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Cllr  Margaret  Bird
Cllr  Steve  Hollands

Message from Croydon Borough Commander
25/06/2017 21:56:00......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,


Communication from Croydon Borough Commander



I am writing to you with regards to the MPS’s plans to increase the availability of Taser across London. Our plans will see a further 1,867 officers trained, which takes the total number of officers trained to just under 6,500, with an increase in the number of devices available taking the total to 2,500.


The principal reason for this uplift is so that we are better equipped to protect the public from the threat of violent incidents, but also to protect our officers from violent assaults.


We’ve taken this decision in light of the increase in violence offences, including knife crime which rose by 24% last year, and the steady increase in the number of assaults on police officers in recent years.


The uplift will see the device made available to more borough based Emergency Response Officers, with 1,729 of the additional 1,867 officers being trained coming from borough response teams. These officers are the most readily available to protect the public, and are also the officers who face the most unpredictable threat. In borough terms, we are talking approximately double the number of Taser trained officers – with most boroughs having at least 40 Taser trained officers already.


It’s a two stage uplift; the first part will see the Met change its deployment policy in line with national guidance. At the moment Taser officers on borough are deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own, for example Sergeant supervisors, but the norm for most response officers will be some form of ‘double crewing’. This change to deployment will see an immediate increase in the number of Tasers available 24/7.


The second part of the uplift will see the additional officers trained. We anticipate that this will take 2 years, with the training due to begin later this year in late summer / Autumn. As part of this, the Met will be changing device. Our current model is no longer manufactured, and we will gradually replace these with the new Home Office mandated model, the X2.


Taser is already an important part of the protective equipment available to officers. It’s been safely and effectively used in the Met since 2003 and provides officers with a highly effective option for prevent violent situations from escalating, often without needing to be fired. In 2016 it was fired on just 13% of 1,635 occasions it was deployed. Most incidents where Taser is used are resolved simply by drawing the device, or by using the red dot to highlight to the suspect that it may be used. These are lower uses of force than any form of physical restraint, baton or CS spray – or indeed a firearm - which might otherwise be needed.


We’re very careful to ensure that the officers who use Taser are trained to a high standard, both in how they use it and in post-use procedure. Officers are personally responsible for justifying that each use is reasonable in the circumstances they are presented with. I am responsible for oversight of this in the borough. Each use of Taser is recorded, with data reported to the Home Office, and published on the Met website.


One concern that has been raised in the past is about transparency, in terms of how and when officers use Taser. The roll out of body worn video to all frontline officers will greatly improve the transparency of how we use it, and we hope will also serve to provide understanding as to what happens at any incident


As a key partner I wanted to inform you of our change in approach. You won’t see any visible change in policing style, but there will be increased protection for the public.


Of course, if you need any further information or have any concerns please do let me know.






Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

Borough Commander

Croydon Police Station






PCSO 7157 Andy Allan

Coulsdon East

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 Other Blog Posts

Council Election
04/05/2018 22:19:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Margaret and Steve wish to thank the residents of Old Coulsdon for electing them to represent Old Coulsdon for the next four years. Despite our groups best efforts Croydon remains Labour controlled but we will always work to represent the residents of Old Coulsdon interests first.                          



Warning FAKE NEWS from LibDems
14/04/2018 20:10:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

LibDems in Old Coulsdon are scaring residents into signing a survey that our Safer Neighbourhood Police are being withdrawn. This is FAKE NEWS PC's Chris and Rob and PCSO Andy are very much working hard for Old Coulsdon and are not being withdrawn as claimed. Margaret as Chair of the Coulsdon East and West  Safer Neighbourhood Panel works closely with all the four PC's and one PCSO across both wards and has been assured this is not genuine.



Litter Pick
24/03/2018 18:19:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird


Cllr Margaret Bird joined Cllr Chris Wright and many local residents for a litter pick in the Bird Sanctuary in The Glade.

Although this is a closed area we found many beer cans, bottles, a Christmas tree, plastic, food cartons, laughing gas canisters, cigarette packets and general rubbish which had been tossed over the fence. Most was found on the corner which joins Keston Avenue so Cllr. Bird has asked the Council to provide a bin on the corner  to help  save the wildlife from harm and to hopefully persuade those intent in not taking their rubbish home with them to be tidy.







12/03/2018 13:06:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird


This Labour Councils Borough wide 20mph speed limit is now live in Old Coulsdon with the exception of Marlpit Lane and Coulsdon Road in our area. 

It is very easy to forget which speed limit applies on the roads you are actually on with many of the new signs buried in trees and bushes and even 30mph and 20mph displayed on the same  post.

Please take care










Late recycling collections in Old Coulsdon
28/02/2018 17:49:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Veolia have not been able to collect all of the paper recycling from yesterday and today due to the challenging conditions ie pavements being snow covered in Old Coulsdon which slows them  on their rounds and they are now behind.

More crews are being drafted in tomorrow very early so please leave out your uncollected bins. Please bear with them during this difficult time.



Save our libraries
28/02/2018 16:24:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Council have taken  Croydon Libraries back In-house following the collapse of the supplier and have quietly produced a survey to gauge viability.

Paper copies of their survey are in Libraries but also can be completed online.






Update on the Croydon Local Plan 2018
28/02/2018 16:21:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

The Croydon Local Plan 2018 was adopted by Council last night (the 27 February 2018). All planning applications must now be determined with regard to the Croydon Local Plan 2018. With immediate effect it completely replaces the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies and the former saved policies of the Replacement Unitary Development Plan (which have now been removed from the Council’s website).

The adopted Croydon Local Plan 2018 can be found at the following link:

Croydon Local Plan 2018

The policies and proposals are a part of the development plan that sets the strategic vision for the borough.

The Croydon Local Plan 2018 combines the Strategic Policies – Partial Review and Detailed Policies and Proposals. It incorporates all of the changes recommended by the Planning Inspector who examined the Local Plan as well as some minor changes and corrections that do not affect the policies and proposals of the Local Plan itself. Full details of these changes including how the two previous Plans have been merged together to become the Croydon Local Plan 2018 can be found in the Full Adoption Statement. The Full Adoption Statement can be found at (or can be viewed at Access Croydon, Bernard Weatherill House 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA during Access Croydon’s opening hours.)

Croydon Local Plan 2018

The policies and proposals are a part of the development plan that sets the strategic vision for the borough.

Any person aggrieved by the Croydon Local Plan 2018 may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (also known as Judicial Review) on the ground that:

·         The Local Plan is not within the appropriate power (i.e. the Local Plan contains something that it should, in law, not contain); or

·         A procedural requirement has not been complied with.

The above is the legal definition of the grounds for making a Judicial Review. Within those definitions there are different grounds for a Judicial Review. If a person requires further advice on making an application for Judicial Review, they should consult a solicitor or another appropriate advisor.

Any application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 must be made by 10th April 2018.






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.




Safer Neighbourhood Police update
21/02/2018 07:52:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

A man has been arrested following several reports of intimidation and demanding money from several  older local residents in the Rutherwick and Coulsdon Rise areas.

Advice is not to open your door if you do not know person or are not  expecting a delivery. If you have a chain on your door use it at all times for your safety.



Birchfield Close
21/02/2018 07:39:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

New double yellow lines have been introduced to allow access to the refuse lorry and emergency services removing over parking bays that are badly needed in an area of limited parking.

Margaret has been working with the Council over the lack of consultation as residents or Councillors were not notified and are justifiably angry. Street signs may not have been displayed for full 21 days before implementation and were not displayed for easy reading. 

Residents deserve to be consulted when they are affected by any change.



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