- representatives of Menta and Redrow came to talk to us about their development on Cherry Orchard Road
- people from Oval Road, Cross Road, Chisholm Road and John’s Terrace volunteered to be Clean and Green Champions for their streets
- people from Oval Road, Lebanon Road, Cross Road and Chisholm Road volunteered to organised street parties in June
- we will be having an ECCO social event in May
East Croydon Community Organisation public meeting minutes
3rd March 2015
|Welcome||Angela Vanegas welcomed guests & ECCO members to the meeting, outlined the agenda and asked if members could make donations to help cover the costs of hiring the hall and printing the leaflets. About 35 people attended.|
|Matters Arising||Angela briefly went through matters arising from the previous meeting.
|Menta & Redrow Development||Craig Marks (Menta Chief Executive) stated that he was delighted to see establishment of ECCO. He has been working in Croydon since the late 1990’s and considers East Croydon to be a place lacking structure and in need of development. Both Menta and Redrow are committed to a positive relationship with the local community and already have a good relationship with Oval School.
Craig brought the meeting up to date regarding the development of about 850 flats on Cherry Orchard Road. Redrow have started on the first phase, which includes creating a basement car park. However, many of the flats will not have car parking spaces and they owners will not be eligible for parking permits. About 100 people have already bought them in this knowledge. In response to questions from ECCO members, Craig stated that
Peter Lynch (Redrow Senior Project Director) described Redrow’s apprenticeship scheme, which is organised in conjunction with the Construction Industry Training Board. They will welcome applications from local young people. For more information go to http://www.redrowcareers.co.uk/school-leavers-and-graduates/apprentices/)
Although there have been a number of suspended parking bays on Cross Road recently, these have not been due to Redrow activity.
|Clean and Green Champions||Tracey Bellamy (Croydon Council) delivered a short presentation on the Clean and Green Champions initiative. This aims to improve the street scene in Croydon through community participation.
Croydon Council is hoping to find a champion for every street in the borough. Street champions can be involved in anything from litter picks to street spring cleans. Tracey can help the street champions in many ways, such as arranging for flatback truck to remove flytipping, the involvement of the Air Cadets, street closures for major clean ups and even the installation of alley gates. Where there are problems with tenanted properties, LBC hold the landlord responsible. Tracey gave an example where they worked with the landlord and tenants of a multi-occupancy building to improve refuse disposal and the use of the recycling bins.
Tomas Howard-Jones said that rubbish if often dumped in the alley between Cherry Orchard Rd and Oval Rd. Tracey said that they would need to know who is responsible for the alley, then the matter could be passed to the Street Scene team for resolution. Tracey asked Tomas to if emailed her about this.
Sasha cited rubbish in the former Royal Mail carpark. Tracey asked that the details are sent to her.
Tracey asked people to come forward as Street Champions. She said that it is about taking pride in our area and getting everyone to respect this. Angela cited an example in South Norwood where people came out of their houses one day to clean their street it resulted in a continuing improved environment.
For more information
|How to organise a street party||Hillary Bell (ECCO Member & Lebanon Rd resident) delivered an enthusiastic description of last year’s Lebanon Rd Big Lunch street party.
She described the steps taken to organise it
Luckily the day was sunny and between 70 and 100 people came, bringing fantastic food from around the world. As result, new friendships were made, there is increased communication between neighbours and ECCO came together.
The Big Lunch is annual event. You can hold one anywhere – street, park or any free space. The official date is Sunday 7th June and there is lot of info on the Big Lunch website www.thebiglunch.com
The Big Lunch is supported by Croydon Council, who also have a webpage about it, including how to arrange a free road closure https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/equality/blunch/big–lunch.
Local organiser can even apply for a microgrant to help them with costs
If people are invited from only one road, a street party is regarded as a private party and no licenses or insurance are required. However, if people are invited from a wider area the rules change and the organisers are liable to obtain insurance and so on.
|Table Discussions||These covered
|Donations||Members and guests donated £100 (including a very generous £60 from Peter Lynch of Redrow), in addition to £32.30 left over from previous donations. Of this
|Next meeting||The next meeting will be a social event at The Oval Tavern. Date to be arranged.|