CCC Public Meeting – Addiscombe – Tues 16 September 2014

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Please join us for our public meeting at St Mary Magdalene, Canning Road. We are using the hall to the rear of the church, on the right.
St Mary Magdalene Church Addiscombe

Anyone with an interest in Croydon is welcome to attend any of our public meetings.

As is the case with all our general public meetings, this meeting has no set agenda. The topics discussed will be led by those attending. Come along with information, notices or updates you’d like to share, topics you’d like discussed, or just come along to listen and have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

Please book a free place on Eventbrite here: http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/
This helps us to cater for numbers.

Doors open at 7pm, when tea and coffee will be available and you’ll have the chance to meet others attending.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and we aim to finish around 8.45pm to allow us to vacate by 9pm.

Those who have not pre-booked will be asked to register on the door and those who have pre-booking will be given preference if numbers exceed capacity.

If you are able to display or distribute fliers to advertise the meeting you can download them here: CCC A5 flier Meeting Jul to AGM 14 or email us if you would like hard copies.

Meetings July to Nov 14

Join our mailing list to get an invitation to our events and occasional updates via email by emailing CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com.

And if you would like to post a notice or suggest a topic for discussion on this post, prior to the meeting, please do!

Please support us with Heart of the Community votes – #1011

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The Croydon Advertiser is running a competition and CCC is one of the 56 groups and organisations who have been shortlisted to win a share of the £10,000 on offer.

The competition was launched in Friday 13 June’s Croydon Advertiser, where you can find a full listing of the shortlisted groups.  This list will appear online at http://www.thisispromotions.co.uk/#/hoc-croydon-vote/4583490668 from Wednesday 18 June 2014. You can view the PDF here:

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There are various awards, ranging from £2,500 through to £500, and the awards are sponsored by UK Power Networks, Croydon Partnership and the Croydon Park Hotel, in association with the Croydon Advertiser.

 

The Croydon Advertiser has provided shortlisted groups with money off coupons for the Croydon Advertiser (40p off the cover price of 80p), and we are happy to offer ours to anyone wishing to support this competition, and hopefully us in the process.

There are a whole host of worthy causes and, in the spirit of what we do, we will provide a link to the full list when it is published online this week. UPDATE: Click on the link above, and then on the cover to access the PDF.

Voting via text will be open on Friday 20 June and will cost 50p a text. We’ll advertise details of how to do this when these are released. In the meantime you can use the coupon in this week’s paper, and in the papers in the next two weeks, to cast your vote.

Voting closed at midnight on Sunday, 6 July, 2014

If you’d like to give us your vote, our code is 1011.

Voting for us would mean we can further our work. CCC aims to increase open public engagement for all with an interest in Croydon, independent of the Council and any political groups.

We’ve already established a more transparent and inclusive Constitution and held an AGM that anyone with an interest could attend. We’ve set in place a series of public meetings in borough-wide locations, from Coulsdon to Norbury, as well as a specific meeting on the subject of Rubbish - in response to demand.

We’ve supported the Croydon community by chairing a series of hustings, which were organised by residents in relation to the local council and MEP elections, and providing refreshments at these events.

A plan for further public meetings is in place, as well as considering plans for public meetings on key topics in relation to demand at our meetings – Rubbish, Libraries and Education in Croydon.

Will you give us your vote?  We hope so.

Please don’t forget. We are 1011.

The committee live in different parts of the borough. We are happy to collect your voting coupon/s or to provide you with an address to send them to.  Please email CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com. We’d also welcome hearing from anyone who would be willing to act as a collection point for us.

The competition is steep, but it just goes to show how much is going on in Croydon.

Whatever the outcome of this competition it is a win for Croydon.

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Feedback on Croydon Council website sought

Would you like to be part of the review and redesign of Croydon Council’s website www.croydon.gov.uk?

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Croydon Council urgently need volunteers to test the website and give their feedback. The council want to make sure that their website is quick and easy for people to use and they need people to help.

They are looking for a range of volunteers from across different groups who will need to be able, as a minimum, to use a computer mouse, keyboard and view the computer screen. If you live or work in Croydon and want to take part then get in touch. In particular, they are interested in hearing from you if you’re

· A council tenant; or

· A private tenant; or

· A homeowner; or

· A parent with young children (pre-primary school) or older children (pre-secondary school); or

· A young person people aged 16 to 24; or

· An older person – aged 65+; or

· Someone with carer’s responsibilities; or

· Someone with a disability; or

· Someone whose first language isn’t English; or

· A business owner

This may be an ideal opportunity to extend your own personal knowledge and develop experience useful to you.

If you are interested,  please email to service.review@croydon.gov.uk stating which group of people you belong to from the above list.

Please also give your preferred days and times from the dates below and reply no later than Wednesday 17 September. Please also supply your full contact details including your phone number, email and home address:

You will need to be available to attend one slot for 90 minutes on any of the following dates.

Available dates: Tuesday 23 September, Wednesday 24 September, Thursday 25 September, Friday 26 September

Available timeslots:
9:30 – 11:00am
11:30 – 1:00pm
1:30 – 3:00pm
3:30 – 5:00pm

Venue:
Croydon Council
Bernard Weatherill House
Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

This opportunity will be on a first come, first served basis and you will be notified by Friday 19 September if you have been selected to take part. If you are not notified, please assume your details have been transferred to a waiting list.

Note that for research purposes, the Council will be recording the session you attend and you will be asked to sign an agreement form.

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Croydon Pharmacy services consultation

pharmacy signCroydon Council is reviewing all pharmacies and chemists to make sure that they provide the right services for local people.

This is your opportunity to have your say on pharmacy services in Croydon and to help Croydon Council to make important decisions about your local pharmacy and high street chemist.

You can participate by completing the online survey:  http://www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/phealth/pharmacysurvey

The survey closes on 22 September 2014.

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#Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Question Time – 17 Sept 2014

SNB titleA Question Time event, hosted by the Safer Neighbourhood Board is being held in the Lives not Knives premises in Centrale on Wednesday 17 September from 4pm to 6pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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In addition to the Question Time, there will be stalls showcasing activities to tackle and reduce crime by the police and various other organisations and voluntary groups, as well as a couple of surveys – one on people’s concerns about crime, and another on public awareness of the “Community Payback” scheme.

Food and drink will also be available.

Have you got a question for the police on safety issues?

You can submit a question by clicking below.

SUBMIT A QUESTION

Please submit a question by Wednesday, 10 September, 2014.

Find the Croydon Safer Neighbourhood board

on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCPCG

on Twitter at @SNBCroydon

Information on Croydon Online website: http://www.croydononline.org/safer-neighbourhood-board/

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Religion or Belief: Tell Equality and Human Rights Commission about your experiences

Has your religion or belief, or that of other people, affected your experiences in the workplace or the services you receive as part of your daily life? Or perhaps they impact on you as an employer or manager? If so, Equality and Human Rights Commission wants to hear from you.

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

“Everyone has the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, that includes respect for people’s faith or beliefs, and respect for the rights of others.

“We are well aware of the complexity in dealing with such issues. Undertaking this major piece of work will help to build our understanding about how well the law is working so we can fully examine the adequacy of the current legal framework for religion or belief.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to gather as much information from employees, service users, employers, service providers, trade unions, legal advisors and religion or belief groups so that they can assess how a person’s religion or belief, or lack of it, is taken into account at work and when using services.

The work covers all faiths and beliefs and experiences in England, Scotland and Wales. They want to hear about the issues people face and how they find solutions. The Commission will also use the evidence as part of its work looking at how effective the current legislation is proving in practice.

Despite a number of high profile legal cases involving the manifestation of religion or belief, very little is known about how frequently these issues occur in practice.

This major call for evidence is part of their three year programme to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life, to improve knowledge of what happens in practice and to make sure that the laws which are in place to protect everyone’s right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect are effective.

The Commission wants to know about both negative and positive experiences since 2010, including:

  • How religion or belief has affected the recent experiences of job applicants, employees or customers
  • Whether people who hold a religion or belief are aware of their legal rights and if appropriate information and guidance is available to them
  • Views on the effectiveness of current equality and human rights legislation on religion or belief
  • The recent experiences of employers when these issues arise in the workplace
  • The recent experience of organisations providing services to the public when issues around religion or belief are raised.

It’s easy for you to participate.

Full details can be found here: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/about-us/our-work/key-projects/religion-or-belief-tell-us-about-your-experiences

All information collected will be in confidence.

Contributions must be made by 14th October 2014.

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Notes of meeting – Purley – July 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in Purley and to the businesses, organisations and individuals who helped us advertise the event.

Notes of Meeting
Here are the notes of the meeting held: Notes of Purley 8Jul14 v2

Events this weekend
Since our meeting CCC had been made aware of two further events this weekend, which we’ve promoted via social media.

Thornton Heath Arts Week launches this Saturday, 19 July.

South Norwood Arts Festival  concludes this Sunday.

There is also the South End Food Festival this Sunday, as mentioned in our meeting.

There are, however, questions now being asked about the West Croydon Carnival of Cultures mentioned at our meeting. These include lack of advertising, a good deal of conflicting information, lack of engagement of local businesses and local people, and lack of clarity regarding who is behind the event. Why there are such inconsistencies is unclear at this point.
 If anyone knows any more please let us know.

Next public meeting

Our next event is in September in Addiscombe. As with all our events everyone is very welcome to attend. Booking via Eventbrite is appreciated to help us cater for numbers.

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If you have any feedback on this meeting or our activities we’d welcome hearing from you. 

Croydon Lions seek help for Addiscombe Carnival 2015

Croydon Lions are keen to advertise their activities, gain help and to enlist new
members.

Croydon Lions have a book stall every second Saturday of the month in North end, by Barclays.

Flyer to AGM 14

The Croydon Lions hold meetings in a room at Sainsbury’s, West Croydon (formally Ship of Fools Pub) every second Tuesday of the month, 7.30 for 8pm start. All welcome.

Croydon Lions are particularly keen to enlist volunteers for the Addiscombe
Carnival, which they have run for the past 5 years after an approach to do so by
Croydon Council. Plans are already being formulated for May 2015. See
www.croydonlions.org.uk for details and see the poster below.

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Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign

dirty water dirty airThe building of an incinerator on the borders of Croydon has been given the go ahead by the neighbouring borough of Sutton. The issue has been raised at our meetings by those attending, and also at hustings prior to the local elections.

The decision is now subject to a judicial review as a result of Shasha Khan challenging the decision. He is currently seeking support to fund his legal costs.

To keep up to date see http://www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk and if you want to find out how to support the judicial review you can get details here: Donate to the cause

Follow:on Twitter at @StoptheBurnCR and on Facebook at Stop the South London Incinerator.

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Notes of meeting – Norbury – June 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in Norbury and to the Residents’ Associations and individuals who helped us advertise the event.

Here are the notes of the meeting held: Notes of Norbury 11 June 14

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GreenGo Waste advise on disposing of waste responsibly

James and Malcolm Boyle, of GreenGo Waste write,

Too many Croydon residents and businesses do not understand the importance of ethical recycling.

It’s not just an issue in Croydon and the problem is not solely exacerbated by residents and businesses but a lack of recycling education and some selfishness/greed has cause our environment to be used as a dumping ground. From mattresses and fridges to builders waste or even food waste, our streets, parks and open spaces are being exploited.

Some businesses/residents may employ someone to clear their waste, but without the correct checks being made as to whom they’re employing, their waste could potentially end up anywhere.

And here is their advice:

  • Whenever organising waste to be collected, never employ canvassers or speculative waste clearance. All licensed waste clearance companies must be booked.
  • Check websites for credentials and ask to see the waste carriers license.
  • If a waste clearance quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. Correct recycling is not cheap and ethical, responsible waste clearance companies will be happy to explain the breakdown of a quote.
  • A quality waste clearance company will complete a waste transfer note, which the customer must sign as well as the waste agent. This is almost a contract between the two parties to encourage the correct recycling method.
  • Fly tipping is illegal and heavy fines and criminal records could be the punishment if your waste is handled by illegal traders.

Don’t trust a rogue with your waste. Be responsible and hire a bonafide licensed agent . Don’t let a rogue treat our environment with utter contempt by fly tipping your waste. We are all responsible for treating our communities with pride and respect.

These photos, supplied by the GreenGo Waste team in Croydon, were taken in areas along the Purley Way, and illustrate what happens to waste removed by illegal traders.

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You CAN visit Factory Lane on foot to recycle

This issue has been raised at several of our meetings so we asked for clarification from the council.

We learnt that pedestrians are permitted to enter the plant to recycle items at Factory Lane.

The pedestrian access to Factory Lane is via the side gate, and the route to the Reuse & Recycling Centre is via a zebra crossing to the corner of the main building, and then across to the site office.

Staff should be on hand to direct anyone using this pedestrian access, if required.

Pedestrian access Factory Lane HRRCAre you still having problems gaining access on foot?