Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September. Heathfield Heritage Green Fair
Local nature conservation and animal welfare groups can book a free stand at this event. Other attractions include: tours round Heathfield Gardens Tree Trail/Wildlife Sanctuary/Old Varieties Orchard; the pantry cafe will be offering refreshments including ploughmans lunches; enjoy the walled garden. http://www.cvalive.org.uk/assets/documents/1-registration
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September. Open House in Croydon
See details in overall Open House London brochure http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk
Saturday 26 September. Opening of Foxton’s Estate Agency shop at 2 High Street
See news item in next blog posting on Croydon Town Centre news.
Wednesday 30 September. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Meeting
Kenley Memorial Hall – small hall, 92 Godstone Rd, Kenley, CR8 5AB. Not far from Kenley Station. Open to all. Advisable to book in advance at
7 October. 5.30pm registration for 6pm. CVA’s Annual General Meeting
CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road.
Wednesday 16th October. 12.45am. “Passport to Pimlico” film.
CVA Waterside Centre. This highly funny film about Pimlico declaring UDI within Britain was filmed in the Hercules Rd area of North Lambeth. To book in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cvas-annual-general-meeting-tickets-18228164932
Wednesday 16 October. Close of Council’s consultation principles on regulating gambling
This consultation effects charities and community groups as well as commercial gambling operators.
BNP fails to organise numbers at Lunar House
The British National Party failed to attract more than 20 members and supporters for its anti-immigration demonstration outside Lunar House on Saturday 5 September. The counter demonstration organised by Croydon Unite Against Fascism attracted 150. Croydon TUC, and branches of the Public Civil Servants, Unite, and other unions as well as DEPAC were prominent. Half-a-dozen Labour Councillors were there, Hamida Ali speaking. Several others had their Saturday morning surgeries. Peter Underwood, the Chair of Croydon and Sutton Green Party was also there, following the article he wrote in Inside Croydon the day before. http://insidecroydon.com/2015/09/04/i-dont-come-from-round-here-i-am-a-migrant-too
Croydon Council threatens Home Office with legal action after £4m cut in asylum-seeker funding
Council to consult on changes to Local Plan
Later this month the Croydon Council Cabinet will approve for consultation a draft of changes to the Local Plan. See my posting on Croydon Citizen: http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/council-will-start-consulting-local-plan-autumn.
This was preceded the day before by piece by Jonny Rose pouring cold water on consultations: http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/public-consultations-waste-time-barrier-croydons-progress. I posted the following comment:
Jonny your starting off premis is wrong: ‘Croydon’s public consultations are meant to build a greater sense of community and provide those in power with valuable insight into citizens’ thinking. They are meant to enhance the democratic process; some people love to share their opinions and want more of a say over what goes on in their local area..’ That is what they should be about, but they are not and are not intended to be. If those consulting actually worked on the basis of your premis then consultations would be more effective. Sometimes things consulted on go back to the drawing board or changes are made because the comments suggest how details can be improved. The effectiveness of consultations depends on the methods used. The increasing reliance on web based consultation ensures an even narrower range of the population will take part. Its time Tech City addressed the digital divide – something I asked you to do two years ago. If people do not take part in consultations then it will be said that people agree with the proposals. How to engage people in public debate on local and national issues is highly problematic at the moment. No one has the answer;. But the answer is certainly not to abandon trying. If the Council stopped consulting and just got on with the job, it will become totally divorced from the residents, and this will only fuel disillusionment and disengagement in elections. We are already half way down the road to an unaccountable local corporate state run by the Council and the developers. As far as the Ruach Church is concerned it apologised for its handling of matters and today has circulated an update as promised at the public meeting it held.’
Croydon Streets and Postcodes
Following a Freedom of Information request the Council points to the following links for those want to check Croydon street names and postcodes.
Expanding Gatwick Airport
More propaganda in support of the case to expand Gatwick rather than Heathrow Airport is at http://www.gatwickobviously.com/debate
Croydon MPs divided on taking in more refugees
Barwell – maybe; Philp – No; Reed – Yes