Monday 8 February. 6.30pm. Council Ethics Committee
The Committee will consider in closed session whether any Councillors have been granted dispensation in respect of declarations of disclosable pecuniary interest. It will also
consider a report on the High Court decision that a Councillor in another local authority area had a bias when he voted for a developer’s planning application by virtue of being a Director the potential affordable housing provider. As a result the outline planning permission granted with his support was overturned. This is a reminder to Councillors who are members of Boards and Committees of non-Council organisation have to be careful if they are members of a Planning Committee. The reports can be accessed at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl. Venue Town Hall.
Electrical Fire in Scarbrook Rd Tower Block
Fortunately the fire was only on the second floor. I wonder what would happen if it was on a higher floor in a very tall tower block. The fact that the fire melted water pipes must raise the question as to the type of material used for water piping. Are there lessons to be learnt, especially important given the Council’s obsession with approving tower blocks. A comment left on Croydon Advertiser’s website simply says: ‘Another quality build in the Croydumpski’.
This fire has also highlighted the cutbacks to the fire service. All the Croydon crews were engaged and not able to help put out of the fire at the Kenley Aerodrome.
The fire will probably scupper the hope of AmicusHorizon to win the ‘Best Large Development’ at the First Time Buyer (FTB) Awards on 22 April. The scheme comprises 22 shared ownership, 17 affordable homes for rent, and 59 homes for market rent and sale. Finished in the autumn all 98 homes are already sold, under offer or occupied.
In other AH developments a two bed house at 89 Adams Way near Norwood Junction station valued at £270,000 costs £162,000 for a 60% share of the ownership, plus rent of £178.47 per calender month and a monthly service charge of £7.61. A two bedroom flat at 34 Griffin House is also valued at £270,00 and is available at £270,000 30% share of £81,000, plus rent of £335.45 and Service of £125.34 per calender month.
Ofsted Forces Another Primary Into Academy Status
Croydon Council is losing control over yet another primary school as a result of it being forced to become an Academy following ‘failing’ status from Ofsted. The 455-pupil Davidson Primary in Dartnell Road is to be taken over taken over by the Pickhurst Academy Trust based in Bromley.
Will Garden Waste Collection Service re-start?
A question mark hangs over the future of the new paid for garden waste collection this year. In answer to a question Stuart Collins, Cabinet member for Clean Green Croydon, told Monday’s Council meeting:
‘The total number of residents who have expressed an interest in joining a chargeable green garden waste service is 10,016. Residents were asked to confirm the size and number of bins they would require and in total 11143 bins have been requested. The decision to delete the current service and introduce a chargeable service was taken on 19th January as a result of the budget cuts of 41%, a total of £90 million, from central government, the Council has had to make some difficult choices this is one of them.
As promised I wrote to the Chancellor regarding a fair deal for Croydon a copy of my letter is on line, as yet he has not replied.
However, I am pleased enough people have signed up and Croydon will continue to offer a garden waste service and officers are now working on ensuring the chargeable garden waste service commences on April 2016. It is expected that as we move forward with a chargeable service the number of residents wishing to join this service will increase.’
However ‘expressing an interest’ is not the same as making a payment.
Croydon Hotel Being Purchased by Irish Group
The Irish Dalata Hotel Group is buying the Croydon Park Hotel which will re-branded as a Clayton Hotel.
Council Consults on Increasing Street Trading Fees
The Council is legally required to consult on changes to Street Trading Fees. The consultation started on 27 January and ends on 24 February. Anyone can take submit comments; so members of the public concerned about the possible negative effect on Surrey St Market, and the use of North End can submit views. Proposals:
- £3 per week per square metre anywhere in the Borough
- £5 in North End.
- Annual street trading licence £365.
- Fee for application for designation to permit street trading £365.
- New businesses will have a 75% reduction in the first year.
- The details can be seen by downloading https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/UploadedFiles/03271228012016.pdf