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

Lion Green Road scheme at risk
19/01/2016 08:14:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


Information is scant, but it appears that the Lion Green Road has hit the rocks.

Whilst I had no part in the decision to grant the development (I wasn't a Councillor then), I have said publicly that I didn't see a problem with the plans as long as the store and community facilities opened as fast as possible and with the agreed large car park.

The Council is not being forthcoming with the details of the failure of the development, which is a shame given their pretence at being 'open and transparent'. Here is what we know from the Council press office:

  • The council will no longer be progressing the proposed development of the Lion Green Road site, in Coulsdon in its current form.
  • The decision was made following agreement with the developer CCURV that the current project was no longer a viable option.
  • We are still committed to developing the site and are currently exploring alternative development options. We remain in discussion with Waitrose who are still keen to be part of the scheme.

But only in November, a Council spokesperson said that there would be "no delay" in the development of the site following the discovery of ancient remains and the understandable need for them to be investigated.

What happened in the following months has not been revealed by Croydon Council. It should not be unreasonable for the Council to tell me and my residents why and how the collapse of the scheme was allowed to happen; when they first learned the scheme had failed and what they urgently plan on doing about it.

Chris Philp MP and the local Councillors have asked for the car park to be opened up as soon as possible to mitigate the impact that this development has had on the businesses and residents of Coulsdon. Short-term pain for long-term gain is understandable, but with this administration potentially failing with this development it seems there is lots of pain and no gain for my residents. We have been told that the whole car park cannot apparently be opened because of the archaeological discovery and they cannot at this stage guarantee that the car park will be re-opened at all. This is simply unacceptable. 

Questions to consider:

  1. The Council issued a press release of 14th July 2015 which states ‘The car park will close on 19th July with work beginning the following day’. Why did work not start as promised on 20th July? What changed between the 14th and 20th of July 2015?
  2. Were the Council aware of any potential viability issues when the car park was closed on 19th July? Or following confirming to the Croydon Advertiser in November that there was 'no delay' in the development? If so, then when did you become aware of them?
  3. How long will it take to develop new plans? Does the Council have any initial thoughts about what will happen with the site? 

As ever, I will seek to update this blog as and when new information is released.

UPDATE (27/01/16)

Yesterday Cllr Bains wrote to the Council, on behalf of the three Coulsdon West Councillors, urging them to open the car park as soon as possible. He said:

'In July of last year you committed to start work on the new Waitrose development on the day after Lion Green Road car park was closed. This did not happen and in fact several months have passed during which time Coulsdon residents have been denied both vital parking and the promised development. 

Will you now open the car park immediately and let local people use it until you have established certainty over the site's future? 

To continue to keep it closed in the current manner benefits nobody and only exacerbates the already severe parking problems you are causing in Coulsdon.'

We received a welcome reply today, saying: 

'Thank you for your email. We are working to opening the car park as soon as possible.
It is important given the archaeological dig that we are able to secure the site adequately and decisions need to be taken by the Transport Committee in order to re-establish the car park but I can assure you we are working as quickly as possible.'

We have been told that Council officers will keep us updated on the timescales as this clarity emerges. We will of course share any information we receive with you all as and when we receive it. These calls have been echoed by Steve O'Connell, our GLA member, and Chris Philp, our local MP.

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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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