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Amended - Changes to 433 bus from November 2

TfL has announced that from November 2 the 433 bus will no longer go to West Croydon. The press release is shown below: "From Saturday 2 November route 433 will no longer run between Croydon, Park Lane and West Croydon Bus Station. Towards Croydon, Park Lane route 433 will serve the current route from Addington Village as far as stop E6 at East Croydon Station before going via George Street to Park Lane setting down at bus stop KH (named Park Street). Towards Addington Village route 433... Read more

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Fairfield Halls reopens

  The Fairfield Halls complex is now open. Some final touches are being made and some areas will not open for a few more weeks. Although parts, like the Phoenix Concert Hall, look familiar, unseen changes to the electrics, air conditioning etc will make a difference. One of the most impressive things is how much more has been made of the building. There are several new spaces for performance and other uses. New companies will use the building and it will serve community and educational n... Read more

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Transform The Walled Garden crowdfund update

The Friends of Park Hill Park’s project to transform the historic walled garden took a major step forward when the funding target was exceeded. The biggest donor to the crowdfunding was the GLA’s Crowdfund London project. Representatives of the Friends have been to City Hall to meet the Regeneration officer who will help guide the team through the project. There are forms to fill, web pages to read and other admin before the hard work can start. A survey will be undertaken before quotes can ... Read more

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Traffic News - - roadworks extended

TRAFFIC NEWS – 23 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER and beyond During this period, the junction between Chepstow Road, Addiscombe Road, Radcliffe Road and Clyde Road will be closed due to tram works. As a result traffic which would normally use this junction will be diverted and you will not be able to travel by car or by bus to or from Shirley or Addiscombe via the junction of Addiscombe Road and Chepstow Road. There will be a good deal more traffic in Park Hill Road.  However the routes of our l... Read more

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Less litter now

Park Hill Residents Association held its first summer litter pick on 16 June. Despite the weather, 18 residents collected 23 bags, as well as some number plates, a hubcap, and an abandoned road traffic sign. That was slightly down on January's 26 bags. It would be nice to think it is because plastic is becoming unfashionable, but more likely it is because some residents pick up rubbish as they spot it. Many thanks to them and to all who took part on Sunday. We don't have the usual picture of ba... Read more

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Neighbourhood Meeting 2019

A good turnout of residents braved the rain to attend the PHRA Neighbourhood Meeting on May 10. After the chair John Ingman had updated the audience on events of the past year, treasurer David Stanton reported on the Association's healthy financial position and asked for suggestions of any small local projects that PHRA could help. After refreshments, MP Sarah Jones, councillor Vidhi Mohan and PCSO Oliver White joined the meeting. A lively discussion followed, mainly on the new bin system and We... Read more

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Electric bikes come to Croydon

Croydon Council has announced the start of a dockless e-bike hire scheme. The bikes, which can be accessed and locked using a mobile phone app, will be distributed at key areas across the borough. Bikes will be accessed using a mobile app.  Each one will be fitted with GPS, locks, a bell and front and rear lights and reflectors. Lime, the company operating the scheme,  will be able to collect and redistribute the bikes to key locations as required.... Read more

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Litter

The Spring Newsletter features the problem of litter. PHRA collected 28 bags of litter in January and plan another litter pick on 16 June. Many other groups in Croydon have been collecting litter over the past month as part of the Great British Spring Clean. But the streets do not stay clean. The Fairfield Path leading up to Stanhope Road has not been cleaned since the PHRA clean-up in January (but the other end of the Fairfield Path, leading down to Park Hill Road, is clean and tidy). The paths... Read more

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Even more successful litter pick

PHRA collected even more litter this year than last - 26 bags, up from 21, and various discarded items. The increase was due to more people picking and not just to more litter. Thank you to all who helped - it was nice to see some new faces. We hope that the sight of clean roads, pavements and verges will encourage people to keep Park Hill clean and tidy, and not just dump their empty cans, crisp packets, old wheels etc.... Read more

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Circle Dancing at St Matthew's

Circle Dancing classes are available at St Matthew's on the first Wednesdays and the second and fourth Saturdays of most months. For an article on the classes from the Croydon Citizen click here.... Read more

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Proposed changes to 433 bus route

Transport for London want to make changes to 11 bus routes, reducing the number of buses passing through the centre of Croydon. Most relevant to us is the 433 which they want to terminate at the Fairfield Halls instead of West Croydon. A lengthy consultation has begun, ending on January 13. Consultations@tfl.gov.uk has full details, access to the online survey form, the email address for comments and the postal address.      ... Read more

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Contacting our local Safer Neighbourhood Team

The police team for Park Hill and Whitgift now have their own contact details. You can email them (see below for address) or contact their mobile number, 07341 680553. They suggest texting might be the quickest way to get a response. But remember that they will only respond when they are on duty so these should only be used for non-urgent requests. For emergencies still call 999, or 101 for a quick reply if it is not an emergency. The e mail address is parkhillandwhitgift.snt@met.police.uk... Read more

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Bookings for tennis courts in Park Hill Park

The tennis courts in Park Hill Park are to receive some improvement works. They will remain free to use but from September 1 will have to be booked. Better, the company which manages the courts for Croydon Council, says this will allow players to reserve a court at their chosen time. To book, you need first to register at www.better.org.uk/book. You then book courts using the same site.... Read more

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Free exercise classes in Park Hill Park

A variety of free exercise classes are now available in Park Hill Recreation Ground. Classes have resumed in the New Year. Classes include yoga, bootcamp, buggy exercise and circuit training. There is also a "superhero workout" geared at children between three and seven years old. The classes have to be booked via ourparks.org.uk (which also has links to the app).... Read more

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Looking back at the Neighbourhood Meeting

Park Hill residents gathered in mid-May for the Neighbourhood Meeting. Chairman John Ingman reviewed the past year's activities. He then set out three areas where residents were invited to focus (as a community), these being Litter, Potholes and Parks [reporting problems with the first two may be easier with the launch of Croydon Council's new smart phone app, Don't Mess With Croydon]. There was then an opportunity to hear from our MP, Sarah Jones, our councillor Vidhi Mohan and our Police Sa... Read more