Croydon Events and News at 18 June

Events

24 June. End of ‘North Croydon’ 20 mile an hour consultation

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/transportandstreets/roadsafety/croydon-20mph-0?utm_campaign=redirect&utm_medium=alias&utm_source=20mph&utm_term=0_410664ee3d-024300af3b-197548937

Sunday 5 July.  10am – 6pm. South Norwood Community Festival

South Norwood Recreation Ground, SE25:  www.southnorwood.net/festival

Monday 6 July. Croydon Active Communities Fund

Closing date for applications.

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/funding/active-communities-fund

Thursday 9 July. 6pm. Croydon Generation Rent Campaign Discussion

Matthews Yard off Surrey Street. http://www.generationrent.org

South Norwood Events: http://southnorwood.net/events-whats-on.html

Turf Projects July-September drawing tours workshops: http://turf-projects.com.

Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign film shows:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/davidleancroydon

News

20 mile an hour consultation problems

Croydon Council is clearly facing problems with its 20m an hour consultation. The details are discussed by Inside Croydon, though the editor has allowed himself to get side tracked into sniping at some of his continuing targets for which there is little foundation, and over emphasising the importance of the fact that a former Labour Councillor has reservations. http://insidecroydon.com/2015/06/12/councils-20mph-consultation-looking-like-a-political-car-crash

Head forced out at primary school

The centralisation of education away from local authorities has led to schools being forced to become academies, and now a head teacher to be forced out. See http://insidecroydon.com/2015/06/12/parents-anger-at-immoral-departure-of-admired-school-head. Now the Tories have majority Government control we will be an acceleration of this process leading probably to very few local authority linked schools in Croydon by the time of the next General Election.

Croydon South Tory MP Backs London Living Wage

Croydon South’s new Tory MP has declared that the statutory Minimum Wage is not enough to live on in London.

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/06/12/i-couldnt-live-on-6-50-an-hour-says-millionaire-tory-mp

Ruskin Square Ghetto for the Wealthy

Ghettoes for the wealthy, alongside ghettoes of so called ‘affordable housing  are increasing in Croydon Town Centre as illustrated by the price of a new block at Ruskin Square.  http://insidecroydon.com/2015/06/15/sign-up-here-to-buy-an-east-croydon-flat-for-a-mere-401000.

Meanwhile there are 1,000 homeless children in Croydon

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/1-000-homeless-children-Croydon-report-reveals/story-26685578-detail/story.html

Hyde Housing has bought East Croydon Post Office building

The purchase of the Post Office’s East Croydon Sorting Office by the housing association Hyde raises the vexed issue of whether offices should be replaced by housing, or retained for future employment use. This issue was raised by the Croydon TUC working party on the Council’s Growth Plan last year. Labour’s Cllr Sean Fitzsimmons has voiced his concern about the Hyde purchase.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Eyesore-sorting-office-sold-housing-group/story-26679310-detail/story.html

Croydon NHS is funding crisis

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-University-Hospital-s-latest-deficit/story-26680018-detail/story.html

Failure to have a Progressive Alliance against the Incinerator allows Lib Dems to hold Council seat in Sutton

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/06/15/hopes-go-up-in-smoke-as-libdems-hold-sutton-council-seat

Croydon to move pension investment from tobacco to ethical funds

http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/07/16/croydon-council-announces-move-to-ethical-pension-funds

Westfield/Hammerson Watch

Hammerson takes Swansea Council to Inquiry

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Inquiry-decide-Parc-Tawe-revamp-planning-row/story-26694412-detail/story.html

Hammerson sells  Bercy 2 shopping centre in Paris €64m

https://www.pie-mag.com/articles/9876/uk-s-hammerson-beats-book-with-paris-mall-sale-at-euro-64m

Hammerson to spend £50m expanding Didcot Centre

http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/south-east/141257-development-agreement-extended-50m-shopping-centre-expansion

Divide and rule of the community

Westfield and Hammerson are continuing their strategy of divide and rule of the community through their grants and staff volunteers programme to local groups, this time to a youth centre.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Volunteers-revamping-youth-centre-praised/story-26679088-detail/story.html

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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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6 Responses to Croydon Events and News at 18 June

  1. Will you declare your interest as a close associate of the UKIP-dominated CCC, including Peter Morgan, Sean?

    Not entirely transparent not to do so, is it?

    Perhaps you can inform your readers, both of them, why CCC is retaining £4,000-plus of council grant it has been told to return.

  2. Thanks Steve. Readers of my blog are well aware that I advertise CCC meetings, and when I can, I attend them. Those attending the last AGM will be aware that I led the expression of concern about UKIP’s Chair being Vice-Chair in the lead up to the General Election, with him standing aside. They will also be aware that I have argued for a fresh look at its equalities and diversity policy, following the change to the Council’s which CCC follows. Because I have been unable to attend recent meetings, due to accompanying someone to accident & emergency and speaking at the Council’s Planning Sub-committee, my draft paper on this has not yet been considered. As far as Peter Morgan is concerned he is entitled to attend CCC meetings which are open to anyone, including you, which will help ensure your reportage is accurate. I cannot recall UKIP members/supporters raising their objectionable views on immigration at meetings I have attended. When I discussed the issue of CCC and UKIP with my trade union branch the view was taken that boycott was not the way forward, but engagement to marginalise UKIP within CCC through participation and debate. As far as owing the Council money is concerned the CCC Committee posted a statement in May: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/a-further-update-from-the-ccc-committee. If it does owe money presumably at some stage the Council will go public on the matter, provide the proof and take action. If I only had two readers I would not spend as much time as I do posting news and information on my blog. My readers span a number of specialist interests across the country, not just Croydon. I often highlight Inside Croydon postings. Thanks for posting up my comments on the Tram Loop consultation at http://insidecroydon.com/2015/06/10/tfls-loopy-proposals-will-cut-some-tram-services-by-13

  3. It appears that by spending so much time in Mrs Bucket’s company, Sea, as you are adopting the same ostrich position over public accountability that she prefers.

    The council has been very public about the return of the grant funding, its actions having been reported by the Sadvertiser as well as Inside Croydon, the correspondence between the council and Mrs Bucket being made available through Freedom of Information requests and in responses from council cabinet members in Town Hall meetings. It is extraordinary that you, the master of cut and paste from the interweb, have managed to miss ALL of this. Just like Mrs Bucket. What a coincidence!

    Your intervention over UKIPpers holding positions on CCC came to no good: UKIP’s General Election candidate remains te vice-chariman of the “apolitical” CCC. CCC’s former secretary, and her partner, remain on the committee – and that’s the same Janet Stollery who was one of the three UKIP members who called for the Selhurst council by-election before Gerry Ryan had been buried.

    And as for Peter Morgan: you are being utterly disingenuous to try to suggest that Morgan only “attends” CCC meetings. His influence in the organisation is far greater than that, as you well know, since UKIP member Morgan was given the responsibility of organising election hustings for the “apolitical” (until they got their hands on public money) CCC.

    The Islamophobic tweets by the organisation’s former vice-chairman? Never happened according to you, Mrs Bucket and anyone else who inhabit her Alice in Wonderland world.

    It was Mrs Bucket in the chair at a CCC meeting where a black trades union representative who sought to ask uncomfortable questions about the CCC committee’s political affiliations was shouted down and denied an opportunity to speak.

    You were at that meeting. I suppose you never noticed anything then, either.

    • Steve,

      I do not need to cover the Freedom of Information answer because the details requested were refused. The reply dated 26 May states: ‘The information requested relates to potential legal proceedings and is therefore exempt by virtue of Section 30 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, ‘Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities‘ to your requests – that was your initiative and therefore I have always assumed that you would do a posting.’ This does not of course mean that there will be legal proceedings. (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/croydon_communities_consortium_2#incoming-656609)
      Peter Staveley stood aside as Vice Chair during the period leading up to and through the General Election has requested at the AGM.
      I understand that Jean Stollery denied she is a member of UKIP and says she was misled over signing the call for the bye-election. I am not party to the discussions in the CCC Committee so I am not aware of your allegations about Pete Morgan’s role. One of the Committee members is a Moslem.
      The trade unionist you are referring to is Glen Hart. The full minute of the discussion can be seen at https://croydoncc.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/ccc-agm-minutes-24_11_20141.pdf. Point (v) is a summary of my contribution to the discussion. Later it states: ‘As the individual objected it was agreed by all present to put further questions aside and allow further questions at the end of the meeting if people wished to return to this. This was agreed by a show of hands and accepted by the individual.’ That decision was made on my proposal. A few days later I discussed the matter with Glen and conceived the idea that there should be discussion on setting up a Croydon Campaign Against Racism and Discrimination. This idea has been endorsed by the Croydon Unite Retired Members branch and Croydon TUC, but not yet got off the ground.
      My draft paper on equalities and inclusion and CCC can be seen on the CCC website at https://croydoncc.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/consortium-equality-inclusion-note-sc.pdf

  4. Steve Downes has responded to my last response pointing out correctly that I called Jean instead of Janet (Stollery). He also points out that previous to the May FOI there was an earlier one and a Council Question answer.. The nature of the response ups the personal attack stakes and therefore I have treated it as trash.

  5. James Randall says:

    The discussions I have heard tell me that many moderate people in Croydon are not favourably impressed by the relentless hounding of a disabled man over a jokey re-tweet. it makes elements of the Left look like Islamic State fanatics. I don’t see Islamophobia, but only UKIPophobia here. How are well-intentioned local people to be encouraged to come forward to participate in the life of the community when the PC brigade stand ready to persecute them at the drop of a hat? It is ugly, distasteful and unbritish behaviour.

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