Monday 10 – Friday 14 May. 11am. Employability Workshops
Thursday 13 May. 3.30pm. MHA The Wilderness On-line Roadshow Heritage and Accessibility
MHA The Wilderness free online event with Heritage Ability – Living Options Devon to celebrate MHA’s National Lottery Heritage Fund projects and its communal effort in making heritage environments more accessible to people living with disabilities. Book your free ticket at:
Monday 17 May. 6.30 pm. Cabinet Meeting
The Cabinet will rule out closing the five small libraries as an option in the second stage consultation on the future of libraries. Meanwhile most libraries re-opened with limited service on 7 May. The Cabinet agenda is: investigation into conditions at 1-87 Regina Road and the Housing Service Improvement Plan, on-going review of Brick by Brick, Libraries Public Consultation Phase Two – Financial Performance Report – Period 11, Fees & Charges 2021/22 ; Croydon Renewal Community Engagement; (Stages 1 & 2 recommendations from Scrutiny, Investing in our Borough (CALAT Management Information System Contract ). The 484 page agenda pack can be seen here:
Friday 4 June. London Mozart Players & Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Concert at Fairfield Halls with London Mozart Players, Kanneh-Mason will perform Dvorak’s cello concerto.
Tories Do Well But Fail To Take Labour Seats
Croydon Labour will breath a sigh of relief, while the Tories need to ponder why they did not take the three Labour seats in the bye-elections on Thursday. Labour’s Kola Agboola won New Addington North, Labour Louis Carserides South Norwood, and Michael Bonello Woodside. The Tories held on to their two by-election seats, Ola Kolade in Kenley and Jade Appleton Parkhill and Whitgift.
The Tories romped home in the GLA election to retain the Croydon and Sutton seat. I hope the GLA victor Neil Garratt (41% to Labour’s Patsy Cummings 32%) enjoys his powerless role in the Mayoral dictatorship system. Their candidate for Mayor took 44% of the Croydon and Sutton vote with Khan on 32%.
Unravelling The Complexity Of Brick By Brick Should Ease Sale To Urban Splash
On 17 May the Cabinet is being asked to agree a number of measures to unravel the complexity of its financial relationship with Brick by Brick. which should mean less complex negotiations with Urban Splash to buy Brick by Brick and its architecture team 40-under-40 Common Ground.
The Cabinet will agree:
- that the £69.262m costs of the Fairfield Halls refurbishment be treated as capital expenditure rather than as a Capital Loan;
- that the existing Fairfield Halls refurbishment contracts with Brick by Brick be novated to the Council
- that specialist consultants or contractors be appointed to identify any additional remedial works to Fairfield Halls;
- that the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) acquire 104 residential units from Brick by Brick
- that the consolidated loan agreement shall, if required, be varied to include a further loan draw down amount of up to £10 million to cover additional working capital, in the event that this is required by Brick by Brick due to possible delays with forecast sales receipts;
- that the Council acquire further units or other assets from Brick by Brick within existing capital budget provision.
Other Croydon News
Money Still To Be Made From Offices
Brunswick Property Partners are showing that there is still money to be made from offices. It has just spent £32.7m purchasing the long leaseholds on Knollys House and Stephenson House in Addiscombe Road for Akoya, its London neighbourhood workplace venture. Existing tenants include the British Medical Association and the Local Communities Department of the Government.
Domestic Violence Rockets
Referrals to Croydon’s FJC (formerly Family Justice Centre) rose from 980 in March 2017 to 2,076 in April 2021, an increase of 111.8%.
Croydon Young Anglicans Discuss Racism And Anti-Racism In the Church
Police Heavy Use Of Stop And Search Of Black People
Police Raid Scrapyard
Aldi Plans New Store
Planning Applications Week Of 25 April
The applications include one to demolish a Red Gables, 2 Beech Avenue and build a part 3-4storey building of 31 flats.
Chris Philp Attacks Council Proposed Library Closures
Before he knew that the Council is to drop closing the five small libraries, Croydon South Conservative MP Chris Philp hypocritically slammed the Council. Hypocrisy: he represents the Party
- that planned to close Libraries over ten years ago and had to back off, contracted the service to Laing which sold it on to Carillion, which collapsed leading to the Labour Council taking the management back in house;
- whose austerity cuts to Councils have led to crises with libraries across the country;
- whose Secretary of State rejected my proposed alternative funding strategy for the Council (with Philp not even acknowledging receipt of the copy sent to him.)
Philp is also the MP who has conned people into supporting the one person dictatorship of a so called democratically elected Mayor.