Croydon Miscellaneous News and November Events

Equalities and Inclusion Consultation

Croydon Council is consulting on its Equalities and Inclusion Policy. The document can be found at

http://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/equality/ei-policy

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: equalityandinclusion@croydon.gov.uk

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

https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=16&cmte=PMA&grpid=public&arc=1

 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.

https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=55&cmte=PLN&grpid=public&arc=1

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.

Audit 2013/14

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

See https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/820

Saturday 22 November. African History & Croydon event 

See https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/923

Thursday  24 November: Croydon Communities Consortium AGM & Public Meeting

For details see http://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/agm-and-public-meeting-24-nov-14.

For why CCC should be supported see http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/care-about-the-croydon-communities-consortium

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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