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Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

Speech on the 'Croydon: Our Time is Now' bid
02/12/2014 12:26:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


The motion:

This Council fully supports the Croydon ‘Our Time is Now’ ask to central government on behalf of the people of Croydon. Croydon is set to create thousands of new jobs and homes and the time has come for central government to truly devolve more powers to local people and allow Councils with ambitions such as Croydon, to keep more of the money generated from economic growth to reinvest in our borough.

My speech

It’s an absolute pleasure to speak on the subject of the Council’s ‘Our Time Is Now’ document, just as it was a pleasure to attend the launch at the House of Commons last week. Whilst I agree and fully support the bid, Madam Mayor it would be a very irresponsible Opposition not to scrutinise and try to gently encourage the governing party to be more ambitious still for Croydon.

Many funding formulae have already been adjusted to help us here in Croydon. Due in large part to lobbying by our fantastic Croydon Central MP, basic need funding for our schools went up by 2,994% since the General Election. More money for vital school places to cater to our growing population than anywhere else in London.

Due in no small part to the work of our excellent GLA member, the Met Police’s Allocation Formula has been changed and greatly benefits Croydon. Richard Wood once interim Croydon Borough Commander has said: “Under the plans, Croydon will see an increase of 117 officers from the current levels giving us 740 officers by 2015.”

While these hard won funding changes will benefit tens of thousands of Croydon residents, and whilst the proposals in the Croydon ‘Our Time Is Now’ ask are welcome, I believe there is still more that could be done.

I want to focus on one area where I believe this document is sorely lacking - damping – a vital area of reform needed yet seemingly missing from this document.

The Government sets a ‘floor’ amount of core grant each council receives - a worst case scenario in terms of the percentage change in a council’s grant. This damping has the effect of limiting the impact of demographic change on councils’ funding - if one council’s population was growing very quickly, for example, it wouldn’t get all of the extra grant it would theoretically be entitled to because some of this money would be diverted to protect councils that would otherwise be below the floor. This directly affects the level of Council Tax we as residents must pay.


In 2013/14, inner London boroughs benefited from damping to the tune of £236 million. Outer London boroughs lost out in net terms to the tune of around £55m - we in Croydon lost £10.7m.


  • Islington and Southwark have found the money to provide free school meals for all primary school children.
  • Camden is able to afford 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year-olds instead of the statutory 15 hours.
  • Greenwich has found £8 million to invest in a scheme to increase local employment and is able to afford to publish a weekly Council paper.
  • Tower Hamlets has found £1 million for repairs to local churches, mosques and other faith buildings and another £1 million for a bursary fund for adult education.

Imagine what we in Croydon could have spent nearly £11m on?

The evidence is incontrovertible: damping has huge consequences both for the Council Tax bills Croydon residents pay and the quality of council services around the capital.

We need to lobby to address the unfairness in the funding of councils so people living in outer London enjoy similar public services and pay similar Council Tax bills to those in inner London.

I support the motion as it stands, but hope in the coming years the present administration will push for more powers to help more of our people and be yet more ambitious for Croydon.

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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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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
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Superb scouting send-off for Steve
Coulsdon Town paint markings
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Evolving the suburbs
Response to local planning consultation SPD2
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Petition on wheelie bins achieves partial win
Bid for funds from our Community Ward Budget
Shredded litter
Coptic Church - Coulsdon
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