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 The Coulsdon East Blog
Cllr  Margaret  Bird
Cllr  James  Thompson
Cllr  Chris  Wright

Croydon Local Plan
17/12/2015 11:02:00......Posted by Margaret Bird

Having consulted widely within the ward both with individuals and local resident groups, Coulsdon East Councillors are concerned  both for the borough and our ward and have  responded to the consultation.

 There is concern that sites that have been identified as locations for gypsies and travellers are considered inappropriate in green belt and constitute a dangerous precedent.

There is also concern that many green belt sites have been de-designated. This is considered a very worrying proposal, and one that could threaten the future of our green spaces which provide such a wonderful feature for our borough. The proposal to de-designate green spaces is considered a retrograde step when many areas throughout the borough and especially in the northern wards are desperately in need of more, not less green areas. Why when the borough population is growing very fast is there no policy to create new green spaces throughout the borough?

We also query why there is no policy to protect school playing fields from non educational development.

We wonder why when parking is severely restricted in new developments, is there no clear policy for discussions with The Mayor on increasing transport facilities within the borough, creating better accessibility to rail and tram stations and providing closer access to bus routes for new developments.

There is continuing concern about the lack of planning for the increase and not decrease in car ownership especially in areas such as a Coulsdon East where public transport is limited and not likely to improve and request is made for a better understanding of the different needs of different parts of the borough in this respect.

Coulsdon East residents were very vocal in condemning the building of new homes in garden areas and that the policy of preserving the character of areas is so often flouted and wondered why there was no policy to prevent ‘garden grabbing’. Policy DM2 was considered too weak and puts areas in Coulsdon East at severe risk of character change.

It is also considered that definition of the ‘Place’ of Kenley and Old Coulsdon was not strong enough in its description and needed to be expanded.

Local concern was repeatedly expressed at the lack of thought and the lack of clear policies that allowed development when there was clear evidence of flooding problems, and why there were no strict policies so that developers must use permeable materials and plant broad-leafed trees that help to prevent floods. SP6 was considered too weak and inadequate in this respect.

Reference is made in CLP1.1 of the recent floods in Kenley and Purley and local request was made for the Hooley/Coulsdon Bourne to be also included as this winter stream also overflowed at that time with much damage to properties.

Concern was also expressed at policy DM28 as this did not address the need for more parking provision in developments that were away from easy access to public transport and not enough thought was given to gradients from new developments to bus and train services. This is particularly relevant in Coulsdon east which has some of the steepest hills in the borough and some of the farthest distances from public transport.

It was noted that on Page 163 of the Local Plan, A341 . The T.A. Centre in Marlpit Lane was in Old Coulsdon and not Norbury.

Page 242 Coulsdon describes the de-designation of Green Belt for a possible Secondary School. Although not in Coulsdon East Ward, concern was expressed about the policy of de-designation and the logistics of a school in that location with regard to transport and suitability.

Residents were very disappointed that part of the area of special character in the Dutch Village was to be lost and re-defined. They couldn’t understand the logic behind that decision as both Wilhelmina Avenue and The Netherlands were part of the same development and formed a distinct entity and character.


Cllr. Margaret Bird,    Cllr. James Thompson,  Cllr. Chris Wright.


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Legislation on disposal of empty paint cans
16/03/2017 10:02:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Empty paint tins or those containing dried paint can still be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centres, however wet paint is now classed as hazardous waste and the site licenses do not currently permit this.  Residents can book a free paint collection from their home via the City of London, details of which can be found here:


The Council has been as been asked to  include  collection points at  Household Reuse and  Recycling  depots and and they are looking into  doing this.



Warning message from the Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Police
03/03/2017 14:55:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Amicus Horizon have made us aware of a potential scam and we would like you aware of it.

Two males wearing Amicus Horizon identification knocked on a door in nearby Caterham and stated “we are taking possession of your property” due to the rent arrears and hand delivered a letter.

No visit had been organised by Income or Housing Management teams and the letter would have been delivered via first class post before any visit.

If this happens to you or any vulnerable neighbours then please contact Amicus Horizons to verify the visit. If in doubt then please call police.


Coulsdon East Neighbourhood Policing Team

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Tel - 020 8721 2059



S19 report published on Caterham Drive flooding
09/02/2017 19:45:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The S19 report on the  Caterham Drive flooding in June 2017 has been published and can be viewed at



Gas pipe renewal Advance warning
09/02/2017 15:33:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

SGN will be going into Reddown Road and Fairdene Road to replace the remaining section of gas pipes not replaced a few years ago.

3 way signals will be at Reddown Road / Fairdene Road 06th to 22nd March followed by 2 way signals along Fairdene Road until 13th June.




20mph consultation
06/02/2017 13:58:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Several residents from the top end of Mead Way have said they have ot received their consultation letter from the Council on the 20mph blanket proposal.

Coulsdon East Councillors have been letting the Council know of indivdual residents addresses when we have been contacted but given the number for this road Cllr Margaret Bird asked the Council to re-deliver the whole road but they have refused.

If you have not received your letter and want to comment please go online to and quote reference PD/CH/A63. ​You can also comment on the other two areas currently being consulted on.



06/02/2017 12:44:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Please drive carefully and with consideration to others.

Cllr Margaret Bird attended the Police Traffic operation this morning following concern from residents about speeding on Marlpit Lane Coulsdon. 56 vehicles were stopped and 4 received fixed penalty notices.



Blanket 20mph proposal
15/01/2017 13:37:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Coulsdon East resident,

The Council have a policy to introduce 20mph on all roads across the Borough with the only exception being arterial roads such as Coulsdon Road and Marlpit Lane.

There is a Council Consultation starting on January 18th to February 15th

with a leaflet being delivered to each house. This is a different method of consultation from that carried out in the north of the borough. You will be responding as Zone 5 (Coulsdon, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead and Waddon).

Do you want this blanket approach?

As local Councillors we are fully supportive of

Residents who have requested a lower speed limit in roads such as Woodplace Lane where speeding has caused accidents.

Of 20mph outside of schools or near to elderly care homes

But we do not believe a blanket approach is in the interest of residents.

* At low speeds pollution is greater

* 20mph increases journey times and generally causes congestion

* The Police have said at Scrutiny on 20mph zones that they would not enforce it

* Pedestrians have a false sense of security

* Present school zones will lose their 20mph significance

* A majority of accidents occur on major roads which are not to be covered

* This scheme will not prevent inconsiderate and bad drivers who are the cause of many accidents.

And the cost……£300,000 to implement just our Zone and £1,500,000 for the whole scheme at a time when services are being cut.

To have your say you will need to respond to the consultation as non reply will be taken as acceptance of the scheme

Please let us know if you do not receive the information from the Council by January 25th or if you have any questions.


If you object you must email quoting PD/CH/A63




Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon
24/11/2016 19:12:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Last Christmas Old Coulsdon was bereft of Christmas Lights as they were no longer supplied by Croydon Council so Cllr. Margaret Bird spoke to shopkeepers on Tudor Parade and found they were as disappointed as she was. At the beginning of 2016 she invited all those to a meeting and CLOCFG - Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon was born. We hoped to raise enough to  have 4-6 lampposts lit up.

Thanks to the residents fantastic response to the fundraising we have managed 13 on Tudor Parade and thanks to the Councillors Community fund a further 5 on Lacey Green Parade.

Lacey Green Parade  will be switched on before  4pm prior to Tudor Parade carol singing at 4pm and their lights at 4.30pm.

Father Christmas has promised to come too if his schedule allows.......!

All welcome




Bogus traders
12/10/2016 11:57:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Safer Neighbourhood team are aware of Bogus Traders operating in the area and suggest using the following steps to stay safe

- Don’t be forced into making a quick decision on the doorstep.

- Get at least three quotes from local reputable companies who have reputations to maintain, and if possible seek recommendations.

- Only deal with firms with genuine verifiable telephone numbers and addresses.

- Beware of companies that only use mobile phone numbers and accommodation addresses.

- Anyone who signs a contract on the door step following a visit that was not arranged (unsolicited) does have 7 days in which to cancel it by law. All cancellation rights must be provided in writing to the customer at the time the contract is agreed, (usually on the doorstep). It is an offence not to do so.

- If you don’t want to speak to the trader don’t open your door to them. It can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys; it might be easier to keep the door closed. Do not allow uninvited callers  into your home.

- Refuse to be taken to the bank to withdraw money. If you ever feel intimidated by them, close the door and call the Police.

- Never accept verbal quotes




Coulsdon Town Centre Road repairs
18/08/2016 11:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

We are writing to inform you that Croydon’s Highways team together with its principal contractor


Croydon Council advise that their contractor will shortly be commencing carriageway repairs on the Brighton Road outside of Aldi. This work is scheduled to commence on 22nd August. Due to the locations and nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur, these works are being scheduled to be carried out, between 07:00-19:00

Croydon’s Highways team wishes to apologise in advance and welcomes your co-operation to ensure the work is executed safely and efficiently. Every effort will be made to minimise the inconvenience that may be caused during the works.



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