertrude’s Church Hall to support residents to set up a Friends Group. A big thank you to St Gertrude’s who let us use the hall for free for this community meeting. We explained the process the Council requires to set up the group and lots of information about the other Friends Group in Croydon. One resident stepped  up to the challenge and will form the committee and begin the process of setting up the Friends Group. We will support the committee in every way we can and fund start up costs from the South Croydon Ward Budget. We wish them the best of luck with this exciting project.

 


 

Fire Destroys Heathland top of Croham Hurst Woods
02/07/2018 11:47:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

I was just sitting down with a friend for a welcome cup of tea after a morning work session at Croham Hurst Woods with FCHWs when a resident knocked at my door. She had been for a walk in the woods when she saw a group of young people on the slope below the top of the Hurst. They seemed to be vaping and smoking from what she could see but felt too frightened to speak to them. Suddenly an orange flame jumped upward. I confirmed through the Croham Hurst Dog Club app with many posts confirming smoke billowing from the top of the Hurst and the welcome news that the Fire Brigade was on its way. Only a week ago I had warned of the dangers of fire to this wonderful SSI ancient woodland following two call outs to the Fire Brigade for minor fires. Fires are strictly prohibited here with notices advising that throughout the Hurst. Three fire crews attended and had to battle until late in the evening to damp down the flames. Fires here can go underground and spark up in different places. The Fire Brigade were back yesterday morning and evening as the fire continued to smoulder. They were fantastic and have our grateful thanks. It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation but nature always heals if given the chance. How do we get the message out to enjoy the peace and beauty the plants and wildlife without setting fires or discarding cigarettes. Everyone now can see what fires can do here and the danger it could cause to people, pets and wildlife and our beautiful Croham Hurst Woods.

 


 

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.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
29/05/2018
St Giles School Open Morning
14/05/2018
Another day another flytip on Moreton Rd South Croydon
16/04/2018
Huge Log in place to stop truck driving into Croham Hurst Wood
16/04/2018
Network Rail land Selsdon Rd.
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
 
 
 
 
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