Contents: Croydon Election Results; Croydon Election comment; The Case for 20 Mile an Hour Zones; Work starts on former Addiscombe Library; Proposed Purley 16 storey tower; Yates Pub chain leaves Croydon town centre; Police defend stop-and-search tactics in South Norwood; Lloyd Park’s Blot on the Landscape; Croydon History; Whitgift Centre Redevelopment Related News; Croydon makes it into Skyscraper News; The role of faith schools in Croydon; Croydon Council apologises to parents of 32 pupils for Tories unlawfully charging £50,000 for reading lessons; A better place? Croydon’s new Place Directorate gets to work on Thornton Heath High Street
Croydon Election Results
Croydon Election comment
- Why did about a third of Croydon’s electors note vote: Croydon Central 32.14%, North 37.5%; South 29.46% – nationally 33.9%?
- Was Labour’s failure to defeat Gavin Barwell (by 165 votes) due to failure of organisation on polling day, or the voters who supported the Greens and TUSC or a combination of both?
The Case for 20 Mile an Hour Zones
The details of the Council’s 20mph consultation can be found at: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/croydon-consults-on-20-mph-speed-limits
It is worth reading the 20s Plenty For Us campaign on why such zones are important. ‘Many communities want a culture change in how public spaces are shared. It takes a shift in thinking for BIG results – away from car dominance towards streets for people. Wide area 20mph limits are essential to move us in the right direction in our travel and exercise habits. Public Health and many other things improve at 20mph.’ Its latest briefing compares 20mph and 30mph futures: http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/Briefings/Think-Big.pdf
Work starts on former Addiscombe Library
Proposed Purley 16 storey tower
Debate over the 16 storey tower in Purley from a Town Centre perspective
Those who argue that such a development in the South will provide more social housing need to remember that so –called ‘affordable’ housing in these development sis very expensive and rents can be at 80% of private market rents.
Yates Pub chain leaves Croydon town centre
Police defend stop-and-search tactics in South Norwood
Lloyd Park’s Blot on the Landscape
The Council’s task of cleaning up the Borough is not made easy when it cannot get action by private landowners. In side Croydon highlights the case at Coombe Farm and Lloyd’s Park
The land is owned by Anwar Ansari of AA Homes and associated companies like Suburban Studios, Anabow Services (Liverpool), Metropolitan Resources (Croydon) and Cope Crown. He has been involved in property development projects in Croydon at Coombe Farm, Exchange Court (offices to residential), Leslie Arms, 29 Southbridge Rd, and 1 & 2 Rutland Rd, and many around the country. Ansari was a former Vice-Chair of Croydon Central Labour Party, and was involved in rows over Labour deputy leadership campaign and to Wavertree (Liverpool) Labour Party in 2010. AA Homes is a member of Develop Croydon. For more details about AA Homes visit http://aahomesandhousing.com
- 68-70 London Rd. Kake’s latest posting on the history of buildings in London Rd is at http://london-road-croydon.org/history/0068-0070-rockbottom.html
- Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network Newsletter No 40 May
- 1960s to 1990s. David White reviews Croydon’s history at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/political-croydon-nineties
Whitgift Centre Redevelopment Related News
- Barwell on Westfield. Newly re-elected Croydon Central MP and Trustee of the Whitgift Foundation Gavin Barwell ‘rejects the suggestion that Westfield and Hammerson’s redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre, …… would have come to fruition regardless of him. He points to John Burton, Westfield director, speaking at his campaign launch last year.’ “Yes, Westfield have long had an interest in coming here. But actually it was the Conservative council and MP for the area that got them actually involved.” “I’m not saying it was all down to me, absolutely not……but I think any fair-minded person would say this is something that I’ve played a significant role in.” http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/localnews/12933716.ELECTION_2015___Everyone_wrote_me_off_but_I_can_prove_them_wrong____Gavin_Barwell_on_fighting_for_his_job
- Westfield development ‘could cause chaos on the trams’
- Property tycoon builds stately home in Cotswolds. Jamie Ritblat of Delancey, which now controls Minerva, the property firm which failed to redevelop part of Croydon Town Centre despite having a CPO to support its Park Place development, is building an 18thC style mansion in the Costwolds. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Companies/article1551481.ece
Croydon makes it into Skyscraper News
The role of faith schools in Croydon
See my discussion piece in Croydon Citizen (on line and in May’s print edition.
Croydon Council apologises to parents of 32 pupils for Tories unlawfully charging £50,000 for reading lessons
A better place? Croydon’s new Place Directorate gets to work on Thornton Heath High Street