Purley Service of Remembrance 12/11/2017......Posted by Helen Redfern
This morning I attended the Purley Service of Remembrance, organised by Churches Together in Purley and Kenley, and officiated by Rev Marilyn Webb of the Purley Baptist Church. There were members of most of the churches that make up Churches Together.
The service took place in front of the Purley Memorial Hospital Hospital and included a reading, some hymns and a wreath laying. Interestingly, there is actually no stone war memorial at the hospital or anywhere else in central Purley.
This particular Service of Remembrance is relatively new. I hope that it will continue in future years.
New bins for Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown 16/07/2018 16:32:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
The delivery of more than 200,000 new bins across Croydon began 2 weeks ago with our ward one of the first to receive the new bins. There will be a period of time when we have to accommodate both the old and the new bins as the new service does not start until September.
I have received a lot of correspondence from residents who fear that they don't have sufficient space for the new bins and/or will not be able to transfer the bins from door to pavement. I asked Cllr Stuart Collins about this at the Council Meeting of 9th July 2018 and it appears that there could be some flexibility, Therefore, if you feel that the new system won't work for you, please contact Waste Services by:
Email email@example.com or
Phone 0208 604 7282 between 9am and 5pm on week days.
There will also be a number of roadshows at which you can discuss the new arrangements. The closest to us are:
North End (between the entrances to Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres). Saturday 21 July, noon – 6.30pm.
Honister Heights Association AGM 15/07/2018 16:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
I had a great time last night at the Honister Heights Association AGM, hosted by the Chair Sheryl Holland. I was in the road earlier this week looking at the trees on the side opposite the houses as some residents consider them to be potentially dangerous. After several conversations with Council Officers, I believe that we are making progress to having some of these trees, which are on private land, cut back.
Many residents asked about the new bin collections, having already received their new bins. Residents are very unhappy that they will have a smaller bin for general waste and yet more bins than they could ever fill for recyclables, for which they will have to find space. I will continue to raise these points with Council Officers.
It’s always a pleasure to meet with residents in the ward and I look forward to next year’s AGM. If any of the residents of Honister Heights have any concerns before then, do get in touch.
FREE Youth Activities - but not everyone's invited. 07/07/2018 19:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
With 4 great state schools accommodating c.3,700 pupils, Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown is home to a lot of children. As such, I was delighted to see that Croydon Council is planning a summer of free activities for young people aged 8-19 years - from DJ masterclasses to drama productions, seven-a-side football sessions to enterprise and employability workshops, music and art projects to confidence-building and counselling.
With c.40 days of activities in 10 locations I scanned the literature for activities in our ward or neighbouring areas only to find that nothing has been scheduled – literally nothing. Over the whole summer of events only 1 afternoon of events is planned in the south of the Borough, in Coulsdon, which would involve a number of buses and a round trip of at least 1.5 hours.
I questioned this with the Council’s communications team who were advised of the following,
“The summer project has been designed in consultation with young people and reflects where our statistics and young people tell us they are spending their leisure time at the moment. We have planned the events and activities in collaboration with voluntary sector partners who also deliver in the South area. We have tried to ensure that we offer a range of free and interesting ‘taster’ experiences for young people that enable them to make new friends and build confidence. “
Really? All those thousands of children in our ward who apparently don’t want to spend time in their own area? Could this be because no activities are provided in their locality? I’m really disappointed that the Council appears to have effectively excluded whole geographic areas from this programme and that young people in our ward will look at the schedule and map of activities and see that they are not included. As such I have sought further information about the consultation process and how the young people of Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, and our neighbouring areas, can be included.
I sincerely hope that if this programme is rerun next year, that there will be greater consideration for serving young people across all the wards that make up the Borough of Croydon.
Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel 06/07/2018 16:06:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
The first meeting of the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Ward Panel took place last night at Christ Church Hall on Brighton Road. In attendance were PC Pell, PC Allen and PCSO Eaton and 7 members of the public. This is a public meeting so if you are interested in attending, do come along. It’s really important that we have a range of residents at the meeting and if we are to be representative of the ward it would be great if we could have some more residents from the north of the ward, particularly to the west of Brighton Road, a few more women and definitely some more younger people.
As is usual for a ward panel, 3 promises were made, in this instance a focus on preventing burglary, reducing theft from vehicles and youth engagement. We are very fortunate that crime levels are low in our ward.
Councillors' Surgery this Saturday 03/07/2018 12:24:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
We will be holding our monthly Councillors' Surgery at Christ Church Purley, 863 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN between 10am and 11am on the first Saturday of each month. We will be in the café to the left of the church. If you can't see us, we will be in a meeting room with another resident so take a seat and we'll be with you as soon as we can.
If you have an urgent enquiry, you don't need to wait for the monthly surgery. Please email or telephone us between surgeries.
Purley Food and Drink Festival 30/06/2018 15:19:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
It's going to start looking like I spend every weekend munching my way around food festivals as today I went to Purley Food and Drink Festival, so ably organsied by the Purley Business Improvemen District, known as Purley BID.
My daughter and I managed to consume an impressive amount of delicious food which she finished off with free candy floss provided by Purley BID.
We listened to some great music from S.I.N.G Purley and attempted to dance along with AeroLatino - hopefully no one spotted that - and I spoke with lots of stallholders and members of the Rotary Club who were helping wirth stewarding.
It's great to see the centre of Purley used like this and I hope that it made visitors aware of some the businesss there and that they'll be back soon.
Croydon Food & Music Festival 24/06/2018 18:45:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Finally, I've managed to make it to the Croydon Food & Music Festival in South End, Croydon. I've been trying to go for several years but have always had to be somewhere else. Having heard such good things about it, I wasn't disappointed by the food on offer and the great musical entertainment. As a family we managed to try pasta, arancini, panzerotti, hot dogs and churros. Yum!
I also helped on the Conservative stall where we were asking residents to help us fill our wall with the their suggestions of the best things about Croydon. The most popular responses were Croydon's diversity, green spaces, community spaces and great restaurants. Residents, including staff at Croydon University Hospital and Epsom General Hospital, also told us how excited they were about the announcement of £400m additional investment in the NHS. It was good to hear from them.
Congratulations to the team behind the Croydon Food and Music Festival and to South Croydon Conservatives who used some of their ward budget to financially support this event. I'm hoping to make it 2 years in a row next year!
Croydon Classic Car Show in Purley Rotary Field 24/06/2018 18:18:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
We had a great time this morning visiting the Classic Car Show in Purley Rotary Field. There were some fantastic cars with us particularly admiring some classic Jaguars and Mercedes. We even spotted a Ronart W152! What was slightly disconcerting was the number of cars that I remembered from my childhood and even my teens. You're definitely getting old when the 'classic cars' are from your own childhood rather than your dad's!
Well done to the Rotary Club of Croydon Whitgift for organising such a great show.
Celebrating Windrush Day 22/06/2018 21:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
I was honoured earlier today to be part of the Windrush celebrations at Croydon Town Hall today. A unique flag was raised to mark the UK’s inaugural Windrush Day – a celebration of the rich diversity that British Commonwealth citizens bring to the borough. Today marks 70 years since the ship Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948 carrying amongst its passengers 492 citizens from the Caribbean. I was very proud to wear my "Windrush 70" badge.
Residents meeting with Henry Construction and Brick by Brick 18/06/2018 15:44:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Councillor Hoar and I are continuing to seek further information to clarify the situation regarding the suspected asbestos on the Montpelier Road development site.
Meanwhile, MAKRA, the residents' association for Montpelier Road and Kingsdown Aveue have advised us of the following,
"Henry Construction will be holding a residents meeting on Kingsdown Avenue / Montpelier Road tomorrow evening Tuesday 19th June at 6:30 PM. They understand this is very late notice but want residents to have the opportunity to hear how the project will progress...MAKRA have been told that there will also be representatives from Brick By Brick in attendance."
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