Updates and notices of meeting – 10 May 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting on Rubbish in Croydon – Refuse, recycling and fly-tipping.

Thanks too to everyone who booked a place ahead of the night and to the kind attendees who stepped in to help in a variety of ways on the night, including setting up, clearing away and covering the registration desk. It was appreciated.

One of the issues discussed on the night. Black bags of domestic waste dumped one night, torn apart by foxes during the night before they could be cleared.

A display of local information was made available on the night, with copies to take away.


Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The notes of meeting will follow, followed by a council response to questions and points made at the meeting.

Updates from previous meetings

Croydon Air Quality plan
Cllr Stuart King responded promptly to a query arising from the last meeting. Residents will have the opportunity to contribute to the Air Quality Action Plan but the consultation has been postponed due to the election.


Summer Lunchtime Recitals on Fridays at Croydon Minster – Fridays from May 12
These start on Friday 12 May and run weekly, through to Friday 16 May. Feel free to bring a packed lunch. The events are free but donations are welcome. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/summer-lunchtime-recitals-on-friday-at-croydon-minster-starting-may-12/

Saffron Central
Saffron Central is the brainchild of Ally McKinlay, who crowdfunded for a  pop-up crocus farm on the empty Taberner House site. As building work has not yet started, Saffron Central have had an extension. To link with Croydon Pride on 15 July, which will be held in Queens Gardens, Ally is working on a Hearts and Flowers theme, to link with Croydon PrideFest and the Croydon Summer of Love festival being held in Wandle Park.

Work starting this Saturday, 13 May with tasks such as clearing crocuses and preparing the planting aisles. All are welcome to get involved in this community venture. Why not pop along and find out more? Donations of flowering plants, durable artwork linking to the theme, offers of help or donations all welcome!

This is just the first of many sessions where the community can get involved.  See the post here for more details.

Indoor Car Boot sale – May 13
At St Mary’s, Addington Village, on Saturday 13 May from 9am to 1pm. See:  https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/indoor-car-boot-sale-at-st-marys-addington-village-13-may-from-9am-to-1pm/




South Norwood’s Sensible Garden

The garden is situated in South Norwood High Street SE25, opposite the Harris Academy and near the Goat House bridge.

The workday this Sunday, as mentioned in the meeting, has been postponed as Crystal Palace are playing at home that day. Sunday 21 May is the new date.

New helpers are always welcome, particularly anyone who could offer to water the garden during dry spells.

The garden has a Facebook page. See The Sensible Garden

Helpers tend to meet on Sundays but it is not a regular arrangement as yet.

A party is planned for June 18 from 1pm, including music from the ’60’s and 70’s. Bring food and love to share. All welcome.  This event is in fond remembrance of Jo Cox MP and to honour Robbie Gibson who has been missing since June 13, 2016.

Friends Coffee morning – May 17

The Asian Resource Centre in Croydon is hosting a monthly coffee morning at CVA on the London Road, West Croydon. The next is on Wednesday 17 May from 10.30am to 12.30pm. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/friends-coffee-morning-weds-17-may-with-asian-resource-centre-in-croydon/


Afternoon Car Boot Sale – May 21
A series of boot sales will be held at Croydon Postal Club in Warlingham, with the first on Sunday 21 May.  Open from noon with sellers admitted from 11am. Click here for details.



Faiths Together in Croydon – Respect event – May 24
Save the date. More details to follow shortly.

Carer’s Week – 12 to 18 June
A variety of events organised for carers in Croydon, including Care’s Information Day on 14 June in the Community Space, at Bernard Weatherill House.


Croydon Pridefest – July 15
For details of Croydon Pridefest, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/croydon-pridefest-is-back-in-2017-save-the-date/



Interfaith Forum – September 10

The Croydon branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is running their third Interfaith Forum at the mosque in St James’s Road. Free but booking required to help the organisers cater for numbers. For details, click here.





SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

SNARL are looking for people willing to help leaflet areas in Croydon. 

If interested, contact CCC who can pass details on.

Purley Food Hub
Thanks were given to people who had brought along items to the meeting to donate.  Purley Food Hub serves Croydon and the organisation is always looking for donations to support their work. A list of items sought each month is produced.  Find the list for May here.

The Refugee Centre in West Croydon also seeks donations and CCC are currently waiting to receive an updated leaflet.


Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?


Next meeting
This will be announced shortly but there will be no meeting in June.


Croydon tram incident – information update – 11/11/16

Incident update (11 November 2016) from Croydon Council

The council have been informed that the tram is due to be moved from the site over the weekend. The outer cordon is expected to be removed later today to ease traffic flow but the inner cordon will remain in place.

Following that, and once British Transport Police investigations are concluded, they will hand over to the local authority to lead and coordinate the recovery phase. The site will be handed back to TfL to undertake the necessary repairs to bring the service back to normal. There is no indication how long this will take.

The coroner is expected to release information about two of the deceased later today. The process of formally identifying other victims is expected to go on throughout the weekend.

Multi-agency recovery co-ordination group
Croydon Council has set up a multi-agency recovery coordination group, which meets daily to oversee the vital ongoing work within the affected communities over the coming weeks.

Community Assistance Centre
The council has set up a welfare centre at CALAT New Addington, in Central Parade, which is being staffed by council officers, the British Red Cross, Salvation Army, Victim Support, Rail Care Teams and local church and community groups who are offering individual support, counselling and advice for anyone affected.

Over the weekend these services are available from 09.00 – 21.00, and next week (Mon – Fri) from 10.00 – 22.00.

Since Wednesday, Neighbourhood Safety Officers have been out in the local community and around the key tram stops to offer local people assistance and advice.

Travel information
Up-to-date travel and transport information will also continue to appear on the council’s website www.croydon.gov.uk/tramincident and on the council’s @yourcroydon twitter feed.

Paying tribute
There are several ways people can continue to pay tribute. There is an official flower tribute location point at the junction of Addiscombe Road and Clyde Road and also in New Addington.

A book of condolence is available to sign in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, which is open 8.30am and to 10.30pm. A second book has also been set up in New Addington.

There will be a prayer and reflection service at St Edwards Church, New Addington on Saturday from 4pm to 6pm, due to be attended by the Mayor of Croydon. The will also be special prayers said for everyone affected by the events in Croydon this week at the annual Civic Service of Remembrance, being held at Croydon Minster on Sunday at 11am.

Today, the council has joined forces with the Mayor of London to launch an official fund raising page for donations to help those affected. You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/croydon-council-tram-incident-fund

Dedicated helpline
The Mayor has also made a dedicated helpline available.

The Sarah Hope Line was created to provide specialist support to people affected by fatal or serious injuries on London’s transport network. Run by dedicated TfL staff, it provides practical, financial and emotional help and can also make referrals for counselling and specialised support. The contact details for the Sarah Hope Line are 0343 222 5678, or incidentsupport@tfl.gov.uk<mailto:incidentsupport@tfl.gov.uk


To view messages from Leaders of Croydon Faith communities and the initial message from Croydon CEO, Jo Nigrini, see

Croydon tram incident – information and messages for communities

Message on behalf of Jo Negrini, Chief Executive Croydon Council:

The council has now set up a community assistance centre at the Addington Community Association, in Central Parade, New Addington.  It is being staffed by council officers, the Red Cross and local church and community groups who will be able to offer support, counselling and advice to anyone affected by this tragic event.

Neighbourhood Safety Officers from the council will be in the local community and around the key tram stops to offer local people assistance and advice.

The British Transport Police have set up a helpline for family and friends to call for further information, the number is 0800 056 0154. Their latest statement has confirmed that seven people have died and 51 people are injured.

A book of condolence is available at the Town Hall.



Messages from faith communities in Croydon


“To the communities of Croydon:

Writing on behalf of my congregation,  I would like to express that we, the Croydon Jewish Community are shocked and saddened at this terrible tragedy. I heard the horrible news yesterday here in Israel. We shall be saying a special prayer on the Sabbath during our communal prayers for all the injured and those who lost their lives and their families.

With heartfelt condolences,
Rabbi Natan Asmoucha
Croydon and District Synagogue”