Members are encouraged to tell the Council what they think, as below (closing date 31 January 2020)
The Big Conversation asks what we want Croydon to be like in 2030? We take a look at some of the challenges we face now; how Croydon is changing; and how we all have a part to play.
We’ve highlighted six topics to talk about and want to hear from everyone who lives, works and spends time in Croydon. Find out more on our website bigconversation.croydon.gov.uk
Hall Grange is continuing the process of reclaiming the historically important garden in their grounds and tidying up the rest of their garden areas; this is a chance to contribute by getting dirty.
They are looking to plant bulbs in their borders, on Saturdays 19 and 26 October beween 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations of bulbs, and volunteers for planting always welcome – please contact Brian on 07926 151 142 if you can help.
The Inspector’s report on Croydon’s Borough Planning document included the comment that he had not formally recognised various green spaces as needing protection from develoment because the Council had not shown evidence of the need for such protection.
The Council accordingly sought evidence from members of the public and SPRA has responded fully in respect of the vulnerable green spaces within our Association’s area.
These can be read through the following link (thanks are due to the team who put these responses together and to those who made these links available).
https://Green Spaces Consultation
Members are reminded that it is responses such as these which are so valuable a benefit for your subsciption and that SPAN – one of the best residents’ association magazines in the country – is another part. You don’t merely pay your sub to get SPAN, you also get the volunteers’ services behind responses such as those above.
Croydon Council wants your feedback – see https://strategy.croydon.digital/ for three topics to tell them what you think
CROYDON COUNCIL CONTACTS
At the recent SPRA AGM, residents were concerned
about the difficulty of reaching Croydon Council departments and some had been
advised that all communication had to be sent by email or contact made though
the Council website. People were worried that this would exclude those who were
not online (often the elderly) from raising their concerns. Shirley South Councillor Scott Roche
investigated this on our behalf and has been assured that everyone can still
contact the Council by phone. The
following numbers are direct dials for the various departments:
General: 0208 726 6000
Bins and Recycling: 0208 726 6200
Housing Repairs for Council Homes: 0208 726 6101
Planning and building control: 0208 726 6800
Parking and Streets: 0208 726 7100
Highway Maintenance: 0208 255 2816
Please note that Council departments close at 4pm
We have been advised of two recent break-ins to cars parked on front drives, where car windows have been smashed to steal, one presumes, items left on the seats, or look for parking cash from the glove compartment, or perhaps to steal the car. It’s safest not to leave any items visible in the body of your car when parked … even an empty carrier bag may look tempting to a thief.