East Coulsdon Residents’ Association and COVID-19

When the lockdown was announced in March it was clear that the ECRA committee could no longer functional as normal. We had to postpone our AGM and cancel our social events including the Quiz nights. We were fortunate that we had already printed the Spring Review and with the help of our road stewards who didn’t have to self-isolate and some additional volunteers, we were able to distribute it without knocking and collecting the annual subscription (this accounts for the reduction in subs and reserves in the accounts).

We have continued to act in your interest by having committee meetings online by zoom and in back gardens where we could maintain social distancing. We have continued to engage on your behalf with the outside bodies such as the Croydon council, TfL, Network Rail, the NHS, BrickbyBrick, etc. by zoom, MS Teams, email and phone.   

As we could not have the AGM in June, we decided to delay the Summer Review until July/August, but to publish an additional on-line version which can be downloaded from our web site.

We now find ourselves in position where it is clear we will not be able to hold the AGM in the Autumn, our Stewards’ night or the Christmas Dinner. I am pleased to say that the committee have all volunteered to carry on until we are in a safe position to hold an AGM which may be well into next year. 

We will continue to engage with those outside bodies on your behalf and we will also publish and distribute the Review for the rest of the year. You can find the accounts for the year 2019/20 in this PDF

As you can see our main sources of income is subscriptions and adverts. It is important that we collect as many subscriptions as possible. This enables us to maintain the subscriptions at £3.00 and to use any surplus money on your behalf in the community.

If you have not paid your subscription this year. You can help us and our road stewards by paying your subscription by Standing Order or Bank Transfer. To do this please contact us on and we tell you how to do this. Alternatively, you can pay by cash or cheque (payable to ECRA) direct to your road steward or you can put the £3.00 in an envelope with your address on it through my door at 50 Reddown Road.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a very serious issue and it is important we do what we can for ourselves and others to keep safe. It is pleasing to see how the Coulsdon community has pulled together to help each other. Please stay safe.

Charles King
Chair : East Coulsdon Residents’ Association

TfL Proposed Changes to bus routes in Sutton and Croydon

TfL have made proposals to change bus routes in Sutton and Croydon. There are a few changes which we believe can be improved upon. 

The changes that affect Coulsdon are :

  • They intend to withdraw route 455 from Old Lodge Lane to Croydon via Pampisford Road and then on to Wallington via Wandle Valley and Roundshaw – as this route is very long, unreliable and difficult to regulate.
  • They intend to extend the 312 from South Croydon to Old Lodge Lane.
  • Divert the 166 round the Purley loop, along Pampisford Road and via South Croydon station.
  • Route 434 Coulsdon To Whyteleafe South to extend Caterham, but via a diversion to the top of Kenley adding 5 minutes to the journey time.

The change to the 166 will add anything up to 8 minutes on the journey to Croydon and will lose its Purley Town centre and Purley Hospital Stops.

The extension of route 434 to Caterham is positive but should continue to be via the existing  Northwood Avenue route.

You can object / give feedback by filling in the questionnaire on the TfL consultation web site, by email to  or write to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS (Ref: Sutton – Croydon bus changes)

 

Exploring Happy Valley and Farthing Downs

The Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley have relaunched their nature trail on Farthing Downs and in Happy Valley Coulsdon, with the help of an all-star cast of celebrities. There are 29 marker posts with QR codes and with your mobile phone you can a narrative about the location by one of a number of celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Tony Robinson and Martin Jarvis.

In conjunction with this they have issued a new booklet which costs £2 and is on sale at Advanced Print Brighton Road Coulsdon.

 

School buses From 1st September 2020

From the start of the autumn school term TFL are requesting that school buses (starting with a 6**) are used only by school children. In our area: 612, 627, 633, 654,  663, 664, 685 and 689.

Some other buses will also become dedicated school buses around school times. This will include the 60 and 466 that start from the Oasis Academy in Old Coulsdon and the 405 from Harris Academy.

In addition, some buses on the following routes will at school times have some buses dedicated for school children and some for ordinary passengers. In our area: 60, 109, 127, 154, 157, 194, 197, 198, 289, 312, 410, 466 & 468.

The following local buses will have additional buses at school time: 130, 405, 434, 455, & 463.

All children over the age of 11 unless exempt will have to wear a face covering.

At present fares for 11 to 16 year olds will remain free for children with a zip card.

More information from TfL web site

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2020/august/tfl-reminds-londoners-of-important-changes-to-buses-when-schools-start-to-return-next-week

Bottega: new Italian deli

A new local Italian run Deli Caffe has opened in Stoats Nest parade, Coulsdon. Serving good coffee, tasty paninis, fresh bread, canolli, arancini, pasta, deli ham and cheeses plus gelato, cakes and authentic Italian fresh shelf and frozen products. Eat in/outside/Take-away. Customer parking. 

 

Development of new homes in Lion Green Road

Brick By Brick were granted planning consent for the development of 157 new homes in Lion Green Road in January 2019. Full details of this scheme can be viewed on the public access register www.croydon.gov.uk/onlineplans using the reference 17/06297/FUL.

Read July 2020 Building Info Leaflet for Lion Green Road (PDF)

It is anticipated that construction works will begin in September 2020, with expected completion in Winter 2022. 

Initial works and car park closure

Initial works include construction of the new car park with completion of this aimed for Spring 2021. It is planned that 50% of the car park will close when these works begin. 

Where to find updates

Regular news updates will be posted to the Commonplace website and you can subscribe to receive email notifications of updates.

An opportunity for residents, businesses and stakeholders to meet virtually with CField Construction will be provided next month (August) and will take place prior to the main construction works starting. CField will be distributing an introductory newsletter, including an invitation to the event and details will also be posted as a news update on Commonplace.

NHS priority postboxes in Coulsdon

A number of postboxes in Coulsdon have been designated NHS priority postboxes.

These are at Post Offices, in the town centre and at Coulsdon South station. All these have a collection at 5.00pm or slightly later (most other postboxes only have morning collections).

These postboxes have been identified as locations where people who have had a home Testing Covid-19 test kit should use to return their test sample for delivery the next day.

For more information visit the Royal Mail website

 

The Review May 2020

As we continue to live under the shadow of Coronavirus and are all finding ways to adapt and thrive in this ‘new normal’, The Review has also undergone a few changes for this issue!

With concerns about delivering hard copies to residents in the current circumstances we decided to produce an interim, virtual issue.

Read the Review May 2020 (PDF)

Please do share this widely with anyone who has not received it, or you think might be interested. We hope to produce four hard copies of The Review this year, aiming to produce the next one for delivery in July/August.

We have not included our usual What’s Happening? page in this issue, but do keep an eye on our Facebook page where we regularly post items of interest for residents.

Transport update – as of 18 May 2020

There are major changes to the transport system in and around London from Monday 18 May 2020 due to easing of the lockdown.

The Government, the London Mayor and Croydon Council are encouraging people to cycle and walk where possible. To encourage this the Mayor is restricting a number of street in Central London to pedestrians, cyclist and buses only.

Croydon Council is experimenting with blocking off the a number of streets with large flower planter to allow access but not through traffic.

The central Congestion charge and Ultra Low emission zone charges will be reintroduced on Monday 18th May 2020.

The Congestion charge zone will increase to £15.00 and the hours extended from 22nd June 2020.

The Government have agreed to a mixture of grants and Loans to TfL to cover the major short fall in fares. However, this has conditions:

  • The Mayor puts up fares.
  • The Freedom Pass can no longer be used in Peak hours (at this stage it is not clear if that is just before 09.30 or includes the evening peak).
  • Children between the ages of 11 & 18 will have to pay fares (again this is not clear if it is all day or just peak hours)

Entry and exit to buses will continue to be by the centre door.

Rail Services

Both GTR and TfL offer enhanced services from Monday which means in general moving from a Sunday service to a Saturday service.

Some longer distance trains services are asking you to book a seat in advance.

The advice remains the same.

Where possible work from home.
Use cycling and walking where possible.
Try to avoid using the car.
Avoid public transport if you can leaving it for essential journeys only.

If you need to use Public transport please the use the following advice:

  • Travel outside the peaks
  • Wash your hands before and after the journey
  • Wear a face mask
  • Try and keep social distancing
  • Do not eat on short train journeys
  • If possible carry a hand sensitiser