Croydon Round-up – 19 December

Purley Pool

Campaigners deny council claims that the pool is in a ‘dangerous’ state of disrepair. See:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Purley-Pool-Campaigners-deny-council-claims-pool/story-25733748-detail/story.html#ixzz3MFQ38OaM

New Addington Pool

Inside Croydon suggests that the cost of the proposed New Addington pool are greatly inflated.

http://insidecroydon.com/2014/12/18/developer-price-tag-for-new-addington-pool-is-10m-too-much

Controlling loss of office space in Town Centre

The Council’s Article 4 Determination now prevents conversion of offices to residential in the Town Centre without planning permission.

http://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/make-application/article4

Segregation of ‘Affordable’ Housing

At the planning committee on Thursday 4 December Labour Councillor Sean Fitzsimons, branded plans to move all affordable housing from the Galaxy House development on Cherry Orchard Road into neighbouring Quest House development as “skilfully segregated”.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Developers-deny-skilful-segregation-rich-poor/story-25702210-detail/story.html

CEO warns about dangers of continued cuts

Council CEO Nathan Elvery, warns that keeping essential services intact will become much harder in three years’ time if the Government’s attitudes towards cutting public sector spending are not changed. http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Council-boss-warns-cash-squeeze/story-25699172-detail/story.html. Croydon’s draft budget cuts plan will have to be re-looked at in the light of yesterday’s local government finance settlement decision by the Conservative led Government.

East European Child in Schools

Croydon school governor Jean Gooding has commented on this issue in response to my blog posting https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/the-schooling-and-identity-of-eastern-european-immigrant-pupils-in-england-11-december.

Glen Hart’s TUCS Manifesto for Croydon North

Prospective Trade Union and Socialist Coalition Parliamentary candidate for Croydon North Glen Hart has published his manifesto. You can read it at
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxuABjS5aV7oV2NnREVycXRoUFU/preview?pli=1

What Does the Library Taskforce Report Mean for Croydon?

The Sieghart report Independent Library Report for England published yesterday is being broadly welcomed. The national Library Campaign welcomes it and wants action. Perhaps the Croydon Save our Libraries campaign could hold a public meeting to discuss the report and its potential implications for Croydon? Perhaps a Councillor would set up a Scrutiny mini-review to look at the developing the library service in the light of the report. For full details see http://www.librarycampaign.com/sieghart-action-needed-now

How Many Croydon NEETS are ‘lost’

Nearly 22% of last year’s  Croydon’s  school leavers may be NEETS  – young people who have not have gone into education, employment or training)  That’s 935 according to November figures quoted by Alisa Fleming, the Cabinet Meeting for Children Families & Learning at the Council meeting on 1 December.

In Out of Sight a new Fabian Society pamphlet the question is raised as to what has happened to thousands of NEETs, The author Richard Brooks argues that ‘Almost nothing would have so great an impact on our society and economy in the long term as seriously reducing the number of young people who are not. But in order to crack the problem, we need to know who they are and where they are. We have lost track of over 150,000 young people nationally, including over 50,000 NEETs, and are in thrall to a profoundly misleading idea that they are troubled, excluded and even dangerous.

NEETs are not a ‘wicked’ issue, but one that can be tackled successfully. This does not require major new resources or far-reaching changes to national legislation or policy. It does require a proper count, at both local and national level, to reflect the true scale of the problem and push the issue up the political agenda. It also requires proper accountability and determined leadership, especially at the local level, to bring together schools, colleges, employers, careers advice services and third sector organisations to ensure many more young people develop the skills and qualifications they need.’

For further details see http://www.fabians.org.uk/out-of-sight.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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