Congratulations Cllr Stuart King! 10/05/2016 22:56:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
'Dear Cllr King,
We wanted to be among the first to congratulate you on your promotion to the Cabinet of Croydon Council, taking over the Transport and Environment brief from Cllr Bee.
We’re writing to ask you to start your new role by reversing a colossally damaging and unpopular mistake made by your predecessor.
In your 2014 election manifesto, you promised to offer free parking for the first hour in district centres: '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 Croydon Labour’s manifesto.
Despite this clear pledge, on 26th April Cllr Bee led the Traffic Management Committee in cutting one-hour free parking in Coulsdon Town. You were on that committee and followed Cllr Bee’s instructions.
Almost 2,000 residents had written to the Council objecting to these proposals, citing the very same reasons as you in your manifesto. Concerns that cutting free parking will make shopping harder and make it more difficult for local traders to flourish in already tough economic circumstances.
Every local Residents' Association, many local businesses, the Member of Parliament, the GLA member, the Shadow Cabinet Member, the six councillors for Coulsdon West and Coulsdon East all joined these objections. Yet Cllr Bee refused to listen, pushing the cut through with scant regard for the views of thousands of Coulsdon residents.
We hope that the first decision you'll take in your new capacity will be to halt this flawed and unpopular policy before it's too late. We are sure you’ll have the courage to do the decent thing, stand by your manifesto pledge and reverse Cllr Bee’s damaging decision.
The people of Coulsdon and every one of their elected representatives are united. We hope you’ll join us and choose to honour your manifesto pledge.
Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of the Opposition Cllr Yvette Hopley, Shadow Cabinet Member Transport and Environment Cllrs Jeet Bains, Luke Clancy and Mario Creatura – Coulsdon West Cllrs Margaret Bird, James Thompson and Chris Wright - Coulsdon East Steve O’Connell, GLA member for Croydon and Sutton Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South'
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.
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:
16th November and
If you would rather meet us in a more private setting then please do email us at email@example.com 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: https://www.mariocreatura.org.uk/LabourParkingTax
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:
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 toCoulsdon 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 theCroydon 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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