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Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker
 

Parking in Coulsdon
01/09/2014 18:34:00......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

We ward Councillors have been made aware that the Council has granted permission for the Lion Green Road car park to close from 19th November 2014 for a total of 15 months while the development is being constructed.

Whilst we support the principle of the development and believe that it will be beneficial for our town, we are conscious that local traders and residents fear that closure of the car park will hit their trade especially over the Christmas period. We agree with their sentiments entirely.

One of the highlights in the Coulsdon calendar is the annual Christmas festival ‘Yulefest’ which this year takes place from 6-7th December. We are concerned that the closure of the car park before this event could reduce turnout and support for this much loved community event.

The new Aldi store on the site of the former Red Lion Pub is due to be completed in early 2015 and will provide 48 parking spaces. It will allow customers 90 minutes free parking on the site to allow users visit other stores around Coulsdon town. With Lion Green Road closing in November, and the new Aldi facility not being ready, we are concerned that this will exacerbate the situation and should be avoided if at all possible.

We have written to Croydon Council leader Cllr Tony Newman, Cllr Toni Letts (Economic Development), Cllr Kathy Bee (Transport and Environment) and Council CEO Nathan Elvery to ask them to consider, and if viable, actively support our four ideas to alleviate parking pressure in Coulsdon town:

1.      Write to all relevant authorities to delay the closure of the Lion Green Road car park until after construction of the Aldi store and its associated parking spaces. This period would also include Yulefest 2014 and ensure the development does not disrupt this much loved community festival. Sir Richard Ottaway MP and Steve O'Connell GLA have done the same.

2.      During the Christmas period we ask that the Council redoubles its efforts to find additional, temporary parking spaces in and around the town or to relax current restrictions where appropriate. Suggestions could include one hour free parking on most if not all town centre roads (not just Brighton Road) or contacting residents to utilise their unique knowledge to recommend parking solutions.

3.      Longer term, we would like the Council to consider allowing special parking provision for traders and those who commute to work in the town. We suggest that the Council looks at ensuring that half of the spaces it will be providing in the Coulsdon Community Centre car park are allocated to these special ‘permit holders’. The best method of allocating these tickets could be worked out by experienced officers.

4.      We have written to Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, asking him to consider allowing cars to park on the bus lane on the A23 (Farthing Way). This lane currently does not have any bus routes using it and so is space that could be used to temporarily alleviate parking pressures during the 15 month Lion Green Road construction period. We would appreciate having the full support of the Council and politely requested that Councillors and Council officers also write to Sir Peter regarding this matter.

We have contacted all our Residents’ Associations and have asked them to contact the Council on this topic with their views. We are aware that many of them already have and wish to reiterate that we share their concern about parking provision in town.

We hope the Council will strongly consider our suggestions as we believe them to be practical and in the best interests of the local economy of Coulsdon town.

We would be more than happy to meet with anyone at the Council to discuss this further.

Cllr Mario Creatura, Cllr Jeet Bains, Cllr Luke Clancy

Coulsdon West Councillors

Cllr Christopher Wright, Cllr Margaret Bird, Cllr James Thompson

Coulsdon East Councillors

NB:  Since this post we have been informed that as well as the support of Sir Richard Ottaway MP and Steve O'Connell GLA we also have the backing of Chris Philp (Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate), both the Coulsdon East and Coulsdon West Residents' Associations and the Coulsdon Liberal Democrats.

 
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Transport for London proposing changes to bus routes 404 and 434
17/01/2019 11:22:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Following the development of Cane Hill, TfL have worked with Croydon Council to provide a bus service to the area, parts of which are currently more than five minutes walk from a bus route. TfL have also said they want to improve services in both the western and eastern sides of Old Coulsdon.

Under the changes, route 404 would serve the Tollers Lane estate and Shirley Avenue in Old Coulsdon. It would also be extended along the current route of the 434 between Coulsdon and the Rickman Hill estate.  TfL propose to introduce a Sunday service and to increase the frequency to every 30 minutes on all days.

Route 434 would be extended from Coulsdon to serve Cane Hill. It would no longer serve Rickman Hill. The frequency would be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and remain every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Details of the proposals can be found online at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-404-434/.
Please do let TfL know what you think about their proposals using any of the methods shown in the link. The deadline for comments is Monday 11 February 2019.

 


 

Councillors' Street Stalls
17/01/2019 11:15:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Our popular street stalls outside Aldi in Coulsdon continue.  Residents come and discuss issues of local concern with us.  The dates and times for the first half of the year are:

16th February     2pm
16th March         2pm
13th April            11am
25th May             11am and
15th June            11am

As always, if residents prefer to meet by appointment, perhaps more confidentially, this can be arranged.

 

 


 

Illegal discharge on Cane Hill
02/01/2019 07:32:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

A resident recently got in touch having spotted an illegal discharge into a cattle grid at the bottom of Cane Hill Drive. They also reported that there is a constant breach of the 8:00 noise restriction as the sweeper is in full operation from 7:00am.

I've been working with the Council to get to the bottom of both these complaints.

The site manager has been contacted and as the road sweeper is vital to mitigate dust on site the Council has recommended that they clean the areas where there is no residential impact earliest in the morning before moving onto other areas later.

The manager has also been asked to investigate the ‘illegal discharge’ and I hope that now we're out of the Christmas period that we'll have a swift resolution to the issues.

If you spot anything like this where you live, then please do contact the Council's construction enforcement team.

 


 

Damaged parking pole
27/12/2018 13:26:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

I've reported to the Council a damaged parking pole about 50 tards east of the Woodplace Lane Rail Bridge. It looked like it was hit by a vehicle.

The highways inspector has said they'll investigate and get it sorted as soon as possible.

If you see anything like this, then please use the Council app or contact information to report it.

 


 

Speed limit sign knocked down
24/12/2018 11:42:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

A speed limit sign has been knocked down at the Croydon/Surrey border on Woodplace Lane, opposite the stables. 

I've reported this to the Council who tell me they'll investigate and get it sorted as soon as possible.

If you see anything like this, then please use the Council app or contact information to report it.

 


 

Dust and mud on Cane Hill
19/12/2018 13:48:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

The builders on Cane Hill are doing an excellent job, and the community is thriving. But there have been some issues with their dust mitigation measures and I've been working with the Council to get these up to scratch.

There have been clear issues with mud being tracked from the construction areas to surrounding roads and the Council has noted the lack of wheel washing facilities on the spine road which has resulted in construction dirt and debris from vehicles which is being tracked onto the main vehicle and pedestrian thorough-fares. In addition the road sweeper was not clearing the road areas effectively.

The Planning Enforcement team have contacted the site requiring the following measures to be employed:

  1. that wheel washing facilities will be reinstated immediately(if not present) to clean vehicles before leaving the construction phases of the development.
  2. That the road sweeper will be immediately deployed across the site where necessary to effectively clean the footways/highways.
  3. That the drainage system which serves the highway is adequately maintained to ensure it can cope with the run-off from the seasonal weather and any washings coming from construction traffic which use this main route in and out of the site.

A further site visit will be carried out to ensure these measures have been employed.

If there are continued issues regarding this matter residents should please contact the pollution team direct using the contact details below:

Tel: 020 8760 5483 9-5

Out of hours emergency 020 8726 6000 and press option 4

Email: pollution@croydon.gov.uk

 


 

Lights on Coulsdon Town footbridge repaired
18/12/2018 07:40:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

After a lot of pushing by residents, Residents' Associations and councillors, I'm really pleased that the bridge has finally been repaired so that all the lights are now working.

With the dark mornings and evenints it's important that we all feel safe when walking around the neighbourhood, with most of the lights out of action for so many weeks that wasn't the case.

Thank you to everyone who helped to lobby to make this happen.

 


 

Would Labour apologise to the vulnerable residents it's been letting down?
03/12/2018 23:43:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

Tonight the Conservatives put forward a motion for debate at the Council meeting:

This Council needs to do more to protect its most vulnerable residents – and apologises to all those it has let down to date.

A simple question, and you would think they'd be able to answer. Throughout the evening many of my councillor colleagues had raised serious cases of vulnerable people being let down by the Council:

  • Cllr Perry referenced a much-loved South Norwood business, closed because of a Council planning application. They were promised help by the Council, but none came.
  • Cllr Hale described a single mother, forced to sleep with her children in a car, refused Council housing appointments for weeks at a time. Since 2015 the Council hasn't completed one single affordable or Council house.
  • Cllr Streeter referenced the difficulties 98-year-old Shirley resident was having sorting out her neglected waste collections, only able to be helped thanks to the persistence of her neighbours.
  • Cllr Brew referenced a block of flats on the Brighton Road where vulnerable elderly people are living - where their food waste has not been collected since the summer.
  • Cllr Stranack spoke of a widow in his ward, seeking help through the Council system and unable to speak to a real person for weeks at a time.

There were numerous other worrying examples shared, and to their credit many of the Labour Cabinet members offered public apologies for the failure in service.

It's this that made what followed so disappointing. Here was my speech, opening the debate this evening:

Tonight we have heard dozens of examples of this Labour Council failing our most vulnerable residents. 

We’ve heard about small businesses closing saying it’s due to a lack of support from the Council, hurting our district centres and destroying the livelihoods of many of our residents. 

We’ve heard that since 2015 Labour have not finished one, single affordable or Council house – with many hundreds left stranded on the housing waiting list. 

We’ve heard about elderly, vulnerable residents, living among their refuse, left to rot for months on end and when they ask for help with their assisted collection they are ignored for weeks at a time. 

We’ve heard that immunisation of our young people is among the worst in London. We know that health visitors have such huge caseloads that they aren’t able to support the many vulnerable families who need their support. Out of 6000 babies born in Croydon every year, 858 will experience physical abuse, 720 will have parents with mental health problems and 1320 will experience parental separation. 

We all know about Ofsted’s damning children’s services report which revealed in its update just last month that this Council is still suffering from ‘drift and delay’ - leaving vulnerable children in worrying circumstances for far too long. 

Madam Mayor, it’s not just children. We know that when vulnerable adults try to access the contact centre for support, they are often left unaided and unacknowledged. 

Earlier this year Council had to pay out thousands of pounds to ‘a young man with complex needs’ for ‘failure to provide suitable respite care’ which caused him and his carer ‘extreme distress.’ 

Throughout the complaint, the Social Care Ombudsman was ‘concerned by the Council’s lack of engagement’. It took a total of 12 weeks for the Council to respond to his enquires. Then when the Ombudsman drafted a report, the Council failed to respond to that! He said: ‘this was particularly concerning given the significant failings identified by the investigation and the resultant injustice to a young man with complex disabilities and his carer.’

This is not an isolated case. There were 226 other complaints made this year alone.

Now, this motion asks Labour to accept what they have already accepted via the Ombudsman – that they must to more to protect our most vulnerable residents – and it asks that they apologise to those they have let down to date. 

I hope – I sincerely hope – that the Labour speakers following me are going to be humble, that given the mountain of evidence presented this evening, that they will accept that an apology isn’t an unreasonable request, and that it’s the least our residents deserve. 

Madam Mayor, I sadly support this necessary motion and hope Labour does too.

Cllr Newman, the Labour Leader of the Council, was next up to speak - at least in theory. What followed was a shouted and intensely negative set of ad hominem attacks. An angry, rambling rant the likes of which I've never experienced in my over four years of being on the Council. He was incoherent, he was illogical, he was frankly embarrassing. Despite Labour Cllrs Collins, Butler and Avis apologising to varying degrees during the meeting, despite all the factual evidence listed throughout the evening by my colleagues and by me (including the legal pay-outs demanded by the Ombudsman), Cllr Newman and his Labour councillors seemed incapable of accepting themselves culpable for the shocking service they are offering our residents.

Labour voted against our polite, considered and factually accurate motion. A tremendous shame.

I'll post the link to the footage as soon as it's up so you can see for yourself and make your own judgement about how the debate progressed.

With a temper tantrum like the one we saw tonight, and the denial that seems to be gripping our Labour Council, I fear that our most vulnerable residents are far from getting the support and the services that they deserve.

 


 

Superb scouting send-off for Steve
16/11/2018 22:44:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy

 
 

Great send-off tonight for Steve French, District Scout Commissioner at Royal Russell School.

From Christmas 2018 Steve is stepping down from role and Greg Cook takes over as DC in Croydon. 

Steve says the role has been challenging but very rewarding over the past 10 years and trusts everyone will continue to give Greg all the support that was previously given to him.

You can find more about what the famous and well-regarded scouting movement does locally here: www.croydonscouting.org.uk

 


 

Coulsdon Town paint markings
13/11/2018 17:56:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

The worn paint markings in the town centre have been causing some concern, and I've been on a mission to get them re-painted. As ever, never an easy process...

Some years ago a decent investment in the public realm of Coulsdon high street was made, and the standard tarmac approach to road maintenance was forgone in favour of some nice granite stone slabs. The standard road markings were applied using the usual paint, but the two do not work together as well as in other parts of the borough. This has lead to much easier than expected wear and tear, so the point where road markings are barely visible. In the case of the zebra crossing outside Tesco's, this is clearly dangerous, but it also affects driving and parking behaviour up and down the road.

The Council is recommending using a sprayed on paint as opposed to the usual thermoplastic paints – something that they use extensively in Westminster. The Council is working hoping to do a test initially to see how effective the treatment is and are intending to use the forthcoming closures in Malcolm Road to facilitate this – the entry point adjacent to Waitrose. This will likely take place 19-23rd November.

Hopefully this trial will be a success and the markings can be re-applied soon after.

 


 

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