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

Lion Green Road closure
20/07/2015 15:45:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


Lion Green Road car park closed on 19 July 2015 and the Council has just released the below statement:


The Council has the following suite of measures in place to mitigate the loss of 188 long-stay and 35 short-stay parking spaces currently on the Car Park.

Short & Medium-Stay Measures

·     The redevelopment is providing 190 parking spaces for all Town Centre users for up to 2 hours free of charge – which will be available in 18 mths. 

·     On-street parking bays are provided throughout the Town Centre, mostly two and four hours, (30 minutes/one hour free parking); some full day.

·     In response to the temporary loss of short-stay spaces at the car park, an additional 23 new on-street parking bays have been introduced.

·     As this leaves a temporary 12 space shortfall of short-stay spaces, the Council is introducing c40 medium-stay spaces at the CALAT car park, subject to planning for a new access/egress point onto Woodcote Grove Road.  We are also exploring the possibility of opening up access within the next week or two via the existing entrance.

·     This totals 63 new additional short-medium parking bays being introduced to the Town Centre, 23 already in place and the additional 40 by the end of the year or sooner subject to planning advice, to replace the 35 short-stay temporarily being lost.

Long-Stay Measures

·     There is free, unrestricted, parking available on many roads outside of the CPZ that provide free long-stay parking.

·     A snapshot survey of roads within a 10-minute walk of Coulsdon Library carried out by Parking on 16 July 2015 at midday, identified that 147 all- day free parking spaces were available. This is in addition to the bays that were being used at the time that the survey was undertaken.

·     So, of the 188 long-stay spaces going, approximately 147 long-term spaces are available now (although the survey was taken a few days before public schools closed for summer, which may have slightly increased availability if some families started their holiday just ahead of schools closing).   Parking has confirmed that this 31 (or more) shortfall is more than accommodated in parking bay availability within a 15 minute walk of the town centre. Therefore, all of the 188 long-stay spaces lost are provided – although up to 15 minutes walk of the town centre.

·     Town Centre businesses can purchase up to four Business Permits to enable them to utilise many of the on-street parking bays within the CPZ.

·     We have offered local businesses support to put in place travel plans.


A public meeting was held with Town Centre stakeholders on 17 July 2017.  Face to face visits have also been made to Town Centre shops and businesses.  The following points have arisen from these discussions:

·     The percentage of car park users defined as railhead ‘commuters’ may previously have been misrepresented.

·     Businesses are concerned about business decline due to lack of parking.

·     The primary concern appears to be for medium and long stay parking for local employees.  There is unease about parking outside of the CPZ and walking in, safety, distance, uncertainty about finding a space.

·     The Council were requested to relax parking and loading restrictions during the redevelopment, explore with TFL de-designation of the bus Lane on Coulsdon bypass, and consider the industrial estate.

·     Concerns that there are insufficient on-street parking bays to accommodate the displaced parking and these spaces are already under pressure from competing uses of shoppers, visitors and businesses.


·     Explore use of industrial estates for parking and/or to facilitate links between town centre companies and industrial estate firms that have vacant parking.

·     With TfL, explore de-designating the bus lane on Coulsdon bypass to provide additional parking.

·     Finalise arrangements for opening CALAT car park as soon as possible.

·     Council to consider temporarily relaxing parking restrictions.

·     Feedback in writing to local stakeholders on actions / responses.

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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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