Friday 27 February. Deadline date extended for nominations to be Resident Commissioners on Croydon Opportunity and Fairness
Nomination form is at www.opportunitycroydon.org/resources
Tuesday 3 March. 8-9.30pm. East Croydon Community Organization meeting
ARK Oval Primary Academy, 98 Cherry Orchard Road, CR0 6BA
- How the developers Redrow and Menta would like to contribute to our community
- how to use a temporary community space on Cherry Orchard Road. E.g. playground, a market place or something else?
Wednesday 11 March. 5.30-7.30pm. Croydon University Hospital Patient Engagement Event
Croydon University Hospital are inviting members of the public to talk to them about areas of care which could be improved. Oasis Restaurant, Croydon University Hospital, London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE
Whitgift Redevelopment Start Delayed to September 2016
Unveiling pre-tax profits of £703m Hammerson has announced that start on site on the Whitgift redevelopment will be September 2016 due to delays in planning and design. This means that the earliest completion date will August 2020, one month later than the predicted date in my submission to the CPO Inquiry. If the work is undertaken in two phases it will be completed in 2024.
Despite the disruption that will be caused by the work Croydon Advertiser has decided to back the scheme: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/ADVERTISER-SAYS-Westfield-bring-short-term-pain/story-26032238-detail/story.html
Croydon Advertiser is taking Freedom of Information to try and find out details of the membership etc of the Croydon Strategic Metropolitan Board was formed last year to oversee multi-million pound developments, including the Whitgift Centre scheme. It understands that John Lewis the retailer is a member.
Elsewhere Hammerson and Ballymore’s £800m scheme for Shoreditch is facing strong opposition which may force a change in the plans. http://www.standard.co.uk/business/business-news/opposition-to-hammersons-800m-shoreditch-redevelopment-triggers-rethink-10048920.html
Stuart Collins wants Plan B for incinerator
At the South London Waste Partnership meeting on 17 February Stuart Collins, Croydon’s main representative, called for a Plan B in case the Viridor scheme does not go ahead, and also a debate on air quality at a future meeting. Anti- incinerator campaigners held a small protest outside Croydon Town Hall where the meeting had been transferred. Only one member of the public was allowed to address the meeting.
Viridor is reported as wanting to make the incinerator even bigger. See:
Cabinet webcast not permanently available
The webcast of the Cabinet meeting on 17 February can only be seen live; it does not remain up on the web after the meeting is over. See http://www.croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/165397. Not much good for people who could not watch it live because they have other commitments at the time.
Opposition starts to Fiveways Scheme
Memories needed to mark borough’s half century
Anybody willing to share stories of Croydon in 1965 in a Museum of Croydon exhibition is asked to email email@example.com or ring 020 8253 1022.
Croydon’s historic development
Rossella Scalia begins a discussion on Croydon’s historic development from the 13thC at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/traces-croydon
Electoral Registration and the Selhurst By-election
Croydon’s Electoral Returning Office and CEO Nathan Elvery tells me (email 16 February) that it is too late for people to get on the electoral register in time to vote in the Selhurst by-election.
‘In terms of changes on the register before the by-election, this is not possible. However we are using this as an opportunity to promote the need to register before the 20th April for the General Election.
Agents are allowed, clearly, to remind residents to register but I am not involving them in the process itself as I need to keep a separation between the running of the elections and the candidates which will be standing for the elections or indeed their supporting agents.’
Is TfL planning a slip road to serve the south approach to the Whitgift Redevelopment?
Given the rumour that TfL is planning a slip road which would enter Surrey St and involve the total or partial demolition of three buildings I submitted a Freedom of Information request to Croydon Council (9 February). The reply (16 February) states:
‘The Council has not received any proposal from Transport for London to create a slip road from the A232 into the Whitgift redevelopment area via Surrey Street.’
Healthwatch Croydon’s Ends Contract with CVA
From April Healthwatch Croydon will employ its own staff instead of having support provided by Croydon Voluntary Action. It is also recruiting a new CEO. It is setting up a new group called Healthwatch Croydon Forum. This will consist of a large group of people who we will ask to comment on specific issues, and call on to act as volunteers and Enter and View representatives. If you would like to join Healthwatch Croydon Forum, you will need to complete HwC’s equality monitoring form and skills audit. Please contact Naomi Gilbert on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 020 8663 5648 for further information.
What is the role of a representative?
When an individual represents an organisation e.g. on a partnership body, there are a number of responsibilities. Healthwatch Croydon has drawn up a useful checklist which is applicable in any representative situation and therefore are edited accordingly.
- Prepare for and attend relevant meetings
- Obtain and represent the views of your organisation
- Play a part in the decision making process regarding matters which fall within the remit of the partnership
- Act fairly, equally and with respect for diversity at all times and respect confidentiality when required
- Remain neutral and listen and respect the views of others
- Report back to your organisation on key meeting outcomes and decisions
A good representative will:
- Represent and put forward the views and opinions of others, not their personal views and opinions
- Regularly consult others to seek views and opinions before attending meetings
- Regularly attend meetings and actively contribute to discussions at these meetings
- Report back to the organisation on important outcomes and decisions at these meetings
- Maintain 2-way communications between your organisation, external organisations as well as members
- Understand the political landscape, structures and policies
- Be able to scrutinise and challenge
For the specific application with the Health Watch partnership see: http://www.healthwatchcroydon.co.uk/sites/default/files/hwc_effective_representation_slides_template_read-only.pdf
Organising Culture in Croydon – A Cautionary Tale
Jazz musicians Daniel Bechet, Gary Crosby, Denise Jannah and Tony Rémy will not be performing in Croydon this summer due to lack of suitable venues. The aim of jazz promoter Ra Hendricks and myself was to bring these top name jazz musicians to Croydon and attract non-Croydonian fans to come to the Town Centre.
It started off as offering Fairfield Halls the chance to have Denise Jannah from Holland perform her Ella Fitzgerald show – turned down. Then a four night package was offered for the Ambitious Croydon Festival – rejected by the Council’s organiser John Bownas as not fitting with his concept for the Festival. Ra then rescheduled the dates to 2-6 July in order to ensure the musicians were booked in their diaries.
As Daniel was coming from France and Denise from Holland the costs involved are expensive and there are various technical requirements of any venue. To ensure at least break-even we needed to have an audience of at least 150 people. The Conference Centre was too expensive. Braithwaite Hall did not have the support facilities needed. Fairfield Halls turned the package down. The Croydon Masonic Hall was too expensive, cannot provide the technical equipment needed and requires hiring of buffet as well.
So Ra and I abandoned a Town Centre venue. We looked instead at Stanley Halls, but this has been ruled out partly because of its out of the way location and because its piano is not up the standard needed.
So we have abandoned putting the package on in Croydon.
Daniel Bechet is the son of the jazz legend Sidney Bechet.