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Addiscombe Rec gardening dates

Fingers crossed the sun will be shining on Saturday 7 March for our first gardening session of 2020.  I hope you will be able to join us to help tidy up the flower beds and prepare them for the warmer months.  I’ll be there from 09.30 onwards until about 12.00.  Even if you can only spare half an hour, every little helps.  It would be good to see some new volunteers and possibly some donations of plants.  If you have any friends or neighbours who would like to get involved with this community activity, do invite them along.

Here are the Saturday dates for the year if you want to add them to your diary.

7 March

4 April

2 May

13 June

4 July

15 August

26 September

17 October


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ONE (Hooray!)

I am writing to let you know that at approximately 10:00am on Tuesday 25 February Blackhorse Lane will reopen in full to two-way traffic.

All bridge deck and resurfacing work is complete and final improvement work on pavements and side roads is progressing well.

To facilitate the full reopening, Blackhorse Lane will temporarily close to all traffic between its junctions with Morland Road and Teevan Road at the following times:

  • Monday 24 February 08:00 to midnight
  • Tuesday 25 February midnight to 10:00am

 This is to allow for the safe removal of vehicle control barriers along the road.

Local traffic will be temporarily diverted during this period via Morland Road, Woodside Green and Spring Lane. Traffic Marshalls will be present to assist road users.

Pedestrian access will not be affected and all walking routes will remain open at all times.

Noisy work

The barrier removal work will generate some noise. We will minimise disruption for local residents as much as possible by limiting noisier activities to the day-time and carrying out quieter activities at night. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Elmers Road and Dalmally Road

On Tuesday 25 February both roads will also reopen to two-way traffic. Vehicles will have full access to turn into and out of Blackhorse Lane.

 Looking ahead

Parts of Addiscombe Railway Park have also undergone improvement work. The Park is due to reopen to the public, in full, in March.

More details about the work at Blackhorse Lane can be found on the TfL website at  

This web page will shortly be updated to include news of this important update, and on Friday 14 February we are delivering letters to residents in the area to make them aware. A copy of the letter is attached for your information.

 Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Michelle Wildish

Engagement Officer (south) | Local Communities and Partnerships, Email:


The Croydon RNLI fundraising branch are looking for helpers to collect at East Croydon on 28th April between 7.30 at 8pm at night max of 2 hours any time period in between the times.

Also outside Gibsons Butchers, Lower Addiscombe Road on Saturday 2 May between 8am and 3pm to help collect and run the stand.

You don’t have to be a member

You will be with others and members of the branch. You will be provided with all the kit:-  box, tabard etc.

If you are able to help email please Steve at


Can you please share the information below across community groups you know in Croydon, and ask them to display the attached poster wherever they can.

 Help prevent the spread of coronavirus

 A UK-wide public information campaign is encouraging everyone to play their part in helping to slow the spread of viruses, and reduce the impact on NHS services.

 The campaign is clear that the Government and NHS are ready and prepared to deal with coronavirus. But, there are important steps we can all take to protect ourselves and others from viruses and germs.

 Following these steps will help slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.

Information about coronavirus

  • Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. Anyone with any concerns is advised to follow NHS advice or call NHS 111.
  • Calling NHS 111 as a first step reduces the risks of viruses spreading unnecessarily, particularly in public spaces like hospitals and GP surgeries – helping to protect some of our most vulnerable residents.
  • To find out the latest about coronavirus, and for specific health advice regarding people that have recently travelled in China, visit the webpages.

 Watch the short campaign video (46 seconds) here and you can also find out more about the evolving

Please follow the advice and support this important campaign

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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 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.

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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:-


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.


 Cats – Catalytic Converters

 The local police have confirmed that the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles (as some ASPRA members are only too aware) continues to be a problem,  At high risk are hybrid vehicles where the cat contains more of the precious metals these are stolen for.  Thefts are rapidly carried out, even in daylight hours in car parks, so be aware.

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

Info from Croydon Council


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.


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”.  

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ASPRA now has a new website (still some work in progress) which can be found at – 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  Full list on the new website, contacts page.

Messages sent to the existing addresses will get set to additionally forward to the 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.

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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

Many thanks and all the best

Meike Weiser

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Be aware, be very aware!

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Update about the ongoing work at Blackhorse Lane.

Blackhorse Lane re-opens to traffic

On Monday 9 December Blackhorse Lane will re-open to one-way traffic, from Morland Road and Woodside Green towards Addiscombe/Lower Addiscombe Road.

Pedestrian crossing points will also be introduced at the Blackhorse Lane junctions with Elmers Road and Dalmally Road using temporary traffic lights. These lights will stop traffic on demand to enable pedestrians to safely cross the road.

Elmers Road

Elmers Road has been closed to through-traffic over the summer, with access only via Stroud Road. On Monday 9 December it will partially reopen to one-way traffic for vehicles turning left only onto Blackhorse Lane, towards Addiscombe/Lower Addiscombe Road. To ensure road and pedestrian routes remain safe, there will be no right turn allowed until Blackhorse Lane fully reopens to two-way traffic in March 2020.

Dalmally Road

Dalmally Road will remain closed at its junction with Blackhorse Lane until March 2020. This area needs to remain clear of traffic as it remains the centre of the construction site.

Looking ahead

The above temporary arrangements will remain in place while pavement works are completed. We expect to reopen all roads in full before the end of March 2020.  

Statutory traffic regulation order notices will be advertised locally by the end of the year noting the intention to introduce double yellow line restrictions along Blackhorse Lane between its junctions with Morland Road and Teevan Road.

Details about the work at Blackhorse Lane, including the area map, can be found on the TfL website at  which will be updated shortly.

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Consultation on the Local Plan review has begun, the council is asking for as many people as possible to have their say on how the borough should grow.

“The consultation is based around three spatial strategies, sites and planning policies, which are necessary to ensure Croydon’s growth and delivery of much-needed new homes, jobs and community facilities over the next 20 years is managed correctly.

Using government methodology, up to 46,040 homes are needed within the borough between now and 2039 and residents will be able to have their say on how best to manage the delivery of them, employment growth and how best to respond to Croydon’s climate emergency. Residents can also share their views on how each of the borough’s 16 places will change as Croydon grows.”

  • Selsdon Library, 12 November, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Brighton Road, Coulsdon, 13 November, 11am-2pm
  • Thornton Heath Library, 19 November, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Norbury High Street, 20 November, 11am-2pm
  • Purley Library, 26 November, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Purley High Street, 27 November, 11am-2pm
  • New Addington Library, 3 December, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Addington Road, Selsdon, 4 December, 11am-2pm
  • South Norwood Market, 7 December, 10am-2pm
  • Ashburton Library, 10 December, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Addiscombe High Street, 11 December, 11am-2pm

The council’s spatial planning officers will also be available to speak to residents at Croydon Arts Store in the Whitgift Centre Wednesday-Saturday between 8 November and 20 December.

The consultation deadline is now 13 January 2020, when the results will be analysed. In late 2020 there will be another public consultation on the council’s preferred options, which will then be publicly examined in spring 2021, with adoption taking place in 2022.


The following (very long) link should take you to more details (copy and paste)

Interestingly, or not, it is reported that an Inspector has ‘mentioned’ that the Croydon figures are wrong, and the figures are too high!

Addiscombe High Street is an interesting location, it would appear that it might be somewhere near the Addiscombe Tram Stop but clarification has been sought, especially as the description of the location refers to an “Urban Popup” in Coulsdon!!.

Comments / thoughts on the contents of any part of the plans? Best sent to your councillors:-

Addiscombe East: and

Shirley North:, and


It would appear that there is someone out there in need of a silent soldier, have been advised that 1 of our 2 has ‘wandered’ away from the BlackHorse.  Distinctive, as the neck is floppy and he has ASPRA on the panel at the bottom.  Sigh.

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You may recall information being circulated about the possibility of cherry trees for ‘Bingham Rec’ as part of the Tokyo Olympics.

Good news.  Croydon Council applied for 80 Sakura Cherry Trees (not suitable for streets) and identified for ‘blossom impact’ reasons two parks, Addiscombe Recreation Ground (30 trees) and Sanderstead Recreation Ground (50 trees) and happy to advise that the bid was successful.

The trees have come from Japan and are currently (past 18 months) in quarantine at a UK nursery.  To date,  it is anticipated that the trees will be delivered next November 2020 with a view to plant late November/early December.

In addition, as part of this Bid, the Council will be planting (November 2020 – March 2021) in the streets leading to the park, ensuring that all vacant tree pits are filled and again looking at flowering cherries species to keep in ‘character’ with the surrounding area.

Current indicative plan for ‘our’ 30 trees attached, thoughts welcome.

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