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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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Almost blossom time

No need to fly to Japan or Washington DC. Croydon's own cherry blossom time is close. Buds are forming on the cherry trees in the avenue of trees running from the main gate. The display is usually quite spectacular. It would be nice if the gaps could be filled in - we hear rumours from time to time that they will be.... Read more

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Planes, Trains and Electric cars

We show below some snippets of transport news about, or relevant to, Croydon. The articles on Gatwick Airport and unblocking the rail lines north of Croydon come from a recent newsletter from Chris Philp, MP, and the piece on electric car charging points from Croydon Council. Gatwick: A second Runway The Government announced a little while ago that the extra runway in the south east should be at Heathrow – the (in)famous Heathrow third runway. This implied that Gatwick would not get Govern... 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 ahead 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

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NEW POLICING FOR THE NEW WARD

There is a new Safer Neighbourhood Team for the new Park Hill and Whitgift Estate ward. This note introduces the team and sets out what they plan to do. The team includes officers from the Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team. The team is: PC Tom Rowlatt, PC Ricky Ketman and PCSO Oliver White. They will work to Sgt Tom Haji Savva who is responsible for four Safer Neighbourhood Teams in all. One of his duties will be to ensure the team gets support when needed. What the team will do As b... Read more