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Bins cleared at last in Russell Hill Place :-) .. but why so long?
07/08/2019 12:07:00......Posted by Simon Brew

 
 

Good news for a change. I'm delighted to report that after considerable sustained pressure on the Council's contrator Veolia, all the bins and accumulated rubbish were finally cleared from Russell Hill Place yesterday.

As I said in an email to Cllr Stuart Collins, "I honestly don’t know how it’s possible in this day and age with CCTV & satellite tracking on the vehicles, for one street to be missed for FOUR WEEKS on the trot?? There must be a daily rota, where each street is ticked off as it’s cleared, so how can this happen? What procedure does Veolia have in place to ensure streets aren’t missed, and how did it fail? Surely they cannot be unaware that a whole street was missed completely, and if they were aware, why didn’t they come round the next day?"

It was particularly disappoining that that Veolia failed to turn up on Monday 5/7 which was the standard bin clearance day. I'm assured that there will be a full investigation, but I doubt if anything will actually happen :-( 

 
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Council tax and housing benefit: new reliefs announced
31/03/2020 12:46:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

 
 

The Council has just announced some new relief measures:

You can apply to defer the start of paying the 2020-2021 Coucil tax bill till June 2020

If you're of working age and receiving Council tax support, the bill will be reduced by £150 autmotically later in the year. 

If you're on housing benefit and your earning have changed, please apply for the benefit to be re-calculated. 

Please look at the Council's website for fuirther detals, the headlines are shown above. 

 


 

All parking charges suspended
31/03/2020 09:43:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

Croydon Council' has changed its parking policy from yesterday 30/3/2020, though it has kept surprisiingly quiet about it.

This text is currently on the Council's website:

"Parking Permits

We are suspending issuing all permits. Drivers do not need to display a resident or visitor permit or pay-and-display ticket to use parking bays in Croydon. 

Safety restrictions including double yellow lines, disabled bays, parking on footways, blocking dropped kerbs, parking in bus stops and bus lanes, yellow box junctions, no right or left turn restrictions and one way streets will still be enforced.

Parking for health and social care workers

Health and social care workers can park for free in any council-run on street or off street bays. They should contact their employer who will be able to apply for dispensation on their behalf."

More up to date information can be found at:  https://www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/phealth/coronavirus-information/service-updates

 


 

Warning - COVID-19 Fraud alert
27/03/2020 11:15:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

It's so depressing to have to announce this but some fraudsters are trying to make a fast buck out of the current emergency. 

Please take careful note of the advice in this document

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Transport difficulties? Try renting an (e) bike
26/03/2020 12:49:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

I've just been reminded of the scheme described below which may be of interest to those with time on their hands who need some exercise, or who want to try out e-bikes for the first time. 

LBC has started working with Peddle My Wheels who are based in the borough to operate their Try Before You Bike scheme for Croydon residents and employees.  https://www.peddlemywheels.com/  . 

The scheme means that residents or employees in the borough can try out a variety of types of bike by hiring it for a monthly fee. There is no deposit, no fixed contract and the user just pays the monthly fee until they own it, or they cancel and return at any time with nothing more to pay. The bike is delivered direct to their door with a free cycle skills session to increase confidence. Maintenance and theft cover are available for peace of mind. Children’s bikes can be exchanged for the next size up and Peddle My Wheels will collect, service and sell the old bike free of charge.

The Government has categorised bike shops as an essential service alongside supermarkets and pharmacies. Peddle My Wheels continues to operate and deliver bikes to interested users with infection control processes in place to ensure people don’t come into contact with each other. The free training session can be held at a later date.

Pleae contact the company direct as on attached flyer.

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Covid-19: Help is at hand OR Thanks for volunteering
25/03/2020 09:47:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

These are unprecedented times - the Government has moved extremely quickly in the last week or so to react to the impending health emergency. 

I've already distributed the attached newsletter to a large number of Purley residents, but please feel free to circulate it to anyone else who might be interested, either because they need help or perhaps because they wish to volunteer in some capacity. 

If anyone's suddenly out of a job, all the supermarkets are currently recruiting to fill the thousands of temporary vacancies that have arisen, so this may be a viable option for those not in the at-risk categories. 

 

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Purley Rotary Swimathon - 80 lengths completed!
10/03/2020 14:06:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

 
 

A gallant team from Purley BID (Business Improvement District) participated in the Rotary Swimathon last weekend and between the five of us, we managed to clock up 80 lengths.

Purley Rotary has been organising this large-scale event for the last 32 years! It raises huge sums for charities and one of the beneficiaries this year is MIND in Croydon, the well-known mental health charity which, as it happens has its headquarters in Pampisford Road, Purley. It was a no-pressure fun event, and we were delighted to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause. 

 


 

Purley Masjid (mosque) presentation
06/03/2020 15:02:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

 
 

I was pleased to join my colleague Cllr Badsha Quadir at the Purley Mosque in Whytecliffe Road South last night, where we heard a short presentation about the mosque's plans to replace the current building with an impressive new four storey building. Two floors will be dedicated as prayer rooms, a third will be used as a general community facility and the fourth will be used to provide 3 small flats. 

This is an imaginative scheme, and one which we hope will be supported by the community at large. 

 

 


 

Croydon Community Consortium meeting at St Michaels, West Croydon
06/03/2020 14:49:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

I was one of two councillors at the meeting on 4th March. Attendance was a bit down on the usual numbers (surely not becaue of COVID-19?! Whatever next!), but we heard an interesting talk from a Council officer on the Private Landlord Licensing scheme, renewal of which is currently out for consultation. 

The scheme enables officers to inspect properties and insist on remedial repairs in curcumstances when the tenant might be too scared to make an official complaint. On the other hand, it costs every landlord about £750 for licence renewal, and this money has to be found from somewhere, perhaps through making the rental charge higher than it would otherwise be. On balance, most people in the audience supported the scheme being renewed.

As an AOB item, someone asked about the DEMOC campaign, but it was agreed that this is too big a topic to treat as AOB, so a meeting in the future will be dedicated to this topic. 

 


 

Retirement of Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon
05/03/2020 15:10:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

 
 

Richard Pacitti has been CEO of Mind in Croydon for as long as anyone can remember; the charity has its headquarters at the Southern end of Pampisford Road, and I have always admired the work they do to help those who through no fault of their own, suffer mental health problems. This is often as a result of a complex combination of family, employment and emotional difficulties happening at the same time. 

The Deputy Mayor of Croydon gave him a rousing send-off in the Mayor's Parlour in the Town Hall, and it was a pleasure to be there to wish him well for the future. 

 


 

FOUR more large family homes bite the dust :-(
29/02/2020 22:49:00.......Posted by Simon Brew

I was unable to attend the Planning Committee on 27 February, so my colleague Cllr Bird kindly attended committee in my place. 19 Hartley Old Road is a large family home & garden typical of the area, and In January 2019 developers first applied for planning permission to replace it by yet another block of 9 flats. The initial design was so awful and incongruous that even the Labour Council baulked at its design, but lengthy discussions rumbled on for nearly a year until sadly the developer came up with a design which the Council recommended for approval. Once it got to the Labour-dominated Planning Committee, it was virtually certain to be approved, as are 95% of all the other applications which come before it, and so it came to pass. 

It was a bad evening for large family houses; at the same meeting, three more in Croham Valley Road were all approved for demolition to be replaced by blocks of flats. The wilful destruction of the South of the Borough continues unabated, which is why the Conservatives are strongly supporting the DEMOC campaign - please see www.democ.org.uk for more details. 

 


 

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13/02/2020
Packed meeting in Sanderstead to launch DEMOC campaign
07/02/2020
Young Croydon seminar
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Mayoral celebration of Purley's Iron Horse Sculpture
29/01/2020
Abandoned rentabike reported
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27/01/2020
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day
24/01/2020
Only one week to the launch of the Iron Horse in Purley's Rotary Field
24/01/2020
Croydon Community Consortium (CCC) - an interesting meeting
08/01/2020
Pension committee - totally unnecessarily loss of 300,000.
06/01/2020
Panto has returned to the Fairfield Halls :-)
20/12/2019
Planning - more destruction of family homes in Higher Drive :-(
14/12/2019
A visit to Kenley Revival mini-museum
15/09/2019
Lots of beehives in the heart of Purley
12/08/2019
Kenley Airfield Flypast Sunday 18th August
11/08/2019
**FORTY** flats proposed for 59-63 Higher Drive
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Eid Mubarak to one and all...
10/08/2019
Pleased to be invited to volunteer lunch at SECHC
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Council destroys jobs - all because of a dispute with a landlord
07/08/2019
Bins cleared at last in Russell Hill Place :-) .. but why so long?
03/08/2019
Bins, bins, bins.. AGAIN :-(
27/07/2019
Open Day at Abbeyfield Purley
25/07/2019
Very interesting talk at PACE AGM
22/07/2019
Gold Command meeting re Purley murder
18/07/2019
Campaign for Democratically Elected Mayor (DEM) for Croydon
14/07/2019
Another successful Gay Pride event at Wandle Park
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Planning - it's not all about blocks of nine flats!
04/07/2019
Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) meeting at Purley Fire Station
28/06/2019
Sunrise Purley hosts visitors as part of the national Care Homes Open Day
 
 
 
 
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