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Jan 2020 updates: support & advice from our local police

Catalytic Converter Thefts and Advice

The theft of catalytic converters seems to be a growing crime, including a theft of one in the Ikea car park which is extremely busy. The advice here is to try and park in open and light spaces even in busy public car parks! We are often told that there is very little that car owners can do to protect against this crime. However, Sanderstead police have issued some very good advice below. Please read:

We have recently seen an increase in motor vehicle offences, specifically Catalytic Converters are being stolen from specific vehicles.

Makes & Models being targeted (All Hybrid vehicles) :

* Lexus Rx400   * Honda Accord & Jazz   * Toyota Prius & Auris.

How the theft works:

A catalytic converter is located in a box on the exhaust pipe under a car. In order to steal it, thieves slide under the car and use high-powered cutting tools to detach the box from the pipes around it.

The metals are expensive and include metals such as palladium, rhodium, and platinum. The thieves sell the converters for a couple of hundred per piece, depending on the size of the converter and the current rate on the metals inside it. It could cost you up to £2000 to replace a catalytic converter and it is illegal to drive your car without one.

What the police advise:

  • Parking your car in a garage overnight • Ensuring your car is parked to make accessing the catalytic converter harder • Trying to park in a location that is well-lit and overlooked • Installing CCTV to cover where your car is parked • Marking your catalytic converter with a forensic marker which can make it harder to sell on by thieves

If you own one of the above makes of car, look to speak to your manufacturer about a “Catloc”, a device which makes it harder for thieves to detach the catalytic converter from the bottom of the car.

You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of. Visit securedbydesign.com for more detail.

The Mayor of Croydon’s Knife Crime Seminar

20 February 2020 in the Town Hall, Croydon

Croydon NHW are proud to be supporting the Mayor’s first ever Knife Crime Seminar for young people on 20 February in Croydon.

The Mayor is hoping to showcase some of the initiatives Croydon is undertaking to help young people cope with the issue of knife crime/ help prevent knife crime in the borough. There will be talks and stalls offering information and advice. If you would like to attend and/or know some young people that would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite. The event is free.

Croydon Local Plan Review

Croydon Local Plan review (Issues and Options) consultation – Extension of consultation to 20 January 2020

As you may be aware, Croydon Council has commenced a partial review of the Croydon Local Plan, encouraging feedback on issues and options to plan for future development in the Local Plan.

This Issues and Options consultation stage presents the key issues and options for Croydon’s future, set out are three different possible strategies to direct growth across the borough, focused on different aspects of sustainability, and to meet housing need and the need for associated jobs and infrastructure.

The responses to the Issues and Options consultation will inform the Council how a reviewed Local Plan should be shaped and developed.

Responding to the consultation online, will allow you to comment on the entire consultation or simply on the topics that mean the most to you.

The comments received during this consultation period, along with evidence based research, will be used to begin amending the policies and text within the current adopted Local Plan, a draft of the Local Plan review will be published in autumn 2020.

Comments are welcomed between 8 November 2019 and 20 January 2020 (inclusive).

Representations are welcomed by:

Taking part in the online survey:-  www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanconsultation

Emailing:-   ldf@croydon.gov.uk

Posting:-  Spatial Planning, Zone 6B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.

If you have any further questions relating to the Local Plan review, the Spatial Planning Service can be contacted on 020 8407 1385.

Christmas tree recycling

Reminder, no dragging trees round the local streets this year for collection…………

Info from Croydon Council

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Residents can recycle their real trees for free this Christmas as the council aims to make this the borough’s greenest festive break. Real trees will be collected and recycled between Monday 13 January and Monday 27 January 2020 inclusive.

Trees should be placed as close as possible to the front boundary of residents’ properties on Monday 13 January. It must be visible from the kerbside without blocking access or the pavement. Decorations must be removed from the trees, which should also be taken out of any pots.

Residents should note, their tree may not be collected on the same day as normal recycling and refuse collections.

Alternatively, residents subscribed to the council’s garden waste collection service can cut up their tree and put it in their bin and it will be collected as part of the normal garden waste collection.

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and, from a member, regarding Mobility Scooters (abridged)

“I do all my food shopping using my self-propelled wheelchair in shops on Addiscombe High Street. Every so often I encounter big Mobility Scooters, driven by owners with a total lack of awareness of other pavement pedestrians or shopping aisle users. Unlike the cyclists who ride on the pavement, ringing their bells or sounding horns to notify me of their presence Mobility Scooter drivers appear to presume that they have an absolute right of way wherever they may be and, more than once I have had to take evasive action to maintain my own safety.

Recently a National newspaper covered the story of an 88-year-old pensioner struck down by another pensioner riding a Mobility Scooter. The driver of the Mobility Scooter had never driven a vehicle before and this was his first Scooter. CCTV evidence presented to the Coroner’s Court showed that the driver, travelling at 4mph, had hit the 88-year-old from behind throwing him headfirst onto the pavement.  

Investigators working on behalf of the Coroner had sought to charge the Mobility Scooter driver with ‘Death by dangerous driving’ however Mobility Scooters are not covered by the Road Traffic Act 1998. The Coroner concluded that it was an ‘unlawful killing’ and she would be writing to the House of Commons calling for legislation to protect pedestrians from Mobility Scooters.

I would like to urge those ASPRA members concerned by this case to join the Coroner and write in to their own MP calling for the introduction of new legislation to protect pedestrians from Mobility Scooters”.  

We’re all shiny and new!

ASPRA now has a new website (still some work in progress) which can be found at www.aspra.uk – here already!

Please do pass your thoughts and comments back so I can continue to tune things.

As a result of this change, ASPRA email addresses will also change over a period to become xxxxxxx@aspra.uk.  Full list on the new website, contacts page.

Messages sent to the existing addresses will get set to additionally forward to the xxxxxxx@aspra.uk version, so that your committee can all, in their own timescale, get to grips with this new fangled stuff and will individually decide when and how they wish to move over to sending things from the new address.

Apologies in advance for the odd hiccup that may result from this change (your contacts list will need an update if you email ASPRA, you may find that messages from ASPRA are highlighted as ‘possible spam’ or get filed in your spam folders etc).

However, this will provide ASPRA with a cleaner, simpler Email and Website setup that will be easier to update and maintain, so thanks in advance for your understanding and the work involved with any changes you will need to make.

Merry Christmas from our parks friends

Below from Mieke, our ‘Parks person’ in Croydon Council

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020, whatever it might bring.

Thank you very much for all your time, enthusiasm and continued commitment to Croydon’s Parks and Open Spaces. We don’t say it enough and some take it for granted but without all your support and practical input I/we would not be able to achieve the many things we do achieve –despite the many odds. A huge thanks from me!

Just one last thing to do before the year is gone –

If you have not already done so please take a few minutes and add your views to the ongoing Croydon Plan consultation, It looks at options of where to put all the extra housing that needs to be built in the coming years.

The pressure on Green Belt land and existing parks and open spaces is growing as they will have to absorb the increase in visitor numbers and need for social infrastructure such as schools, so your voices to safeguard our green heritage areas in Croydon are important.

For more information, and to take part in the consultation, visit    croydon.gov.uk/localplanconsultation

Many thanks and all the best

Meike Weiser