Monday, 24 April 2017


21 Apr (3 days ago)
to SNTZD-Coulsdon.
Dear Residents
We recently received information of three males poaching on the Farthing downs/Happy Valley. A lurcher, Patterdales and a Jack Russell were apparently being used by the males. To clarify poaching is an offence in this area. Animals are likely to get seriously hurt or killed. Please call 999 if you see people actively poaching in Happy Valley or Farthing Downs. It is also helpful to remember descriptions and vehicle number plates if you are unable for any reason not report immediately. If police are able to attend and detain any suspects there may well be other offences being committed apart from poaching.
PC 518 Chris Allen
Coulsdon East Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel - 020 8721 2059

Thursday, 20 April 2017

CWRA AGM Postponement

Following the announcement that the General Election is to take place on the same date as our AGM, the CWRA Committee has decided that the most sensible option is to postpone our event. A new date is yet to be decided but could possibly be in early September to avoid holiday difficulties and encourage as many people as possible to attend. It is most disappointing but life just keeps happening!

Thursday, 6 April 2017


12:28 (1 hour ago)
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I wanted to write to let you know that the London Borough of Croydon's Health & Social Care Scrutiny Sub Committee has informed us that they are referring the CCG's recent decision around routine access to IVF and ICSI* to the Secretary of State for Health.

As you will remember, last month the CCG's Governing Body took the difficult decision to fund IVF and ICSI only for those with exceptional clinical circumstances.

Making such a referral to the Secretary of State is a legal power scrutiny committees have when they are concerned about service changes proposed by the local NHS. The committee is referring this decision about IVF as they are concerned about the impact on those affected, the sustainability of local health services and the historic underfunding of NHS services in Croydon.
We understand and share the committee's concerns that Croydon residents should have access to IVF and ICSI, and indeed all appropriate NHS services.  The Governing Body took this difficult decision only after careful consideration and discussion in the context of the increasingly challenging financial position faced by the NHS in Croydon.

The NHS no longer has the resources to fund everything it has done in the past and many CCGs across the country have to make difficult decisions. The decision to reduce funding for IVF and ICSI was made in light of our requirement to prioritise front line services for the people of Croydon and to live within the financial resources available to us.

On receiving the referral, the Secretary of State will review the CCG's decision process, taking evidence from the committee about its concerns. This process is expected to take a number of weeks. Councillors on the committee appreciate this was not a decision anyone at the CCG wanted to make.

Croydon couples who are already undergoing NHS IVF/ICSI, those who have already had their funding approved and those couples whose routine applications were received by the CCG as of Tuesday 14 March, and who have been found to meet the previous criteria, will continue to receive their treatment. The waiting list for IVF and ICSI is however closed, and will continue to be closed during the referral process. Other forms of fertility treatment are still available on the NHS in Croydon.

We have said previously and would like to reiterate that we will look again at our ability to routinely fund IVF and ICSI for Croydon couples in a year's time.
If you have any queries about this please email

* IVF, In Vitro Fertilisation, and ICSI, Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, are elements of assisted conception services.

Purley Hospital Minor injuries/ailments Unit

Following constant intense lobbying by all Southern R.A.s over the last few years, supported by Chris Philp, from April 1st there is a G.P. led out of hours service available at Purley Hospital from 8am-8pm /365 days a year to attend to minor ailments and injuries. There are similar provisions in New Addington and at C.U.H. but unfortunately no longer available at Edridge Rd. Contrary to publications issued by CCCG and some G.P. surgeries, indicating that a prior appointment made via 111 is required before attendance, these are WALK-INS, which might involve a wait for treatment, but if serviced adequately will take pressure off CUH. Please report back to your R.A. with comments, good or bad, so that we can continue to ensure that our residents receive the best medical care that we deserve, but do use it or loose it.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


    Tomorrow the Coulsdon and Purley Debating Society will host a debate on the motion:

                    'This House is optimistic about our prospects after leaving the EU'

    It will be proposed by CHRIS PHILP, CON MP for Croydon South
    It will be opposed by ANDREW PELLING, LAB cllr for Waddon.
    Both are excellent speakers.

    START TIME 8pm, room open from 730pm - Wednesday 5-4-17

    VENUE  Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired
    This is on the green directly opposite the Tudor Parade of shops, and the other side of Canons Hill   from the congregational church.

    All are welcome - to listen and speak.

    Why not come along?

    If you are interested in local ROAD and TRAFFIC Issues, then take a look at this website.

    Peter Morgan    Coulsdon resident