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Cllr  Margaret  Bird
Cllr  Steve  Hollands
 

Message from Croydon Borough Commander
25/06/2017 21:56:00......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,

 

Communication from Croydon Borough Commander

 

 

I am writing to you with regards to the MPS’s plans to increase the availability of Taser across London. Our plans will see a further 1,867 officers trained, which takes the total number of officers trained to just under 6,500, with an increase in the number of devices available taking the total to 2,500.

 

The principal reason for this uplift is so that we are better equipped to protect the public from the threat of violent incidents, but also to protect our officers from violent assaults.

 

We’ve taken this decision in light of the increase in violence offences, including knife crime which rose by 24% last year, and the steady increase in the number of assaults on police officers in recent years.

 

The uplift will see the device made available to more borough based Emergency Response Officers, with 1,729 of the additional 1,867 officers being trained coming from borough response teams. These officers are the most readily available to protect the public, and are also the officers who face the most unpredictable threat. In borough terms, we are talking approximately double the number of Taser trained officers – with most boroughs having at least 40 Taser trained officers already.

 

It’s a two stage uplift; the first part will see the Met change its deployment policy in line with national guidance. At the moment Taser officers on borough are deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own, for example Sergeant supervisors, but the norm for most response officers will be some form of ‘double crewing’. This change to deployment will see an immediate increase in the number of Tasers available 24/7.

 

The second part of the uplift will see the additional officers trained. We anticipate that this will take 2 years, with the training due to begin later this year in late summer / Autumn. As part of this, the Met will be changing device. Our current model is no longer manufactured, and we will gradually replace these with the new Home Office mandated model, the X2.

 

Taser is already an important part of the protective equipment available to officers. It’s been safely and effectively used in the Met since 2003 and provides officers with a highly effective option for prevent violent situations from escalating, often without needing to be fired. In 2016 it was fired on just 13% of 1,635 occasions it was deployed. Most incidents where Taser is used are resolved simply by drawing the device, or by using the red dot to highlight to the suspect that it may be used. These are lower uses of force than any form of physical restraint, baton or CS spray – or indeed a firearm - which might otherwise be needed.

 

We’re very careful to ensure that the officers who use Taser are trained to a high standard, both in how they use it and in post-use procedure. Officers are personally responsible for justifying that each use is reasonable in the circumstances they are presented with. I am responsible for oversight of this in the borough. Each use of Taser is recorded, with data reported to the Home Office, and published on the Met website.

 

One concern that has been raised in the past is about transparency, in terms of how and when officers use Taser. The roll out of body worn video to all frontline officers will greatly improve the transparency of how we use it, and we hope will also serve to provide understanding as to what happens at any incident

 

As a key partner I wanted to inform you of our change in approach. You won’t see any visible change in policing style, but there will be increased protection for the public.

 

Of course, if you need any further information or have any concerns please do let me know.

 

Regards

 

Jeff

 

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

Borough Commander

Croydon Police Station

 

 

 

Regards,

 

PCSO 7157 Andy Allan

Coulsdon East

Email - CoulsdonEast.snt@met.police.uk

 

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New Council reporting smartphone app lanched
12/07/2018 17:55:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Don’t Mess with Croydon smartphone app launches

A new smartphone app designed to make it easier to report fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and more has been launched by Croydon Council.

The Don’t Mess with Croydon app is a quick way of reporting problems directly to the right team in the council to get them fixed.

Reporting an issue is as simple as selecting the most appropriate option from one of 17 categories and dropping a pin on a map with the option to attach a photo if the user wants.

The new app is built from the Love Clean Streets app which was created by a Croydon company and is used by local authorities across the country.
The Don’t Mess with Croydon app makes it easier to report this directly to the right team so we can get the problem fixed as quickly as possible.
The app is free to download and you can help make Croydon cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy.
Users can select one of 17 categories:

  • Abandoned vehicle
  • Dead animal
  • Dog fouling
  • Drug-related litter
  • Empty property
  • Fly-posting
  • Fly-tipping on public land
  • Graffiti
  • Road surface drainage problems
  • Overflowing litter bins - on street
  • Loose or damaged pavements
  • Potholes or damage to roads
  • Problems with skips
  • Issues with benches, bollards or signs
  • Issues with street litter bins
  • Tree or high hedge obstruction on public land
  • Waste on private property

Residents can still contact the council in person, online at www.croydon.gov.uk/doitonline/report-it or on the phone on 020 8726 6000.

The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store.

 

 

 

 


 

Councillors Surgery
30/06/2018 21:52:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

A reminder that Steve and Margaret hold their surgery on the last Saturday of the month (excl. August and December ) from 10-12noon at the Guide Hut Tudor Parade Coulsdon Rd ( behind the bakers).

We will also be at the Rotary Fair on  Grange Park on July 7th 12noon - 4.30pm stand C8. Come and say hello.

Not convenient ? Just  drop us an email margaret.bird@croydon.gov.uk or steve.hollands@croydon.gov.uk or give us a call . We are happy to come to you .

 


 

Message from the Safer Neighbourhood Team
30/06/2018 21:51:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,


Courier Fraud
The MPS would like to remind everyone that the police and banks will never ask members of the public to partake in an anti-fraud operation, to transfer money or ask for bank account and pin numbers.
Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.


The fraudsters contact people, usually by phone and claim to be from the police or in some cases a fraud team within that person’s bank.
In some cases the fraudster will ask the victim to give them their bank card and pin or go to the bank and withdraw money which they will then collect.
The fraudster will then visit the victim’s home address and collect the money or bank cards, normally quoting a password that they agreed with the victim earlier on.

Protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime
Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.

Many frauds start with a phishing email.
Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details.
Do not trust such emails, even if they look genuine.
You can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence, website (typed directly into the address bar) or the phone book to check if you’re not sure.

Have you been a victim of fraud or cyber crime
If there is a crime being committed right now or if you are in danger you should call the police on 999.

If you fall victim to this type of fraud or receive suspicious calls, please contact police or report it via action fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/, or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

If debit or credit cards, online banking or cheques are involved, you should also contact your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.

 


 

Press Release from Croydon Council on new waste collection roll out
29/06/2018 21:23:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Today Croydon Council issued   the following  press release at the start of their new bin deliveries ahead of the start of the new collection in September.

 

New bin deliveries begin ahead of recycling drive

The delivery of more than 200,000 new bins across Croydon begins on Monday in an effort to boost recycling rates in the borough.

Most residents will receive a new 240-litre paper recycling bin and a 180-litre general waste bin over the coming weeks with the first set to arrive on Monday. Existing landfill bins will become a bin for mixed recycling.

Deliveries will be made to around 3,500 properties each day.

The first collections for the new service will be in September. Until then residents should continue to use their existing waste containers in the same manner as they previously have.

Across the borough 75% of households will have their collection day changed to make the service more efficient.

Councillor Stuart Collins, cabinet member for clean, green Croydon, said: “We want to drive recycling rates up to over 50% across the borough.

“The new bins you will see arriving over the next few weeks will help make it easier to recycle more and help us help the planet.

“This will be a significant change for most people and there will be a series of roadshows to help explain the changes.”

The roadshows will be held at:

  • Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath, CR7 8LF. Thursday 5 July, 11am – 5pm.
  • North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Thursday 12 July, noon – 6.30pm.
  • Sainsbury’s, 130 Addington Road, Selsdon CR2 8LA. Saturday 14 July, 11am – 5pm.
  • Sainsbury’s, 66 Westow Street, Upper Norwood SE19 3RW. Tuesday 17 July, noon – 5pm.
  • North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Saturday 21 July, noon – 6.30pm.
  • Waitrose, 87 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead CR2 9LE. Thursday 26 July, noon – 5pm.
  • Fishers Farm Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, North Downs Road, New Addington CR0 0LB. Friday 27 July, noon – 4pm.

Tesco Extra Purley Cross, 8 Purley Road, Purley CR8 2HA. Tuesday 31 July, 11am – 6pm.

The changes will see most households given a new 240-litre bin for mixed paper and card, a new 180-litre bin for general waste and the existing bin repurposed for recycling glass, plastic packaging, cans and cartons.

Alternative arrangements will be made for households who cannot accommodate the new bins.

A dedicated email address and phone line has been set up to answer residents’ queries. Anyone with questions should contact wasteservices@croydon.gov.uk or phone 0208 604 7282 between 9am and 5pm on week days.

A leaflet explaining the changes will be delivered alongside the bins. Bin collections will remain at the current frequency but more than 75% of households will have a new collection day.

For more information on the new collections visit the council website.

 

 

 

 


 

Old Coulsfon Councillor Surgeries
24/06/2018 22:37:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Margaret and Steve hold monthly surgeries in the Guide Hut behind the bakers on Tudor Parade, Coulsdon Rd , Old Coulsdon on the last Saturday in the month  from 10-12noon, except August and December .

On July 7th we also will be at the Rotary Fair on Grange Park 12noon - 4.30 pm on stand C8 next to the CLOCFG - Christmas Lights in Old Coulsdon- stall.

Why not drop by and say hello?

We will be happy to help with any issues you are having difficulty resolving with the Council.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Council Election
04/05/2018 22:19:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Margaret and Steve wish to thank the residents of Old Coulsdon for electing them to represent Old Coulsdon for the next four years. Despite our groups best efforts Croydon remains Labour controlled but we will always work to represent the residents of Old Coulsdon interests first.                          

 


 

Warning FAKE NEWS from LibDems
14/04/2018 20:10:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

LibDems in Old Coulsdon are scaring residents into signing a survey that our Safer Neighbourhood Police are being withdrawn. This is FAKE NEWS PC's Chris and Rob and PCSO Andy are very much working hard for Old Coulsdon and are not being withdrawn as claimed. Margaret as Chair of the Coulsdon East and West  Safer Neighbourhood Panel works closely with all the four PC's and one PCSO across both wards and has been assured this is not genuine.

 


 

Litter Pick
24/03/2018 18:19:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

 

Cllr Margaret Bird joined Cllr Chris Wright and many local residents for a litter pick in the Bird Sanctuary in The Glade.

Although this is a closed area we found many beer cans, bottles, a Christmas tree, plastic, food cartons, laughing gas canisters, cigarette packets and general rubbish which had been tossed over the fence. Most was found on the corner which joins Keston Avenue so Cllr. Bird has asked the Council to provide a bin on the corner  to help  save the wildlife from harm and to hopefully persuade those intent in not taking their rubbish home with them to be tidy.

 

 

 

 

 


 

20mph
12/03/2018 13:06:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

 

This Labour Councils Borough wide 20mph speed limit is now live in Old Coulsdon with the exception of Marlpit Lane and Coulsdon Road in our area. 

It is very easy to forget which speed limit applies on the roads you are actually on with many of the new signs buried in trees and bushes and even 30mph and 20mph displayed on the same  post.

Please take care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Late recycling collections in Old Coulsdon
28/02/2018 17:49:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Veolia have not been able to collect all of the paper recycling from yesterday and today due to the challenging conditions ie pavements being snow covered in Old Coulsdon which slows them  on their rounds and they are now behind.

More crews are being drafted in tomorrow very early so please leave out your uncollected bins. Please bear with them during this difficult time.

 


 

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