Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Coulsdon Post Office closed for 2 weeks due to refurbishment

Coulsdon Post Office closed for  2 weeks due to refurbishment

Nearest Post Offices are The Mount, The Parade Old Coulsdon Chipstead  and Purley

Proposed Closure of Womens Mental Health Service in Foxley Lane

We have learned of the potential closure of Foxley Lane Women’s Service in Purley. (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust).

Unfortunately, due primarily to lack of funding and changes to mental health services in Croydon, the Croydon CCG have made the decision to decommission Foxley Lane. This follows Croydon Health recently going into special measures due to poor finances.

Foxley Lane women’s service was opened in 1999 as an alternative to psychiatric hospital admission for women suffering a mental health crisis. It was developed through an extensive process of consultation with women service users, women’s organisations, the local community a range of agencies in Croydon.

What these stakeholders wanted was safe, holistic, effective care for the women of Croydon who by the nature of their difficulties are extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged when in crisis. They wanted this care to be delivered by women, as experience then and now suggests that for a large many women receiving care in an environment where men are present adds to their difficulties and makes them actively avoid treatment until they hit rock bottom – thus taking longer to recover.

Foxley Lane Women’s Service has been evaluated through research and consistently is shown to provide a high quality of care for very unwell women, it can demonstrate good clinical outcomes and research showed that women would choose to go there rather than to psychiatric hospital.

The current team are concerned about the impact this closure will have on the service users, and also the fact that it provides specialist gender sensitive care to the most vulnerable.

The unit will be going into a consultation period now and there is an opportunity for us all to respond to the CCG with opinions on this closure:

•             The next Public meeting for Croydon CCG is Tue Nov 1st 2-4pm at  Croydon College CR9 1DX.

•             Feedback can be left on Croydon CCG website, and there is also a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) reference group can be contacted by email:

The plan from Croydon CCG is to improve community services so that admission to hospital can be avoided. This, in theory is a great idea, but in reality the women who are admitted to the service, have reached such a place that it is no longer safe for them to be managed in the community. In future without Foxley Lane they will be admitted to an acute ward at the Bethlem hospital, Beckenham, although, because of such a shortage of beds there, they will more likely be sent to a private hospital that could be anywhere in the country, and in the longer term will cost more money.


Chris Stanley

Friday, 14 October 2016

Saving The Lord Roberts

   © Copyright Dr Neil Clifton

The village shop and post office in Upper Woodcote Village closed at the end of August.
I would like to explain about plans to acquire the shop through a community benefit society and reestablish a vibrant retail operation there.

This is very painful to many particularly those who were friends of Mike and Jill and the staff who worked at the Lord Roberts.
Despite considerable local opposition the owners of the property, Ken and Carol Webb, have received approval from Croydon Council to reduce the current space used by the shop and convert and build additional residential space above and adjoining the shop. Crucially, however, the plans for the development of residential space adjacent to the existing building as approved by Croydon Council expressly envisage the shop continuing. As a result of these plans and in the absence of any agreement between the owners and the tenants the business ceased trading at the end of August 2016.
After detailed discussions in October 2016 The Webb’s signed heads of agreement to sell a long leasehold interest in the retail premises and associated garden to a newly formed entity widely owned by local residents. The heads of agreement are not legally binding but with the support of the community we are now proceeding to formal and binding documentation as quickly as possible.

The purchase
The terms of the agreement are as follows. The current owners will grant a 150 year lease in respect of the retail premises and associated garden to a newly formed community benefit society for £105,000. The lease will be in standard terms and will provide for the payment of a nominal rent only.  The Society will be responsible for renovation and refurbishment works on the retail area. With other fees and costs, we estimate that Newco has a total capital requirement in the order of £150,000-£170,000. We have already contacted residents (both through mailings and at a public meeting on 4th October) to raise this capital and have received a heartening in principle response.

Who is buying?
The purchaser will be a Community Benefit Society. A Community Benefit Society exists to benefit the wider collective interests of a community, rather than that of its staff, or shareholders. A Community Benefit Society structure also emphasizes its members and member involvement and has a legal structure that enable genuine community ownership with equal and democratic control. This means:
• Open and voluntary membership
• One member, one vote rather than one vote per share
• The interests of the shop to be linked into community control, disallowing any one member from having greater control than others
• No profit distribution to members based on investment (other than payment of interest). Interest can be paid on the shares (up to a maximum of 2% p.a. above base rate –currently 0.25%) but only if Newco can afford to do so, having taken into account its other liabilities and the need for reinvestment
Shares in the society cannot be transferred but can be withdrawn subject to very strict limits. 

The new shop
 The Society will buy the space that forms the retail premises of the Lord Roberts. This is very similar to the shop space that you will be familiar with as customers, increased in size (post development) by the removal of the staircase that leads to the flat above. A significant part of the old shop that was used for storage will not be leased to us. The overall floor area will be reduced in size from 139 sq m to 80 sq m due to the loss of various storage areas / office space. The retail area will remain the same size. The main loss of space will be from storage, office accommodation and toilet facilities, which will be reduced in size from approximately 80 sq m to 21 sq m. Any operator will need to be satisfied that the shop can properly function without this space. In addition, we will be offered the chance to take a portion of the garden immediately to the left of the front of the shop. This could either be integrated into the shop space as a tea garden or similar or, possibly, preserved and maintained as a freestanding community garden.
At this stage our thinking is that the Society will not operate the shop premises itself but will screen and appoint the best operator available. The shop will be run as a community asset and with sensitivity to the heritage of the Lord Roberts and its surrounding environment. It is not intended that it be run for profit but it should not operate at a loss.  

Will the post office reopen?
We cannot say for sure. Contracts are granted by the Post Office when a specific application is made. The Post Office is currently advertising this franchise for sale with offer closing in July 2017. It will be our wish to see that the post office is reopened but we cannot progress this until we have a candidate to take the sub-lease.

Can you help?
We will be circulating a formal offer document in the next few weeks to enable the Society to raise the necessary funds to save the Lord Roberts.

If you want to be included in that circulation send your name and address by email to
David Mullarkey at

If you think you can help in any other  way please also drop David a line.
Many thanks
David Mullarke

Please Appeal Tickets from the Recent Parking Fiasco

CWRA will be encouraging all people who received parking fines at the start of the Council's latest Coulsdon fiasco to appeal their tickets. The roads affected are Malcolm Rd and The Avenue.

It was against natural justice to issue tickets to people already parked when the bays were suspended.

Please forward any complaints to Croydon Council and free free to copy in if there are any problems.

Please Share

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Please Provide Online Feedack to Improve our Current Train Service

GTR/Southern have now published their proposed 2018 timetable  and we are pleased to say it addresses many previous issues and provided enough people support them we should gain a much improved service to Coulsdon with off-peak trains to both Victoria and London Bridge and more peak and off services at Coulsdon Town. These are set out in our attached summary which also includes the questions to answer and how we suggest you answer them

These changes are supported by the East Surrey Transport Committee and local RAs.

Please support us by responding to the online questionnaire, link below.

For more info please see this very comprehensive document

Monday, 19 September 2016

Cane Hill Planning Application and the lack of access road on to the A23.

In response to the Cane Hill Planning Application and the lack of access road on to the A23.

Please email any of the following noting your objections.The meeting to make the decision is THIS THURSDAY and has no public access.

Here is the Formal Joint Residents Association Objection to the planning from the local RA's but we need, Many, Many more!


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

New emergency timetable Coulsdon South and Coulsdon Town from Monday 11th July

GTR/Southern  have announced their emergency timetable which will operate from Monday 11th July 2016

Here are the changes from Coulsdon

Coulsdon Town

Only one change the 07.30 Coulsdon Town to Watford will not run

Coulsdon South

The following trains will not run

·         06.50 to London Bridge
·         09.28 to London Bridge
·         17.34  to Victoria
·         18,33 Victoria
·         19.32 Victoria
·         07.43 to Tonbridge (07.28 from London Bridge).

No changes to Saturday and Sunday as yet

For changes on other route

New timetables can be down loaded at

Monday, 13 June 2016

CWRA AGM - Tuesday June 21st 2016 - 7:30pm

You Are Invited to the CWRA AGM - Tuesday the 21st June 2016. Light Refreshments Provided. 7:30pm at St Aidan's Parish Hall.

Meet Your MP - Chris Philp, discuss Cane Hill, Parking, Lion Green, Southern/Thames Link Govia Trains and much more!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Dear all 
I write to invite you to come along to the EU Question Time in Coulsdon.
This is to be a genuine fair and balanced debate on the case for STAY and the case for LEAVE.
Friday June 17 2016, at the Coulsdon Community Centre, starting at 730pm and ending about 915pm.
Chipstead Valley Rd, Coulsdon CR5 3BE
Large free car park onsite, and free parking in roads outside
Buses 166 and 434 stop in the main road nearby.
Panel members so far confirmed:
for IN - Tom Brake MP (LIB)
for IN - Charles King (LAB)
for OUT - GLA Steve O'Connell (CON)
Chris Philp MP has been invited to put the government case for IN.
David Kurten, GLA member, has been invited to put the UKIP case for OUT.
No long speeches, just a chance of lots of questions and answers.
The idea is to have five speakers, each with a 2 minute introduction, and then questions from the floor.
All questions should be ones that both sides can fairly answer, with a balance in terms of questions bias.
There would then be a 1-2 minute sum up from all 4 speakers.
We have 3 for IN, as the cases for IN differ amongst CON, LIB, LAB.
For OUT, CON and UKIP will cover their side.. 

Peter Morgan

FYI - New and Resized Box Junctions in Purely Near the Recycling Centre

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Please be Vigilant

There has been reports of people trying to break into sheds, garages and steel bikes/motorbikes in Coulsdon West at present.  There have also been reports of items being stolen from unlocked cars at night.  Please make sure everything is kept locked and well secured. Also please report suspicious behaviour.

Also please ensure bins are kept away from gates as they can be used to access properties.

Keep Safe


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Latest Cane Hill Newsletter

Latest Insite Update from Cane Hill, click link below for full document.

Loss of 30 Minute Free Parking in Coulsdon

Image courtesy of Dr Neil Clifton
Dear All,

It will come as no surprise that at last evening's Council meeting it was agreed that Coulsdon should lose our free 30 mins in Brighton Rd. Cllr Bee was chairing.

In spite of Cllr Bee's time restrictions, Maureen Levy of ECRA, Cllrs; Mario Creatura, Luke Clancy, Steve O'Connell, Yvette Hopley with Chris Philp made the case well, pointing out that Labour had pledged to keep free parking and other areas in the Borough would be keeping theirs to help their traders. No dice as Cllr Bee said she had changed her mind about the manifesto pledge and implied Coulsdon people were just whingeing again. The proposal was passed with the Chair's casting vote despite a petition of 878 signatures against the removal of free parking.

There you have it - another example of democracy in action.



Monday, 18 April 2016

Croydon Library Threat of Closure Form

Croydon libraries are under threat of closure.

I am attaching a  paper survey from Croydon Council for you to give your views on the future. The Council have not made it easy to get hold of this document, hence my email to you 

Please complete the survey and give your views and also pass it on to your contacts for them to do the same.

You can print it out and take it to your local library where they will scan it and send it to the correct place, you can go online and complete it or you can take or post it to allan.nimmo -  or post to him at  Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1E

See below for Save our Libraries and the meeting to be held on 26th April at  St Michael's, Poplar Walk, in central Croydon. Places are limited by the capacity of the venue so if you'd like to attend, please book a place.  

Please help us to spread this information as widely as possible.

Residents across Croydon are generally not aware of the survey on libraries, even those with ready access to the internet and those visiting libraries. 

There is misinformation in circulation, with some saying libraries will close. The staff and stock have already been drastically cut. It is likely that the future plans will include greater reliance on self-service machines and volunteers - the focus being on open doors and not on maintaining or improving the service in our libraries.

Some residents have received paper copies in their library when they've asked.  Others have had to request a copy, some then received a single copy by post, whilst others have not received a copy at all.

Some libraries have displays advertising the survey, others have none.

There is mention of focus groups but the Council will not share when and where these are being held, and library staff do not have the information to pass on. This means people who might want to participate are excluded. If you know of any please let us know so we can advertise them.

 People who have completed the survey online report it closing before they can have their say, and that the questions are leading. 

The survey promotes volunteering and the campaign has received at least one report of a resident inquiring about the survey being actively encouraged to volunteer by a member of library staff.

This is not a fair process!

Upper Norwood library has now lost all its library staff and self-serve machines have been installed. 

Is this really what we want for Croydon libraries?

Please share this information as widely as possible.  It obviously helps the council officer responsible if you can complete the survey online, but do look at a copy first to prepare your thoughts and avoid the issues other people have had, and if you prefer to complete a hard copy then request one or print the downloadable copy in this post to use and to share.

Find the link to the online survey and the downloadable copy of the survey here:

It would be wise to keep a copy of the comments you make to ensure that they are reflected in the final document. We can collate any comments you have if you send them on.

Public meeting
There is also a public meeting on Tuesday 26 April ay 7 p.m. in the hall to the rear of St Michael's, Poplar Walk, in central Croydon. Places are limited by the capacity of the venue so if you'd like to attend, please book a place. This meeting is a meeting by the community for the community as the council is holding no meetings on the subject. The focus of this meeting will be purely on this current engagement on libraries and the fate of the current Croydon Libraries, so will not include discussion on the old Ashburton Library building or on Upper Norwood Library. 

Please help spread the word.

And if you know of anyone who would like to be added to the circulation list, please ask them to get in touch.

Kind regards

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign
Follow us on twitter @SaveCroydonLibs 

Latest Cane Hill Planning Applications on Croydon Site

 These can be viewed on Croydon’s planning portal, application details are below -

Validation Date
11 April 2016
Target Date for Determination
11 July 2016
Deed of Variation to S.106 Reference
Phase 2 – Gateway Reference
Phase 3 – Hillside Reference
Phase 4 – Historic Centre Reference
Phase 5 – Historic South Reference
Phase 6 – Cricket Pitch Reference

Access the planning Portal here and input the Ref numbers to view.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Objections for Closure of Croydon Libraries

Please see below and please obtain and fill in your objections if you do object to the libraries in Croydon being shut by the Council or staffed by volunteers.

The Council have a survey on line on their proposals to CLOSE CROYDON LIBRARIES.  This on line survey is badly put together and ends leaving you up in the air unable to put full details.  Therefore the way to get involved and let the Council know that you are not happy with this proposal is to do so via a paper copy of the survey.  They are making it as difficult as possible to obtain one of these paper copies but you should be able to get in the libraries as stated below.  Do not listen when told that this can only be completed on line.

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign is collecting information on people’s experience in trying to obtain this document so please let them know at


Maureen Levy
Secretary of ECRA

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Morgan's House

Morgan Bishop is a six year old boy in Epsom and Ewell who suffers from severe food allergies, Eczema, Asthma as well as FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome - a life threatening Kidney condition. Morgan's family are trying to raise money for a deposit on a bigger house that will make their lives that little bit easier.

Please us beth link below to donate

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Paint No Longer Accepted at Purely Oaks Recycling Centre

The Purley Oaks Household & Recycling Centre no longer allows surplus paint to be disposed of, into bin 4.
Riddles down Residents Association made enquiries with Sanderstead Ward Councillor Yvette Hopley and she contacted Croydon Council officers. 
The response from a Council Officer was that “paint is now classed as hazardous waste and therefore Croydon are unable to accept it at any of their three household reuse and recycling centres.” Paint being in liquid form appears to be the problem for disposal as it causes spillage if the container is damaged.
If you have any usable surplus paint, try offering it to friends, local community groups or you can contact Community Re-Paint.
However if this is not practicable;

For disposal - Water based paints - You can dispose of “solid” water based paint which can be sent to landfill. To make make paint solid, you have to remove the lid from the can and leave it off for a number of weeks (replace the lid) before disposing of it. By putting sand in it or cat litter or makes it go hard quicker or you can buy a special hardener. Recycling Centre staff will probably want to see that the paint is hard before disposing of it. Empty paint cans (plastic or metal) or dried water based paint can be disposed of at the Council’s recycling centres.
Oil paints - In the case of oil paint this is a bit more difficult. Oil based paint is now given a chemicals advisory notice and needs to be collected by the City of London (this service is subsidised by your local authority). Further information and details about this service are on this City of London Corporation link
The City of London Corporation provides a collection service for boxed chemical and paint only. You are entitled to three collections of 50L of containers per rolling year. Chemicals and paint tins must be put into cardboard boxes for collection.
For further details, then either speak to a staff member at one of the Council’s recycling centres or contact Croydon Council direct.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


Croydon Council are again proposing to remove the present One Hour Free Parking system from the Brighton Road in Coulsdon Town Centre, and introduce a new £1 charge from Pay & Display machines on Brighton Road to park for 30 minutes or more. The one hour limit will remain.

Many people do not want to lose the present simple one hour free system, and object to the council's plans, which will mean a new more complicated and confusing system and paying more in charges and fines.

Many agree this new £1 charge would be damaging to the town, its residents, businesses and visitors.
Coulsdon is being victimised with new parking taxes that do not apply elsewhere - see below.

The only way to prevent this happening is for people to send in objections.
If a large number of people write in, the council will have to think again.

Dr Neil Clifton

Chris Philp MP and local councillors are opposing this change, but their voices will only be effective if local people do their bit by sending in their own objections,


Please also encourage others to do so.

The council is meeting on Tuesday 26-4-16 to make a final decision, and we must ensure they see hundreds of objections to this £1 charge.

To assist in making objections, I append two documents.

The first is a possible letter of objection, which lists 13 grounds to object - see end of this email or the appended file.
This document may also be viewed and downloaded here

This can be printed off, signed, and sent by post to this address:
Order Making Section, Parking Design Team,
Place Department, Croydon Council,
Floor 6, Zone C, Bernard Weatherill House,
8 Mint Walk,
Croydon CR0 1EA

Many will prefer to sent in by email to
Copy your objection to the Cabinet Member who will decide, our MP and Coulsdon Councillors:

        Cllr Kathy Bee     <> 
        Chris Philp MP    <>
        Cllr Luke Clancy     <>
        Cllr Jeet Bains      <>
        Cllr James Thompson     <>
        Cllr Margaret Bird     <>
       Cllr Mario Creatura     <>

       Cllr Christopher Wright     <> 

The second document contains three posters and a letter.

I am distributing this to all businesses along the Brighton Road and Chipstead Valley Road in the town centre - along with copies of the objection letter.

Yesterday, over 30 businesses were keen to object.
Only 2 supported the council's new £1 charge - one believing that Aldi customers are using bays on the Brighton Road, seeing people with bags of Aldi shopping going back to their cars,
Those are likely to be shopping for 15-20 minutes (so unaffected by the new £1 charge), while those shopping for 45 mins or so will need a shopping trolley - and to park at Aldi.


In 2009, over 1000 people sent in objections to the council Pay & Display scheme.
As a result, we won our campaign for ONE HOUR FREE PARKING on the Brighton Road.
However the council insisted that meters were needed to avoid abuse - and ignored our fears that the meters would be used to impose charges.

The council consulted traders within the past couple of years on this, and the view was overwhelmingly to keep the one hour free.

The council say “In the past Coulsdon has had especially favourable treatment on free parking and this special treatment is being withdrawn”.
This is untrue. Many other centres have one hour free parking, but only Coulsdon is to lose this.
Upper Norwood, Norbury (2 hours), Kenley, Sanderstead are all being left with their one hour free parking.
Coulsdon is being victimised with new parking taxes that do not apply elsewhere.

The council also say “the one hour free at Coulsdon has been funded through charges in other parts of the borough”.
This is demonstrably false. The council take £2500 per month in parking fines from the Brighton Road in Coulsdon, which is far more than the cost of managing parking here.
Instead of this change, the council should be giving Coulsdon side streets the one hour free parking they promised.

The council talk about a need to “bring in consistency across all the district centres”.
Labour in 2014 promised one hour free parking in all district centres. That is the way to introduce consistency.
However Labour have decided to go against their manifesto commitment.
Instead, charges in Coulsdon and across the borough have been put up sharply - £1 from 70p for 45 minutes in side streets, and £4.20 from £3.60 all day.

What they are actually doing is unlawfully using parking charge increases to fund their pet projects like £148,000 for a half day cycle race.
The council already makes around 30% profit on its onstreet parking, and it plans to use these increased parking taxes to raise this to over 40%.
Court cases have made clear that it is unlawful to use parking as a source of revenue – the council is dissembling to evade this law.

Most people would say the last thing Coulsdon shops and businesses needs now is another burden, making them less competitive with other centres like Wallington and Banstead with masses of free parking, and large supermarkets like Tesco in Purley.

As part of this campaign, many shops are putting up posters in their windows as below:
These are appended, and may also be viewed and downloaded here:


Many (including myself) will have signed the petition organised by Cllr Mario Creatura.

The petition is fine as far as it goes.
The problem with petitions is that the council downplay their masses of signatures.
They take far more notice of masses of individual objections.


Peter Morgan Coulsdon Roads, Traffic & Parking Advisor