Council Notes 16/04/2013 19:44:00......Posted by Margaret Mead
Council Notes Overgrown shrubs and bushes At this time of year with April showers and sunshine some front garden shrubs and shrubbery can become overgrown and spill over onto public paths. To ensure our residents who may have a sight problem do not walk into them it would be appreciated if residents could cut back any growth which may cause a mishap.
Shirley Windmill Situated in Postmill Close, Shirley, CRO 5DY, off Upper Shirley Road, this historic Windmill owned by Croydon Council, will be open on the following days and times
12 May (subject to restoration work, please check website) 12 – 5pm 7th July, 4 August, 1 September from 1 – 5pm 22 September 12 – 5pm And the last one is on 6 October 1-5pm
Guided tours last about one hour and cover the history and machinery of the mill. The last tour begins at 4pm. There is a Visitor Centre and Shop with teas, refreshments and souvenirs for sale. http://www.shirleywindmill.org.uk
Green Waste The green waste collections are commencing again on the dates when your green box is put out. The number of sacks of green waste that can be put out for collection has been increased from 6 to 10. Please do not tie or seal sacks and please put them out by 7am on the due day. Contaminated sacks with other rubbish or too heavy to lift will not be collected. Additional green garden waste can be taken to your local household reuse and recycling centre, Factory lane, Croydon CRO 3RL, Fishers Farm, North Downs Road, New Addington CRO OLB, Purley Oaks, Brighton Road Purley CR8 1DG
Week 1 collections – Starting week commencing Monday 22 April, and will end week commencing Monday 18 November Week 2 collections – Starting on week commencing Monday 29 April, and will end week commencing Monday 25 November.
Recycling All residents should have received “Your recycling and landfill bin collections” leaflet April 2013 to March 2014. Please let us know or contact the Council on the first website address below and it will be delivered. With residents’ help across the borough Croydon’s recycling rates have climbed to over 45% which is fantastic. Recycling boxes and food caddy should be placed at the access point to your property by 7am on the day of collection. You can have up to five recycling boxes of each colour and if you need more please contact www.croydon.gov.uk/recycling, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8726 6200 Text 60660. You do not have to line your kitchen caddy but you can use newspaper or kitchen roll or an approved compostable food waste liners. Visit www.croydon.gov.uk/foodwasteliners or call 020 8726 6200 for information about supermarkets stocking liners. Liners are also stocked at all libraries in the borough.
Public Health From 1 April this year the Council will take back the running of public health services in Croydon after 40 years with a priority to improve the health and wellbeing of Croydon residents. Key areas which will come under Council control include sexual health, health checks, health protection, obesity, drug and alcohol misuse and smoking cessation. These changes will mean we can bring residents to the fore of decision making and tailor services closer to their needs and councillors will now oversee public health bringing greater accountability as it will have the same level of scrutiny as other council functions.
Surgeries We hold two surgeries on the first Saturday of each month, except January and August; our next surgeries will be held on 4 May, 1 June, 6 July and 7 September.
11.15 – 12 noon at St Francis Church, Tedder Road, Monks Hill 12.15 – 1pm at Forestdale Community Centre, Bardolph Avenue, Forestdale No appointment necessary Contact the councillors Jason Cummings tel 020 8651 2575 email Jason.email@example.com Helen Pollard tel 020 7617 7310 email firstname.lastname@example.org Margaret Mead tel 020 8405 6746 email Margaret.email@example.com
Bin collections in Benhurst Gardens and Elm Park Gardens 04/11/2018 17:23:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
I have had a number of complaints about bin collections in Benhurst and Elm Park Gardens in recent weeks - for the last three weeks the collections have not been made on Tuesdays, which is the scheduled day for collection.
I have been in contact with the contract manager for Veolia (who run the Council waste collection services) and she says that they have had issues with the crew who have been doing these roads, which are at the end of the route. The crew says that the route cannot be finished within their shift. As a result, they have to be collected by a relief crew the following day.
The manager says she has consulted with a different crew, who have looked at the route and are adamant it can be done within a shift. As a result, the new crew will be doing the route from next week, and hopefully from now on your bins will be collected as scheduled on Tuesdays.
GUEST POST - Warning to cat owners in Selsdon 21/08/2018 22:03:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Many residents, especially those, like me, who own a cat, will be aware of the Croydon cat killer. Regretfully, he appears to have struck this month in Selsdon. Local resident ANNE GILES lives in the street in which the cat who was killed lived, and has written a guest post for us with advice from the Police and South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL):
We were quite shocked recently when a cat in our area was killed and was found with its head and tail cut off. Police are looking into whether the incident is linked to the so-called “UK Cat Killer”, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 300 animals since October 2015. I spoke to a gentleman from South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL), who are the charity which deals with the cat killer cases and he spent quite some time detailing the various horror stories. Sometimes the killer comes back and returns the bits he has cut off the poor animal. Other times he will return to the owner’s property and kill another one of the person’s cats. He travels quite a bit and has been known to kill in one area and then hours’ later in another area quite a distance away.
There is a current Metropolitan Police investigation called Operation Takehe which is ongoing and all incidents in Surrey are being recorded. Information is then shared between the two police forces. Police are asking that residents keep pets inside overnight while investigations are ongoing. They are also asking us all if we find any animal that has been mutilated both domestic and wild to make contact with our local vet so seek advice. If thought that these injuries have been caused through cruelty, then we must call our local police force on 101. I would urge anyone with CCTV to check the images if it has happened in your street, even if this is time consuming, as it is important that this person is caught.
I find it even more distressing to know that he has been in our area recently. I only wish that someone here could have spotted him. Hopefully, one day he’ll be caught.
Why has Council chosen to replace recycling boxes with bins? 29/07/2018 16:35:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Although most residents recognise the positive goals of the new recycling system to be introduced by the Council, a great many are hugely frustrated at being required to replace their recycling boxes with large wheelie bins.
While boxes can be easily stored, carried and stacked while not in use, the bins will take up a huge amount of space, space which many residents don't have. The Council has implied that it was obliged to make this change as a part of its contract with the South London Waste Partnership. However, none of the other Councils which form part of the partneship have chosen to replace both boxes with wheelie bins. I have previously asked the Council what impact the change from boxes to bins will have on the business case, and am yet to receive a response. Today I submitted an additional question, asking why the Council has made the choice it did when no other Council has done so, and with no consultation with residents. The question I asked is below:
"The biggest frustration residents have raised regarding the introduction of the new recycling system is replacing the existing recycling boxes with two new wheelie bins.
No other Council in the South London Waste partnership has chosen to use wheelie bins for both plastics/metals/glass and paper/card.
Why did the Council choose a unique and unproven approach to the new system without any prior consultation with residents?"
No clear case for replacing recycling boxes with bins 15/07/2018 15:02:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
I went along to the Council's roadshow event on Saturday at Selsdon Sainsbury's to talk to residents and the representatives of Veolia and the Council who were there. Those representatives had a tough job - there were a large number of residents in attendance, and most who were there were very upset about the prospect of losing their recycling boxes and having to store 4 large bins. Having spoken to the Veolia reps, I am still unclear about why the change from boxes to bins is being made - I asked a Council question about this earlier in the week, which I have copied in below:
"I note in the briefing given to Councillors that the overhaul of Croydon recycling services due to be introduced in September is projected to increase recycling rates from 38% to 50% and deliver cost savings of £5 million per year, mainly as a result of reduced waste going to landfill and higher volumes of paper and card which the contractor can sell.
It is clear that reducing the size of the general waste bin is critical to this business case. It is less clear that the replacement of recycling boxes with wheelie bins will have an impact, given that the Council has always been willing to provide additional boxes to those who request them.
Could the Cabinet member please tell me how much money is projected to be saved, and how much recycling increased, from each of the following aspects:
a) reduction in size of general waste bin
b) increased efficiency of collection from replacing boxes with bins
c) any other measures (please detail where possible)
In addition, please could the cabinet member please tell me the current and projected future volumes recycled for both paper/card and plastics / glass/ cans for a typical household seeing their recycling boxes replaced with wheelie bins?"
As soon as I have answers to these questions I will post an update.
Update on new bin collections 29/06/2018 09:10:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Almost all residents will now have been informed by the Council of the upcoming changes to bin collections in Croydon - and many residents have contacted Andy and me to say that they are not happy!
Being in opposition Conservative Councillors got no real advance notice of these changes, receiving a briefing note at the start of the week when notifications went out to residents. Nobody can argue with the aims of the changes - cutting costs and increasing recycling rates. However, our fear is that the changes are being rushed through without properly listening to residents or opposition Councillors, and so the implementation will be a disaster - just like it was in Sutton which has seen similar changes.
The biggest complaint we have seen is that for most people in Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, storing 3 or 4 large wheelie bins is not practical. Either space is too restricted, or houses and drives are on steep hills which makes it impractical to drag a wheelie bin up or down. We have passed these complaints on to the Council, and the Labour Cabinet member responsible for waste collection visited residents around the ward and told them that in many cases they would be able to keep their recycling boxes.
We will be putting strong pressure on him to make sure he keeps this promise, and I would encourage other residents who wish to keep recycling boxes rather than bins to contact the Council using the dedicated contact details that have been set up:
Phone: 020 8604 7282 (lines open between 9am and 5pm)
You can also give your views at a Council roadshow on the new scheme on Saturday 14th July at Selsdon Sainsbury’s onAddington Road - the roadshow will run from 11am to 5pm.
We will continue to keep you updated with more news and details about the changes as we receive them.
Ashen Grove at risk from Labour plans 06/04/2018 12:50:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack
Ashen Grove is an area of woodland that runs between Thorold Close and Kingfisher Gardens, it links the Bird Estate with Selsdon. Under Labour's Local Plan its green space protection has been withdrawn. This means the area could be built on in the future.
The woodland is home to a variety of wildlife including a number of badger sets. It is widely used by local dog walkers and residents who want to enjoy a walk in this area of natural beauty. Stuart and I will work hard to make sure that this local community area is protected for future generations.
Yellow lines to be added in Ravenshead Close 18/01/2018 19:39:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Following months of pressure from local residents, double yellow lines will be painted at the junction of Ravenshead Close and Old Farleigh Road at the beginning of February. Parked cars on the junction make it impossible for drivers exiting Ravenshead Close to see, which has led to accidents in the past.
Residents in the close have worked very hard to make the case for the double yellow lines, supported by Conservative Councillors in Selsdon. Andy and I contacted Council officers earlier this month and were told that Ravenshead Close has been added to the workstream. With more than 250 requests on the waiting list, and only 50 projects carried out each year, it is a real testament to the residents that they have been able to get this to the top of the list.
Autumn Walk in Selsdon Woods 13/11/2017 20:28:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
I was really pleased to join the Friends of Selsdon Woods for their ‘Autumn Leaves’ walk on Saturday. It was one of many organised walks arranged by the Friends each year - a calendar of events can be viewed on the Friends of Selsdon Woods website here: http://www.friendsofselsdonwood.co.uk/events.php
The Friends do a magnificent job maintaining the woods, with clearly marked and named footpaths making it easy to navigate. These are maintained, along with coppicing and other maintenance activities, on the Friends’ Workdays.
Everyone is welcome to join in these activities, helping out for as long as suits, on certain Sunday mornings at 10am - the first and last Sundays of the month during the winter, and the first Sunday of the month only from April to September.
If you haven’t visited the woods, I encourage you to check out one of the best parts of the Selsdon Vale and Forestdale ward.
Council walkabout in Forestdale 05/10/2017 22:46:00.......Posted by Stuart Millson
Councillor Andy Stranack organised a walkabout around Forestdale on Tuesday, attended by members of the Forestdale Forward, as well as Council officers and members of the Safer Streets team. We were able to raise a number of issues directly with Council officers, which they will be addressing in the next few days.
The foliage over the bus stop on Bardolph Avenue, which at present puts people off from using the footpath, is set to be cleared. We also reported littering and poor maintenance of the footpath on Featherbed Lane and access issues for the Brookscroft management committee to trees they have responsibility for maintaining.
One of the biggest issues in the area is access for refuse lorries among tightly parked cars, which has led to collisions between lorries and residents’ cars. We have asked the Council to look into making the Forestdale collections later in the day, when fewer cars are parked, to address this issue.
Spring Park Residents Association AGM 17/05/2016 23:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
Attended the SPRA AGM this evening. Huge turnout again this year and very pleased to see the Association is as strong as ever. Main areas of concern for the local residents were the Local Plan and it's effect on Shirley, potential Traveller sites, accessing recycling centres and having enough volunteers for the excellent monthly magazine (SPAN).
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