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Bingham Rec gardening group

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.

We are now restarting our monthly sessions, dates below, and we are inviting volunteers to come along for all or part of that time.

Planned Schedule for 2021, all Saturdays 0930 – 12:00

  • 17 April
  • 29 May
  • 19 June
  • 31 July
  • 28 August
  • 18 September
  • 23 October

In view of the ongoing, hopefully improving, situation 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 you need it
  • Although we will be able to social distance and will be outdoors, you may feel more comfortable wearing a mask)

Thanks

The Gardening Group

Queries? please email gardening@aspra.uk

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Stephen Burl, Chairman of RNLI Croydon, advises the following.

Collection on Saturday 24th  April (lifeboat week) outside Gibson Butchers and again on 1st May.

Raising money this year for the new £5million to be built at Tower on the Thames. Old one health and safety issues so only 1/3 currently can be used.

I will also be doing a sponsored walk in Bingham Rec on 3rd May for 3 hours in wellies (sorry green not yellow) plus branch uniform and bucket from 10am to 1pm.

There is space for others to do the walk as well – £10 to register.  Max of 15, due to covid and council rules (so we don’t pay for use of park)

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-bingham-park-challenge-for-tower

The following 3 Saturdays I will be selling plants from my home at 52 Sherwood road like last year for donations, we will have a tap and donate machine this year at all events

Addiscombe is famous! And more updated…

ONE: Addiscombe is famous! 

Addiscombe becomes famous, well it is in the latest Lucozade advert, which is the next best thing. Location spotting via the YouTube link here.

TWO: Census 2021 reminder

A reminder regarding the 2021 Census, if you have not yet completed yours then someone WILL be in touch, so be ready, or complete the info online using the info sent in the post to every household.

THREE: Catalytic converters theft

There has been several items of good news regarding the thefts of catalytic converters, a number of local police operations, swoops etc has resulted in several arrests, recovery of large quantities of stolen items and assorted tools for use in these thefts.  Combined operations across a number of police areas has resulted in this success.  Remain vigilant, consider the police advice available and consider security marking, some manufacturers are making this available through their dealerships.

FOUR: ASPRA AGM

The ASPRA 2021 AGM will be held on Zoom on 29th April, let ‘me’ know if you wish to be sent the link when it is made available.  Unfortunately, the Lucozade will have to be virtual!  Agenda and reports available here.

FIVE: Support Autism awareness month

April is autism awareness month. Emma and James from Addiscombe Fruit and Veg have this subject very close to their hearts.

From TUESDAY 6TH APRIL UNTIL FRIDAY 30TH APRIL they will be doing a RAFFLE in support of resources for St Nicholas special educational needs school, and both of the family businesses (Addiscombe Fruit and Veg and Vic Gibson butchers) and their teams will be involved!

1st prize: £60 BBQ HAMPER (includes meat for the bbq from Vic Gibson butchers, a whole load of salads  as well as corn on the cobs, lemons, limes, pineapples and other fruits as well as fruit juice)

2nd prize: £30 BBQ HAMPER (includes meat for the bbq from Vic Gibson butchers, a whole load of salads from us as well as corn on the cobs, lemons, limes, pineapples and other fruits as well as fruit juice)

** £1 PER TICKET ** available from 6th to 30th April from Addiscombe Fruit & Veg, when the prizes will be drawn.

Coming up in Croydon..

Local advance notices for your information

ONE: Shirley Roundabout

Temporary traffic sign as you approach the ‘Shirley Roundabout’ has mention of Lower Addiscombe Road closures 1st through 8th April.

I rang the number, it is closed at the tram crossing by Bingham Corner from 11pm each night, and is tied in with the tram works that week with no trams from midnight till 6am

A Mayor and 25 Assembly Members are elected to represent London every 4 years.

TWO:  London elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021, voters in Croydon will go to the polls for the Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly elections.

A Mayor and 25 Assembly Members are elected to represent London every 4 years, Fourteen of the Assembly Members represent a constituency area. In Croydon’s case, the constituency is called Croydon and Sutton – and 11 are elected on a London-wide basis.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health.

Polling stations will be open on 6 May and will have safety measures in place; so should you wish, you will be able to vote in person. If voting in person, you are encouraged to keep yourself and others safe at the polling station by:

  •  Wearing a face covering
  •  Bringing your own pen or pencil
  •  Cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  •  Keeping a safe distance

If you would prefer not to do so, though, there are different ways to vote – you can vote by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us at electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk

If you want to vote by post, please apply now.

Download, print and fill in the form from here.

You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature. This is a security measure, used to confirm your identity when you send in your completed postal voting pack. This information does not affect the secrecy of your vote.

Once you have completed the form and signed it, completed forms can be:

  • Returned by post to The Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1DE

or

  • Scanned / photographed and emailed to electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk

The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on 20 April.

If you register to vote by post, the postal voting pack will be sent around two weeks before polling day which will include ballot papers and instructions for how to complete and return your vote.

Further information, and the necessary forms, at www.croydon.gov.uk/election

February updates

The minutes of the recent ASPRA meeting are now available on the website,  http://www.aspra.uk/meetings/meetings-list/

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Upcoming Census

In the coming weeks, communities up and down the country will be hearing more about the upcoming Census taking place on Sunday 21st March and seeing the national campaign across TV, radio and social media channels.

The census is for everyone, and there’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in. Not only does it tell us about the current and future needs of our population, but in many years to come will give future generations a snapshot of what it was like to live in the UK in 2021. At a time where many local authorities, voluntary organisations and businesses are having to make tough decisions about services, it’s more important than ever that your needs are represented. The information gathered helps these and many other organisations plan for the future. For example, local governments use the information to help plan services, such as schools, hospitals and even rubbish collection in your area. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities. Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. That’s why it is so important that Croydon is counted!

Census 2021 will be “digital first” meaning it will be mainly online, but there will also be a host of other support services to make sure the census is as accessible and inclusive as possible. These will include paper copies on request for anyone who would prefer one (also available in large print), guidance and support in many languages and formats, help in local centres with trained staff and online access, and a contact centre for help over the phone. Contact details for more information or help. Website https://census.gov.uk/

Freephone (open from 1st March 2021) contact centre 0800 141 2021 Local Census Engagement Manager dianne.jones02@field.census.gov.uk

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The text of a long letter to residents from Inspector Stephen Warnes, Croydon Police Station

Dear residents,

I have recently received correspondence with concerns surrounding the theft of catalytic converters. This crime type is increasing at a national level and is certainly starting to attract a lot more attention from government bodies. Throughout 2020 the total offences within London reached around 15,000 crimes. I am hoping I can give you a brief overview of what we are doing and offer some reassurance that we are making every effort to reduce these numbers and prosecute offenders.

Some of the offences do appear to be escalating to include threats, however these only account for a handful of crimes. Catalytic converters contain precious metals including palladium, rhodium and platinum. These all bear high value on the scrap metal market with the former two substantially more expensive than gold.

Exhausts from hybrid cars contain much larger quantities of these precious metals with the Toyota Prius, Honda Jazz, Lexus RX models and the Toyota Auris being the most targeted vehicles. These crimes are usually committed by a team of three with cloned plates from a genuine insured vehicle that is placed onto another like for like vehicle. The plates are frequently swapped after offences with some cars having up to five sets of cloned plates. The suspects are itinerant and will travel large distances across multiple London boroughs and county boundaries to commit their crimes. They are not confined to one specific area and there are many active teams.

To summarise what we are doing; I am overseeing Operation Basswood. This is a South Area (Bromley, Sutton & Croydon) initiative to target Catalytic Converter thefts and we are the only Met BCU to form a dedicated team. Our role is to focus on proactive and reactive investigations. Obviously this is difficult for me to go into details and specifics, but there are a variety of deployments ongoing using an array of covert and overt policing tactics.

We are working closely with other boroughs within the Met but also external forces, particularly West Sussex, Surrey, Kent and the British Transport Police.

Within South Area there have been 11 arrests over the past few months, with some offenders being sent to Crown Court for trial and convicted. I have been disappointed with recent convictions including suspended sentences or community orders which don’t reflect the level of inconvenience and misery inflicted on victims, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I will be looking to change our tactics to ensure the strongest possible outcome in future and to issue post-conviction orders to prevent reoffending. From a reactive point of view, we take ownership and oversight of every investigation. They are quality assured for any missed opportunities including local enquiries and CCTV/images. We have forged a strong working relationship with Toyota and they have provided funding and assistance towards local crime prevention initiatives. We have also visited and inspected all of our local scrap metal dealers in partnership with the Council and the Environmental Agency.

Crime prevention is difficult as the offending behaviour does seem more brazen and some offences have taken place in broad daylight in supermarket carparks. What we have seen is that vehicles with Catlocs fitted are rarely targeted and I would consider them a reasonably priced investment.

We have received some high quality footage from home CCTV systems including Ring doorbell and these have enabled us to identify and convict suspects, so these are also another option including for your own home security and burglary prevention. Always consider where you leave your vehicle and remain vigilant. I have seen numerous videos where suspects have abandoned their crimes when vehicles drive past or when they’ve been disturbed. I strongly discourage vigilante behaviour as these individuals do carry jack extension poles and there is a likelihood you may be injured.

Be on the lookout, report any suspicious activity and don’t assume someone else has called the Police. The more information we receive the better and a photo, registration plate or description could be the last piece of the puzzle. If you have been a victim of this crime and it’s had a significant impact on your wellbeing, or you are a repeat victim I would like to hear from you. The team can be contacted at opbasswood@met.police.uk Please feel free to share this email address. But please also remember to call 999 if you do see suspicious activity or an offence in progress.

Yours sincerely,

Inspector Stephen Warnes,  Croydon Police Station 71 Park Lane Croydon CR9 1BP

Emails: stephen.warnes@met.police.uk ; Opbasswood@met.police.uk

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