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Cllr  Margaret  Bird
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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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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

Email -

Twitter - @MPSOldCoulsdon




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!



Message from Old Coulsdon Safer Neighbourhood team
06/01/2019 16:31:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,

Over the last year we have held an hour long weekly surgery at a set location at the same time of the same day each week.

These surgeries were held to allow residents to come along and talk to the team about local policing issues and concerns.

Due to the very low numbers of attendees, no crimes being reported at these surgeries and the time required by police officers to attend when measured against limited resources and increasing tasks it has been decided that this is not an efficient use of the teams time.

There will not be a fixed point weekly surgery held at the Old Coulsdon Congregational Church on Wednesday 9th or Wednesday 16th January 2019.

We do thank those at the Poppy Café and at the Church for allowing us to hold our surgeries over the last year and we are considering how we go forward in 2019.

If you require to contact police and it is an emergency then please call 999.
If you require to contact police and it is not an emergency then please either call 101 or go online at where you can report incidents or find information on various topics.

If you want to contact the team then please use the email


PC 518ZD Allen

PC 642ZD Straker

PCSO 7157ZD Allan
Email -
Twitter - @MPSOldCoulsdon



Safer Neigbourhood Police surgery change
03/11/2018 10:41:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Safer Neighbourhood Police surgery venue has changed and will now be held in the Heath Room, Congregational Church every Wednesday 12-1pm.

Entrance is via Canon's Hill, please ring bell if door locked,,



New Council reporting smartphone app lanched
12/07/2018 17:55:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Don’t Mess with Croydon smartphone app launches

A new smartphone app designed to make it easier to report fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and more has been launched by Croydon Council.

The Don’t Mess with Croydon app is a quick way of reporting problems directly to the right team in the council to get them fixed.

Reporting an issue is as simple as selecting the most appropriate option from one of 17 categories and dropping a pin on a map with the option to attach a photo if the user wants.

The new app is built from the Love Clean Streets app which was created by a Croydon company and is used by local authorities across the country.
The Don’t Mess with Croydon app makes it easier to report this directly to the right team so we can get the problem fixed as quickly as possible.
The app is free to download and you can help make Croydon cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy.
Users can select one of 17 categories:

  • Abandoned vehicle
  • Dead animal
  • Dog fouling
  • Drug-related litter
  • Empty property
  • Fly-posting
  • Fly-tipping on public land
  • Graffiti
  • Road surface drainage problems
  • Overflowing litter bins - on street
  • Loose or damaged pavements
  • Potholes or damage to roads
  • Problems with skips
  • Issues with benches, bollards or signs
  • Issues with street litter bins
  • Tree or high hedge obstruction on public land
  • Waste on private property

Residents can still contact the council in person, online at or on the phone on 020 8726 6000.

The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store.






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