Tuesday 1 September. 2.30-7.30pm. Business Open Day
Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission open day for businesses. To book a half-hour slot and ensure you can talk to a commissioner contact Pancho on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8688 0650 to book a place. (See Business Survey story below.)
Wednesday 2 September. 7pm. Croydon Assembly Local Economy & Housing Working Group
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Lane. For more details contact convenor email@example.com
Thursday 3 September. 7.30pm. ‘The Trouble With TTIP’
One-hour documentary screening, followed by a Q&A/discussion about what can be done to stop this dangerous secret U.S./E.U. ‘trade’ deal. Guest speaker: Gorringe Park (Pub/cinema), 29 London Rd, Tooting, SW17 9HW. (Right next to Tooting Railway Station. (See 38 Degrees action story below.)
Wednesday 9 September (all day). Community Energy & Local Governments: capacity building on financial models – zooming in on ESCOs
Organised by ICLEI Europe and Friends of the Earth for local decision-makers, council planners, local government associations/networks and energy. How can a local government invest in community energy? Why? – How do you set up and ESCO? – What are the barriers and how can they be overcome? – How does one access funding for local climate and energy action? What models work? The programme of the day is available here! Free. Anglo Study Centre, 45 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4JP. More details at the Community Energy Network website: http://www.ukcec.org. See Note on Community Energy below.
Tuesday 30 September. Croydon Communities Consortium Meeting in Kenley
The next meeting after Kenley will be in Waddon in October. Further details at https://croydoncc.wordpress.com (AGM draft minutes (emailed 17 August; also with accounts are on the website since 18 August.)
Jeremy Corbyn in Croydon
When The Guardian reported on Jeremy Corbyn on 17 August I posted the following comment.
‘At the Croydon meeting I attended Corbyn did not offer defiance but a constructive programme based on Labour values. He offered hope for those who believe that Labour should be an active opposition to the present Government whose alleged mandate rests on around a quarter of the voting electorate. The Labour establishment that is ranting against Corbyn are those who lost Labour two elections in 2010 and 2015. They say there will 1980s style internal conflict in the Party if Corbyn wins. They will be the ones who open up the conflict not Corbyn. This is a disgraceful declaration of war. Their argument that Corbyn cannot win the election in 2020 but one or more of the other candidates might be able to is waste of time crystal ball gazing, The only certainty is that whoever is Labour leader will have an uphill struggle to win given the boundary changes due to take place favour the Tories.’
There are three YouTube items on Corbyn at Croydon :
Draft legislation’s implications for Croydon
I discuss some of the draft legislation (public and private bills) going through Parliament in the coming months at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/watching-croydons-interests-parliamentary-legislation
Landlords Lose Judicial Review Case
Landlords and developers represented in the Croydon Property Forum lost their attempt at judicial review of the Council’s landlord licensing scheme.
The Forum held a meeting to up-date landlords and others on 20 August. Landlords now have until end of September to sign up at the reduced fee of £350, or wait until 1 October or afterwards when it will be £750.
Gatwick Airport Attacks Heathrow Expansion proposal
Croydon Council Enforcement Success
Following the enforcement action against the Norbury Mirch Masala earlier in the year for lack of hygiene, the Council has now taken strong action against a baker.
The Norbury Residents Associations are pressing the planners to being equally firm with planning infringements.
Fairness Commission Business Survey
Croydon’s Opportunity & Fairness Commission is running a business survey, which can be seen at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2277026/Business-Survey. It is a pity that the survey asks general questions such as about ‘challenges’ without seeking specific views on businesses’ views on rental levels, business rates, theft and other crime, insurance, trade refuse, the locational character of the business, and whether trade is declining, improving or static.
38 Degrees Against TTIP
38 Degrees members handed out leaflets and ran a petition against TTIP, the trade deal between Europe and America, outside Eats Croydon Station on Saturday 22 August. Information on TTIP:
Friends of the Earth: What is TTIP? And why worry about it?:
Note: I have not re-joined the Labour Party which I resigned from in November 1996 because of the contempt the leadership and HQ showed for the concerns of individual members. Nor have I signed up as a supporter because the system of allowing non-members other than members of affiliated organisations to take part is a nonsense.
Assets of Community Value
For guidance on how to get assets of community value registered see http://mycommunity.org.uk/resources/asset-of-community-value-acv-kit (Thanks to Andrew Kennedy for posting this link on Croyodn Town Transition facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/CroydonTT/permalink/954828817915387
Gambling Shop Data
If you want to know the extent of gambling and betting shop premises in Croydon have a look at the Freedom of Information reply to Pradeep Kumar at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gambling_shop_data_19?nocache=incoming-695929#incoming-695929
Part 2 of my discussion of Selhurst’s history can be seen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/discovering-selhursts-history-part-2
There is discussion on being involved in a community energy project on Croydon Town Transition Workshop: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CroydonTT. ESCOs were under discussion in organisations I worked with between 1995 and 2000, particularly being promoted by the Energy Saving Trust. A powerpoint slide introduction to what they are is at http://www.gov.scot/resource/doc/1035/0114645.pdf. Community energy action involving local authorities needs to be evaluated in the wider context of their roles, their competition for limited resources with low income consumers, and their environmental agendas. The failure of the Whitgift Centre redevelopment scheme to be the kickstart for the district heating scheme aims of the Council shows how blinkered the vision of opportunities is. I have produced a background briefing for members of the Croydon Assembly Environment Forum.