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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
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Brick by Brick Flawed Consultation on Drovers road proposal
13/07/2016 17:15:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

Croydon's Labour Council have setup Brick by Brick a company that will be funded by the Council to build housing on land owned by the Council. One of these proposed sites is in our ward of Croham on  the parking space of the Council owned blocks in Drovers road. NewmanFrancis a consultancy company has been instructed to carry out the consultation process. Here the problems start! We have been contacted by many residents complaining about the process. Residents nearby and not all residents who live near the proposed site were sent a letter. The letter said a house would be built here where in fact it is a block of 12 flats, very misleading whether intended or not. Normally developers would hold a drop in session over a number of hours to allow all affected to attend. Not in this case! A 5.30pm start was specified with no flexibility. This of course prevented anyone who works to attend and ward councillors were given only 4 days notice and our requests for another presentation were refused by NewmanFrancis. However we took residents concerns to the Scrutiny Meeting called by the Conservative Group on the Council and it appears there now might be another opportunity to view the presentation on the proposal for Drovers rd. We will see! The Scrutiny meeting was webcast so if you wish to see the Croham councillors raising residents concerns go to

www.croydon.gov.uk and follow the links.

 

 

 
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Residents Forced to wait almost 10pm for “Refused Planning Application” Committee Hearing
13/01/2018 19:24:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last Thursday evening at least 26 residents of Churchill and Brighton roads were kept waiting until almost 10pm for a committee decision on a Planning application with a recommendation to refuse from Planning officers. The reasons for refusal were strong and included loss of employment, risk of flooding and a detrimental impact on residents amenities. The application was for a mixture of houses and flats on a very constrained industrial site at 360 Brighton Rd with very narrow entrances on Brighton and Churchill rds and included two three storey towers.Council protocols mean if a Planning application has a recommendation for refusal and in this case over 70 local objections and an objection from me as Ward councillor it is refused with no need for a committee hearing. However since 2014 Cll Paul Scott Chair has used “ super referral” powers to force a committee hearing when a decision of Planning officers is not to his liking. This has never been used before whatever political party is running the Council. It didn’t take long in his questioning of Planning officers to establish that the business was still in use so Council policies meant it must be refused. This information could have been easily obtained at any time. Not only should this application have been refused without the need of a committee hearing residents including a number of elderly residents who arrived as advised at 6.30pm were kept waiting by the Chairman until last at nearly 10pm. It is not right to treat residents in this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7th/12th Croydon Scout Group
18/12/2017 20:03:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

i was delighted to join the 7th/12th Croydon Scout Group celebrate Christmas by switching on their Christmas tree outside their HQ behind Birdhurst Ave in South Croydon. Now in their 80th year they provide interests and activities for children in the area. Jason Michael and myself have been pleased to support them through the Croham ward budget and we wish them well for the future.

 


 

New Emmanuel Church Hall nearly ready to open
18/12/2017 14:09:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Local residents watched with interest the rebuilding of Emmanuel Church Hall. It has been built with impressive speed and the builders have worked well with the local community and worked around St Peters Primary school’s times. Hopefully it will open early in the new year. Jason Michael and myself were delighted to fund an oven and cooker for the new Hall from our Croham ward budget. We look forward to seeing the Hall host lots of community and local groups in lovely new surroundings. It will be good too to see the Floating Shelter up and running again and the guests and many of the groups will benefit from a hot meal so the new cooker and oven will be very well used.!

 

 

 


 

UKPN fault knocks out light in Selsdon Rd for 2 months
13/12/2017 18:57:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Residents contacted me very recently to ask for help to get some light back near the railway bridge on Selsdon Rd. The area near the railway bridges need all the lights to work for residents to feel safe. On contacting the Council I was informed it was a UK PowerNetwork fault and they had been chasing repair. Councils don’t have powers over utility companies. However when I found out that the light columns had been left for two months I felt that was unacceptable. Following contacting the Council a number of times I was pleased to be informed today that UKPN will start repair works on Sunday 17th December. I hope the fault will be finally repaired.

 


 

Good News at Croham Ward Police Panel
12/12/2017 19:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Recently attended the meeting of Croham Ward Police Panel. We were all very pleased to hear the news that three burglars had been arrested in the local area. This should help lower the number of burglaries in the ward. Good too to hear of all the good work done by our Croham SNT team.

 


 

Friends of Croham Hurst Woods AGM
19/11/2017 19:47:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It’s hard to believe that last week’s FCHW AGM was our 15th. I started the group along with two others way back in 2002. Since then with the support of our members we have achieved a lot from restoring the historic view at the top, clearing hectares of invasive Holly recreating the Meadow, Information boards and a lot more. I have no doubt these helped us win The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2014. Our members never let us down and once again we had a full house of 70 plus. The biggest concern of the meeting was the downgrading of Croham Hurst Woods from Greenbelt to Metropolitan Open Land brought in by the current Labour Administration of the Council. We had a really thought provoking talk from Steve Popcock the national organiser for London Park City. The evening was rounded off with a glass or two of wine and chatting with so many of our members

 


 

New litter bin .in place
20/10/2017 12:02:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Following requests from residents I asked the Council to provide a litter bin outside St Peters Primary School. Pleased it is now in place so we can all keep our local area tidier and cleaner

 


 

Anger ar Councils failure to protect The Rail View PH
12/10/2017 14:48:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

So many residents have contacted me after seeing the Rail View PH stripped of its roof and old slates  and floors ripped out. Acquired by a developer it lay empty for many months. I have been in contact with Planning Officers at the Council on numerous occasions since then with my concerns and residents concerns about what was happening. I have lost count of how many times I was told there was no Planning application or any request from the developer for “prior approval” to demolish that would allow the developer to demolish the building without the scrutiny of a Planning application. Yet over the weekend workmen in trainers and tracksuits have destroyed this mid 1800s building. Even when I gave the Council this information on Monday morning they preferred to believe the developers story of thieves rather than listen to residents or the ward councillor. Once the Enforcement visit took place a stop was ordered and a full Planning application will now be needed. It is now too late all the old slates have been smashed. The reason for all this an “ error” made by the Council approval given by one department and not by Planning. Whatever the reason for this incompetence we have lost yet more of our local and social history. 

 

 


 

Fly Tip at Croham Hurst woods takes 9 days to clear
08/10/2017 12:24:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

So many residents contacted me about a very large fly tip of builders rubble at the SSSI Croham Hurst Woods. The fly tippers brazenly drove across the grass at Bankside Green drove a little way up the slope dumped their rubbish in the middle of the afternoon 

i didn’t anticipate how long it would take Croydon Council to clear it. I was assured a works order was issued but then got excuse after excuse. It was too wet, too steep and the bags had spilt. 

Eventually it was cleared after 9 days a really poor performance 

Some Information was found in the Tip by a resident that I hope can lead to some action being taken against these fly tippers who show such little respect for such a wonderful place.

 

 

 


 

Birdhurst Community Gardening Group wins more awards
08/10/2017 12:08:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It was no surprise to hear that Birdhurst Community Gardening Group have won yet more awards including the prestigious National Certificate of Distinction. What a difference this group has made to what was a dirty and dingy area. It is not only their garden that is impressive it is the difference it has made to the local area and local residents. If you walk across the footbridge from South Croydon Station to the top of Birdhurst Ave you can see what I mean. Even the residents garages have all been painted in the same colours and all with hanging baskets. It is a great community effort. Jason,  Michael and myself have been delighted to support this group with funding from our community ward budget for plants for their garden and a History Board that illustrates the fascinating local history 

We are now discussing with them how we can help them with a Green Walls project

 

 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
25/09/2017
Foot Path Clearing Near South Croydon Station
24/09/2017
Selsdon Rd Fly Tip Reported
24/09/2017
More Local Heritage Lost
23/08/2017
Help for South Croydon Allotments from Croham Ward Budget
23/08/2017
Fly Tipping, Graffiti under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
23/08/2017
Residents in South Croydon raise concerns about grass cutting
14/07/2017
More Fly Tipping Croham Manor road
02/07/2017
Local Concerns reported
07/04/2017
Now you see them, now you don't!
02/04/2017
Emergency Road Closure Causes Problems for Residents
02/04/2017
Croham Ward Community Budget 2016/17
14/03/2017
Double Misery for residents in Sanderstead rd
23/02/2017
Council proposals to build on Sanderstead Car Park causes consternation
22/01/2017
Loss of more local character as permission given for flats on Station Approach Sanderstead Station
03/01/2017
Council tenants lose parking and green space in Council's planning application
28/11/2016
Friends of Croham Hurst Woods fund more works at Croham Hurst Woods
21/11/2016
Green Garden Waste cut,Leaf Sweeping and Parking top residents concerns
21/11/2016
Permission for Backland Development, more pressure on our local area
27/09/2016
Good News! Croham Ward Police Panel increases membership
25/09/2016
Planning Decision on 14 Barnfield rd shocks residents
07/09/2016
Some more parking for Upland Rd
22/08/2016
Footbridge repairs at long last
22/08/2016
Residents lose battle to protect character of their area
24/07/2016
The Local Plan effects on our local area
13/07/2016
Brick by Brick Flawed Consultation on Drovers road proposal
22/06/2016
What a mess!
22/06/2016
Normanton Hotel end of an era
07/06/2016
Unkempt and overgrown South Croydon today
20/05/2016
Network Rail asked to clean up their land
20/05/2016
Decision on 14 Barnfield rd deferred for site visit
 
 
 
 
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