219 Farley Road
06/06/2020 12:06:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
I have put in a formal objection to a planning application at 219 Farley Road. Big, out of character and overlooking neighbours. One of the worst I have seen.
PPE for businesses - advice, procurement and tips
03/06/2020 18:45:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Guidance on the usage and procurement of PPE for businesses is available on the Value Croydon website including advice on how to source PPE, tips for purchasing PPE and key things to look out for and avoid http://valuecroydon.com/ppe-for-non-health-care-settings. It is really important people read the guidance before they buy any PPE to ensure they get what they need in relation to the type of business they operate.
You may also be aware that Croydon Council owns a company called YourCare which was set up to provide an equipment retail service. YourCare also stocks a range of PPE items and details of how to access YourCare is on the Value Croydon page.
The Council's own experience of sourcing PPE for Council staff showed how difficult and resource intensive it can be in such a volatile market, hence establishing a supply through YourCare should individual businesses find it difficult to source directly even with the guidance provided. The yourcare team can be contacted to discuss requirements on 0808 1962231 and at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that there are many other suppliers in the marketplace as well as yourcare.
Conservative Councillors in Croydon donate £9,200 to nurses in Croydon.
27/05/2020 22:30:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Many will recall that nurse Dawn Bilbrough in York was brought to tears when she found herself unable to buy food and basic items in her local shop. Cllr. Bains was moved by this and contacted Chief Nurse, Elaine Clancy, of Croydon University Hospital to see how he might make a donation that would directly help nurses in this predicament. Nurse Clancy suggested that funding could be used to provide a kettle/coffee machine and refreshments for each clinical area in order to ensure that nurses can have drinks and snacks on the wards and clinical areas.
Following the initial donation of £4,100 from Cllr. Bains, he decided to coordinate a joint donation from other Conservative Councillors in Croydon. The donation is now being used to:
·Support NHS staff with hot meals and drinks, as well as supermarket essentials – this allows them to provide lunch, dinner, hot drinks and essentials for medical staff to take home at the end of their shifts i.e. pasta, tinned food, fresh fruit and veg, toilet rolls.
·Treat nursing teams to a little luxury to help them relax after a busy shift - including hand creams, spa treatments and toiletry packs for staff staying in accommodation away from home.
·Help to keep medical staff healthy, happy and safe – for example, through counselling drop ins, staff wellbeing and chillout areas.
Nurse Clancy continued: “Thank you again for your incredible donations and supporting nursing colleagues and their own health and wellbeing during this pandemic. Your donation has helped us to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, as well as helping to keep them well fed, energised and ready to respond to the challenges that COVID-19 has brought us.”
Cllr. Jeet Bains said “In this time of national and global crisis, we all need to play our part to help the vulnerable and those who are on the front line. I am pleased that we have been able to make these donations, and it’s great to see that nurses are benefiting directly.”
Selsdon Gazette update
15/05/2020 18:17:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
The Selsdon Gazette has been a regular feature of life in Selsdon for decades. Like everything else the Covid19 pandemic has meant the Gazette has had to adapt so this month's edition is not being delivered to resident's in paper form.
However a pdf version is available, attached here, and there is also the Selsdon Residents Association Gazette web page You can also find them on Facebook.
Click here to download
Open Days for Golf Courses?
03/05/2020 15:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
During lockdown the only exercise many people can take is to go for a walk in their local area. We are fortunate in Croydon to have many green spaces and these include parks, woods, commons, greens and sports grounds.
As people venture into their local area they have discovered green spaces that had not visited before. Residents near golf courses have seen these large, beautifully maintained areas without any one using them. Now people have found these spaces, and observed how beautiful they are, it would be wonderful if they were allowed to visit them even if they are not golfers.
Croydon's golf course owners should consider having regular open days for the public. They could open, perhaps once a month, so people can walk round and see these secret green oases and observe the wildlife that reside in them. To minimise damage to the course, there could be clearly marked paths. Who knows, once people see these spaces, they might decide to join a golf club.
As one of London's greenest boroughs, Croydon has many golf clubs and it would be great for more people to have access to these green spaces.
Museum of Croydon VE Day Celebrations
03/05/2020 13:54:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
A trove of films, photographs, art and artefacts revealed from the borough’s archive and museum collections will be available to view online and on social media from next Friday under the Museum of Croydon’s 75th anniversary celebration of VE Day.
After almost six years of war with Germany, Victory in Europe was declared on 8 May 1945, and the borough archivist and staff from the Museum of Croydon will celebrate 75 years
The online event, which will run from 11am to 1pm on Friday 8 May, includes:
• Two films charting Croydon’s wartime life in general and VE Day itself
• An exhibition including works from Croydon Art Collection by artists such as Norman Partridge’s Croydon Courageous, a war memorial from the Second World War and illustrations by John Harris Valda
• A question and answer session on Twitter where residents can find out about what Croydon people did, ate and even wore on VE Day 1945
• An online handling session of wartime artefacts
• A recording of events in 1945 from the official history of the Second World War edited by the-then chief librarian W.C. Berwick Sayers, which included a VE Day thanksgiving event on the Croydon town hall steps
The Museum of Croydon has been a partner in the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Home Front project which has remastered historic footage of Croydon during the Second World War and recorded wartime childhood memories narrated by Croydon residents to create a nine-minute feature called Home Front Croydon. This film includes scenes of recognisable Croydon backdrops such as Surrey Street market, trams in North End and the town hall.
The online event will end with the première of a new five-minute film focussing on VE Day itself.
More info on the Council website: https://museumofcroydon.com/events/vedaycelebrations
Covid-19 mobile testing unit coming to Croydon
30/04/2020 10:47:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
A government mobile testing unit will be in Croydon for the next three days for key workers, members of their families and over-65s, to be tested for Covid-19.
Appointments must be made to attend and are only available to key workers - those who have to leave home to go to work - members of their household, and anyone aged over 65.
Members of these groups must have symptoms of coronavirus to be eligible to be tested at the mobile unit.
The unit, which will be staffed by members of the Army, will be located in the car park behind Fairfield Halls in the town centre. It does not provide a walk-in service open to the general public.
The site will be open on the following dates between 10.30 and 15.30 for booked appointments only:
• Thursday 30 April 2020
• Friday 1 May 2020
• Saturday 2 May 2020
Appointment times will be available when choosing a time slot using the booking portal. To book an appointment visit:- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Brilliant butterflies project
25/04/2020 20:15:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
Before the coronavirus disrupted our lives I was talking to several organisations about how we can increase enjoyment and appreciation of the history and environment of the Selsdon area. One of these was the London Wildlife Trust and their Brilliant Butterflies project.
The project is working with local communities to create wildflower habitat in greenspaces across South Croydon and Bromley. They produce a newsletter which provides links to family activities to do at home, competitions and local wildlife information, photographs and resources such as ID charts. Good things to keep everyone entertained during this difficult time.
You can sign up to the #BrilliantButterflies newsletter for great wildlife content and fun family activities to do at home here: https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/brilliant-butterflies
Cultural Relief Fund
22/04/2020 20:20:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
I welcome the Council's decision to support Croydon's creative community with a fund to help cultural organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Croydon’s £135k Cultural Relief Fund will provide emergency funding to support cultural organisations in danger of closing, and also programme funding for cultural activity during the health crisis.
Cultural organisations were hit early by economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, with theatres and other entertainment venues among the first to close their doors.
Grants will be available to groups who are based or work in the borough, with most bids expected to be around £2-5,000. Applicants can find out more by contacting the council’s culture team at email@example.com to discuss their application.
An update from Chris Philp MP
15/04/2020 18:51:00.......Posted by Robert Ward
The global Coronavirus outbreak will be one of the biggest challenges we face as a community and a country - we need to work together to get through this.
I have been in regular and ongoing contact with the Chief Executive and Chairman of Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) and the Chief Executive of Croydon Council to make sure that we have the resources locally which are needed to fight this epidemic. Croydon University Hospital has substantially increased the size of its Intensive Care facility to respond to the situation (and has not reached the new expanded capacity). The brand new expanded A&E which opened last year is helping a great deal too. The Government has already provided Croydon Council with £60m to support businesses here via the grant schemes and further financial support to deal more generally with helping vulnerable people and the Coronavirus situation. The NHS is continuing to receive all the resources it needs. A substantial, multi-billion pound package of financial support is in place nationally to help employees, self-employed, smaller businesses with business premises, retail and entertainment businesses (pubs, restaurants etc) of all sizes and charities who are being financially affected by this situation.
In Croydon, the most vulnerable people in the community are being actively contacted to see what help they need. Finally, I have written to Tony Newman, the Leader of Croydon Council, asking him to put on hold the very contentious panning applications by Brick by Brick (which is 100% owned by the Council) during the Coronavirus crisis. I feel it is inappropriate for the Council itself to bring forward contentious planning applications to video-based planning committee meetings during Coronavirus, when the public cannot attend the planning meeting in person, cannot protest at the Town Hall, cannot gather petition signatures and cannot attend public meetings. I am sad to say that my request was flatly refused.
I have been playing my part in the national response by working flat out in my areas of Ministerial responsibility in the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. This has included keeping courts operating where safe to do so, and we have succeeded in moving a huge number of non-criminal hearings online in the last three weeks. We are also ensuring that people being arrested and charged by the Police are still being bailed or remanded into custody as appropriate (although Crown Court jury trials are not currently taking place). At the Home Office, this work has included maintaining Border Security while ensuring that freight continues to come in and out without impediment.
As you will be aware, the Government is now asking for everyone to only leave their homes when absolutely necessary.
We should only leave home to: shop for basic necessities (as infrequently as possible); for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
People with symptoms of Coronavirus should self-isolate completely. It’s important for anyone with a high temperature or a new, persistent cough to self-isolate for 7 days or as long as they have a high temperature. People should self-isolate for 14 days if someone in your household has symptoms. You don’t need to phone 111 or see your GP if you have mild symptoms. Only contact your GP or call 111 if your symptoms become more serious. Only call 999 in an emergency.
Full Government advice is at: