Council Meetings January
10 – Scrutiny and Overview Committee
12 – Planning and Planning Sub-committee
17 – Health and Social Care Scrutiny Sub-Committee
23 – Cabinet
26 – Planning and Planning Sub-committee
30 – Council
31 – Streets, Environment and Homes Scrutiny Sub-Committee
Thursday 16 March. 9.45am – 3.45pm. Legal Aspects of Involving Volunteers Training
This Croydon Voluntary Action session will cover:
- the legal implications of volunteering and the legal position of volunteers
- avoiding creating contracts in your volunteering relationships
- safeguarding and health & safety responsibilities in relation to volunteers
- who can volunteer including information about those claiming benefits
- identifying ways of reducing risk to your organisation
CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Rd, CR0 6UT
More details and bookings (£35) via Eventbrite
Are Council Parks Policies and Plans Based On Sound Knowledge?
In my latest Croydon Citizen posting I raise the question as to whether Croydon’s policies on parks and open spaces in the Local Plan going to public inquiry next year are soundly based. Cabinet member Timothy Godrey says the statistics I cite in the article are wrong. I have asked him to meet with GiGL the collator of the data to discuss this.
Croydon Momentum Black ConneXions
Croydon activists have launched Momentum’s newest group dedicated to combating things like racist hate crime, fighting for greater political representation and better Town Hall jobs.
Prominent local trade unionists and community workers were among the people who set up Croydon Momentum Black ConneXions at Thornton Heath on Monday 12 December.
For background discussion on hate crime see
Local Man In Muslims Like Us
Nabil Abdulrashid, a stand up comedian from Croydon, took part in the first Muslims Like Us episode on BBC 2 on Monday 12 December.
Are You Concerned About Houses in Multiple Occupation?
Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) create many problems for the neighbourhoods in which they operate: increase in numbers of people living in formerly family houses leading to more cars competing for strained parking spaces and adding to congestion on main roads, poor management and repairs, lack of proper refuse facilities, and a high turnover of tenants which means a growing n umber of temporary residents who cannot build roots. Poor management and lack of repairs Is the major reason why the Council has a HMO register. This is different from the Landlord Licensing register. The big question is are all HMOs actually registered. The HMO register is public so you can check whether any property you think may be an HMO. You can download the file here to analyse. This was recently sent to someone who asked a Freedom of Information request.
Government Blames Rail Unions and Backs Southern Franchise
Croydon’s Planning Committee Ignores Local Opposition to Purley Tower
Labour members on the Planning Committee voted for the proposed 17 storey mainly residential Purley Tower, with the minority of Conservatives again (6:4). This despite over 9,000 people signing a petition against it. Many were at the Town Hall on Thursday to hear the Planning Committee discussion. It was clearly a fractious and angry public gallery. The principle arguments against are:
- It is out of keeping with the rest of Purley where the next tallest building is only about 5 floors, and will change the character of the town
- It will set a precedent so other skyscrapers may follow
- It only has about 40 parking spaces for 200 flats so will cause parking chaos
The petition can be seen at www.surveymonkey.com/r/stoppurleyskyscraper.
Seven Residents Associations have written a joint letter of objection to the scheme. Riddlesdown Hartley & District, Kenley & District, Sanderstead, Old Coulsdon, Coulsdon West and East Coulsdon. Only Purley and Woodcote RA was in favour.
Once a tower block has been approved it sets a precedent for more applications in the future, beginning the process of fundamental change to the skyline and street scene and character of a District Centre, as well as aggravating transport, congestion and car parking problems because of the increase in population. Safeguarding the character of District Centres is supposed to be a key aim of the revised Local Plan which will be subject to public inquiry next year.
The decision is a reminder of how Residents Associations and local area action groups need to be ever vigilant about the cumulative effects of planning applications in changing their areas, usually for the worse rather that for the better. Residents of Sylvan Hill and Auckland Rise estate are concerned about the proposed 50 new homes proposed by the Council’s development compnay Brick by Brick. Even MP Steve Reed has concerns with the proposal.
Charities Hard Pressed To Support Refugees
It is not sustainable for local charities to solely support refugees facing day-to-day struggles, according to a report by Healthwatch Croydon. It is calling for a more integrated approach by Croydon Council, NHS providers and local charities to support asylum seekers and refugees arriving in the borough.
Regentsmead funds £3.35m worth of deals in Croydon
Small scale developers in Croydon are being funded by specialist lender Regentsmead, which has loaned £3.35m on six sites inc. in Campbell and Stafford Rds.