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

Parking in Coulsdon
01/09/2014 18:34:00......Posted by Mario Creatura


We ward Councillors have been made aware that the Council has granted permission for the Lion Green Road car park to close from 19th November 2014 for a total of 15 months while the development is being constructed.

Whilst we support the principle of the development and believe that it will be beneficial for our town, we are conscious that local traders and residents fear that closure of the car park will hit their trade especially over the Christmas period. We agree with their sentiments entirely.

One of the highlights in the Coulsdon calendar is the annual Christmas festival ‘Yulefest’ which this year takes place from 6-7th December. We are concerned that the closure of the car park before this event could reduce turnout and support for this much loved community event.

The new Aldi store on the site of the former Red Lion Pub is due to be completed in early 2015 and will provide 48 parking spaces. It will allow customers 90 minutes free parking on the site to allow users visit other stores around Coulsdon town. With Lion Green Road closing in November, and the new Aldi facility not being ready, we are concerned that this will exacerbate the situation and should be avoided if at all possible.

We have written to Croydon Council leader Cllr Tony Newman, Cllr Toni Letts (Economic Development), Cllr Kathy Bee (Transport and Environment) and Council CEO Nathan Elvery to ask them to consider, and if viable, actively support our four ideas to alleviate parking pressure in Coulsdon town:

1.      Write to all relevant authorities to delay the closure of the Lion Green Road car park until after construction of the Aldi store and its associated parking spaces. This period would also include Yulefest 2014 and ensure the development does not disrupt this much loved community festival. Sir Richard Ottaway MP and Steve O'Connell GLA have done the same.

2.      During the Christmas period we ask that the Council redoubles its efforts to find additional, temporary parking spaces in and around the town or to relax current restrictions where appropriate. Suggestions could include one hour free parking on most if not all town centre roads (not just Brighton Road) or contacting residents to utilise their unique knowledge to recommend parking solutions.

3.      Longer term, we would like the Council to consider allowing special parking provision for traders and those who commute to work in the town. We suggest that the Council looks at ensuring that half of the spaces it will be providing in the Coulsdon Community Centre car park are allocated to these special ‘permit holders’. The best method of allocating these tickets could be worked out by experienced officers.

4.      We have written to Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, asking him to consider allowing cars to park on the bus lane on the A23 (Farthing Way). This lane currently does not have any bus routes using it and so is space that could be used to temporarily alleviate parking pressures during the 15 month Lion Green Road construction period. We would appreciate having the full support of the Council and politely requested that Councillors and Council officers also write to Sir Peter regarding this matter.

We have contacted all our Residents’ Associations and have asked them to contact the Council on this topic with their views. We are aware that many of them already have and wish to reiterate that we share their concern about parking provision in town.

We hope the Council will strongly consider our suggestions as we believe them to be practical and in the best interests of the local economy of Coulsdon town.

We would be more than happy to meet with anyone at the Council to discuss this further.

Cllr Mario Creatura, Cllr Jeet Bains, Cllr Luke Clancy

Coulsdon West Councillors

Cllr Christopher Wright, Cllr Margaret Bird, Cllr James Thompson

Coulsdon East Councillors

NB:  Since this post we have been informed that as well as the support of Sir Richard Ottaway MP and Steve O'Connell GLA we also have the backing of Chris Philp (Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate), both the Coulsdon East and Coulsdon West Residents' Associations and the Coulsdon Liberal Democrats.

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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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Development at 76 Reddown Road
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Illegal discharge on Cane Hill
Damaged parking pole
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