Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Purley Skyscraper-2

To review the plans on LBC's Planning register please refer to application numbers 16/0299/4 and 17/00047/SOS

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Purley Skyscraper

There is to be a public enquiry into the building of this 17- storey block containing 220 residences on the Baptist Church site near the A23/A22 junction in Purley town centre. The enquiry will last for 8 days starting 9th January 2018 and will take evidence from interested parties. All comments must be received by the Council (ref: 17/00047/SOS) by 30th November for consideration.
A building of this size will dominate surrounding areas including Coulsdon, increase traffic congestion and pollution and set a precedent for similar applications.
Please make your views known.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Repairs to The Avenue Nov 13th- 17th

The Avenue will be one way down eastbound and buses on 463 and 404 will still have access towards Coulsdon South Station and buses towards the Mount will use Malcolm Road. As this will allow all buses to serve existing stops.

Monday, 23 October 2017

CWRA 2017 AGM Minutes

Thursday 7th September at 7.30
Coulsdon Community Centre

Current Committee:                                                                Apologies
Chair   (Vacant)                                                                     Peter Appleford
Vice Chair (Vacant)                                                              Lynne Rothberg
Lucy Acres                                                                              Rachel Warner
Peter Appleford                                                                    Jaydev Vyas
Rita Barfoot (Secretary-Elect)                                                        Cllr. Mario Creatura
Regan Barfoot                                                                                  Lewis White
Geoff Hunt (Meeting Chair)                                                                                  

Debbie Lamont                   
Steve Mead              
Michael Southwell (Treasure-Elect)

Members in attendance – approximately 65

1. The Chair welcomed attendees and introduced the Committee.

2. The Minutes from the last AGM were approved and seconded by the attendees.

3. Matters/Actions arising from last AGM.
·    The Chair expressed the Committee’s appreciation and gratitude to our road stewards and repeated the request for more to help distribute the Newsletters and help with the webpage. He also invited interested others to join the Committee. Sumera Shamin volunteered to join the Committee, which was approved by the attendees and welcomed by the Committee.
·    A23 Access, CVR/LGR alterations. During a meeting with Cllr. Newman and others it was concluded that the junction alterations (a condition of Cane Hill approval) should proceed with a review after 6 months to judge improvements.
·    Purley GP Hub. After 3 years of intense negotiations with CCCC a GP Hub was opened at Purley Hospital in April, offering treatment for minor injuries and ailments from 8am-8pm, 365 days/year. Although appointments can be made via 111 to reduce wait times at busy periods these are walk-ins with the aim to treat within 2hrs. Initial satisfaction reports are very good and attendance is recommended to ensure its continuation.
·    Drakes’ Field. Disappointment was expressed at the slow progress made on the landscaping, by SES water. A decision on the granting of ROW status to the footpaths is still awaited.
·    Trains.  Appreciation of the work done by the East Surrey Transport Committee, with Charlie King as Chair and Peter Appleford as Secretary to secure us more trains per hour going to where our members want to go was warmly welcomed.

4. Election of Officers
Michael Southwell was nominated, seconded and elected as Treasurer.
Rita Barfoot was nominated, seconded and elected as Secretary.
All Committee members were nominated, seconded and elected.

5. Treasurer’s Report
Detailed accounts were presented to attendees upon arrival, showing a balance of £13,027.95 on 31st December 2016, with £3,668.29 held in the current account; £4289.66 held in a bank deposit account and £5070 on deposit with Aldermore (earning better interest). Newsletter printing costs at £2100 was the greatest expenditure. A charitable donation of £250 was made to Sutton and Croydon M.S. Society. The profit for the year was £506, which was more than the previous year due to there only being 3 newsletters at a cost of £700 per issue rather than the usual 4.  Member’s subscriptions were down from £3,755.85 to £3153.15 as a result of losing road stewards. Uptake of standing order mandates is slow but continuing.  The accounts were proposed, seconded and accepted.

6. Guest Speaker: Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South
Chris again entertained the membership with tales from Westminster. He remains a fierce critic of the Southern rail service and has “stalked” Chris Grayling and even the P.M. arguing for improvements. He confirmed that the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has agree to review the Purley Skyscaper application and his decision is awaited.

Chris has continued to take a keen interest in Coulsdon West matters and adds great support, where appropriate, to his constituents and CWRA.  He received warm applause for his talk.

7. Update on Local Matters
·      Lion Green Car Park, CALAT, Library and Community Centre.  LBC intends to re-develop these community assets, principally to provide more housing. The developer will be Brick by Brick (BbB), their construction partner with LBC being their only shareholder. The plans for the car park are expected to be presented to LBC for approval in the very near future. Initial discussions with BbB seemed positive but have stalled in recent months. Given the damage done to Coulsdon businesses and residents by the previous unfounded Car Park closure,  all stakeholders are united in the insistence that 100-120 public car parking spaces be included in the plans. The promised sight of pre-submission plans has not been forthcoming, but are believed to encompass 107 dwellings over 3/4 blocks with an inadequate 50 parking spaces. Excess cars will obviously use the public car spaces, the actual number of which awaits confirmation, but no doubt will prove highly contentious.

            Architects are in discussions with the Community Centre management and RAs as the             aims are to include all the Centre’s activities, the library, possibly a medical centre, a      car park and housing on the site.

·      Wells Cottages.  Due to overwhelming public objections to the plans to demolish these cottages (without informing the residents) and replace them with 9 flats, completely unsympathetic to surrounding architecture and with insufficient parking provision, the developers have withdrawn the application, for the time being.

·      Grove Lane.  CWRA objected to outline planning approval sought from Sutton Council to build 100 residences on the Metropolitan Green Belt Land to the north of Grove Lane. All vehicular access to the Mount/Clockhouse is via our already congested Coulsdon West roads and it was proposed that all traffic including construction vehicles would use Grove Lane to access these roads. The only community assets proposed were a shop and a café, which would compete with those on Hillcrest Parade, with the use of Coulsdon amenities   recommended.

·      LBC remain anti-car refusing to allow adequate parking on new developments, with all the problems associated, mainly the increasingly dangerous parking on side streets, which causes much trouble (sometimes involving the police). They consistently only allow 0.3 or 0.5 spaces, regardless of the size of residences even when developers can offer more.

·      Woodcote Traffic Restrictions.  Much time was necessarily given to discussions over the implementation, without discussion, of a ban on entry to Dunsfold Rise, Meadow Rise and Fairfield Way between 8-9.30am and 2-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Monitoring done using CCTV with fines of £130 for transgression.

            From a RA perspective, issues that unite the community so effectively are usually to be           welcomed but this was so appallingly handled, was unnecessary and might have been        avoided if LBC had shown the respect due to Croydon Charge payers.

            Further to these discussions and other meetings held, CWRA subsequently submitted             the following objection to Parking Design. It by no means includes all the valid   consequences raised by members but addresses LBC’s aims associated with the             restrictions.

                  Coulsdon West Residents’ Association (CWRA) strongly objects to the introduction of these restrictions,                implemented with no adequate consultation (generally accepted as requiring discussion before                    implementation) with our members. These restrictions were made under a TTMO, which although not legally requiring communication with residents shows total disrespect to the many Council Charge Payers adversely             affected by this ill-conceived order.
                  It is widely accepted that most of the problems surrounding schools are caused by a small number of inconsiderate offenders consistently parking across drives, on junctions and even on double yellow lines.          CWRA believes that consistent and effective enforcement of existing regulations would relieve much of the        parking rage experienced and we call on LBC to provide this enforcement.
                  At a recent meeting, Cllr. Stuart King stated that due to the geographically wide distribution of pupils   attending Woodcote Primary: 50% of the 700 were eligible to travel by car: 50% were ineligible using a           distance/time formula which assumes that 4yr.olds, 10 yr.olds, 20 yr.olds and aged grandparents walk at the   same speed. Some do and some do not but mobility issues have not been considered, with blue badge holders             finding there has been no provision put in place for exemption. He stated that by a show of hands on a single     day 65% of pupils travel by car, which is deemed unacceptable. No figures have been presented to show how        many pupils actually walk to school at present nor the results of any surveys performed to discover why           parents need to drive e.g. children attending different schools/nurseries, parents having other caring                    responsibilities or even needing to get to their work. We believe that this research should have been a fundamental requisite before the order was considered.
                  The stated aims of these restrictions are laudable but we do not believe that they will be achievable and will       be made worse because of the lack of reasoning employed here.

1. Improving Safety
There have been no reported accidents in these three roads for at least 5 yrs, some reports suggest 7yrs, while there have been a number, some serious in Woodcote Grove Road (WGR).  Statistics show that children are 15X more likely to be killed or injured when walking to school than when being driven. Your car dispersal to surrounding unsuitable roads requiring more children to walk along WGR will likely increase the current zero accident rate to the pupils. The only safety provision made is to provide a Lollypop person at Meadow Rise to help with the exodus from the High School, which is ironic as previous requests for a crossing here have been refused on safety grounds. Egress from the surrounding cul–de–sacs with poor sight lines and where you expect the displaced drivers to park is difficult at all times of the day, and it should be obvious that the safety risks to drivers and pedestrians will be greatly increased.

2. Reducing pollution
Again we would have expected to see the results of air-quality studies carried out, before the building works began, to judge any reduction in pollution in the three roads as a result of these measures. It must be obvious that pollution will increase in the surrounding roads as drivers execute three-point turns and wait for a considerable time before being able to exit. What plans are in place to measure this and what base line will be used?

3. Helping traffic flow
In the absence of any presented traffic assessment we must base our comments on our extensive local knowledge of traffic flow. Given the volume of traffic using WGR at these restricted times it beggars belief that there has been no consideration of the impact of even slight delays on local pinch points such as the Marlpit Lane and Foxley Lane roundabouts, as well as increased flow along our already congested side roads by drivers seeking alternate routes. Delays will NOT be slight as displaced drivers turn into and out of the affected roads. Traffic delays along WGR interfere with bus schedules meaning that many more people, unconnected with Woodcote, will suffer disruption to their daily commute or to their lives in general.  Just how is it proposed to measure these impacts?

4. Changing peoples’ behaviour
This is perhaps the most contemptuous, insulting and unjustified of the aims and is deeply resented by our members. By what right do you presume to demonise people who drive children to school when you have absolutely no idea of the lifestyle factors influencing their need to drive?

By acting like Feudal Lords of old you have managed to cause conflict between parents and over worked school staff to whom you seem to have delegated responsibility for the scheme’s administration, have alienated CWRA members who will suffer considerable disruption to their daily lives, and in our opinion will have achieved little except to further erode trust and confidence in LBC to act in the best interests of constituents. You have solved nothing by moving isolated problems to affect a greater number of people.

I am sure our members will advise you of their particular difficulties, as there are far, far too many for inclusion here.

We have to conclude that your handling of this issue has to constitute the worst LBC PR exercise most of us can remember, and there have been a few.     Rita Barfoot, Secretary- Elect

·      Future Challenges
            To oppose LBC’s anti-car policy which causes so many problems for members by            continuing to press home that Coulsdon has hills, an older demographic with many areas lacking public transport.
            To seek proper enforcement of laws and regulations, which would do much to ease     tensions among residents.
            To seek swift action to remedy anti-social behaviour, littering, pot-holes, overgrown    vegetation, street cleaning and, of course, Parking.

8. Guest Speaker: Alan Archbold from Purley Fire Station.
Alan gave an interesting and informative talk advising attendees both on how to avoid fires and how best to react should one occur. He recommended requesting a home inspection from the fire service, provided free of charge, to give individual advice. They will also supply and fit smoke detectors free of charge where needed. He supplied useful booklets, which were gratefully received by many attendees. Unfortunately, because he and his accompanying team members were actually on call, time was limited but his attendance was much appreciated by members.

9. Councillor’s report: Councillor Luke Clancy hosted a Q&A session with attendees, covering several topics, which was well received.


Given the lateness of the hour, the Chair closed the meeting with thanks to attendees and the invitation to partake of more refreshments.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Coulsdon Re-development plans

As you are aware, Croydon, like many other London boroughs, has a growing population and an acute housing shortage. Croydon Council has launched an ambitious house-building programme to address this problem through the setup of a development company called ‘Brick by Brick’. 

Over the last year, we at Brick by Brick have been engaging with the local community and will be writing to local residents, businesses and interested parties’ later this week in the immediate vicinity of potential development sites at Lion Green Road Car Park, former CALAT Coulsdon and Coulsdon Community Centre to invite them to join us, meet the team and view the emerging proposals at the events below.  This email is to provide you with information ahead of this engagement process.  I have attach site plans for your information.


Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 4.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 7 October 2017 at 10.00am – 2.00pm

LOCATION: St Aidan’s Church, Chipstead Valley Road, CR5 3BB

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to the event should you wish to attend.

For residents that are unable to attend and would like more information, they may call our event managers on 020 8536 1436 / (0800 644 6040 Freephone) or contact them by email Following the event, the event materials will be available on online at giving further opportunity for review.

Alternatively, if you or any residents wish to speak to a representative at Brick by Brick, please dial 020 8726 6000 and select extension number 62161.

All of the above contact details and links are detailed within the letter to be issued to the residents.

Kind Regards

Minal Goswami
Development Manager

DD: 020 8726 6000 (Ext 62161)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Traffic restrictions around Woodcote Schools

From Peter Morgan


1    There will be a special meeting of the RUF at the Coulsdon Community
Centre on Friday 1 Sep 2017, starting at 730pm.

    This will be a public meeting, focusing on the Woodcote School access
ban issue.
    As always, all are welcome, whatever their point of view.

    It is being organised by myself and Sumera Shamin, the parent who set up
the Petition.
    The purpose is to update and co-ordinate the campaign against this new
access ban.

2    The next Regular meeting of the RUF will at the Coulsdon Community
Centre on Friday 22 Sep 2017, starting at 730pm.
    The Agenda will follow, but do let me know of any issue you would like

3    CWRA (Coulsdon West Residents Association) are holding their AGM on
Thursday 7 Sep 2017, again at the Coulsdon Community Centre,
    CWRA cover the Woodcote Schools, and this is an opportunity for people
to come and discuss whether the scheme should be supported, postponed or
simply scrapped altogether.

4    "The aims of this experimental scheme are to bring about a change in
attitudes to the daily drive to school by encouraging walking and more
sustainable travel choices for those that have that flexibility" - a direct
quote from Cllr Stuart King.
    So this is not about child safety.  It is a naked attempt to force
parents to stop taking their children to school by car because he wants us
all to walk or cycle everywhere.
    Be sure driving to work or to leisure will be next - put "to work" for
"to school".


5    I have prepared an update file of how to object and complain, and where
to send these - see appended.
    Why not email several people in one email?

6    One key action is to send in Objections.
    Head it as below, so the council can't make you wait till they publish
the Traffic Order.

    Implementation of new parking restrictions in the Meadow Rise, Dunsfold
Rise ? Fairfield Way Area.
    I refer to your letter of 1 July 2017, and write to object to the
Restrictions that you describe in that letter.

7    "I have also written to the Government asking them to look into what
can be done, including taking action under the Road Traffic Regulation
Act."- Chris Philp MP.  That is good, but do keep Chris Philp informed of
your views.  We want him to really push this case.

8    Do spread the word.
    See the Petition and my file for more on this.


   Coulsdon Community Centre
   Upstairs room - Doors open from 7pm - meetings start at 730pm - end about

   Chipstead Valley Rd, Coulsdon CR5 3BE
   Entrance in Barrie Close - turn right just before the BP petrol station
   Large free car park onsite, and free parking in roads outside
   Buses 166 and 434 stop in the main road nearby.

    Peter Morgan    Organiser, Coulsdon & Purley Road User Forum

    PJM, 1953, Sat 12-8-17

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Cat Killer Psychopath(s)

Incidents involving the killing/mutilation of cats are increasing with the latest occurring in Fairdene/Reddown yesterday. Please keep vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police on 101 or via SNARL. These people must be stopped.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dunsfold/Meadow Rise Parking restrictions

CWRA has been made aware that this "pilot" scheme is being introduced from 4th September with inadequate consultation with residents in nearby roads who will be severely adversely affected by parents and staff searching for somewhere to park. Apparently, because this is a "pilot" only a temporary traffic management order is needed, which does not require public consultation. It is the Council's intention to introduce similar schemes throughout the Borough, so it can be assumed this will become permanent. Following a one month period of grace, fines of £130 will be imposed for transgression, monitored by CCTV. There are no easy answers to the problem of traffic congestion around schools but just moving it further away is not a solution.

This scheme will add to the increasing number of parking rage incidents, cause congestion along Woodcote Grove Rd and will do little to improve pupil safety as there are no plans to install pedestrian crossings, particularly for high school students.

Please make your views known by contacting Cllr Stuart King and  Please copy in the following Coulsdon councillors:;; and CWRA -

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Have your say on Health Provision in Croydon

Your Invitation to the Big Ideas Generator: Tuesday 11 July 6.30 to 8.30 pm

We would like to invite you to a discussion session to help us to get the best value out of the money we have to spend on the NHS in Croydon.  

If we are to meet the growing demand for healthcare from our expanding population and the financial challenges we face then we will need to use our money more wisely.  We need to help people to be as healthy and independent as they can be, to secure and prioritise the best value care for them when they really need it.  

We want to work with you to help us find solutions. We would like to hear your ideas on how we could do better for Croydon patients at a lower cost.  

We do hope you can join us to help us make our approaches to achieving the best possible services for Croydon people truly led by the views of local people. 

The forum will take place on Tuesday 11 July 2017 in the Community Space at Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Light refreshments will be available.

Please register here

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Kind regards

The Communications and Engagement Team 

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Following a meeting with Barratts and my direct communication with LBC, it is expected that the alterations to CVR/LG junction will be done in the evenings during the school holidays. The delay has been due to TfL needing to move a traffic signal!!!! Although LBC rubber-stamped Barratts' application for condition discharge the junction works were classed as a "compliance" and were excluded from the discharge.
Plans for alterations to the Portnalls Rd entrances have been proposed and Barratts will be consulting on these with local residents. There are traffic safety issues to be considered.

Motions proposed by John Gallagher and Peter Morgan to unseat Charlie from the Chair of ECRA and install Peter, together with modifications to their Constitution were unanimously defeated at the ECRA AGM last night.

Next Monday, we are to meet the CCCG and the new providers of Urgent Care to assess the new arrangements. Generally, the feed-back has been positive but please let me know of any concerns.

We are expecting to meet with BrickbyBrick in the next few weeks to discuss proposed plans for L.G. car park.

Re-scheduled AGM. I'm awaiting confirmation that we can use the Community Centre on either the 7th or 14th September.
In the meantime please submit any articles for the Summer Newsletter ASAP.

Rita Barfoot (CWRA secretary)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Croydon’s past unearthed – in association with Museum of Croydon | Croydon Heritage Festival

Dear All

I am pleased to confirm that the Museum of London Time Truck will be at this year's Croydon Heritage Festival on 24 June 2017.

Located outside the Whitgift Almshouses on North End in Croydon, the truck will show some of the finds from Lion Green Road car park alongside a range of objects from the Museum of Croydon.

For further information, please see:

Kind regards


Catherine Radziwonik
Senior regeneration manager

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Update from Chris Philp - FYI

Dear All,

I enclose below some election and non-election related news I thought might be of interest to you.
There have been some press reports about whether the ban on hunting foxes with dogs will be subject to a Parliamentary vote after the election. If there were such a vote it would be a “free vote” in Parliament, meaning the political parties would not take a position. People have asked me how I would personally vote on this issue if re-elected and if it comes up. So in the interests of full transparency: I would vote against any change in the law – that is, I would vote to leave the hunting ban in place as it is currently.
This week and next week, hearings are being held on the draft “Local Plan” by a Planning Inspector. This document was produced by the council and contains various planning policies for the next 10 years. I have been strongly opposing some of the things in it, and I’ve taken time off from the campaign trail to make my own representations in person to the Inspector at the Town Hall. These include opposing the planned “intensification” near All Saints Church in Sanderstead (I can think of few places less suitable for “medium rise buildings”) and around Kenley station, opposing the proposed Gypsy & Traveller site by the Purley Oaks tip and of course opposing the Purley Skyscraper (which will, after my intervention, be the subject of a separate public enquiry later this year but is in the Local Plan too). I have also made written submissions asking that the protection of Crohamhurst, Sanderstead Plantation and Purley Downs Golf course be maintained. The results of the Planning Inspector’s work on the Local Plan will be known in a few month’s time.
The Labour-run council has recently granted some awful planning consents, against the strong wishes of local residents. This has included the Purley Skyscraper, flats on Norman Avenue near Purley Oaks station, on Montpelier Road in Purley and Tollers in Old Coulsdon besides dozens of smaller but still intrusive schemes. If re-elected, I intend to step up the campaign to ask the council to stop doing this to our neighbourhood.
Southern Rail
I am very pleased to report that the work to upgrade the signals and points on our track has now started. This is being funded with the £300 million which I obtained from the Government after arranging a meeting with the Prime Minister last December. This should lead to fewer breakdowns and therefore fewer delays.
The other piece of vital infrastructure work is to widen the track around East Croydon and to grade separate the Windmill Junction near Selhurst. This is the pinch point on the entire Brighton mainline and would increase capacity by 30% and avoid many of the current delays. I have been assured that this is a top priority for the next major capital works programme (called “Control Period 6” which starts in 2019), and if re-elected I will stay on top of making sure that this promise gets delivered.
It is disappointing that the industrial dispute is not yet over. I will keep up the pressure to resolve this dispute, but I am pleased to see in the manifesto my idea that on strike days a minimum service must still be run. I will push to make sure this is delivered and also continue to push for the franchise to be broken up if re-elected.
Croydon Schools Funding
There has been some misinformation circulated about school funding which I am keen to correct. The proposed National Funding Formula re-distributes funding to correct some historic unfairness. Croydon schools actually benefit, as Croydon has been historically underfunded. For example, Woodcote High will get a 10% increase (worth £500,000 a year), Riddlesdown will get a 10% increase and Oasis Coulsdon a 12% increase. Primary schools benefit too. Some inner London schools would have lost out because they had been over-funded historically but there has now been a manifesto commitment that no school anywhere would get a funding cut (Croydon is unaffected by this as we are getting increases anyway). In addition to this, the Conservatives just announced an extra £4 billion for schools in their manifesto, meaning that the overall schools budgets will rise faster than inflation.
Purley Hospital

From 1st April, the morning opening hours at the Minor Injury Unit / GP Hub have been restored. 

The Unit is now open 8am to 8pm 365 days a year. This followed a long campaign by local residents and me, and I am delighted it has finally borne fruit. They can treat most injuries short of a bone fracture and you can walk straight in, although they encourage people to call 111 first. While the Purley Hospital X-Ray facility is open (roughly speaking, during office hours) an immediate referral can be made to it. It is vital that people use the new facility so that we don’t lose it again – please pass this on to your friends and neighbours so that they know that they can use the facility if needed.

Meanwhile at Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) work is currently underway on a £21m new A&E department. This is due to open in a few months’ time and will offer more capacity and a state-of-the-art service. This is good news for the whole Borough.

I hope that this was a useful update.

With best wishes,