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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

Netting artcle

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


The elusive 433

Apologies to anyone trying to catch the 433 bus from stop KC opposite the Fairfield Halls. Contrary to what it says on the bus stop, the Tfl website and the Bus Times App - and to what was happening when the changes took effect - buses do not seem to be stopping there. A driver today said the first and last stops were in Park Street and the 433 did not stop at stop KC. We have asked Tfl what the situation is. Meanwhile the safest place to catch the 433 is East Croydon station, but we hope that d... Read more


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


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


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


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


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



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


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

Circle Dancing Aug to Dec 2019

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


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 Read more