SCCA General Meeting on Planning – 11 July 2017 – Please note new date


This month’s SCCA Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 11th July at St Peter’s Church House, Heathfield Road CR0 1EZ.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a change to the previously advertised date of 4 July.

July’s meeting will focus on Planning and we will be joined by Croydon Council’s Director of Planning, Heather Cheesbrough.

Join us to hear, and ask questions, about planning in Croydon e.g. the rules and how to object effectively.

Doors open at 7.00pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7.30pm.

For background information, Sean Creighton (who presented “Keen as Mustard: South Croydon Heritage”) writes a blog in which he covers planning issues. In the section titled Planning is political he refers specifically to South Croydon.

Keen as Mustard: South Croydon Heritage Talk

The SCCA has organised a free talk as part of Croydon Heritage Festival.
Local historian Sean Creighton will discuss various aspects of the history of the South Croydon area, including interesting residents like Alfred Russel Wallace and Cicely Mary Barker, businesses such as John Cooper’s Steam Boot Factory and Keen’s, landowners, the role of pubs, and more.

Venue: St Peter’s Church House, Heathfield Road CR0 1EZ
Date & Time: Thursday, 29th June from 19.00 – 20.30
Doors Open 18.30

Register for free tickets at:

Dining Club at Brasserie Vacherin

Our next SCCA Dining Club will take place on Tuesday 27 June at 7pm.

Venue: Brasserie Vacherin

Address: 48-50 South End, CR0 1DP

Date: Tuesday 27 June at 7pm

Cost: £21.50 to include tip and glass of prosecco on arrival. Drinks to be ordered and paid for during the evening.

Email Emma with your menu choices no later than Monday 12th June

Pre-order from the menu below. Note that side dishes have additional cost.


  • Pea & mint velouté (v)
  • Moules marinières
  • Shallot & Gruyère cheese tart (v)
  • Bayonne ham & rémoulade

Main courses

  • Grilled rump steak & frites
  • Salmon fish cakes, tartar sauce & frites
  • Wild mushroom & mascarpone risotto (v)
  • Sausage Morteau, choucroute, new potatoes & Puy lentils


Broccoli £3.25/ Spinach £3.25/ Dauphinois £3.95/ Flat mushrooms £3.50/Green beans £3.25/ Mash £2.95/ New potatoes £2.95/ Frites £1.95


  • Selection of farmhouse cheese
  • Sorbet du jour
  • Petit pot au chocolat


Croydon Destination Parks Project

Along with other stakeholder groups, the SCCA has been invited to participate in a consultation on Croydon’s “Destination Parks”, specifically regarding Park Hill Park and Lloyd Park.

The project’s aims are “to investigate measures to help all Croydon’s residents access all the potential health & wellbeing benefits (including social, environmental and biodiversity benefits) offered by parks“. Also, “to explore how new revenue streams and voluntary sector activity can support sustainable park maintenance in the context of population growth, and diminishing public sector resources in the Borough.

SCCA representatives will attend a stakeholder workshop on 13th June 2017.

If you wish to contribute suggestions or comments, you can email Bridget Snaith. Please also copy in SCCA Mgmt. Committee member, Bex de Paula Hanika who will be on of our representatives at the stakeholder workshop.

Read more information in Croydon Destination Parks Project – Invitation to Participate

SCCA seeks your views on proposed ward boundaries – Please respond by April 15

Steve Packer, the Chair of South Croydon Community Association (SCCA), writes,

The Local Boundary Commission (LBC) has recommended on ward boundary changes for Croydon.

The Commission is charged with providing electoral arrangements for English local authorities that are fair for voters. The current round of LBC electoral reviews is recommending ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters. We also aim to ensure that the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities as well as promoting effective local government.

The draft recommendations for Croydon were issued on 14 March. Now, there is further consultation period on the Commission’s recommendations until 8 May, 2017.

The draft recommendations and the revised ward map for Croydon is at 

Twenty-eight wards are proposed fro Croydon, four more than now but with the same total number of councillors (70).

The LBC have accepted representations from its first consultation round that there should be a South Croydon ward, consistent with the notion of South Croydon as a “place” as this is defined in the Croydon Local Plan (Chapter 7: Croydon Local Plan; including a map:

SCCA did not submit comments to the initial LBC consultation although it did comment on the draft Local Plan. Some councillors are now interested in a SCCA view on the new ward proposals.

The new South Croydon ward is geographically central within the borough, surrounded by eight adjacent wards. It is configured, in part, by main roads, railway lines and green spaces.

There is a strong read across with the current Croham ward. But South Croydon “the place” in the Local Plan is a more extensive area than shown in the new ward boundaries.

A good number of SCCA members and supporters live outside the new South Croydon ward boundaries. So, Chatsworth Road is in Central. Park Hill is part of Addiscombe West and Park Hill ward. Haling Park, Whitgift School, and Warnham Road all fall into Waddon.

If you have a view on the boundaries of the proposed new South Croydon ward, then please let me have your thoughts and ideas by Wednesday 15 April (

Together, your views will contribute to a SCCA submission.


All best wishes

Steve Packer
Chair SCCA

Contact Steve here.

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Image of proposed new wards and their boundaries, based on the places of Croydon, taken from the summary document below.

Find a summary document, here:

SCCA Dining Club at Abshar

The next SCCA Dining Club outing will take place at “Abshar” which serves Persian cuisine.

WHERE: Abshar, 67 South End CRO 1BF

WHEN: Tuesday 11th April at 7pm

WHAT: 5 different starters to share, 3 cold and 2 warm, unlimited flavoured naan breads. Main Course: 4 different kebabs, Chicken on the bone, boneless chicken, lamb fillet, and 2 skewers of minced lamb; 4 different vegetarian options from the menu.

COST: £22: Please note the increased price is offset by the inclusion of a soft drink and opportunity to bring your own wine without any corkage charge

If you would like to come, please email Emma no later than Tuesday 4th April