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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry

First South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel Meeting
19/06/2018 18:25:00......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last week we had the first meeting of the SNT Panel of the new South Croydon Ward 

It was good to see a number of residents attend the meeting at Emmanuel Centre.

It was disappointing not to have a fully staffed team at the meeting. There remains confusion about just which officers will staff the team. I have asked for clarification from the police. We need a fully staffed team here in South Croydon.




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The Rail View Selsdon Rd continues to decay
03/09/2019 10:55:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


it is scandalous that the Rail View PH on Selsdon Rd has been permitted to decay by Croydon Council. Protests and concerns raised by ward councillors and local residents have fallen on deaf ears. A disgrace!



Sanderstead Rd bridge replacement, 6 months of disruption ahead
03/09/2019 10:32:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


 I attended a meeting along with my ward colleague Cllr Jason Perry with Network Rail and Officers from Croydon Council. We asked for this meeting to try to clarify what will happen when Network Rail begins work to dismantle the bridge and replace with a new one. We were very concerned that we had not been involved with any arrangements as it became clear that considierable disruptions lie ahead for local residents.

Part of South Croydon Recreation Ground a park currently without local protection under Croydons Local Plan will be closed so Network Rail can assemble the new bridge in the park. A part of the playground will also be lost. We raised our concerns about loss and damage to the wonderful mature trees and were assured by the  council 

that none would be lost. However roads will be closed, traffic diverted and local shops and businesses may well suffer.

Although there will be restitution to the Council we were informed that the monies received will just go into the Council pot and not to improve South Croydon Recreation Ground a park that is crying out for Improvement. We will take this up with the Council as it is manifestly unfair to the local area and residents.

We are seeking clarification on whether the plans to divert traffic up PurleyRd and then along the narrow cobbled road by Parkside Group Doctors Practice into Wyche Rd as described to us are the final plans. It was clear to us that a public meeting should beheld and we have called for one.




Visit to Christian Family Concern South Croydon
01/07/2019 09:54:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


I was delighted to visit this small charity in South Park Hill road last week. I was impressed by the range of work done for families particularly vulnerable children and families. The charity runs a day nursery, housing support for young mums and a counselling service. The dedication of staff and volunteers was clear. 

I was fascinated too to hear the history of the charity and the site. Started 120 years ago when pregnancy outside marriage was socially unacceptable and women suffered shame and they and their children often had extremely difficult lives. People still contact the charity to find information on members of their family who were born or gave birth at Birdhurst Lodge It’s good to see good work continues today and I saw staff preparing accommodation for a young women suffering domestic violence.

Birdhurst Lodge owned the land where Rosamund Close was built and a Childtens Home used to occupy the current site of PDSA another charity that does wonderful work.

Its good to see the charity still retains a large garden where the children at the nursery can play.




Makeover for railway bridge Sussex/ Selsdon roads
26/06/2019 08:23:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


This suddenly appeared under this dank and often dirty railway bridge. No idea who has done it whether it is Network Rail or someone else. It has certainly brightened up an area that is not often cleaned under the new arrangements of the Labour Council



Protect your green spaces with no local protection
25/06/2019 09:05:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


i know many of you will remember Croydon Councils Consultation on their Local Plan.

Despite thousands of objections it was adopted by the Labour Administration. One of the consequences for us locally was the removal of Green Belt Designation for Croham Hurst Woods replaced by Metropolitan Open Land.

Very concerning was the omission from the Local Plan of Local Protection for some of our green spaces. The Government Inspector found the Council had provided no evidence for these and Local Green Space Designation was not granted. While some of these spaces are protected by other designations some are more vulnerable to development 

In South Croydon Ward there are three places without that extra layer of protection. These are South Croydon Recreation Ground, Normanton Meadow and St Peters Churchyard 

The Council is now holding Croydon Local Plan Partial Review calling for evidence of community use of these important green spaces. Go to and fill in the survey. It is so important we all take part to add extra protection to these green spaces in this era of intensive development. The consultation ends on 22nd July 2019



ASB promise extended to South End
13/06/2019 16:07:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Recently my ward colleague Jason Perry and I attended the South Croydon Police Ward Panel. Along with residents we are increasingly receiving reports of street drinking and drug selling in the vicinity of South End. It is a shame as this is a vibrant area of shops, cafes and restaurants. We asked for the Anti Social Behaviour Ward Panel Promise that covers our green spaces like Haling Grove and Croham Hurst Woods be extended to cover the area around South End. We were both very pleased that the Ward Panel agreed to the extension. If you witness any ASB please contact

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Shock as planning application 31/33 Croham Valley Rd is REFUSED
03/06/2019 14:40:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Ward Councillors and residents are often left frustrated and angry when their objections to yet another out of character development are ignored by the Labour dominated Planning Committee. 

There was real shock when a back garden development of two blocks facing on to Ballards Rise was refused unanimously at a meeting of Planning Committee last Thursday.

Ballards Rise up a steep hill in a woodland setting has a very special character with large properties with plenty of off road parking. Yet this large proposed development would only have 4 parking spaces. Planning officers felt that future residents could search for a parking space on a local street then lug their shopping up the hill!  Totally unrealistic and would have led to the narrow Ballards Rise being blocked by parked cars. 

I was there to to speak on behalf of the 50 plus residents who objected and the Croham Valley Residents Association who also spoke at the meeting and was pleased at the refusal 

However I have no doubt another application will come forward here in due course.





Council CPZ plans face opposition from residents
03/06/2019 14:17:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Since 2002 when I was first elected to the Council two CPZ consultations to enlarge the Controlled Parking Zone in South Croydon have been rejected overwhelmingly by local residents. A couple of weeks ago yet another consultation to extend the CPZ zone to the side roads on the east side of Brighton road and Churchill road was launched by Croydon Council. Once again there is opposition to the Councils plans from some local residents and a SAY No to CPZ has been started.


Over the last five years or so parking stresses for residents have increased due to the planning policies of the Labour Council permitting so many developments with inadequate parking spaces and the growth of Houses in Multiple Occupation. Certainly complaints about parking have increased to us as Ward Councillors and a number of petitions requesting CPZ have been sent to the Council by residents in some of these roads

I am not a great supporter of CPZ due to the cost and lack of space but I hope all residents will have their say on this consultation.



Bridge Works Stop Tree Planting South Croydon Recreation Ground
02/05/2019 09:57:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last Autumn I met with Council officers to discuss tree planting at South Croydon Recreation Ground. It is a very important green space locally in a built up area.

This park left unprotected in Labours Local Plan would really benefit from care and attention. I had hoped that some tree planting would help start the process 

Unfortunately Network Rail plans for the works on the railway bridge around Christmas time will prevent the planting going ahead

Tree officers from Croydon Council are liaising with Network Rail to protect the current trees in the park.

i really hope we wont see any further destruction of trees by Network Rail. Trees are so important in our fight against climate change and we should all be seeking not only to protect our current trees but to plant more.



Dog Bins not collected on yet another Bank Holiday
23/04/2019 08:50:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Another Bank Holiday and once again complaints about overflowing dog bins at Croham Hurst Woods. Many families with or without dogs visit our parks and woods on such a beautiful holiday weekend. It can’t be beyond this Administration to ensure that on these long weekends the bins are emptied. We all want people to enjoy the nature and beauty of these places in Croydon not faced with rubbish and overflowing dog bins.

I have reported to Council and have been assured the bins will be emptied 



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 Older Blog Posts
Support for local groups in South Croydon’s Ward Budget
Residents frustrations grow as works continue on footbridge by Network Rail
Unprotected Normanton Meadow more encroachment with by latest planning decision
Network Rail acts at last to deter fly tipping under Croham rd Bridge
New Year but Fly Tips Continue in South Croydon
Residents raise concerns TFL Proposed Bus Change
Planning applications and the affect on the local community
Planning Permission Granted for Coombe Wood Secondary School
Bin Problems Persist in South Croydon
The Rail View PH a sorry sight on Selsdon rd
Two Music Festivals for Lloyd Park in 2019
Local History Demolished on Selsdon Rd.
Criminal Damage Croham Hurst woods
New Bin Collections
First Steps for South Croydon Recreation Ground Friends Group
Fire Destroys Heathland top of Croham Hurst Woods
Bin Collections Problems from Blocks of Flats persists in South Croydon
First South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel Meeting
Churchill rd residents improve local area
Evicted Travellers now camped on South Croydon Recreation Ground
Travellers on Coombe Lodge Playing Fields
No Graffiti Cleaning by Network Rail or Council under Croham Rd Railway Bridge
First Meeting of new South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Police Panel
St Giles School Open Morning
Another day another flytip on Moreton Rd South Croydon
Huge Log in place to stop truck driving into Croham Hurst Wood
Network Rail land Selsdon Rd.
Croham Rd Railway Bridge
Fly tip removed from Croham Hurst Woods
Croham Ward Budget supports local groups
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