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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
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Ward matters speech at full council
08/12/2015 09:56:00......Posted by Michael Neal

Thank you madam Mayor

The free green garden waste collection introduced by Cllr Thomas under the Conservative administration is to be abandoned by this Labour Council and replaced with a £60 charge. Residents are extremely unhappy at this proposal. A letter sent out signed by an officer of this council suggesting that Government cuts are to blame is misleading.  I do question why an officer signed the letter and not the Cabinet member responsible. 

Surely this is a political decision?

As Croham residents have pointed out Labour have a “choice” to either secure money for this popular service or to spend money on pet projects, such as the fairness commission.  It’s all a matter of priorities, this Labour Council has abandoned this principle and expects the residents of Croham to shut up and pay up.

There is no doubt that charging for collections would end up costing the council more. Why should residents pay more for this this “green tax” when they already pay for this service through their council tax?

Introducing an additional charge would see most of our green waste end up in landfill bins or dumped on the street. Lots of people – won't be able to take it to a recycling Centre.

So, not only will the council pick up the bill with increased landfill costs, but it will also have to pay to clear a massive increase in fly-tipping.

According the Advertiser Cllr Collins admitted charging for collections would likely increase fly-tipping but could not quantify how much the extra cost would be.

At present over 10,000 people have signed the petition against the charge, a testament to the strength of feeling.

 

The consultation over Labour’s Local plan has stirred residents into action;

Some of the local plan we welcome but Croham residents have made it clear to us that they oppose a gypsy and traveler site in Conduit lane, and they oppose a gypsy and traveler site at Coombe Farm in a Green belt next to Lloyd Park

Residents are also concerned over the proposed secondary school on Coombe playing fields in a green belt with poor access to sustainable transport.

We have already seen in Croham the return to building on back gardens or any green space through developers pressurising home owners through garden grabbing

We oppose the loss of green belt status for areas such as Croham Hurst and the loss of areas of Special character protection for roads such as West Hill, Dornton road and Campden road.

The consultation events have taken place with many residents attending, some have come away perplexed and angry, One resident claimed “How can this Labour Council state that this consultation is open and transparent when so much of the detail is hidden in the documents”

Residents and residents associations are keen to take part in the consultation, and I know that many are registering their objections to some of the proposed changes that affect their area.

I urge all residents to make their views known by responding to the Consultation by the 18th December

Another factor which affects many in Croham is the Closure of Fairfield Halls for 2 years, families are wondering where they will be able to take their children to Christmas pantomime, and the schools are concerned that they will not be able to use the halls for the foreseeable future along with many Croham residents.

Simon Thomsett, CEO of Fairfield Halls said he welcomed the plan but reiterated that closing for such a long period of time would be a "mistake".

On this side we all agree with the CEO that a phased approach would allow the Council to continue to provide a cultural offer. It would allow us to hold on to the professional expertise that exists in the charity and reduce the risks. There are 70 permanent and 150 contract and casual staff employed by Fairfield. They are all potentially set to lose their jobs.
The cost and the impact on the business of a two year closure would be considerable.

Although the refurbishment has been approved - and design work started – the Labour Authority do not know how the new Fairfield will be run, or who will operate it or exactly what the building will be used for.

Cllr Newman has indicated that the £30 million refurbishment will be paid up front then the money recouped by selling flats built as part of the wider development of College Green. It has been noted that the authority had yet to decide whether to pay for the refurbishment itself or find a development or finance partner.

Surely Labour are playing with our cultural heritage to the detriment of Croydon.

Sign our petition and object to this closure

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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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 

 


 

Brick by Brick Public Exhibition for houses at 279/289 Selsdon rd
17/01/2020 19:32:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

Brick by Brick are holding a public exhibition for initial proposals to build houses at 279/289 Selsdon rd. Brick by Brick is proposing to build more houses on the site of this small Council block. The exhibition will be held on Tuesday 28th January at Emmanuel Church Hall Normanton Rd. It seems very unfair to the current tenants of this block.

 


 

Have your say on Consultation on the Croydon Local Plan Review
17/01/2020 19:05:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

The Consultation on the Local Plan Review ends on the 20th January.

i hope local residents will have their say on the high housing targets proposed by Croydon Council as well as proposals to build on precious Greenbelt 

Some of Local Green Spaces still do not benefit from Local Green Space Designation following mistakes made by Croydons Planning Department 

The most concerning of those in our ward of South Croydon are South Croydon Recreation Ground and Normanton Meadow

i have championed both and hope as many residents as possible will provide as many reasons as possible why they are important to the local community 

 


 

444 Selsdon rd, another family house lost .
17/01/2020 13:30:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Just before Christmas another Planning decision to turn a family house and garden into a block of flats to the dismay of many residents and ward councillors was granted.
The Labour majority on the committee pushed the decision through despite opposition from the minority Conservative Group on the Council and many residents.

There is a lack of family housing in Croydon  yet once again concerns about damage to the particular cottage garden character to this part of Selsdon rd and to the amenities of close neighbours were ignored 

The Labour Council has declared a Climate Emergency yet another garden and more trees, plants and nature habitat is lost. Replaced by concrete as intensification of development continues in our local area.

None of the flats are affordable 
 

 

 


 

444 Selsdon rd, another family house lost .
17/01/2020 13:30:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

Just before Christmas another Planning decision to turn a family house and garden into a block of flats to the dismay of many residents and ward councillors was granted.
The Labour majority on the committee pushed the decision through despite opposition from the minority Conservative Group on the Council and many residents.

There is a lack of family housing in Croydon  yet once again concerns about damage to the particular cottage garden character to this part of Selsdon rd and to the amenities of close neighbours were ignored 

The Labour Council has declared a Climate Emergency yet another garden and more trees, plants and nature habitat is lost. Replaced by concrete as intensification of development continues in our local area.

None of the flats are affordable 
 

 

 


 

Planning Permission Refused for flats replacing family home 270 Selsdon rd
28/10/2019 16:58:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

We have seen so many family houses lost to blocks of flats that it was a surprise to hear from Croydon Council that it had been refused planning permission. It was a particularly awful application and along with hundreds of residents I objected as ward councillor. The reasons for refusal were strong and included damage to the character of the area and damage to the amenities of neighbours. Unfortunately in time I have no doubt another planning application will come forward here.

 


 

South Croydon Recreation Ground Not “Special Enough” for Local Green Space Designation
28/10/2019 16:37:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

A very disappointing decision has been taken by Croydon’s Labour Council deciding that South Croydon Recreation Ground is not special enough for Local Green Space Designation. Despite evidence given by residents and South Croydon ward councillors of its importance to so many residents in this very built up area the Council decided it was not of particular significance to the local community. This has been demonstrated to be untrue with the packed public meeting organised by the South Croydon Councillors explaining the works by Network Rail rebuilding Sanderstead Rd Bridge in the park. We have worked very hard to support a Friends Group for this park setting up the initial meetings and are pleased it is now set up. We have supported the Friends through our ward budget and look forward to seeing their projects. We believe an active Friends Group is key to the Designation of Local Green Space in this new review of Croydons Local Plan. We will encourage the FSCRG to contribute to the review 

 


 

Visit to South Croydon Day Centre for the Retired
17/10/2019 14:52:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

 
 

It was a real pleasure this morning to visit the South Croydon Day Centre for the Retired  along with my ward colleague Jason Perry. We heard about the work the volunteers do and met a number of residents. There is a growing demand for these services in South Croydon and we were delighted to discuss how we might support the Centre through our ward budget. As ward councillors we have always tried to support groups that support our local residents or our local environment.

 


 

Block of Flats at 270 Selsdon Rd/Carlton Ave Refused by Council
17/10/2019 14:44:00.......Posted by Maria Gatland

It has become increasingly rare for Croydon Council to refuse a Planning application for a block of flats replacing a family house. I am pleased that this application has been refused by planning officers under delegated powers. 

Good to see the reasons for refusal were comprehensive and included scale and design that would be harmful to the local area. Sub standard accommodation for future tenants and the loss of a protected tree important for the visual amenity of our area.

 


 

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!

 


 

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