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Have your say

There are several surveys out there at the moment, don’t miss the chance to have your say about our local libraries, parks and Croydon’s renewal plan.

Libraries: consultation ends March 7th

In response to the borough’s unprecedented financial deficit, the council has launched an online survey asking residents how they use the libraries service and what their views are on proposals to close five of its 13 library buildings.  The buildings at Bradmore Green, Shirley, Sanderstead, South Norwood and Broad Green will close unless viable alternative plans are found that require no public money.

At this stage the council want to hear your views on the proposals, ideas for the library service and suggestions for alternative ways we could use library buildings.

Libraries consultation website and questionnaire:

Phone number (answerphone) for requesting paper copy to be posted: 020 7884 5159

Email address for enquiries:

Public consultation timetable:

Initial consultation on proposals begins 14 January 2021
Initial consultation ends (survey closes) 7 March 2021
Consultation outcome & options report April 2021
Consultation finishes May 2021
Final report June 2021
Final decision Summer 2021
Implementation September 2021 (expected)


Croydon Council’s renewal plan: consultation closes 24th Jan

Croydon Council still wants to hear from residents, staff and partners on plans to get its finances back on track and focus on providing the best essential services they can, while living within our means.

More information and the proposals are here.

A document of frequently asked questions relating to the proposals can be found here: Croydon’s-Savings-Proposals-–-Parks-and-Open-Spaces-faqs

Chocolate and Art

Chocolate tasting for charity

Maddie Henson, Croydon’s Mayor and one of ‘our’ councillors, is organising a fundraising chocolate tasting event in aid of the Mayor’s charities: Home-Start Croydon, St Christopher’s Hospice and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Sign up at the Eventbrite link for the online tasting event on Saturday 5th December – for the £20 cost (£10 for each additional member of your household) you receive six tasting samples, guidance on how to taste with tasting notes for each chocolate, a 90-minute presentation on chocolate with lots of opportunities to have your questions answered, a chocolate truffle recipe and a small Christmas related chocolate gift! All in aid of the Mayor’s Charities.

Register on the Eventbrite link here

All the info also on Facebook here


Croydon Arts Society Annual Exhibition: Now open!

Planning, parking and fundraising

Support the RNLI this Autumn

via member Stephen Burl, Chairman of RNLI Croydon fundraising branch

The usual fish supper and banquet night are cancelled for this year, however,  have a Fish and Chip supper at home on Friday night 9th October and place a donation in the lifeboat at Happy Dolphin, Shirley road  or come and see the volunteers outside Gibsons Butchers on Lower Addiscombe road on the 10th Saturday October from 8am to 3pm.  Croydon crew will be pleased to see you, our newest member will be on hand from 9 to 9 45 Maddie Hanson our President, and also Mayor of Croydon.

If you fancy a good curry then ring  Vujon  020 8654 7777 on 14th Saturday & 15th Sunday November. When ordering mention RNLI and they will give a donation to the RNLI for every meal.

The Croydon branch will also be putting up two prizes, one per day. These will be given out at random, delivered with your order watch in a RNLI CARRIER added to your Order.

Parking changes

A consultation on “Emission based charging” and the removal of the 1hr free parking for ‘Addiscombe Village’ and other local shopping areas is taking place.

The official justification for the changes is available here.

Have your say on the consultation via this link.

Planning changes

ASPRA has been made aware of a planning application that is in the process of being readied for submission to the Council. This is for the demolition of no 78 Shirley Road, a 4 bed family home, and its replacement by 2 blocks containing a total of 9 flats. One of these blocks is proposed at the end of the long garden of no 78, with access underneath part of the ‘front’ block. Information available here if you would like to comment.

Bingham Park: getting the beds ready for winter

When the gardening group took over maintenance of the beds in 2015, it was always our plan to fill the beds with shrubs, perennials and bulbs, for ongoing easy maintenance.   We certainly  didn’t envisage that five years later a global pandemic would prevent us having regular volunteer gardening sessions.   While we haven’t been able to have our monthly working parties this year, the beds have survived remarkably well.

Many thanks to everyone who responded to the plea to keep the flower beds weeded, pruned and watered either every time they passed by, or by spending a couple of hours doing some solitary tidying.  It is greatly appreciated. 

It is now planned to hold a ‘Getting the beds ready for Winter’ session on Saturday 10th October between 9 – 12 and we are inviting volunteers to come along for all or part of that time.  Even a half hour of weeding is of huge value.

In view of Covid-19 and social distancing we are asking volunteers to bring:

  • their own tools (these could be a trowel, secateurs, hoe, spade, fork and dependent on what work you would like to do).
  • hand sanitizer in case it is needed
  • a mask (although we will be able to social distance and will be outdoors, sometimes park users like to stop and chat and ask about the gardens and you may feel more comfortable wearing a mask)

It would be helpful to know who plans to come along, and at what times, so that we do not exceed the ‘Rule of 6’ regulations.  Please email

Do you enjoy gardening?

Your park needs YOU!

Several of our regular volunteer gardeners are temporarily unavailable to attend our planned gardening sessions. The flower beds are in need of some care and attention.

We need residents and park users to do some weeding, pruning and watering.

You can do this independently at a time and day to suit you.  No need to be an ASPRA member, or to seek permission – just do it, maybe with children and family members, or a small group of socially distanced friends.

Or if you prefer to join some of our regular volunteers on a working party, please email or ring 07803 876008