Croydon Events & News at 24 January

Monday 1 February. 6.30pm. The Future of Croydon’s Night-Time Economy

Matthews Yard, off Surrey St. See details at

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/the-future-of-croydons-night-time-economy-discussion-1-february

Tuesday 16 February. Hate crime, and the fight to eradicate it

Seminar hosted by Croydon Council in the Community Space of Bernard Weatherill House. (Further details awaited.)

Wednesday 2 March. 4.30-6pm. Croydon NUT and Octavo Mutual Croydon Schools Conference

See details at:

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/how-can-croydons-schools-be-improved-by-focussing-on-creativity-2-march-conference

Thursday 28 January. 6.30pm. Council Planning Committee

  • Poplar Walk & Station Rd Redevelopment

The officers are proposing acceptance of the application from BDW Trading Ltd and PSH (Croydon) Ltd for the redevelopment of Poplar Walk (St Michaels Square), which involves the demolition of 6-44 Station Road (bar the façade) the erection of two 21 and 25 storey towers for 232 residential units and 947 M2 of commercial floorspace, a new public square including area for retail use, works to church car park, cycle parking, disabled parking and sustainable energy measures and alterations to public highway and footway. They are also proposing approval for the demolition of boundary wall within curtilage of St Michael and all Angels Church and a new wall.

  • 28-30 Addiscombe Grove Redevelopment

The officers are proposing acceptance of the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a part 12, part 8 storey building providing 74 flats and 106m2 flexible commercial floorspace.

The reports can be accessed through

https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl

Scrutiny Mini Reviews Begin To Take-Off

After nearly two since they were introduced Councillors are finally beginning to wake up to the use of the Scruitiny Mini Review mechanism.

  • School Exclusions

Councillor Kyeremeh and his working group are conducting a Mini Review on School Exclusions and researching approaches to addressing the needs of pupils at risk of exclusion.

  • Travellers in Croydon

Councillor Rendle is leading a Mini Review evaluating the Council’s approach to, and understanding of, traveller issues and contribute to future council policy for the benefit of local residents and traveller communities. The review does not cover the allocation of specific sites for potential use by travellers as this is a planning issue and subject to consultation of the Croydon Local Plan. A small panel will sit alongside Councillor Rendle at a meeting to gather evidence on issues relating to this mini review. It is expected that this meeting will take place in February 2016.

  • Surrey Street Market

Councillor Fitzsimmons is in process of scoping this and it is subject to the availability of officer resources.

Further details can be seen in the Scrutiny & Oversight Committee report to the Council meeting on Monday 25 January accessible at The reports can be accessed through https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl

The Battle Against Litter

Tory Party member Robert Ward reflects on the problems of the Council dealing with the litter problem. I have added a comment.

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/let-take-hand-lead-streets-croydon

Croydon TUC and Transition Town

According to Croydon Transition Town member Andrew Kennedy ‘There’s something happening in the Transition Town movement that is actioning similar ideas raised by our local Croydon Assembly under the auspices of the local TUC. (Croydon Assembly link here http://www.croydontuc.org.uk/page_3135608.html’ He [provides the link to Transition Tavistock in Devon.

Coulsdon Witnesses problems of Council’s CCURV Development Vehicle

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Future-Coulsdon-car-park-development-thrown-doubt/story-28555661-detail/story.html

TfL Rejects Bakerloo Extension to Croydon

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/TfL-rejects-council-bid-extend-London-Underground/story-28585562-detail/story.html

Residents Associations Angry About Urgent Care Proposals

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Urgent-care-consultation-disparaged-residents/story-28577620-detail/story.html#ixzz3y9k70Dnb 

Hammerson News

Businesses in Parc Tawe in Wales given closure notices for 10m Hammerson  redevelopment

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Businesses-Parc-Tawe-given-closure-notices-10m/story-28563396-detail/story.html#ixzz3xrtGSCX0 

It has bought Birmingham Grand Central Shopping Centre at New St Station developed by the City Council and Network Rail and opened last September. Purchase price: £335m.

http://www.ft.com/fastft/2016/01/22/hammerson-buys-birminghams-grand-central-shopping-centre

Westfield’s Strategies

Westfield’s residential strategy is assessed in the Australian Business Review. It mentions about 1,000 units in Croydon although the planning permission is only for 400-600 units.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/steven-lowy-westfields-skyhigh-units-plan/news-story/de5496cfe1260cac71354b5494a78a74

Westfield’s CEO Steven Lowy highlights Critical Need For Shopping Center developers And retailers to join forces

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/westfield-co-ceo-steven-lowy-highlights-critical-need-for-shopping-center-developers-and-retailers-to-join-forces-565813381.html

Opposition to Trident renewal isn’t just leftie idiocy

See my discussion at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/campaign-for-a-nuclear-free-croydon

What can be done about low wages and child poverty in Croydon? 

See my discussion at

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/challenge-tackling-wage-child-poverty

Concern over primary school results in Croydon despite Ofsted improvement

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Concern-primary-school-results-Croydon-despite/story-28561504-etail/story.html#ixzz3xrvqvQc9 

Another Government Attack on Local Decision Making

The Campaign Against the Arms Trade says that the Government is planning to support local authorities from deciding not to invest in arms manufacturing companies. The Government consultation ends on 19 February. See details and sign the petition objecting at https://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/arms-trade-out/local-authorities

Another Restaurant Fined

Sivapathasundaram Premanthan, director of VP & Sons, owner of the Spiceland restaurant in London Road, Broad Green, has been fined £8,000 for 20 hygiene offences, costs (£1,880) and a victim surcharge of £120 following a food illness problem at a catered event.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/filthy-kitchen-earns-restaurateur-thousands-in-fines

Croydon’s Debt to Tolstoy

http://insidecroydon.com/2016/01/18/croydon-owes-a-debt-to-war-and-peace-author-tolstoy

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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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