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Cllr  Margaret  Bird
Cllr  Steve  Hollands

Old Coulsdon Centre for Retired on the road
11/01/2019 19:05:00......Posted by Margaret Bird



Today Cllr Margaret Bird attended the AGM of Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired . This wonderful facility for those at the upper end of age is open Mon - Fri and led by the centre manager Iris who is definitely very appreciated by those accessing the centre given the comments made to me today. The centre receives a small grant from Croydon Council which is nowhere near the amount needed to run the centre so they are dependent very much on donations especially to keep the mini bus on the road as it is a lifeline for most of the attendees to be able to get to the centre.










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Marlpit Lane advance notice of road works
15/01/2019 20:11:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

To facilitate a new vent to the sewer in Marlpit Lane there will be 2 way signals from 28th January for 5 days. This is to reduce the bad odour often reported on the corner of Ullswater Crescent . SE pathway will be closed and bus stops suspended. Delays may occur



Good advice from Old Coulsdon Safer Neighbourhood team
12/01/2019 16:39:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,As your local police team we are dedicated to working to resolve any policing issues that may be present in your area.Cold calling is something that happens on a daily basis.The caller often pretend to be from legitimate, well-known companies like banks, utilities or the police.

If in doubt simply hang up! Never provide any personal or confidential details such as bank account or credit card details.If you answer an unsolicited telephone call and think that it is a scam then our advice is to:

Obtain the caller’s name

Obtain the company name

Obtain a telephone number

Report the incident to Action Fraud using the online reporting tool at or call 0300 123 2040

Action Fraud is the UK’s fraud and internet crime reporting centre. For advice visit

If an appointment has been made for someone to attend your house then call police on either 999 if it is a police emergency and happening now, or on 101 if it is not an emergency.

Sign up to the Telephone Preference Service ( or 0845 0700707) and the Mail Preference Service ( to minimise unsolicited calls and mail.


PC 518ZD Allen

PC 642ZD Straker

PCSO 7157ZD Allan

Email -

Twitter - @MPSOldCoulsdon




Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired
11/01/2019 16:41:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Centre for the Retired  held their AGM today  and was attended by many of those that use the centre regularly and are lucky enough, in many cases to be collected and returned home by the volunteers who man the mini bus thus preventing social isolation that so often happens with the older generation.  

I was lucky enough to be  invitedand was able to talk to the users who all enthused about the centre.

The Centre Manager is Iris,  with the building , finances and mini bus managed by a group of dedicated volunteers and is primarily a drop in and not a lunch club although everyone can get a bite to eat while they are there and there are often parties with more substantial offerings and outings arranged.

Well worth a visit. Volunteers are always wanted!



Message from Old Coulsdon Safer Neighbourhood team
06/01/2019 16:31:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,

Over the last year we have held an hour long weekly surgery at a set location at the same time of the same day each week.

These surgeries were held to allow residents to come along and talk to the team about local policing issues and concerns.

Due to the very low numbers of attendees, no crimes being reported at these surgeries and the time required by police officers to attend when measured against limited resources and increasing tasks it has been decided that this is not an efficient use of the teams time.

There will not be a fixed point weekly surgery held at the Old Coulsdon Congregational Church on Wednesday 9th or Wednesday 16th January 2019.

We do thank those at the Poppy Café and at the Church for allowing us to hold our surgeries over the last year and we are considering how we go forward in 2019.

If you require to contact police and it is an emergency then please call 999.
If you require to contact police and it is not an emergency then please either call 101 or go online at where you can report incidents or find information on various topics.

If you want to contact the team then please use the email


PC 518ZD Allen

PC 642ZD Straker

PCSO 7157ZD Allan
Email -
Twitter - @MPSOldCoulsdon



Safer Neigbourhood Police surgery change
03/11/2018 10:41:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Safer Neighbourhood Police surgery venue has changed and will now be held in the Heath Room, Congregational Church every Wednesday 12-1pm.

Entrance is via Canon's Hill, please ring bell if door locked,,



New Council reporting smartphone app lanched
12/07/2018 17:55:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Don’t Mess with Croydon smartphone app launches

A new smartphone app designed to make it easier to report fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and more has been launched by Croydon Council.

The Don’t Mess with Croydon app is a quick way of reporting problems directly to the right team in the council to get them fixed.

Reporting an issue is as simple as selecting the most appropriate option from one of 17 categories and dropping a pin on a map with the option to attach a photo if the user wants.

The new app is built from the Love Clean Streets app which was created by a Croydon company and is used by local authorities across the country.
The Don’t Mess with Croydon app makes it easier to report this directly to the right team so we can get the problem fixed as quickly as possible.
The app is free to download and you can help make Croydon cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy.
Users can select one of 17 categories:

  • Abandoned vehicle
  • Dead animal
  • Dog fouling
  • Drug-related litter
  • Empty property
  • Fly-posting
  • Fly-tipping on public land
  • Graffiti
  • Road surface drainage problems
  • Overflowing litter bins - on street
  • Loose or damaged pavements
  • Potholes or damage to roads
  • Problems with skips
  • Issues with benches, bollards or signs
  • Issues with street litter bins
  • Tree or high hedge obstruction on public land
  • Waste on private property

Residents can still contact the council in person, online at or on the phone on 020 8726 6000.

The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store.






Councillors Surgery
30/06/2018 21:52:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

A reminder that Steve and Margaret hold their surgery on the last Saturday of the month (excl. August and December ) from 10-12noon at the Guide Hut Tudor Parade Coulsdon Rd ( behind the bakers).

We will also be at the Rotary Fair on  Grange Park on July 7th 12noon - 4.30pm stand C8. Come and say hello.

Not convenient ? Just  drop us an email or or give us a call . We are happy to come to you .



Message from the Safer Neighbourhood Team
30/06/2018 21:51:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,

Courier Fraud
The MPS would like to remind everyone that the police and banks will never ask members of the public to partake in an anti-fraud operation, to transfer money or ask for bank account and pin numbers.
Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.

The fraudsters contact people, usually by phone and claim to be from the police or in some cases a fraud team within that person’s bank.
In some cases the fraudster will ask the victim to give them their bank card and pin or go to the bank and withdraw money which they will then collect.
The fraudster will then visit the victim’s home address and collect the money or bank cards, normally quoting a password that they agreed with the victim earlier on.

Protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime
Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.

Many frauds start with a phishing email.
Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details.
Do not trust such emails, even if they look genuine.
You can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence, website (typed directly into the address bar) or the phone book to check if you’re not sure.

Have you been a victim of fraud or cyber crime
If there is a crime being committed right now or if you are in danger you should call the police on 999.

If you fall victim to this type of fraud or receive suspicious calls, please contact police or report it via action fraud:, or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

If debit or credit cards, online banking or cheques are involved, you should also contact your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.



Press Release from Croydon Council on new waste collection roll out
29/06/2018 21:23:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Today Croydon Council issued   the following  press release at the start of their new bin deliveries ahead of the start of the new collection in September.


New bin deliveries begin ahead of recycling drive

The delivery of more than 200,000 new bins across Croydon begins on Monday in an effort to boost recycling rates in the borough.

Most residents will receive a new 240-litre paper recycling bin and a 180-litre general waste bin over the coming weeks with the first set to arrive on Monday. Existing landfill bins will become a bin for mixed recycling.

Deliveries will be made to around 3,500 properties each day.

The first collections for the new service will be in September. Until then residents should continue to use their existing waste containers in the same manner as they previously have.

Across the borough 75% of households will have their collection day changed to make the service more efficient.

Councillor Stuart Collins, cabinet member for clean, green Croydon, said: “We want to drive recycling rates up to over 50% across the borough.

“The new bins you will see arriving over the next few weeks will help make it easier to recycle more and help us help the planet.

“This will be a significant change for most people and there will be a series of roadshows to help explain the changes.”

The roadshows will be held at:

  • Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath, CR7 8LF. Thursday 5 July, 11am – 5pm.
  • North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Thursday 12 July, noon – 6.30pm.
  • Sainsbury’s, 130 Addington Road, Selsdon CR2 8LA. Saturday 14 July, 11am – 5pm.
  • Sainsbury’s, 66 Westow Street, Upper Norwood SE19 3RW. Tuesday 17 July, noon – 5pm.
  • North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Saturday 21 July, noon – 6.30pm.
  • Waitrose, 87 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead CR2 9LE. Thursday 26 July, noon – 5pm.
  • Fishers Farm Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, North Downs Road, New Addington CR0 0LB. Friday 27 July, noon – 4pm.

Tesco Extra Purley Cross, 8 Purley Road, Purley CR8 2HA. Tuesday 31 July, 11am – 6pm.

The changes will see most households given a new 240-litre bin for mixed paper and card, a new 180-litre bin for general waste and the existing bin repurposed for recycling glass, plastic packaging, cans and cartons.

Alternative arrangements will be made for households who cannot accommodate the new bins.

A dedicated email address and phone line has been set up to answer residents’ queries. Anyone with questions should contact or phone 0208 604 7282 between 9am and 5pm on week days.

A leaflet explaining the changes will be delivered alongside the bins. Bin collections will remain at the current frequency but more than 75% of households will have a new collection day.

For more information on the new collections visit the council website.






Old Coulsfon Councillor Surgeries
24/06/2018 22:37:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Margaret and Steve hold monthly surgeries in the Guide Hut behind the bakers on Tudor Parade, Coulsdon Rd , Old Coulsdon on the last Saturday in the month  from 10-12noon, except August and December .

On July 7th we also will be at the Rotary Fair on Grange Park 12noon - 4.30 pm on stand C8 next to the CLOCFG - Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon- stall.

Why not drop by and say hello?

We will be happy to help with any issues you are having difficulty resolving with the Council.







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