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AMY FOSTER

Councillor for Woodside and your voice in Croydon

I am honoured to have been elected to serve my community as a Councillor in Woodside.

I have lived in South Norwood for nearly a decade and grew up in Croydon. I believe South Norwood is a fantastic place to live thanks to the vibrant and powerful community we have here.

I want to work with you all to make Woodside even greater, a place where we all can live safely and with good health and where we can all fully contribute to civic life, supported by the community resources we have here on our doorsteps.

Please let me know your ideas and vision for Woodside so I can best serve our community as a Councillor.

Thank you.

AUTUMN UPDATE

Funding free school lunches for nursery children in Croydon is something I care deeply about. Our Labour Group motion on costing out an extension to school lunch provision was passed at October's Full Council meeting. I want to see the Mayor take action and invest in better future health outcomes for children in our borough. Read the story in My London.

 

In September I worked with local environmental groups to run a stream clean for the South Norwood stream which runs through the Country Park. the stream is polluted by storm sewage discharge from the Thames Water station following heavy rains meaning we collected not only plastic rubbish but also wet wipes and sanitary towels. The story was picked up by My London and shared across the capital. We want to see proper water monitoring and for local residents to be made aware of the risks of paddling and playing there.

The amended Croydon Healthy Neighbourhoods schemes launched at the start of September. I asked officers about their plans for a local engagement strategy at our Scrutiny Sub-Committee meeting. It's really important that residents are able to help shape the future of our streets and that the Council has a clear strategy for tackling road danger. I will continue to ask for action on dangerous and illegal driving and am pleased to be a member of the London Road Safety Council where I learn about the great work of colleagues across the capital.

Following the series of grass fires in South Norwood over the summer, I went to meet the LFB Croydon Borough Commander at Woodside Station. He told me about his work developing dementia friendly training for his officers and the team's work developing a new programme to tackle dangerous driving. The LFB are worried that with the colder weather and rising energy costs people may start using dangerous methods to heat their homes. Please don't forget local fire teams offer free home safety checks and can fit alarms, including those adapted for residents with visual or hearing impairments.

I'm excited to be the new Chair of We Love SE25.  Living in South Norwood, I feel I'm a direct beneficiary of the many lovely projects We Love SE25 has helped deliver through last year's Mini-Grant project. Even better news is that a new funding round will open very shortly. What would you do with £500 to make our community even better? Please do join us for our Town Team meeting at Stanley Arts on November 28th to help us draw our roadmap for actions for the next 12 months.

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