Old Coulsdon Residents' Association

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Welcome to the Old Coulsdon Residents' Association website

OCRA Annual General Meeting

Click here for Agenda. Full details in your Spring Newsletter. Boudicca Rising and Tony Jenkins of the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) are coming to talk to us. They will be talking about their animal rescue work and will also give us an update on the search for the cat killer and how you can help.

This will be followed by the formal AGM for OCRA members only.


From 3 April 2017 you need a permit to use any of the three Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs) in Croydon (aka 'The Dump'). Details on the Council website here. There has been no prior notice of this change or discussion with Residents' Associations.


Coulsdon Parking

Croydon Council have announced that they plan to re-introduce one hour free parking on Brighton Road in Coulsdon from Monday 3rd July when new parking meters will be installed. For the full statement, click here. We hope this is in response to the objections from the local Residents' Associations to the reduction to 30 mins imposed last year.


Road Works

Reddown Road: SGN will be working in Reddown Road and Fairdene Road to replace the remaining section of gas pipes not replaced a few years ago. 3 way signals will be at Reddown Road / Fairdene Road from 6 to 22 March followed by 2 way signals along Fairdene Road until 13 June.

Lion Green Road: Croydon’s Highways team together with its principal contractor Kier, will shortly be commencing iron work repairs on the above road. The works are scheduled to be implemented 13 to 14 March 2017. Due to the locations and nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur between 21:30hrs-05:30hrs when the works are being carried out. For this reason it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes, or allow extra time to complete your journey. Additionally to enable the works to be completed with the least inconvenient to the residents, appropriate traffic management plan will be in place. Pedestrian access will not be affected whilst the works are taking place.

Coulsdon Road: SES Water will be installing a PRV valve on Coulsdon Road between Marlpit Lane and the parade of shops during the Easter break. They will work under 2-way signals from 3 April for 1 week and will then work on the footway and verge for another week. TfL will be suspending the bus stop towards Croydon.

Keston Avenue will be closed from 12 to 13 April 2017 (making use of school holidays) for carriageway repairs. The closure will be between Coulsdon Road and Court Avenue.

Source: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/transportandstreets/rhps/roads/road-closures/notices


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20mph Speed Limit

Dear Coulsdon East resident,

The Council have a policy to introduce 20mph on all roads across the Borough with the only exception being arterial roads such as Coulsdon Road and Marlpit Lane.

There will be a Council Consultation starting on January 18th to February 15th with a leaflet delivered to each house. This is a different method of consultation from that carried out in the north of the borough. You will be responding as Zone 5 (Coulsdon, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead and Waddon).

Do you want this blanket approach?

As local Councillors we are fully supportive of Residents who have requested a lower speed limit in roads such as Woodplace Lane where speeding has caused accidents.

But we do not believe a blanket approach is in the interest of residents.
* At low speeds pollution is greater
* 20mph increases journey times and generally causes congestion
* The Police have said at Scrutiny on 20mph zones that they would not enforce it
* Pedestrians have a false sense of security
* Present school zones will lose their 20mph significance
* A majority of accidents occur on major roads which are not to be covered
* This scheme will not prevent inconsiderate and bad drivers who are the cause of many accidents.

And the cost……£300,000 to implement just our Zone and £1,500,000 for the whole scheme at a time when services are being cut.
To have your say you will need to respond to the consultation as non reply will be taken as acceptance of the scheme
Please let us know if you do not receive the information from the Council or if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr.Margaret Bird- margaret.bird@croydon.gov.uk
Cllr.James Thompson - james.thompson@croydon.gov.uk
Cllr.Chris Wright – chris.wright@croydon.gov.uk
Coulsdon East Councillors


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Petrol Prices

Cheapest Unleaded at 5 stations within 5 miles



Purley Way, Waddon, Croydon, CR0 3JW

Sainsburys 4.76 miles away, recorded 26.03.17



Reigate Road, Burgh Heath, Banstead, KT20 5NZ

Asda 4.36 miles away, recorded 22.03.17



Marlowe Way, Wallington, Croydon, CR0 4XS

Asda 4.92 miles away, recorded 25.03.17



Brighton Road, Kingswood, Tadworth, KT20 6SU

Texaco 4.58 miles away, recorded 25.03.17



Brighton Road, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, KT20 6SY

BP 4.62 miles away, recorded 26.03.17

Source: www.petrolprices.com


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Travel News


Click here for information from Southern Railway.

For the latest Travel information and access to many useful sources of help and information, click here.

You can check services on:




For London Bus timetables and other bus information:


For more Coulsdon Travel News from the East Surrey Transport Committee, click here.


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Police Advice

Safer Neighbourhoods Team

The SNT send email alerts and a monthly Newsletter to residents registered to receive them. You can receive this information direct by sending an email to CoulsdonEast.snt@met.police.uk with (optionally) your name and address and your email details will be added to their distribution list.

Click here for the Coulsdon East Update for January.


Police Information

Lacey Green

We have been made aware of dangerous parking on the shopping parade at Lacey Green and potential safety implications this can have on pedestrians using the crossing. Cllr. Bird has been into contact with us regarding the problems and arranged a meeting with ourselves and Croydon Parking design team to try and find solutions for the issues.

The meeting took place on the 1st February 2017 and was productive as lots of issues around the parking problems were discussed. The Council said they would put cycle lock posts (like the black ones near the post box) on the pavement where the zebra crossing is. These will be placed adjacent to the crossing so they don't stop access for wheelchairs/mobility scooter users but will hopefully limit access for the vehicles parking dangerously. Hopefully this will be done by the end of March.

They also said they will try to get a loading bay put in. This will need various permissions so will take longer if agreed. If a loading bay is put in then the shop owners can use that for deliveries and negate the need to parking in front of their shops. CCTV was discussed but unfortunately is not a long term option due to cost. We also suggested the parking on the road down to the Tollers Estate is time limited creating more space for vehicles by stopping people parking there for very long periods. The planning team advised this will be considered.

We have spoken to all shop owners regarding the above plans and the reasons why they are being put in place and provided leaflets for their delivery drivers. We hope these changes progress quickly making the area safer for all pedestrians who use it.

Amicus Horizon Scam

Amicus Horizon have made us aware of a potential scam and we would like you aware of it.

Two males wearing Amicus Horizon identification knocked on a door in nearby Caterham and stated “we are taking possession of your property” due to the rent arrears and hand delivered a letter.

No visit had been organised by Income or Housing Management teams and the letter would have been delivered via first class post before any visit.

If this happens to you or any vulnerable neighbours then please contact Amicus Horizon to verify the visit. If in doubt then please call Police.


MetTrace is a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) operation to help residents make their homes more secure by providing crime prevention advice and SmartWater® packs to one in seven London homes.

Each pack uses a unique forensic code so stolen property can be traced back to rightful owners. Once applied it's almost impossible to remove and can only be seen under UV light. Police routinely scan property recovered or handed to them for traces of SmartWater.

Helps make homes more secure by deterring burglars by displaying the SmartWater deterrent door/window stickers. You can find out more information direct from SmartWater; this will be for full price.

If you are a member of your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme you can benefit by purchasing the kits at around 1/3 of the regular price, see https://shop.smartwater.com/london-nhw.

PCSO 7157 Andy Allan
Coulsdon East Neighbourhood Policing Team
Email - CoulsdonEast.snt@met.police.uk
Tel - 020 8721 2059


For more advice, click here.

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Waste Collection

The collection dates for the next month are:

W/c Mon. 3rd April Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container

W/c Mon. 10th April Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin

W/c Mon. 17th February Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container

W/c Mon. 25th April Please check your Collection Day.

Blue week (paper) box, food waste container and landfill bin


Collection Day - the Collection Day is different depending on your street and you need to check the Council website and enter your details to find your day. Click here to check your Collection Day leaflet (sample here).

Clothes And Shoes Recycling - There is a box on Tudor Parade (on corner of Placehouse Lane). Any old clothes and pairs of shoes that you are throwing out just need to be put in a bag on top of your recycling box each week.

Neighbourhood Recycling Centre And Household Re-Use And Recycling - our nearest centre is at Purley Oaks open Monday to Sunday: 8.00 am to 3.30 pm.

Green Waste - Collections will begin again in w/c 17th April 2017 if you pay again – see Council website here . OCRA (and other local RAs) are urging the Council to improve this service by extending the collection period, ideally making it all year round. The Council have confirmed this will happen, but not until 2018 when a new contract will take effect.


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City Commons

All seven of our commons have won national awards that recognise the quality of our green space management. We received the Green Flag award for all sites and will proudly fly the flags! We couldn’t achieve this gold standard without the support of our volunteers.

City Commons

Click on the links for the City Commons website for:

Coulsdon Common

Farthing Downs

They issue a monthly newsletter which you can read here with details of all the activities on the Commons.


Open Spaces

OCRA supports the Open Spaces Society who campaign to protect the Green Belt etc. For their latest newsletter, click here.


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OCRA Weather

This weather forecast for the OCRA area is generated by the Met Office.

OCRA Newsletter

The Spring 2017 OCRA Newsletter has been printed and is being distributed to our Road Stewards. They will be delivering a copy to every household in Old Coulsdon shortly.

They will also be calling to collect the £2.00 OCRA Subscription for 2017. It will help if you have the correct money ready.



OCRAtrade is a list of local tradespeople who have been recommended on the OCRA Facebook page in response to “Does anyone know someone who can...?” questions. It's the nearest to a personal recommendation that we can provide. Click here to view.


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OCRA Monthly E-mail

The March e-mail has been sent to subscribers and members of our OCRA Facebook Group. You can read this and back issues by clicking here. To subscribe to receive them direct send a message to:


You have our promise that your e-mail details will not be passed on to anyone else. You will be able to unsubscribe if you find you don't want to receive them.


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OCRA on Facebook

Don't forget that you can follow OCRA on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the news and chat to other local people about issues that concern you. Over 1,350 people do this already. Just click here to join the group.


Help OCRA When Buying Online

If you are buying online, please help us raise money for OCRA funds. Sign up and use easyfundraising.org.uk to shop online with many different companies, including Amazon and Tesco Direct, and a contribution will be made to OCRA funds. They offer a Donation Reminder which tells you when you are on a site that donates. Click this link to go to their website.


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OCRA Noticeboard

Lacey Green Noticeboard Photo: Nigel Rea

The Noticeboard at Lacey Green is maintained by OCRA and we publish our notices there. Other posters can be displayed by request to this email address. The Noticeboard on Tudor Parade is maintained by Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor.

As well as contact details for OCRA, we publish details of 'What's On in Old Coulsdon' there. 27/03/2016

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OCRA Road Stewards

The following roads currently have no road stewards because of retirements or ill health:

93–135 (odd) and 64-104 (even) Waddington Avenue

42 Newsletters

2–36 (even) and 3–65 (odd) Waddington Avenue Plus Thorncroft Close

61 Newsletters

All Of Lacey Green Plus 143–169 (odd), 169A&B, 171,173,175,177, 122,124, Plus Lacey Lodge & Gayfere House In Tollers Lane

41 Newsletters

We really need volunteers who live in or close to those roads to become an OCRA Road Steward who will deliver their Newsletters three times per year and collect £2 subscription once a year.



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Updated 28/03/17

© OCRA 2017