Croydon News at 13 March

Why is Croydon Badly Funded?

Please consider signing the petition to Greg Clark,

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,

asking him to explain why Croydon is badly funded.

https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-greg-clark-mp-secretary-of-state-for-communities-and-local-government-greg-clark-communities-local-government-minister-explain-why-croydon-is-badly-funded

 

march19(March6)

Wednesday 13 April. 7.45pm. Croydon’s Connections with the Slavery Business

I will discuss the emerging evidence about these links in Croydon and the beginning of the black presence in the area,  and The Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College.
Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society. Small Hall at

East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP

All welcome. Non-members are asked to donate £2.

David Lean Cinema Campaign programme to end April

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/davidleancroydon

London and Croydon’s changing skyline

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/09/london-changing-skyline-tall-buildings-planned

http://www.designcurial.com/news/listen-vincent-lacovara-on-croydon-4826962

(Thanks to Andrew Kennedy on Historic Croydon Facebook.)

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Plans-new-tower-blocks-civic-square-rival-Europe/story-28876774-detail/story.html

Newman says Council ‘can’t afford’ phased closure of Fairfield Halls

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/14338287.Council__can_t_afford__phased_closure_of_Fairfield_Halls

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/campaigners-cry-foul-on-croydons-stealth-closure-of-fairfield-halls

Goodbye Benn

Less than two years after being elected as a Councillor for four years Emily Benn (West Thornton ward) is resigning to take up a job in New York.

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/14335097.Emily_Benn_resigns_as_Croydon_councillor

Her claim to fame was getting Andrew Fisher of Croydon Central Labour Party suspended over a satirical tweet about her standing for Croydon South in the General Election. She w only put in her complaint after Andrew was appointed to Jeremy Corbyn and Johan Macdonald’s team. As Andrew walked into the Croydon Assembly meeting in November there was a huge clap of support. The Party National Executive later lifted the suspension.

Brighton Journalist says Croydon’s New Culture Officer Good News

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/BLOG-Brighton-tourism-expert-turned-Croydon/story-28905009-detail/story.html

Police accused of banning Jamaican bashment music

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/11/croydon-bar-accuses-police-banning-jamaican-bashment-music

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Police-apply-review-licence-Croydon-s-Dice-Bar/story-28870486-detail/story.html#ixzz42IyLGNgM

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Black-community-leaders-Croydon-accuse-police/story-28898340-detail/story.html

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Exclusive-Police-Croydon-accused-racial-profiling/story-28898260-detail/story.html

http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/11/croydon-police-dancehall-ban-racial-profiling

Hammerson under investigation

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has announced an investigation into Hammerson’s £335m acquisition of the Grand Central shopping centre in Birmingham earlier this year.

http://www.propertyweek.com/news/hammerson-faces-investigation-over-grand-central-acquisition/5079755.article

Boris Opposes Croydon’s Plans to Build on Green Belt

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Mayor-London-disagree-Croydon-Council-proposals/story-28874137-detail/story.html

Council’s Housing Statistics

The number of people on the council’s housing waiting list at March 2014 was 5,102.

The number of people who have applied for council accommodation in 2013-14 was 6,069: 1 bed 3,271, 2 bed 1,870, 3 bd 762, 4+ bed 166.

The number of people on the council’s housing waiting list who were declared homeless has risen from 1,144 at 31 March 2011 to 2,140 at 31 March 2014.

The number of homeless people given accommodation by the council has fallen from 1,153 in 2010/11 to 718 in 2013/14.

The council’s annual deficit tackling homelessness has risen from £964K in 2011-12 to £1.114k in 2014-15.

The total annual spending on building new council housing accommodation was  £3,170,558.90 in 2011/12, £556,550.76 in 2012/13 and £3,018,810.75 in 2013/14.

The above information is summarised from a fuller answer to a Freedom of Information questions submitted by Julia Richardson at

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_housing_and_homelessness_7?nocache=incoming-539951#incoming-539951

My web and blog sites

For several years I have had a website at http://www.seancreighton.com.

I have not been able to keep it up-to-date for a long time due to lack of a webmaster. The host service renewal is now due to be paid, so I am closing the site down. I have been asked to try and ensure that the content remains available in some form or another.  I am working on how this can be done. The first step has been to put the following on my discussion blog site:

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/labour-and-public-history-in-south.html

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/performance-display-and-negotiation-of.html

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/battersea-some-historical-background.html

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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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