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 The Coulsdon Town Blog
Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

Seeking Coulsdon volunteers, an update from Westfield/Hammerson and celebrating Black History Month
24/10/2014 18:34:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


On Monday night I attended the Coulsdon Forum to discuss matters of local concern. The Forum is a group made up of representatives from most of the local residents' associations and businesses in the town. It's a good opportunity to hear the concerns of the area and (crucially) to ensure that I have a good handle on most of the issues facing the ward.

We are all concerned about the Govia franchise potentially reducing the service to the city from Coulsdon South station. The consultation should be open in the next few weeks and I'll publicise it once it's available.

Parking was also understandably raised. I've been working with the Council to try to mitigate the effects of reduced parking over Christmas and was delighted earlier this month when they agree with the six Coulsdon councillors and will be keeping Lion Green Road open over the holiday season. The news that the CALAT car park will be open to the public on Saturday's was welcomed, as was the pledge from Cllr Kathy Bee that they'd look at opening it for the rest of the week.

The Coulsdon Forum are looking for volunteers to join their committee. They meet often to discuss how to get the best possible deal for the town from the Council. If you're interested in hearing more, please e-mail me using

Tuesday saw the AGM of the Coulsdon Community Centre. I have very much enjoyed being a part of the committee since I was elected in May and was pleased to be re-elected onto it for the coming year. Like the Coulsdon Forum, the Centre Committee meets regularly to discuss issues facing this key community assett. Richard Lloyd, Centre Director, informed the attendees that in the last year the centre has had almost 1,000 people go through its doors each week. With zumba, church groups and theatre just a sampling of what goes on there, it really is a place that's thriving at the heart of Coulsdon.

There are a few vacancies on their management committee that it would be great to fill. Committment is minimal, but you get to discuss the financial direction, marketing strategy and have a say on general issues facing the Centre. Again, if you're interested in joining please do e-mail me using

On Thursday I attended the BME Forum's Black History Month event with Ed Miliband as guest speaker. Now is not the time to analyse his lacklustre and downright worrying policies, but credit must go to the team who staged the impressive event. Nero Ughwujabo and his Forum colleagues have been working for many years to encourage members of the ethnic minority community to get involved in wider Croydon life: either through volunteering, running for public office or going to civic events to participate in constructive debate - debates that crucially shape the future of our borough. Pat Reid yesterday outlined their latest venture: encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs to take the plunge and set up their own businesses. If you'd like more information about any of their diverse work, please get in touch with them through their website:

Straight after I headed along to the latest Croydon BID meet up where members of the local business and voluntary community came together to hear up to date news about Croydon Town centre. Speaking at the event were John Burton, Development Director for Westfield, and Peter Cole, CIO for Hammerson. They gave a detailed update on the status of the development (including this fly-through of the scheme) but subtly announced that the project is likely to be delayed and not open until 2019. Concern was expressed by many of the businesses present that they'll struggle during the construction period. I'll be working with Shadow Cabinet member for Economic Development Cllr Jason Perry to hold the Labour administration to account over their part in the process, and will endeavour to ensure the development is completed as fast as is practicable whilst being sensitive to the needs of the traders.

It's an exciting time to be a Councillor in Croydon, with lots of changes in the town and our district centres. We have to get it right for future generations, and I know there's cross party support to ensure we all get the best possible deal for residents.

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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.

Email for more information!

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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:

13th July

14th September

19th October

16th November and 

14th December

If you would rather meet us in a more private setting then please do email us at 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:



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!



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 Older Blog Posts
A night(mare) at Planning Committee
Coulsdon Town Street Stall
Vaisakhi Celebration
Music Relief Foundation
A23 Brighton Road Improvements - Coulsdon Concerns
Public Transport Liaison panel
Bus Consultation - 404 and 434
Development at 76 Reddown Road
Memorial Service
Transport for London proposing changes to bus routes 404 and 434
Councillors' Street Stalls
Illegal discharge on Cane Hill
Damaged parking pole
Speed limit sign knocked down
Dust and mud on Cane Hill
Lights on Coulsdon Town footbridge repaired
Would Labour apologise to the vulnerable residents it's been letting down?
Superb scouting send-off for Steve
Coulsdon Town paint markings
Remembrance Sunday
Pay-to-use cash machines
The mystery of the missing fireworks banner...
Air pollution concern at Coulsdon South station
Evolving the suburbs
Response to local planning consultation SPD2
Labour threatens U-turn on free bulky waste collection
Petition on wheelie bins achieves partial win
Bid for funds from our Community Ward Budget
Shredded litter
Coptic Church - Coulsdon
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