Question Time in Coulsdon
24/10/2013 08:33:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
I am writing this blog hot on the heels of Croydon Council’s October Question Time held in Coulsdon where residents had the opportunity to speak to members of the cabinet and senior council and police officers about the issues and services that matter most to you.
There were two dominant subjects at the meeting, policing and the regeneration of Coulsdon.
Superintendent Rob Atkin defended the Met’s recent changes. If given a choice between keeping front counters and buildings or having more police on the ground, Croydon’s police chief said he would take more police every time. And Croydon is getting more police.
The recent announcement that Waitrose.com will be moving into the Ullswater Estate, Coulsdon is great news as it brings up to 500 jobs to the area. Whilst there is general support for Coulsdon’s regeneration, there are understandable concerns surrounding the green belt, transport issues, parking, access to and from the new Cane Hill site etc.
I have publicly expressed my concerns about the impact of the Lion Green Road planning application on the junction with Chipstead Valley Road and also concerns surrounding parking as a result of the supermarket development on the Lion Green Road car park.
Residents were vociferous about parking issues at the Question Time gathering and also about the expressed desire for access to the new Cane Hill development from the Relief Road. The Council Leader was applauded as he confirmed he would ask planners and others to look again at these two issues and report back.
Where residents gain access to the new Cane Hill development is key. What would not be good for Coulsdon would be a large cul-de-sac development separate from the Town Centre (not too dissimilar to Netherne). On the other hand, the position of access roads has traffic and green belt implications. The Relief Road is a Transport for London road so they too have an interest.
I will continue to raise and respond to residents’ concerns and provide Coulsdon regeneration updates through this blog and elsewhere.