Cabinet Monday 19 January. 6.30pm
See postings dated 11 January on some of the Cabinet papers for the Monday 19 January on equalities and inclusion, financial exclusion, waste workforce reorganisation, performance monitoring, school places demand, Purley Pool, street lighting and cycling strategy.
Croydon Friends of the Earth Group 19 January. 7.30pm
United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, (near East Croydon Station). CFoE discusses local and national environmental issues and holds stalls at public events such as festivals to raise awareness and get people to sign petitions about things like the decline in bee populations. It has been involved in the campaign to stop the building of the incinerator in Beddington.
Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-committee Committee Tuesday 20 January. 6.30pm
See details on preceding posting.
Croydon Council Meeting Monday 26 January. 7pm
To see agenda go to https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl early next week.
Croydon Enterprise & Skills Development Board Meeting Thursday 29 January 4-6pm
Planned outcomes for meeting:
- A Main Board
- Working parties who will develop key areas
- A list of priorities that need working on: immediately; within one year; within three years.
- Proposed dates of meetings for the next three months, there have been offers of other premises and rotating location may be a good way of ensuring maximum participation.
Crystal Palace Study Centre, Selhurst Park, London SE25 6PU
To join the Board’s LinkedIn group go to https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=8235254&trk=anet_ug_hm
Other Croydon January events
see 11 January posting at:
The NHS and the General Election
As a national opinion poll reveals that the NHS is the Tories Achilles heel, Croydon Citizen’s Tom Black discusses the importance of the issue in Croydon at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/three-little-letters.
Election Hustings in Croydon
Although Inside Croydon wants him to stand as a comedy candidate in the General Election, Croydon Tech City activist Jonny Rose outlines a serious case for an improved approach to Croydon General Election hustings on Croydon Citizen based on themes.
The Croydon Assembly working parties are working on a list of questions for people to out at the hustings meetings and these should be available in March.
Planning Officers reject Norbury shisha cafe planning applications
The Council’s planning officers have rejected two applications for continued use of two shisha cafes on Norbury High St (London Rd). Based on discussions at their joint planning committee the Norbury Residents Associations opposed the applications.
Tackling out of control capitalism
Andrew Fisher, convenor of the Croydon Assembly working group on austerity, banks and privatisation, and author of The Failed Experiment writes on vampire capitalism at http://leapeconomics.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/vampire-capitalism-is-prospering-but.html
The Communist Party, which is based at Croydon’s Ruskin House, has just published its ideas of for progressive tax reforms entitled From each according to their means. http://issuu.com/communist_party/docs/taxation_pamphlet
Auditing Croydon’s Accounts
Grant Thornton, the Council’s auditors, submitted evidence to the National Audit Office consultation last year. Full details can be seen at http://www.nao.org.uk/keep-in-touch/our-surveys/consultation-code-audit-practice.
Here is one of the Grant Thornton’s comments:
‘It is helpful that the Code confirms that auditors are considering the arrangements in place to support the achievement of value for money, and are not required to reach a view on whether value for money has actually been achieved.
Paragraph 3.6 states that ‘should evidence of poor value for money become apparent during the course of the audit, the auditor should consider the implications of this for their work’. We have assumed this means that auditors are not required to search out and follow-up evidence of potential poor value for money, but rather review and consider the underlying arrangements where a situation arises that clearly identifies poor value for money of a significant nature.’
GT’s 2013/14 audit report letter to the Council did not state what inquiries it 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.
2 Private Sector Rental Flats Shut Down by Council
Two nuisance flats in Ashburton that were the cause of anti-social behaviour have been “shut down” by the council. See http://news.croydon.gov.uk/nuisance-flats-closed-by-council