Wednesday, 23 November 11.30am-1.30pm. Public meeting on NHS Croydon CCG’s proposed changes to prescribing
NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Croydon CCG) is consulting on their proposals to reduce the prescribing of gluten-free foods, vitamin D for maintenance, baby milk and self-care medications. The CCG state that “Prescribing in Croydon eats up £42.8 million each year, 9% of the local £465 million health budget. The CCG was placed in special measures in July this year, and needs to save a further £5.7 million savings on top of existing plans to save £12.7 million this year. In total, this is just under 4% of the CCG’s total commissioning budget of £475.4 million for 2016/17. Croydon CCG could make savings of up to £600,000 each year by reducing the prescribing of: gluten-free foods, vitamin D, baby milk and self-care medications. Some groups of people with particular conditions would be exempt from these changes, and the products the CCG intend to stop prescribing are now widely-available at a reasonably low cost, both online and in local shops.” One of the questions the CCG is asking local people is to what extent the local NHS should prescribe items that can be bought more cheaply directly by the patient. Doors open at 11.30am for registration and a light lunch. The meeting will run from noon to 1.30pm, offering you the chance to hear what is proposed, to ask questions and offer your view.
Saturday 28 November. 10m-4pm. Croydon Assembly – People’s Plan for Croydon
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd/Park Lane, CR0 1BD
For details and context see my postings on Croydon Citizen.
To help the organisers know about the number of people coming please pre-register at
Otherwise just turn up on the day.
Saturday 26 November 8-11pm. Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir
An evening of subversive songs and revolutionary ideas commemorating anniversaries of Ireland’s Easter Rising, the formation of International Brigade that fought Franco in Spain and the death of Joe Hill. £3. Ruskin House.
Sunday 27 November. 11am-4pm. Love Norbury Christmas Fayre
Norwood Manor Primary School, Abingdon Rd. The school can also be accessed round the corner from Freeman Court on Stanford Rd.
See flier at my Norbury Watch blog site: https://norburywatchblog.wordpress.com
Saturday 3 December. 2-5pm. Scots Estate Residents Association Christmas Fair
Endeavour Hall, 273 Norbury Crescent, SW16 4LF. Stalls include cakes, jams, books, bric-a-brac, tombola.
Saturday 3 December. 7-11pm. RNLI fund-raising concert
£8 entry (members £5) with Hot Rock Pilgrims, Biggin Hillbillies, Molly and the Blackbriar Band, Rick Townend, Joe Hymas and Dave Plane, Richard Lee and the Chadwell Hillbillies, Richard Partridge and Tony Black, Toni Mitchell, Les Elvin and “Dobro” Tony, The Vanguards.
Developers Hypocrisy Over Cramped Families
Developers including Hammerson are lobbying the Chancellor over stamp duty on the grounds that families are living in cramped conditions. Meanwhile they continue to build expensive undersized apartments which will create the next generation of cramped families.
Litter and Fly-tipping Fines
A Freedom of Information request has brought the following statistics out on Council prosecutions for littering and fly-tipping.
|a||the total number of cases brought to court||64||64|
|b||the total number of successful prosecutions||64||64|
|c||the amount of fines levied||£7616||£20481|
|d||the number of those successfully prosecuted cases involving disposing of cigarette butts||29||23|
|e||the amount of fines levied in cases under (d)||£2946||£2570|
|f||the number of cases successfully prosecuted involving the offence of spitting||3||2|
|g||the amount of fines levied in cases under (f)||£400||£340|
Section 106 Spending On Libraries
In a Freedom of Information answer the Council states that in the last 7 completed years it only spent S106 funding on its library service in 2015/16: £11,750 for a cross library project. Further spend of £25,537 is planned in the Central Children’s Library this year.
The web link to the allocated S106 funding can be found at
- Scrutiny Committee 1 November:
You can see the presentation by Cllr Timothy Godfrey on parks, libraries and Fairfield Halls, the contribution by Rob Callender on the latter, and the questioning by Committee members.
- Cabinet 14 November
This webcast includes the discussion on the paper on local devolution. In expressing concern about the lack of consultation on the paper with e.g. residents associations Conservative Leader Tim Pollard referred to my submission on it to Councillors- see
The webcast can be seen at
The Value of Parks and Green Spaces
Thanks to Andrew Kennedy for drawing attention via the Croydon Transition Town Facebook to this posting by the Urban Countryman.
‘Due to pressure from the government for local authorities to cut costs and to give up land for development (via Local Plans) our parks and green spaces are under immense threat. Personally, I believe that it is totally unacceptable that the long term value and benefit of our green spaces should be sacrificed for short term financial gain.
Our green spaces not only give great pleasure, they also deliver a huge range of benefits:
– They are vitally important to our physical and mental wellbeing, especially at a time when mental health issues and the social impact and NHS costs to support them are spiralling out of control (the estimated annual cost of mental illness in England in 2009 was £105bn).
– They slow the flow of water in otherwise hard urban landscapes (something that increasingly regular flooding has surely highlighted).
– Trees play a vitally important role in helping to clean air (by absorbing pollution), absorbing carbon, producing oxygen, regulating temperature, providing shade and shelter, and acting as wind breaks.
– They provide crucial homes for wildlife (with 60% of British wildlife species reported as being in decline).
– They break up the harshness of the urban landscape.
– They are a vital part of our nations’ culture and history.
They must be protected at all costs, so don’t sit idly by and watch our vital green spaces lost. If we continue along our current path the environmental legacy we will hand on to future generations will be a very poor one.’