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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry

Residents in South Croydon raise concerns about grass cutting
23/08/2017 10:54:00......Posted by Maria Gatland


Residents have raised concerns about the length of the grass verges in so many roads in south Croydon. Grass has not been cut or only partly cut in Rockhampton and Selsdon Rds Hurst Way

Hurst View Rd West Hill and many other roads. I have asked again when it will be cut and was told by the Council this week. Let's wait and see. What a poor service residents have received this year!


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Help for South Croydon Allotments from Croham Ward Budget
23/08/2017 11:47:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


We were so pleased to hear of the success of the South Croydon Allotments Open Day. We know how hard the committee worked to make it such an interesting day. We were delighted to play our part by funding new notices,bulbs and wild flower seeds and especially a new toilet door that was much needed!  These allotments are so important for lots of local residents helping mental and physical health and a meeting place to chat and have a cup of tea. We are looking forward to seeing the wild flowers and bulbs come up next year.




Fly Tipping, Graffiti under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
23/08/2017 11:05:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


Many local residents walk under this bridge from Croydon or from South Croydon Station to work. It is often an unpleasant experience dark and dirty and feels unsafe on both sides but particularly on the Croham Ward side opposite the steps to South Croydon. I have reported again fly tipping on the high ledge under the bridge and graffiti even on the lights as I noticed yesterday evening. I have reported to Croydon Council and asked they discuss with Network Rail more preventative measures to deter fly tipping and the rest of this anti social behaviour 



More Fly Tipping Croham Manor road
14/07/2017 11:02:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


Just reported another fly tip on Croham Manor Rd by Croham Hurst Woods. No houses on this side of the road so fly tippers feel free just to open their car door and dump on the pavement or in Croham Hurst Woods. It is becoming more frequent again and needs monitoring by Croydon Council



Local Concerns reported
02/07/2017 18:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


Residents have contacted me over the last few weeks about a number of local concerns. 

Grass cutting or rather grass not been cut topped the list. In particular some verges being cut and some close by being left to grow even higher.

Fly tips on the edge of Croham Hurst Woods. How anyone can dump carpets and other rubbish in this beautiful place beggars belief.

Some years ago graffiti seemed to be one the wane but in the last year it is noticeable in many parts of the ward. I have reported graffiti under the railway bridges at the bottom of Sussex rd.

All these problems have been sorted out.

However there is an ongoing problem under the Railway bridge on Croham Rd near the mini roundabout. The ledge is filled with fly tipping. The other side of the road has been boarded up to prevent fly tipping but despite numerous requests Network Rail have not done the same here or dealt with the overhanging brambles. I will ask the Council to contact Network Rail again. It is an unpleasant place for residents to walk under, an attempted mugging was reported there to Croham SNT








Now you see them, now you don't!
07/04/2017 13:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Residents in Chelsham rd South Croydon were first delighted to see Croydon Council turn up in their road to plant three trees. Soon the their delight turned to bemusement as the trees were planted and then soon after dug up and taken away.! One resident thought when he came home that he had imagined the whole thing! It appears that the wrong species were planted and had to be removed. I have checked with the Council and the residents will get their new trees in a couple of weeks. Let's hope the right species this time.



Emergency Road Closure Causes Problems for Residents
02/04/2017 20:01:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


Last Week a collapsed sewer caused an emergency closure of the part of Selsdon Rd junction Haling road. Thames Water were on site to deal with the repairs. Right from the start residents reported chaos and disruption. Diverting traffic down Sussex rd a narrow heavily parked bus route caused major problems. Parents and children attending the two schools the Harris Primary and St Peters Primary reported dangerous traffic conditions. From the start the ward councillors worked with the Council to provide better road signage and to ensure the works are finished as soon as possible. The latest advice we have had from the Council is that hopefully works will be finished early next week.



Croham Ward Community Budget 2016/17
02/04/2017 19:37:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


Once again Jason Michael and myself were delighted to fund projects for community groups and residents in our ward. We tried to engage as many groups as possible and as as many areas of our ward as we could. We hold our ward surgery at St Augustines Church and were pleased to fund two new notice boards that advertise all their community work. We funded physiotherapy mats for disabled pupils at the Rutherford School and a project at Purley Oaks Primary School that helped raise pupils confidence and self esteem through music. Elmfield Ladies Group were delighted we were able to fund a Mad Hatters Tea Party in aid of St Christopher's Hospice and Marie Curie Cancer Care. I am looking forward to opening it in June. We know burglary is a concern in our ward so we were happy to fund leaflets for our Croham branch of Neighbourhood Watch. Finally we know how popular the Food Festival 

has become and enjoyed by many residents in our ward and we are delighted to help fund it for another year











Double Misery for residents in Sanderstead rd
14/03/2017 12:19:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


Some time ago a planning application for a large 3/4 storey block of flats beside the the locally listed Red Deer was bulldozed through Planning Committee by Croydon's Labour Council. At that meeting where I was objecting on behalf of local residents I warned that this was not a sustainable application particularly as it was granted with little parking. This is an area where parking pressures are severe and getting worse. That warning was echoed by the Conservative members of the committee but they   as well as residents were ignored by the Labour dominated committee. Buildings works have now started and that will bring at least 18 months of noise, dust and inconvenience for residents. To add insult to injury with no consultation the Council have put in double yellow lines 24 hrs a day to facilitate this building. They have removed residents parking without a thought. This morning I met with residents and Council officers. I hope following our intervention 4/5 parking spaces will be now be restored to help residents. Very shabby actions by the Council.



Council proposals to build on Sanderstead Car Park causes consternation
23/02/2017 12:11:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Croydon Council's proposal  to build blocks of flats on Sanderstead Car Park has caused alarm and concern in many residents. Although in Purley Ward it is beside both Sanderstead and Croham wards and will affect many residents there as well as those in Purley. A particular concern to many would be the loss of the shops opposite if residents lose the car park. Many are used by residents and the possible loss of these in particular the chemist would be damaging to the lives of elderly residents. This proposal comes from the Labour Council's Brick by Brick company that is proposing to build on many publicly owned bits of land to provide housing. While some sites might be suitable this proposal would be damaging to the local community. The shops are situated in Croham ward and we delivered leaflets explaining about the consultation to the shops and some residents as the Council failed to inform them. Yet another flawed consultation by Brick by Brick. If you missed the consultation and want to comment you can e mail the development manager. These are just proposals as yet there is no planning application but no doubt it will come forward in the near future. As I have written about before combined with the block of flats bulldozed through committee by Labour on Station Approach with no parking where will residents park to access the station and local facilities?



Loss of more local character as permission given for flats on Station Approach Sanderstead Station
22/01/2017 14:06:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Yet another block of flats pushed through by the Labour dominated committee in our ward.

Many residents use this local station and will know that Station approach is quaint with small local shops and businesses 

On the Station side most of this will be demolished with an oddly designed three storey block of flats built virtually on the tracks.

Permission was granted because as Labour councillors said "we need housing" While I agree we do I am concerned there is little concern about harm to the local area or to the amenities of local residents. I wonder what sort of Croydon is being created and what problems created further down the line. Once again there is no parking this with application and when as seems likely Sanderstead car park over the road is built on parking pressures will increase in the surrounding streets.






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 Older Blog Posts
Council tenants lose parking and green space in Council's planning application
Friends of Croham Hurst Woods fund more works at Croham Hurst Woods
Green Garden Waste cut,Leaf Sweeping and Parking top residents concerns
Permission for Backland Development, more pressure on our local area
Good News! Croham Ward Police Panel increases membership
Planning Decision on 14 Barnfield rd shocks residents
Some more parking for Upland Rd
Footbridge repairs at long last
Residents lose battle to protect character of their area
The Local Plan effects on our local area
Brick by Brick Flawed Consultation on Drovers road proposal
What a mess!
Normanton Hotel end of an era
Unkempt and overgrown South Croydon today
Network Rail asked to clean up their land
Decision on 14 Barnfield rd deferred for site visit
The Local Plan: Residents Queries Answered
Success! Footbridge Repairs Confirmed
Controversial Planning Applications in the Local Area
Croham Ward Budget Update
Rains bring muddy pavements to Manor Way
Footbridge Concerns and Confusion
Keep Dogs on lead Croham Hurst Woods Police advise following Facebook post
Fight to stop new house by public footpath West Hill lost at Planning Committee
Give your views on " Experience of discharge from Croydon University Hospital for patients 65 and over"
Planning application Stag and Hounds PH refused by Council
Another application for house on public footpath 144 by West Hill
Ward matters speech at full council
Croham Hurst Woods to Lose Greenbelt Status in Local Plan Proposals
Concerns and objections mount to gypsy and traveller site in Conduit Lane
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