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Letter to Cllr Newman about Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works upgrade and lagoon
18/08/2015 14:11:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


Councillor Tony Newman

Leader of the Council

London Borough of Croydon

Leader’s Office

Town Hall

Katharine Street



18th August 2015

Dear Councillor Newman,

RE: Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works upgrade and lagoon.

We three Coulsdon West councillors and GLA Member Steve O’Connell would appreciate you and the Council taking the time to investigate the proposed development of Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works.

Over the past few weeks we have been contacted by a large number of residents, as well as several of our local residents’ associations, about the proposed Sutton and East Surrey Water’s plans to construct a waste water lagoon on Drake's field.

We are particularly concerned that construction traffic, for the next three years, will use Chipstead Valley Road.

It has been suggested that the construction traffic could use Holly Lane and the A217, although this may not be realistic. It would be appreciated if the Council could investigate the practicality of all options.

Council officers have suggested that Croydon was not notified of the application to build the lagoon as it technically falls in the area of Reigate and Banstead/Surrey County Council. As this also affects a high number of Coulsdon West/Croydon residents, it would be appreciated if planning officers could advise whether this is a breach of consultation and planning protocol highlighting what steps could be taken to remedy this.

It has been suggested that to mitigate the impact on the already congested Chipstead Valley Road that Croydon Council could contact those relevant authorities to ask if a planning condition may be inserted requiring that the developers cannot use Chipstead Valley Road and restrict hours of work to 8am to 6pm. This would ensure any additional pressure on narrow and busy local roads is restricted to times when the majority of our residents will not be using them.


Your swift support on this matter would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Cllr Mario Creatura

Cllr Jeet Bains

Cllr Luke Clancy

Steve O’Connell, GLA Member Croydon and Sutton)


(Cllr Paul Scott, Chair of the Planning Committee)

(Chris Philp MP, Croydon South)

(Coulsdon West Residents’ Association)

Response from a Council Officer: received on 19th August

'I can confirm that planning permission was granted by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on 24th June 2015 for the construction of the soakaway lagoon, the installation of pipework between the new lagoon and the existing works, an access road to the site from Rectory Lane and associated landscaping at Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works (reference 14/02077/F). Attached is a copy of the decision notice and site layout FYI.

During the course of the processing of a planning application close to the boundary with an adjoining authority it is normal practise to consult that authority. I have been in liaison with my counterpart at R&B and he has confirmed that notification was not sent to us, so we did not have the opportunity to comment on the proposals. That being said, we are not a Statutory Consultee and it does not alter the fact that planning permission has been granted. Even if we had been consulted and had objected, R&B are still within their right to grant planning permission.

I understand the key concern of Croydon residents relates to use of Chipstead Valley Road for construction traffic, particularly around school opening and closing times. As you can see from the decision notice, no conditions were imposed in relation to this. However, I have raised this point with Darren Williams (Neighbourhood Development Manager at R&B) and he assures me that the developer has been co-operative and positive towards community liaison and involvement to date. Darren has informed me today that he has been in dialogue with the developer and they will be engaging with the community groups/Reigate Cllrs/Croydon Cllrs/MPs and supports my request for joint working. To this effect they are taking seriously the concerns about traffic impacts and will be adopting a strategy that meets their needs but adopts practices, routes and times to manage impact.

Therefore the way forward on this is ultimately a dialogue between the planners at R&B and the developer, in consultation with residents. Darren will be leading on this for R&B. I have forwarded him Chris Philp’s and Cllr Creatura, Cllr Bains, Cllr Clancy and Steve O’Connell’s letters of 17th and 18th August respectively, both attached, so he is fully aware of our concerns.

So you are aware of the two applications currently with R&B (ref: 14/02077/DETO4 & 14/02077/DET03), they relate to discharge of conditions for landscaping and fencing.

I hope this is of assistance and clarifies the position from Croydon’s perspective.'

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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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