Saturday 16 – Saturday 23 June. Croydon Festival of Peace. What Does Peace Mean To You?
The events include talks by Dan Frost and myself on peace movements in Croydon. See flier here:
Has Paul Scott got a new conflict of interest over planning?
Now that Paul Scott has a Cabinet responsibility with Stuart King on transport, environment and urban regeneration, does his continuance as Chair of Planning mean he has conflict of interest? As Cabinet member he is responsible for trying to ensure Council policies are implemented. As Chair of Planning he is responsible for ensuring that every planning application considered by the Planning Committees is judged on its merits within the national, London and Croydon Local Plan policies. Therefore schemes could be rejected even though they might mean Council policies cannot be implemented. As Planning Committee consideration is quasi judicial the Chair should not be held by a member of the executive (the Cabinet).Inside Croydon discusses the issue at length at
Council view on Taberner House deal
News in Brief
Mothercare may shut in Croydon
£5,000 target reached for judicial review of Brick by Brick is now a dead elephant.
Council pulls plug on MyCroydon App (Inside Croydon. 19 May)
7 in 10 Voters did not vote in Council elections (Inside Croydon. 19 May)
Croydon North MP’s latest newsletter contains details about his work on Grenfell and cladding and mental patients. His website is at https://www.stevereedmp.co.uk
Where’s Plan B for the Whitgift?
Andrew Kennedy has re-raised the issue of what happens if Westfield does not happen. More and more people I speak are beginning to be sceptical that it is now a dead elephant. This is what Andrew says:
‘What is Plan B for Croydon? Here most of us are hoping that Westfield takes place in some form or another, but what if it doesn’t? Can we just muddle on? Where are all these people who are supposedly moving into all these flat going to work? Croydon, the commuter town. East Croydon Station is going to be a nightmare and the A23 at Coulsdon already is choc a bloc with commuters in cars and lorries. I refer back to warnings that were given in 2014 by Peter Latham in the Croydon Citizen and Sean Creighton in his blog. Just search for “Plan B”.’
Peter’s article is here:
Is Croydon Advertiser deluded over Westfield’s effects?
What do you think?
Store closures raise concerns
Labour Councillor discusses knife crime
See my discussion piece at