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, email@example.com 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.firstname.lastname@example.org Helen Pollard tel 020 7617 7310 email email@example.com Margaret Mead tel 020 8405 6746 email Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
SaveOurFairfield 18/04/2016 16:13:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
SaveOurFairfield are encouraging concerned residents to attend tonight's full Council Meeting at the Town Hall to hear the latest debate on the future of Fairfield Halls. The meeting starts at 6.30pm but is likely to be very busy so arriving early is advised. There will be a photo at 6pm outside the Clocktower is you would like to come along and add your support to this worthwhile cause.
Burst Water Main on Upper Shirley Road 18/04/2016 16:09:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
There is a burst water main being worked on now near to the Junction of Upper Shirley Road and Postmill Close. We are aware of the problem and are chasing the relevant authorities to effect an efficient repair. Two way lights are being used and should be manually controlled during peak hours to ensure the best traffic flow possible. Please factor in possible delays to any journeys.
Quest students perform Oliver 03/02/2016 22:30:00.......Posted by Andy Stranack
I had a great evening at the Quest Academy this evening watching students from years 7 to 11 perform in an excellent production of Oliver. There were a number of very gifted students taking part, some may well have a future on the West End stage.
Heathfield Residents support local plan protest 27/01/2016 17:10:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
It was great to see a number of Heathfield Residents at the Council meeting on the 25th January. Below I have summarised why it is so important for local residents to stand up against the Council's plans to ruin our local green space.
We are particularly concerned about the plans to create traveller sites at the following sites:-
Coombe Lodge Nurseries off Conduit Lane, site 661;
Coombe Farm off Oaks Road, site 502;
Pear Tree Farm and Pear Tree Farm Cottage, Featherbed Lane, site 755;
And the de-designation of:
Forestdale as a location where the Council wants to see “focussed intensification associated with gradual change of area’s local character” (page 129, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals). It goes on to describe what this means:
“New development located in designated areas would be significantly larger than existing and may be associated with merging smaller properties. The promoted character types are: ‘Medium-rise blocks with associated grounds’, ‘Large buildings with spacing’ and ‘Largebuildings with strong frontages’. Their gradual introduction will alter over time the predominant character of intensified areas” (page 132, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).
The idea that the largely terraced housing and small blocks of flats in Forestdale should be replaced by medium-rise blocks is unacceptable - it would completely change the character of the area.
Neighbourhoo Watch 17/03/2015 21:22:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead
Went to the Heathfield and Shirley Neighbourhood Watch meeting which is held six monthly. It was well attended by residents from both wards who asked a range of questions following the Police briefing which included a warning about current scams. These were unsolicited telephone calls which usually asked for confidential information regarding bank account details and pin numbers. These calls are of great concern regarding our vulnerable elderly people. On the tables were lots of useful leaflets about how to protect your property and items of value and the telephone number to call if anyone saw something suspicious. The police would rather follow something up even if it turned out not to be of concern. Picked up some casework about road damage which I will follow up.
Sexual Health services in Croydon 18/02/2015 18:07:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead
Visited this clinic to see what support is available to help keep people healthy. Pleased to learn this is an open clinic and support and practical advice is given in a confidential way. It was proved that an early visit often meant problems were quickly resolved and dealt with for good. Looking at statistics, delays often meant that treatment would need to be on a longer term plan or perhaps even for life.
Hearing from a Dementia Volunteer 11/02/2015 11:12:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead
Really interesting first talk by a volunteer this morning who showed how we can all understand better people who unfortunately suffer from some sort of dementia type illness. There are various levels of dementia but examples of some simple things to help recognise someone who may be having a few difficulties doing ordinary tasks and how we can help whilst we are out and about Having patience and making time to listen to someone who is trying to pay for some shopping for instance. Looking forward to the next talk.
Councillor Surgery 07/02/2015 13:14:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead
Attended both St Francis Church, Monks Hill and Forestdale Community Centre, Bardolph Avenue but they were both very quiet today.
Governors' day in Forestdale school 04/02/2015 17:51:00.......Posted by Margaret Mead
Spent this morning in school , talking to parents in the playground as children were arriving, observing class teaching, saw lots of interesting displays and the task for the day which they were focussing on. Also watched sports events in the hall. Talked to the children who told me they loved coming to school to learn. They told me what their objectives were for the lesson and how they would know if they were achieving them. Talked to them at lunch time about what they chose to eat and why. A very useful time spent.
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