Croydon’s Continuing Crisis

That is the title of the small pamphlet I published about background economic and social facts about Croydon. Aspects of the crisis continue.

  • The rise in homelessness

The large rise in homelessness in the Borough emphases one aspect of the crisis which is becoming worse.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/the-shocking-number-of-families-with-children-who-have-fallen-into-homelessness/story-30149725-detail/story.html

  • Low Incomes

A key question that needs to be answered is what is the estimated number of Croydon families in the same income/savings crisis as 1:4 across Britain?

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/one-in-four-british-families-have-just-95-in-savings-a3470946.html

  • Business Rates Threat

The Council believes that business rates will be going up an average 19% under the Government re-evaluation.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/business-rates-in-croydon-to-skyrocket-by-19-per-cent/story-30156406-detail/story.html

This could lead to many small businesses closing.

  • Too much emphasis on the Town Centre?

Peter Davis reflects on the past and future of Croydon:

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/voice-south

  • Badly Run High St Businesses

This is not all bad news because there are many small businesses, especially shops, cafes, take-aways etc, that are not well run, have low food hygiene ratings .

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/the-18-croydon-businesses-named-and-shamed-for-the-worst-food-hygiene-ratings-in-2016/story-30139682-detail/story.html

Others have had to be chased to have waste contracts rather than leaving their rubbish as fly-tips in the street, or like shisha cafes are in breach of the law when they allow smoking inside their premises, about which the Council is doing nothing.

The latest examples of problems

  • South Norwood:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/south-norwood-takeaway-slammed-for-dirty-fridges-and-poor-personal-hygiene/story-30154333-detail/story.html

  • Poundland

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/food-hygiene-officers-coming-across-infestations-of-cockroaches-and-mice-on-a-monthly-basis/story-30152595-detail/story.html

  • KFC

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/thornton-heath-man-vows-never-to-eat-fast-food-again-after-child-s-tooth-found-inside-a-kfc-chip/story-30151491-detail/story.html

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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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