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Severe weather warning issued by Croydon Council- stay safe
28/02/2018 16:03:00......Posted by Margaret Bird


Very cold conditions will persist across the London area over the next few days, with further snow showers and icy surfaces possible at times. A persistent spell of snow, and potentially very icy conditions may affect the capital on Thursday and Friday. Travel delays on roads, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel are expected. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.


Warnings Issued:

-       Yellow SNOW Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) valid 0955 to 2355 on Wednesday 28th February 2018 (for far northern parts of London)

-       Yellow WIND and SNOW Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) valid 0800 to 2355 on Thursday 1st March 2018 (for all except the far northeast of London)

-       Yellow SNOW and ICE Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) valid 0005 to 2355 on Friday 2nd March 2018

-       Yellow ICE Warning (Medium Likelihood of Low Impacts) valid 0005 to 0900 0n Saturday 3rd March 2018.



Snow showers will continue to move from east to west across the capital this afternoon in the brisk easterly wind, although they are expected to become lighter and ease by the end of the day. Additional snow accumulations are likely to be minimal but a further centimetre or two cannot be ruled out, particularly in the more northern parts of Greater London. This may lead to further travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. Power outages may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.


The Met Office have updated the Yellow SNOW Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) so that it now covers just the far northern parts of London, where impacts are most likely to be seen during the rest of Wednesday.



After a largely dry night, with few, if any, further snow showers, an area of low pressure is expected to move north to lie southwest of the UK during Thursday with its associated frontal systems pushing slowly north.  There are a few uncertainties around the details of the forecast so it will be monitored carefully and further updates sent if required.   Areas of snow, possibly heavy, are expected to arrive into southern parts of London around daybreak tomorrow and move erratically northwards during the morning, perhaps bringing 2-5 cm of snow quite widely. During the evening and night slightly less cold air is expected to move from the south with a low potential for the rain to turn to freezing rain increasing the ice risk, however, the risk is lower than previously expected with the risk greater further west into Southwest England.


As well as the snow and possible freezing rain the easterly wind will strengthen further with gusts of 30-40 mph.  With trees potentially covered in snow or ice and a strong easterly wind, an unusual direction, we could see trees or branches coming down.


A Yellow WIND and SNOW Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) has been issued for all except the far northeast of London to highlight that there is the possibility of seeing some impacts from the combination of strong winds and snow on Thursday, including travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. Power outages may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.



Further spells of snow/sleet/rain are likely to continue north through Friday, again accompanied by some strong winds, although winds are expected to ease during the day. The complexities of the situation mean that amounts of snow are likely to be highly variable, but currently locations further west over parts of the Thames Valley, Southwest England and Wales look like seeing the worst of the conditions, but we will monitor this closely in case the risk for London increases.


The Met Office have issued a Yellow SNOW and ICE Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) for London on Friday.



There is the potential to see further rain/sleet/snow at times on Saturday. At this stage, ice is expected to be the most significant hazard, due to a combination of low temperatures and surfaces likely to be wet, from earlier rain and snow or a partial thaw of lying snow, with icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces. As a result, driving and cycling conditions may become difficult and there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.


The Met Office have issued a Yellow ICE Warning (Medium Likelihood of Low Impacts) for London for the early hours of Saturday morning up until 09:00.


Throughout the rest of the week, daytime temperatures will rise to only just above freezing and overnight temperatures will be well below leading to severe frosts.  The low temperatures and fairly brisk easterly wind will lead to a significant wind chill, making it feel well below freezing. The Level-3 Cold Weather Alert remains in force for London until 15:00 on Saturday. 


Further ahead:

It will stay cold with further rain, sleet or snow expected on Sunday and into Monday, as an area of low pressure moves north across the UK with showers following, although at this stage, rain or sleet is considered more likely than snow for London. During next week, temperatures could return nearer normal, making it less cold than recent days. However, it is likely to remain unsettled, with rain and strong winds at times.


Operational Preparedness & Response:

-          The council’s usual on-call/duty officers (CCTV, highways and resilience) are continually monitoring the situation, initiating responses as required.

-          Winter Service Plan for gritting main routes in operation, monitored and reviewed throughout the day.


Warnings and alerts for London and the Southeast can be viewed on the Met Office website at and on the App for the Met Office.


Weather warnings - Met Office

Met Office UK weather warnings for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. Choose your location to keep up to date with local weather warnings.


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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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Twitter - @MPSOldCoulsdon




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.












Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired
11/01/2019 16:41:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Centre for the Retired  held their AGM today  and was attended by many of those that use the centre regularly and are lucky enough, in many cases to be collected and returned home by the volunteers who man the mini bus thus preventing social isolation that so often happens with the older generation.  

I was lucky enough to be  invitedand was able to talk to the users who all enthused about the centre.

The Centre Manager is Iris,  with the building , finances and mini bus managed by a group of dedicated volunteers and is primarily a drop in and not a lunch club although everyone can get a bite to eat while they are there and there are often parties with more substantial offerings and outings arranged.

Well worth a visit. Volunteers are always wanted!



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