The three Coulsdon Town councillors organised a ‘Posters of Hope Competition’ for local children to design posters during lockdown. There were four categories, each for a different age group and posters should have a theme of ‘HOPE’.
We had over 50 entries. Each entrant received a certificate and the four winners were each sent vouchers of £25.
Cane Hill new chairman
I attended the AGM of CHIPRA addressed by Chris Philp MP. Ben Taylor was elected as the new Chairman and we wish him well in his new role.
Business Grants and ‘Eat out to Help ‘Out
Government grants to Croydon businesses during the pandemic total £48m so far with an additional £61m for business rate relief. Furloughing is on top of this. We’ve been promoting the grants and supporting local businesses with their applications.
On social media and elsewhere Coulsdon’s restaurants have been encouraged to sign up to the Government’s ‘Eat out to Help Out’ scheme providing customers with 50% off.
Following a request from ECRA, the bench at the junction of Brighton Road and Smitham Downs Road will be replaced paid for out of the Purley & Woodcote and Coulsdon Town councillors’ community ward budgets.
The bench, at a cost of £1379 will be a standard bench with arms with concreted in legs.
The travellers on Rickman Hill Park were evicted quite quickly on the 22nd June. They were one of two small groups that turned up in the Borough. The travellers were reluctant to move despite the court injunction but a High Court order was sought to bring in bailiffs to evict them as soon as possible.
Thanks to those volunteers who tidied up after they had left.
Friends of Rickman Hill
I’ve been working with Keith Watkins about improvements that can be made to the park. Clearly Council resources are tight but we’re looking at possible use of Councillors’ community ward budgets to facilitate improvements (possible playground resurfacing, equipment painting etc). Keith is going to open up discussion within his group to determine views on the best use of limited resources.