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Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

Council speech: the Council's inefficient spending
21/07/2015 08:26:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


Last night I gave a speech on this debate motion:

This Council believes that the decisions taken by Cllr Newman and his Cabinet are putting the Council at risk based on their choices and lack of financial control.

You can watch it on the Council site or read a transcript below.

You'll notice at the start that our new Mayor, Cllr Hay-Justice, got a bit tongue-tied with my name. Kudos to her for valiantly struggling through. I've been called much worse... 


"It’s perhaps fitting at this, the final Council before the summer, that we take stock of exactly what a Council is for. Council’s are here to run things for the betterment of our community using money from the community. The money all comes from our residents. So it’s only right and proper that we give them their monies worth.

I know that this may all sound familiar, I’ve given a speech before about Labour’s wastefulness, but I’m sorry to say that they’ve still not learned from the embarrassing defeat at the General Election.

Madam Mayor it’s timely that today the Croydon Advertiser provided us with a small but perfectly formed example of the waste of this administration – the mysterious curious incidence of the disappearing Central Parade stones. An installation supported by local trader that initially cost just over £7,000 to install was removed by our Labour administration at a cost to Croydon Taxpayers of some £20,000. Where did they go Madam Mayor?

Nationally Labour said Ed Miliband’s infamous ‘Ed Stone’ was stored in a garage somewhere in South London. Perhaps it was keeping the New Addington stones company?

Today we learn that the stones are making a miraculous reappearance dotted around the borough - celebrating 50 years since Croydon joined London. Give the PR office a raise, Cllr Newman, genius!

But how much will it cost to install the stones? We’ve no idea. How much did it cost to store them since October? Nobody knows. So much for openness and transparency… This illustrates perfectly on a small scale the waste of this administration. What else could that money have been spent on?

Imagine you’re the Chancellor or the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. You get approached by Croydon Council who are asking for more money to fund vital services as Croydon isn’t getting its fair share of the pie. You’d expect Croydon has done all it can to streamline its services, why else would they be coming to you with a begging bowl? Then you discover they’re spending hundreds of thousands on a music festival; a food festival; a £200,000 Fairness Commission; thousands on a bike race; tens of thousands moving some stones around and countless other examples of unnecessary expenditure.

Imagine you’re that Chancellor. What would you do? Would you help Croydon?

I have a message for our friends in the local press, for residents up in the public gallery and for what I’m sure are thousands of people watching this at home: keep an eye on our Labour Council. Always ask yourself ‘how are they paying for this’? Because there are only two ways that a Council can fund projects and that’s by raising taxes or cutting services.

Labour have magicked hundreds of thousands of pounds of your money to pay for food festivals and music concerts; for transporting and storing stones and setting up ‘Commissions’ to apparently make our lives better. Where has all that money for these additional pet projects comes from?

I’ve already given a speech about this administration’s sham of a Budget, and I apologise if I sound like a broken record, but it needs hammering home. Council’s have one job: to spend the money we are given by our taxpayers in the most effective way possible to make their lives better. And this administration simply isn’t.

I support the motion."

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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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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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Pay-to-use cash machines
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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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