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Cllr  Jason  Cummings
Cllr  Scott  Roche

Land adj to 3 Farm Drive - planning application
13/09/2018 15:35:00......Posted by Jason Cummings

I have today lodged my objection to the current planning application to build on land next to 3 Farm Drive. This land is designated as of special interest for nature conservation and should only be built on when there is an overwhelming case for it. The building of one bungalow for profit is not, in my opinion, such a case and as such I have also referred this application to committee.

The details can be seen on the council webiste at this address:

The planning application is no: 18/03396/FUL

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Old recycling box collections
21/09/2018 11:59:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings


The council has released the following information about collections of the old recycling boxes. I can't guarantee they will actually do it but this is the official procedure. Since they are suggesting you leave them on the kerbside for up to two weeks and it is currently very windy they'll need to be kept an eye on!

~~Collections of old recycling boxes begin next week

Residents who want their old recycling boxes collected after receiving new bins should put their boxes out for collection on Monday.
The boxes will be collected separately to recycling and waste and this may be on a different day.
Residents who want the old boxes collected should leave them empty, with the lid inside, at the kerbside on Monday 24 September.
The boxes will be collected over the next two weeks. If residents do not want their boxes collected, they should not leave them in the front garden during this period.
The recycling boxes will not be collected from properties that did not receive new bins.
Councillor Nina Degrads, deputy cabinet member for clean, green Croydon, said: “We are collecting bins from hundreds of properties across the borough over the next two weeks.
“If you want your old recycling box collected please empty it and leave it at the edge of your property.
“Of course you are welcome to keep your blue boxes for another purpose if you want but make sure they are not left somewhere the collection team may think they are meant to be taken away.”



SPRA Exec Meeting
18/09/2018 22:05:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

Attended an Exec meeting of the Spring Park Residents Association tonight. Always great to see local residents working together for the benefit of their community. Lots of issues coming up relating to planning, crime, roads and the day to day running of the Association.

The committee are still looking for additional members so if you're a community minded person in their area do drop them a line and see if you can help out. many hands make light work!



Sandrock Re-development referred to Committee
06/09/2018 14:12:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings


Following on from meeting local residents and visiting the site several times I have now referred this application to committee.

This means that if the councils officers decide that they are going to recommend it being approved it must then go to the planning committee where I will have the chance to speak as well as local residents (and our local MP should she back us). It would then be voted upon by the councillors on the committee as to whether it should go ahead or be refused (or indeed something in between).

My referral objects to the application on the following grounds:

Overdevelopment of the site, failure to protect the viable operation of a public house on the site, failure to respect the character of the area, poor design and a range of other issues.

You can still comment on the application yourself if you have not yet done so via the council website.



Recycling Shredded Paper - clarification
06/09/2018 13:51:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings


I am aware that the council leaflet on what can and cannot be recycled has caused some confusion.

So that everyone is clear. Shredded paper CAN be recycled in the blue lidded wheelie bin or box but ONLY if it has been placed in a paper envelope or bag. Please do not put it in loose.

The full list of what goes in which bin can be accessed on the council website by following this link:




Scrutiny Meeting
04/09/2018 23:21:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

Tonight I attended the Council's scrutiny committee meeting to ask questions about the purchase of the freehold of the site of the Croydon Park Hotel by the council. It is being bought for ongoing profit by the council as well as for potential future development opportunities.

The decision would have been taken without any visibility to the public at council meetings if it had not been called in by my colleagues and myself. Spending around £30m of public money should not be taking place behind closed doors.



Sandrock Planning Application open for comments
17/08/2018 15:08:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

This application can now be looked at and commented on by following this link:



Sandrock Site Development Update received today
17/08/2018 13:56:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings


Today I received the following update from the developers agents.

At this time I cannot yet see the application on the councils website but will let you know when it appears.

For the record I am opposed to this development.



~~Dear Councillor Cummings

Plans for Sandrock Pub: Planning application now submitted
We are writing to update you on the plans to redevelop the Sandrock Pub. We are pleased to report that a planning application has now been submitted to Croydon Borough Council.
Over the past two months we have consulted local residents and community groups. The consultation included sending a leaflet to 450 nearby households and businesses informing them of the proposals and inviting them to the public exhibition we held. The leaflet also included a feedback form which allowed people to return comments to the project team. The public exhibition was held on Thursday 31 May in the main hall of Shirley High School.
We have engaged with many local residents throughout the consultation. 105 people attended the exhibition. We have also received comments from people sending back the feedback form, emailing us and phoning the consultation Freephone number.
The full documents are available to view on the council’s website, using reference 18/03022/FUL.
As a reminder, the proposals include:
• The refurbishment and extension of the Sandrock Pub to provide an improved customer dining area, toilet facilities, landlord’s accommodation and three new homes.
• 16 new homes, on land at the rear of the site, including affordable housing.
• 18 car parking spaces, including visitor, disabled and resident parking, along with cycle parking provision for residents, customers and staff of the pub.

We will continue to keep you updated as the application progresses and would be delighted to discuss matters in more detail.
If you would like to discuss the plans further, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 0800 955 1042 or email
Yours sincerely,
Harry Gilham
Your Shout

0800 955 1042 Freephone | 020 7587 3049 switch
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Black Prince Road
London SE1 7SJ



Shrublands Avenue Planning Meeting
16/08/2018 21:31:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings


This evening I and members of the residents association and community centre attended the planning meeting on the application by Brick-by-Brick to build three blocks of flats on some of the green space in Shrublands. Brick-by-Brick is a development company created and owned by the Labour Council. A large number of Shrublands residents had objected to this development when it was first put forward (tellingly none supported it) but at every stage the council has ignored their concerns and pushed ahead. Tonight was the last chance before full planning permission was granted. After meeting with members of the Residents Association on Tuesday and making sure we were all agreed on what we were going to raise we attended the meeting and made our points to the committee. The main arguments we were putting forward tonight were around the poor water pressure on the estate and how additional homes will make it worse, the lack of capacity in the foul water sewers which have back-up on numerous occasions and the risk of flooding incidents being made worse by additional building. Crucially we also questioned that the reports to the committee stated that there have been no flooding incidents before. Despite detailing the experiences of people who live right next to the site and how their flats have indeed flooded in the past we were voted down and the development has now been granted planning permission.

For the record the committee voted in favour of building on the green spaces by 6 votes to 4 as below:

Against the residents: Paul Scott (Lab), Maggie Mansell (Lab), Niroshan Sirisena (Lab), Muhammad Ali (Lab), Chris Clark (Lab), Felicity Flynn (Lab)

Voting with the residents: Scott Roche (Con), Jason Perry (Con), Simon Brew (Con), Stuart Milson (Con)

The Croydon Central MP did not attend or object despite being informed of the residents objections.

We will monitor the development and continue to fight to mitigate the impact on Shrublands residents.



Meeting with Residents opposed to Shrublands Avenue development
14/08/2018 21:51:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings

Met with local Shrublands residents tonight to discuss the application by the council to build three more blocks of flats on green spaces on Shrublands Avenue. Strong concerns raised around water pressure, foul water sewer capacity and flooding issues as well as missing objections already made to planning. We will be going to the planning meeting on Thursday to oppose the plans and ask that they think again.

Thank you to all those who came along to give opinions and examples of previous flooding incidents. We'll do our best!



Croydon Conservatives at Croydon Pridefest 2018!
14/07/2018 21:21:00.......Posted by Scott Roche


Today the Croydon Conservatives had a fun day attending Croydon Pridefest 2018! The venue has expanded in size from last year’s event, now held in Wandle Park. This is great news, as that means it will give the annual event room to expand over the years to come.

The Croydon conservatives had a stall, full of brightly coloured decorations, also including some A4 posters in the colours of the LGBT flag, stating some of the positive changes and measures brought in by the Conservative government to help bring true equality in the UK.

Our posters surrounding the stall stated the following:

  • MODERN AND INCLUSIVE: The Conservatives have more LGBT+ MPs than any other party.
  • MARRIAGE EQUALITY: As Conservatives we believe in freedom and supporting people who make a commitment to each other.
  • HARSHER PENALATIES FOR HATE CRIMES: We have ensured people who murder transgender people in hate crimes now face life sentences.
  • TACKLING HOMOPHOBIA: We have invested £2 million in schools to help tackle homophobia bullying.
  • PRACTICAL ACTION: The government has launched a pilot for 40,000 men to be vaccinated against HPV.
  • CORRECTING PAST WRONGS: We have made it possible for gay men with historic criminal records for consensual gay sex to have these records deleted.

We were very proud to join the march, alongside the thousands of Croydonians who wanted to stand up and highlight the need for LGBT equality within Croydon and beyond. It was very positively received from the many onlookers, waving and taking photos as we passed! The march started outside M&S on North End, and proceeded along the length of the road, turned right down Church Street road, and then back towards Wandle Park.

This is when the party officially began, with a steel drum band welcoming back the people who marched. There was an excellent party atmosphere throughout, together with highlighting the important issue of improving and expanding LGBT+ rights and equality in the UK.

As an LGBT Conservative Councillor in Croydon, I was then given the amazing opportunity to speak to the hundreds of people at Croydon Pridefest, on the main stage. I gave a brief  insight to my journey as a Gay man growing up in Croydon, also highlighting my very positive experience being an openly gay man within the Croydon Conservatives.

This is the speech I gave:

“My name is Scott Roche, and I am one of the Croydon Conservative Councillors for the Shirley South Ward.

I have grown up and lived in Croydon all of my life, however growing up as a Gay man in Croydon has not always been easy. I struggled admitting to myself that I was gay, let alone telling my friends and family! It was a hugely daunting task, but I was very fortunate to have the friends and family network to help me through it.

Back when I was 17, when I was still coming to terms with my sexuality, there is no way in a million years, I could imagine myself stood here today, talking to hundreds of people about my sexuality, and proudly so!

It is fantastic events such as Croydon Pridefest, which is making huge strives, reaching out to the many people who are struggling with their sexuality, and helping to turn a negative connotation into a positive one. This event is promoting true equality and diversity in Croydon, and it can empower those people, who are struggling with their sexuality, and it helps proves to them, that being different is ok, and it is nothing to be ashamed about! Each person’s sexuality should be celebrated, and never used as a weapon of hate!

However, not forgetting that this event is an excellent opportunity, to have some fun, and party, there is a serious side to this event, but also a fun side, and we should never forget that.

I am very proud to be stood here today, representing the Croydon Conservatives, as one of their LGBT councillors!

The Croydon Conservatives want to help change and improve Croydon for the better, and we would love for you to come and say hello to us at our stall, we will be there all day, so please do come over and talk to us.

Thank you very much, enjoy the rest of your day!”

It was a huge honour to represent the Croydon conservatives in this manner, and I look forward to next year’s event. If you would like to get involved, and help us at next year’s Croydon Pridefest 2019, please do get in touch:



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