Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends
I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer, and have managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
- West Croydon Energy Garden
If you have been through West Croydon station in the last week, you have hopefully noticed the new planters at the sunny end of the platforms. If not below is a link to some photos:
The planters are part of the West Croydon Energy Garden project, which is being led by Croydon Transition Town with BGRA members also involved. We are hoping to get even more “greenery” into the station. Many of us are really keen on a “Green Wall”, similar to that at Penge West station. If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth getting off the train next time you pass through Penge West on the Overground to have a look. It is on the northbound platform just north of the station buildings.
If you would like to get involved in the West Croydon Energy Garden project group, please send me an email, and I will pass them on to Vanessa who leads the group. BGRAchair@gmail.com
- Croydon Air Quality Strategy Consultation
Croydon Council has recently started a public consultation on its proposed draft Air Quality Action Plan. Please see the link below for more information. There is an online survey which is open until 21st August. Please try and find the time to give the Council your feedback.
One of the themes of the proposed strategy is Localised Solutions to improve air quality. I would like to see the BGRA get involved with solutions for our area, especially as the London Road is one of the “target” areas for the Council to improve the air quality. If you think this is a good idea, please do mention this when you complete the survey. Please also let me know if you are interested in getting actively involved, and if there is enough interest I will try and get things moving.
- New Ward Boundaries
Earlier this week, the Local Government Boundary Commission announced its “Final Recommendations” for the new ward boundaries. Assuming they are voted through parliament, they will be in force for the Local elections in May 2018.
There are major area changes for all wards in the borough, and the proposals is for there to be 28 wards in Croydon (there are currently 24). There are significant changes for the centre of Broad Green, with the roads east of London Road between St James’s Road and Campbell Road moving from Selhurst Ward to the new Broad Green Ward.
Please see the link below for more information
Below is a useful map where you can zoom in and see the detail:
I think this is worth stressing that the changes should have no major impact on the Broad Green Residents Association, as we welcome anyone who associates with the Broad Green area (whichever ward they live in). We will still have members across a number of wards and the committee will try and build good relationships with all the Councillors who represent the new wards.
- Broad Green Community Litter Pick
Following the success of our May Broad Green Community Spring Clean, we are hoping to do another litter pick in the Broad Green area, linking in again with the Don’t Mess with Croydon Take Pride campaign.
Rather than focus on the London Road again, we are looking at other areas of Broad Green to tackle. If you would like us to clear your road, or an area near you, and are happy to help with running the event, please let me know. Don’t worry we will sort out all the equipment and publicise the event, but we do need people living in the area to help us with a base for the day. We haven’t decided on a date, but it could be in a Saturday in August or possibly September.
Please email me BGRAchair@gmail.com
- The Past and Present of Croydon’s London Road Project
One of our members, Kake is carrying out a project to investigate and document the history of the London Road, looking at building past and present. A real labour of love.
If you have lived in the area for a while and have information and memories please do get in touch with her. Kake@earth.li
Please pass this information on to your neighbours and any family or friends who used to live in the area, please do pass this information on to them.
A link to her website: http://london-road-croydon.org/history/
- Football Competition and Family Fun Day – Saturday 8th July
If you are feeling active this weekend there is a Football Competition and Family Fun Day this Saturday 8th July in Wilford Road recreation ground (off Windmill Road). It is being organised by the North Croydon Community Group, which has recently been set up in Selhurst ward. Please see the link for more information, and hopefully see you there.
- Interfaith Bike Ride and Picnic – Sunday 9th July
On Sunday 9th July there is the annual Interfaith Bike Ride and picnic
You may join the bike ride starting at either Croydon Arena at 10am or Boxpark at 10.30. The ride will stop at faith centres along the way for brief tours, before arriving at Park Hill Recreation ground for a Big Get Together picnic. Please register in advance through Eventbrite: http://owl.li/R98230cbmqb
If you don’t fancy the bike ride you can still join the picnic from 2-5pm at Park Hill Recreation Ground.
- Other local events
Elmwood Junior School Summer Fete: Saturday 8th July
Grangewood Park (Thornton Heath): Picnic in the Park: Sunday 9th July
Croydon Pride Fest – Saturday 15th July
There is not space in here to include all the summer events in this email, so please do follow us on Twitter and we tweet information about events which we think may be of interest to you: @BroadGreenRA
Please send me any information for the next email which I hope to send out in 3-4 weeks: BGRAchair@gmail.com
Please also send us information through Twitter: @BroadGreenRA