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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
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Big drop in burglaries in Croham ward as three burglars are jailed
03/07/2014 17:14:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

We had some good news from the police at yesterday's meeting of the Croham SNT panel. Residential burglaries a big concern in the ward dropped significantly following the arrest of three burglars. There was almost a round of applause when we heard these three individuals had been jailed. These arrests came after intelligence led targeted police work. It is hard to believe that three individuals could have such an impact on communities and peoples lives.

There was not such good news on the crime figures for theft of and from motor vehicles. It is particularly noticeable in the St Augustines Ave and Bleinheim Park road area of the ward. Local police will target this type of crime over the next few months.

Overall residents in our ward suffer little violent or drug related crime and Croham ward is one of the safest in the borough.

 
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Unprotected Normanton Meadow more encroachment with by latest planning decision
01/02/2019 11:55:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 Normanton Meadow is a grassed area off Normanton Rd very popular with residents and dog walkers in an intensely developed area. It has sadly been left unprotected in the latest Croydon Plan of the current Labour Administration. Over the last couple of years a number of back garden developments were permitted overlooking the Meadow.

A couple of weeks ago a planning application was granted that will cut into the bank and further encroach on this precious green space for a development of five flats none affordable. I attended the committee to speak on behalf of residents who opposed it. All the Conservative members and one brave Labour member voted against it. However it was approved by the casting vote of the Chairwoman. There will be another huge loss of mature trees from the back gardens of 23 and 25 Normanton Rd a loss in the fight against pollution and climate change. The residents were rightly upset that the freeholder gave permission to cross the car park to enable the development for future home owners. The residents in Ward Close pay to maintain this car park so doubly unfair. It is a shame the developers did not come to a sensible arrangement with the residents. Jason Michael and myself are currently supporting residents to start a Friends Group to care for and protect Normanton Meadow 

 

 

 


 

Network Rail acts at last to deter fly tipping under Croham rd Bridge
08/01/2019 09:43:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 


 

New Year but Fly Tips Continue in South Croydon
08/01/2019 09:21:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Such a shame fly tips continue to spoil our local area. Reported this one some time ago but still waiting for Council to clear. Now told there are Health and Safety concerns. As it is a small tv and packaging for a new one I find this hard to understand and am seeking clarification as well as reporting more fly tips in Moreton rd

 


 

Residents raise concerns TFL Proposed Bus Change
17/12/2018 11:30:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

hMany residents have contacted me to express concerns to TFL proposed changes to bus routes 403 and 412. The changes propose to stop in Katherine Street and St Georges Walk rather than cross the town centre. For some residents it will be a longer walk to the town centre or to East Croydon Station. I have urged them to respond to the consultation 

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/croydon-town-centre  by January 13th

As Ward Councillors we will raise residents concerns through the consultation 

 

 

 


 

Planning applications and the affect on the local community
11/10/2018 13:47:00.......Posted by Michael Neal

The Labour controlled Croydon Council continue to tell us and the residents of Croydon that we need to build more homes which are affordable to local residents and their families.

We get the message, but at what cost?

At a recent planning meeting, applications to approve the demolition of 6 individual homes to make way for 48 high density flats across the South of the Borough will change the local character of the area forever, not to mention changes to the environment and to place further pressure on local Schools and Services.

Some may say that this is an inevitable change due to the increase in population around London and the UK as a whole, even if this is the case surely a better balance could be thought through which will reduce the impact on the local character of the area and the communities it serves. Better to build “like for like” rather than impose blocks of flats in areas where there are just houses and bungalows.

At present Labour is not listening to local concerns, residents are fair minded and can sense fair play. They do understand the need for extra homes to be built but don’t like it if their concerns are not heard and they are overlooked by the planning committee as is the case under this Labour administration.

Residents in South Croydon do not have this “not in my back yard” attitude but do care how the area should be preserved for future generations. Any new developments should be in keeping with the character of the area.

At present planning applications are being nodded through even when there are several objections. One resident told me after a planning meeting, “I had no faith that my concerns would be acted upon and I was proved right” it’s a “fait accompli”

In South Croydon Ward there have been major planning applications approved by the Committee, residents have to put up with the idea that a particular area will be intensified with a number of flats being built, in some cases around one or two particular properties with residents powerless to stop it.

One resident told me “I may as well sell my property to a developer and move out of the area” why does a resident have to resort to these types of statements?

Pre 2014 - during the Conservative time in office planning applications were at times refused and then approved (or not) on appeal. Better to move refusal when applications cannot be justified by the Committee and the local community.

At least the resident will have faith in the Committee to make decisions that reflect their views overall bearing in mind that some decisions may not go their way.

I realise that you cannot please everybody all the time. I only hope that the Labour Controlled Planning Committee start to realise that they are damaging the trust between residents and the Council.

The question is will they listen? Not on their past record they won’t.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Planning Permission Granted for Coombe Wood Secondary School
04/10/2018 18:20:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last week planning permission was granted for a new Free School on the former Greenbelt Coombe Rd Playing Fields. It will be an 8 form Secondary School of 1680 pupils by 2027 with a Sports specialism. The facilities for pupils are excellent and the facilities will be open to the community. Clearly it is very popular with local parents and many who live further away as the school is hugely oversubscribed. It provides quality school places for parents in our local area  However while we welcome the school I represented local residents concerns at Planning Committee as such a large school on former Playing Fields will have considerable impact on residential amenities especially parking, noise and the proximity of the development to some properties in Melville Ave. The access road and bin stores are still a concern. The traffic and safety issues are still not resolved and as officers said works on these issues are still ongoing. Lots of conditions are in place to try to protect residents but the reality is only time will tell the full impact of this school. It is positive that the Head has engaged with residents to try and ease the problems of coaches blocking in residents and I hope that engagement will continue with residents.

 


 

Bin Problems Persist in South Croydon
24/09/2018 09:49:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Complaints about the new bin service keep on coming. Missed collections, no bins, too many bins, fly tipped bins. The lack of response to residents is causing anger and concern. When will the Labour Administration get this right and give residents the service they want, pay for and deserve.

 


 

The Rail View PH a sorry sight on Selsdon rd
25/08/2018 12:30:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

The Rail View PH on Selsdon Rd is a sorry sight. Despite warnings from residents and the ward councillors it is now a ruin. Stripped of the old roof slates it was stripped inside over two weekends with no demolition order under the noses of Croydon Council. Eventually the developer was ordered to cover the building but far too late. Recent storms have torn the tarpaulin to shreds again no action from Croydon Council.

No Planning Application has come forward. It is now a blot on the landscape and a real concern to local residents.

 

 

 


 

Two Music Festivals for Lloyd Park in 2019
25/08/2018 12:14:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Croydon Council has informed us that there will be two Music Festivals held in Lloyd Park in 2019. The Butterfly Effect Music Festival held last year was judged to be a success by the Council so another one will be held in July 2019.

Approached by another large organiser of Music Festivals the Council has agreed to a three day Grime/Afro/Latin Fusion Music Festival at the end of May 2019

These two festivals will be popular with lots of residents and music fans. However as Ward Councillors we are pressing for meaningful engagement and consultation with local residents who live in the roads in our ward facing the park. We know from other events that noise litter and especially parking are real concerns.

 

 


 

Local History Demolished on Selsdon Rd.
25/08/2018 11:37:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Such a shame to see our local social history fall to the bulldozer.

Many of you will remember the pretty cottage behind the bus stop on Selsdon Rd on the corner of  Carlton Rd. One of the oldest buildings dating mid 184Os in the area it was owned by Frederic Potter who had the brickfields that covered the local area. The coming of the Railway and the creation of the Oxted line changed the area once again. Elm Cottage was then used as the Station Masters House for the Selsdon Rd Station where Selsdon Rd Goods Yard now stands. There have been a number of Planning applications all refused under a Conservative Administration. However as Labour took control of the Council in 2014 an application for a block of flats has been granted and we lost our fight as Ward Councillors to save it as part of a development scheme.

Public Art in the shape of a train on the outside of a brick wall does not compensate for the loss of our local social history 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
18/08/2018
New Bin Collections
03/07/2018
First Steps for South Croydon Recreation Ground Friends Group
02/07/2018
Fire Destroys Heathland top of Croham Hurst Woods
20/06/2018
Bin Collections Problems from Blocks of Flats persists in South Croydon
19/06/2018
First South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel Meeting
19/06/2018
Churchill rd residents improve local area
11/06/2018
Evicted Travellers now camped on South Croydon Recreation Ground
07/06/2018
Travellers on Coombe Lodge Playing Fields
29/05/2018
No Graffiti Cleaning by Network Rail or Council under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
29/05/2018
First Meeting of new South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Police Panel
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
 
 
 
 
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