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CROYDON SOUTH MP & CONTACT DETAILS
CROYDON COUNCIL -
No party has overall control -
Labour 34 seats; Conservative 33 seats,
Greens 2 seats and Liberal Democrats 1 seat
Executive Elected Mayor -
Deputy Mayor -
Tel: 020 8726 6000 or 020 8686 4433
Access Croydon and Call Centre open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
London Borough of Croydon;
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Postal correspondence can be sent to each Councillor:
c/o Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
PURLEY OAKS & RIDDLESDOWN WARD COUNCILLORS (Conservative)
Cllr Alasdair Stewart
Mobile tel: 07716 092472
Cllr Endri Llabuti
Mobile tel: 07716 092461
SANDERSTEAD WARD COUNCILLORS (Conservative)
Cllr Yvette Hopley
Tel: 020 8404 3462
Cllr Lynne Hale
Tel: 020 8405 6721 or 07710 183 588
Cllr Helen Redfern
Tel: 07783 152334
PURLEY & WOODCOTE WARD (Conservative -
Cllr Simon Brew
Tel: 07803 618 096
Cllr Samir Dwesar
Tel: 07716 092471
Cllr Holly Ramsey
Alternatively residents can call Croydon Council’s main number on 020 8726 6000 (Mon to Fri ; 9am to 4pm) and ask for a Councillor listed above to call them back.
All elected Councillors in Croydon
OUR MP for CROYDON SOUTH (Conservative) -
Chris Philp MP, The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel; 020 7219 8026
GLA (GREATER LONDON ASSEMBLY) MEMBER FOR CROYDON & SUTTON -
Neil Garratt (Conservative)
Ward Map of Borough
A full map, of the Croydon Borough, with all the new Ward changes can be view on this link (in pdf).
A map showing the two Wards in the RRA area (PO&R & Sanderstead) can be viewed here
Popular Searches of Croydon Council Departments
ABOUT YOUR AREA -
Set your home address and/or postcode and find out about all the information in your locality. Your local Councillors, MP, rubbish/recycling collection days, nearest station, your Council tax banding, etc, etc. Link
Abandoned Vehicles on the highway and private land -
CALAT (Croydon Adult Learning & Training) www.calat.ac.uk
Clearing snow & ice from pavements -
Croydon On Line -
Do you need to report an environmental issue to Croydon Council like a pothole, damaged pavement, trees, waste bin, abandoned vehicle and many other problems? Then there are a number of ways this can be done.
You can no longer report defects via the Council’s website
The RRA regularly receive complaints about loud fireworks being let off at times other than Bonfire night, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year. Whilst the RRA do not want to be “party poopers” here are some reminders about fireworks and the law. The RRA would ask if you are holding a fireworks party over the next few weeks, you respect your neighbours and don’t let off fireworks after the times listed below.
Fireworks and the Law
The “permitted” exceptions are:
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops. You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-
Or for further information go to this Government link
Freedom of Information Requests to Croydon Council Link
Croydon Council’s Garden Waste collection service is now a paid subscription service running every fortnight. Link
To check your collection day for 2021, either sign in through My account or visit this page on the Council’s website and enter your address. If you haven’t paid for the Garden Waste service, you will see that it says “collection day is unavailable”. Only those who have subscribed to this service will see their collection day.
Croydon Council’s charges for 2021 are;
£68.29 per annum per bin.
There is no discount for multiple bin orders.
Illegal Encampments Link or 020 8726 6200 or Police Traveller Liaison Officer 020 8649 0266
Noise Pollution -
You can report excessive noise by contacting the Pollution Enforcement team on these details Our services include:
Pollution service available Daytime office hours: Tel: 020 8760 5483 Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00.
More information on this link
Croydon Council’s Code of Practice for Building and Demolition Work by Contractors (not applicable for Household DIY)
“Hours of Work -
Where residential occupiers are likely to be affected by noise, the hours of noisy works shall normally be restricted to:-
Saturday: 8.00 a.m. -
Sunday and Bank Holidays: No noisy activities on site”
Further details from the Council on this link
Bonfire Advice and the law (RRA link)
Car Parking Enforcement -
Hours: Mon to Sat 7am to 7pm; Sun 9am to 4pm.
All other Car Parking Enquiries: 020 8726 7100
Planning & Building Control -
Leisure 020 8726 6900 for libraries, parks, sports & leisure centres.
Road Safety -
Recreational & Libraries
Purley Pool & Recreation Centre -
Waddon Leisure Centre Link
Purley Way, Waddon, Croydon, CR0 4RG
020 8760 0657
Purley Library Link
Banstead Rd, CR8 3YH
020 3700 1013 (Closed Wed & Sunday)
Selsdon Library Link
Addington Rd, CR2 8LA
020 3700 1017 (Closed Wed & Sunday)
Sanderstead Library Link
Farm Fields, S Croydon CR2 0HL
020 3700 1015 (Closed Mon, Thurs & Sunday)
REUSE AND RECYCLING DISPOSAL CENTRES
Purley Oaks -
Monday to Sunday: 8 am to 3.30pm (No Vans)
Factory Lane, W Croydon CR0 3RL
Monday to Saturday: 7.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday:8.30am to 4pm
Fishers Farm, North Downs Rd, New Addington CR0 0LB
Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Permits required for the above Centres, see this Council webpage
The Purley Oaks Household & Recycling Centre no longer allow surplus paint to be disposed of, into the bins. Disposal of paint is now classed as hazardous waste, so Croydon are unable to accept it at any of their three household reuse and recycling centres. Paint being in liquid form 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-
However if this is not practicable;
For disposal -
Oil paints -
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.
Large Unwanted Items and Other Collections
Croydon Council are now offering free collection from your property of ‘large unwanted items and other collections'. This includes one collection of white goods (one collection/item free per annum). Full details are on this link to the Council's website. You will need to create an 'Online Account' (if you don't have one already) to take up this service.
A maximum of two large unwanted collections (for up to seven items per collection) and one white good/ electrical item will be collected yearly for free. Additional collections will be charged as follows:
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
PLEASE WATER US NEWBIES
Waste water from washing up bowls and baths will do.
Residents may have noticed a number of new street trees were planted in the Borough, including Riddlesdown over last winter.
We have been asked by a resident if the Council are watering them during this dry spell, and we have made some enquiries with the Tree Officers. There are usually notices on the trees asking residents to look after and water them, but due to cutbacks, the Council did not place notices on the tree poles this winter. The new trees were funded by a Grant, and this expense (for the notices) could not be claimed back. However, the new trees in Mitchley Hill, Mitchley Ave and Rectory Park in particular, which are not outside houses, do seem to be lacking in water and are looking a bit wilted! Can any residents help please?
We are told that the Council will water the new trees every two weeks until the end of September 2022. But the Tree Officer says that in addition, if residents would like to water any new street tree, especially during dry spells, then please do so. The tree pits do have a blue pipe, to pour the water down.
There is more information for the national scheme on this link
Sponsor a street tree in Croydon
In relation to the above, the Council are one of the first local authorities in the UK to partner with Trees for Streets, the new national street tree sponsorship scheme.
The website says:
"It's easy to sponsor a street tree in your area by making a donation, suggesting a location and providing a few details. The request is sent to us and we will assess the chosen location for suitability. If the chosen spot is appropriate, we will arrange to plant a tree the following winter, which is the best time to plant young trees to ensure they grow and thrive.
As well as sponsoring a tree, there are lots of other ways for you to get involved. Once each tree is planted, it needs watering every week throughout the summer for 3 years to give it the best chance of survival. Litter and weeds will need removing too, to make sure it thrives.
By donating your time (and water) to care for trees, you’ll be contributing to a legacy for your community. It’s also a great opportunity to chat with neighbours, and enjoy the fresh air these trees provide."
More details are on this link
Croydon Council and the Purley Panel are inviting the Purley community to create a plan that can be used to shape the future of Purley Town Centre and its immediate surroundings.
The projects would not be funded by the Council; instead the plan would be used to help influence developers working in the area. It would also be used to support the local community to seek funding opportunities for local projects.
The RRA have a representative sitting on the Panel.
More information can be found on the 'Future Purley' website.
The RRA were approached by the Croydon High School for Girls in Selsdon, in mid June about the seat/bench that is located on the corner of Downs Court Rd and Selcroft Rd -
If anyone has read the inscription on the bench you will see it is dedicated to Mary Finch.
Mary Finch left Croydon High School in 1920 and sadly drowned 100 years ago this summer, having first saved siblings from the water. She was young, a medic in training at the London School of Medicine for Women. The family used to live on Oakwood Avenue.
Croydon High School wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of her passing on 30 August 1922.
To help the School, the RRA made contact with a Council Officer to try and establish who owned the bench and who was liable for maintenance etc.
We received this information back from the Officer:
"My records are showing that the memorial bench is on land which is the responsibility of the Council -
The Council's Highways Officer subsequently gave permission for the Croydon High School to clear the overhanging branches, sweep the area thoroughly, sand down and re-
The school intend to lay memorial flowers on Tuesday, 30 August at 11am, with a small group from Croydon High School. They advise all local residents are invited to attend if they so wish.
The first photo of the bench is from Google street view in May 2021.