Book a place for the Lichen Identification Walkshop – 12 Sept 2017, part of Wandle Fortnight

Carrying out a lichen survey is a fun and engaging activity to explore and understand more about your local area. It is suitable for all age groups, including families.

Lichens are formed from a symbiotic relationship between fungus and algae, and grow everywhere! There are many different types of lichens and some are sensitive to levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in the air, therefore acting as bio-indicators of pollution levels.

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) will run this event and will also bring their Particulate Matter monitor and take readings with that along the way.  It will begin and end with short presentations and discussions about pollution.

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This event is part of Wandle Fortnight, with a host of events running from 9 to 24 September 2017.

Rough timings for the walkshop are as follows:

18:00 Meet up at the bandstand in Wandle Park

18:10 Brief introduction to pollution and lichens

18:30 Walking around to find lichen. The walk will start in Wandle Park and head towards Croydon town centre in order to spot lichen and to gauge differing levels of pollution.

19:15 Arrive back at Bandstand and discuss results

19:30 Close


Please be aware that this walkshop will involve walking towards Croydon town centre.

Anyone under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Your booking details for this event will be shared with LSx.


Got a question?  Get in touch!



Updates and notices of meeting – 14 March 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting and to all who booked a place which meant the meeting started on time.  Particular thanks to Cllr Simon Brew who attended and responded to questions that arose.

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

Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The meeting notes will follow when finalised after all attending have had the opportunity to view and comment.

Updates from previous meetings


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, with a very recent update to the latest versions. See: Anyone can download flyers here, to share.

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.


The next Croydon Safer Neighbourhoods Board meeting is on Wednesday 15 March 2017.The Board is funded by the Mayor’s office for Policing and Crime, and aims to give the borough’s residents a voice on safety and policing issues and to hold the police and their partners to account.

The focus of the meeting is on tackling antisocial behaviour and includes a police report. The meeting will be held in the Community Space at Bernard Weatherill House, not the See: 




Croydonites, an eclectic mix of theatre, is back for a second year in Croydon at various venues.

The festival is funded by the Council, Arts Council England and is the work of local Croydon residents.

Copies of the programme were available at the meeting and details can be viewed here.


LSx image – used with permission

Tackling pollution in Croydon
London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) is running a project supporting community groups to measure air pollution across London and are looking for groups in Croydon who might be interested in understanding and tackling the challenge in their area.  They would be prepared to train people and community groups to measure pollution in the area and make action plans to bring about change. There is no charge for involvement in the project.

In addition to the meeting tonight in London, which CCC has advertised, with at least one representative of a group from Croydon attending as a result, CCC has agreed to facilitate a future meeting in Croydon if there is sufficient interest. Anyone interested is asked to email CCC at

South Croydon Community Association (SCCA) are holding a Question Time event at Croydon College on the evening of 16 March 2017. This event focusses on taking the Arts forward in Croydon.   Full details can be found here.

Booking is via Eventbrite.

Croydon Debate Club
The next event will be held on 29 March 2017 at Project B. This event will involve a debate on Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan which is out to public consultation. Cllr Stuart King, Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, will speak at this event.

The following is a debate with Gavin Barwell MP, pencilled in for 13 April 2017, venue and topic to be confirmed.




The acclaimed WW1 exhibition at Whitgift School, Remembering 1961 – Life on the Western Front,  is now offering free entry until it closes on 16 April 2017.

Permits to use the three main Recycling Centres in Croydon will be required from 3 April 2017.  These will be issued to all Croydon residents who apply with correct ID.  For full details, see


The proposed new ward boundaries for Croydon have been published and today marks the start of an 8-week consultation ending on May 8, 2017 giving residents a chance to have their say before they are finalised.


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.

Purley Food Hub
And thank you to those who brought along a contribution to Purley Food Hub on the night.

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

Next meeting
Details of our next meeting shortly.


Clean Air for Communities project – Croydon groups sought

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) is running a project supporting community groups to measure air pollution across London and are looking for groups in Croydon who might be interested in understanding and tackling the challenge in their area.

Through this project, LSx offers to support community groups to measure pollution in their area and make action plans to bring about change. There is no charge for involvement in the project.

More information on the project can be found here: Cleaner Air 4 Communities.

To take part in the project, please complete this short registration form


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Spring pollution meet is being held on the evening of Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 84 Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU

Click here for details.

The Spring meet will allow people from different boroughs to network and share ideas and also refine some of these ideas into a joint letter of asks.

The idea of mentoring is also being considered due to the number of people wanting to get involved in pollution monitoring and LSx is keen to facilitate this.

New groups will have the opportunity to be trained prior to the meet (17.30).

Please RSVP!  Contact Hannah on


Local event hosted by CCC
Would you like to meet up in Croydon to get a group together to receive training, carry out monitoring and pool ideas?

CCC have agreed to host a meeting with LSx if there is sufficient interest.

If you are interested, please email us on

Notes of meeting – Waddon – October 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in Waddon on 19 October, 2015.

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Notes of Meeting

The notices given at the meeting were posted after the meeting, here, and the meeting notes were agreed with those attending before posting.  You can access them here: Notes of Waddon 19_10_2015.

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As with all our meetings, if you have any feedback on this meeting or our activities we’d welcome hearing from you.

Next public meeting
Our next public meeting is in East Croydon on 19 November 2015.

Please watch our website for details of this and future meetings, and book a free place via Eventbrite at 

Alternatively you can email us at or phone/text 07864 676 088.

We’d appreciate it if you would help spread the word about our meetings.

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CCC AGM Nov 2014 & public meeting

Thank you to those who attended and to those who were unable to make the meeting but who sent apologies.

Reports of the officers were presented at the AGM. All current committee members stood down, as per the Constitution, and the new committee were voted in.

The current committee and officers, as elected,  are as follows:

Chair: Elizabeth Ash

Vice Chair: Peter Staveley

Treasurer: Roger Clark

Secretary: vacant

General members: Mark Johnson, Mahub Sadiq Bhatti,  Janet Stollery

The minutes of the AGM will be posted when prepared.

A general meeting followed the AGM. There was no Met Police presence as the acting Borough Commander who was due to attend was called to other duties at short notice. We understand that this left no Met Police officer available with sufficient oversight to address the meeting.

The discussion following the AGM highlighted issues in Croydon and notices, including:

  • the current issue regarding the previous Vice Chair
  • Policing
  • Parking
  • The Arts
  • Regeneration
  • Healthcare
  • Engagement and consultation of Croydon
  • Rubbish – refuse, recycling or fly-tipping
  • David Lean Cinema update


CCC is open to everyone with an interest in Croydon. 

If you’d like to be kept up to date please join our mailing list.


RUBBISH – Refuse, Recycling and fly-tipping in Croydon – 12 Feb 2014

RUBBISH! Everyone is talking about refuse, recycling and fly tipping in Croydon.

This meeting was organised as a result of the interest and concern shown on the subject from across the borough of Croydon at our Public Meeting in November and anyone is welcome to attend.

Come and hear the latest from Anthony Brooks, Croydon Council’s Director of Environment, and take the opportunity to ask a question or make comment directly to the council officer responsible.

The meeting is being held at the Community Space in Bernard Weatherill House at 8 Mint Walk CROYDON CR0 1EA


Please book a free place on our Eventbrite page:

This not only ensures you a place, but helps us cater for numbers, speeds up your entry on the night and ensures you are kept informed of any updates.

If demand for places exceeds capacity then priority will be given to those who have pre-booked a place.

Doors open for registration at 7pm, when tea and coffee will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to speak informally with others attending the event.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and we plan to finish by 8.45pm to allow time to close by 9pm.

If you have difficulty booking, or have a query, you can leave a voice message or send a text to 07864 676088.

Please help spread the word.

You can download the flyer for the event hereCCC A5 flier BWH Rubbish

What is your experience?

Send us your photos or join the conversation prior to the meeting by adding your thoughts here or sending your photos to


Refuse left on a playing field in Waddon by a waste bin for dog waste – no refuse bin in sight

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White goods left in a street in South Croydon – both unsightly and dangerous


Overflowing rubbish bins in Hailing Park Road with rubbish strewn on the footway


An overflowing bin in Waddon

Street bin, full to overflowing, on Sanderstead Hill

Street bin, full to overflowing, on Sanderstead Hill

CCC AGM Nov 2013 & public meeting

Reports of the officers were presented at the reconvened AGM, the new constitution was adopted and a new committee was voted in. A series of public meetings, to be held in different locations across the borough, was outlined.

The discussion following the AGM highlighted issues in Croydon, including:

  • Pollution
  • Policing
  • Parking
  • The Arts
  • Rubbish, whether it be refuse, recycling or fly-tipping. The committee agreed to arrange a meeting on this subject, as priority.

A working group was set up to formulate a mission statement, more appropriate name for the organisation, and a logo.

The new committee and officers are as follows:

Chair: Elizabeth Ash

Vice Chair: Clive Locke

Treasurer: Roger Clark

Secretary: Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya

Membership Secretary: Janet Stollery

General members: Mahub Bhatti, Said Otmani, Peter Staveley.

Thank you to those who attended and to those who were unable to make the meeting but who sent apologies and, in some cases, also offered suggestions and comments.

CCC is open to everyone with an interest in Croydon. 

If you’d like to be kept up to date please join our mailing list.