Pictured: Mayor Perry with 3-year-old Harley at the opening of the new perimeter path in Grange Park
My thoughts are with all communities in Croydon that are impacted by the recent distressing events in Israel and Gaza, particularly those with loved ones in the region. The sheer magnitude of innocent lives lost and the devastating impact on countless others have left us all saddened and concerned.
We celebrate our diversity here in Croydon and, at times like these, communities must come together, offering support and solidarity. We know that such events can lead to community tensions and I will continue to work with our partners, faith leaders, and law enforcement agencies to offer support and ensure the safety of all our residents.
Grange Park pathway project
It was wonderful to see so many people come together to celebrate the improvements to Grange Park in Old Coulsdon on Saturday. Visitors will have improved access for wheelchair users, mobility scooters and prams, with a new perimeter pathway around the park. The Friends of Grange Park raised significant funds for the project and we’re grateful for their commitment to our green spaces.
Thornton Heath Clocktower restoration
When Thornton Heath Clocktower was vandalised, I promised to get the historic landmark restored. Specialist work has now been completed to replace the clock faces and roof, repair the electrical components and clean the stonework. The landmark was unveiled this week and you can see the results here. This important landmark has stood the test of time through two world wars and its restoration was an important part of restoring local pride in Thornton Heath.
Neighbourhood Watch Safety Charter
At Croydon Neighbourhood Watch’s Crime Prevention Day, we heard about community initiatives in partnership with the police and community groups. I also signed the Neighbourhood Watch Safety Charter, which aims to eliminate harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation. I fully support the charter and its pledges to help those who experience or witness these crimes to feel confident to report them to the police, or other agencies, and to know they will get access to support.
London Borough of Culture
Wellbeing sessions and family arts and crafts activities are among the events being held this weekend to celebrate Black History Month. Other events as part of Croydon’s London Borough of Culture include A Bit Of A Do – an inclusive festival of theatre, dance and cabaret celebrating the work of disabled and non-disabled artists. Meanwhile, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will be performing at Fairfield Halls, their first UK performance in 20 years, on 18 October. Find out more.
Executive Mayor of Croydon