Equalities and Inclusion Consultation
Croydon Council is consulting on its Equalities and Inclusion Policy. The document can be found at
and the survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EqualityandInclusionSurvey.
The Consultation runs until Friday 14 November.
If you would like a paper copy of the policy or the survey, please e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Sub-committee 5 November
Planning applications for decision:
14/02636/P 168 Orchard Way, Croydon, CR0 7NN. Erection of single storey side extension. Ward: Shirley. Recommendation: Grant permission
14/03413/P 4 Stockham’s Close, South Croydon, CR2 0LS. Erection of single storey detached building at rear for use as office. Ward: Sanderstead. Recommendation: Grant permission.
14/03434/P Land r/o 37-41 Pollards Hill South, Norbury, London, SW16 4LW. Demolition of garage building; erection of 4 bedroom two-storey detached house with attached double garage; provision of 2 car parking spaces. Ward: Norbury. Recommendation: Grant permission.
14/03541/P 131 Pollards Hill South, Norbury, London, SW16 4LZ. Alterations and use of garage as gym; Erection of new roof area; erection of dormer extensions in side and rear roof slopes; and erection of single storey rear extension. Ward: Norbury. Recommendation: Grant permission
Planning Committee 6 November
It is considering:
- Planning application 14/01160/P 60 Park Hill Road, Croydon, CR0 5ND
Demolition of the existing house; Erection of 5 two storey three bedroom houses with accommodation in roofspace; formation of vehicular accesses and provision of associated parking. Ward: Fairfield. Recommendation: Grant permission.
- Article 4 Direction (Non-immediate) to remove permitted development rights for the conversion of offices to residential in Croydon Opportunity Area.
Street Lighting Joint Committee
The Street Lighting Joint Committee did not meet on 8 October because not enough members turned up! It is now being held on Tuesday 11 November.
Grant Thornton’s Audit Report is being considered by the General Purposes and Audit Committee on 5 November. The audit letter states that it had already drawn attention to:
- an increase in the number and complexity of errors and misstatements in the draft accounts submitted for audit;
- a deterioration in the quality and timeliness of working papers submitted for audit; and
- delays in the provision of comprehensive responses to audit queries and samples selected for testing.
‘These factors were compounded by a high turnover of finance staff in 2013/14 and the finance team also having to progress the implementation of a new general ledger at the same time as the audit was taking place.’ However it says that ‘the financial statements give a true and fair view of your financial position and of the income and expenditure.’
GT has recommended:
- Ensure that a robust quality assurance and management review process is in place for reviewing draft accounts prior to submitting them for audit.
- Review the effectiveness and impact of recent staff changes to the Finance department and ensure there is sufficient capacity and timescale to prepare and quality review the draft accounts and all working papers before submission to the auditors next year.
- As part of the closedown process, provide training for non-Corporate finance based staff to help them prepare responses supported by evidence for any questions raised by Finance and / or in the course of the audit.
The letter does not state what inquiries GT undertook at the request of residents (such as on the sale of items in the Riesco Collection) and its conclusions. So there is no open transparency about the role of the auditor to review decisions that cause concern.
Saturday 15 November. Croydon Assembly
Saturday 22 November. African History & Croydon event
Thursday 24 November: Croydon Communities Consortium AGM & Public Meeting
For why CCC should be supported see http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/care-about-the-croydon-communities-consortium