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 The Coulsdon Town Blog
Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

Vaisakhi Celebration
17/04/2019 13:03:00......Posted by Ian Parker

I was delighted to attend this celebration at the Selsdon Community Centre.  

Vaisakhi is usually celebrated on the 13th or 14th April every year and marks the Punjabi and Sikh new year.  It was a great opportunity to meet members of the Sikh community and to see children perform on stage as part of the celebrations.  

We heard from Conservative representatives of the great work of the Sikh community and the positive contributions they make to life in Croydon

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Coulsdon Town Street Stall
17/04/2019 13:12:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Saturday saw the latest Coulsdon Town Councillor street stall held outside Aldi in Coulsdon.

Resident after resident complained, surprisingly not about Brexit, but about the planning applications being approved by our Labour Council.  That there is a need for more housing is not disputed but applications are being approved left, right and centre in inappropriate areas much to residents' disgust.

Whilst the applications face strong opposition from Conservative councillors on the Planning Committee, they are out voted by Labour who show no concern for the views of local resident.   



Music Relief Foundation
09/04/2019 16:40:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I attended a launch at Crystal Palace Football Club organised by the Music Relief Foundation and to hear about the work they're doing to tackle knife crime and serious youth violence in Croydon.

MRF delivers intervention and prevention workshops in schools through its knife crime campaign 'More Than Able'.

We heard from the Foundation's young ambassadors and how they have benefitted from the organisation.

It was good to meet so many people dedicated to solving the problems we face in Croydon and beyond.  It was great to hear about the initiatives MRF are taking and I wish the Foundation every success.



A23 Brighton Road Improvements - Coulsdon Concerns
05/03/2019 13:26:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I attended a meeting of Residents’ Association (ECRA, CWRA and Cane Hill) representatives with a representative of Highways England and Ian Plowright from the Council’s Highways Department.


Our strong concerns were expressed about the proposed A23 Brighton Road improvements from the M23 through Hooley to Coulsdon.  The proposed works cross Surrey/Croydon and TfL boundaries and our concerns surround the potential knock on effect of road widening and lane re-configuration on Coulsdon. 


As things stand at present, it’s difficult to rat run at the point at which the congestion starts but, with the ‘improvements’, the potential for rat running is significant and would impact negatively on Woodplace Lane, Downs, Fairdene and Reddown Roads.


It would appear that insufficient modelling had taken place to evidence the likelihood of this so the Highways England representative went away with a remit to carry out further studies. 


Watch this space!



Public Transport Liaison panel
03/03/2019 13:27:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

As a member of the Public Transport Liaison Panel I saw a presentation by the Managing Director of First Tram Operations.  Did you know Croydon's Tram Network….

  • Has 35 trams and 39 tram stops
  • Serves 80,000 customers daily
  • Is responsible for 29.1m customer journeys per annum (down 1.2% year on year)
  • Under performance by the tram operators was significantly impacted by the Shurgard/Ampere Way fire when the service was part-suspended for 7 days
  • At 90%, their customer satisfaction rating is the highest within London Transport
  • A number of new procedures have been introduced to improve safety (staff rosters, fatigue management procedures, enhanced training)

It was particularly fascinating to hear about the ‘Guardian Device’ – a fatigue and distraction detection solution which uses sensors and image processing technology to monitor the micro movements of a driver’s eyes, facial expressions and head to identify fatigue.

The Panel was grateful to the MD of the tram operators  for her presentation and for answering questions.






Bus Consultation - 404 and 434
08/02/2019 14:23:00.......Posted by Ian Parker


The three Councillors covering Coulsdon Town ward have commented on the bus proposals affecting our residents. 

There are a number of positives about the proposals which we welcome, particularly the introduction of a new service to Cane Hill.  The proposed increase in bus frequency and links to Coulsdon are also welcome as is integration with trains at Coulsdon South and Town stations. 

As much as the new service to the ever-growing Cane Hill estate is appreciated, this should not be at the expense of passengers from the Rickman Hill area who will be penalised with the proposed service alterations.  This negative impact will affect particularly school children attending Woodcote High School and passengers to Purley from the Rickman Hill area.  Purley provides health and leisure facilities not available in Coulsdon. 

These views have been submitted as part of the consulation process.  

The closing date for submissions to the consultation is 11th February.  You can view the consultation document here

Please do e-mail your thoughts to:




Development at 76 Reddown Road
31/01/2019 23:11:00.......Posted by Luke Clancy


Tonight at Planning Committee I supported 110 objectors in opposing a development at 76 Reddown Road in Coulsdon Town Ward.

Here is what I said:

While local residents and councillors understand the need to increase housing across the borough we feel this is too much in this location. The massing of this large 4 storey development looms larger over its neighbours. The roofline proposed is about 2 metres higher than the surrounding properties and its footprint is approx. twice the scale of its neighbours. It will introduce a harsh blank solid brick wall to the outlook of the residents of number 78. The proposal would increase the mass and bulk compare to the existing building just a little too much in my view.

The design is also out of keeping - particularly the fenestration and balconies. The exterior building materials and appearance are not consistent with neighbouring dwellings in the location, the grey slate roof being one example. And contrary to assertions in the report, residents claim their road does have a character of its own - white render, reddish-brown brick, wood panels – and that is not reflected in the design of this proposal.

This proposal is also marked out by a lot of unattractive tarmacked parking at the front in contrast to the generally verdant nature of Reddown Road. It is important to note that even that parking provision still doesn’t guarantee all residents their own car parking space on site. So there will be parking in the street. It is a likely misassumption that six parking bays will suffice for 9 flats with 19 bedrooms.

The lack of parking is a particular concern in a road that has a PTAL rating of 1b and residents dispute that parking is not already more stressed than the report assumes. The timing of the parking surveys seems to have been undertaken at times designed to suit the developer’s case. Most were timed to coincide with the period 11am to noon when a lot of residents have driven off to work and any illegal parking is actively enforced against by a warden in accordance with restrictions in the road.

The survey results were also ignored when it was convenient for the developer’s case. On Thursday 8 November at 4am, for example, the parking survey shows stress was shown to be actually 100%.

I think not restricting future residents applying for parking permits could lead to aggravation in the road and I would advise the committee to consider such a restriction on future residents in the interests of maintaining the status quo in the competition for parking spaces.

A better solution would be for the onsite parking provision to be mirror the number of occupants, and perhaps this could be reduced by reducing the number of flats in the building to six or seven, which is what I think had been proposed in a previous application.

The refuse arrangements are also questionable.  Does the proposal of just 3 large bins adequately provide for the needs of the proposed development, when all the existing housing along the road have 3 and in many cases 4 bins already along with food waste caddy?

All in, this indicates this is an overdevelopment and that too much is being crammed onto this site.

Unfortunately the proposal was approved by a 5-4 vote with one member abstaining.



Memorial Service
28/01/2019 10:13:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

I was pleased to attend a Memorial Service at Croydon Minster in remembrance of those Croydon Scouts who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War and since. 

Movingly, 75 youth representatives from Croydon Scouting each laid a single wooden poppy cross with the name of one of the 75 former Scout members who gave their lives in the Great War. 

A moving service indeed and many congratulations to the organisers.




Transport for London proposing changes to bus routes 404 and 434
17/01/2019 11:22:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Following the development of Cane Hill, TfL have worked with Croydon Council to provide a bus service to the area, parts of which are currently more than five minutes walk from a bus route. TfL have also said they want to improve services in both the western and eastern sides of Old Coulsdon.

Under the changes, route 404 would serve the Tollers Lane estate and Shirley Avenue in Old Coulsdon. It would also be extended along the current route of the 434 between Coulsdon and the Rickman Hill estate.  TfL propose to introduce a Sunday service and to increase the frequency to every 30 minutes on all days.

Route 434 would be extended from Coulsdon to serve Cane Hill. It would no longer serve Rickman Hill. The frequency would be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and remain every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Details of the proposals can be found online at:
Please do let TfL know what you think about their proposals using any of the methods shown in the link. The deadline for comments is Monday 11 February 2019.



Councillors' Street Stalls
17/01/2019 11:15:00.......Posted by Ian Parker

Our popular street stalls outside Aldi in Coulsdon continue.  Residents come and discuss issues of local concern with us.  The dates and times for the first half of the year are:

16th February     2pm
16th March         2pm
13th April            11am
25th May             11am and
15th June            11am

As always, if residents prefer to meet by appointment, perhaps more confidentially, this can be arranged.




Illegal discharge on Cane Hill
02/01/2019 07:32:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura


A resident recently got in touch having spotted an illegal discharge into a cattle grid at the bottom of Cane Hill Drive. They also reported that there is a constant breach of the 8:00 noise restriction as the sweeper is in full operation from 7:00am.

I've been working with the Council to get to the bottom of both these complaints.

The site manager has been contacted and as the road sweeper is vital to mitigate dust on site the Council has recommended that they clean the areas where there is no residential impact earliest in the morning before moving onto other areas later.

The manager has also been asked to investigate the ‘illegal discharge’ and I hope that now we're out of the Christmas period that we'll have a swift resolution to the issues.

If you spot anything like this where you live, then please do contact the Council's construction enforcement team.



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