- Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard is critical
- Shaniqua Benjamin looks forward to developments in 2016
- How To Pop-Up Shops
Jonny Rose’s third discussion piece on developing pop-up shops in empty shops can be read at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/economics-business/occupy-croydon-deal-negotiate-reluctant-landlords-part-3
Croydon Women’s Equality Part
The Women’s Equality Party is calling for local election candidates this May as branches open across south west London.
What can be done about low wages and child poverty in Croydon?
See my piece in Croydon Citizen
Southern could be stripped of its franchise
Should TfL run all south London train services?
Croydon Council considers plans for £6m youth facility
Council seizes fly-tipping vehicles
Croydon History: Why Amy Johnson’s Plane Belongs At Croydon Airport
Community Land Trust
Cllr James Audsley writes in his Local Action Update newsletter
‘A lack of genuinely affordable homes is the crisis of our time, with the cost of home ownership being out of reach for far too many. The current entry level price of a one bedroom flat in Croydon is around £200,000. To purchase this would require a deposit of £30,000 and an annual income of £42,000 (assuming a mortgage agreed of 4 times income).
I’m proud to be working with local community organisations & the Leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Tony Newman, on one solution which could help address this situation, a plan to develop a community landtrust.
What’s a community landtrust and why will it help Croydon?
A community landtrust is a non-profit, membership organisation, run by local people, that develops permanently affordable housing and other community assets for long-term community benefit. In London, it is estimated that more than half the cost of a home is the cost of the land it is sitting on. On a CLT the community own that land. This means that the CLT is able to remove the unfair inflationary considerations of land values and sell the home for a much lower price. Instead, the CLT can link the cost of housing to local earnings, ensuring that people are no longer priced out of the neighbourhoods they grew up in and the homes remain affordable for generations to come.
What’s the next step?
Searching for possible locations for the community landtrust across Croydon and bringing community members, developers and council together to form a clear plan.’