Category Archives: Coulsdon

Pankhurst points the way for a piece of Coulsdon history

Emmeline Pankhurst and Britain’s first public railway are the latest additions to the Coulsdon finial history and art trail, a community project designed and managed by local residents. The first three finials – small, stylised metal models – were positioned … Continue reading

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Let there be lights! Coulsdon traders defy Grinch Creatura

A small group of Coulsdon business people, backed by the dynamic help of the chair of a local residents’ association, have defied their Tory councillors by having a whip-round and organising Christmas lights for the town in barely 48 hours. … Continue reading

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Businesses furious over Tory’s Christmas lights blame game

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE,  on the latest controversy caused by Coulsdon’s most witless councillor Councillor Mario Creatura, the failed Conservative parliamentary candidate, has caused fury among local businesses and residents in the ward he is supposed … Continue reading

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Building in suburban back gardens is not the only answer

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As residents in Old Coulsdon organise themselves to oppose more ‘back-garden’ developments in their village, LEWIS WHITE (right), offers some alternatives to unnecessary intensification It is not unknown for local residents’ associations to be heavily influenced by people … Continue reading

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Old Coulsdon village to fight against planning ‘intensification’

A residents’ association in the south of the borough is organising to defend what it calls its “leafy suburban character” against unbridled overdevelopment allowed by Croydon Council. “About eight out of 10 emails in my inbox relate to planning,” says … Continue reading

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NHS alliance staging consultations in Coulsdon, Nov 4 and 5

A health services alliance organisation is to stage two consultation sessions next week to outline plans for the medical centre planned for Coulsdon town centre. The sessions will be held at Coulsdon Methodist Church on Thursday November 4 and Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon NHS Trust, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Health, Kenley, Matthew Kershaw, Old Coulsdon, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Goats settle in for their winter’s work at Riddlesdown Quarry

There are goats in Croydon. No kidding. That was the announcement made by City Commons yesterday, as goats were turned out to graze at Riddlesdown Quarry. City Commons is the part of the City of London Corporation which manages large … Continue reading

Posted in City Commons, Coulsdon, Croydon parks, Environment, Kenley, Nature Notes, New Addington, Old Coulsdon, Purley, Sanderstead, South London Downs NNR, Whitgift Foundation, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Purley Pool closure planned to help GLL repay £279,000 loan

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Cash-strapped council’s case for closing down leisure centre depends entirely on made up figures and abandoning terms of a 20-year management agreement. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Inside Croydon’s exclusive report two weeks ago about proposals to cut … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Oliver Lewis, Purley, Purley Pool, Sarah Hayward, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barratts celebrate latest award for Cane Hill development

Barratt’s Cane Hill Park development, 677 homes built on the 210-acre site around the former mental hospital in Coulsdon that was gifted to the developers by Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London, has won the “completed development” category … Continue reading

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Don’t sacrifice Coulsdon to pay off Brick by Brick’s debt

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The unravelling of inter-connected land deals following the collapse of Brick by Brick’s failed house-building business, as exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon, could have long-term damaging consequences for Coulsdon, says local resident LEWIS WHITE (right) I was unaware … Continue reading

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One-third of Tory councillors to quit at 2022 local elections

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on wholesale changes among the borough’s opposition party One-third of Croydon’s Conservative councillors will be standing down at the next local elections, in May 2022. The collapse of the borough’s finances under Labour, who have controlled … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Kenley, Luke Clancy, Old Coulsdon, Oni Oviri, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour break Coulsdon promises because ‘We need the money’

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports on how the council’s  planning department has broken the land speed record to push through the £1m sale of a site that was earmarked for a community centre The consequences of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, CALAT, Callton Young, Colm Lacey, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Hamida Ali, Health, Jo Negrini, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley Hospital, St Helier Hospital, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Veteran cars are back on the road for 125th run on Nov 7

Hundreds of veteran cars are gearing up for this year’s very special commemorative pilgrimage from capital to coast, via Croydon. Close to 300 pioneering veteran cars dating back to the dawn of motoring have entered this year’s very special staging … Continue reading

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Mum’s the word at four nearly new markets in Coulsdon

The Croydon Mum2Mum Market is back next month with the first of four events where families can sell their pre-loved clothes and toys, or pick up a bargain for their youngsters to wear or enjoy. The events are held at … Continue reading

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Thameslink can’t blame covid for service cuts, says Pidgeon

Swingeing cuts to rail services by Govia Thameslink Railway have caused one London Assembly Member to declare that she is “totally unsatisfied with the timetable GTR are providing”. Among the worst-affected are those who used to travel from Purley and … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Pidgeon, Commuting, Coulsdon, East Croydon, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Purley, Selhurst, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Mum2Mum Market: nearly new sale, Old Coulsdon, Sep 11

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Community at the heart and centre of Coulsdon’s latest mystery

Whodunnit? SANJANA IDNANI went along to the Theatre Workshop Coulsdon’s long-delayed production of an Agatha Christie classic and found the community centre the subject of a made-in-Croydon cliff-hanger There was something odd about sitting among a sold-out auditorium at the … Continue reading

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The show must go on: theatre groups prepare for reopening

SANJANA IDNANI reports on how local theatrical venues and amdram groups have been dealing with the covid lockdown as they prepare to put on their summer shows Theatre companies and performers across the borough have faced their fair share of … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Coulsdon, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Libraries, Music, Theatre, Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fore! Golf course and hotel latest properties in council fire sale

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Four public-owned properties, not mentioned in the council’s original disposals list, are now being sold off as the Town Hall gets itself out of the hotels business. By PEARL LEE, our south of the borough correspondent The … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Golf, Old Coulsdon, Sarah Hayward | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

#Macarnage: Not a single ‘affordable’ home from Coulsdon plot

Next in the firing line for Macar Developments is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house on Coulsdon Court Road, which the developers want to destroy and replace with six small terraced houses. The architecturally significant house was built as part … Continue reading

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Coulsdon man’s £390,000 compensation for asbestos exposure

A Coulsdon man has been awarded £390,000 in compensation after contracting mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in the workplace. In addition to the compensation, Garry Musgrove has received, any necessary private medical treatment that he needs in the future will … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Jul 31-Aug 7

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Director refuses to admit conflict of interest over South Drive

A council director has told residents that there is nothing wrong whatsoever in a member of her planning staff providing pre-application advice to a developer,  and then leaving their job at the council to work for the architects hired by … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Lockdown delays see Old Coulsdon Village Fair cancelled

Covid has hit one of the area’s most popular summer community events for a second year. The Old Coulsdon Village Fair has been cancelled, the organisers announcing that they “simply cannot comply with the required regulations”, after the government delayed … Continue reading

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#Macarnage: Planning officer’s ‘leaving present’ to Coulsdon

EXCLUSIVE: The revolving door between the council planning department and private developers and architects is exposed over a scheme for 39 flats in Coulsdon. By STEVEN DOWNES Before Jan Slominski was hired as a senior planning adviser for the architects … Continue reading

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