Croydon News at 11 May

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/hours-after-the-election-the-dwp-says-it-is-looking-to-cut-a-disabled-access-to-work-scheme-10237191.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/results

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/dande/elections/uk-parliamentary-general-election-7-may-2015/general-election-2015-croydon

Croydon Election comment

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/05/08/britain-is-left-a-divided-nation-croydon-a-polarised-borough

Two questions:

  • 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

http://addiscombe.info/2015/05/refurbishment-works-start-on-old-ashburton-library

Proposed Purley 16 storey tower

Debate over the 16 storey tower in Purley from a Town Centre perspective

http://eastcroydon.org.uk/2015/05/05/labour-council-wants-a-skyscraper-in-purley-nothing-to-do-with-ecco

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

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Pub-chain-leaves-Croydon-town-centre/story-26430740-detail/story.html

Police defend stop-and-search tactics in South Norwood

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Police-forced-defend-stop-search-tactics-South
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

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/05/03/lloyd-parks-blot-on-the-landscape-and-no-ones-responsible

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

Croydon History:

Downloadable at https://sites.google.com/site/samuelcoleridgetaylornetworkb

Whitgift Centre Redevelopment Related News

Croydon makes it into Skyscraper News

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=3524

The role of faith schools in Croydon

See my discussion piece in Croydon Citizen (on line and in May’s print edition.

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydons-faith-schools

Croydon Council apologises to parents of 32 pupils for Tories unlawfully charging £50,000 for reading lessons

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-apologises-parents-32-pupils

A better place? Croydon’s new Place Directorate gets to work on Thornton Heath High Street

See my discussion piece at: http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/better-place-croydons-new-place-directorate-looks-thornton-heath-high-street

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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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