Car park costs and spiralling rents killing small businesses 26/07/2017 10:09:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Following the closure of Piccolino's cafe of St George's Walk, I've asked Cllr Mark Watson to answer the below questions. Our small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, and I want to ensure this Administration is being held to account for what it has and has not done to support them. This affects all our district centres, including Coulsdon Town Centre, so it's important to ensure our Council is doing all it can to help our entrepreneurs.
I'll publish the answer as soon as it is received.
Popular local cafe Piccolino's Snack Bar on St George's Walk has recently announced they will be closing after nine years of trading due to spiraling rental costs. With that in mind, could the Cabinet Member please answer the following questions:
In March this year the Cabinet Member publicised the discretionary rates relief scheme by helping MyPT, another business on St George's Walk. Can I ask what other businesses have, to date, received support from this initiative?
Given the delays to the Westfield scheme, what does the Cabinet Member feel the impact will be on small businesses outside the development area such as St George's Walk?
The owner of Piccolino's has stated that "a lot of shops around here have been taken by the baliffs because they have not been able to pay the rent".
Does the Cabinet Member agree with this assessment of the situation in St George's Walk?
It is a situation experienced by other district centres across the borough? If there are reports of struggling businesses, where and what do the Council believe are the reasons for it?
What is the Cabinet Member's advice for those businesses struggling with high rents and high business rates bills?
Mr Piccolino also stated that decreasing footfall due to the closure of the Fairfield Car Park has also contributed to the decline in trading.
Since 2014, please detail how many car parks have either closed permanently or temporarily in the borough, in particular in the Town Centre.
What is the average price for a motorist to park in Croydon Town Centre? What is the Administration's plan to bring down these costs to help increase footfall for small businesses?
Many commuters from the south of the borough had parked in the Town Centre to travel into London, now put off by extortionate fees or lack of availability, causing misery for thousands of our residents. What is the Cabinet Member's advice to those residents about how to mitigate this impact on their day to day life and what will his Administration do to help improve this unacceptable situation?
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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