Old Coulsdon Residents' Association

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Welcome to the Old Coulsdon Residents' Assoiation website

The OCRA Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all the members of OCRA and anyone else in Old Coulsdon a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Old Coulsdon Christmas Lights

Tudor Parade Christmas Lights Photo: Gary Watson

The new lights on Tudor Parade and Lacey Green parade were switched on on 26th November. They have been provided by CLOC (Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon) Friends Group who raised the money involved by collecting many individual and business donations. We would like to thank all involved for their efforts which has produced a great display.

Tudor Parade light design Photo: Gary Watson

Lacey Green parade light design Photo: Gary Watson


Father Christmas to visit Old Coulsdon

The Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor is pleased to announce that Santa will be making his annual visit to Coulsdon again this Christmas. Subject to approval from the Police to the dates proposed, it is hoped to follow the schedule of visits below.

As usual he will be accompanied by his sleigh, playing Xmas music, and by his Rotary helpers. Santa will be giving sweets to the children and hoping for donations large or small in this season of goodwill, for those in greater need. The Rotary Club is most grateful of your support, as in previous years, as it seeks to help good causes at home and abroad.


Bradmore Way, Chaldon Way, Mead Way, Tollers Lane, Marlpit Lane, Marlpit Ave, Coulsdon Rise, Stoneyfield Road, Coulsdon Road (part), Cherry Tree Court, Stanley Close, Betjeman Close, Shelley Close, Larkin Close, Rossetti Gardens, Blakefield Gardens, Canon's Hill, Dean's Walk and Bishop's Close.


Court Avenue, Keston Avenue, Ambercroft Way, Margaret Way, Caterham Drive, Haycroft Close, Benham Close, Rogers Close, The Glade and Kerrill Avenue.


Lacey Green, Ellis Road, Ellis Close, Admiral Walk, Goodenough Way, Weston Close, Middle Close, Goodenough Close, Lacey Avenue, Coulsdon Road (to Tudor Rose).


Taunton Lane, Waddington Ave, Caterham Drive, Rydons Wood Close, Dornford Gardens, Shirley Avenue, Barnfield Close, Carew Close, Darcy Close and Waddington Close.




Placehouse Lane, Tollers Lane, The Crossways, Thornton Crescent, Lacey Drive, Homefield Road, Waddington Avenue, Forge Avenue, lnwood Avenue.


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Old Lodge Lane Railway Bridge

Network Rail will have a closure in place until 9 January. The closure is at the bridge furthest from A23 between Watney Close and Hartley Down, which will be replaced. Diversions will be in place. The programme of road and footpath closures will be as follows:

    Road closure with vehicle diversion starts on 21 November 2016

    Footpath on Old Lodge Lane closes at 22:00 on Friday 2 December when a shuttle bus service will start

    Footpath on Old Lodge Lane will re-open at 05:00 on Monday 5 December, the shuttle service will stop

    Footpath on Old Lodge Lane closes at 20:00 on Saturday 24 December when the shuttle bus service will start

    Footpath on Old Lodge Lane re-opens at 06:00 on Tuesday 27 December, the shuttle bus service will stop

    Road closure and vehicle diversion ends on Monday 9 January 2017

Early warning signs are in place on Bradmore Green, Old Lodge Lane and other Coulsdon entry points.


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Petrol Prices

Cheapest Unleaded at 5 stations within 5 miles



Marlowe Way,Wallington,Croydon,CR0 4XS

Asda 4.92 miles away, recorded 04.12.16



Purley Way,Waddon,Croydon,CR0 3JW

Sainsburys 4.76 miles away, recorded 03.12.16



Purley Way,Waddon,Croydon,CR0 4NX

Esso 4.4 miles away, recorded 03.12.16



Purley Road,Purley,CR8 2HA

Tesco Extra 2.06 miles away, recorded 02.12.16



Brighton Road,Purley Oaks,Purley,CR8 2BA

Esso 2.78 miles away, recorded 03.12.16


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 October.


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.

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Waste Collection

The collection dates for the next month are:

W/c Mon. 5th December Please check your Collection Day.

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

W/c Mon. 12th December Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container

W/c Mon. 19th December Please check your Collection Day.

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

W/c Mon. 26th December Please check your Collection Day.

Green week (glass) box, food waste container

See note below


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). Note your Collection Date in the week after Christmas is likely to be different from normal.

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. However this will be closed temporarily for upgrade work from 5th to 18th December 2016 and the alternative sites will be Factory Lane, West Croydon and Fishers Farm, Beddington which will be busier than usual.

Green Waste - Collections will begin again in w/c 17th April 2017 if you pay again in December 2016 – 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.


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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.


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OCRA Monthly E-mail

The December 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 1,250 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:

Waddington Avenue 93 – 135 (odd) & 64 – 104 (even) - 42 Newsletters

Waddington Avenue 2 – 36 (even) & 3 – 65 (odd) + Thorncroft Close - 61 Newsletters

Caterham Drive 1 – 35 (odd) & 2 – 24 (even) + Austin Close + Benham Close + Rogers Close - 67 Newsletters

Lacey Green (all) + 143 – 169 (Odd), 169a, b, 171, 173, 175, 177, 122, 124 & Lacey Lodge & Gayfere House In Tollers Lane- 41 Newsletters

Carew Close - 38 Newsletters

The Glade 56 – 122 (even)

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 06/12/16

© OCRA 2016