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Thursday December 12, 2019
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Coulsdon West News Update

(Information on this page comes directly from the CWRA's website, the contents of which we have no control over.)


  1. Following a fantastic response from our residents, (about 600),  TfL have decided to keep the 434 route as it is (serving the Rickman Hill area) and divert the 404 to serve Cane Hill and the Toller's Estate. As this constitutes a change to their proposals they will hold a short consultation later in the year to confirm approval.

    Well done everyone.

  2. The DfT have told GTR to spend £15m passenger benefits. They have decided that this will be allocated station by station bases on a sliding scale from £30,000 to £80,000 based on the amount of disruption caused by the timetable changes

    This is not the simplest  way to do it and seems a bit complicated.  Suggestions need to be in by 31St July 2019.

    I have listed the suggestions that were made at the last East Surrey Transport Committee meeting and a couple I have received since.
    GTR Passenger £15m Benefit Fund   Suggestions need to be in by 31St July 2019.
    Allocated funding
    Suggested improvements

    Suggested improvements

    Coulsdon South
    Heating in the Booking Office./waiting room
    Additional exit barrier on down platform
    CI Screen  in booking Office for  buses at all 5 stops 
    Make old ramp to up  platform DDA compliant and reopen it, to provide step free access

    Coulsdon Town
    Windshield by booking office

    Enclosed shelter north end of platform

    You can also suggest spending on wider benefits and one ESTC have been campaigning for is Oyster at Reigate which would not only benefit the people of Reigate and those that travel to Reigate, but for all the local students that go to Reigate College.
    Spending on Wider scheme passenger benefits
    Reigate :  Introduction of Oyster this not only benefits passengers from Reigate but passengers from our area especially students who attend Reigate College. The only station on route without Oyster 
    Reintroduce the 2 for 1 vouchers booklet : It is simpler and more flexible than on line booking
    More comfortable seats on class 700 trains
    Additional 4 bay seats with tables for groups and families on all rolling stock
    1 Month return ticket to Gatwick Airport from more stations

    We need as many people as possible to support the ideas from East Surrey Transport committee for our local stations.

    So please could you do a suitable eblast/blog and put on your web site and facebook

  3. Carriageway Surfacing

    I am writing to inform you that FMCONWAY , on behalf of Croydon Council, will shortly be commencing resurfacing at the location/s and date/s below:

    Date: 01st  June  2019 between 08:00-17:00
    Location: Julien  Road

    To enable the Contractor to undertake the works, on-street parking will be suspended during works hours.  We also kindly ask that with forward planning vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road are reduced to a minimum during the works hours. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

    Advance driver / resident information boards will be in place before the works commence, advising of the precise dates and times of the road closure.
    Please however note that unforeseen circumstances (e.g. inclement weather conditions) may necessitate a change to the scheduled dates and information

    on road signs will be changed accordingly. Please check the road signs regularly for any updates

    The resurfacing works will take placeFrom Bramley Avenue  to Woodmansterne road  .
    Due to the nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur. For this reason it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes, or allow extra time to complete your journey.

    The on-street parking suspensions that will be in place within the works area are07:30-17:00 on  01st    June  2019 . No parking for residents on the highway in the areas covered by the enforcement signs.

    Please note thatpenalty charge notices (PCN’s) will be applied to vehicles parked within the suspended areas during the works hours and/or vehicles relocated.

  4. Received with thanks from Maureen Levy, ECRA secretary


    I have not been around for a few weeks but I am back – Sorry I have missed some items of interest and also some of the things below are very close to the date.

    ECRA has objected to the 25 metre mast proposed for Ullswater Crescent and amended plans for 28 Fairdene Road.  91a Marlpit Lane is on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.

    Best wishes

    Maureen Levy
    Secretary of ECRA

    • Dr Thanan’s Menopause Talk 15th May
    • Craft Forums / workshops each Friday at Heath Room Congregational Church
    • Community Meeting on Healthwatch St Michael’s Church Hall
    • Ballroom Dancing 17th May Coulsdon Methodist Church Hall
    • Dementia Action Week Knitathon Croydon University Hospital 22nd May
    • Men’s Games Group – Tudor Rose starting 13th June
    • New Footbridge at Coulsdon South Station starting 28th May
    • Library Talk 7th June
    • Defibrillator on the wall of Coulsdon Library
    • Health Talk on arthritis and joint pain 15th May
    • Coulsdon Common Newsletter.


    Menopause can affect women as they reach middle age.  Symptoms can be unpleasant and can include hot flushes, nightsweats, difficulty in sleeping, headaches, palpitations to name a few.   Hear how we can help to relieve unpleasant symptoms

    at The Heath Room
    Old Coulsdon Congregational Church
    Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon
    Commencing at 7.00pm 

    If you would like to attend and to give an indication of numbers, please contact reception 01737 558288 or email


    If you are interested in and like making things there is a class on Friday’s.  MTERIALS SUPPLIED AND ITEMS SOLD FOR CHARITY. See attached flyer.


    Gordon Kay, the manager of Healthwatch, will be joining us for this meeting to speak about the work of Healthwatch Croydon, including explaining how you can feed in your views on health and social care in Croydon. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
    Come along to meet others from across Croydon, pick up local information, hear what others have to say and to join the conversation.
    Please book a place if you plan to attend.
    Doors open at 7pm. After registration, tea and coffee will be available, with an opportunity for informal networking. There will be local information and leaflets on display, with copies to take away.
    The meeting will start at 7.30pm, (slightly earlier if possible) and finish by 9pm. St Michael's Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA Croydon
    The meeting will start with a series of short notices and updates from previous meetings.
    Everyone is welcome but we ask that all refrain from making party-political comments or sharing party-political literature at our meetings.


    Weekly Ballroom Dancing with Lorraine Drolet, former World Champion, commences Friday 17th May, 11.15am – 12.15pm at Coulsdon Methodist Church Hall, Brighton Road, Coulsdon.  Parking facilities.


    Croydon Council is promoting Dementia Action Week this year - 20-26 May 2019. As part of the week of events a Knitathon is being held at Croydon University Hospital in the main reception area on 22nd May 2019 8am - 8pm. This is mainly to knit twiddle muffs for people with dementia. Wool will be provided, just bring needles or if people rather they are welcome to join to stitch on bows and buttons.

    Information Sessions
    Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. 


    Weekly Men’s Games Group.   If you are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of male company, join Rob at the Tudor Rose This is not a free for all group, but intended for gents who are lonely and isolated who would like to socialising with other gents.  They will be meeting weekly from 12.30 – 2.30 at The Tudor Rose Old Coulsdon where they can chat, have a game of cards, dominoes or put the world to right.

    Bus route 60, 466, 404.

    Commences Thursday, 13th June, 12.30pm – 2.30pm.


    Network Rail is upgrading Coulsdon South station. We will be installing lifts to the platforms and a new footbridge to provide step free access at Coulsdon South for the first time. This will make the station much easier to use for passengers with mobility issues, older people and parents with young children.
    This work is being delivered by Network Rail as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme.
    The improvement work will take place at the station from the 28th May 2019 and is due to be completed by early 2020.
    The work will involve installing new passenger lifts to provide step free access to both platforms at Coulsdon South station. Our working hours will typically be Monday to Friday from 07:00hrs – 19:00hrs.
    However, there may be some occasions when it is necessary, due to the nature of the work to work outside of these hours. This includes working at night or over weekends when the trains are not running.
    To facilitate this work and to maintain the safety of both members of the public and our contractor working on site we will need to suspend up to 20 parking bays and the footpath next to the car park will be closed. The diversion route will be via A237 Brighton Road. From Thursday 5th September to Tuesday 10th September, the whole of the station car park will be closed to allow us to install the footbridge.
    Posters will be displayed in and around the station to provide further information on this work. These will include artist’s impressions and diagrams of how the station will look upon completion.
    We understand the effect our activities may have on the local community and we can assure you that our teams are briefed on working responsibly in the local community. We will endeavour to keep any noise to an absolute minimum, though some disturbance may be unavoidable due to the nature of the work.


    Alan Holbrow, who's a former Senior Technical Officer at Tower Bridge, will give an illustrated talk about its design, build and first 100 years at Coulsdon Library on Friday 7th June from 10.30-11.30am. 

    Please contact the library if you'd to attend this free talk. 
    Fiona Phillips
    Library Supervisor

    Place Department
    Council Homes, Districts and Regeneration
    Croydon Libraries
    Coulsdon Library
    167 Brighton Road
    Coulsdon CR5 2HN

    Tel: 020 3700 1007

    The Defibrillator in Coulsdon is now up and available on the Library wall and working. Thanks to the work of Hamish Robertson and Coulsdon Manor Rotary club and Croydon Council agreeing to site it there and connect it to the electricity supply.

    Hamish is now collecting names of anybody who might want to come on the training course in April. 
    If you would like to attend 

    Please can you respond to him direct

    (Sorry this is too late for this but if you contact Hamish there may be later course.)

    Croydon Rheumatology Department and Allied Health Professionals from Croydon University Hospital
    in conjunction with Croydon Patient Participation Network and Croydon CCG
    cordially invite you to attend our health talk on
    Arthritis and Joint Pain
    Date: Wednesday 15th May, 2019
    Time:3.00pm to 4.30pm
    West Wickham Baptist Church Hall, 
    Wickham Rd, Croydon CR0 8EB
    In the UK 10 million people have arthritis. Although the image that comes to mind when discussing arthritis is an older adult, arthritis can affect people of any age. 
    The team will discuss symptoms and more importantly, new and old treatments to help alleviate symptoms.
    We look forward to seeing you on 
    Wednesday 15th May, 2019 
    3.00pm to 4.30pm.

    Please feel free to bring friends and neighbours to this free event.

    The latest news from the Coulsdon Commons team

    May 2019

    Welcome to the Coulsdon Commons Newsletter covering Coulsdon CommonFarthing Downs and New HillKenley Common and Riddlesdown.  

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    A spring tidy up for Coulsdon Common

    Volunteers joined in with the annual ‘Clean for the Common’ event which aims to give Coulsdon Common a thorough tidy up before the summer season.  Volunteers delved into every nook and cranny on Coulsdon Common to retrieve all kinds of rubbish!  The most amusing items found included half a tobbogan, one shoe and numerous dog toys!  On a more serious note, this event is important as it not only makes the common look good, but it protects the wildlife here from being harmed by discarded rubbish. If you would like to become a regular volunteer litter picker on Coulsdon Common please contact us on 01372 279083. 

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    Easter fun on Kenley Common 

    One very sunny Thursday during the Easter holidays we had over 150 children and their families enjoying our “Eggcellent Easter Eggstravaganza” self-guided trail across Kenley Common. They adventured through the woodlands and grasslands looking for hidden treasures. The children got to make their own fabric leaf print to take home and even decorated their own stones to hide in their gardens! A huge thank you to the always brilliant Kenley Common Volunteers who helped with all the preparations, set up and running the event on the day! If you like the sound of that why not join us for the next event on Kenley Common: Enchanted forest self-guided trail, Wednesday 29 May 12pm-2pm.

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    The joys of spring!

    This month the livestock have been pampered to prepare for the grazing season. The cows got pedicures from Joe the foot-trimmer and the sheep received some treatments to keep them healthy. This month sees all the cattle turned out onto the Commons. The breeding herd, along with the calves are in the Woodplace Farm fields getting to know Wilf, the new bull. The calves were jubilant when they discovered how much space there is to run around in and the taste of fresh grass! Please remember to keep all dogs under close control when entering a field with livestock. 

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    Families frolic on Riddlesdown

    Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to just come out and enjoy the Commons. The birds are singing, the bluebells are out, and trees are flowering. To further encourage more families, the rangers ran a fun event which saw families den building and tasting toast cooked over the flame of a campfire. We also ran a self-guided trail “Skull island pirate adventure”, a bat walk and “Breakfast with the birds” on Riddlesdown. With over 125 people attending and lots of new faces, it’s been a real success and a joy to see. A massive thanks goes out to our Volunteers who helped in so many ways. If you’re interested in our upcoming events, please have a look at Eventbrite for more information.


    Breakfast with the birds – Coulsdon Common
    Saturday 4 May 2019, 6am – 8am
    Join us on a guided walk around Coulsdon Common, listening and looking out for birdlife. As an extra reward for getting up so early, coffee and buns will be on offer after the walk. Suggested donation: £3 per person.
    Booking essential - please go online and book your ticket via Eventbrite or give us a ring 01372 279083.

    Spring walk – Riddlesdown 
    Saturday 11 May 2019, 10.00am – 11.30am 
    Join the ranger for a guided walk through Coombes Wood in spring.
    After this year’s holly bashing there’s a lot to see. The bluebells will be out in full bloom and there are plenty of flowering trees to see and learn about too. You will also learn about the historical “lumps and bumps” on Riddlesdown whilst wildlife spotting for resident birds and butterflies..
    Booking essential - please go online and book your ticket via Eventbrite or give us a ring 01372 279083.

    Enchanted forest self-guided trail – Kenley Common
    Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12pm-2pm
    For one day a year the magical creatures that live in the woodlands of Kenley Common come out and leave traces of their existence. Follow the clues and complete the activities along the way. Then head back to the ranger for prize to take home!
    This is a self-guided trail you can start anytime between 12pm and 2pm.
    Suitable for children aged 4 to 12. Suggested donation: £3 per child.
    No booking required. For more information see Eventbrite.
    Meet the ranger by the notice board ON THE PERIMETER TRACK near Golf Road.
    Please note: some paths may be muddy and therefore not suitable for pushchairs.
    PARKING: we recommend you park along Hayes Lane and then walk. Please don't park along Golf Road, you might get a ticket. 


    Chain Gang on Coulsdon Common
    Thursday 2 May 2019, 10am – 3pm 

    Riddlesdown Volunteers
    Thursday 9 May 2019, 10am – 3pm 

    Hillbillies – Farthing Downs and New Hill
    Sunday 19 May 2019, 10am – 3pm

    Kenley Conservation Volunteers 
    Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10am – 3pm 

    Find the latest volunteering opportunities.

    For further information:
    Tel: 01372 279083


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  5. Have your say on Croydon's draft parking policy

    Why are we doing this?
    Parking affects almost everyone that lives, works or visits Croydon. The competition for road space from pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and parking is growing, in particular in areas where new homes are being built and outside schools.
    The draft parking policy sets out the aims and objectives for 2019 to 2022 for parking services; to manage the demand, improve air quality in Croydon by encouraging less reliance on cars and the use of lower emitting vehicles, and improving safety outside the borough’s schools.

    What do we want to know?
    We want to hear your views on our draft parking policy.
    Below you will find the full and summary versions of the draft policy. The summary version focusses on the new objectives for parking services, with the business as usual activity removed.
    Please have your say by 11.59pm on Sunday 5 May.
    All responses received will be reviewed and will help us finalise the policy which we will publish in July.

    Contact (for more details)

    Frede Jensen

    Start date
    08 Apr 2019
    End date
    05 May 2019
    Report available by
    Due 07 July 2019
    Who can take part?
    All - everyone invited to take part
    Topic Area
    Parking, streets and transport
    London Borough of Croydon

    Parking policy


    Draft parking policy 19-22 - summary version


    Draft parking policy 19-22


    Cabinet report parking policy 19-22

  6. Network Rail have arranged a public drop in session at Coulsdon South  station to discuss the works involved with installing the lifts and new footbridge at Coulsdon South station.

    This will be from 4,00pm to 6.00 pm on Wednesday 1st May 2019.

  7. From Croydon Council....please read and respond if concerned

    We want your views on borough-wide draft parking policy

  8. Our next street stall takes place this Saturday (16th March),
    2-3pm outside Aldi in Coulsdon when residents can come and discuss issues of local concern with us.

    We will be joined by Neil Garratt, Croydon & Sutton's Conservative London Assembly candidate so if you have any London wide issues (housing, planning, TfL etc) you'd like to raise Neil will be pleased to hear from you.  Or just come and have a friendly chat!

    As always, If you would prefer to meet by appointment, perhaps more confidentially, let us know by replying to this e-mail with your name and address and we will make the necessary arrangements.  The dates and times of future stalls are:

    13th April            11am
    25th May             11am and
    15th June            11am

    We hope to see you this Saturday.
    Kind regards
    Cllr Luke Clancy                 Cllr Mario Creatura              Cllr Ian Parker

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    Dear All

    For some time, Croydon’s Labour-run council has been granting planning permissions indiscriminately. Over 90% of all applications are getting approved by the Planning Committee. In particular, they are routinely allowing family housing to be destroyed and replaced with small blocks of flats. Neighbouring Boroughs Bromley and Sutton do not allow this. We do need more homes, but blocks of flats should go on brownfield sites and in Croydon town centre. Buildings like the old Royal Mail building next to East Croydon station are derelict, and you could build hundreds of flats on that site. The council would then have no reason to destroy houses in suburban areas, which changes the character of the area and removes much-needed homes for families. They should not destroy any family homes until all the brownfield sites in the Borough have been used – which we are at least 10 years away from doing. It is time for the council to stop destroying family homes and pursue a Brownfield First policy.

    One way to make planning decisions more accountable would be to have local “Area Planning Committees” where you divide Croydon up into three areas (say, north, central and south) and only councillors that area sit on its planning committee and decide for smaller applications – say less than 50 units – in that area. At the moment, councillors from distant parts of Croydon who do not understand our area decide applications in our neighbourhood – often imposing very bad schemes. Many other councils including the London Boroughs of Kingston and Barnet, and Wiltshire and Durham amongst others have Area Planning Committees. Croydon should have Area Planning Committees too.

    It is time for us to stand up to the council on behalf of residents across the Borough and demand change. Please join me as our local MP by taking the following steps:

    1. Sign a petition here calling for the council to stop destroying family homes (instead pursuing a “Brownfield First” policy) and calling for Area Panning Committees:

    2. There is currently a review of Croydon Council’s Governance run by Dame Moira Gibb. Please email her directly explaining your views about how the council currently handles planning applications (i.e. often ignores residents etc) and asking Dame Moira to recommend Area Planning Committees in Croydon. Her email address is: Please do cc me.

    3. Tell the people responsible for planning in Croydon how angry we are about what they are doing. Email them directly at:Do cc me as well.
    4. Attend a demonstration at the Full council meeting on the steps of the Town Hall on Monday 1st April from 600pm-630pm and then the council meeting afterwards in the public gallery of the Council Chamber. From around 830pm onwards planning will be debated and Area Planning Committees will be proposed and voted on. The Town Hall address is: Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

    5. Forward this email to all your friends and neighbours

    What the council is doing is totally unacceptable. Please join this campaign to stop them.
    Best wishes,

    Chris Philp
    Member of Parliament for Croydon South

  10. This is the latest from Chris Philp, which contains items which may be of interest to some.

    Dear Resident,

    Here is an update on some local issues I have been working on, or which may be of interest.

    Purley Skyscraper Update: High Court Appeal by the Developer
    You will recall the excellent news that in December the Labour council’s planning permission for a 17-floor Purley Skyscraper was over-turned by the Government. Unfortunately, the developer has now appealed to the High Court against that decision. I am not sure how long the appeal will take, or what the chances are of it being successful. As soon as I have more news I will let you know. The sooner the skyscraper proposal can be finally defeated, the sooner the site can be developed in an appropriate way.

    Have a chat with me at a Street Stall - Saturday 2nd February, Old Coulsdon, 11:30-12:30
    If you’d like to drop by for a chat about any topic, I’ll be at a street stall in Old Coulsdon on Tudor Parade (CR5 1EH) from 1130-1230 on Saturday 2nd February. There is no need for an appointment – just drop by. I will do street stalls in other parts of the neighbourhood in the next few months if this one is not convenient.

    Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) – Brand New A&E now open
    The new A&E, or Emergency Department, at Croydon University Hospital (Mayday), opened to the public in December. It offers a wonderful service and operates at around double the capacity of the old A&E.

    In 2015 I met with the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to discuss the importance of upgrading the A&E. That year, the Government decided to invest £21 million in the new A&E. It is much bigger than the old A&E, so can see far more patients. Patients also now have higher levels of privacy – they will be treated in their own treatment rooms, rather than just a curtained cubicle.

    Other facilities include two mental health liaison rooms for adults, one for children, and a dedicated resuscitation unit for very seriously ill patients. A separate new Urgent Treatment Centre has also been opened next door to the A&E to handle less serious cases.

    The local NHS still recommend that residents in the south of the Borough attend Purley War Memorial Hospital’s GP Hub / Minor Injury Unit for less serious matters (excluding potential broken bones – for which people should still go to Croydon University Hospital). Following my campaign a year or two ago, the Purley facility is now open 8am-8pm 365 days a year. There are both GPs and nurses available to see people immediately, as well as an X ray service. The NHS also encourages non-emergency patients to phone 111 for medical advice.

    Gatwick: A second Runway
    The Government announced a little while ago that the extra runway in the south east should be at Heathrow – the (in)famous Heathrow third runway. This implied that Gatwick would not get Government support to expand.

    But Gatwick has developed a plan to get a second runway operational without needing to be the “official” extra runway in the south east - and the extra Gatwick runway is likely to be operational long before Heathrow’s third runway.

    It turns out Gatwick has an existing “standby” runway that runs parallel to the current main runway.  They had pledged not to use it for the first 40 years of Gatwick’s lifetime – but that expires later this year. The plan is to bring this standby runway into operation. The airport could then provide for up to 70 million passengers per year, an increase of around 50% from current levels.

    The amount of work needed is not significant – some more taxi routes are needed around the edge of the current runway, and the standby runway needs to be extended by 12 metres to the north to meet international aviation standards. All of this can happen within the current boundaries of Gatwick airport.

    The airport would remain a two-terminal operation, and noise levels would remain about the same. The cost would be entirely paid for privately by the airport owner – no public money is needed. The cost of the second Gatwick runaway, at around £500m, is around 1/30th the cost of the Heathrow third runway in any case.

    I support these plans. It would be very useful for Croydon to have extra airport capacity just a 30 minute drive from Purley (in normal traffic) or a 15 minute train ride from East Croydon. But if they go ahead I do want to see Gatwick make financial contributions towards improving the M23 and A23, and also the Brighton Mainline. Extra traffic and train passengers will be generated (albeit mostly outside the rush hour) and it is right that Gatwick helps with meeting the costs of better infrastructure. I will keep you updated on progress with this project.
    Major Upgrade Opportunity – Brighton Mainline
    The Brighton Mainline, running from London to Brighton through our neighbourhood, is one of the busiest in the country carrying over 300,000 passengers each day. Some time ago, I led a delegation of MPs to see the Prime Minister which led to a £300m programme of works to upgrade the infrastructure (for example, fixing points and signals). This work is now happening, and should ensure there are fewer delays and cancellations once completed.

    But the line is nonetheless running at 99% capacity, which means any small problem creates wider disruption and rush-hour trains are often over-crowded. We need to create more capacity.

    The bottleneck for the whole network is around East Croydon station – Network Rail describe it “the most challenging bottleneck on Britain’s Railway Network.” Services converge from across Surrey, Sussex and parts of Hampshire through East Croydon, before diverging to Victoria, London Bridge and Blackfriars. The Windmill Junction, near Selhurst, is also a bottleneck. You will have noticed southbound trains often pause for a few minutes near Selhurst while they wait for this junction to clear.

    I have therefore been campaigning for the Government to provide around  £2 billion to fix this bottleneck. This project would entail expanding East Croydon from 6 to 8 platforms and widening other areas of track in the vicinity. It would also involve grade separating Windmill junction. Not only would this prevent a lot of delays, but it would allow for more services to run, increasing capacity by 30%.

    This project is being taken forward by Network Rail, and there are some more basic details in a video on this page:

    The funding still needs to be finally signed off, but I will be pressing hard to make sure that this happens. This would be one be one of the biggest rail infrastructure upgrade projects in the country. I will keep you updated.

    Charity News: Get Well Gamers
    This charity is registered in Scotland but their Head of Operations, Richard Thurbon, is from Coulsdon. They provide video and other electronic games to seriously ill children in hospital and hospices to provide them with some entertainment as well as diversion from pain they may be suffering. They need donations of second hand games consoles and volunteers to take them into hospitals and hospices. They have recently worked with Croydon University Hospital. If you can make a donation of a second hand console or would like to volunteer, please have a look at:

    Charity News:  Selsdon Centre for older people
    I visited the Selsdon Centre (on the left as you go into the entrance of the big Sainsburys in Selsdon), a few weeks ago.  They offer older people a place to go, a very cheap cooked meal five days a week and various social activities such as bingo, chess, cards and IT training. They have a minibus that can collect people who need that. Anyone interested in using this service themselves, or who has friends or relations that might be, should make contact (details below). They are also looking for volunteers to help in the Centre and two volunteers to serve on the Board.  If interested, please contact Craig Anderson or Jane Bird 020 8651 1111 or email

    In the House of Commons
    I asked the Prime Minister earlier this week about getting more young people onto the Housing Ladder. Here is the clip:
    Getting first time buyers on the property ladder.
    And here is the speech I gave a couple of weeks ago in the “No Confidence” debate, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn the day after the Government lost the original vote on the BREXIT deal:
    The "No Confidence" debate.
    I hope this update was useful.

    Best wishes,

    Chris Philp
    Member of Parliament for Croydon South
  11. From: Edgerton, Jackie <>
    Sent: 24 January 2019 15:29
    To: King, Stuart <>; Creatura, Mario <>; Clancy, Luke <>; Parker, Ian <>
    Cc: 'Quickfall Suzanne' ( <>; Iles, Steve <>; Dickson, Hilary <>; Wallace, Scott <>; Judah, Jon <>
    Subject: Chipstead Valley Road - 2 way Temporary Signals

    Good afternoon Councillors,

    In order to carry out emergency works on a gas leak outside of 364 Chipstead Valley Road,  Southern Gas Network  are controlling the traffic with two way temporary signals on Chipstead Valley Road near its junctions with Woodstock Road.  I have asked for the lights to be manually controlled at peak times because of the proximity to schools in the area. The works are expected to be completed by Wednesday 30th January. I will send further updates if this changes.    

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss further.

    With kind regards

    Jackie Edgerton
    Network Management Officer 
    Place Department
    Streets Division
    Highways Team
    6th Floor Zone C
    Bernard Weatherill House
    8 Mint Walk
    CR0 1EA

    Tel: 020 8726 6000 - Ext 64907
    Fax: 020 8633 9566
    Mob: 07827280355
    Minicom 020 8760 5797

  12. Following a request from our TfL representative, Cllr Steve O'Connell, for a CWRA response the following has been sent:

    Initial Responses to the proposed 404/434 bus changes from members of Coulsdon West Residents’ Association (CWRA).

    The proposals have stimulated much debate within CWRA, particularly within the Rickman Hill area with the majority believing this to be very much to their detriment.
    This part of Coulsdon West is home to an elderly demographic, many of whom suffer mobility problems with some of the more disabled being wheelchair users. This area is extremely hilly and the introduction of the 434 route some fifteen years ago (particularly with the hail’ n’ ride section) has given them vital travelling independence and has meant they are able to bring shopping home, for example. Following the recent closure of Dr. Khan’s Brighton Rd medical practice a number of his patients chose to register with the Keston practice given the ease of travel to Purley and are most disappointed with these proposals.

    The changes will aid journeys to Old Coulsdon and be of great benefit to Tollers and Cane Hill residents but existing 434 users from the Rickman Hill/Chipstead Valley Road area will lose direct access to the popular destination of Purley, with this now requiring a change of buses in Coulsdon Town. Most children and adolescents from this area attend Woodcote schools and together with some school staff travel on the 434 which under the new proposal the 404 will no longer follow the usual route along Woodcote Grove Road. Some parents have already indicated that they will drive their children, thus depriving these children of a modicum of independence and adding to traffic congestion in Woodcote Grove Rd.

    Our members fail to understand why the 404 cannot serve Cane Hill and the 434 remain as it is.  It might be a helpful to suggest that the 404 should turn at Smitham Bottom Rd to loop back to Coulsdon instead of turning at The Drive, which would cover the missing length of Woodcote Grove Road. Our members are generally supportive of Cane Hill (and Toller’s) residents having a bus service but feel that their needs would be unfairly compromised by these proposals.
    Of course, strict and careful timetable scheduling between services to ensure connectivity would be an essential pre-requisite for any changes.

    A submission to TfL will follow, having given time for further feed-back from our residents. Anything of substance sent to will be included.

  13. Proposed changes to routes 404 and 434


    TfL Consultations via 

    Tue, 8 Jan, 11:22 (2 days ago)
    to TfL
    Dear Stakeholder

    We are proposing to make changes to bus routes 404 and 434.

    Following the development of the Cane Hill estate in Coulsdon, 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. We also want to improve services in both the western and eastern sides of Old Coulsdon.

    Route 404 would serve the Tollers Lane estate and Shirley Avenue in Old Coulsdon. It would also be extended along the current route of the 434 between Coulsdon and the Rickman Hill estate.  We propose to introduce a Sunday service and to increase the frequency to every 30 minutes on all days.

    Route 434 would be extended from Coulsdon to serve Cane Hill. It would no longer serve Rickman Hill. The frequency would be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and remain every 30 minutes on Sundays.

    Details of the proposal can be found online at:

    We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please let us know your views by Monday 11 February 2019.

    Yours faithfully
    Ben Adams
    Local Communities & Partnerships
    Transport for London

  14. From: Edgerton, Jackie <>
    Sent: 09 January 2019 14:57
    To: King, Stuart <>; Creatura, Mario <>; Clancy, Luke <>; Parker, Ian <>
    Cc: 'Quickfall Suzanne' ( <>; Iles, Steve <>; Dickson, Hilary <>; Wallace, Scott <>; Judah, Jon <>
    Subject: Chipstead Valley Road - 2 way Temporary Signals

    Good afternoon Councillors,

    In order to carry out a water connection to 177 Chipstead Valley Road,  SESWater will be controlling the traffic with two way temporary signals on Chipstead Valley Road between its junctions with Sherwood Road and Vincent Road from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th January. I will send further updates if this changes .    

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss further.

    With kind regards

    Jackie Edgerton
    Network Management Officer 
    Place Department
    Streets Division
    Highways Team
    6th Floor Zone C
    Bernard Weatherill House
    8 Mint Walk
    CR0 1EA

    Tel: 020 8726 6000 - Ext 64907
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  15. We have received many reports of car theft - particularly those relying on electric fobs. Please isolate these fobs from easy access from outside your property using distance, foil or cheap protective devices. Unfortunately, police concern on these crimes is sorely lacking.

  16. TfL have announced there is likely to be a strike by Drivers at Epsom Buses Quality Line on Friday 7th December 2018 and this could affect the following routes in our area 404, 463, S1 & S3
    Attachments area

  17. We have been informed that the Secretary of State has refused the application to redevelop Purley Baptist Church which included a 17-storey tower block.
    Croydon Council initially approved the application but following objections from many local residents, local RAs and our MP, the Secretary of State directed that the application should be referred to him and a public Inquiry was held in January this year.
    At the Inquiry, the lay RA representatives were opposed by eminent Barristers (plus teams) representing the developers and LBC, which was somewhat daunting. Subsequently, the Inspector recommended approval but the Secretary of State over-ruled him and refused the application. The developers may challenge his ruling but must do so within the next 6 weeks.
    At no time were the RAs opposed to the desire of the Church to improve its facilities but the sheer scale of the proposals, totally unsympathetic to the existing character of Purley would have caused problems (traffic congestion, flooding etc) to a wide area, including Coulsdon.
    We would welcome the opportunity to work with the Church to achieve their aims without the consequences to the wider community.
    We would also like to thank the many of our concerned residents who attended the Inquiry to offer us support.

  18. The new parking charges apply - fines will be issued from 19th November

  19. Our next street stall takes place this coming Saturday.    
    The popular street stalls provide an opportunity for residents to come and meet us as your local Councillors. 
    It could be an informal chat or you may have a local issue you would like to raise with us. Either way we would be pleased to see and hear from you.
    We will meet as follows:
    Date:              Saturday 17th November
    Time:              2pm
    Place:             Outside Aldi Supermarket on the Brighton Road, Coulsdon
                           Town Centre
    If you would prefer to meet by appointment, perhaps more confidentially, let us know by replying to this e-mail with your name and address and we will make the necessary arrangements.
                                                         Kind regards
    Cllr Luke Clancy                 Cllr Mario Creatura              Cllr Ian Parker

  20. Below are things which may be of interest to you around Coulsdon


    Maureen Levy
    Secretary of ECRA

    1. World War One Commemorations Coulsdon Armistice Week.  3rd to 11th November. Old Coulsdon Congregational Church Hall.
    2. Police Surgery Old Coulsdon
    3. Proposals for Gatwick Airport.
    4. Volunteers needed to help with Bank & Ditch repair Farthing Downs
    5. Coulsdon Library Talk 16th November
    6. Vehicle Thefts  40% offer on Ring Door Security System but only to 18th November
    7. Christmas Lights – Clocfc – Quiz and lights switch on  the 24th November. 
    8. Coulsdon Common Newsletter

    Still time to visit this very interesting and good exhibition.

    Old Coulsdon Police Surgery details

    SNT Police surgery venue for Old Coulsdon has changed with immediate effect the surgery will be held in The Heath Room Congregational Church 12-1pm every Wednesday . Entrance via Canon’s Hill please ring bell if door closed .
    Your local Officers will be there to discuss any issues .

    Gatwick Airport
    Following the publication of our draft master plan, in which we set out our future proposals for Gatwick, we'll soon be hosting a public exhibition in Croydon to discuss these plans with you. Gatwick representatives will be on hand to give you more information and hear your thoughts.
    View our draft master plan here:

    Volunteers needed to help with Bank & Ditch repair Farthing Downs

    Bank and Ditch on Farthing Downs - volunteers needed!
    We will renew the ditch and bank system along Ditches Lane to deter unauthorised access onto Farthing Downs. Due to the national importance of its archaeological features, parts of Farthing Downs are designated as Scheduled Monument so the work will be overseen by Historic England. The monument includes a regular-aggregate field system, associated trackway and Anglo-Saxon barrow fields surviving as earthworks and below-ground remains.
    We are recruiting for volunteers who can help us check the soil as it is excavated from the old ditch for archaeological finds. We have organised a free training session on field archaeology on 19 November 2018. Please contact us via email or phone 01372 279083 if you like to get involved.

    Coulsdon Library Talk

    Charlotte Islin will make a return visit to Coulsdon Library to deliver another free talk about RAF Kenley on Friday 16th November at 10.30-11.30am. You'll be able to discover some of the fascinating people who served at RAF Kenley as well as learning more about how they are commemorated on the Kenley Tribute. 
    Please reply to this email if you'd like to book a place for this free talk. 
    Many thanks, 
    Fiona Phillips
    Library Supervisor

    Vehicle Thefts  40% offer on Ring Door Security System but only to 18th November.

    Concern about recent spate of vehicle thefts and had spoken with Lee Honey of OCRA about it. Together with representatives from HADRA and Coulsdon West he arranged a deal offering 40% discount to locals off RING door security systems. Charlie said to get him to our next meeting to discuss but apparently it’s only valid till 18th November so time of the essence. There is already interest & recommendation on OCRA so I’ve copied it onto our ECRA Page. It’s only a suggestion and people can decide if they want to take it up. I’m certainly going to consider it. 


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    Coulsdon Common Newsletter
    The latest news from the Coulsdon Commons team

    November 2018

    Welcome to the Coulsdon Commons Newsletter covering Coulsdon CommonFarthing Downs and New HillKenley Common and Riddlesdown.  

    Bank and Ditch on Farthing Downs - volunteers needed!

    We will renew the ditch and bank system along Ditches Lane to deter unauthorised access onto Farthing Downs. Due to the national importance of its archaeological features, parts of Farthing Downs are designated as Scheduled Monument so the work will be overseen by Historic England. The monument includes a regular-aggregate field system, associated trackway and Anglo-Saxon barrow fields surviving as earthworks and below-ground remains.
    We are recruiting for volunteers who can help us check the soil as it is excavated from the old ditch for archaeological finds. We have organised a free training session on field archaeology on 19 November 2018. Please contact us via email or phone 01372 279083 if you liked to get involved.

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    Riddlesdown quarry

    The quarry has been the focus for the volunteers last month. Tucked away at the base is a seasonal pond that had started to get shaded out and filled up with leaves. We carefully removed the leaf litter, created mounds in the now dry pond and puddled the clay base by shuffling along in a line. Furthermore, we built two hibernacula, which will provide shelter for reptiles over the winter.
    The LOUGS (Open University Geological Society) volunteers came to help remove trees that obscured the geology.

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    Livestock update

    The sheep on Famet and in the quarry at Riddlesdown have been given mineral licks this week. Mineral licks provide a combination of essential minerals bound in an energy-rich molasses block which can be seen in the white buckets on their pasture. These will help them stay healthy through the winter, as well as being a tasty sugar-hit.
    This year's calves are grazing the Grove on Coulsdon Common and are getting their hairy winter coats on. Our breeding herd remains in the main grazing area on Farthing Downs. The cows are now 2-3 months from calving and are starting to look rounder! This month the ranger team will prepare the barn at the Merlewood Estate Office for the cows. When the weather gets colder and wet they will be moved to the barn, so they can settle in before calving in January and February.

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    Corporate volunteers help out on the Grove

    Engineers, architects and designers from Network Rail came to lend a hand at the Grove on Coulsdon Common as part of a corporate volunteering event. 9 volunteers came over two days to help with clearing secondary woodland to enhance the wood pasture habitat. The volunteers had to travel significant distances including one volunteer who came all the way from Reading!  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff that took part in a very successful project.

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    Spooky Halloween event on Kenley Common

    In October half term, rangers and volunteers led a spooky Halloween walk and storytelling event near the Rifle Range. We took 52 brave children (and their adults) on a night time walk through the woods listening for owls and bats as well as looking for deer and foxes. After this torch lit walk we came across the campfire and storytelling circle where the resident Kenley pirate Ben Gunn was hiding in the trees, ready to emerge to tell the children a spooky tale of treasure and highwaymen! A huge thank you to our brilliant volunteers for making this event so magical!

    Christmas Events

    This coming festive season we have a packed event schedule to give you lots of things to do in the run up to Christmas. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. No unaccompanied adults permitted at any children events.

    Crafty Snowman activity at Merlewood Estate Office
    Saturday 1 December 2018, 10am-12pm

    Come along and create your own wooden snowman and learn some new craft skills. Suitable for children aged 8 years and older. 
    Suggested minimum donation £3 per person. 
    Booking essential - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite.

    Mystery of the lost present Trail at Kenley Common
    Saturday 15 December 2018, 12pm-2pm (
    meet at noticeboard near Golf Road) – Can you help us find the lost presents and work out who was flying Santa’s Sleigh? Suitable for children aged 4-12 years old. Suggested donation £3 per child.
    Booking recommended 
    - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite - please only book a ticket for your child/children!

    Santa's Reindeer Trail at Riddlesdown
    Sunday 16 December 2018, 12pm-2pm

    This Christmas, Santa’s reindeer will be very busy making you a festive activity trail. Come and explore the woodlands, make your own reindeer decoration and get a magical prize at the end!  Meet the ranger in the Riddlesdown car park. Suitable for children aged 4-12 years old. Suggested donation £3 per child.
    Booking recommended - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite - please only book a ticket for your child/children!

    Winter storytelling at Coulsdon Common 
    Thursday 20 December 2018, 6.30pm-7.30pm

    Wrap up warm and wander round Coulsdon Common listening to festive stories. Followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows. Suitable for children aged 4-8 years old. Suggested donation £3 per child. 
    Booking essential- Please book your ticket via Eventbrite - please only book a ticket for your child/children!

    Come along for our event at the West Wickham Commons:
    Wreath making at Spring Park (BR4 9BF)
    Saturday 22 December 2018, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm,
    Make your own holly wreath to take home. Everybody welcome and suitable for all ages. Suggested donation: £10 per wreath
    Booking essential - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite.


    Chain Gang on Coulsdon Common
    Thursday 1 November 2018, 10am-3pm

    Stites Hill Wood - woodland glade creation, please meet near the pond.

    Kenley Volunteers 
    Tuesday 20 November 2018, 10am-3pm

    Hedge laying - Meet at bottom of Hilltop, near the black bylaw board next to the steps from Hilltop Road

    Hillbillies - Farthing Downs
    Sunday 11 November 2018, 10am-3pm

    Find the latest volunteering opportunities.

    For further information:
    Tel: 01372 279083

    Visitor survey

    We are carrying out a visitor feedback survey to help us understand what our visitors think about their visit(s) to the Commons. There is a simple online form that you can fill in. It shouldn`t take more than a couple of minutes to complete and we will use the information you give to make improvements wherever possible, for the benefit of visitors and wildlife.

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