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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
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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.

 
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Croham Valley Rd shows effects of intensification of development
09/07/2020 08:27:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Croham Valley Road has many lovely large family homes, some of Arts and Crafts design.

Unfortunately although it is not in an intensification zone it has been a target for developers with multiple applications for blocks of flats all approved by the Labour controlled Planning Committee. Despite numerous objections from residents, ward councillors and Conservative members of Planning Committee the loss of family houses, green space and nature habitat continues. Above all the special character of this local area is being slowly destroyed. The local resident association Croham Valley RA has laid out starkly the loss of family homes.

No 10 CVR replaced with 8 flats, 5 CVR replaced by 2 blocks of terraced housing, 

No 6 CVR replaced by 9 flats, 31/33 CVR approval for 8 flats, no's 3 and 7 CVR decision pending for 7 and 9 flats.

i have no doubt more planning applications of this type will come forward.

 

 

 

 


 

At last gully cleaning at Muggeridge Close
03/07/2020 08:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Following up on a residents complaint I was astonished to discover that the public access road on Muggeridge Close was never on the borough list for cleaning.

This has now been rectified and gullies have been now been cleaned. I then checked the cleaning schedule to discover the same problem it was never on the Council's list.

That too has been rectified. I am really pleased to help and support the residents here who have worked so hard to improve their estate.

 


 

Dog Fouling Footpath 588
29/06/2020 09:36:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Since the beginning of lockdown the footpath that runs from Normanton Rd to Croham Hurst woods has been heavily fouled. It is only on the part of the path that runs alongside Emmanuel Church and then on to Harewood Rd.. It happens early and appears to be the same owner. Numerous dog owners who are responsible dog owners have reported this to me and on my own early dog walk have been disgusted by the state of the path but unfortunately I have never seen this dog owner. I reported this to the Council who put up Community Protection Notices. These were soon torn down and  the fouling continued. The Council has put up more notices and officers have spoken to other dog walkers who use the path. Slowly some information is emerging and hopefully the owner who is permitting this will be identified. It just takes one irresponsible owner to spoil an area.

 


 

Pampisford Road Gas Works - Full details
04/05/2020 12:35:00.......Posted by Jason Perry

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) have notified us that major works will start on Pampisford Road from 4th May. These safety critical works to upgrade the gas network will last 16 weeks.

 

SGN’s e-mail states:-

 

‘We need to carry out safety-critical work to upgrade the gas network in your area. This needs to go ahead now, rather than wait until the pandemic passes, to ensure your local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.

 

We shouldn’t need to interrupt gas supplies to homes or businesses, and our engineers won’t be calling at residents’ home.

 

We will start work in Pampisford Road South Croydon on 4 May 2020.

 

In close consultation with Croydon Council, we have agreed to complete the following work in mulitple phases, which includes traffic management in place to ensure the safety of everyone around the site. Please note, we will work sequentially through the phases and review each phase in line with Government advice.

 

·         On 4 May 2020 for approximately 16 weeks, we will be working on Pampisford Road from the junction with Haling Park Road to the junction with Kendra Hall Road. This is an 8-phase project with the first four phases outlined below.

 

Phase 1: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working at the junction with Waddon Way and Haling Park Road (roundabout)

o   We will need to implement multi-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

o   The slip road connecting Haling Park Road northbound to Pampisford Road will be closed during this time

Phase 2: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working from outside number 217 Pampisford Road to just beyond the junction with St Ann’s Way

o   We will need to implement multi-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

Phase 3: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working from just beyond the junction with St Ann’s Way to opposite 252 Pampisford Road (Oakfield Court)

o   We will need to implement multi-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

Phase 4: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working from opposite 252 Pampisford Road (Oakfield Court) to the junction with St Augustine Avenue

o   During this time, we will need to implement a road closure on St Augustine Avenue at the junction with Pampisford Road

§  A diversion will be in place via Avondale Road and Haling Park Road

o   We will also need to implement two-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

 

For phases 5-8, we also need to upgrade individual service pipes to properties. As this may interrupt supply and require access, we will not complete this part of the work until the Government relax current social distancing restrictions, Therefore, if we are unable to carry out service pipe upgrades, we will move the service pipes into footways and return to the area to complete at a later date.

 

Phase 5: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working from just beyond the junction with St Augustine Avenue to outside number 189 Pampisford Road

o   We will need to implement two-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

Phase 6: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working from outside number 189 Pampisford Road to just beyond the junction with Columbine Avenue

o   We will need to implement multi-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

Phase 7: for approximately 1 week we will be working from just beyond the junction with Columbine Avenue to outside number 173 Pampisford Road

o   We will need to implement two-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

Phase 8: for approximately 2 weeks we will be working from outside number 173 Pampisford Road to the junction with Kendra Hall Road

o   We will need to implement multi-way signals to ensure traffic can flow safely around the works

 

Please note, pedestrian access will be maintained throughout and all traffic management will move along Pampisford Road as our works do.

 

We’re working closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we work safely and in line with expert advice during the coronavirus outbreak. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our customers from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out our safety-critical project.

 

There’s more information about our coronavirus preparations on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

 

Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times.’ 

We hope this information is of use.

Maria, Michael and Jason

 


 

Gas Works 16 weeks on Pampisford rd May 4th start date
02/05/2020 10:29:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

SGN the gas distribution company will begin safely critical work to upgrade the gas network on Pampisford Road on May 4th. The works will last 16 weeks and will be in accordance with  Government Covid 19 Safety Guidelines. Pedestrian access will be maintained but undoubtedly there will be disruption. Croydon Council will be involved in traffic management so please contact us if you are experiencing any problem. At some point in the 16 week period St Augustines Ave will be closed.

 


 

Croham Hurst Woods/police advice
21/04/2020 09:50:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

We are so lucky in our ward of South Croydon to have  parks like Haling Grove and South Croydon Recreational Ground and Croham Hurst Woods. These are a lifeline for so many of us in these difficult times helping protect our physical and mental wellbeing. 
I live near Croham Hurst woods and having formed and chair Friends of Croham Hurst woods back in 2003 it's lovely people send me comments and photos of the Hurst

Many more people are using our green spaces and as far as I can see most care for and respect them. There have been a few instances of groups of men and women on the top of Croham Hurst Woods sunbathing, cycling and smoking cannabis.

Both Council and Police are aware and will patrol when they can. Police advise residents if they are concerned about anti social behaviour in any of our parks and green spaces rather than engage to call

101 or 999. There is a Covid19 Croydon Police minibus whose officers will respond to Covid 19 related incidents.

 

 


 

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.

Approved

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.

Approved

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

Approved

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 

 


 

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 Older Blog Posts
16/02/2020
More Changes to South Croydon Ward Police Team
05/02/2020
Brick by Brick - Selsdon Road
30/01/2020
Concerns from residents following Selsdon rd Brick by Brick engagement event
28/01/2020
Huge development behind Moreton Rd approved by Council
21/01/2020
Formal Consultation on CPZ extension Sussex Rd and Sunny Nook
17/01/2020
Brick by Brick Public Exhibition for houses at 279/289 Selsdon rd
17/01/2020
Have your say on Consultation on the Croydon Local Plan Review
17/01/2020
444 Selsdon rd, another family house lost .
28/10/2019
Planning Permission Refused for flats replacing family home 270 Selsdon rd
28/10/2019
South Croydon Recreation Ground Not “Special Enough” for Local Green Space Designation
17/10/2019
Visit to South Croydon Day Centre for the Retired
17/10/2019
Block of Flats at 270 Selsdon Rd/Carlton Ave Refused by Council
03/09/2019
The Rail View Selsdon Rd continues to decay
03/09/2019
Sanderstead Rd bridge replacement, 6 months of disruption ahead
01/07/2019
Visit to Christian Family Concern South Croydon
26/06/2019
Makeover for railway bridge Sussex/ Selsdon roads
25/06/2019
Protect your green spaces with no local protection
13/06/2019
ASB promise extended to South End
03/06/2019
Shock as planning application 31/33 Croham Valley Rd is REFUSED
03/06/2019
Council CPZ plans face opposition from residents
02/05/2019
Bridge Works Stop Tree Planting South Croydon Recreation Ground
23/04/2019
Dog Bins not collected on yet another Bank Holiday
03/04/2019
Normanton Hotel development = parking restrictions Whitmead Close
03/04/2019
Support for local groups in South Croydon’s Ward Budget
21/03/2019
Residents frustrations grow as works continue on footbridge by Network Rail
01/02/2019
Unprotected Normanton Meadow more encroachment with by latest planning decision
08/01/2019
Network Rail acts at last to deter fly tipping under Croham rd Bridge
08/01/2019
New Year but Fly Tips Continue in South Croydon
17/12/2018
Residents raise concerns TFL Proposed Bus Change
11/10/2018
Planning applications and the affect on the local community
 
 
 
 
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