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Cllr  Jeet  Bains
Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
 

Police patrolling Chipstead Valley and Woodcote Primary School
28/09/2016 14:54:00......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

PC Chris Evans has allocated patrols to both Chipstead Valley and Woodcote Primary schools for next week (beginning Monday 3rd Oct).

There will be patrols at Woodcote School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at Chipstead Valley Primary on Tuesday and Thursday. Each patrol will be from 15:00-15:30pm.

Please note that the patrols are in attendance to primarily enforce any vehicles parked on the school zig zag markings and vehicles parked on the footway. At school pick up and drop off times vehicles on yellow lines, and double yellows if there are not any loading restrictions in force, are permitted a five minute wait in order to drop-off or pick up their children. Footway parking is enforced if the whole tyre is beyond the kerbstone and on the footway.

This is great news, and hopefully will send the message to parents in a rush that it is simply not acceptable to park dangerously and illegally outside our schools in Coulsdon. The risk each parent takes endangering the lives of our children simply cannot be worth poor behaviour at drop off and collection times.

 
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Permits at tip needed from April 2017
10/03/2017 16:04:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

The Council has surprised residents right across the borough with the news that from 3rd April 2017 everyone will need TWO forms of ID to be able to take rubbish to the borough's tips.

The news came as a story in the Croydon Advertiser and not announced in consultation with Residents' Associations despite every house receiving communication about the 5% increase in Council Tax within the last week.

If you go to any of the Croydon tips after the 3rd April you will need to take two forms of identification from the list below. It is entirely possible that this will serve to increase queuing the already long queues at the tips and many residents will be turned away despite waiting for a long period of time as they will not have been told about the new rules. Please leave good time if you are to use the tips after 3rd April.

You can read the full story on the Croydon Advertiser website.

Your document must be current and valid.

  • Passport (EU or Non-EU)
  • Full or provisional UK Photocard Driving Licence (paper licences not acceptable)
  • EU Photocard Driving Licence
  • National Identity card (Non-UK nationals)
  • Electoral Identity Card (Northern Ireland)
  • Address ID group
  • Your document must be in date as shown below.
  • Full or provisional paper UK Driving Licence (if issued before 1998)
  • EU Photocard Driving Licence
  • Utility bill (dated within last 3 months) (not mobile phone)
  • Bank or building society statement (dated within last 3 months)
  • Council tax bill (dated within last 12 months)
  • Mortgage statement (dated within last 12 months)
  • Benefit statement or letter e.g. Pension, Child Benefit (dated within last 3 months)
  • HMRC document (not P45 or P60)
  • Electoral identity card

 


 

Supporting Purley Youth Project
09/03/2017 13:57:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy

 
 

The 3 Cousldon West councillors pictured with volunteers from Purley Youth Project - to which we made £1,000 contribution from the Community Ward Budget this year.

The Purley Youth Project is a charity that was set up by 6 local churches in the Purley and Kenley area in 1987. It is open from 5.00pm until 7.00pm every Wednesday and during the school holidays at the youth centre behind Purley United Reformed Church in Brighton Road.

Through discussion, informal education and activities, the project aims to meet childrens' social, personal and spiritual needs, whilst helping them contact and develop relationships with young people in central Purley and throughout the borough

At the time of our visit the centre was very busy with 85 kids all enjoying themselves and letting off steam outside of school.

Those interested can find out more here: http://www.pypjuniors.co.uk/

 


 

Fairfield Halls planning concerns
03/03/2017 14:11:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy

Reports have been run recently relaying that the Conservatives opposed the Fairfield Halls planning application last week so I would like to put on record some of the concerns I had with the development to put the issue into some context and explain why I cast my vote in the way did.  

Whilst I supported the objective of developing the entertainment offering and financing this with some enabling development, the scale (over 2,200 homes) is I feel cramming too much in. The density is too high and I’m concerned that daylight and sunlight conditions for some homes are well below the recommended standards.

In terms of the theatre offering, there are misgivings the future offering has been decided on without necessary input from potential theatre operators – most notably there was highlighted a number of perceived flaws in the design of the ‘Get In’ that could hamper efforts to book the best and biggest acts.

Then there is the level of reduction of educational floorspace by what could be more than half. This is despite the acknowledged ambition to allow the College to further develop its university offer. The two objectives seem at odds and counter intuitive.

The design of some of the residential blocks is a little uninspiring. Pre-cast concrete? It sounds like a return to the 1960s, and the type of design palate that the town has suffered from for half a century.

In College Green I would like to see more thought given to how this area may be used for outdoor activities and by spectators.

I also think the significant reduction in public car parking provision will be to the detriment of the Halls and the wider town centre; 243 commuter parking spaces would be displaced. These are the regular visitors to our town who spend their salaries in local businesses. I would like to welcome the creation of a two thousand square metre art gallery but I do worry it is a folly at the expense of essential car parking.

Additionally, I deplore the destruction of the Arnhem gate - at the very least it should be mitigated more meaningfully than putting some lighting along the Park Lane frontage.

[It should be noted on the same night there was also an application for an infill site in Coulsdon West in The Avenue. This got approved despite it feeling like an over-development. Worryingly, however, my colleague Cllr Jeet Bains was denied the opportunity to speak against the application, even though the agenda listed him as the referring councillor and so his referral was the reason the application was being heard by committee. Cllr Bains was denied the opportunity to speak by on a technicality - that he had not registered in time to do so. This feels profoundly undemocratic and I do not recall a similar instance of referring councillors being denied speaking time when the Conservatives were the majority group on that committee].

 


 

Lion Green Road to be slashed to 50 parking spaces
03/03/2017 14:11:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy

Last night I received a Coulsdon member briefing where the future of the Lion Green Road site was discussed.

The biggest piece of news is that Brick by Brick, the Council’s in-house development company is planning to deliver only around 50 car parking spaces on the Lion Green Road site (as well as c. 100 residential units).

That is well short of expectations of local residents and businesses expressed in our recent survey and would deal a serious blow to the viability of the town centre.

In our survey, asked how many car parking spaces they thought should be accommodated on the Lion Green Road site, a majority (56%) would like to see at least 200 spaces. A total of 18% of respondents would like to see 100 parking spaces, while 19% would like to see between 100 and 175 parking spaces, and only 7% would like less than 100 spaces. The preference of most respondents was that a substantial proportion of parking spaces should be long term (in excess of 7 hour stay).

This is the second successive Coulsdon member briefing meeting that Brick by Brick has offered apologies for, and instead sent a series of bullet points detailing its latest plans. It is a real shame that they don’t feel they can face us to explain their plans.

Options to combine residential development with a relocation of the Library as well as the Community Centre in Barrie Close to the former CALAT site remain in principle on the table (although we were told the Community Centre is resisting because the facilities and parking spaces would not be replaced on a like-for-like basis).

Public consultations are due on the sites in mid-April, but Brick by Brick has already begun pre-application discussions with the Council.

 


 

Surgery this Saturday cancelled
02/03/2017 14:16:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

Sadly neither myself nor my two Coulsdon West councillor colleagues will be able to attend our normally monthly surgery this coming Saturday morning (4th March) in the Coulsdon Community Centre.

Normal service resumes on 1st April. 

If you have any issues that you need support with, please do contact us using jeet.bains@croydon.gov.uk; luke.clancy@croydon.gov.uk and mario.creatura@croydon.gov.uk and we'd be more than happy to help.

 


 

Lion Green Road carriageway surfacing
27/02/2017 19:16:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy

Kier Highways, on behalf of Croydon Council, will shortly be commencing iron works repairs on 13th and 14th March between 21:30-05:30 in Lion Green Road.

On-street parking will be suspended during works hours. Vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road should be reduced to a minimum during the works hours. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

The resurfacing works will take place between Brighton Road and Chipstead Valley Road and due to the nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur. For this reason it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes, or allow extra time to complete your journey.

All residents should ensure that their vehicles are moved from the suspended areas in order to avoid any delays to the works as well as incurring any charges.

If your vehicle is relocated please contact TRACE on 0207 747 4747, who will provide you with an exact location of your vehicle.

 


 

How many Council tenants have made 'disrepair' claims?
15/02/2017 16:46:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

I've sent the following question in to the Council, I'll update when I received a response:

Could the Cabinet Member please detail the total number of 'disrepair' claims made by Council housing tenants each year from 2010 to the most recent year available?

Can the Cabinet Member please detail the total figure each year spent on legal fees or compensation paid as a result of 'disrepair' claims?

Answer

[See blog picture]

Looking at Croydon Council data between the period 2010/11 and 2016/17 this shows that:

  • Number of Disrepair cases bought against the Council    111
  • Number of Disrepair cases settled by the Council              39
  • Number of cases successfully defended and dismissed   49
  • Current case work                                                                     23
  • Damages settlement for cases bought against the Council £231,621.21
  • Average cost per case £5,939

Whilst there has not been an increase in cases over the period and they have reduced in the last 2 years, there has been an increase in the number of cases settled.  However, some cases are settled by carrying out a range of works and there is no monetary compensation or costs paid.  The increased level of cases settled is primarily due to a change in the way that the Courts are judging these cases in favour of claimants and where cases of mould and condensation due to construction type and inadequate heating levels and ventilation are now seen as a defect and an impact on health. There has also been an increase in legal costs over the last 2 years.  Many of the cases brought forward are successfully challenged by the council.

The council is committed to ensuring that all our council tenants live in good quality homes. Through investing up to £28 million per year on programmes such as new central heating, windows, kitchens and bathrooms, we have maintained all our homes at the Decent Homes Standard.  

 


 

Objection to the 20mph zone consultation process
15/02/2017 15:07:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

Below is my submission the the Council's extremly flawed consultation on 20mph zones in Croydon. I do not oppose 20mph roads where they are required or where residents want them, however, the way this consultation is being carried out degrades the democratic mandate of the Labour administration and weakens faith in the consultation process. I therefore write in opposition to this and not the principle of the policy:

____________________________________________________

I write to object at the process by this this consultation is being carried out.

1. The website does not allow respondents to 'support' the proposal for 20mph zones. As indicated by the text on the website and implied by the email address, only objections are sought. 

One example of this can be found at the following web link.

The site says:

'The statutory consultation will close on 15 February 2017.  Persons desiring to object to the proposed Order should send a statement in writing of their objection quoting PD/CH/A63 and the grounds thereof to the... or by emailing objections@croydon.gov.uk quoting the reference PD/CH/A63 by 15 February 2017.’

Does this not imply that there is a presumption of opposition to the proposals? How will the Council assess support for the plans? If you received 1,000 objections and no statements of support, how can the Council proceed with the policy? If there are 2,000 supporters, for arguments sake, they have no formal mechanism to respond. This is undemocratic as it does not allow for an equal expression of opinion in the consultation. This implies the Council is not prepared to actually listen to the volume of opinion and so degrades trust in the consultative process.

2. No threshold for ‘objections received’ has been supplied. This is, to use the above example, mean that if you received 1,000 objections and no expressions of support that with 100% opposition the Council could still proceed with the policy. This will weaken the foundations of democratic accountability in Croydon, and not serve to bolster the administrations claims to be ‘open and transparent’. Why not have the threshold published and demonstrate a faith in the strength of the arguments provided? 

With no option to ‘support’ the proposals, there is nothing to combat the narrative that ‘100% of respondents objected to the 20mph policy’ – it will be a matter of fact due to the Council not providing another option.

3. The Council is well aware that in Zones 1 and 2 that residents were given the opportunity to support or object in the first round of the consultation. This eventually resulted in the policy going ahead in those two zones. Given the success rate of this approach, it does not make democratic sense for the consultation to be amended for the 3rd, 4th and 5th zones.

The narrative that the Council treats residents in different parts of the borough differently, or at least that they do not care to listen to all residents equally, is entirely justified as it is literally what has happened with this consultation. 

Many of my Residents’ Associations feel like their voices are not being heard equally or fairly by the administration: you’ll have seen objections to the consultation from Old Coulsdon Residents’ Association and East Coulsdon Residents’ Association, to name a few. It’s important to note that this is not a partisan point – the Chair of ECRA is a staunch Labour member and has run for the Labour Party in many different elections.

4. I do not object to the principle of individual roads being 20MPH, but I do object to the poor way that the Council has implemented this policy. If you are going to consult with residents, consult with them all consistently and with a mechanism by which you can guarantee you will hear the full range of opinions on a policy. The Council has not done that in this instance, has therefore weakened their claim to be open and transparent, has shaken faith in the principle of consultations and has silenced potentially thousands of residents who may wish to support the Council’s policy.

If the Council believes that 20MPH zones is the right course, then they should have the confidence to make the case firmly for them in public, provide evidence for their assertions and correct opposition, consult all widely and fairly, and then respond to the will of the electorate.

As it currently stands, the changes to this consultation over the previous months implies that the consultation is being treated as a formality and not as the vital democratic step that it is.

It is for these reasons, and these alone, that I object to the consultation process.

 


 

Lost revenue from 1 hour free parking?
09/02/2017 17:00:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

I've sent the following question in to the Council, I'll update when I received a response:

 

At the last Traffic Management Committee, Cllr King said that the annual loss of revenue from re-introducing 1 hour free parking in district centres was £155,000.

Could you please provide a breakdown as to how this was calculated please? It would be welcome if annual figures from 2014 to today would be included.

It would be helpful to also have these figures broken down by district centre.

 


 

How should Coulsdon police communicate with you?
08/02/2017 12:35:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura

 
 

Coulsdon Police communicate policing news and crime prevention advice to local residents on a regular basis. They're quite rightly conducting a review on how they do this.

Please do spare a few minutes and complete their short survey by clicking on the link and help them to improve how they deliver information to the local community: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F28K8DK

 

 


 

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08/02/2017
Empty units in Croydon Town Centre
07/02/2017
How do Emergency Placements for vulnerable children work?
03/02/2017
The future of Coulsdon Community Centre
02/02/2017
How will 20mph be enforced?
01/02/2017
Why won't Croydon Labour support making London a National Park City?
01/02/2017
How many children are currently missing in Croydon?
31/01/2017
Why the welcome u-turn on free parking?
31/01/2017
Welcome u-turn from Labour on 1-hour free parking in Coulsdon Town
25/01/2017
Housing for veterans in Croydon
25/01/2017
YBS in Coulsdon Town to close in May
25/01/2017
Question to the Council on pub closure policy
18/01/2017
Survey: Vast majority want no housing on Lion Green Road and at least 200 parking spaces
27/11/2016
Cleaning up Coulsdon with youth group
11/11/2016
Extra help if there’s a power cut
01/11/2016
SURVEY: What do you want on the Lion Green Road site?
29/10/2016
Old Lodge Lane Closure starting November 21 until January 9.
17/10/2016
Speech on Croydon housing
17/10/2016
Update: highway maintenance, Brighton Road Coulsdon
13/10/2016
Creative accounting masks Labour's £7 million overspend?
05/10/2016
Altering Traffic Management Control 10th – 24th October: Brighton Road, Coulsdon
04/10/2016
Lord Roberts shop and Post Office
30/09/2016
'Phantom' development at 45 Woodcote Valley Road revealed as bogus
28/09/2016
Police patrolling Chipstead Valley and Woodcote Primary School
28/09/2016
Extra police in Coulsdon West
23/09/2016
Cane Hill reserved matters
23/09/2016
Yet another planning travesty
22/09/2016
Woodmansterne Lagoon update
21/09/2016
Tackling flooding caused by the River Bourne
21/09/2016
Cane Hill planning meeting
20/09/2016
Coulsdon Post Office
 
 
 
 
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