Is Council Risking Legal Mistakes
With the Borough Solicitor taking early retirement, the post is being deleted and the job shared around others in the Council.
Could this be a dangerous move in not having someone with the legal overview?
Amended London Housing Standards Coming into Force
The Mayor of London has had some amendments to the London Housing Standards approved by the Secretary of State for Local Communities. See details at
Night club closures seen as opportunity
Fitzsimmons admits Boxpark a risk
Scrutiny Chair Councillor Sean Fitzsimons admits that the Council’s backing of Boxpark is a risk but thinks the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. The issue came up at the recent Scrutiny Committee discussion on the night-time economy because the various forms of financial support to Boxpark were seen as unfair to other businesses in the Town Centre.
Fairness Commission Recommendations
Croydon Advertiser has condensed the Commission’s 58 recommendations at
Council Leader Tony Newman’s comments on the report can be seen at
The Challenge of implementing the Fairness Commission report
I discuss the challenges of implementing the Fairness Commission report on Croydon Citizen, published a few hours before the Council Cabinet discussed what to do about the report. As I argue in my piece there is also a challenge to the community and voluntary organisations.
Homebuyers in Croydon are paying over-the-odds for new-build homes
Some developers are charging up to 60 per cent more for new homes than the borough’s average asking price, according to new research by property search engine Propcision.
Brighton Fears Damage Once New Whitgift Open
Campaigner Stephen Aselford reports in a news round up on transport developments:
- Pay as you go Oyster cards are now valid to Gatwick airport including the station’s between Coulsdon South and Gatwick.
- Southern has said it will allow pregnant and disabled passengers to sit in first class for free when there are no other seats available by the end of the month.
- Major road works are planned by TfL for the Croydon Flyover, including the replacement of damaged expansion joints at the eastern end of the A232 route into Croydon – where it leads on to Duppas Hill Road, to be done in overnight shifts between 10pm and 5am, beginning on February 29.
Debate about Croydon Parks
Croydon Citizen has posted an appreciation of some of the Borough’s parks.
The controversial proposal for a BMX track in Norbury has triggered a pro-article on Inside Croydon
The issue is not about whether the Borough will benefit from a track but whether Norbury Park at the top end of the Borough is the right place to be accessible to youngsters from all over the Borough, and whether its cost of n£100,000 could be better spent improving the historically very neglected Park.
As a Norbury resident involved in the debate on the proposal I have compiled an assessment of the future of Norbury Park which can be seen here.