Notes of meeting – May 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in central Croydon on Monday 12 April, 2017.

Notices and notes of meeting

The notices of meeting were posted up after the meeting.  Find them here.

The notes of meeting were agreed by those attending before finalising.  

You can access them here: Notes of meeting 10_05_2017

A list of questions and points made at this meeting has been drawn up and these will go to the Council for comment.  The result of this will be posted on the website.

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 meeting for June was cancelled as it was due to be held close to the General Election. The next meeting is our AGM, scheduled for Tuesday 4 July 2017.  This will be advertised shortly.

Please watch our website for details of this and future meetings, and book a free place via Eventbrite at http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

You can email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

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

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Public Meeting – Rubbish revisited! Weds 10 May 2017

Three years on from our first meeting on the subject and due to continued borough-wide interest, the committee is pleased to announce a public meeting to follow up on the subject.

RUBBISH revisited!

Everyone’s talking about refuse, recycling and flytipping; a borough-wide issue.

 

Please join us for our public meeting in the hall to the rear of:

St. Michael and All Angels with St. James
Poplar Walk
Croydon
CR0 1UA

Enter via the gate to the left of the Church.

Please book a free place to attend.

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Questions & comments:
Please provide these as soon as possible and at least a fortnight prior to the meeting.  You can do as a comment of this post. Alternatively, you can email us and we will post for you.

Please keep questions and comments short and to the point.

A council officer has agreed to provide a response.  All councillors are also invited to attend.

Download a flyer to share, here: RUBBISH! Refuse, Recycling and Flytipping.

On the night:
Doors open at 7pm. After registration, tea and coffee will be available, and an opportunity for informal networking. There will be community information on display.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm with brief introductions and notices.

This is your chance to express your views and get questions on the subject answered.

Please book a place
If you have difficulty booking or have any other queries please email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com.

FAQs
Who can attend?
Anyone with an interest in Croydon.

Is there a cost?
No. Places are free.

Do I need to book a place?
Yes, please. This will speed up registration and means you won’t need to provide details on the night.

We can register you manually on the night if you haven’t booked and if places are still available but this may mean queuing, delayed entry and potentially delaying the start of the meeting which we’d prefer to avoid.

Booking via Eventbrite, whether or not you bring your ticket with you, will speed up your entry, so please do book or email us so we can sort out registration ahead of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Those who pre-book will be given preference if numbers exceed capacity at any meeting.

Is this council led or run?
No. CCC is an independent group run by Croydon residents. CCC is partly funded by a small grant from Croydon Council but is independent of the council.

Are meetings and activities aligned to any political party?
CCC is strictly apolitical. Everyone attending is asked to respect this in the comments made during meetings and in any literature brought to the meeting.

Is the venue accessible?
Yes. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Parking can be provided for blue badge holders with prior notice so please get in touch well before the meeting so arrangements can be made.

There is no hearing loop.

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There will also be local information on display and copies to take away.

Our meetings are open to all and are strictly apolitical.

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Donations to Purley Food Hub
We will be collecting donations for Purley Food Hub again at this meeting.  The list for May 2017 is here. Canned fruit, canned vegetables, tinned meat, can openers and basic toiletries are always welcome.

Getting there:
There is no general parking available at this venue, but its central location with good transport links. We may be able to cater for blue badge holders, so please get in touch well ahead of the event if this applies to you.

The hall is to the rear of the Church, accessed through the gate in the fencing to the left of the main Church entrance.

Want to receive notices of this and future events?
You can also join our mailing list to get an invitation to our events and occasional updates via email by emailing CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

 

Questions and points offered prior to the meeting are listed below in the comments.

The photo below was taken by a resident, showing the mess the morning following two bag bags being dumped the night before.

These photos relate to question 6

 

 

Notes of meeting – March 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in central Croydon on Monday 16 January, 2017.

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Notices and notes of meeting

The notices of meeting were posted up after the meeting.  Find them here.

 

The notes of meeting were agreed by those attending before finalising.  

You can access them here: Notes of meeting 14_03_2017

POST MEETING UPDATE
The donations of food items received at this meeting were delivered to Purley Food Hub and were gratefully received.

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

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12 April 2017.  Please book a place if you plan to attend.

This meeting will focus specifically on discussing on ways to monitor and tackle air pollution in Croydon.

Why not book a place to hear about the Clean Air 4 Communities scheme, run by London Sustainability Exchange?  There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and there will be training provided on the night. You can then decide whether or not this is of interest to you and gain support from others in Croydon if you decide you’d like to get involved. See full details here.

May’s meeting is being planned and booking will be announced shortly. This meeting will revisit the thorny issue of Rubbish – Refuse, recycling and fly-tipping.

Please watch our website for details of this and future meetings, and book a free place via Eventbrite at http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

You can email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

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

And you can always become a member to support our work

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Permits needed to use Recycling Centres in Croydon from 3 April 2017

From 3 April 2017 you need a permit to use any of Croydon’s three Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs). The Council has introduced the scheme to reduce waiting times at the sites and to ensure that only Croydon residents use the sites. a

The permits are free. In order to get a permit you need to bring along two pieces of ID from a list of acceptable documents, one being photo ID.

See the council website for full details, here.

 

Recycle your Christmas Tree in Croydon – 2016 details

Croydon Council is offering the usual arrangements for recycling of Christmas trees again this year.  Christmas trees can be recycled at the council’s Reuse and Recycle Centres or at specific drop off points across the borough.

You have until 9 January 2016 to leave a tree at one of the special drop-off points for collection starting on Sunday January 3.

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Croydon Council say, 

“With almost one million Christmas trees thrown away each year in London alone – and fewer than 10% of those being recycled – it is important that we remember to recycle our tree.

If you opt for a real Christmas tree this year, do not forget to take it to one of the council’s designated recycling collection points between Friday 1 and Saturday 9 January.

At other times, Christmas trees can be taken to any of the council’s reuse and recycling centres – but please remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before taking it to be recycled.”

Trees needing to be disposed of after 9 January can be taken to one of the borough’s three reuse and recycling centres.

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Christmas tree collection points:

Ashburton Ashburton Park, access from Tenterden Road
Coulsdon East Grange Park, Canon’s Hill
Fairfield Oaks Road/Coombe Road car park
Heathfield Addington Park car park, Gravel Hill
Kenley Kenley Residents’ Association, Oaks Road green
New Addington Central Parade car park
New Addington Fisher’s Farm reuse and recycling centre, North Downs Road
Norbury Granville Gardens car park
Purley Upper Woodcote Village RA,Woodcote Village green
Purley Purley Oaks reuse and recycling centre, Brighton Road
Sanderstead Occasionally Yours, Limpsfield Road
Selsdon Selsdon Recreation Ground, access from Woodlands Gardens
Shirley Monks Orchard green
Shirley Shirley Park RA, Green Court Gardens green
South Norwood Whitehorse Meadow, Parry Road
Upper Norwood Secret Garden, Westow Street
Waddon Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way
Waddon Factory Lane reuse and recycling centre, Factory Lane

This service is for recycling Christmas trees only.  Please remove all decorations before leaving your tree for collection.

Reuse and recycling centres locations and opening times:

Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR8 1DG
Monday to Sunday: 8am – 3.30pm

Factory Lane, West Croydon, CR0 3RL
Monday to Saturday: 7.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am – 4pm

Fishers Farm, North Downs Road, New Addington, CR0 0LB
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm

Alternatively, a local business, Croydon Treecycle, are offering a collection service for £10 from your home on your regular recycling day.  Click here for details.

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Whatever you decide, please don’t fly-tip or bin your tree!

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Update on Croydon’s Refuse and Recycling

Following questions raised at our meeting in South Norwood in May 2015, a council officer has kindly provided the following update and clarification, copied to Cllr Stuart Collins who has responsibility for this area: 

Don’t Mess with Croydon continues to achieve really positive results. 

Headlines include:

  • Clearing over 80% of reported fly tips within 48 hours.  This has improved from 72 hours in the previous year.
  • Issuing over 100 Fixed Penalty Notices per month for environmental offences – an increase from around 40 per month in the previous year
  • We now have 10 successful prosecutions for fly-tipping offences since June 2014 – more than we have ever done before.  We are in Court with a further two cases in early May and have more in the pipeline.
  • 658 visits to shops and businesses since June 2014 to ensure that they have trade waste contracts and are disposing of rubbish correctly.
  • 215 street champions signed up with clear up events taking place across the Borough practically every weekend.
  • We have Improved facilities for recycling and disposal of waste in a number of locations where these are limited e.g. for flats above shops.  The length of Portland Road will receive these new bins in the next couple of weeks
  • Taking action to get owners of eyesore front gardens to get them to tidy up.

The Council produces a monthly dashboard so you can keep up to date with progress using this.  The link is as follows:

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/dontmess/standards-of-street-cleaning

Provided by:

Andy Opie
Director of Safety

The following points were clarified:

Issuing fines for fly-tipping
CCC: We understand that fine process for fly-tipping has been simplified i.e. rather than a laborious process as before, less time is spent on checking and verifying/double checking.  The process of issuing fines is now swift, with the onus on the person identified and served with a notice to refute the claim that they were directly responsible for the fly-tip/mess found with evidence pointing to it belonging to them. e.g. correspondence with name/address.

Is this true?  If so, please would you explain so we represent this new approach accurately?

Council: No, this isn’t the case.  If anything, the opposite is true.  The Council are keen to make sure that every fine that is issued has the required level of evidence to ensure that we can prosecute if the fine is unpaid.  Each case is different, but this may require follow up checks, interviews and other investigative work.

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Street Champions
CCC: What are Street Champions and what is their role?

Council: Details are on the following link: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/dontmess/green-champions

New Recycling facilities
CCC:
Re your penultimate point – New recycling facilities – we note that someone has tweeted a pic of a bulk food recycling bin for a flat.  Is this something new and is this what you are referring to? Greater detail would be appreciated.

Council: No, the food waste bins are not new.  What I was referring to is new dual bins that will be installed on Portland Rd shortly.  These will be in addition to the existing street litter bins and will provide facilities for residents without storage capacity for wheelie bins to dispose of their household waste and to recycle without the need to leave it on the street.

Removal of dead animals
CCC:
A minor point. I also wonder whether the rapid removal of dead animals is a new thing, and if so, please provide text on this. I reported a chicken, presumably savaged by a fox, near to my home.  It was removed within hours. I see Johnny Rose has reported a dead fox via Twitter today, rapidly noted for collection.

Council: This is something that the Council has already tried to do quickly but is helpful to know that we have provided a good service for you recently.

The app
CCC: Some report this works extremely well. Others have had issues due to the operating system required.  Has this been noted and/or resolved?

Council: The Council are constantly reviewing the use of the app and ensuring that it is working effectively.  The number of reports on the app increases every month, which shows that it is working.  However, we accept that it doesn’t work perfectly for everyone all the time.  If anyone is experiencing difficulties please ensure that these are reported to the Council so that they can be investigated and rectified.
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Follow-up meeting
CCC: We held a meeting with Tony Brooks last year and we would like to repeat that sometime in the near future.

Council: Yes.  That would be possible.

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Recycle your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees can be recycled at the usual Reuse and Recycle Centres or at specific drop off points across the borough.

You have until 10 January to leave a tree at one of the special drop off points.

Christmas tree collection points

Ashburton Ashburton Park, access from Tenterden Road
Coulsdon Lion Green Road car park
Coulsdon East Grange Park, Canon’s Hill
Fairfield Oaks Road/Coombe Road car park
Heathfield Addington Park car park, Gravel Hill
Kenley Kenley Residents’ Association, Oaks Road green
New Addington Central Parade car park
New Addington Fisher’s Farm reuse and recycling centre, North Downs Road
Norbury Granville Gardens car park
Purley Upper Woodcote Village RA, Woodcote Village green
Purley Purley Oaks reuse and recycling centre, Brighton Road
Sanderstead Occasionally Yours, Limpsfield Road
Selsdon Selsdon Recreation Ground, access from Woodlands Gardens
Shirley Monks Orchard green
Shirley Shirley Park RA, Green Court Gardens green
South Norwood Sainsbury’s, Whitehorse Lane
Upper Norwood Secret Garden, Westow Street
Waddon Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way
Waddon Factory Lane reuse and recycling centre, Factory Lane
Waddon Morrisons car park, Purley Way

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