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Cllr  Margaret  Bird
Cllr  Steve  Hollands

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


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Planning application for 9 dwellings refused
23/03/2019 12:09:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

An application at 24 Coulsdon Court Road for a 3 storey house and   8 flats in two more buildings in the garden of an existing property  has been refused as UNDERDEVELOPMENT of the site.

The covenants on this road state not more than one building per plot yet this Labour Council ignore this and call for OVERDEVELOPMENT  instead and  ignore the 88 objections already received.

Labour Cllr Paul Scott has previously called for the South of the Borough to be concreted over  showing his jealousy for the green spaces  which help our residents  to live with less pollution and promote a  healthy living environment that Labour are always saying they are seeking. Their actions show this is yet another lie from this administration.



Minister for Sport,Civil Society and Loneliness visits Croydon
01/03/2019 16:08:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird


Mims Davies MP Minister for Sport Civil Society and  Loneliness  met with Cllr Margaret Bird,Cllr Yvette  Hopley, Cllr Mario Creatura  & Cllr Scott Roche today at the Carers Centre in George St to talk of the issues of loneliness facing carers today. We  were all able to participate in an Indian dancing class  and discovered very much our varying abilities!



Parks maintenance
21/02/2019 11:27:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

22 days after Croydon Council's Labour administration brought the grounds, maintenance contract back inhouse, they claimed so they could manage it better....  staff do not have access to the tools to enable them to do their job they have to borrow. A complete mismanagement of taxpayer finances yet again by the administration.



Dementia Friendly Film Screenings
17/02/2019 17:04:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

I am proud to have been able to sponsor David Lean Cinema to provide 2 Dementia friendly screenings alongside other screenings listed below, sponsored by members of the the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance  

Films and dates. All screenings at following times except Dec 14

10.15 Tea and coffee

11.00 Screening starts

11.45 Interval tea and coffee

12.15 Screening recommences

1pm Close

Tues Mar 5  Viva Las Vegas

Tues Apr 2 Easter Parade

Tues May 7  Calamity Jane

Tues May 21 Summer Holiday

Tues Jun  4 G.I. Blues

Tues Jul 2 On Moonlight Bay

Tues Sep 3 In the Good Old Summertime

Tues Oct 1 The Young Ones

Tues Nov 5 On the Town

Sat Dec 14 Family Christmas event Grandchildren welcome  - A Christmas Carol

This viewing the  times are

14:30 Screening starts

15.15 Interval tea and coffee

15.45 Screening recommences

16:30 Close

Please do let carers know and support these sessions




Parking survey
16/02/2019 17:16:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Today along with Cllr Steve Hollands we delivered a parking survey to residents in Canon's Hill,Deans Walk,Bishops Close,St Johns Hill, Court Ave,Tudor Close and Tudor Parade. This  followed the public meeting we held in November after residents and shopkeepers raised concerns  that the parking in the area had been affected by the changes to the parking allowed in the Tudor Rose PH car park. 

We have suggested changes following meeting with Croydon Council and now residents can have their say. Forms should be returned to Cllr Margaret Bird  as per the form. Please contact me if you have any concerns



Update on Marlpit Lane
31/01/2019 16:30:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The vent installation on Marlpit Lane is now not able to be installed due to the number of other services found underground so double drain covers are to be tried instead to alleviate the smells. The two way working will now be in place until Sunday.



Opportunity on Grange Park
27/01/2019 16:31:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Croydon Council are offering a 5yr lease on the club room in the pavilion on Grange Park . Full details can be seen at



Marlpit Lane advance notice of road works
15/01/2019 20:11:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

To facilitate a new vent to the sewer in Marlpit Lane there will be 2 way signals from 28th January for 5 days. This is to reduce the bad odour often reported on the corner of Ullswater Crescent . SE pathway will be closed and bus stops suspended. Delays may occur



Good advice from Old Coulsdon Safer Neighbourhood team
12/01/2019 16:39:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,As your local police team we are dedicated to working to resolve any policing issues that may be present in your area.Cold calling is something that happens on a daily basis.The caller often pretend to be from legitimate, well-known companies like banks, utilities or the police.

If in doubt simply hang up! Never provide any personal or confidential details such as bank account or credit card details.If you answer an unsolicited telephone call and think that it is a scam then our advice is to:

Obtain the caller’s name

Obtain the company name

Obtain a telephone number

Report the incident to Action Fraud using the online reporting tool at or call 0300 123 2040

Action Fraud is the UK’s fraud and internet crime reporting centre. For advice visit

If an appointment has been made for someone to attend your house then call police on either 999 if it is a police emergency and happening now, or on 101 if it is not an emergency.

Sign up to the Telephone Preference Service ( or 0845 0700707) and the Mail Preference Service ( to minimise unsolicited calls and mail.


PC 518ZD Allen

PC 642ZD Straker

PCSO 7157ZD Allan

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Old Coulsdon Centre for Retired on the road
11/01/2019 19:05:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird



Today Cllr Margaret Bird attended the AGM of Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired . This wonderful facility for those at the upper end of age is open Mon - Fri and led by the centre manager Iris who is definitely very appreciated by those accessing the centre given the comments made to me today. The centre receives a small grant from Croydon Council which is nowhere near the amount needed to run the centre so they are dependent very much on donations especially to keep the mini bus on the road as it is a lifeline for most of the attendees to be able to get to the centre.












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