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70 Councillor seats (as at 1 July 2022)

Labour 34 seats; Conservative 33 seats,

Greens 2 seats and Liberal Democrats 1 seat

Executive Elected Mayor - Jason Perry (Con)

Deputy Mayor - Cllr Lynne Hale (Con)

Conservative Cabinet Members

Labour Shadow Cabinet Members

Elected Representatives

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


Cllr Alasdair Stewart

Mobile tel: 07716 092472

Email: alasdair.stewart@croydon.gov.uk Twitter : www.twitter.com/AlasdairIS

Cllr Endri Llabuti

Mobile tel: 07716 092461

Email: endri.llabuti@croydon.gov.uk Twitter : www.twitter.com/ELlabuti


Cllr Yvette Hopley

Tel: 020 8604 7033 (note this is a new Tel. number - Oct 2022)

Email; yvette.hopley@croydon.gov.uk Twitter : www.twitter.com/YvetteHopley

Cllr Lynne Hale

Tel: 020 8405 6721 or 07710 183 588

Email: lynne.hale@croydon.gov.uk

Cllr Helen Redfern

Tel: 07783 152334

Email: helen.redfern@croydon.gov.uk

PURLEY & WOODCOTE WARD (Conservative - for residents living at the top end of Downs Court Rd from the Mitchley Ave junction and Cranford Close only)

Cllr Simon Brew

Tel: 07803 618 096

Email: simon.brew@croydon.gov.uk

Cllr Samir Dwesar

Tel: 07716 092471

Email: samir.dwesar@croydon.gov.uk

Cllr Holly Ramsey

Tel: tba

Email: holly.ramsey@croydon.gov.uk

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) - December 2019

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

Tel; 020 7219 8026

Email; chris.philp.mp@parliament.uk  - Website


Neil Garratt (Conservative)

Email; neil.garratt@london.gov.uk

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 - 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

Abandoned Shopping Trolleys - The Love Clean Streets (LCS) app cannot be used for reporting abandoned supermarket trolleys. The Council advise that an e-mail should be sent to Trolleywise UK on Trolleywise.UK@wanzl.com or go to this Trolleywise Wanzl link and they'll come and pick them up.

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

CALAT (Croydon Adult Learning & Training) www.calat.ac.uk

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

Croydon On Line - Links and Information locally Link

Environmental Reporting;

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 (some are not available to do on the Council’s website).

Refer to this webpage first;


Or you can;


You can also use this method for a missed collection of a refuse bin, recycle bin and food waste bin. Also use to order a new bin.

Fireworks and the Law

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

Freedom of Information Requests to Croydon Council

To make a FoI request direct to the Council use this link;


Or you can use the, ‘What do they Know’ website on this link;



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

There is no discount for multiple bin orders. To check your collection day, 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.

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

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.

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 - 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

Bonfire Advice and the law (RRA link)


Car Parking Enforcement - 020 8760 1966 - Option 3

Hours: Mon to Sat 7am to 7pm; Sun 9am to 4pm.

All other Car Parking Enquiries: 020 8726 7100

Planning & Building Control -  020 8726 6800

Leisure 020 8726 6900 for libraries, parks, sports & leisure centres.

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

Road Safety - Accidents near to you! Crashmap - Link

Recreational & Libraries

Purley Pool & Recreation Centre - Currently Closed

Waddon Leisure Centre Link

Purley Way, Waddon, Croydon, CR0 4RG

020 8760 0657

Purley Library Link

Banstead Rd, CR8 3YH - Limited opening - check the link above

020 3700 1013

Selsdon Library Link

Addington Rd, CR2 8LA - Limited opening - check the link above

020 3700 1017

Sanderstead Library Link

Farm Fields, S Croydon CR2 0HL - Limited opening - check the link above

020 3700 1015


Purley Oaks - Brighton Rd, S Croydon CR8 1DG

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

Disposal of surplus paint

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-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

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 offer a collection service from your property of ‘large unwanted items and other collections'. 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.

Recycling and Waste Dates

Updated 9/12/23

You can check the collection days and download the new sheet from December 2023 (and print off a copy). Just enter your postcode and/or address on this link

Future Purley

Updated 5/10/21

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 Mary Finch Bench, Downs Court Rd/Selcroft Rd, Purley

Updated 7/12/22

The newspaper cutting/article is from the Croydon Guardian, dated 28 June 1990, which we have received from a former local resident. The house 'Skerryvore' in Oakwood Ave no longer exists - it was bombed during the 2nd WW and then demolished.

Unfortunately, the shape of the cutting/article makes it difficult to scan. But follow the left column down between photos 2 & 3 and then back up to the right column again on photo 2/3.

Update 30/8/22

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 - just outside of the RRA area. 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 (2022), having first saved siblings from the water. She was young, a medic in training at the London School of Medicine for Women.

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 site was acquired under a conveyance back in 1923 and was known as ‘the site forming the Mary Finch Memorial’. The Council had covenanted to maintain, preserve and keep the public memorial in good repair and condition. It falls within the extent of the adopted Highway so I have included the Highway Records Officer for further comment on the email from the school."

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-varnish the bench.. Croydon High School wanted to mark the 100 th anniversary of her passing on 30 August 1922.

This extract is taken from the Bourne Society (kindly researched and supplied by local resident John Power);

"Purley - Downscourt Road - 1922 - the memorial seat for Mary Finch, who sadly was drowned while on a family holiday with friends, the Woods, in Cornwall, and Mary (right in photo) with her younger sister, Grace, whom she saved.

The younger children were swimming in what seems to be reasonable conditions in the sea at Port Luney beach at Caerhay castle and Mr Wood realised that they were having problems. Mr Wood and Mary Finch rushed to help. Mary pulled out her younger sister and went back to try and help Stuart Wood - he was 15 and had only just learnt to swim - but both were dragged out by the tide and lost. The Finch’s 14-year-old son had also tried to help Stuart but Stuart was too strong and pulled the youngster down. The other children and Mr Wood managed to scramble out onto the rocks. Mary’s body was not found until the next evening and Stuart’s another day later. Mary was Head Girl at Croydon High School and there is also a memorial to her at the School. The family lived in Oakwood Avenue."

The Croydon High School Magazine - is on this pdf link and gives some more information.

The Croydon High school advised; “on Tuesday 30th August 2022, some members of the Croydon High community plus local residents met at the memorial bench. On this day 100 years ago ( 30 August 1922), she heroically gave her life to save another. Assistant Head Emma Webb and Councillor Simon Brew addressed the gathering, and pupils Amalie and Arabella laid a wreath on behalf of Croydon High School. Thank you to all who attended; it was good to meet new people, all with the same heart, to keep Mary’s memory alive.”

Have your say on proposed changes to Croydon's Library services;

New 17/2/24

Four Library buildings; Bradmore Green, Broad Green, Sanderstead, and Shirley are proposed to be closed.

At New Addington, Purley and South Norwood, the council is proposing to introduce 'community hubs' in these areas, where a library would be available alongside other services such as family and adult education services and community partnerships.

The survey is on this link

The online survey closes at 11.59pm on Friday on 19 April 2024.

Save Sanderstead Library

The Sanderstead RA are campaigning against the closure of Sanderstead Library.

They need as many people as possible to complete the consultation and write to elected members if they are to stand any chance of success.

They have also created a dedicated page on their website ‘Save Sanderstead Library’ which is on this link. There is more information and an example letter there.

The Council consultation is on this link

Save Sanderstead Library flyer  in pdf

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