Old Coulsdon Residents' Association

Serving the community for over 80 years


Dates for your Diary

About OCRA

Brief History of OCRA

Joining OCRA

Who's Who in OCRA

Contact OCRA

OCRA Monthly Mails

OCRA Newsletter

OCRA Planning

OCRA Theatre Club

Police Advice

Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Reporting Local Problems

Information for Newcomers

Local Photographs

Council Services

Useful Links

Friends Groups

Friends of Bradmore Green Pond

Coulsdon Coppice Friends Group

Friends of Farthing Downs

Friends of Grange Park

Kenley Airfield Friends Group

Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green

CLOC Friends Group

Contents A-Z

Site Map

Welcome to the Old Coulsdon Residents' Association website

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

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.

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 6th to 22nd March followed by 2 way signals along Fairdene Road until 13th June.

Lion Green Road: Kier Highways will be working in Lion Green Road under one way systems on the nights of 27th & 28th February. Works will commence at 21:00 – 05:00. The works are for specialists contractors to re-set all the gullies.


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


Petrol Prices

Cheapest Unleaded at 5 stations within 5 miles



Reigate Road,Burgh Heath, Banstead, KT20 5NZ

Asda 4.36 miles away, recorded 10.02.17

Asda Logo 117.7p


Marlowe Way, Wallington, Croydon, CR0 4XS

Asda 4.92 miles away, recorded 10.02.17

BP Logo 117.9p


Brighton Road, Banstead, SM7 1AZ

BP 3.93 miles away, recorded 12.02.17

Shell Logo 117.9p


Brighton Road, Burgh Heath, Banstead, KT20 6AA

Shell 4.23 miles away, recorded 11.02.17

Shell Logo 117.9p


Brighton Road, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, KT20 6UP

Shell 4.57 miles away, recorded 11.02.17

Source: www.petrolprices.com


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.


Return to top

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.


Bogus traders

- Don’t be forced into making a quick decision on the doorstep.

- Get at least three quotes from local reputable companies who have reputations to maintain, and if possible seek recommendations.

- Only deal with firms with genuine verifiable telephone numbers and addresses. Beware of companies that only use mobile phone numbers and accommodation addresses.

- Anyone who signs a contract on the door step following a visit that was not arranged (unsolicited) does have 7 days in which to cancel it by law. All cancellation rights must be provided in writing to the customer at the time the contract is agreed, (usually on the doorstep). It is an offence not to do so.

- If you don’t want to speak to the trader don’t open your door to them. It can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys; it might be easier to keep the door closed. Do not allow uninvited callers into your home.

- Refuse to be taken to the bank to withdraw money. If you ever feel intimidated by them, close the door and call the Police.

- Never accept verbal quotes.


For more advice, click here.

Return to top

Waste Collection

The collection dates for the next month are:

W/c Mon. 6th February Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container

W/c Mon. 13th February Please check your Collection Day.

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

W/c Mon. 20th February Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container

W/c Mon. 27th February Please check your Collection Day.

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


Collection Day - the Collection Day is now 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 and print your own 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 – discount if you pay before 6th February 2017 – 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.


Return to top

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.


Return to top

OCRA Weather

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


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.


Return to top

OCRA Monthly E-mail

The February 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.


Return to top

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 1,300 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.


Return to top

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

Return to top

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

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

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

61 Newsletters

3 -9, 13 -31, & 2 – 62 Keston Avenue

47 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.



Return to top

Updated 13/02/17

© OCRA 2017