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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry

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.

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Take Care of our Green Spaces
28/03/2020 09:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


In these difficult and frightening times our parks, woods and green spaces are more important than ever. They help us physically and mentally and seeing nature is balm to the soul. More than ever we all need to play our part not dropping litter or leaving bottles or cans around and clearing up dog poo. Our green spaces take care of us let's make sure we take care of them.



Take Care of our Green Spaces
28/03/2020 09:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


In these difficult and frightening times our parks, woods and green spaces are more important than ever. They help us physically and mentally and seeing nature is balm to the soul. More than ever we all need to play our part not dropping litter or leaving bottles or cans around and clearing up dog poo. Our green spaces take care of us let's make sure we take care of them.



Planning Applications still come in despite Covid 19
28/03/2020 09:18:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Sadly contentious planning applications still coming into the Council that will impact on the character and sustainability of our area. I have referred one in West Hill near the junction with Upper Selsdon rd and another at 270 Selsdon rd on the corner of Carlton Rd both blocks of flats. The back garden Brick by Brick application for a block of flats behind the current block at 279 Selsdon rd has just come forward.

There are concerns about how Planning Committee will function in these difficult times.





Croham Valley Road Planning Applications Approved By LABOUR
11/03/2020 13:43:00.......Posted by Michael Neal

Croham Valley Road Planning Applications.

Having referred 3 planning applications in close proximity to the Planning Committee I was very hopeful that with support from the Croham Valley Residents Association we may get a resounding result of some of the applications being refused.

How wrong we all were, after the presentations and questions from the members with subsequent clarification from the planning officer, a vote was taken

Again, the Labour Group on the Committee voted in favour (6) with the Conservative Group voting against (4)

5 Croham Valley Road

Demolition of the existing property followed by a replacement development of 6 houses (3 houses fronting Croham Valley Road and 3 houses fronting Ballards Farm Close), gardens, car parking, new accesses, refuse and recycling.


6 Croham Valley Road

Demolition of existing house, erection of a two-storey building plus roof space to provide 9 apartments, provision of 8 car parking spaces, refuse store and new landscaping.


Land Rear Of 31-33 Croham Valley Road (Facing onto Ballards Rise) South Croydon

Erection of 2 two storey detached buildings with accommodation within the roof space comprising 8 flats, bin store, formation of vehicular access and provision of 7 parking spaces


Residents in the seating area of the Chamber became vocal for good reason after the vote, “utterly disgraceful” “you should be ashamed” “destroying our local area”

Is it any wonder that residents everywhere are angry at the way the local plan is interpreted leaving Labour to actively give permission to every developer who comes along and wishes to build on a plot containing just one house or bungalow, to be replaced by 9 flats?

This is being replicated in Kenley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Addington Village, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale Wards.

Because of this, local residents’ associations in the South have formed DEMOC (referendum on a democratically elected mayor for Croydon) In order to look again at the local plan in order to balance the need for homes in conjunction with local residents

Residents and Local Councillors in the South and Central must see a fairer planning system before Labour change the character of our area for good.

As Cllr Paul Scott stated “Flats are appropriate (subject to design etc) in every residential street in the Borough” 

No area is safe from development under this Labour Administration 






More Trees for South Croydon Recreation Ground
16/02/2020 18:28:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland


I am really pleased to report that following meetings with tree officers of Croydon Council 7 new trees will be planted this autumn in the park. As ward councillors we continue to raise the plight of this neglected park at Full Council and at meetings with the Council. It has been battered by the bridge works but this is the first positive step to improving this important and well used park. The ward councillors will continue to push for further improvements particularly of the Childrens Playground 



More Changes to South Croydon Ward Police Team
16/02/2020 18:20:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Residents and ward councillors who attended the South Croydon Police Ward Panel were disappointed and concerned to hear of yet more changes to the police team. No further meeting date was set and that is concerning. Over the last year or more most of the team have been pulled elsewhere.

Crime figures remain low but anti social behaviour including drug taking is an issue in some of our parks and open spaces in South Croydon ward.




Brick by Brick - Selsdon Road
05/02/2020 21:00:00.......Posted by Jason Perry


We've been out delivering letters to local residents in South Croydon. Please do take time to respond to the consultation at htttps://     and let Croydon Council and their development company Brick by Brick know your views! 



Concerns from residents following Selsdon rd Brick by Brick engagement event
30/01/2020 14:10:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last Tuesday I called into Emmanuel Church Hall for the Selsdon Rd Brick by Brick engagement event. Initial proposals concern building a 4 storey block of flats in the garden of the small block of flats on Selsdon rd situated between Selsdon Ave and Sunny Nook. Quite a number of local residents attended. Numerous concerns were raised about a 4 storey block in the back of the current block and the impact particularly on the residents of the current block. This proposed block will also damage residents amenities in Selsdon Ave and Sunny Nook. Parking pressures and access problems were also raised. Brick by Brick are inviting comments from residents but whether any major changes will be made before a planning application comes forward remains to be seen.



Huge development behind Moreton Rd approved by Council
28/01/2020 09:28:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Last week the Labour controlled Planning Commitee granted permission to demolish 30  Moreton rd replace with a 3 story block of flats with a flat roof and a 3/4/5 storey block on a landlocked strip of land behind 24-42 Moreton rd. This will dominate the view for many of the back of the properties on this side of Moreton rd. I attended the Committee to speak on behalf of residents. While the positive aspects of this application will provide 16 affordable units it will undoubtedly affect the amenities of those residents on either side of no 30. The design does little to enhance the predominant Victorian/Edwardian character of the local area and is bulky and dominant. It will be built on part of the green corridor destroying valuable nature habitat. This includes reptiles some might well be protected. The Conservative members on the committee including mj ward colleague Cllr Jason Perry voted against the proposal. It was to no avail as it was pushed through by the Labour majority as we sadly have become accustomed in the South of the borough.




Formal Consultation on CPZ extension Sussex Rd and Sunny Nook
21/01/2020 12:33:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Following the informal consultation on extending the CPZ zone into many roads in South Croydon the formal consultation on the only roads that voted in favour will now take place.

Letters and plans will now be sent to residents in Sunny Nook and Sussex Rd who will vote on the proposal to include these roads in the CPZ zone.

The scheme will go ahead if a majority in these roads vote in favour. Any objections will be considered at Traffic Management Committee in April 



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Have your say on Consultation on the Croydon Local Plan Review
444 Selsdon rd, another family house lost .
Planning Permission Refused for flats replacing family home 270 Selsdon rd
South Croydon Recreation Ground Not “Special Enough” for Local Green Space Designation
Visit to South Croydon Day Centre for the Retired
Block of Flats at 270 Selsdon Rd/Carlton Ave Refused by Council
The Rail View Selsdon Rd continues to decay
Sanderstead Rd bridge replacement, 6 months of disruption ahead
Visit to Christian Family Concern South Croydon
Makeover for railway bridge Sussex/ Selsdon roads
Protect your green spaces with no local protection
ASB promise extended to South End
Shock as planning application 31/33 Croham Valley Rd is REFUSED
Council CPZ plans face opposition from residents
Bridge Works Stop Tree Planting South Croydon Recreation Ground
Dog Bins not collected on yet another Bank Holiday
Normanton Hotel development = parking restrictions Whitmead Close
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
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