Healthy School Streets Consultation

Healthy School Streets – Have Your Say

Croydon Council would like to hear what you think about plans to introduce six new Healthy School Streets in Croydon.

Following the introduction of 40 Healthy School Streets across the borough, the Council have been working with schools to understand where there is an interest in introducing a new scheme, but before doing so, the Council are keen to hear your views.

The schools being considered are:

  • Applegarth Academy, Addington CR0 9DL
  • Beulah Road Infant and Nursery, Thornton Heath CR7 8NJ
  • Harris Primary Academy Purley Way, South Croydon CR0 4FE
  • John Wood Primary School, Croydon CR0 6JA
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate, Purley CR8 1EX
  • Rowdown Primary School, New Addington CR0 0EG

What are Healthy School Streets?

Healthy School Streets help pupils to have safer, healthier journeys to and from school, by restricting the roads outside the school during school drop-off and pick-up times.

This encourages parents and pupils to leave the car at home more often for the school run, and instead choose more sustainable and active means of travel, such as walking, cycling, or scooting. Healthy School Streets benefit residents by decreasing motor traffic in their neighbourhood during busy pick-up and drop-off hours – reducing congestion, noise, and air pollution.

Benefits of Healthy School Streets:

  • Safer school journeys for pupils
  • Make it easier to choose sustainable travel like walking and cycling
  • Cleaner and less polluted streets
  • Improve our air quality
  • Encourage active travel, helping to promote healthy lifestyles

How do I get involved?

Before making a decision on the future of these schemes we want to hear from local residents and drivers who use the roads on the proposals.

Take the consultation survey between Wednesday 8 May and Tuesday 28 May to give your views.

The Council encourage everyone to provide their views, this includes pupils, parents and school staff.

For any scheme specific enquiries or if you require the consultation information in a different format contact Croydon Council on 020 8726 6000, 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday, or email:

Note: when contacting Croydon Council via email you must enter the scheme specific reference in the subject line.

What happens next?

Feedback will be used to develop recommendations that will be reported to Cabinet, It will then decide on the future of the schemes.

If approved, further consultation will be held on the Healthy School Streets during the summer.

The Spring Park Shirley Bowling Club

The Spring Park Shirley Bowling Club at Shirley Church Recreation Ground is planning for the 2024 season and the future!

If one of your goals for 2024 is to be more active here is something for you to seriously think about …. Signing up to try Lawn Bowls at Spring Park Shirley Bowling Club.

But that’s for old people!!” I hear you cry. And I’d reply “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

This humble game, played May – Sept, is very capable of having a positive effect on your co-ordination, core strength and flexibility as well as your mental wellbeing.

Bowls is a sport for everybody – it takes seconds to learn, but a lifetime to master – as shown in…

“Day 1 – Visited the Spring Park Shirley Bowls Club today with my husband for a taster session. We were welcomed, assigned a coach each and after some basic coaching my bowl was stopping relatively near the Jack (the small white target). We stopped for tea and the other members came to chat with us. Just when I thought it was over a challenge was issued – I was to play against my husband. My bowls were nearer the Jack than when I started, but nowhere near in comparison to my husbands! He seemed to step forward and release the bowl like a swan nudging it’s offspring ahead in the water, the bowl glided across the green and came to rest much nearer the Jack than mine. There was much banter over dinner. This game is not as easy as it first appears.”

“1 Month in – Visiting a couple of times a week over the last month and receiving more coaching, my husband and I are hooked. My husband is now settled into his bowling stride. He makes the delivery of his bowl look effortless whilst my bowls continue to visit all areas of the rink I am playing on as well as those I am not. Despite the challenges, my teammates laugh with me and continue to offer never ending support. This game is addictive and so enjoyable, why did I not take it up earlier? Oh yes, I remember now, I thought it was just for old people – how wrong I was!”

“April 2023 (1 year later) – We’ve decided to enter a number of club competitions this year and are excited to challenge ourselves against some of the club’s top players. We’re also looking forward to joining some of the away days, visiting some coastal bowls clubs (Herne Bay and Eastbourne) and pitching our wits against their teams.”

Visit to find out more about us and our programme of taster sessions starting on Sunday 5th May 2024!

Tackling Loneliness in Bromley

Tackling Loneliness in the London Borough of Bromley has been high on the agenda since 2019. The borough started its conversation about loneliness and social isolation at a summit in 2019 which aimed to raise awareness amongst delegates from statutory, voluntary and provider sectors and gain a greater understanding of those at risk of experiencing loneliness.

The impact of COVID-19 meant many voluntary and community organisations had to change the way in which they delivered their services across the borough. During the pandemic volunteers, living throughout the borough, helped those who were vulnerable and shielding with support including making regular telephone calls and providing support.

In 2021 the local authority held a series of workshops with key organisations and community leaders within the borough to discuss those at risk of experiencing loneliness, existing services to support these groups and what actions were needed to tackle loneliness going forward. One of the key messages was that Bromley has many activities, groups, and volunteers, but the community needs a place to find all of these exciting opportunities in one place.

Since the strategy went live, these are a number of notable projects and initiatives we have implemented across the borough:

  • Bringing together a recognised source of information containing activities and groups in the borough that can help mitigate loneliness. An e-directory now boasts over 1,000 activities, used both by residents and front-line professionals, such as social-prescribers, as a route into local activities which will increase their social interaction.
  • Delivery of a frontline staff training programme to increase awareness of loneliness, recognise those at risk of experiencing loneliness, have the tools to start up a conversation with individuals about it and signpost residents to support services.
  • Delivering an on-going communications campaign with partners via social media as well as posters and leaflets to continue to raise awareness of loneliness and signpost residents to support and activities. The campaign also promotes the role of volunteering in mitigating loneliness.
  • Residents in Bromley living with a disability told us that they needed more information about travelling across the borough to stay connected with others. We produced a Guide to Accessible Transport to support residents to travel more easily and safely.
  • A creative, intergenerational project was started through a Christmas Card Scheme which saw 900 cards produced by Bromley primary and secondary schools, Children, and Family Centres and after school clubs. These were distributed to care homes, extra care housing schemes, those receiving domiciliary care, care leavers, a local hospice and hospital to let those receiving cards know they were remembered at a potentially lonely time of year.
  • Working with Bromley libraries to assist the community in bringing people together in a wide range of classes, activities, and groups both face to face and online. These include innovative, interactive sessions promoting exercise as well as activities for people with dementia.
  • Lottery funded Prime8 programme from Mytime Active ran from May to October 2022 offering older people who were lonely 8-week free access to Primetime classes, including classes for those impacted by reduced mobility during the pandemic. Many of those attending valued the opportunity to both take part in the exercise classes and create new friendships so much that they continued participating once the programme finished. 78% of participants either maintained or increased their social contact during the Prime8 programme.
  • The Living Well Arts Café in the heart of Bromley is for the homeless to come together to engage in arts activities and be signposted to relevant services.
    The Bromley Platinum Jubilee Parks Fund was launched in July 2022. The £1 million fund aims to contribute towards community led projects that improve Bromley Council’s green spaces in line with the Open Space Strategy. This includes initiatives to tackle social isolation and loneliness, with Friends of Parks groups providing local networks that others can join to help with activity in the borough.
  • Bromley was the only UK local authority to be featured during The Campaign to End Loneliness’s international conference poster exhibit area in February 2023.

What’s next for the loneliness strategy?

These are the highlights of our first year of implementing the Strategy and we look forward to building on these successes in the coming years in partnerships with many more groups and organisations throughout Bromley. We can see momentum building to work together to support people at risk of and experiencing loneliness to re-connect with their communities. Our aim is to embed an understanding of loneliness and what we can do to support residents in years to come.

To find out more information go to Tackling loneliness – London Borough of Bromley.