Wednesday 3 June. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Public Meeting
New Addington. Details to be posted on https://croydoncc.wordpress.com
Saturday 6 June. Croydon Assembly
Read Andrew Fisher about the reconvened Assembly at http://insidecroydon.com/2015/04/26/play-your-part-in-the-second-croydon-assembly-june-6
Sunday 12 July. Friends of Grangewood Park ‘Picnic in the Park’
Matthews Yard survives into third year
May’s Croydon Citizen
Watch out for the new print edition. It includes a discussion piece the editorial team asked me to write on faith schools.
Whose running our communities?
Two stories raise the question of who is running our communities: work on the Ship building in South Norwood without planning permission and the threat to a popular cafe
Meanwhile community win over The Wheatsheaf in Tooting. See https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/3rpop0fyp2cfg
As legal avenues close politics hots up over Incinerator
- NHS Reinstatement Bill
You can ask all candidates whether they will support the NHS Reinstatement Bill by going to www.nhsbill2015.org
- Reports on hustings meetings
Inequalities, housing & litter debate
The General election has stimulated several people to contribute to debate on inequalities, housing and litter.
- Homelessness: http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydon-affordable-housing-important-homeless
- Inequalities in South Croydon. Left economist writes about them Andrew Fisher at http://insidecroydon.com/2015/04/29/its-economically-grim-down-south-here-in-croydon
- Housing: http://insidecroydon.com/2015/04/27/time-to-make-housing-a-voting-issue-one-brick-at-a-time.
Range of issues for Fairness Commission widens
- The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission has released research showing that 18% of people in Croydon say they need more support to stop them feeling isolated and lonely. The Commission is seeking the public’s views. See http://www.opportunitycroydon.org/articles/2015-04-29/loneliness-a-problem-says-commission
- Learning difficulties. Debbie Russel has suggested that more needs to be done to tackle learning difficulties early.
- Commissioner Mashhood Ahmed writes at http://www.opportunitycroydon.org/articles/2015-04-28/blog-homelessness-by-commissioner-mashhood-ahmed
- Cane Hill redevelopment. East Coulsdon Residents Association views on Cane Hill development and Coulsdon Masterplan have been loaded to the Commission website.
- My submissions have been loaded up to the Commission website.
- Foundation choses new Chair
- Campaign against John Lewis continues around the country
Council’s 20 Mile An Hour Zone Consultation
Pity the poor landlords
- Landlords operating in Croydon are continuing to campaign against the Council’s licensing scheme on social media sites like Streetlife – full of factual errors and moans about their poor lot, inc. allegation Council officers do not know about the scheme. I have posted a comment on the case for the scheme, why rents should not go up and the Council website area with the details: https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/17ekt1g3psmw0/#comment-16
- According to Inside Croydon a Gavin Barwell supporting developer who converts offices into rabbit-hutches has objected to Croydon Council’s ban on this without planning permission in the Town Centre. http://insidecroydon.com/2015/05/02/bogus-barwell-shows-his-true-colours-as-the-millionaires-mate
- Meanwhile it has been revealed that UKIP housing spokesman Andrew Charalambous earns £800,000 in housing benefit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-wealthiest-private-landlords-being-paid-millions-in-housing-benefit-despite-social-housing-being-cut-10208208.html
- Aa Homes and Housing fails to clear away fly-tipping at Coombe Farm with Lloyd Park http://insidecroydon.com/2015/05/03/lloyd-parks-blot-on-the-landscape-and-no-ones-responsible.