And thanks to those who pre-registered, as this saves the committee time on the night and helps us to cater for numbers.
The notes of meeting and the minutes of the AGM will be available shortly but here are the notices, which may be updated when time allows.
Redevelopment of Queens Gardens and Taberner House
The meeting heard from Steve Sanham, the managing director of Hub, the developers involved in redesign and redevelopment, and Dawayne Gordon, a member of Kaizen, the engagement team canvassing the views of local people.
You can access more information here. This includes a link to an online survey to have your say and how to register for a call back to give your views over the phone.
The initial consultation is due to close at the end of December so make sure you have you say.
Although unable to attend due to a current operation, Sgt Ali MacPherson of the Broad Green team kindly provided the following update for the police.
Theft from motor vehicles
Croydon Met Police would like to remind everyone in the run up to Christmas to keep items out of sight in vehicles and not on display.
The Police continue to arrest and target known burglars but there are still opportunists out there who will take advantage of open or rotten doors and windows.
Officers are continually responding to ASB issues highlighted by members of the community. This has led to good results, ranging from arrests of known drug dealers and persistent offenders, and using local knowledge the police have been able to carry out search warrants in relation to drugs and other offences.
Separately, as well as day to day work, officers in Croydon are currently dealing with a vulnerable adult who is the victim of suspected financial abuse. They are working with the Social Services Adult Safeguarding Team at Croydon, to work towards the best outcome for the vulnerable person.
It was noted in the meeting that Croydon Trading Standards produce bulletins and asked that people watch out for vulnerable residents, including the elderly, who are more likely to become victims of scams. See links to advice from Trading Standards here.
Croydon Debate Club
This new venture in Croydon was discussed, with plans to hold meetings monthly.
The first debate was held on the issue of flytipping and the next is on December 7, again at Matthew’s Yard, debating the council’s role in housing and the issue of homelessness.
See details in the link if you would like to be added to Croydon Debate Club’s email list or to get in touch to suggest a future topic.
Follow them on @CronxDebateClub, if you are on Twitter.
Ward Boundary Review
This was discussed, with few present aware that residents could submit a view. The closing date is Monday, 5 December 2016.
As promised, Cllr Helen Pollard, has provided the following links to information to enable those interested having the opportunity to express their views.
Find the Boundary Review website where people can comment, here.
Anyone responding may want to refer to the boundary proposals submitted by the Council, which can be located at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=15&cmte=GPA&grpid=public&arc=1
NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group’s current consultations
The NHS Croydon CCG is currently consulting on the potential closure of the women’s mental health unit in Purley as well as the changes to prescribing.
All 50 consultation documents provided by the CCG on the issue of changes to prescribing were taken by those attending the event, to use or to share with others who may wish to express a view.
If you want to have your say, see the post on our website, which provides links to the online consultation on prescribing. There is a further meeting organised by the Croydon CCG on 13 December, also listed in the link.
Food banks in Croydon
Donations for the Croydon Refugee Day Centre were invited for this meeting, and donations were gratefully received. These donations will be delivered to the Centre, along with the donations received at St Michael’s, who regularly collect for this charity.
Thanks to all who contributed.
Purley Food Hub, who cater for clients in need in Croydon are also appealing for donations, including festive treats for children, alongside staple items. If you’d like to support their work, see the details, here.
We are currently planning our next meeting for January 2017.
The meeting will be devoted to addressing Refuse, Recycling, and flytipping as a follow up to our previous meeting on this subject.