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Friday March 22, 2019
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Coulsdon West News Update

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  1. 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: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CroydonPlanning

    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: moira.gibb@crinanhoward.com. 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
    Chris Philp
    Member of Parliament for Croydon South

  3. 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:
    https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/south-east/croydon-area-remodelling-scheme/

    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: www.getwellgamers.org.uk

    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 selsdon.centre@btinternet.com.

    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
    Chris Philp
    Member of Parliament for Croydon South
  4. From: Edgerton, Jackie <Jackie.Edgerton@croydon.gov.uk>
    Sent: 24 January 2019 15:29
    To: King, Stuart <Stuart.King@croydon.gov.uk>; Creatura, Mario <Mario.Creatura@croydon.gov.uk>; Clancy, Luke <Luke.Clancy@croydon.gov.uk>; Parker, Ian <Ian.Parker@croydon.gov.uk>
    Cc: 'Quickfall Suzanne' (Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk) <Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk>; Iles, Steve <Steve.Iles@croydon.gov.uk>; Dickson, Hilary <Hilary.Dickson@croydon.gov.uk>; Wallace, Scott <Scott.Wallace@croydon.gov.uk>king.charles@talktalk.net; Judah, Jon <Jon.Judah@croydon.gov.uk>
    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
    Croydon
    CR0 1EA

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

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  5. 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 info@thecwra.co.uk will be included.

  6. Proposed changes to routes 404 and 434

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    TfL Consultations SMBConsultations@tfl.gov.uk via srs2.kundenserver.de 

    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: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-404-434/.

    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

  7. From: Edgerton, Jackie <Jackie.Edgerton@croydon.gov.uk>
    Sent: 09 January 2019 14:57
    To: King, Stuart <Stuart.King@croydon.gov.uk>; Creatura, Mario <Mario.Creatura@croydon.gov.uk>; Clancy, Luke <Luke.Clancy@croydon.gov.uk>; Parker, Ian <Ian.Parker@croydon.gov.uk>
    Cc: 'Quickfall Suzanne' (Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk) <Suzanne.Quickfall@tfl.gov.uk>; Iles, Steve <Steve.Iles@croydon.gov.uk>; Dickson, Hilary <Hilary.Dickson@croydon.gov.uk>; Wallace, Scott <Scott.Wallace@croydon.gov.uk>king.charles@talktalk.net; Judah, Jon <Jon.Judah@croydon.gov.uk>
    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
    Croydon
    CR0 1EA

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

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  8. 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.




  9. 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
     Charlie
    Attachments area



  10. 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.


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








  12. 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




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

    Regars

    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.
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    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: gatwickairport.com/masterplan2018

    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 citycommons@cityoflondon.gov.uk 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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    Christmas Lights – Clocfc – Quiz and lights switch on  the 24th November. 
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    Coulsdon Common Newsletter
    The latest news from the Coulsdon Commons team 
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    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.
      


    Volunteering


    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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    Copyright © *|2018|* *|City of London Corporation|*, All rights reserved.
      
    The City of London Corporation has seven green spaces in South London and Surrey covered by three charities: Ashtead Common, Coulsdon Commons and West Wickham Commons.

    Each charity has its own Newsletter and you can now:


  14. We are shortly circulating the Autumn/Winter CWRA Newsletter but have noticed a printing error on the standing order mandate (back page).  Should you wish to pay your £3/year CWRA membership fees via this method please use the below mandate form or contact info@thecwra.co.uk.

    Whilst blogging - if anyone would like to contribute an article to the Newsletter or become active on the Committee please do not hesitate to contact us on info@thecwra.co.uk.

    Happy reading...






  15. Please note the date and time of our next street stall has changed from Saturday 20th October and will now be held as below.  
    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 now meet this month follows:
    Date:              Saturday 27th October
    Time:              11am
    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


  16. I hope this message finds you well.
    As you may be aware NHS Croydon CCG have recently procured an integrated physiotherapy service for Croydon residents. The provider will be Connect Health UK.
    The service will increase the number of community sites where residents can access the service. Attached is a spreadsheet of Croydon GP practices and community clinics who have expressed an interest in hosting integrated physiotherapy sessions.
    Connect Health UK and the CCG have assessed the suitability of the sites in terms of clinical requirements (for example, the physical  space needed to undertake treatments). So all of the sites listed meet the facility requirements.
    But, we would be very interested to hear from people who may use these facilities to access GP services about other facilities which are important to patients. This could include transport links, access for people with disabilities, disabled parking spaces and waiting areas.
    Rather than ‘google it’ I would be really grateful if you could supply any local knowledge you have that you think would be helpful for us to know. For example, if you know that it’s a 10 minute walk uphill from a nearest bus stop this would be very helpful to know.
    The CCG need to finalise the locations very soon so if you could let me have any comments back by Weds 17 October it would be very helpful.
    There is some more detail on the new integrated physiotherapy here
    Many thanks in advance for your help.
    Kind regards
    Ros



    Ros Spinks 
    Senior Engagement Manager

    NHS Croydon Commissioning Group
    Bernard Weatherill House
    2nd Floor, Zone G
    8 Mint Walk 
    Croydon CR0 1EA



  17. These proposals will allow LBC to intensify building, particularly in the South of the Borough, while making it more difficult for residents to object.



    CROYDON COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS – RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION GENERAL NOTICE

    I am writing to you about consultations on two separate documents which form part of the Local Development Framework. Consultations on both documents are invited until Monday 15th October 2018. Although you may have seen information on the following already, we are sending this email to your generic inbox to ensure that your association is aware of this consultation.

    Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD2)
    Since late 2017 Croydon Council’s Spatial Planning team been working on a new supplementary planning document for suburban residential developments across the borough which is now available for consultation. The consultation has been advertised through various means, however as a Residents Association we would like to draw this to your attention for publication to your residents. 

    The draft SPD2 provides guidance for suburban residential developments, development in Areas of Focussed Intensification and extensions and alterations to existing homes across the borough. It is a Supplementary Planning Document to the Croydon Local Plan 2018 and is intended to assist in the delivery of around 10,000 of the boroughs housing target of 32,890 new homes by 2036. The document provides technical design guidance that seeks to both limit any negative impact on places, including the amenity of existing residents, and frame opportunities where increased densities can enhance places and bring benefits to communities.

    This document, once adopted, will provide a vision for locals and developers for the future of suburban growth in the borough, and be used by planning case officers in determining small – medium sized applications on windfall sites across the borough.

    The Council is will seek representations on the draft document. During this time, drop-in community engagement sessions will be held across the borough to where Council officers will be available to answer questions you may have and engage interested parties on the draft SPD2, which you are invited to attend. Details of these consultation sessions are as follows:

    ·         Tuesday 18th September, 4pm – 8pm, Addington Community Centre, 90 Central Parade, New Addington, CR0 0JB
    ·         Thursday 20th September, 4pm – 8pm, Upper Norwood Library Hub, Westow Hill, London, SE19 1TJ
    ·         Tuesday 25th September, 4pm – 8pm, Kenley Hall, 92 Godstone Road, Kenley, CR8 5AB
    ·         Saturday 29th September, 10am – 2pm, Purley Library, Banstead Road, Purley, CR8 3YH
    ·         Tuesday 2nd October, 4pm – 8pm, Christchurch Methodist Hall Addiscombe, 114 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6AD
    ·         Thursday 4th October, 4pm – 8pm, Selsdon Community Centre for the retired, 132 Addington Road, Selsdon, CR2 8LA
    ·         Tuesday 9th October, 4pm – 8pm, Shirley Community Centre, 28 Shrublands Avenue, Croydon, CR0 8JA

    Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
    The revised Statement of Community Involvement details about how the Council will engage with local and statutory stakeholders, both in preparing planning documents, and in carrying out development management functions. It must also set out how the Council will provide advice or assistance on the preparation and adoption of Neighbourhood Plans.
    The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 have introduced (as of 6th April 2018) a requirement to review Statements of Community Involvement within five years of the adoption of the last statement. Croydon’s Statement of Community Involvement was adopted on the 15th October 2012 and therefore a review of the Statement of Community Involvement is required and appropriate as the Croydon Local Plan has now been adopted.
    Viewing the documents and making a Representation
    You are invited to view the draft Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Document (SPD2) as well as the revised Statement of Community Involvement. The documents are available to view:
    ·                By downloading from the Council’s website:
    SCI: 
    www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/framework/localplan/sci SPD2: www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/framework/localplan/spdandoapf
    ·                At the borough’s libraries (during normal opening hours)
    ·                At Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon, 9am-4pm (Monday to Friday)
    ·                Alternative formats of the document are available on request at LDF@croydon.gov.uk or 020 8407 1385.

    Representation forms are also available at these locations. Please note that if you wish to make a representation on both documents, a separate representation form must be submitted for each document. 
    You can make a representation by:
    • Emailing a completed representation form to LDF@croydon.gov.uk
    • Or by posting it to Spatial Planning Service, 6th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.

    Croydon Council will acknowledge receipt of your representation(s) as soon as possible. Please note that representations are not confidential, including your name and organisation and will be made publicly available.The addresses and contact details of representations from individuals will not be published on the website or any other public place. A copy of the Council’s Privacy Notice can be found with the representation form. You are advised to keep a copy of the representation(s) you submit.

    Following the consultation period, the draft SPD2 and revised SCI will be reviewed in light of the comments received and are anticipated to be adopted in Spring 2019. 

    For any enquiries or further information, please email LDF@croydon.gov.uk or call us on 020 8407 1385


  18. Meet Your Councillors                  

    This Saturday sees the next of our popular street stalls when residents can 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 meet as follows:

    Date:              Saturday 22nd September

    Time:              11am

    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.

  19. The CCCG is understanding of the difficulties facing Dr Khan's loyal patients when having to decide on a new GP practice and are willing to host further drop-in sessions to help the decision making process. They urge patients to register with a new surgery as soon as possible to ensure GP cover and not leave it until the end of October. They remind patients on repeat prescriptions to ensure that they have enough medication to cover the transition period as new GP's MUST see new patients before issuing prescriptions.
    They plan to send further reminder letters but patients have to register individually.

    When the new medical centre on CALAT is operational (2021??) patients can transfer there if it is more suitable.

    Please spread the word to Dr Khan's patients who may lack internet access.
  20. A reminder for Dr Khan's patients that there are two more sessions at Coulsdon Methodist Church - this Wednesday 19th Sept 11.00 to 1pm and the following Wednesday from 5.30 -7.30, when representatives from the other practices will be present.

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