Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends
I hope everyone is well and enjoying the first few weeks of spring.
Since sending out our last e-newsletter I have attended a few community events in the area, including the Croydon North Streets Summit and the Big Local Broad Green launch and met some really great people over the last month. More and more people want to get involved in local projects which will help us make Broad Green and the surrounding areas a better place to live. This is really good to see.
I hope to send out an email about once a month, so please email me if you have any news, forthcoming events or interesting stories you would like me to include in future emails: BGRAchair@gmail.com
This email is also being sent to other people who live and work in the area, our “friends” who include our MP, local Councillors, local Community Police Officers and other community groups.
Please email me with details of anyone else who would like to receive future BGRA emails. Please include their name, address/organisation and email address.
- BGRA update – aims, website, newsletter
The BGRA working group set up after our last AGM came up with 4 keys aims and objectives for the association moving forward:
- 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
- To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events
- To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.
- To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims
We will be asking members to agree our aims and objectives at our next AGM in May, so please let me, or another working group member, know if you have any comments or suggestions about them.
Since our last email I have made a few changes to the information on our website and am hoping to find the time to keep it updated more regularly. So please take a look once in a while: www.broadgreenresidentsassociation.org.uk.
A lot of our members are not online, so we would like to still produce the occasional paper newsletter, but if they are going to be regular we need members to assist us write and distribute them, so please contact me if you would like to get involved.
- Broad Green Big Local
As you may know, Broad Green is one of 150 Big Local 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 was a launch event on Saturday 25th February at the West Croydon Methodist Church which was well attended. The Big Local is now setting up theme groups to discuss different types of community project which could be funded through the scheme. It is important for as many local people to get involved to bring forward project ideas and decide how the money will be spent.
Please see below a link to an article about the Big Local written for the Croydon Citizen newspaper:
Please be aware that although the project was initially just for people in Broad Green ward, I led a consultation to discuss extending the area, and we agreed to extend it to cover a few streets in Selhurst and West Thornton Wards. The new streets include Elmwood Road, Wellington Road, Broad Green Avenue, Campbell Road, Bensham Lane, Mayday Road, and Lodge Road. Even if you live outside the official Big Local Boundary area you can still get involved. Please use the contact details at the end of the article.
- Broad Green and Selhurst Ward ABCD projects – events coming up
Both Broad Green and Selhurst Wards have dedicated Community Builder workers developing Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) projects in the wards. They support residents with children from 0-5 years to set up community projects
The Community Builders for both wards are running ideas fairs for you to find out more about their schemes. At both events there will be lots of parent-led activities & workshops for both adults & children.
The Broad Green event is from 1.00pm and 4.00pm on Saturday 18th March at the Canterbury Road Community Centre
The Selhurst event is from 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 25th March at the Selhurst Community Centre at 23 Dagnall Park, Selhurst.
- Ward Boundary Changes – consultation
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Croydon to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 14th March and will end on 8th May 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Croydon.
There are proposed boundary changes for all the local wards, so it is important for everyone to have a look at the proposals and respond with their comments.
Please see the link below for more information, and a link to the site where you can submit your comments.
- Tree Planting
Last month the Council announced it has funding to replace 150 trees in the borough, focusing especially in the north of the borough. If there are any empty tree pits near where you live, please contact the Council to see if the trees can be replaced. Please see the link below for more information.
- Community Litter Pick – Spring 2017
Last August the Broad Green Residents Association ran a Community Litter Pick along the London Road. We are hoping to organise another one for April. I will send you further details once we have agreed the date and time.
- 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, behind 17 Elmwood Road, CR0 2SN. Please keep the date free and come along and support us. I will send out more details nearer the time.