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

Coulsdon's future debated
25/04/2016 07:34:00......Posted by Luke Clancy

On April 4 Cllr Jeet Bains and I presented at the Purley & Coulsdon Debating Society with Maureen Levy, Secretary of East Coulsdon Residents’ Association. We debated the motion ‘Croydon Council is destroying Coulsdon. Proposing the motion, Maureen gave a passionate speech steeped in local history displaying a wide and varied knowledge of the area. I was invited to oppose the motion but as I said to the debate’s organisers I was not in a position where I could realistically oppose it, as I was in agreement with Maureen – broadly - on a number of points. I proposed an amendment to the motion that instead ‘Labour is destroying not only Coulsdon but the whole of Croydon.’ Unfortunately the Society said its rules did not allow amendments to motions. 

Nevertheless, we debated, and I focused on Coulsdon issues and my colleague Cllr Jeet Bains addressed the Society on a number of issues affecting the wider borough. I voiced talked principally about parking, traffic and the closure of the CALAT centre.



Lion Green Road car park closed in July 2015 with a commitment to start constructing a new Waitrose the next day. Nothing happened for seven months. Residents and small, local businesses were deprived of crucial parking spaces and were also denied the promised new development. The Council estimates over £88,000 of pay and display income and more than £23,000 of season ticket income has been lost due to the needless seven-month long closure.

Cllr Tony Newman, the Labour leader of our Council, has recently dismissed complaints about the chronic lack of parking and branded Coulsdon residents as "from a bygone era" for wanting to use cars.

The town needs all the parking possible and many more bays for shoppers, workers and businesses. It’s welcome the front part of Lion Green Road car park is back in use. But the rest of the car park should be brought back into temporary use until building works start. To add more parking capacity, the wider Woodcote Grove Road Entrance to the small CALAT car park should be constructed as soon as possible.

In addition to the measures I’ve just outlined to ameliorate the parking crisis that has developed in Coulsdon other solutions include exploring the idea for a Park and Ride service operating out of the Ullswater Industrial Estate, pressuring Transport for London to allow parking on the bypass and asking Barretts to allow temporary parking at Cane Hill.

Let’s not forget either that the Labour manifesto stated that they did explicitly promise to have one hour free parking in District Centres. The proposed reduction to 30 minutes proves their duplicity. For older and disabled people to park in Lion Green Road and go to the other end of town will be difficult and unreasonable. 

When the council consulted on this issue a couple of years ago, traders voted clearly to stay as we are. One hour free parking along the main shopping high street allows small local shops to compete fairly with supermarkets with large free car parks. In 2009, when the Conservatives were in power, nearly 1000 people sent in objections to the council Pay & Display scheme. The Council listened and as a result residents won their campaign for one hour free parking on the Brighton Road. It remains to be seen if Labour will listen as the Conservatives did then.


Cane Hill

Cane Hill is foremost in the minds of many Coulsdon residents is the need to provide adequate access into and out of the development. I believe it’s essential that the Council keeps an open mind over the need for a southern access road to the A23. But Labour hasn’t done this. Following the local elections in 2014, conversations with the new Leader of the Council did lead councillors in Coulsdon West to understand that this option remains on the table, and we welcomed that.

But since then there has been no action on the matter. It should be noted that the Council isn't the only body with a say in the matter however as the Greater London Assembly will also need to give its permission.

Cane Hill is of course a massive undertaking. The former psychiatric hospital will be replaced by 675 homes and three thousand square metres of business premises. In Croydon, under London Plan targets, the borough must build 14,000 residential units over ten years. Cane Hill will contribute five percent of that.

But the scale of shouldering a development like Cane Hill is leading many local people to question what benefits are being delivered in return. Coulsdon residents ask, if they accommodate thousands of new neighbours, how will public services be improved in response?

Since May 2014 the Council has received £2.9 million in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) from developments in Coulsdon. The overall borough’s CIL income is currently £4.7 million. Coulsdon then is contributing over sixty percent of the borough’s CIL. In addition, if all outstanding planning consents in Coulsdon were commenced approximately £5.3 million of the borough’s CIL would be payable.


CALAT Centre

It will have escaped no one’s attention that the CALAT centre in Coulsdon has closed. The Council claimed the curriculum offered in Coulsdon did not deliver national priorities for adult learning funding. As a result Coulsdon students will now need to travel to Croydon Clocktower, Thornton Heath or New Addington. We will have no such education provision in the south of the borough.

It is instructive that the Labour-run council has opted to close the one CALAT centre in the largely Tory-voting south of the borough.

This site has been a cornerstone of learning in the Coulsdon area, and provided education and learning in subjects from flower arranging to English for many residents.

It is another example of the way in which Labour thinks it can ignore the needs of Cousldon.

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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...
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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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