There is a lot of unreliable information out there, so do try your best to think critically about what it is you are reading particularly if it’s shared on social media. It’s never been more vital that we react sensibly and rationally for the sake of our health.
Helping in the community
So many incredible people are out helping in the community during this situation. If you want to lend a hand then I would urge you to go through the Croydon Voluntary Association. They co-ordinate volunteering across the whole borough so by going through them you can be sure that the service you’re providing is for a legitimate need: https://cvalive.org.uk/
In Coulsdon we are lucky to be served by a number of hardworking local residents’ associations. They are always on the lookout for volunteers to help in the community, so do please consider contacting them to keep in the loop with local news and activities:
We are also always in need of road stewards for our Neighbourhood Watch. If you’re keen to sign up as a co-ordinator and help our local police then get in touch. Keeping an eye on our streets and sharing information will keep everyone (especially isolated vulnerable residents) safe: https://www.cbnwa.com/
If you need help
All councilors are working around the clock to help our communities. Hopefully you will understand that during this time of social distancing we will not be able to hold our regular street surgeries. But we local councilors are always here for you. If you need help please email us at any time and we can arrange to videoconference or speak to you on the phone:
Please do your best to stay at home. If you do that you will reduce your chances of getting infected and reduce the chance of passing the virus on to vulnerable family members and neighbours. That will reduce the pressure on the NHS, and in turn will help to save lives.
We will get through this by working together, following official guidance and supporting each other.
An update on the Lion Green Road development 22/07/2020 09:14:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
We've had an update from the Council's development company on their plans for the development of the Lion Green Road site:
We are writing with an update on our proposals for new homes in Lion Green Road. As you may be aware, Brick By Brick were granted planning consent for this development of 157 new homes in January 2019. Full details of this scheme can be viewed on the public access register www.croydon.gov.uk/onlineplans using the reference 17/06297/FUL.
Appointment of Contractor
We are pleased to confirm the appointment of CField Construction Limited as the main contractor to build the development. We anticipate that the main construction works will begin on site in September and some initial works such as surveys and further securing of the site will take place prior to the main works starting. The anticipated completion date of the development is Winter 2022.
Initial works and car park closure
Initial works include commencing with the construction of the new car park with completion of this aimed for Spring 2021. It is planned that 50% of the car park will close when these works begin. The final design and layout of the new public car park is currently being discussed with Croydon Council’s Planning and Parking teams. Once this has been agreed, we will post a news update here.
Communication with stakeholders The attached leaflet will be distributed to approximately 600 residents and businesses surrounding the site, and within Coulsdon town centre, in the next few days to provide an update. It will also be emailed to various resident associations. The leaflet includes the planning reference number and details of the Commonplace website https://liongreenroad.commonplace.is/ where further information relating to the scheme, including FAQs, can be found. Regular news updates will be also be posted to the Commonplace website and subscribers will receive an email notification of these updates.
An opportunity for residents/businesses/stakeholders to meet virtually with CField Construction will be provided next month and will take place prior to the main construction works starting. We will share details of this event with you in due course and we’d be pleased if you could also attend. CField will be distributing an introductory newsletter to residents/businesses and stakeholders, including an invitation to the event and we will email this to you once it is available.
Cllr Report to East Coulsdon Residents' Association 20/07/2020 11:39:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
The three Coulsdon Town councillors organised a ‘Posters of Hope Competition’ for local children to design posters during lockdown. There were four categories, each for a different age group and posters should have a theme of ‘HOPE’.
We had over 50 entries. Each entrant received a certificate and the four winners were each sent vouchers of £25.
Cane Hill new chairman
I attended the AGM of CHIPRA addressed by Chris Philp MP. Ben Taylor was elected as the new Chairman and we wish him well in his new role.
Business Grants and ‘Eat out to Help ‘Out
Government grants to Croydon businesses during the pandemic total £48m so far with an additional £61m for business rate relief. Furloughing is on top of this. We’ve been promoting the grants and supporting local businesses with their applications.
On social media and elsewhere Coulsdon’s restaurants have been encouraged to sign up to the Government’s ‘Eat out to Help Out’ scheme providing customers with 50% off.
Following a request from ECRA, the bench at the junction of Brighton Road and Smitham Downs Road will be replaced paid for out of the Purley & Woodcote and Coulsdon Town councillors’ community ward budgets.
The bench, at a cost of £1379 will be a standard bench with arms with concreted in legs.
The travellers on Rickman Hill Park were evicted quite quickly on the 22nd June. They were one of two small groups that turned up in the Borough. The travellers were reluctant to move despite the court injunction but a High Court order was sought to bring in bailiffs to evict them as soon as possible.
Thanks to those volunteers who tidied up after they had left.
Friends of Rickman Hill
I’ve been working with Keith Watkins about improvements that can be made to the park. Clearly Council resources are tight but we’re looking at possible use of Councillors’ community ward budgets to facilitate improvements (possible playground resurfacing, equipment painting etc). Keith is going to open up discussion within his group to determine views on the best use of limited resources.
Tackling racial inequality - speech 14/07/2020 10:19:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
Last night I gave a speech in support of the Croydon Council debate motion on tackling racial inequality, injustice and racism.
This motion tonight is quite rightly a conscious, full-throated declaration to our residents that we must all play our part in the fight against injustice and inequality. To show that we will not tolerate racism in any form, and will work to improve the lives of all our residents, including those from BAME communities.
Black lives matter. If we want to build a country that works for everyone then that means properly understanding and tackling the systemic injustices that hold people back from reaching their full potential.
The UK collects a wealth of ethnicity data. We must ensure it is used to inform how we can improve our country for all. In 2017 the Government brought all the data together and published the first ever Race Disparity Audit.
It revealed that:
Asian and Black households were more likely to be poor and were the most likely to be in persistent poverty.
Low educational attainment and progress is closely associated with economic disadvantage.
And around 1 in 10 adults from a Black, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Mixed background were unemployed compared with 1 in 25 White British people.
Home ownership is substantially lower among African, Arab, and Mixed White and Black African households.
The RDA also looked at Policing. Criminal Justice. Health disparities and more. Without breaking the racial disparity cycle, it will go on and on and on.
As leaders of our communities, we have a duty to work collectively to find the right, practical solutions to improving the lot of all our residents in Croydon – but particularly the most disadvantaged.
I know that we can do it. But it must be in tangible, practical deeds and not virtue-signalling words. There will always be more for us to do. And we will not always have all the answers. But through working in partnership with our passionate communities we will be able to improve the lives of every part of our wonderfully diverse borough.
I believe that how far you go in life should be based on your talent and how hard you work – and nothing else. But we know that this won’t happen with warm words alone, our systems need to change and it’ll only do so with all of us working to a common goal.
That is why I am proud to speak in support of this motion.
Posters of Hope competition - the results! 13/07/2020 13:44:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
On behalf of the three Coulsdon Town Councillors, we want to give a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our ‘Posters of Hope’ competition. So many across Coulsdon took part, with over 50 entries submitted across all categories.
All demonstrate the huge creative talent in our community. Many posters are poignant and poetic. Others are acutely political. Support for our precious NHS is high, and keenness is to protect our planet is clear. There are those that reflect on the way we lived before the pandemic, and what our children miss in their lockdown lives. All celebrate the optimism and the simplicity of being kind to one another and supporting our communities – and the hope for the future once this is all over.
For me, this poster competition started as a nice way to promote a little bit of light in a chaotic world – and to give our local kids something positive and creative to do whilst stuck at home. It’s ended as an insightful window into how our children have interpreted the crisis.
Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and the Financial Crash were to generations before them, Coronvavirus will be a significant, life-altering memory for many of our children. They may not have the words to express how it has affected them, but through their art we can understand more about how they feel about the pandemic. This competition is a snapshot in time, through it we can help them to transition back to life as normal as lockdown is lifted – something I believe it vital to their futures.
It was a stiff competition, and the judges thought long and hard about who should win each category and the £25 gift voucher prize.
Travellers - Rickman Hill Park 22/06/2020 20:09:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
A group of travellers turned up on Rickman Hill Park. The travellers were reluctant to move on despite a court injunction. We sought a High Court Order to bring in bailiffs as soon as possible. Police and Council kept a close eye on them. Pleased to report they were evicted at 3.30pm today. A huge thank you to the volunteers I joined this evening to thank them for clearing up the mess. Thank you also to those responsible for ensuring the travellers were moved on as speedily as possible.
Congratulations Coulsdon Police 11/06/2020 18:30:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
Coulsdon Town Police had a successful vehicle stop this afternoon after an ANPR camera in Coulsdon was triggered. Two arrested for possession with intent to supply. Keep up the good work.
Emergency Water Main Repair 02/06/2020 14:19:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
To carry out an emergency repair on the water main Sutton and East Surrey Water have closed Chipstead Valley Road one way from Woodcote Grove Road to Brighton Road. The diversion for displaced traffic will be via Lion Green Road and Brighton Road. The road is estimated to reopen by Friday evening 5th June.
Cllr Report to East Coulsdon Residents' Association May 2020 16/05/2020 17:46:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
1. A huge thank you to all who have contributed to the tremendous community spirit that's existed and continues to exist in Coulsdon during the epidemic. There are a number of positives that have come out of the nightmare especially the way volunteers have worked together to fight this invisible enemy.
2. Thank you to the Coulsdon children who have submitted an entry for our ward councillors 'Posters of Hope' competition. The closing date is 1st June so it's not too late to enter.
3. As ward councillors we have been in touch with the care homes in the ward and have offered our services if required.
4. I've helped a number of Coulsdon businesses seeking grants from the Council. £60m was passed quickly by central government to Croydon but there's evidence that Croydon has been slow to pass it on.
5. I was accepted as an Emergency Response Volunteer in support of Croydon residents. As such my services were and still are available for Croydon's most vulnerable.
6. I've done numerous shopping trips for the vulnerable, particularly elderly residents and offered my services to a Coulsdon pharmacist to help with prescription deliveries.
7. I was privileged to be able to help deliver parcels to Coulsdon veterans on VE Day.
8. Planning Committees have resumed in virtual format with 5 members rather than the usual 10. The first virtual committee I'll serve on will be in a week's time.
9. As a group of councillors we've had virtual meetings with the Chief Exec and other senior officers and also with the Chief Exec at CUH whose main message was for non Covid-19 patients to keep on using their services without fear.
10. Our Councillor monthly street stalls/surgeries will resume in due course.
11. We're pretty certain the Yulefest won't won't go ahead this year but we hope to maintain the Christmas lights through our community ward budgets.
12. As ward councillors, we've contributed to a pot which improves facilities for Croydon:s nurses.
I'll be happy to answer any questions at Wednesday's virtual meeting.
STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES
Cllr Ian Parker - May 2020
Thank you Croydon Veterans 08/05/2020 13:27:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
As we celebrate VE Day, I'm feeling particularly privileged to be delivering parcels today to Croydon's veterans. We owe them so much. Lest we forget.
Labour's Folly 05/04/2020 22:02:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
Family homes in Croydon being replaced by flats at an unprecedented rate. Surely now Labour will see the folly of threatening our green spaces as their need grows. Time for a major, long overdue rethink me thinks.
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