Croydon Up-date 23 February

Diary

Thursday 26 February. 8pm. Croydon Assembly Climate Change/Environment working group meeting

It is hoped to convert this group into the Croydon Environmental Forum, a monthly meeting for those involved or interested in environmental issues, to coordinate efforts and share expertise at a local level. Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD.

Wednesday 4 March. 2pm. Divided by Race, United in War and Peace Film

See details at https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/campaigning-for-civil-rights-two-films-at-david-lean

Book at

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/divided-by-race-united-in-war-and-peace-film-tickets-15708620908?aff=ehomesaved

Saturday 7 March. 11.30am. Meet at East Croydon Station to join ‘Time to Act’ Day of Action against Climate Change. Members of Croydon Green groups (such as the Green Party, and Transition Town) will assemble at the Station. All welcome to join them.

Monday 9 March. 7-8.30pm. South Norwood Regeneration

Residents and businesses are being given the chance to have their say on the regeneration of South Norwood. Part of the Connected Croydon programme, the council has secured £1.5m in funding from Transport for London to improve streets and spaces around Portland Road, Station Road and the High Street.  Construction work is due to start next year following consultation with residents over how they would like the area to look. This is expected to be completed by March 2017. Venue: Stanley Halls.

Thursday 12 March. 4-6pm. Croydon BME Forum on Stop and Search

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spotlight-on-stop-search-how-experiences-of-stop-search-can-be-improved-tickets-15800213865

bme-forum-e1424688936627

Wednesday 18 March. 2pm. Claudia Jones Film

See details at https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/campaigning-for-civil-rights-two-films-at-david-lean

Book at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/looking-for-claudia-jones-film-tickets-15708445383

The Mystery of Matthews Yard

The mystery of the presence of a Council worker inside Matthews Yard when it was closed has been reported by Croydon Advertiser.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Council-says-mysterious-Matthews-Yard-visit/story-26047647-detail/story.html

Incinerator Politics

The recent meeting of the Waster Partnership is discussed in

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/02/18/only-part-b-but-no-plan-b-at-councils-incinerator-meeting

Criticism of Council Consultation and Fairness Commission Grows

The criticism of the Council’s consultation methods, the way the Fairness Commission has been set up is growing.

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/02/21/residents-associations-mobilise-to-get-better-say-with-council

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/02/22/strong-need-for-our-council-to-be-more-open-and-fair

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/02/18/opportunity-fails-to-knock-for-fairness-commission-volunteers

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/time-reform-council-meetings

I have submitted three further submissions to the Commission:

No. 5. Crime in Croydon

No. 6. Fuel & Water Poverty & Energy Efficiency

No. 7. Social Exclusion and Transport

Liverpool adopts a landlords licence scheme

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-31542167

ConDem Coalition may help bail out Bernard Weatherill House

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/02/20/by-jupiter-is-whitehall-considering-a-move-to-fishers-folly

Westfield/Hammerson and CPO Update

Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard has submitted Freedom of Information request on access into the development:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/plans_for_vehicular_access_to_we

Opposition Grows to Hammerson in Shoreditch

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/bishopsgate-rethink-must-not-tinker-around-the-edges-warn-opponents/8678803.article

The mayor of Hackney has launched a campaign to oppose the scheme. http://www.propertyweek.com/news/hackney-council-to-oppose-%C2%A3800m-bishopsgate-goodsyard/5073063.article

More Public Involvement in Planning Needed

Civic Voice, the national organisation for the civic movement has issued a manifesto. It states:

‘We face a crisis of civic engagement. This is a symptom of the frustration people feel as power is taken away from communities and they are subject to tokenistic consultation. We need to give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place and to give communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper.’

Civic Voice is calling for:

  • Every local authority to produce a Place Improvement Strategy
  • Policies to support collaborative planning for major development and local plans
  • Policies to enable local authorities to control use classes and permitted development rights according to local need

To download the Manifesto go to http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/manifesto 

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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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