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Cllr  Luke  Clancy
Cllr  Mario  Creatura
Cllr  Ian  Parker

Maiden speech on Labour's #TenantTax consultation
15/07/2014 23:38:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


Last night I delivered my maiden speech as a councillor supporting a motion against Labour's proposed Selective Landlord Licensing scheme. You can watch it here or read the transcript below

The Motion

'This Council is concerned about the impacts on the most vulnerable tenants arising from the introduction of the proposed Landlord Licensing Scheme. The proposed charges would inevitably be passed on to tenants leading to rises in their rental levels. We ask the Council to carefully consider the impact on the most vulnerable and look again at the scheme and the proposed charging structure.'

The speech

"Like many of the schemes recently announced by the party opposite, they are meant with the best of intentions. We all want to improve the quality of poor housing stock in Croydon. We all want to tackle rogue landlords and raise the standards of accommodation for our residents. But we on this side want a scheme that is guaranteed to work.

A survey was recently carried out of the 12 local authorities that have already implemented selective licensing regimes to see whether they were having the desired effect of improving housing quality and decreasing antisocial behaviour.

Of those twelve local authorities, between them they managed to prosecute just 216 landlords. All of these landlords, however, were prosecuted not for having poor quality accommodation, but for failing to fill in the correct paperwork to be on the register.

Leeds Council, which introduced its scheme in 2009, has prosecuted just 42 landlords for licence offences and six for hazard offences up to December 2013. By the same time, Durham, Hartlepool, Hyndburn and Bristol councils hadn’t prosecuted any landlords at all.

So despite the idealistic hope that Selective Licensing will lead to more prosecutions of poor landlords, that claim doesn’t seem to stack up when we look at where it’s already enacted around the country.

The head policy officer for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health says, and I quote: “Many colleagues working to improve standards in the private rented sector tell us that the licensing approach is fraught with difficulties and carries with it high levels of bureaucratic burden.”

So how much can we expect this burden to cost in Croydon? Blackpool charges £670 for its licences. Newham Council has introduced it at a cost of £500. Croydon estimates it’ll be £200 per year.

There are 20,500 registered landlords in Newham which amounts to just over £10,000,000 being made by their Council. For that amount of cash, you’d expect hundreds of dodgy landlords to be kicked out of Newham. In reality just 18 have been banned. That means 20,482 good landlords have paid £500 each to get rid of just 18 bad eggs. Talk about a poor return on investment!

As someone who rents in Croydon, I know the strain that tenants are under to pay their bills. My friends and neighbours struggle and work every day to be able to live in Croydon. I want what’s best for them, and frankly I also want what’s best for me! Despite this, I understand that private sector landlords are not charities. 30,000 largely good landlords in Croydon will be hit with this increased and demonstrably weak licensing scheme and they will of course pass the cost onto tenants making Croydon Council anything upwards of £6 MILLION profit.

That’s wrong. I don’t want to pay an extra £670 like they do in Blackpool or £500 like those in Newham. It’s not something I signed up for as a tenant, it will be forced upon me. It’s a tax, a Tenant Tax, pure and simple.

As I said at the start Madam Mayor, Labour’s Tenant Tax is of course meant with the best of intentions - who can blame them for wanting what’s best for residents? But as demonstrated by other authorities 1) it is unlikely to improve the quality of housing and so is unlikely to work 2) it increases the bureaucratic cost to the Council in a time when we should be streamlining and 3) it will pass hundreds of pounds each year onto hardworking tenants, already struggling with exorbitant rents.

I therefore ask the Council to please reconsider this scheme and the premise behind it, revise it and to do what’s in the best interests of struggling tenants."

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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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Vaisakhi Celebration
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Bus Consultation - 404 and 434
Development at 76 Reddown Road
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Councillors' Street Stalls
Illegal discharge on Cane Hill
Damaged parking pole
Speed limit sign knocked down
Dust and mud on Cane Hill
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Bid for funds from our Community Ward Budget
Shredded litter
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