New Resident’s Information

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If you are moving into the Coulsdon Area you will need to let the London Borough of Croydon know the date and address as soon as possible so that you are only charged from the day that you take occupancy of your new home.

You also need to register with Electoral Services to make sure that you are able to vote. There might be other services or areas you would like to be advised of your move into the borough; for example, you might want to let the Schools Admissions team know the details of your children who will be requiring education at a local school.

Buying a home can be a stressful experience. To help facilitate the process your solicitor can now apply online for a Croydon Local Authority Search. The search protects you from nasty surprises after you’ve moved into your new home such as extensions without Building Regulations Approval or plans which may affect your new home.

The London Borough of Croydon

The London Borough of Croydon is at Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA , Telephone number  020 8726 6000.

Friends of Farthing Downs & Happy Valley

The Friends work in partnership with the City of London, and in addition to helping shape projects like the new proposed visitor facilities and organising talks and guided walks, there are many other ways the Friends can help protect and enhance this unique site.

They can work as an independent group to campaign to protect the Downs from possible development or actions which may affect its value as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or its ancient archaeology. Friends can raise funds for community projects on the Downs and acquisition of land adjacent to the Downs. A fund raising campaign by the Coulsdon Green Belt Action Group helped the acquisition of Woodplace Farm Fields, now managed by the City as a local open space.

In 2006 the Friends won funding to support an archaeological survey on the Downs carried out by volunteers organised by English Heritage.

Pauline Payne, ECRA Committee Member and the Editor of ‘The Review’ is a founder member of the Friends of Farthing Downs. If you would like details about guided walks, more information about the Friends or both please contact Pauline Payne on 01737 554449 or ">email

Parks

For information about guided walks, Friends of Parks, environmental education for schools and groups or how to get involved in caring for Croydon’s green open spaces follow this link. http://www.croydon.gov.uk/leisure/parksandopenspaces/guide.

Croydon has an astonishingly large amount of green, open spaces. Many of them have playgrounds or playing fields. For Coulsdon we have Farthing Downs and Happy Valley which are the beginning of the North Downs and owned by the City of London. Find out where the Parks are.

House Improvement Grants

Discretionary grants may be available for owner occupiers, private tenants and private landlords for essential repairs and other works but are all subject to means tests. Information on Landlord schemes and help for house owners available on the Croydon Council website.

Parking

If you are moving or have moved to an area with parking restrictions you can apply for a dispensation from the Council. The charge varies dependant on the type of parking restrictions which are in force but will in any case, need to be made at least 5 days before the event.

You can also find out where you can park in Croydon, how to obtain all kinds of parking permits, be these for residents, business, visitors or disabled by following this link.

Waste and recycling

To find out how to dispose of all types of waste and recycling in Croydon and the collection schedule for your road.

Register to vote

Use the GOV.UK Register to vote service to appear on the Electoral Register.

Schools and nurseries

For a list of all schools and nurseries in Croydon.