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.
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.
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:
Please help us by paying your annual subscriptions by standing Order.
We wish to thank all the businesses in Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon and the surrounding area that have stayed open during the pandemic to serve the local community. We also wish to thank all the key workers in the NHS, Croydon Council, postal, bus and train workers along with the delivery drivers shop workers and many others who have continued working on our behalf.
We are so lucky in Coulsdon to have so many open spaces such as Farthing Downs. Happy Valley, Cane Hill and our great local parks where people can not only exercise, but appreciate the value of these open spaces. It has also been pleasing to learn about the togetherness of local Coulsdon people who have been able to help their less fortunate and vulnerable neighbours and friends with shopping or just a phone call. It is especially heartening to see the number of Whatsapp and Facebook local groups that have been set up to keep people in contact we each other. We are also very sorry to report that a number of local people have succumbed to Covid-19. We offer their families and friends our deepest sympathies and condolences.
The Future of the Review Magazine
We are pleased that, with the help of our less vulnerable road stewards and some volunteers, that we delivered the Spring Review magazine to all households with a leaflet explaining Covid-19 and a contact number for those needing help. This enabled us to put many vulnerable people in touch with local volunteers.
We intend to publish all 4 magazines during the course of the year. However, with social isolating we are only able to deliver and will have difficulty in collecting our annual subscriptions (£3) and donations. This will certainly apply to the next issue in the Summer and probably to the Autumn and possibly Winter editions as well. It is also clear we cannot hold our AGM in June.
How you can help us
You can help us with our aims to inform you what is happening in and around Coulsdon thorough: the Review Magazine, this web site, Facebook page and eblast list. If you would like to be included in our eblast information system, please contact Maureen our secretary by email .
You can help us by paying your annual subscription by Standing Order. To do so please contact our Chair Charlie by email Alternatively you can send a cheque payable to ECRA or cash for £3.00 to our Chair Charlie at 50 Reddown Road CR5 1AX or Gill our Vice Chair at 6 Mead Way CR5 1PG.
We thank those of you that have changed to a standing order or put a cheque or cash through our doors with your annual subscriptions and donations. Don’t forget to put your name and address on it.
Five of the 6 name boards “For Farthing Downs and Happy Valley” have now been installed on Coulsdon South Station. The 6th one will be installed permanently when the lift work is complete.
The new bridge is progressing and Pauline and Ian have installed planters/troughs with lovely flowers – the flower beds were removed due to the bridge building works. Once the bridge is completed then the flower beds can be re-installed.
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.
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.:-
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.
PURLEY HOSPITAL NEEDS URGENT CARE
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.
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
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.
ECRA,, along with other representatives from Coulsdon met with Brick by Brick about 18 months ago and several times since. The plans for these three sites (they later split the Calat Centre site into two) were: –
To build flats on the car park of Coulsdon Community Centre (CCC), thus leaving little or no public parking for the Centre and thereby making CCC unviable.
Knock down the Calat Centre and built flats on there. No public parking.
To build flats on(LGRCP) along with a Health Centre and, maybe, the Library. There would only be 30 to 50 public car parking space if we were lucky.
Therefore only 30 to 50 public car parking spaces in total.
We suggested that instead they:
They move all community activities to the Calat Centre, including the Health Centre and maybe the Library which would save the old Smitham Calat building which already has a hall, which could be used for the Theatre Company, badminton etc and many more rooms than at the CCC and which, being on one floor, was more accessible to the town, transport and disabled. This building could easily accommodate, and more accessibly, the 95% usage rate at CCC would more than cover the activities at the Calat. There would also be over 30 plus parking spaces. In fact, Brick by Brick have agreed with CCC that they will build an additional theatre hall on Calat.
To build the flats which were proposed on the Calat site to the CCC site and knock down the less accessible CCC building (with the agreement of CCC board). That those homes built on CCC should be family homes (33 two/three-bedroom house with parking spaces plus two flats at each end). Under the original plans both the Community Centre and the old Smitham School building would have been knocked down – at least one has been saved. Calat is in the centre of town, more accessible and would have parking remaining.
Build flats on LGRCP with 120 long and short term public car parking spaces
There is a separate outline planning application which proposes that the Medical Centre is built in the southern part of the Calat site towards Woodcote Grove Road. Awaiting NHS go-ahead and funding and the RAs have made suggestions on changes to the lay-out which would result in more parking and better access.
Brick by Brick have agreed to these changes and there will be 116 public long and short-term parking spaces. Not quite 120 but we are still working on that.
The four Planning Application were approved by the Council.
Whilst the Residents Associations and the residents would much prefer LGRCP to remain as a much loved car park THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, whether Labour, Conservatives or other are in power. The Mayor of London is changing his London Plan (which supersedes Croydon’s Local Plan) to insist that Croydon build 10,000 more homes on top of the 30,000 already in the pipeline and that those are to be mostly high rise flats and little or no parking – public or private. He already objected that there are already too many parking spaces proposed on LGRCP in the current plans.
The compromise plans on offer are the best of a bad job and, unless you want worse which is threatened coming down the line from the Mayor then it is up to the residents if they want to keep on fighting.
Whilst there are justifiable concerns about the infrastructure problems these and other planning developments already in place will and have caused – ECRA and the other RAs are also concerned -, the proposed Health Centre will at least partially address medical provision. We continue to fight for a A23 exit from Cane Hill.