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About Croydon South

The Croydon South Constituency is the southern most of the three constituencies in the London Borough of Croydon. It includes the wards of Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards and Waddon.

In the 2010 General Election, Sir Richard Ottaway was elected Member of Parliament for Croydon South. I was selected to seek election for the seat following Sir Richard's announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the 2010-15 parliament.

Some of the key issues facing Croydon South are set out below:

 

   

 

 

Southern Rail Train performance

Overcrowded and late trains are constant problem for commuters. Problems are especially severe in the winter months with cancellations and late running trains causing problems.

Chris and Croydon South’s current MP, Sir Richard Ottaway, met with the Operations Director of Southern rail at their Three Bridges control centre to raise these concerns and urge an improvement. Figures have picked up since the meeting, but performance over the 2014-2015 winter will be the real test.

   

 


Cane Hill Access

The redevelopment of the disused Cane Hill hospital site into around 650 houses has been given planning consent and been approved by Boris. This will regenerate a derelict site, provide much needed homes for those who need them, and hopefully provide a lift for Coulsdon Town centre as there will be more customers for shops there. However, we need to be mindful of the traffic impact of this project, and in particular pressure on Marlpit Lane Roundabout and Portnalls Road where entry/exit points are planned. These roads, together with nearby Lion Green Road and Chipstead Valley Road, are already congested at peak times. It would greatly help to have an third exit from the cane Hill site directly onto the A23 Farthing Way, removing the need for Cane Hill traffic heading south on the A23 to go via Marlpit Lane roundabout. I am actively lobbying to make this happen.

   

 

 

Purley Town Centre

Purley town centre – the High Street ad Brighton Road – is in need of a lift. I am delighted to be supporting the Purley Business Association and local businesses to develop a proposal for a BID – a Business Improvement District. This entails local businesses paying a little extra on their business rates and then investing the money raised – plus hopefully match funding from various sources – into improving the town centre. More here.

 

   

 

 

Purley Hospital

Purley Memorial Hospital re-opened in the summer of 2013 with an excellent Urgent Care Centre. It was open from 8am to 8pm and included access to the X ray facility for most of the time that it was open. It also treated minor ailments besides minor injuries.

Sadly, from May 1st 2014 the opening hours have been cut to 2pm to 8am and there is no access to the X ray facilities at all. I am working with local residents to persuade the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group to change their mind and restore the service. More here.

 

   

 

 

Funding for Croydon Schools

With the population in Croydon growing, there is huge pressure on school places across the Borough. Conservatives in Government, together with Conservatives on Croydon Council, have secured an increase in funding settlement of £12.7m (or 6.1%) next year over and above the standard budget.

This – together with a record number of new school places in September 3014 arranged by Cllr Tim Pollard when the Conservatives controlled Croydon – will go some way towards alleviating the pressure that Croydon’s schools are under.

   

 


Unemployment down in Croydon South

Nationally, the Conservative’s economic plan is working. There are now a record number of jobs – over 30 million – in the UK, an increase of 1.4 million since the 2010 election. Here in Croydon South, unemployment has fallen 44% between the 2010 election and June 2014 the rate is now down to 1.8%. Youth unemployment in Croydon South has dropped 51% since 2010 too. There is a similar story across London as a whole. Despite the mess that Labour left behind, the Government’s economic measures are working – although there is still a very long way to go. More here.

   

 

 

Super Fast Broadband

Stimulating business growth, especially small businesses, is something that I am passionate about. Businesses create jobs and are the key to getting the economy moving again. I was therefore delighted to support the promotion of the Super Fast Broadband project across Croydon and London as a whole.

The scheme provides grants to businesses of up to £3,000 to install Super Fast Broadband. More details here.

 

     

 

 

A23 congestion

Congestion on the A23 – from Marlpit Lane Roundabout to Purley Cross up to Fiveways and beyond – remains a problem at peak times. The new Westfield Development in Croydon Town Centre, which will be built between 2015 and 2018, allows for £40 million of funding for improvements to the A23 corridor. This is an opportunity for real investment that will improve traffic flow on this congested road and I will be watching closely to make sure that the money is spent to good effect.

 

 
 


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