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

Cane Hill reserved matters
23/09/2016 12:52:00......Posted by Luke Clancy

At planning committee last night a report was presented on Cane Hill reserved matters, for noting only by the committee.

Residents strongly believe this development, without direct access onto the A23 Coulsdon Bypass, will have a detrimental effect on traffic in both the town centre and surrounding roads - and because underlying traffic conditions have changed a fresh transport assessment is warranted.

The original hybrid application was passed with an informative that allowed reconsideration of measures to mitigate any significant impacts on the highways network should there be material changes to traffic congestion. Officers clarified on the night that this informative, however, would apply only when the development is complete.

Many residents believe the withdrawal of the proposed supermarket on Lion Green Road - along with other developments - constitute one change in circumstances meaning the original traffic assessments are no longer valid. Further, since the original planning application the Council has increased the size of local schools leading to a perceived knock-on effect for traffic using local roads. Residents have also drawn on various traffic figures, from the Department for Transport and Transport for London (TfL), to support the case that traffic has increased in the area and a new Environmental Impact Assessment should be carried out.

However, TfL said that the transport assessment associated with the Cane Hill development was not required to be reconsidered as part of the reserved matters applications. The chair of the planning committee went on to say that traffic could increase by 50% in Coulsdon and it would still not warrant a fresh assessment of the traffic conditions affecting the viability of the Cane Hill access and highways arrangements.

I for one find this disappointing, but I was at least pleased to hear Cllr Scott add that he is very much in favour of seeking a solution to provide an access onto the A23 from Cane Hill and that he would like to see various stakeholders “get around the table.”

On the subject of the precise location of an access to the A23, Thursday night’s report referred to local residents calling for an exit from the southern roundabout and this being expensive and taking a large amount of green belt. However, residents associations I have spoken to say they have never asked for this.

What residents associations have proposed is a more elegant solution: using Footpath 744, which would be fairly easy to construct. This is around 7 metres from the Cane Hill main drive and would take no green belt land and would not be visually intrusive, and likely be far less expensive.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp spoke to Mayor Sadiq Khan about this proposed exit at the end of July and reports he is sympathetic about TfL consent. Indeed, the GLA’s support in this matter is vital as essentially City Hall can exercise a veto on the idea. Cllr Steve O'Connell, our Greater London Assembly Member, is lobbying for this exit to be realised.

Croydon Council officers have been tasked with dealing with the reserved matters and last night agreed to publish their delegated decision making report online. I did request that they include the latest figures available to the Council that would show traffic trends in localised roads near to the development – as I thought open and transparent publication of this data might once and for all settle any concerns about increased traffic - but unfortunately my request was turned down.

Lastly, the original approval for Cane Hill also contained a requirement that alterations be made to the Lion Green Road/Chipstead Valley Road junction. These are yet to materialise. Condition 2 of the Cane Hill planning permission, advises that no more than 187 dwellings can be commenced until the improvement to this junction has been completed.

In an email received yesterday, Croydon Council chief executive Jo Negrini says: “We have been advised that TfL are currently discussing the final details of the proposed junction layout with [highways consultant] WSP and hope to conclude the design and modelling of the revised layout within the next few weeks.”

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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
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Evolving the suburbs
Response to local planning consultation SPD2
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Bid for funds from our Community Ward Budget
Shredded litter
Coptic Church - Coulsdon
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