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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry

Planning topics
30/01/2013 17:27:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

Planning applications and decisions are always a hot topic in Croham ward. I was disappointed to learn that an application for the demolition of a bungalow at 2a Campden Road to be replaced by flats was allowed on appeal by the Government Inspector from Bristol. I objected to this application and it was refused by the Council but once again a local decision is overturned by an out of town inspector. The ongoing saga of the application to build a house in the back garden of no 9 Elmfield Way continues.Numerous applications have been refused by the Council and the last application was refused at Planning Committee following my representations on behalf of local residents. Another appeal has been lodged and we await the decision of the Planning Inspector. I fear the worst because a former appeal inspector judged the back garden to be a development plot. It was simply an unkempt back garden, so much for the new legislation! If allowed this will set a precedent and will over time change the character of this pleasant area.
The new Tesco at the Swan and Sugar Loaf Pub is up and running. No planning application was needed by Tesco as there was no material change of use under national planning legislation. This is a major loophole in the law that allows big retailers to set up without the test of a planning application. The Swan and Sugar Loaf is a locally listed building in a very prominent location. I have never believed that a Tesco Express was a suitable use for this historic building although I accept the renovated building looks good on the outside, the same cannot be said of the inside. I am sure too it is very convenient for local people but we don't know the effect it will have on local shops. I will be speaking against yet another Tesco minor building application this time for an ATM on the outside of the building at Planning Committee on 7th February.
Another application to build in the back garden of 11 Normanton road has been lodged. The first application was refused, I have referred the current application to Planning Committee because back garden development is against our party policy and it will impact on residents in Regents Close.

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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.



Last Meeting of Croham Safer Neighbourhood Police Ward Panel
11/03/2018 14:40:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last week I attended the very last meeting of the Croham Ward Police Panel. The ward boundary changes for the May Local Elections means the end of the Croham Ward Panel and the creation of the new South Croydon Panel after May. The good news is the current police team will continue as the South Croydon team but we will lose some panel members who will join the Sanderstead Panel. In all the years I have attended the Croham Ward Panel the local police team have worked really hard to address the community’s concerns and fears. I am sure that will continue on the South Croydon Panel and thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years.



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