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Cllr  Maria  Gatland
Cllr  Michael  Neal
Cllr  Jason  Perry
 

Cllr Michael Neal. Ward Matters speech at Full Council Monday 22/04/2013
23/04/2013 11:55:00......Posted by Michael Neal

Mr Mayor; as part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s £23 million package to improve Croydon’s public realm and infrastructure, over £3 million investment will be allocated for public realm improvements in Southbridge Road, South End and South Croydon. This will include repairs, enhancement of paved areas, a de-cluttering of the area and a rationalisation of advertising along our busy streets.
Shop fronts will also be enhanced to support the vitality of South End’s businesses which already has a thriving restaurant quarter.
Cllr Jason Perry is engaging with the South Croydon business forum and representatives from the GLA and the Council are making representations to local community and resident groups. The feedback so far has been positive with further engagement over the coming months.
This Investment will also benefit the local economy and in particular the residents of South Croydon and Croham with an improved high street environment which will enhance a key gateway to the town centre.
This is another good example of this Conservative authority working in partnership with Mayor Boris to improve trading conditions for local businesses along South End high street which will enhance the experience of those coming to Croydon to shop or eat in our very fine restaurants.
We will of course ensure that Conservation Area guidelines are adhered too and that any change to the public realm integrates appropriately with the historic environment. Croydon’s Conservation Area Management Plans will provide guidance that aims to preserve and enhance these particular areas.

Croham residents are very encouraged that this Conservative administration has secured the £1 billion investment with the partnership of Westfield and Hammersons.
The deal will see the companies join forces to redevelop and combine the Whitgift Centre and Centrale, with the potential creation of more than 5,000 jobs.

On a local level,
The Croham Councillors have been involved with the residents of Birdhurst Avenue in partnership with the SCCA in bidding for an area improvement grant of £5000. On behalf of the residents I would like to thank the Council for their contribution which will help develop an area of overgrown shrub land into a gardener’s paradise

We have also secured an element of free parking along the parade in Sanderstead Road and working with the council hope to secure 30 minute free parking in South Croydon which will benefit businesses in the locality

Cllr Gatland continues to work with Friends of Croham Hurst woods to ensure that the area retains its natural beauty; they have their monthly “work day” gathering on the 27th April at 10am
We are very grateful to the promise that Cllr Gatland made to set up a Friends group after the 2002 local elections.

We will continue to work with residents associations in Sanderstead and Croham, making vital contributions in terms of planning, highways and the environment.
We will continue to monitor the use of Lloyd Park and the effect this has on local residents In Croham Park Avenue, Castlemaine, Melville Ave and Campden Road. We will ensure that residents are told in advance when events such take place.

On Crime
Although some in the community will feel that crime is on the increase around South Croydon, The evidence suggests that Croham is a low / medium crime area with overall crime being reduced from 144 reported crimes in November 2012 to 115 in February 2013.
According to crime statistics Anti-Social Behaviour is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2012 with 34 crimes reported in Croham in the month of February 2013.
Suggestions that certain groups of vulnerable people in our community are always at the heart of anti-social behaviour are misleading and may lead to an increased fear of crime amongst our residents which is unwise and unfair. We have in our community law abiding young men and women whose contribution to society is sincere and honest. Local residents must be encouraged to report incidences of anti-social behaviour and those who commit crimes must be punished according to the law.
But we must not label those law abiding group, they have every right to live amongst us in our community.

I recognise that we need to keep improving and would like to thank the Croham Safer Neighbourhood Team in their diligence to reduce crime in particular burglary and Motor Vehicle crime across Croham ward
We are pleased that Mayor Johnson has recognised the need to increase Police numbers in Croydon with an additional 117 fully warranted Police Officers, 110 of which will go into local Policing. On top of this we have another 200 Special Constables who work as part-time volunteer Police Officers.

Finally Mr Mayor
On Recycling;
I would like to congratulate Cllr Thomas and his officers for the Local Authority Partnership Award. The partnership is responsible for a 28% increase in Croydon's recycling rates over the past six years with a £755,000 cost saving to the Council which has been recognised by industry, residents of Croham have benefited from having a Conservative authority actively engaged in reducing huge landfill costs. Of course Croham residents will also benefit from the proposed waste to energy plant with landfill costs being reduced even more significantly across the borough.
I am sure the residents of Croham will also be extremely happy to see the Free fortnightly garden waste collections start up again from 22 April.
I note the Changes; that residents can now use any bags or sacks they like, as long as they are no bigger than the ones that can be bought from libraries for £1 each and that the council will now collect up to 10 sacks from every household each fortnight, an increase from the six-bag limit of last year. The green waste will be composted rather than send it to expensive and environmental damaging landfill sites. This is a Conservative administration looking after the interests of the environment and the tax payers of Croydon. END

 
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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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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
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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
04/10/2018
Planning Permission Granted for Coombe Wood Secondary School
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Bin Problems Persist in South Croydon
25/08/2018
The Rail View PH a sorry sight on Selsdon rd
25/08/2018
Two Music Festivals for Lloyd Park in 2019
25/08/2018
Local History Demolished on Selsdon Rd.
18/08/2018
Criminal Damage Croham Hurst woods
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New Bin Collections
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First Steps for South Croydon Recreation Ground Friends Group
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Fire Destroys Heathland top of Croham Hurst Woods
20/06/2018
Bin Collections Problems from Blocks of Flats persists in South Croydon
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First South Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel Meeting
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Churchill rd residents improve local area
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Evicted Travellers now camped on South Croydon Recreation Ground
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