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Labour Controlled 39 seats; Conservative 30 seats; Independent 1 seat

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



Report any problem on line - Either Anonymously or through Your Account

with Croydon Council, if you are registered with them Link


Postal correspondence can be sent to the Councillors:

c/o Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX


Cllr Donald Speakman

Tel: 020 8405 6752 or Email

Cllr Simon Brew

Tel: 020 8668 0814 or Email

Cllr Badsha Quadir

Tel: 020 8668 3672 or Email


Cllr Yvette Hopley

Tel 020 8657 0973 or Email

Cllr Lynne Hale

Tel: 020 8405 6721 or Email

Cllr Tim Pollard

Tel: 020 8251 8500 or Email

OUR MP for CROYDON SOUTH (Conservative)

Chris Philp MP, The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel 020 7219 8026 or E-mail

Update from Chris Philp Nov 2017

Note: The views expressed in the contents of this update are those of our MP and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RRA.


Steve O’Connell (Conservative)

Tel: 020 7983 4353 or Email - Website

From 3 April 2017; permits or ID will required to visit any of the three household and recycling centres in the Borough;

see this Council webpage


Purley Oaks - Brighton Rd, S Croydon CR8 1DG

Monday to Sunday: 8 am to 3.30pm (No Vans)

For the disposal of paint - see this link

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


Purley Pool & Recreation Centre Link

50 High Street, CR8 2AA

020 8668 7251

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)

Freedom of Information Requests to Croydon Council Link

GREEN GARDEN WASTE - Updated 30/1/17

Croydon Council’s Green Garden waste collection service is now a paid subscription service running every fortnight. Link

To check your collection day for 2017, 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 Green 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 2017 are;

£55/year for 140 litre bin service

£60/year for 240 litre bin service

£100/year for two 140 litre bin service

£105/year for two 240 litre bin service

The 2017 collection service started on 17 April 2017 and runs until 24 November 2017.

Update 1/11/16
The Council have advised that as all the Waste Service contract is up for re-tendering and renewal in 2018 (currently held by Veolia), the future garden waste service will operate 52 weeks a year; so ALL year round, which will include 26 collections; (a collection every 2 weeks). This is something that many RAs have been pushing for! It will however continue to be a chargeable service. The new service comes into play at the start of the new contract, which is planned for April 2018. The Council say they cannot advise yet if it will be at the same cost!

Bonfire Advice and the law

Croydon Council - Illegal Encampments Link or 020 8726 6200 or Police Traveller Liaison Officer 020 8649 0266

Croydon Council – Environmental Reporting 020 8726 6200, like rubbish in streets, dog mess, leaves, graffiti, noise nuisance, missed rubbish collection and fly tipping.

Abandoned Vehicles on the highway and private land - Link

With the road tax discs scrapped from 1 October 2014 (Link), check whether a vehicle on the highway is taxed DVLA Link

Croydon Council - Noise Pollution - Unreasonable noise can be a nuisance at any time of the day or night. The Council has powers to deal with unreasonable noise levels from loud music, parties, construction works or car and house alarms. The law enables us to take action against those who cause a noise nuisance, which can result in a fine and confiscation of any equipment causing the noise.

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.

Night Duty Officer: Tel: 020 8726 6000  Sunday to Thursday 20:00 to 02:00.

Friday and Saturday  20:00 to 03:00.

24 Hour Emergency Officer: For emergencies only, including prior assigned noise cases, car and house alarms. Tel: 020 8726 6000  Monday to Friday;  17:00 to 09:00. Saturday and Sunday 03:00 to 20:00.

My Croydon Smartphone Noise App

You can now use the app to report noise nuisance. The app has a built in decibel meter to measure noise and let you know whether it is loud enough to be classed as a nuisance. If it is, the app will request more information, such as what category the noise falls under – for example anti-social behaviour, barking dogs, car alarms, as well as approximate location of the disturbance and can send a report straight through to the environmental team.

This mobile app improvement adds to a range of existing reporting features to make it easier and faster for you to report fly-tipping, empty properties, excess waste & rubbish in a front garden, blocked drains, potholes and more. For more information visit http://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/communications/app

Croydon Council’s Code of Practice for Building and Demolition Work by Contractors (not applicable for Household DIY).


“Hours of Work - 6.1

Where residential occupiers are likely to be affected by noise, the hours of noisy works shall normally be restricted to:-

Monday - Friday: 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Saturday: 8.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

Sunday and Bank Holidays: No noisy activities on site

Further details from the Council on this link

Party Patrol Service (Operates May to September inclusive) Tel: 020 8726 6000

Saturday Night - 23:00 to 03:00. Link

Croydon Council Car Parking Enforcement - 020 8760 1966

All other Car Parking Enquiries: 020 8726 7100

Croydon Council – Planning & Building Control  020 8726 6800

Croydon Council – Leisure 020 8726 6900 for libraries, parks, sports & leisure centres

Croydon Council – Streets & Transport  020 8726 7100 to report defective street lights & street cleaning, road damage & road safety, obstructing trees, abandoned vehicles & parking issues.

CALAT (Croydon Adult Learning & Training) 0870 556 1630 or www.calat.ac.uk

ABOUT YOUR AREA - Click on the link below to Croydon Council’s website.

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

ROADWORKS - Unhappy about a set of roadworks in London and the time being taken and poor management? Click the Link to Transport for London (TFL) to report the problem  Link

Croydon On Line - Links and Information locally Link

Clearing snow & Ice from pavements - Advice from the Government - Link

Road Safety - Accidents near to you! Crashmap - Link

Fireworks and the Law

Updated 22/10/17

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:

Buying fireworks

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-the-spot fine of £90.

Croydon Council’s Pollution team advise the above legislation is enforced by the Police. The Met Police advise during the festive period of Bonfire night there are extra patrols across the borough to deal with any additional calls relating to anti social behaviour or disorder.

Or for further information go to this Government link

Disposal of surplus paint - New 18/3/16

The RRA were recently advised by a resident that the Purley Oaks Household & Recycling Centre no longer allowed surplus paint to be disposed into the bins.

We made enquiries with Sanderstead Ward Councillor Yvette Hopley and she contacted Croydon Council officers. The response from a Council Officer was that “paint is now classed as hazardous waste and therefore Croydon are unable to accept it at any of their three household reuse and recycling centres.” Paint being in liquid form appears to be the problem for disposal as it 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-Paint. http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk/

However if this is not practicable;

For disposal - Water based paints - You can dispose of “solid” water based paint which can be sent to landfill. To make make paint solid, you have to remove the lid from the can and leave it off for a number of weeks (replace the lid) before disposing of it. By putting sand in it or cat litter or makes it go hard quicker or you can buy a special hardener. Recycling Centre staff will probably want to see that the paint is hard before disposing of it. Empty paint cans (plastic or metal) or dried water based paint can be disposed of at the Council’s recycling centres.

Oil paints - In the case of oil paint this is a bit more difficult. Oil based paint is now given a chemicals advisory notice and needs to be collected by the City of London (this service is subsidised by your local authority). Further information and details about this service are on this City of London Corporation link http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/household-waste-and-recycling/Pages/Hazardous-Waste.aspx 

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.

Croydon Council - Local Government Ward Boundary proposed changes

Update 4/7/17

The Local Govt Boundary Commission England (LGBCE) have brought forward by a week the publication of their final recommendations of the boundary review.

Their final report is on this link.

In the RRA area, they’ve taken on board one suggestions the RRA made, which is to bring the Riddlesdown Collegiate site into the new Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward and out of the proposed Sanderstead Ward. The reason we asked for this, is that all the roads leading up to the school (on south side of Mitchley Ave) would have been in a different ward, with different Councillors, so it made sense to keep the same Councillors involved for any problems at the school. It is also called "Riddlesdown Collegiate" and has a CR8 postcode!

Overall, there are a number of changes in other areas and in particular the central Croydon/Addiscombe area.

The LGBCE seem to dismiss the possibility of any challenge to its recommendations, saying, “The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2018.”

All the submissions are on this link (click on “Consultation on draft recommendations” tab)

It remains to be seen how the Police (Safer Neighbourhood Teams) will deal with these new Ward changes!


Update 23/10/17

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) have now published their recommendations for a change to all the Croydon Parliamentary Wards (17/10/17).

The new Parliamentary Wards are based on the old Local Govt electoral Wards in Croydon that have recently been proposed to be changed by the Local Govt Boundary Commission!

A new Croydon South-East Parliamentary Constituency would be made up of six current wards (Addiscombe, Ashburton, Fieldway and New Addington wards, Heathfield and Shirley), but with the added Selsdon and Ballards, and Sanderstead.

The Croydon South-West Parliamentary Constituency would be made up of Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Croydon Central’s Fairfield ward, plus Kenley, Purley and Waddon Wards.

This means the RRA area would be split into two Parliamentary Constituencies (currently just Croydon South Constituency).

The public now have the chance to comment further until 11 December 2017.

The proposed changes for the whole country and Northern Ireland then have to be approved by Parliament! More details on this link

Update 6/3/17

Parliamentary Review

In 2016, the Boundary Commission for England published and consulted on initial proposals for new constituency boundaries. They received nearly 20,000 responses to that consultation. The next stage of the 2018 Review is to publish all those representations so that others may comment on them.

They have published all the representations on their website. They are inviting comments on them for the statutory four-week period, until Monday 27 March 2017. All representations have been published on their website, where you can search by a number of different options, such as name, reference number, existing constituency or type of respondent, as well as using the interactive mapping system to locate comments geographically. The Commission would like to encourage you take time to see what others have said about the initial proposals, and add your views to those.

Following the secondary consultation, the Commission will be considering all representations received from both consultations, and will consider whether any revisions are needed. If they decide to revise the proposals, they will consult on the revised boundaries. They currently expect any such consultation to happen towards the end of 2017, or in early 2018. Link to BCE website and enter your postcode.

Map of Proposals

Riddlesdown has a new notice board!

New 21/4/17

The RRA have a new notice board in Riddlesdown and many thanks go to Croydon Council and the Sanderstead Ward Councillors (Cllr Yvette Hopley) for providing the funds from their community budget, to allow the RRA to purchase this notice board. Thanks also go to Steve Iles, Director of Streets at the Council for coordinating this.

The board was erected free of charge, by the Kier Group, (Croydon Council's Highways Contractor) and the RRA are grateful to them as well, for this kind gesture.

The notice board is located on the green opposite the shops in Lower Barn Rd and near to the footpath to/from the downside Station platform. The board is for all Riddlesdown residents/groups use but please no notices advertising goods for sale, or similar.

The photo below is of RRA Chairman, Brian Longman receiving the keys from Stephen Murphy of Kier.

The board was manufactured by Hallmark in South Croydon.

The RRA's other notice boards are located by the Pharmacy in Lower Barn Rd, on the side wall of St Edmund's Church, and by the K&K store in Mitchley Ave. We are hoping to have the notice board on the green beside St Edmund's Church (Lower Barn Rd) back soon!

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