Croydon News at 24 February

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.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-deletes-borough-solicitor-post/story-28798902-detail/story.html

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

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/implementing-london-plan/supplementary-planning-guidance/housing-supplementary

Night club closures seen as opportunity

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Nightclub-closures-best-thing-s-happened-Croydon/story-28792612-detail/story.html#ixzz415o6T3RH 

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.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Senior-Croydon-councillor-admits-reservations/story-28784167-detail/story.html

Fairness Commission Recommendations

 Croydon Advertiser has condensed the Commission’s 58 recommendations at

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/58-recommendations-Croydon-Opportunity-Fairness/story-28789984-detail/story.html

Council Leader Tony Newman’s comments on the report can be seen at

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Fairness-Commission-help-tell-new-story-Croydon/story-28789831-detail/story.html

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.

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/challenges-implementing-fairness-commission-report

 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.

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/14294262.Homebuyers__paying_60_per_cent_extra_for_new_build_homes__in_Croydon

Brighton Fears Damage Once New Whitgift Open

http://www.theargus.co.uk/business/14295546.Brighton_retail_trade_at_risk_from_Croydon_s___1_5bn_shopping_development

Transport News

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.

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/five-of-the-best-croydon-parks-to-walk-your-dog

The controversial proposal for a BMX track in Norbury has triggered a pro-article on Inside Croydon 

https://insidecroydon.com/2016/02/22/bmx-track-should-put-norbury-park-in-the-fast-lane/#more-31256 

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.

The Future of Norbury Park 21 February

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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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