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Green shoots at the Fairfield?

After months of a dark, closed building and some adverse publicity, there have been signs of life resuming at the Fairfield Halls. Croydon Council indicated that while the main Halls were closed due to Covid-19, some community activities might resume. For a start, Savvy Theatre Company, one of the resident companies at the Fairfield, plans to start drama classes for teenagers on September 17, for 13 weeks. Two days later they will start drama classes for younger participants, also running for 13... Read more

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Update on plans for the Walled Garden in Park Hill Park

Now that many restrictions and regulations imposed during the pandemic are being eased, The Friends of Park Hill Park  thought it timely to give supporters, park users and stakeholders an update on the ‘Transform the Walled Garden’ project, financed by a Spacehive crowdfund appeal. Despite Covid-19 delaying the project, work has continued to progress with volunteers following a thorough procurement process in order to satisfy the requirements of the council and GLA, to s... Read more


Pillar Box Art

Park Hill has perhaps the best dressed pillar box in the country. Someone has knitted a cover - more like a beret than a bonnet - for a pillar box. It is in the rainbow colours of thanks to the NHS and indeed has Thank you close to its centre. Thank you too from PHRA to whoever knitted the hat and put it on the pillar box.... Read more


Air Ambulance lands in Park Hill Park

The Air Ambulance attracted its usual crowd of admirers and the curious when it landed in Park Hill Park on Tuesday 16 June. It was responding to a stabbing in Edridge Road. A young man in his 20s has been left fighting for his life in hospital. If you think the helicopter looks a bit different, that's because it belongs to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, not the London Air Ambulance we are used to seeing. This photograph was taken by Zara (@zarascakes on Twitter)... Read more


Unblocking the Croydon bottleneck - part 2

The second phase of public consultation about unblocking the Croydon bottleneck on the Brighton line starts Monday June 1 and ends September 20 2020. As well as disentangling the tracks in the Selhurst area the work would include increasing the number of platforms at East Croydon from 6 to 8. The station may have to move a little north, but the work is not expected to need any prolonged total closures of the station, though individual platforms will have to be closed. A live chat facility will b... Read more


Parking charges return

Parking enforcement across Croydon will be gradually reintroduced from next week as lockdown eases. Parking rules and charges were relaxed to help key workers and residents during lockdown, but from the afternoon of Tuesday, 26 May drivers will be able to apply for new permits and pay and display machines will be reactivated. From Monday 8 June, parking enforcement across the borough will resume and those parking illegally, or failing to display valid permits or parking tickets risk being ... Read more


Bee swarm in Stanhope Road

On Tuesday 19th May, a huge swarm of bees appeared in Stanhope Road, settling on a tree in our neighbour's garden (writes John Chambers). There were thousands, maybe millions of bees, protecting their queen bee, and they all gradually settled on the branch, making it bend under their weight, forming a dark mass of bees surrounding the queen. A local bee keeper was phoned, and agreed to try to catch the bees in his box, but this proved to be too difficult as the bees were on a high branch whic... Read more


More ways to get and give help

In addition to the phone numbers shown on the PHRA news item, there are a confusing number of ways to get help during the coronavirus pandemic, depending on who you are. The attachment shows some Croydon-wide contact numbers. In addition there are some Whats App groups. They are looking for volunteers in the following streets: Leafy Way (off Park Hill Rise) Turnpike Link Park Hill Rise If you would like to help, please join using the following Whats App link: Read more


Enjoy - with care

The blossom in Park Hill Park is likely to be at its best over the Easter weekend. We all enjoy it and we like to photograph it. But we need to remember that we are allowed out for exercise, not to stand for a long time taking photos. The police will be out in the parks looking for those not following the rules. And getting too close to anyone by standing in the middle of the path might give you the virus, or if you have it and don't know it, you might give it to someone else. So enjoy carefully... Read more


Updates April 2

Thames Water finally finished their repairs on Park Hill Road at the weekend and traffic is now flowing. Buses are running, to a reduced timetable, and for essential use only. Croydon Council are suspending issuing all permits. Drivers do not need to display a resident or visitor permit or pay-and-display ticket to use parking bays in Croydon. Safety restrictions including double yellow lines, disabled bays, parking on footways, blocking dropped kerbs, parking in bus stops and bus lanes, y... Read more


Neighbourhood Watch notes on COVID-19

Dear all I hope you are all ok and coping in this testing time. I just wanted to send a brief update as there are a few things worth mentioning. Croydon Council now has a dedicated page on its website regarding coronavirus and the impact on any council services. Given the fast moving nature of this crisis, the page is likely to be updated regularly.  You can access it here: There is a section called... Read more


A message from Croydon Neighbourhood Watch

At this stressful time, it is more important than ever that we come together to support and to look out for each other and our neighbours whilst keeping ourselves safe, especially the isolated, elderly and vulnerable. At Neighbourhood Watch, we are joining forces with friends and partners to call on everyone to have a united community approach. The Community Action Response project has been launched by five organisations (The National Lottery Community Fund, Nextdoor, Neighbourhood Watch, Campai... Read more


Discover Park Hill Park

Following the 2017 Masterplan and consultations, Croydon Council now plans further consultations ahead of work planned to start this summer. Two "engagement events" are planned at Design Kiosks on 20 and 21 March. More information is available on Eventbrite. The first walking workshop has taken place (as can be seen by the chalk marks and comments on the paths). The second takes place on March 21 at 1.30pm. It is essential to register for this. This consultation is independent of the work pla... Read more

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Netting on the fence of school playing field

See the attachment for info on the netting round Park Hill Junior School's playing field.... Read more


Developer's optimism?

We were intrigued to see this sign in the Queen's Gardens. They certainly should come back bigger and better than they are today, as part of a building site, but bigger and better than before building started? Maybe...... Read more