Speech on Labour's 'Croydon Promise' document 07/10/2014 18:42:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Last night I gave a speech discussing Labour's 'Croydon Promise' document. You can watch it here or read the transcript below:
This Council welcomes ‘The Croydon Promise Growth for All’ document, and it’s commitment to deliver jobs, training, affordable housing, improved leisure facilities and transport for local people.
In June this year, Martyn James, the beloved and only butchers we had in Coulsdon town shut down. It came as a surprise to us all: residents, Councillors, businesses – many loyal customers over many long years. A few weeks ago we received some great news: the superb Bashford & Co. butchers announced that they would be opening in exactly the same spot. A local company, grown in Sanderstead and expanding to Coulsdon, is a local success story. It typifies the energy that lies within Croydon’s entrepreneurs, and is exactly the sort of enterprise that should underpin any ‘Croydon Promise’. One that all of us in this chamber should sign up to for our borough to reach its fullest potential.
Economic development is a complex and ever evolving process, but with nearly 380,000 residents depending on us it is essential that we all pull in the same general direction to get it right.
For me, ‘getting it right’ means getting the infrastructure right. The town centre, and the borough as a whole, is changing faster than ever before. GLA projections indicate that the population in every single ward in Croydon will increase annually at least until 2041. Using 2011 as a baseline, Fairfield is projected to have the highest increase in population: an growing 27.7% next year, rocketing by 138.9% in 2040. Let me put the challenge in context: Fairfield’s population will be going from 16,636 residents to 39,750 by 2040. Broad Green will increase by 48.6% in the same period, and in third place my own ward of Coulsdon West projected to rise from around 13,000 people now to nearly 19,000 residents in 2040 – an increase of just over 40%.
Housing, schools, roads, hospitals. All of these and more are vital to get right over the coming years. This is why I’m pleased that so much of the work of the last Conservative administration made it into ‘The Croydon Promise’ pamphlet. Featuring heavily in the document are the developments of Cane Hill, Lion Green Road and the new supermarket on the site of the Red Lion pub – all in my ward. I’m grateful that the new administration is following our lead in acknowledging how important it is that district centres like Coulsdon town flourish and the vital role they will all play in getting the whole of the borough working at its maximum economic potential.
It is absolutely vital to get housing right. As well as the 650 permitted for Cane Hill, there’s potentially 450 additional houses earmarked for Purley. A senior Labour Councillor infamously remarked he wanted to concrete over the south of the borough, well it appears he certainly meant it! The proposals for business improvement districts in Purley and Coulsdon are to be welcomed, following the work of the Conservative administration successfully supporting BIDs in the town centre and New Addington. Indeed our excellent Parliamentary Candidate for Croydon South Chris Philp is already closely working with the Purley business community to get the Purley BID set up and I’ll be ensuring Coulsdon is next on his extensive ‘to do’ list for the south of the borough.
All in all, I welcome what is ostensibly our joint vision for Croydon’s future: a ‘Croydon Promise’ to carry on the good work, the legacy, of the previous Conservative administration. I look forward to working with my colleagues opposite to ensure residents and businesses in the south of the borough, as well as the north, get their voices heard.
Developing London’s largest borough is not going to be easy, there is no magic formula and there’ll be tough choices, but along the way I hope we’ll all be encouraged by tales of industrious Croydonians, and Coulsdon businesses like Bashford & Co.
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.
Coronavirus Volunteering 02/04/2020 23:15:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
Delighted to have been accepted as an Emergency Response Volunteer in support of Croydon residents. I'm proud of how Croydonians are pulling together, particularly Coulsdon residents, to fight this invisible enemy.
Stay home, save lives 23/03/2020 12:48:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
During the Coronavirus situation, it’s really important that we all keep on top of the Government guidance to keep our families and our community safe.
The Government is responding to the latest scientific data, so it’s likely that it will change on a regular basis. Please take special care to follow the advice on official websites:
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.
Do get in touch if I can help at all.
South London Downs National Nature Reserve 26/07/2019 10:47:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
I joined Natural England and The City of London Corporation in celebrating the declaration of The South London Downs National Nature Reserve. It's the second largest NNR in London and will include Coulsdon, Kenley and Riddlesdown Commons, Farthing Downs, Happy Valley, Hawkhirst Wood and the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside area. On the edge of a large urban area, the declaration represents and underlines the importance of these well loved places for wildlife and local people.
We should fight to protect these areas and treasure them for future generations.
Purley & Coulsdon Clubs for the Elderly 24/07/2019 15:17:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
I was pleased to attend the Annual General Meeting of this local charity. The object of the charity is to provide 'relief for older people within the immediate area in any manner which may be deemed by law to be charitable, in particualr by the provision of activities which meet their social health and educational needs such as luncheon care and recreational programmes'.
At the AGM we heard from Sarah Crane the Club's co-ordinator. It was reassuring to hear that the Club is fulfilling its objectives with a wide range of activities aimed at the elderly.
Coulsdon Town councillors were in a position to provide funding to the organisation from our ward budgets and we wish the Club, its Committee and all its volunteers every success in the coming year.
Coulsdon Comrades Club 30/06/2019 17:20:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
It was fantastic to join members of the Coulsdon Comrades Club at their centenary celebrations yesterday. Those present learnt a lot about the huge contributions and sacrifices made by Coulsdon residents
The Coulsdon branch of the Comrades of the Great War Club was formed on the present site in 1919. With 400 members, the Club continues to thrive and provides a friendly atmosphere for members and their family and friends.
It was a pleasure to meet key volunteers and recognise the valuable service they provide to the community.
Coulsdon Junior Snooker Programme - Summer 2019 26/06/2019 11:22:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
Frames Snooker Academy (CR5 2NF) will be hosting a series of fun and engaging introductory snooker sessions for new players aged 10-16, as part of a national programme. These sessions are only £1 to attend.
The scheme will also develop a selection of ‘Young Leaders’ (aged 14-16), who will learn skills such as marketing, safe sport delivery, and in creating an engaging club experience for all. They will become role models, encouraging other young people to take up our sport by joining their local club.
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