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Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

Over 1,000 residents oppose Labour's plans to cut free parking in Coulsdon
08/03/2016 09:09:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


A few weeks ago, local Conservative councillors in Coulsdon launched a petition to oppose our Labour Council’s plan to break their manifesto promise and cut free parking in Coulsdon.

'To support our local economies, our district centres will offer free parking for the first hour. This will not only make shopping easier for residents but will also support our local traders in difficult times.'

These words can be found on page 15 of Labour's 'Ambitious for Croydon' manifesto

Labour have announced that at the Traffic Management Advisory Committee on 26th April, they intend to approve the reduction of free parking on Brighton Road in Coulsdon from 1 hour to 30 mins.

As well as this the Council has decided to increase parking charges. For example, on the 2-Hour tariff in Coulsdon the cost of staying the full 2 hours has gone from £1.80 to £2.40.

Our petition was submitted to the Council last night with 631 residents supporting it.

The local Residents’ Associations are fully behind this work and have themselves collected a further 573 individual letters of objection.

In total that means 1,203 residents have objected using these two channels alone. Many more have written directly to the Council parking planners. Here are just a few of the comments residents have left:

  • ‘I love Coulsdon town and regularly shop there.  In order to enjoy the shops and services we need the one hour parking. Don't make our town a wasteland of charity shops and estate agents like Purley.  We need this parking for it to survive and thrive.’
  • ‘I feel that it will cause increased hardship to small local traders who are already struggling to keep their businesses going if the free parking is reduced from one hour.  It also lowers any trust we might have in manifesto promises if they are broken so easily.’
  • ‘Since Labour have taken over Croydon we have already had a loss of facilities at Smitham, garden waste (huge) charges and now a reduction in free parking.  On top of that Croydon council is proposing to increase council tax charges by 3.99%. The council is doing nothing at all to help shoppers, traders and visitors to Coulsdon and footfall will continue to decrease as a result of their actions.  New businesses will not want to open in this town. There is clearly no desire from the council to assist this small town.  Shame on the governing bodies!’
  • ‘This victimisation of Coulsdon must stop, Croydon Council seem bent on destroying local businesses, and making life harder for residents.’
  • ‘Politicians shouldn't make promises if they don't plan to keep them - fundamentally dishonest.’
  • ‘You say you want people to shop local and do their bit for local businesses but you give us no incentive and it's things like removing essential parking that will turn Coulsdon into a ghost town requested by the wrong sort of 'locals'. You could stop sending out useless mailshots to keep some of your funds.’
  • ‘It is almost impossible to visit ONE shop & return to my car in half an hour with 2 small kids. People who live in Coulsdon are shopping elsewhere due to parking issues & I may have to join them which would be a real shame!’
  • ‘Commit to the promises you have made! Otherwise you have no credibility.’
  • ‘I cannot understand why Croydon Council want to make it increasingly difficult for local people to support local traders with lousy parking and extortionate charges.’
  • ‘Making promises and breaking them is a given where politicians are concerned. There is a lack of integrity and honesty in most political manifestos underlining why most of the public have no trust for any politicians. But something this straightforward and reasonable, to maintain 1 hour free parking, is a simple undertaking to maintain, and by ignoring a promise within 12 months of an election, thereby failing to support local traders as promised, is clear indication that where morality and ethics should apply, there is a complete and abhorrent vacuum.’
  • ‘I have worked in Coulsdon for 40 - 50 years and know the area well. One hour free parking is essential for the success of so many businesses in the area. Those areas of business that require their customers to have appointments of 30 minutes or more desperately need a 1 hour slot.  If you want Coulsdon to thrive listen to what the workers, the shoppers and the residents are telling you.’
  • ‘How can we have any faith in our elected council leaders if they break their manifesto promise?’
  • ‘I have two young children and require the use of a pushchair in order to get around with my children. It takes me a good 10 minutes to get the children in and out of the car. This leaves me 10 mins free to get to a shop and buy something to include a queue. This is unrealistic. I have to go to Caterham to do my shopping rather than my local high street in order to shop. Caterham offer free parking.’

If you want to help add further pressure on the Council to see sense and honour their manifesto pledge, you can write to the local papers using and or come along to the Traffic Management committee and make your voices heard in person: 26th April, 6.30pm in Croydon Town Hall.

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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
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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