Croydon – Some Good News

The first recipients of funding from the Council’s Cultural Partnership Fund have been announced.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/new-council-arts-fund-expands-croydons-cultural-scene

The Good Employer Charter for local employers has been launched:

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-good-employer-charter-accreditation-opens-official-launch

Street art for Thornton Heath

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/new-street-art-coming-to-thornton-heath-high-street/story-30094952-detail/story.html

Woody Guthrie Inspires Transition Town

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CroydonTT/permalink/1357606974304234

Commenting on this Andrew Kennedy writes:

‘Worth remembering where we come from and what we are doing. Songs are very important they stir the memory and the imagination upon which vision can be born.’

Quite right, and something I have previously researched, and spoken about this in relation to the role of song in the British radical and labour movements.

Yet another takeaway proposed for New Addington

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/concerns-over-proposed-new-takeaway-in-new-addinton/story-30103979-detail/story.html

Croydonians against Trump

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/thousands-of-croydon-people-sign-anti-trump-petition-as-it-hits-1-million-signatures/story-30096623-detail/story.html

Council Tax to go up from April

In order to protect services for the vulnerable and elderly the Council is to increase Council tax. You can read the Council’s reasons at:

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/protecting-priority-services-and-delivering-more-for-croydon

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-council-reveals-how-much-council-tax-will-be-going-up-by-this-year/story-30099211-detail/story.html

Chis Philp MP  requests CCG to reverse decision on  baby milk

Croydon South Conservative MP has urged the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to reconsider a controversial decision to scrap prescriptions for baby milk and gluten free product
http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-mp-urges-ccg-to-reverse-controversial-decision-to-stop-doctors-prescribing-baby-milk/story-30099238-detail/story.html

Did Wayne Lose His Grip?

Mayor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor has had to contend with Council meetings being interrupted by members of the public (mea culpa back last year). At the 30 January meeting he had two men escorted out for constant interrupting when one of them felt he had been insulted by a Councillor. The police were even called and my informants tell me they considered that it be a waste of their time.

You can watch the podcast at

http://croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/266979

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/two-men-thrown-out-of-croydon-council-meeting/story-30098094-detail/story.html

What do you think about the way Croydon handles homelessness case?

Croydon is in the news over the way it has handled two homelessness cases.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/homeless-mother-and-son-becoming-destitute-while-row-with-council-continues/story-30105136-detail/story.html

http://www.mondaq.com/x/565192/real+estate/Croydon+Council+Case+Highlights+The+Issues+Around+Costs+For+Many+Local+Housing+Authorities

A central issue is the degree to which the rigid application of the rules means that compassion and understanding are thrown out. Have a read to see what you think?

Discussions on Croydon Citizen

  • Tackling Homelessness

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/smoothing-the-way-for-croydons-rough-sleepers

  • 20mph zone

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/20mph-wisdom-waste-money

  • Amy Johnson Play

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/amy-johnson-croydon

  • Boxpark

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/boxpark-inside

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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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