Croydon News at 20 January

Croydon Loses More Government Funding

Croydon Council could be forced to raise council tax to fill £1.9m hole from further Government cuts under the recent local government finance settlement. The details and the text of Leader Tony Newman’s protest letter to the Government are detailed in a paper to the Cabinet on 23 January.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-council-could-be-forced-to-raise-council-tax-to-fill-1-9m-hole-from-government-cut/story-30062174-detail/story.html

Council Earns £4.24pm from sale of office block

The sale of Jeanette Wallace House was completed on the 9 January for £4.25m. This has also resulted in the release of 39 Tamworth Road which will be handed back to the Council by June 2017. – From Investing in Our Borough report to Cabinet 23 January.

Croydon to make money from advertising

The Council hopes to make to increasing revenue from Council owned assets, such as highways and buildings through advertising, in a partnership with a specialist agency. – From report to Cabinet 23 January.

Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee

See podcast at

http://croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/264498

Croydon Praised For Anti-homeless work

In December 2016 Croydon’s People’s Gateway Enablement and Welfare Service won second prize in the London Homelessness Awards sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, Crisis, Shelter and the London Housing Directors. From report to Cabinet 23 January.) Meanwhile Croydon High School Girls are organising a sleepover re-homelessness.

http://www.gdst.net/article/no-rest-croydon-high-girls-they-highlight-real-issues-homelessness

Is Boxpark Overated?

Paddy Blewer explains why he thinks it is at

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/boxpark-quickie-more-meaningful

Perception versus punishment? Croydon’s new crime plan

London  Mayor Sadiq Khan’s policing officer is consulting on the police and crime strategy for 2017-21. Robert Ward discusses it at:

http://thecroydoncitizen.com

The consultation document can be downloaded at:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/draft_police_and_crime_plan_for_london_2017-2021_-_consultation_document.pdf

Academy Trust Fails Broadmead School

Broadmead Primary Academy, in Sydenham Road, Selhurst is being transferred from the REAch2 Academy Trust to The Pioneer Academy by the beginning of March.  in a bid to ‘improve and accelerate’ standards.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/struggling-croydon-school-to-come-under-new-academy-trust-in-bid-improve-and-accelerate-standards

Council Rejects Homes on Metropolitan Open Land

The Planning Committee has rejected Hyde Housing’s plans to build ‘affordable’ homes, a community centre and a public park on the Croydon World of Golf and the 18-hole Dragon Quest Adventure Golf course in Long Lane. Hyde may appeal.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/plans-to-demolish-croydon-driving-range-and-crazy-golf-course-to-build-over-100-homes-rejected/story-30061862-detail/story.html

What is Croydon’s Tree Safety Strategy?

‘This is an appeal to reason. Too many mature trees are being lost in Grangewood Park. There is no ongoing arboreal management – only a ‘public safety’ operation every five years. This time 28 trees are being felled. Only one has been planted.’

So writes Stefan Szczelkun on

https://www.flickr.com/gp/stefan-szczelkun/r6a7y7

Comment: Let’s hope this will be addressed in the parks review when the results are finally published.

London as National City Park?

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/croydon-gain-greater-london-national-park-city

More EV Charging Points Needed as DVLA Ups Registration Costs

A reader of this blog has drawn my attention to the lack of EV charging points in the Borough.

‘There are increasing numbers of PHEV or plug-in hybrid cars coming onto the market as well as all electric cars EV. But people in suburban terraced streets are at a disadvantage. Those people with drives can get a grant to have a charging point installed at the front of their house. How can terraced street people (slightly less well off) get to charge an EV car?’

It makes sense for Croydonians buying new cars from April to consider EV and hydrogen ones because their DLVA tax registration will be free whearas other new cars registered will be charged at  £140, Under the new rules – only electric and hydrogen cars will be exempt – and all other new cars will pay a flat rate of £120 in the first year, and £140 a year thereafter. The higher the emissions the higher the charge to

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/the-new-dvla-car-tax-rules-that-could-cost-croydon-drivers-hundreds-of-pounds-extra-each-year/story-30062250-detail/story.html

Andrew Kennedy writes on Croydon Transition Town facebook about electric cars:

‘Electric Cars made in China are likely to flood the world market by 2020. (That’s why I say that restrictions on parking in Central Croydon based on the grounds that reducing traffic will solve air pollution is misguided for the sake of the local economy). Within 10 years electric cars and hybrids will account for a significant proportion of road vehicles in the world too. China currently hugely subsidises the cost of purchase but by 2020 the cost of production will have been driven down to such an extent that low cost electric utility vehicles will be everywhere and China will dominate production in yet another market. Croydon’s local plan is decidedly anti car. Croydon’s town centre will become more and more only for those who live or sleep there. “Why would I want to go to Croydon?”. Reuters report on China’s electric vehicle production.’

 

 

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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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