Monday, 17 June 2019

434/404 bus routes.

Following a fantastic response from our residents, (about 600),  TfL have decided to keep the 434 route as it is (serving the Rickman Hill area) and divert the 404 to serve Cane Hill and the Toller's Estate. As this constitutes a change to their proposals they will hold a short consultation later in the year to confirm approval.

Well done everyone.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

From East Surrey Transport Committee - have your say

The DfT have told GTR to spend £15m passenger benefits. They have decided that this will be allocated station by station bases on a sliding scale from £30,000 to £80,000 based on the amount of disruption caused by the timetable changes

This is not the simplest  way to do it and seems a bit complicated.  Suggestions need to be in by 31St July 2019.

I have listed the suggestions that were made at the last East Surrey Transport Committee meeting and a couple I have received since.
GTR Passenger £15m Benefit Fund   Suggestions need to be in by 31St July 2019.
Allocated funding
Suggested improvements

Suggested improvements

Coulsdon South
Heating in the Booking Office./waiting room
Additional exit barrier on down platform
CI Screen  in booking Office for  buses at all 5 stops 
Make old ramp to up  platform DDA compliant and reopen it, to provide step free access

Coulsdon Town
Windshield by booking office

Enclosed shelter north end of platform

You can also suggest spending on wider benefits and one ESTC have been campaigning for is Oyster at Reigate which would not only benefit the people of Reigate and those that travel to Reigate, but for all the local students that go to Reigate College.
Spending on Wider scheme passenger benefits
Reigate :  Introduction of Oyster this not only benefits passengers from Reigate but passengers from our area especially students who attend Reigate College. The only station on route without Oyster 
Reintroduce the 2 for 1 vouchers booklet : It is simpler and more flexible than on line booking
More comfortable seats on class 700 trains
Additional 4 bay seats with tables for groups and families on all rolling stock
1 Month return ticket to Gatwick Airport from more stations

We need as many people as possible to support the ideas from East Surrey Transport committee for our local stations.

So please could you do a suitable eblast/blog and put on your web site and facebook

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Julien Road re-surfacing

Carriageway Surfacing

I am writing to inform you that FMCONWAY , on behalf of Croydon Council, will shortly be commencing resurfacing at the location/s and date/s below:

Date: 01st  June  2019 between 08:00-17:00
Location: Julien  Road

To enable the Contractor to undertake the works, on-street parking will be suspended during works hours.  We also kindly ask that with forward planning vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road are reduced to a minimum during the works hours. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Advance driver / resident information boards will be in place before the works commence, advising of the precise dates and times of the road closure.
Please however note that unforeseen circumstances (e.g. inclement weather conditions) may necessitate a change to the scheduled dates and information

on road signs will be changed accordingly. Please check the road signs regularly for any updates

The resurfacing works will take place From Bramley Avenue  to Woodmansterne road  .
Due to the nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur. For this reason it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes, or allow extra time to complete your journey.

The on-street parking suspensions that will be in place within the works area are 07:30-17:00 on  01st    June  2019 . No parking for residents on the highway in the areas covered by the enforcement signs.

Please note that penalty charge notices (PCN’s) will be applied to vehicles parked within the suspended areas during the works hours and/or vehicles relocated.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Local events

Received with thanks from Maureen Levy, ECRA secretary


I have not been around for a few weeks but I am back – Sorry I have missed some items of interest and also some of the things below are very close to the date.

ECRA has objected to the 25 metre mast proposed for Ullswater Crescent and amended plans for 28 Fairdene Road.  91a Marlpit Lane is on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.

Best wishes

Maureen Levy
Secretary of ECRA

  • Dr Thanan’s Menopause Talk 15th May
  • Craft Forums / workshops each Friday at Heath Room Congregational Church
  • Community Meeting on Healthwatch St Michael’s Church Hall
  • Ballroom Dancing 17th May Coulsdon Methodist Church Hall
  • Dementia Action Week Knitathon Croydon University Hospital 22nd May
  • Men’s Games Group – Tudor Rose starting 13th June
  • New Footbridge at Coulsdon South Station starting 28th May
  • Library Talk 7th June
  • Defibrillator on the wall of Coulsdon Library
  • Health Talk on arthritis and joint pain 15th May
  • Coulsdon Common Newsletter.


Menopause can affect women as they reach middle age.  Symptoms can be unpleasant and can include hot flushes, nightsweats, difficulty in sleeping, headaches, palpitations to name a few.   Hear how we can help to relieve unpleasant symptoms

at The Heath Room
Old Coulsdon Congregational Church
Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon
Commencing at 7.00pm 

If you would like to attend and to give an indication of numbers, please contact reception 01737 558288 or email


If you are interested in and like making things there is a class on Friday’s.  MTERIALS SUPPLIED AND ITEMS SOLD FOR CHARITY. See attached flyer.


Gordon Kay, the manager of Healthwatch, will be joining us for this meeting to speak about the work of Healthwatch Croydon, including explaining how you can feed in your views on health and social care in Croydon. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
Come along to meet others from across Croydon, pick up local information, hear what others have to say and to join the conversation.
Please book a place if you plan to attend.
Doors open at 7pm. After registration, tea and coffee will be available, with an opportunity for informal networking. There will be local information and leaflets on display, with copies to take away.
The meeting will start at 7.30pm, (slightly earlier if possible) and finish by 9pm. St Michael's Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA Croydon
The meeting will start with a series of short notices and updates from previous meetings.
Everyone is welcome but we ask that all refrain from making party-political comments or sharing party-political literature at our meetings.


Weekly Ballroom Dancing with Lorraine Drolet, former World Champion, commences Friday 17th May, 11.15am – 12.15pm at Coulsdon Methodist Church Hall, Brighton Road, Coulsdon.  Parking facilities.


Croydon Council is promoting Dementia Action Week this year - 20-26 May 2019. As part of the week of events a Knitathon is being held at Croydon University Hospital in the main reception area on 22nd May 2019 8am - 8pm. This is mainly to knit twiddle muffs for people with dementia. Wool will be provided, just bring needles or if people rather they are welcome to join to stitch on bows and buttons.

Information Sessions
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. 


Weekly Men’s Games Group.   If you are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of male company, join Rob at the Tudor Rose This is not a free for all group, but intended for gents who are lonely and isolated who would like to socialising with other gents.  They will be meeting weekly from 12.30 – 2.30 at The Tudor Rose Old Coulsdon where they can chat, have a game of cards, dominoes or put the world to right.

Bus route 60, 466, 404.

Commences Thursday, 13th June, 12.30pm – 2.30pm.


Network Rail is upgrading Coulsdon South station. We will be installing lifts to the platforms and a new footbridge to provide step free access at Coulsdon South for the first time. This will make the station much easier to use for passengers with mobility issues, older people and parents with young children.
This work is being delivered by Network Rail as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme.
The improvement work will take place at the station from the 28th May 2019 and is due to be completed by early 2020.
The work will involve installing new passenger lifts to provide step free access to both platforms at Coulsdon South station. Our working hours will typically be Monday to Friday from 07:00hrs – 19:00hrs.
However, there may be some occasions when it is necessary, due to the nature of the work to work outside of these hours. This includes working at night or over weekends when the trains are not running.
To facilitate this work and to maintain the safety of both members of the public and our contractor working on site we will need to suspend up to 20 parking bays and the footpath next to the car park will be closed. The diversion route will be via A237 Brighton Road. From Thursday 5th September to Tuesday 10th September, the whole of the station car park will be closed to allow us to install the footbridge.
Posters will be displayed in and around the station to provide further information on this work. These will include artist’s impressions and diagrams of how the station will look upon completion.
We understand the effect our activities may have on the local community and we can assure you that our teams are briefed on working responsibly in the local community. We will endeavour to keep any noise to an absolute minimum, though some disturbance may be unavoidable due to the nature of the work.


Alan Holbrow, who's a former Senior Technical Officer at Tower Bridge, will give an illustrated talk about its design, build and first 100 years at Coulsdon Library on Friday 7th June from 10.30-11.30am. 

Please contact the library if you'd to attend this free talk. 
Fiona Phillips
Library Supervisor

Place Department
Council Homes, Districts and Regeneration
Croydon Libraries
Coulsdon Library
167 Brighton Road
Coulsdon CR5 2HN

Tel: 020 3700 1007

The Defibrillator in Coulsdon is now up and available on the Library wall and working. Thanks to the work of Hamish Robertson and Coulsdon Manor Rotary club and Croydon Council agreeing to site it there and connect it to the electricity supply.

Hamish is now collecting names of anybody who might want to come on the training course in April. 
If you would like to attend 

Please can you respond to him direct

(Sorry this is too late for this but if you contact Hamish there may be later course.)

Croydon Rheumatology Department and Allied Health Professionals from Croydon University Hospital
in conjunction with Croydon Patient Participation Network and Croydon CCG
cordially invite you to attend our health talk on
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Date: Wednesday 15th May, 2019
Time:3.00pm to 4.30pm
West Wickham Baptist Church Hall, 
Wickham Rd, Croydon CR0 8EB
In the UK 10 million people have arthritis. Although the image that comes to mind when discussing arthritis is an older adult, arthritis can affect people of any age. 
The team will discuss symptoms and more importantly, new and old treatments to help alleviate symptoms.
We look forward to seeing you on 
Wednesday 15th May, 2019 
3.00pm to 4.30pm.

Please feel free to bring friends and neighbours to this free event.

The latest news from the Coulsdon Commons team

May 2019

Welcome to the Coulsdon Commons Newsletter covering Coulsdon CommonFarthing Downs and New HillKenley Common and Riddlesdown.  

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A spring tidy up for Coulsdon Common

Volunteers joined in with the annual ‘Clean for the Common’ event which aims to give Coulsdon Common a thorough tidy up before the summer season.  Volunteers delved into every nook and cranny on Coulsdon Common to retrieve all kinds of rubbish!  The most amusing items found included half a tobbogan, one shoe and numerous dog toys!  On a more serious note, this event is important as it not only makes the common look good, but it protects the wildlife here from being harmed by discarded rubbish. If you would like to become a regular volunteer litter picker on Coulsdon Common please contact us on 01372 279083. 

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Easter fun on Kenley Common 

One very sunny Thursday during the Easter holidays we had over 150 children and their families enjoying our “Eggcellent Easter Eggstravaganza” self-guided trail across Kenley Common. They adventured through the woodlands and grasslands looking for hidden treasures. The children got to make their own fabric leaf print to take home and even decorated their own stones to hide in their gardens! A huge thank you to the always brilliant Kenley Common Volunteers who helped with all the preparations, set up and running the event on the day! If you like the sound of that why not join us for the next event on Kenley Common: Enchanted forest self-guided trail, Wednesday 29 May 12pm-2pm.

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The joys of spring!

This month the livestock have been pampered to prepare for the grazing season. The cows got pedicures from Joe the foot-trimmer and the sheep received some treatments to keep them healthy. This month sees all the cattle turned out onto the Commons. The breeding herd, along with the calves are in the Woodplace Farm fields getting to know Wilf, the new bull. The calves were jubilant when they discovered how much space there is to run around in and the taste of fresh grass! Please remember to keep all dogs under close control when entering a field with livestock. 

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Families frolic on Riddlesdown

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to just come out and enjoy the Commons. The birds are singing, the bluebells are out, and trees are flowering. To further encourage more families, the rangers ran a fun event which saw families den building and tasting toast cooked over the flame of a campfire. We also ran a self-guided trail “Skull island pirate adventure”, a bat walk and “Breakfast with the birds” on Riddlesdown. With over 125 people attending and lots of new faces, it’s been a real success and a joy to see. A massive thanks goes out to our Volunteers who helped in so many ways. If you’re interested in our upcoming events, please have a look at Eventbrite for more information.


Breakfast with the birds – Coulsdon Common
Saturday 4 May 2019, 6am – 8am
Join us on a guided walk around Coulsdon Common, listening and looking out for birdlife. As an extra reward for getting up so early, coffee and buns will be on offer after the walk. Suggested donation: £3 per person.
Booking essential - please go online and book your ticket via Eventbrite or give us a ring 01372 279083.

Spring walk – Riddlesdown 
Saturday 11 May 2019, 10.00am – 11.30am 
Join the ranger for a guided walk through Coombes Wood in spring.
After this year’s holly bashing there’s a lot to see. The bluebells will be out in full bloom and there are plenty of flowering trees to see and learn about too. You will also learn about the historical “lumps and bumps” on Riddlesdown whilst wildlife spotting for resident birds and butterflies..
Booking essential - please go online and book your ticket via Eventbrite or give us a ring 01372 279083.

Enchanted forest self-guided trail – Kenley Common
Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12pm-2pm
For one day a year the magical creatures that live in the woodlands of Kenley Common come out and leave traces of their existence. Follow the clues and complete the activities along the way. Then head back to the ranger for prize to take home!
This is a self-guided trail you can start anytime between 12pm and 2pm.
Suitable for children aged 4 to 12. Suggested donation: £3 per child.
No booking required. For more information see Eventbrite.
Meet the ranger by the notice board ON THE PERIMETER TRACK near Golf Road.
Please note: some paths may be muddy and therefore not suitable for pushchairs.
PARKING: we recommend you park along Hayes Lane and then walk. Please don't park along Golf Road, you might get a ticket. 


Chain Gang on Coulsdon Common
Thursday 2 May 2019, 10am – 3pm 

Riddlesdown Volunteers
Thursday 9 May 2019, 10am – 3pm 

Hillbillies – Farthing Downs and New Hill
Sunday 19 May 2019, 10am – 3pm

Kenley Conservation Volunteers 
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10am – 3pm 

Find the latest volunteering opportunities.

For further information:
Tel: 01372 279083


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