Thornton Heath Community Action Team

London Road’s Green Mile links West Croydon to Thornton Heath – with flowers

Posted on March 19th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 3 comments

An inspiring community initiative to take care of London Road

On Sunday 4th March, London Road’s Our Green Mile project was launched with a ceremony to plant the first planter outside West Croydon station. This was followed by a procession along London Road, giving out leaflets and talking to people about the project, and also litter picking in the area. A second planter was then put in place … Read More »

The emotional impact of fly-tipping

Posted on March 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 13 comments

The fly-tipping blame game is fun for politicians but misery for residents

I moved to West Croydon ten weeks after it was hit by the 2011 riots. Conflicted though my feelings on gentrification are, I know I’m playing a part in it. Still, whatever the area might one day become, I felt positively about my new home just as it was – a good choice for price, … Read More »

Croydon’s litter crisis should make us all angry

Posted on April 21st, by Stuart Collins in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Twitter@cleanstreetstu, aka Croydon cabinet member Stuart Collins, calls on all citizens to stand up to the litter louts

Across the United Kingdom, local councils spend over a billion pounds every year clearing litter. If people took more pride in their communities and responsibility for their own personal behaviour, that money could be spent improving people’s lives. Official government monitoring shows that the problem is endemic … Read More »

Thinking global, acting local: environmental action in Croydon

Posted on July 13th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

We feel impotent and small when faced with environmental challenges, but we have more power than we think, says Sean Creighton

When Croydon’s composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor died of pneumonia on 1st September 1912, it was the culmination of a summer of very poor weather, with excessive rain, and low temperatures. Kew Observatory recorded only 58% of the normal sunshine for August. Although not experiencing the … Read More »