How will 20mph be enforced? 02/02/2017 14:52:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Question from Councillor Mario Creatura to Councillor Hamida Ali
Borough Commander Boothe has said publicly that for the Council's 20mph policy to be enforced, education of the public and police officer training will be needed. He has rightly said he is keen to enter into a conversation with lead officers to discuss enforcement strategies.
At this stage, can the Council please outline what conversations it had with Croydon Police before embarking on the consultation to ascertain the level of public investment needed to police and enforce new 20mph speeding zones, as Ch Insp Boothe implies?
What is the Council's plan to provide additional funding to the police to aid enforcement of the 20mph policy?
The Metropolitan Police were informed at all stages of the development of the area wide 20mph speed limit proposals, and an officer from the Metropolitan Police was part of the working group that guided its development.
The initial proposal for an area wide 20mph speed limit was also the subject of a report to the Council’s Streets and Environment Scrutiny sub-committee meeting on 16th September 2014. At this meeting the Metropolitan Police representative, Chief Inspector Malcolm Noone, indicated that the Police would provide the same level of enforcement for the 20mph as they currently do for the 30mph limit, and as such, there would be no difference in their workload.
Cllr King, as Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment and I will be meeting with the Borough Commander in the near future to discuss how both the council and the police can continue to work together to support 20mph zones across the borough, and other road safety priorities.
The council already works closely with the Metropolitan Police on a number of enforcement schemes including the RoadWatch project and the provision of data through our innovative automatic number plate recognition systems. The Council will continue to provide direct support of this nature to the Police on enforcement issues, and will continue to take an active part in any strategies that help reduce traffic speeds and improve road safety on our highway.
Manchester and security in Croydon 24/05/2017 13:03:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
Following the tragic attack in Manchester on Monday evening, the Prime Minister announced last night that the UK threat level has been raised from Severe (attack highly likely) to Critical (an attack may be imminent).
We know that some in our community may concerned by this. Please rest assured that everyone in Croydon Council and the local police are doing all they can to ensure we remain safe. Borough police across London are engaging with their local stakeholders and through their local networks, providing support and reassurance to vulnerable communities, with the business community, schools and faith premises.
Safer Schools officers will be reaching out and available to reassure pupils and answer questions they have.
As well as reaching out to reassure local partners and communities, local police are actively monitoring community tensions.
The Council encourages all residents to report any hate crime to police. We will not tolerate hate crime and the police will investigate all reports that are made to them.
If you notice any suspicuous activity, please do report it using the following:
To report suspected terrorist activity please call the police anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.
If you have any other questions or concerns, do contact myself or my fellow Coulsdon West councillors using:
The Pope visits Coulsdon! 09/05/2017 13:27:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
I was delighted today to join key figures in the Coulsdon community this morning to celebrate the consecration of an altar by Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.
This was a true honour for our community as Pope Tawadros held a service at St Mary and St Shenouda’s Church in Coulsdon during his first UK visit.
He came to pray with Reverend Kyrillos Asaad of the local church and met the Mayor of Croydon, Chris Philp MP and a number of other spiritual and community leaders.
Coulsdon is a vibrant and diverse community, I'm truly grateful to have the opportunity to represent our residents at such an important event. Many thanks to St Mary and St Shenouda for inviting myself and my fellow councillors along - a truly memorable day.
Planned Lion Green Road parking spaces upped to 80, but falls short of demand 03/04/2017 21:45:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy
I’ve just returned from a Coulsdon member briefing where the future of the Lion Green Road site was discussed again.
Brick-by-Brick, the Council’s arms-length in-house development company, delivered a presentation on this important site.
It is welcome that Brick-by-Brick intend to increase parking spaces a little from previous estimates but more provision should be made to serve the town centre's uses.
Whereas we had previously been told the Lion Green Site would deliver only around 50 car parking spaces, this has now been upped to 80. However, this still falls far short of the expectations of local residents and businesses. In our recent survey they expressed the view that 100 parking spaces is the absolute baseline that should be considered; 19% would like to see between 100 and 175 parking spaces, and the majority (56%) would like to see at least 200 spaces.
Any less and this would deal a serious blow to the viability of the town centre.
The development would also see around 105 flats built on the site (which themselves would share 55 separate parking spaces) in a 3-7 storey development organised in five ‘pavillions’.
Public consultations are due on the sites in late-April, with full planning applications submitted from Brick-by-Brick at the end of May.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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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.
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