Council Committees at Town Hall
Tuesday 10 May. 6.30pm. Health, Social Care & Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee
Agenda: Draft Quality Account – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Draft Quality Account – Croydon; Health Services NHS Trust; HealthWatch Croydon Update; South West London JHOSC; South East London JHOSC
The Sub-committee needs to be vigilant about the threat of closure of Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals, and the knock-on effect this will have on Croydon University Hospital. See:
- Wednesday 18 May. Planning Sub-committee
Agenda to be loaded onto Council website.
- Thursday 19 May. Planning Committee
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Agendas can be accessed at
Croydon Councillors Have Reservations About Revised Whitgift Scheme
Members of Croydon Council’s Planning Committee on 21 April had reservations about aspects of the revised plans for the Whitgift Centre.
- The towers could create a wall if too close together and look ugly behind the Almshouses.
- The blocks should have a “fresh design”.
- “The Croydon vernacular is forbidden.”
- A fully enclosed glass walkway will “close off” the town centre.
Planning Committee Chairman told the developers that he wants ‘hybrid’ plans to be presented. He tells me that ‘A hybrid application is one which is partially a full application and partially outline. It is quite common for large applications and allows some parts to be fully designed whilst the rest needs further development.’
Council’s Agency Staff Bill To Rise £9m
‘Croydon Council is to spend £9m extending its contracts with agency staff, just five months after it offered voluntary redundancy to its entire workforce to plug a hole in its budget.
The authority is expected to save £3.3m after just 76 staff from its 10,000 plus workforce took the voluntary redundancy package offered in November.
Bosses believe they must cut the annual budget by £100m over the next three years and, at the time the offer was made, said they would review their use of agency staff.’
Pump House to Be Tech Centre
South Croydon Community Association reports that the Pump House in Exchange Square is to be a Tech centre. It is owned by Guildhouse Roasepride LLP. Their plans include bringing the historic Pump House back to life as a tech hub and that the Square will be used as an events space. They are behind the One Lansdowne Road skyscraper (66 floors) development.
Tory Councillor Misses Flaw of Cabinet System
In his discussion on the conduct of Croydon Council meetings, and some suggested improvements, Conservative Councillor James Thompson fails to recognise that the root cause of the problem is the Cabinet system with an all powerful Leader, regardless of political party.
Croydon Social Enterprise Group Launches Facebook
CSEG now has its own Facebook page at
As Croydon TUC celebrated May Day on Saturday 30 April, I explain the background to the start of May Day as a labour movement festival at
SCCA Town Centre Question Time
Robert Ward assesses the SCCA Question Time meeting in Croydon Citizen. He makes the following key points.
- ‘Jo Negrini appeared stung by what she saw as criticism implying she does not know what she is doing. I had not interpreted the criticism as implying that was the case, but if there has been some along those lines then I am not surprised that she is grumpy. I would be too.’
- ‘we are all going to have to get used to the centre of Croydon being a building site for quite some period. Our traditional routes for getting from home to work or to do our shopping will be disrupted.’
- ‘Without community activity, especially in the evenings, we risk being a combination of a dormitory for people who work elsewhere, and a shopping centre deserted outside working hours. Not an attractive proposition.’
- One unknown has been the lack of an operating model for the new Fairfield. Jo Negrini offered some clarification when she indicated that there is a target for this to be determined by the end of this year.’
I did not attend the Question Time because of its fundamental flaw in the Panel composition. There was no one who would put a contrary set up views to Jo Negrini, Cabinet member Stuart Collins, Stuart Worden, the principal of the Brit School, Alex Andrews, area manager for Transport for London, and Martin Skinner, a property developer.