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.
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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Bus Routes 404 and 434
18/06/2019 11:36:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
Following the development of Cane Hill we have worked with the London Borough of Croydon to provide a bus service to the new area, some of which is currently more than five minutes walk from a bus route. TfL received over 600 responses to a recent consultation. The removal of the direct 434 link from Rickman Hill to Purley received much opposition.
TfL now intend to change their proposals. They will hold a further local consultation later this year on revised proposals to leave route 434 unchanged and divert route 404 to Cane Hill as well as Tollers Estate.
Thank you to all who joined us in lobbying for the Cane Hill service.
Coulsdon Town Street Stall/Surgeries
18/06/2019 11:23:00.......Posted by Ian Parker
Coulsdon Town's councillors (Luke Clancy, Mario Creatura and Ian Parker) hold a regular street stall/surgery once a month outside Aldi in Coulsdon Town Centre between 11am and 12 noon. The dates for the rest of the year are Saturday:
16th November and
If you would rather meet us in a more private setting then please do email us at email@example.com or phone: 020 8660 0491
Residents' Association meeting
17/06/2019 11:35:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
Great to speak tonight at the Croydon-wide Residents’ Association meeting - from Norbury to Coulsdon and everywhere in between, all were concerned about Council policies including the latest emissions-based parking permit reforms: https://www.mariocreatura.org.uk/LabourParkingTax
Street surgery - plus new dates!
15/06/2019 11:36:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
Great to be out with Chris Philp MP in Coulsdon Town this morning - and thanks to the team who went out talking to our local residents. Plenty of local issues came up with a healthy dose of Brexit chat!
We'll next be out:
- 13th July
- 14th September
- 19th October
- 16th November
- 7th December - all day at Coulsdon Yulefest!
Each will be a 10.30am start - do come along!
Coulsdon Town Street Stall - and Cut It Out 2019!
25/05/2019 11:43:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
Great morning with Cllr Parker talking to Coulsdon Town residents about planning, parking and pollution.
I then went on to the excellent Cut It Out celebration in Selhurst Park to talk about how our community can tackle the scourge of knife crime.
£30k for local cancer charity!
05/05/2019 11:44:00.......Posted by Mario Creatura
A brilliant day out with the Croydon Conservative team walking 5k for the Chartwell Truat Lilypad Appeal - fundraising for a new children’s oncology department at Croydon University Hospital. There’s still time to donate if you can!