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
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
Wednesday 18 March. 2pm. Claudia Jones Film
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.
The recent meeting of the Waster Partnership is discussed in
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.
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
ConDem Coalition may help bail out Bernard Weatherill House
Westfield/Hammerson and CPO Update
Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard has submitted Freedom of Information request on access into the development:
Opposition Grows to Hammerson in Shoreditch
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