Friday, 6 November 2015

Update from Chris Philp MP

Dear All,
Below is an update on some of the things I have been working on locally.
Coulsdon Town Centre Parking Problems
Parking in Coulsdon town centre has been terrible since the closure of Lion Green Road car park in July because the council failed to put in place alternative parking at the time of its closure. After applying a lot of pressure, it looks like the council have finally agreed to show some urgency in opening the CALAT car park (just off Chipstead Valley Road) to the general public from the end of November. This will free up an extra 30 spaces that can be used for up to 4 hours. I have also met with Barratts, the developer at Cane Hill, and they are looking at providing at least 20 car parking spaces near Marlpit Lane roundabout for the next two years. The council has also agreed to provide 6 new on-street spaces and they are looking at "Herringbone" (i.e. diagonal) parking on Brighton Road which will also create many more spaces. I will keep working on pushing for solutions to Coulsdon's parking problems.
The new Aldi, whose car park is available to anyone for up to 1.5 hours, are now trying to change their planning consent to restrict use to customers only. This is outrageous, and not what was agreed with the community and council when Aldi's planning consent was originally granted. Given the parking problems in Coulsdon, I have urged the council to refuse permission and have formally registered my objection. It is essential that the Aldi car park stays available to everyone.
Purley Business Improvement District
I strongly support the establishment of the Purley Business Improvement District (BID), designed to give the town centre a lift.  In order for a BID to start, all businesses paying business rates in the area are polled. 50% of those polled by number and by rateable value have to approve the BID. If it is approved, a surcharge of 2% is made on business rates, and this money is then made available to the BID committee – representing local businesses and interested parties – to spend as they see fit in improving the area.
The vote among local businesses is open until 18th November, with the result announced the following day. Tesco represent 40% of the rateable value in Purley so their support is critical. After a crunch meeting I held with Tesco's Regional Manager and Simon Cripps from the Purley BID team a few weeks ago, Tesco agreed to support the BID which gives it a very strong chance of success. Because Tesco are by the far the largest business in Purley they will be contributing significantly more funds than any other business. This money will then help the whole town. I hope that the vote is successful.
There is more information here: and here:
Street Stall Dates - Selsdon, Sanderstead and Purley
In an effort to be as accessible as possible, in the last few weeks I have held street stalls or open surgeries in Waddon, Croham, Old Coulsdon village and Coulsdon town centre. Anyone who wants to can come along and raise any local or national issue with me. The next ones are coming up in Selsdon, Purley and Sanderstead as follows:
Sat 7th November, 10:30 to 12:00, Addington Road, Selsdon, opposite Sir Julian Huxley pub
Sat 14th November, 10:30 to 12:00, Brighton Road,  Purley, outside Santander
Sat 12th December, 10:30 to 12:00, Outside McColls/Post Office on Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead
Campaigning for a Grammar School for Croydon
Many people will have heard that a Grammar School in Kent recently received approval to open a new site in Sevenoaks. Here in Croydon we do not have any Grammar Schools, although neighbouring Bromley and Sutton both do (I went to a Grammar School in a next-door Borough because my parents could not afford the fees at Trinity here in Croydon, where I was offered a place). I believe that Grammar Schools help children from ordinary backgrounds like mine achieve their potential. I have therefore been working with the Headmaster of Wallington County Grammar School in Sutton to explore opening a new satellite site of that school here in Croydon. I have already written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to get the ball rolling, and there is more information here:
News in Brief
I am continuing to oppose the plans for a 16 floor skyscraper in Purley (see, oppose the Labour council's plans to charge for green waste collection, campaigning to get Purley Hospital Minor Injuries Unit open in the morning as well as the afternoon and am working on pressing Southern Rail to improve their abysmal performance. These topics were all covered in my previous emails, and further information is on
I was delighted to attend and speak at a recent fund raising event for Friends of Grange Park in Old Coulsdon who are raising money to renovate the playground. Further details at I was also delighted to speak to hundreds of students and parents at Riddlesdown College's annual prize giving and at Croham Valley Residents’ Association's AGM recently. I was also pleased to recently speak to the South East Cancer Help Centre (see which does incredible work.
In Westminster
In Westminster, I have been active on our behalf. Earlier this week I spoke in a debate on the new Housing Bill, a video clip of which is here: Further thoughts on providing more housing are here: I also appeared on Channel 4 news discussing tax credits recently: On the Treasury Select Committee I questioned the Chancellor about making sure banks cannot get to the stage of needing a public bailout again. I also served on the Finance Bill Committee, which turned the July budget into law. This included a big increase in the minimum wage, which I have been campaigning on for some time, increases to the tax free allowance (meaning people earning less than £100,000 can keep more of the money they earn) and a cut in corporation tax. I also met this week with the CEO of RBS, which is 73% owned by the taxpayer, to make sure that we will get our money back and have spoken in a debate on combatting personal injury fraud in insurance claims.
Further information is at: and
With best wishes,

Chris Philp MP
Member of Parliament for Croydon South

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