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 The Coulsdon Town Blog
 
Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker
 

Meeting with Croydon's Director of Education
30/05/2018 19:34:00......Posted by Ian Parker

In my capacity as Cllr Maria Gatland's Deputy (Education) I met this week with David Butler, Croydon's Director of Education and Youth Engagment. It was a particularly useful meeting during which David highlighted the work of his Department.  Amongst other things, we discussed school funding (particulalrly academies v maintained schools), the role and compostion of the Schools' Forum and the new Coombe Wood school.

I saw figures for Croydon's losers and gainers under the Government's School Funding Formula and we discussed the Council's powers to intervene when a school's performance isn't up to scratch.  In this context we also touched on the role of the Regional Schools' Commissioner and his powers over academies.  I am grateful to David for the briefing.

 
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Progress with Aldi
21/06/2018 07:30:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

Following our productive meeting with Aldi at the end of April, I'm pleased to report that progress has been made in making the car park that little bit more driver/parking friendly.

Residents will recall that we called for the meeting so that we could start the progress of working towards a solution to mitigate the poor traffic conditions along the high street.

Aldi agreed to a number of ideas, including installing signs to encourage drivers to move down inside the car park and rearrange the location of the disabled bays to encourage greater movement. The quotes for the works have been approved, and involve the permanent relocation of the disabled bays to the entrance of the store.

The programme of works is currently being worked out to ensure as little disruption to Aldi customers as possible. Once a start date has been agreed, I'll update this blog.

If you have any ideas about what else we can do to improve parking in Coulsdon, please do let me know by emailing mario.creatura@croydonconservatives.com.

 


 

HADRA AGM
21/06/2018 07:02:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

It was lovely to attend my first Hartley and District Residents' Association AGM last night. Whilst I've been a councillor for Coulsdon West for the past four years, in May the new ward boundaries came into effect so my new patch of Coulsdon Town includes a few roads in the HADRA area which includes Stoats Nest Road, Hillars Heath, the bottom of Coulsdon Road and Coulsdon Woods.

There were interesting talks by local police, MP Chris Philp and Brenda Quelch-Brown of the Old Coulsdon medical practice patient participation group.

The committee gave retired councillor Chris Wright a lovely engraved glass as a token of their appreciation for his 28 years of dedicated service. With me having just completed four, I've got a while before I match his record!

 


 

Travellers on Lion Green Road
19/06/2018 08:39:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

Residents will be aware of the travellers that seemed to have arrived in Lion Green Road car park overnight.

Damage has been reported and there is understandable concern in the local community.

Rest assured I have alerted the Council and ask that they commence the sadly lengthy procedure for eviction.

Assessments will be carried out today and the Council will be serving notice for the travellers to leave tomorrow. If they fail to move on then the Council will proceed with applying for a court order, which is likely to take another few days.

The Council will keep me appraised of their progress.

 

 


 

Getting ECRA access to Coulsdon South station
18/06/2018 19:30:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

Over the weekend I was alerted to what sounded like a very strange decision to stop residents volunteering in their local community.

For many years, the diligent volunteers of the East Coulsdon Residents' Association and Farthing Downs have helped to maintain the plant beds around Coulsdon South station. They do this simply for the pleasure of keeping our local community pristine, and I thank them for that.

Recently they were told by station management that their permission to carry out this harmless activity was to be halted.

Understandable upset, on their behalf I contacted GTR who manage the station to ask what the reason for the seemingly heavy-handed ban was.

A few days later I received a welcome reply:

'I look after the station partnerships across our network.

Earlier in the year, we had one of the groups which volunteer at our stations dig in an area where they did not have permission. As a result we did ask groups to stop work while we undertook a review of what had happened and why.

As a result of this we updated our processes and asked each group to apply for a Site Access Permit. We have provided this to the group at Coulsdon South and they are currently awaiting processing of the permit by our Property Team.

We are sorry that this is taking longer than any of us would like and we hope to have the gardeners back at the station soon.'

So it all seems to be a misunderstanding - ECRA are filling in the required forms to enable the station to meet its legal obligations, and the station will allow them to continue their much valued community work safe in the knowledge that they are keeping themselves safe on site. Worth noting that it wasn't ECRA, but another group at another station who triggered this requirement from GTR.

If you would like to join ECRA and help support the community, visit their website: http://www.eastcoulsdon.co.uk

 


 

East Coulsdon Residents' Association AGM
14/06/2018 13:54:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Last night I attended the Annual General Meeting of ECRA.  There was an interesting presentations from Carlo Navato from Haxted, who have just received planning permission for the development of the water tower, admin block and chapel on Cane Hill.  Investment in these three important parts of the Cane Hill development is significant and we will watch with interest how it evolves now that they have permission to go ahead.

Old Coulsdon's Neighbour Police Team gave a brief overview of what's happening in the area and took questions.  Similalrly, ECRA members were briefed by representatives from the CCG on the developments at the Coulsdon Medical Practice.  I look forward to working with ECRA in the future.

 


 

Opposing Reddown Road plans
13/06/2018 20:41:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

The Council has just revealed plans to redevelop 1 Reddown Road. The plans involved the demolition of the existing dwelling; erection of three to five storey building comprising 2 one bedroom, 5 two bedroom and 1 three bedroom flats; formation of vehicular access and provision of just 8 parking spaces.

We Coulsdon Town councillors have delivered leaflets in the local area informing residents of the application, and we've been swamped with many comments - all universally opposing the scheme.

Along with local Residents' Associations, I have decided to refer the application to the Planning Committee and I've recomended that they refuse this deeply inappropriate development.

If you would like to take a look at the plans, you can do so on the Council's website. Do please leave a comment either in favour or opposing the development. The more voices we have objecting, the more likely it is that we'll succeed in persuading the Committee to reject the scheme.

 


 

Coulsdon Town's Safer Neighbourhood Team
26/05/2018 08:18:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I met this week with PC Hannah Righton one of the two PC's in the Coulsdon Town Safer Neighbourhood Team.  I was updated on a number of Coulsdon hotspots and issues of concern to the Police in the area including drugs, anti social behaviour, the Pembroke application for an extended licence and the traffic problems surrounding Aldi's car park.  I informed Hannah that I and fellow councillors had recently met with a senior Aldi representative to discuss possible solutions to the problem.  We had also been proactive in informing local businesses and residents of the Pembroke application.  

PC Righton said that an approach had been made to Croydon Council for additional CCTV coverage in the Town Centre as a deterrent to burglars who appeared to be targetting a certain business.  I offered my support for this.

It was confirmed that the Safer Neighbourhood Teams are now reorganised following Croydon's ward boundary review.

I was grateful to PC Righton for her time and insight into Coulsdon Town's problems and I look forward to working with her and her colleague PC Simms on matters of shared concern.

 

 


 

Community Engagement
15/05/2018 20:00:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I attended an excellent evening last night by the Army Engagement Group at Royal Russell School.

The Group want to connect with community representatives, businesses and others to give a better understanding of what they do.  They achieved this last night.  One useful contact they picked up was a representative from Janes Information Group based in Coulsdon.

Anyone interested in the Cadets and local Army-led projects involving young people would have found the evening worthwhile.

Thank you to those involved with its organisation.  Time well spent.  More information available from www.army.mod.uk/engagement

 


 

The fish that got away...
15/05/2018 10:16:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

This is close to the top of the oddest piece of casework I've had to deal with as a councillor - a very fishy tale.

It appears that in the middle of the night someone chose to dump some rather large fish (I'm not an expert but it looks like a shark...) in a commercial skip on Sandown Road.

Whilst many of the fish made it into the skip, one got away and was left on the road.

A very helpful resident donned a pair of marigolds and put it in the skip with the rest of its school.

I yesterday contacted the Council to see what could be done. While it's not a health hazard, there is a chance that if left long enough the smell could invite rats. The Council is getting in touch with the owner of the skip to see if it can be removed quickly. They're also sending Neighbourhood Safety Officers to investigate.

Update

I've been reliably informed that it's not a shark, but a sturgeon. And that the resident used disposable gloves, not marigolds!

 


 

Portnals Pipe update
05/05/2018 10:25:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

For some weeks now we've been putting pressure on the Council and Thames Water to fix the broken pipe on Portnalls Road.

Following significant pressure from local councillors, Croydon Council has issued the below message to Thames Water:

'I’m writing with reference to the ongoing overflowing sewage issue on Portnalls Road, Coulsdon and the number of emails which have already been exchanged today.

I’m pleased to note that there is a tanker currently on site attending to the clear up of the sewage.  However, this issue has been ongoing for several days.  Although I appreciate that work is required to devise a permanent solution, we had been assured that the manhole was being cleared twice a day to prevent an overflow – this is clearly not happening or is not an adequate precaution given the situation yesterday evening and today.

The overflow of sewage is affecting a public footpath which is close to a school.  I don’t have to point out the risks to public health from raw sewage, which are significant, and the situation is unacceptable.  I am receiving regular complaints and emails expressing concern from the school, members of the public and elected members and I do not think it will be long before the local press are alerted to the situation.

My colleague in the council’s public protection service has already advised you about the potential for us to take enforcement action to deal with the ongoing risk to public health being caused by this situation.  This would involve us serving statutory notices on yourselves requiring you to take remedial action, the notice carries the facility for us to carry out the works in your default and re-charge the cost to you.  Depending on the legislation used, failing to comply with the notice could be an offence for which we could take legal action (prosecution) against you in the Magistrates’ Court.

We have already requested you to provide us with a plan outlining your proposal for a permanent solution, along with timescales, and I look forward to receiving this by Tuesday 8th May in order to avoid the need for us to take enforcement action against you.  The situation will be closely monitored by my environmental health colleagues over the bank holiday weekend and enforcement action commenced should we not receive the requested information from you or if there are any further sewage overflows which are not cleaned immediately.

Can you also provide me with a point of contact leading on this case for the weekend so my officers are able to speak to them should the need arise.

For the interim and by return please provide reassurance that Thames are actively managing this unacceptable environmental situation and are providing a permanent presence onsite to deal with any surcharging until a solution can be found.'

Update: 8th May

Update from Croydon Council:

'We have received an update from Thames, in that they have identified the problem with the manhole which is overflowing and are hoping to connect to an alternative, existing sewer.  This sewer is not a public sewer and they therefore need permission from the landowners, whom they have contacted to request this.  They will update us on Thursday.

'In the meantime they have increased the frequency of pumping out the manhole to prevent it overflowing.  Council officers will continue to monitor the situation.'

Update: 11th May

An update from Thames Water:

'Following my email of earlier this week I wanted to write with an update on the repair to the sewer on Portnalls Road.

'My colleague has spoken to the leaseholder of the field and he is happy for us to attend and construct the cross connection. This work is planned to start Monday or Tuesday next week. The sewer we are connecting into is also being lined to ensure its structural stability in the long term. The sewer runs close to the mature trees and the lining will protect it from future root ingress.

'Be assured that we are continually updating Council Officers of our works and will do throughout.'

Update: 18th May

From Thames Water: 'I just wanted to provide you with a latest update on the works in Portnalls Road. We have now completed the lining works. However, during our line search to construct the new cross connection pipe across the field, we found an existing pipeline. Initially we thought that this was a high pressure gas main. We contacted Southern Gas Networks, who have since reported that this was not one of their assets. We now believe that this is a pipe belonging to Esso and we are in the process of arranging a meeting with them.

'Neither Barrett Homes, nor the leaseholder of the field mentioned the existence of the pipeline to us in prior conversations.

'We continue to pump out of the sewer. We understand that this may cause minor disruption to local residents, for which we apologise. However this will only be a short term delay until we can get the correct authorisations in place to continue.'

Update: 25th May

Thames Water have now sorted out the issue with the pipeline and the work is due to begin next Tuesday. The work should be completed by the end of the week.

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
01/05/2018
CQC replies about the Coulsdon Medical Centre
01/05/2018
Burst sewage pipe on Portnalls Road
27/04/2018
Leaking pipe on Portnalls Road
27/04/2018
A second letter to the CQC about the Coulsdon Medical Practice
26/04/2018
Pigeon mess back under Coulsdon Town bridge
25/04/2018
Paint disposal advice
25/04/2018
Welcome 30m investment in Coulsdon South
24/04/2018
'Absolutely massive' pothole fixed
24/04/2018
Rescuing a resident at the tip!
23/04/2018
Enough CCTV in Croydon?
21/04/2018
Productive meeting with Aldi
06/04/2018
Letter to save the Coulsdon Medical Centre
27/03/2018
Labour's track record - not something to be proud of
23/03/2018
My Lion Green Road objection
23/03/2018
My Coulsdon Community Centre objection
23/03/2018
Labour dominated planning committee approve controversial Coulsdon schemes
21/03/2018
Coulsdon Medical Practice
14/03/2018
Aldi replies - and wants to meet
07/03/2018
The saga with the Coulsdon Town toilet continues
02/03/2018
A letter to the CEO of Aldi UK about the issues with their Coulsdon Branch
24/02/2018
Future of Coulsdon Yulefest Christmas lights put at risk
17/02/2018
Broken bog strikes again
31/01/2018
Speech on fly-tipping in Croydon
25/01/2018
Full openness and transparency on Brick by Brick?
01/01/2018
Council plans to demolish Community Centre and cut parking in Coulsdon
27/12/2017
Objecting to the Purley Skyscraper
20/12/2017
Labour hypocrisy over 'support' for local taxis
20/12/2017
Gas works distruption
18/12/2017
What happens if the evidence changes on 20mph zones?
11/12/2017
What's happening with the night-time economy report?
 
 
 
 
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