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Thursday 11 February. 6.30pm. Planning Committee
See tower blocks story below. Venue Town Hall.
Tuesday 16 February. 6.30pm. Croydon’s Night-time Economy. Scrutiny Committee discussion.
The agenda will include ‘The Night-time economy’. The papers are not yet loaded onto the Council website, but can be accessed at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl
See night-time economy story below.
Monday 22 February. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet
The venue for the above meetings is the Town Hall.
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Police accused of prejudice against black music events
At the public meeting on the night-time economy organised by Tory Cllr Mario Creatura at Matthews Yard on 1 February strong protests were made by venue managers alleging that the police prevent them putting on music events of genres like rap, hip-hop, dub-step etc. The meeting had a wide ranging discussion across the issues of the night-time economy including the potential adverse effect of the proposed increase in street trading licence fees on small business. The Croydon Guardian report does not give a full outline of the range of issues discussed.
Restaurant owners in South End are calling the new street trading fee levels the ‘sunshine tax’
Matthews Yard owner Saif Bonar and I have both submitted questions about licencing and fees under Freedom of Information. The replies are unlikely to be received before the close of the consultation on 24 February.
The consultation document can be seen at:
RMT opposes planned Croydon’s rail station ticket offices
Veolia, Kier and Amey vie for South London contract
Is there scope for campaigning by green groups across the Waste Partnership borough areas?
Chief Executive Nathan Elvery tells me that ‘the Library review has yet to commence, as soon as we are in a position to begin any form of public engagement I will let you know.’ Meanwhile Council Leader Tony Newman has assured Cllr Maggie Mansell that Norbury Library will not be closed.
Two more tower blocks to get planning permission
Two more tower blocks are likely to be approved by the Planning Committee on 11 February:
- 15/01226/PRE 34 The Waldrons, Croydon, CR0 4HB
Residential development comprising 16 storey block of 87 apartments with private gymnasium
- 15/03781/PRE Cambridge House, 16-18 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 2DD. To erect a 17/21 storey building, for residential led mixed use development, with non-residential use on the ground floor
In addition the Committee is being asked to approve top of the hill backlands development at 18 Pollards Hill West which will change the nature of the area, and is being opposed by residents because of this and concerns about increased water run-off and flooding.
Access to the papers is at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl
Watch Out for Cuts to Croydon NHS
NHS England is underfunding Croydon Care Commissioning Group by £18m.
Protecting Shirley Oaks Green Spaces
I discuss the Shirley Oaks campaign to protect its green spaces at
Andrew Kennedy comments on Historic Croydon: ‘What makes a good campaign? If we are going to save the SEGAS building and the Conduit Lane Greenhouses what do we need to do? Social media is not the answer, the council aren’t listening to that. No It’s feet on the ground and personal contact with Councillors and Council Officers that count.’
Croydon has an increasing number of saved or to be saved facades: the former Grants Building, part of Alders, along North End, and the small stretch on Station Rd. Andrew Kennedy, who gave evidence on the problem of facades at the Whit gift Centre CPO Inquiry, has posted on the Historic Croydon website a link to an article about ‘Ghastly Facadmism’ in Spitalfields.
Barratt’s Towers at West Croydon Approved
The Planning Committee has approved the Barratt’s scheme including two tower blocks on Station Rd and Poplar Walk. My email attempt to give them reasons to reject were obviously not accepted. Particularly worrying is the fact that Thames Water told the Council that the water infrastructure could not cope with this development.
Street Lighting Replacement
The latest Skanska report to the Council informs us that the street lighting programme is 66% complete.
Bensham Manor 93%
Broad Green 49%
Coulsdon East 67%
Coulsdon West 71%
New Addington 91%
South Norwood 63%
Thornton Heath 70%
Upper Norwood 64%
West Thornton 88%
Old lamp post stumps: 1,001 removed; 1,816 waiting removal.
School entry numbers
There are 5,580 reception year primary school places for 2016/17 for which 4,932 applications had been received on time by 15 January from Croydon residents. Many of the difference will be made up by late applications or applications from those living outside the borough.
There are 4,220 Year 7 secondary school places available within Croydon, which had already been oversubscribed by 40.
Source; Freedom of Information reply to Miss Miezite 2 February:
According to the report that went to the 18 January Cabinet meeting an extra 390 reception places are needed for 2016, 150 for 2017/18 and 120 for 2018/19. For Year 7 30 extra places are needed for 2016/17, 240 for 2017/18, and 180 for 2018/19.
The full report on how this is to be achieved is at file:///C:/Users/Sean/Downloads/CAB20160118_08_01_Main_report_and_appendices.pdf
The Challenge of the Fairness Commission’s Final Report
Leaving aside the disappointment among some of those who commented on the Fairness Commission’s interim report that their concerns and suggestions have not been mentioned in final report published on 28 January, there are several challenges:
(1) Will the Council Cabinet approve the recommendations and ensure that action on them is factored in and monitored, or will it just shelve implementation?
(2) Will the Care Commissioning Group do the same?
(3) Will Governing Bodies consider the recommendations aimed at schools and ensure they are factored into their action plans?
(4) Will community and voluntary sector (including neighbourhood and residents associations) organisations review the suggestions with a view to changing the way they work?
(5) Having signed up to the report’s backing of the London Living Wage, will the Westfield’s member of the Commission ensure that tenancies will only be granted in the new Centre to employers paying at least London Living Wage?
The Commission has failed to produce a word version so that there are the same problems of page numbers to be printed off the document from the website as with the interim report. I will not be producing a Word document as I did for the interim report.
The report can be downloaded at