Broad Green e-Newsletter – February 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Member

Happy New Year and welcome to the first BGRA e-newsletter. We hope 2017 will be a good one for us all…

1. BGRA aims
After our long-standing Chair Brian Mumford stepped down at the AGM last year, committee members decided it was important for Broad Green to continue to have a Residents Association and we formed a working group to agree the best way forward, which the AGM agreed I should lead.

We agreed on 4 keys aims and objectives for the association moving forward:
1. To support and empower local people and to support local projects and initiatives aimed at improving the Broad Green area and the lives of its residents
2. To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events
3. To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.
4. To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims
To help us communicate with you more regularly, we will send emails to members to let you know of local news, events and consultations which might be of interest.

There will still be the occasional paper newsletter, but if they are going to be regular we need members to assist us write and distribute them.

2. Croydon North Streets Summit – 18th Feb

Steve Reed, our MP has invited the BGRA to a Croydon North Streets Summit on Saturday 18th February to discuss
“what more we can do as a community in partnership with our council to clean up Croydon.” I will be attending. If you have any ideas you would like me to take to the summit, or if one or two of you would also like to attend, please email me bgrachair@gmail.com as soon as possible.

3. Waddon Marsh Bus Stops – consultation (289 and 455 buses)
TFL are proposing to stop running the 289 and 455 buses round the loop around Sainsburys at Waddon Marsh. They are proposing for both routes to only stop on the Purley Way which will save a few minutes on the journey time. The negative side of this is if you have heavy shopping you will have much further to carry it to catch a bus.

If this affects you please respond to the consultation using the link below. The consultation closes on 7th March

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-289-and-455/

4. Big Local Broad Green “Launch” Event – 25th Feb

You should be aware Broad Green is one of 150 areas in the country to be awarded one million pounds of National Lottery money for the community to use to make a lasting positive difference to the area. A local Partnership has been set up which has employed some workers to assist the community spend the money.
There is a “launch” event between 11.00am and 2.00pm at West Croydon Methodist Church (London Road next to LIDL) on Saturday 25th February. Please come along and have your say on how the money should be spent.

Please see the link below for more information (you will need to scroll down to see the poster)
http://www.biglocalbroadgreen.co.uk/index.php/events

5. Broad Green Residents Association AGM – 5th May

We have set Friday 5th May as the date for our AGM. It will take place at 8.00pm in Federation Hall, Elmwood Road. Please keep the date free and come along and support us. We will send out more details nearer the time.

If you have any local news or know of local events we should be promoting to BGRA members please contact me BGRAchair@gmail.com.

Please also let me know if you know of anyone else who would like to receive future BGRA emails. Please provide me with their name, address and email address.

kind regards

Malcolm Bell
Acting Chair Broad Green Residents Association

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