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As you may know ECRA and the othr RAs have been lobbying the Council to – first of all not to take away the one hour free parking in Coulsdon, replacing with 30 minutes free and 30 minutes paid for.  We also lobbied for a second hour after the one hour free paid for to accommodate those who need longer than one hour for such things as Physio and Dental appointments, hairdressers, etc.  This would still allow for a turnover of vehicles.

See email trail below from Councillor Stuart King, Cabinet member for Transport, Charlie King, Chair and myself of ECRA

Councillor King made the decision to re-introduce one hour free parking in Croydon’s District Centres including Coulsdon, for confirmation at the TMAC.  This reverses the decision to remove said one hour free parking and replace with 30 minutes free and 30 minutes paid for taken by a previous TMAC and Chair.  The re-introductions of the one hour free was confirmed at the TMAC on the 8th February for introduction in July.  Although we asked that the one hour free should be in the whole of the CPZ of Brighton Road and Chipstead Valley Road it is likely that the decision may only return the one hour free to Brighton Road.

Councillor King says he has sympathy with the second hour paid for and has asked for further, wider input on this idea and in consultation with cabinet colleagues agreed to refer the suggestions to one hour free and a second hour paid for to the Council’s recently established Small Business Commission in part of the Brighton Road.

Representative from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Croydon are being invited to share their views on how the Council can support companies in becoming more successful.

ECRA and the other RAs are continuing to push for as much parking as possible within Coulsdon.

20 MPH

The 20 MPH speed limit is no in place for the whole of Croydon in designated roads. There are conflicting views on the benefits and problems with 20 mph – we should accept that different people have different views and priorities. 

ECRA’s view has always been that we support 20MPH limits in individual roads were there is a clear safety case and/or the residents support them but not a blanket ban. We wrote to Croydon Council  to object to the way the consultation was worded in that there was not a simple Yes/No option for are 5.




After massive protest by users and local residents On Tuesday  22nd March London Travelwatch  Rejects the proposals to close 51 GTR/Southern  booking Offices in the proposals Present Form

Hopefully this is the end of the threat to close the ticket offices at Coulsdon and Purley and other Croydon Stations.  However, ECRA, Croydon RAs and East Surrey Transport Committee will keep and eye out for any future threat which may arise in the future.

Unfortunately it was not the end and they have so soon come back with further proposals which  ECRA are studying the revised information, but can see little  difference other than the full range of tickets are to be sold

GTR/Southern revised Booking Office proposals

Partial ticket office, Hosted & Concourse sales Point

The stations listed below will have a Host on duty for times significantly in excess of the current ticket office hours. The Host will provide assistance with ticket purchases, information provision and assisted travel at the times shown within the station concourse or gateline areas. These times are the minimum hours that the Host will be available. The Host will have a hand held ticketing system that will enable them to provide tickets that are not available from the self-service machines.

The Ticket Office at these stations will be open in the morning peak hours to ensure that passenger’s needs for tickets are met at these busy times (the proposed opening times of the ticket offices are shown below). The primary point for purchasing tickets on the station will be from the self-service machines, from the Station Host or at morning peak time through the ticket office. The Station Host will also have access to a ticket office machine within the concourse area, on a Hosted Point, to enable ticket types, not available through self-service or the hand held machine, to be issued. Each of the stations listed will have a member of staff on duty from the first train of the day until the last train has departed, 7 days a week.

The Ticket Office at these stations will be closed and the primary point for purchasing tickets on the station will be from the self-service machines or from the Station Host. In the event that a ticket type is not available through these machines then the Host will have access to a ticket office machine within the concourse area, on a Hosted Point, to enable those ticket types to be issued, or within the ticket office where space in the concourse is limited. The stations Hosting Point will continue to comply with the regulations and stipulations within Schedule 17 of the Ticketing and Settlement Agreement.  Each of the stations listed will have a member of staff on duty from the first train of the day until the last train has departed, 7 days a week.

Coulsdon South *Mainline & Coast0610–19350700-20250910-16403YES Mon-Fri 0530-2200 Sat 0600-2200 Sun 0730-2200. Ticket Office closed.Yes / No
PurleyMetro0555–20050555-20250810-16454YES Mon-Sat 0500-2200 Sun 0730-2200. Ticket Office closed.Yes / Yes
Sanderstead *Mainline & Coast0610-19300700-13350810-16252Installed 2016 Mon-Sat 0605-2200 Sun 0805-2200. Ticket Office closed.Yes / No
South Croydon *Metro0620–19450620-19450810-15452YES Mon-Sat 0540-2200 Sun 0700-2200. Ticket Office closed.Yes / No
Merstham *Mainline & Coast0610–19350610-19350830-16402Yes Ticket Office 0700-1000 Mon-Fri. Host hours Mon-Sat 0530-2200 Sun 0730-2200.Yes / No
Reigate *Mainline & Coast0610-12450710-1345Closed3YES Ticket Office 0800-1100 Mon-Fri. Host hours Mon-Sat 0530-2200 Sun 0730-2200.Yes / No


We wish to thank all those who protested  we may ask again in the future once the issues have been studied.


The CCCG  can – occasionally – change (or partially change) their minds!!

As you may be aware, the successful warfarin service which was held at Old Coulsdon Medical Practice (OCMP) was removed by the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group without consultation or notice and the service and the contract was awarded to Boots in their stores via the pharmacists.

There have been very many protests at this and the inconvenience which this caused to residents/ patients. As a result,  ECRA wrote to Chris Philp MP , the Chair and vice CEX of ‘Healthwatch’ – Chairs of both ‘Health and Well Being Board’ and ‘Health Scrutiny’ at London Borough of Crouton who keep an eye on the doings of  the CCCG who made this decision.  CCCG are not very good at consulting before they act I am afraid

Chris Philp MP received a letter from the CCCG  which confirms that Boots are now seeing patients at Old Coulsdon Medical Practice so, should this affect you or someone you know, please let them know that they should contact OCMP to find when the clinics are held. Please pass on if there are other you may know who could be affected by this change.


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As of the 19th November the CALAY Centre Car Park – with entrance via narrow entrance in Chipstead Valley Road is OPEN.  If your car is less than 2.1 metres wide you will be able to use this car park – you may need to bring your wing mirrors in.

The charges are:

One hour = 0.50p

Two hours = £1.00

Four hours = £2.00

Free after 6.00 p.m. and all day on Sundays but not Bank Holidays

A Planning Application for a new entrance from Woodcote Grove Road has been submitted.


Sutton and East Surrey Water Company to increase their reserve supplies of water they has obtained planning permission to construct a Storage Lagoon (reservoir) in the field between Lyndhurst Road and Rectory Lane. They have agreed to keep the local footpaths open during construction which will take up to 3 years. However, the routes down which the construction traffic has been envisaged has Chipstead Valley Road as the main route. Coulsdon West RA, and othersn  are in discussion on restricting the time when this traffic can use CVR, especially during the morning and late afternoon / evening during the rush hours on this very constricted road.


Coulsdon South Project flowers - Sept 2014.jpgVolunteers from East Coulsdon Residents Association and Friends of Farthing Downs are ‘beautifying’ Coulsdon South Station by digging up flower beds which have been overtaken by weeds and litter and replacing with flowers.  They are generally working there one day a week – not always the same day – donating plants from their own and others gardens and purchasing flowers and bulbs.  The Station staff have been very supportive of this project and have helped by watering when volunteers are not around or when it does not rain.  Notices with information on Farthing Downs and how to get there from the station

Oasis Byron School has developed from a struggling school to where they are now, on the cusp of outstanding. But they are still not attracting as many local children as they would like.  Please see the posters below and support if this is appropriate for you.


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Danny’s Fish & Chip  Shop in Old Coulsdon, Tudor Parade, battered the opposition to sine the contest run by Proctor and Gamble.  Danny is often found singing to his customers and says they just buy the best of everything and don’t cut corners on quality.  Once they have found a good supplier they go back. They won by getting the most votes by the public.  Danny, his wife Nursen and son Anil wish to thank all those who voted for them to enable them to win, as do his father and mother who started the business 40 years ago.


Transport for London have now raised the speed limit on the Coulsdon Bypass to 40mph throughout – another success for ECRA


The ECRA Facebook page is now up and running. If you’re on Facebook, please “like” the page so we can get some traffic to and from and start to make it a bit more useful and interesting. You’ll see I’ve added some basic info, but feel free to add more.  Anyone can view the page, you don’t need to be signed up, but you will need to sign up if you want to add anything to it.


ECRA Needs your HELP

Coulsdon is a nice place to live and East Coulsdon Residents’ Association (ECRA) is one of the four residents’ associations that represent local residents in Coulsdon. We have a very good record of getting things done in our area.  Each quarter we produce the ECRA Review that provides you with local information on what’s happening in Coulsdon on: health, traffic and transport, local history and other events in and around Coulsdon. We also have a web site www.eastcoulsdon.co.uk

Coulsdon – the most desirable place to live in London!
Parts of the East Coulsdon RA’s area (including parts of West Coulsdon) are ranked as the 132nd most desirable place to live in the UK, out of over 7100 locations. It appears that this may be the highest rated location in Greater London!

Here are some examples where we have put forward the views of our residents’ with positive outcome.

  • Engaged with local developers, .
  • Improved train service at Coulsdon South & Coulsdon Town.
  • Increased parking at Coulsdon South station.
  • Improved bus service on routes 405 and 434.
  • Lobbied Croydon over the need for more School places in Coulsdon.
  • Thames Water Flood improvements.
  • Supported appropriate development in Coulsdon town centre,
  • Supported Waitrose distribution centre in Ullswater Crescent with over 400 jobs.
  • Road safety measures in a number of roads including Woodplace Lane.
  • Repair of Coulsdon Town centre roads.
  • Helped save the Bowling Green in Marlpit Lane.
  • Increase in speed on the Bypass to 40 mph throughout
  • Increased number of residents’ parking bays.
  • Engaged with Croydon Council in discussions on Coulsdon Town Centre and Cane Hill developments.

We run a number of successful social functions each year as a way of ‘meeting your neighbour’. These include quiz nights and a Christmas Dinner Dance.

However, we can only achieve these things on your behalf with your help.  ECRA Committee has only eight members most of whom have been shouldering the burden of work for many years. Likewise, many of our Road Stewards have been active for many years and need to step down.


We urgently require:

  • More (up to fifteen in total) Committee members to share the tasks of supporting our community.
  • Ten new Road Stewards to deliver the Review and collect subscriptions. The Committee cannot continue to double up on the vacant rounds.
  • We also need understudies for all the tasks associated with producing The Review:  editorial, advertisements, distribution.

Please seriously consider volunteering your help so that ECRA can continue its good work. You are welcome to come to a Committee meeting before making a commitment.

Charles King           Chair:  East Coulsdon Residents’ Association

Contact: Charles King, Tel: 01737 554841 or Maureen Levy (Secretary), Tel: 01737 555231,


Over the last couple of years as part of their Flood prevention programme Thames Water constructed a number of retention tanks on the sewage system in Coulsdon. These tanks can fill at times of heavy usage or heavy rainfall which is more prominent these days and then discharge when the flow of sewage and rain water subsides.  All these tanks have been very successful except for the one at the beginning of Reddown Road between Marlpit Lane and Fairdene Road. This tank has filled on a number of occasions, but failed to empty when the flow subsided and unfortunately this has affected a small number of properties in Reddown Road.  This has resulted in the tank having to be emptied by Tanker to prevent flooding of sewage in houses in Reddown Road. Thames have visually inspected them and also inspected it with CCTV on a number of occasions and tell us that the internal flow control mechanism becomes jammed by a mixture of wet wipes, disposable nappies and coking fat. We are still in discussion with Thames Water to try to resolve this problem.

Planning Issues


If you wish to investigate current or decided Planning Application you can do so on The London Borough of Croydon’s Public Access Planning Register.

Fill in the details – address of, if you know it the Planning Application Number  omitting the year and the /P and only entering the five figure unique number.

You can obtain a single planning application or for a particular address or, in the advanced search a range of dates.

You can also obtain Planning Applications forms via this link from LBC or you can submit through The Planning Portal  which enables you to submit Planning Applications electronically.

The Portal also contains other useful planning information such as Development Plans and Proposals Maps for over 50 planning authority areas across the UK, including the London Borough of Croydon (these are statutory documents prepared by local planning authorities that set out the guidelines for local development); planning contacts in your local area, information on how the planning system works, relevant planning regulations and guidance notes; information on how to determine if planning permission is required, how you go about obtaining it and appeal procedures and the latest planning news and information on job vacancies in planning.

The Interactive House and Interactive Terraced House are also there but you can access directly if you follow the links below.


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The Planning Portal have an Interactive House and an Interactive Terraced House on their website which can help guide you and give advice on what requires approval from the Local Authority and what is permitted development. You just need to point your pointer on screen to any part of the house and a short Guidance Note will appear from which you can follow the links to more detailed advice should you wish.:-



Current Issues Around East Coulsdon

Overgrown trees

A reminder to residents that trees and hedgerows require maintenance.

The glorious summer weather brings the opportunity and the necessity of maintaining our gardens.

We are fortunate to live in a particularly green area of the borough.  However, what may be pleasing to some people can cause issues and a nuisance to neighbours, especially if vegetation is hanging over public footpaths.  Overgrown hedges, for example, can mean that those on mobility scooters or those with child buggies may have to venture into the road just to pass that large bush that may be being cultivated for the next Chelsea Flower Show!  If you live close to a road junction, please also consider that overgrown trees can hamper vision and potentially be a contributing factor in accidents.

Trees and hedges in our back gardens, especially if their height can negatively affect a neighbour’s enjoyment of sunlight, also need to be cut back and maintained.  Croydon Council suggest that hedge growth is kept below the 2 metre mark, so please do consider the impact on your neighbours on either side and on the neighbour whose garden backs on to yours.

We live in such a beautiful part of the country, surrounded by woodland and stunning gardens, however, with such beauty comes responsibility too.  So, on behalf of our members, all we ask is that you take the time to maintain hedges and trees so that they don’t become a nuisance to your neighbours.



Thank you to everyone for assisting with the collection of evidence for the parks and green spaces.  There was a tremendous response with approximately 250 additional green sites around the Borough suggested that people believe should be considered for Local Green Space designation.

The next step is to match together data from the main survey together with the Evidence and Evaluation forms that were completed and ensure each green site has its own evidence piece.  The compilation of evidence pieces will be available to view during the autumn consultation period.  Meeting the third criteria of ‘being of particular significance to the community’ will be the focus of analysis because this is the criteria the Planning Inspector is most likely to review closely.  Ahead of the consultation period, a list of sites believed to be in need of further evidence will be compiled to demonstrate this criteria.  Opportunity within the consultation period will be made for the evidence to be submitted.

Croydon Council’s Authotities Monitoring Report has now been updated and can be viewed following the link below:




A planning application has been made proposing the demolition of TWELVE terraced family homes  on Whytecliffe Road South (The road on which the main entrance to Purley station  on) to make way for an enormous 8- STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK WITH 106 FLATS!

This is not in keeping with the local area and the parking and traffic in Purley will be made even more terrible, plus the privacy of the residents etc will be completely lost.  This is the row of houses on the approach to Purley train station which they propose knocking down.  Further information and the location can be viewed here:


Please submit your objections and comments online here:

https://publicaccess3.croydon.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=PU6D1LJLMNS00 OR you can email: quoting application number: 19/03142/FUL.



A Publication by the Residents’ Associations in the South of the Borough

 Introduction and Background

Representatives from the Residents Associations (RAs) of Hartley & District, Old Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon, Kenley & District, Purley & Woodcote, Sanderstead and Riddlesdown have been in discussions with the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regarding the provision of urgent care facilities within the Borough of Croydon and in particular regarding Purley Hospital. The RAs have had several meetings with the CCG, involved Croydon HealthWatch, local MP Chris Philp and have also written to Jeremy Hunt, MP; the Secretary of State for Health. However, following a re procurement report issued by Croydon CCG on 1 September 2015, the RAs have now on 20 October 2015 wrote to all 16 Croydon CCG Governing Board members expressing grave concerns about this report; a summary of which is below.

In January 2016, the 16 members of the Croydon CCG Governing Body will be asked to make a decision on the future of urgent care provision in Croydon. This is a once in a generation opportunity to provide a comprehensive and effective urgent care system for Croydon. The Governing Body will be asked to make this decision on the basis of a CCG re procurement report dated 1 September 2015. This report gives 8 scenarios, which appear to polarise the decision between Walk-in Urgent Care provided at GP practices, or at Minor Injuries Units. The RAs believe there is another option, which is a combination of extended GP practices and a walk-in Urgent Care Centre at Purley Hospital.

Purley Hospital was redeveloped with £11m of public money in 2012/13 to provide improved outpatient facilities and an Urgent Care Centre for the local population. The redevelopment was conceived with the intention of providing a walk-in urgent care facility, and hence the site is already suitable:

We are pleased to report that the CCG agreed to place one of the GB Hubs which they commissioned to replace Urgent Care Centre and which reflect what was already available at the Urgent Care Centre. 8 amd to 8 p.m.


Pigeon Droppings in Town Centre Under Coulsdon Town Centre Railway Bridge

In February 2014, the Council withdrew the steam cleaning of the pavement due to their cuts.  This has resulted in the pavement being in an appalling dirty mess and a health hazard.  ECRA along with the other RAs and business groups are pressing the new administration in Croydon to re-introduce the steam cleaning under this and other railway bridges.  We are also pressing Network Rail to improve the pigeon proofing of this and other bridges in the area to prevent the pigeons gaining access. We continue to press for this to be done.  They have improved but has not resolved the problem.  We are therefore pressing for further improvements.

Town Centre CCTV Cameras

After Lengthy campaigning, Croydon Council installed two CCTV cameras in the centre of Coulsdon.  However, these do not give a clear view of the northern part of the Town Centre, Chipstead Valley Road and Lion Green Road.  East Coulsdon Residents Association is campaigning for additional CCTV camera to cover these areas but so far the Council are refusing to install additional cameras.  We continue to campaign.

Cane Hill Road Names

The names of the road in phase one are all names after the old wards of Cane Hill Hospital, these include such names as Chauce, Olave,  Paxton and Salisbury etc.We are also pleased that, after discussions with Barrett Homes and Croydon Council the main spine road was named Cane Hill Drive and not Cane Hill Road as originally proposed. Other names are of people who have been connected to Cane Hill in the past.

Below is a link to Cane Hill development.