This week the Council reached another significant milestone in its journey to transform housing services, as the new housing repairs contract went live on Tuesday.
Our three new repairs contractors, Wates, Mears and K&T Heating started working in our council homes this week providing responsive repairs, maintenance, empty property works and heating and boiler servicing and repairs. We’ve also brought the contact centre back in house, in line with residents’ feedback, giving us a much more direct relationship with our tenants and leaseholders. I look forward to working with our new contractors as they provide the high quality repair services that our residents deserve, and to continue working with our tenants and leaseholders to monitor the performance of the service going forward.
Cricket Non-Turf Pitches
I was delighted to be down at John Ruskin playing fields at Coombe Farm with Councillor Andy Stranack, to see one of the four new non-turf cricket pitches (NTPs) in the borough. These pitches were delivered by the Council in partnership with the English Cricket Board and Surrey County Cricket. Local teams will be able to access the facilities and I hope it will help not only grow interest in the sport but also encourage healthy activity in Croydon.
Love Parks Week
This week is Love Parks Week, which has brought together residents, community organisations and staff who maintain and protect our 127 parks and green spaces. Wandle Park received the international ‘Green Flag’ accolade, highlighting that parks and green spaces are to be cherished. Many of our green spaces have been allowed to deteriorate in recent years and I hope that together we will be able to restore pride in our wonderful green spaces over the coming years.
London Borough of Culture
Why not visit the Evacustes Phipson exhibition which is currently on display at Croydon Clocktower. Phipson’s paintings are watercolour sketches of Croydon buildings from 1893 to 1928 and are a great way to get a glimpse of how our borough looked over 100 years ago. Find more information here.