Local Support for Residents at Christmas

Dear residents,

In the run-up to Christmas and as we approach the New Year, I have compiled some vital information below about the support offered to residents from Croydon Council and updates on changes to bin collections over the festive period. I ask that you share this information widely amongst your friends, family and neighbours.

Warm spaces boost for residents

Mayor Jason Perry has confirmed that a network of council and community warm spaces are open to welcome residents and vulnerable people in need of extra support this winter.

Croydon libraries, leisure centres and other community venues have been set up as warm spaces offering people a safe place to go as the weather gets colder.

All the participating venues are heated and free to enter, and some offer hot food and drinks, activities and services such as debt advice, help with benefits, energy saving, and support to get online.

The details and locations can be found on the council website – please check the opening times before attending.

Keeping services running during the cold weather

I understand that plans are in place to keep services running across the borough and the council is asking residents to follow guidance to keep warm and well, and to look out for others who may struggle in the cold weather. Mayor Jason Perry has confirmed that council teams will be checking in on elderly and vulnerable residents to make sure they have what they need and are coping well.

The council has confirmed that it will be working with partners including Streetlink and Thames Reach to support rough sleepers – encouraging them to take up offers of accommodation and shelter. People can also get in touch with Streetlink for advice on how to help someone sleeping rough.

Christmas and New Year bin collections

Please make sure to check your collection dates, because waste and recycling collections in Croydon will temporarily change over the festive period.

You can easily view their Christmas and New Year collection dates, as well as their new 2023 bin calendars online – with just an address or post code – using the council’s new digital collection calendar which is also available to be printed in libraries.

If you’ve opted for a real Christmas tree, make sure to recycle it. Croydon offers a free collection service – just leave your tree out in front of your property from 9 January 2023 and it will be collected over the next fortnight.

As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me at chris.philp.mp@parliament.uk if you require assistance from me.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and all the very best wishes for 2023!

Chris Philp 

Member of Parliament for Croydon South