Croydon news at 29 April

The threat to Croydon Uni A&E

The outcome of the General Election will determine whether the NHS continues to be deprived of resources, face increased privatisation and accelerated hospital closures. The defence of Croydon University Hospital A&E from potential closure is a key issue in Croydon. A strong vote for Steve Reed in Croydon North, a Labour victory in Croydon Central and a strong Labour vote in Croydon South will help to strengthen the voice of those who believe that closing A&Es only accelerates the crisis facing those units that remain. Basic facts about the NHS can be seen on this video prepared by junior doctors at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSmPIBJWXGM

It would help ensure that Gavin Barwell is booted out if the Lib Dems and the Greens decided not to field a candidate, as all they will do is split the anti-Tory vote and ensure that he is re-elected. If they do stand and Labour loses they will share the blame if the A&E unit is closed.

Bad Landlords – Be Warned

From May 8, new powers coming into force under the Housing and Planning Act 2016, will allow the Council to fine landlords up to £30,000, without taking them to court.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/bad-landlords-in-croydon-could-soon-face-jail-or-even-be-forced-to-pay-back-rent

The Council can only take this action if it is told about concerns about bad landlords.

Opposition grows to Brick by Brick schemes

Residents opposed to Brick by Brick approved housing schemes are concerned about design and loss of mature trees. A scheme in Purley is being described as looking like a prison block.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/anger-that-new-purley-homes-will-look-like-a-prison-block

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/residents-concerns-over-council-s-private-company-building-on-estate

How affordable is Brick by Brick?

Green activist Jay Ginn has been raising some useful questions on the package of housing tenures being built by Brick by Brick concerned that only 5% of the new homes will be ‘affordable’.

  • Will the Right to Buy apply to these homes ? ‘If so, public land could end up in the hands of private landlords using the land and the homes to make a profit, and not helping low income families at all. How will the current Labour council ensure this cannot happen in the future?’
  • How is ‘affordable’ being defined? Is it up to 80% of market rent, ie NOT affordable on av. Croydon wages let alone low income households? Or is it a more realistic definition, bearing some formulaic relationship to the ability to pay of low-income Croydon residents?

Cabinet member Alison Butler has given the following answers:

‘100% would indeed be better.  Unfortunately, we need to sell homes in order to finance affordable housing.  However, we will have a local sales policy to ensure Croydon residents get the opportunity to purchase first. We are currently looking at the best way to bring forward the affordable homes, so that Croydon can benefit. I agree 80% is not affordable.  We are currently looking at other options including the Mayors’ Living Rent, based on local incomes.’

Has UKIP lost the plot over St. George?

Croydon UKIP has been promoting St. George in New Addington. Ironic that this anti-immigrant political party should do so.

Saint George was born in Turkey to a Turkish father and Palestinian mother. A Roman soldier he was killed for his opposition to persecution of Christians.

To Muslims George is associated with The Quaran’s Al-Khidr (the Green One) a helper of the poor and vulnerable. The St George’s shrine at Beit Jala is visited by Christian and Muslim pilgrims. St George is associated with courage, selflessness, faith, compassion and a commitment to justice. He is the patron saint of Ethiopia, Catalonia, Palestine, Georgia and Portugal.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/ukip-are-on-a-crusade-to-teach-the-people-of-croydon-about-st-george/story-30286921-detail/story.html#5bq3Ue1tR8EZY9MY.99

Who are some of the new comers to Croydon?

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/economics-business/the-innovators-part-one

What is happening with the Westfield?

James Naylor discusses at

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/will-westfield-ever-happen

Tom Lickley discusses that the new Westfield will be a pioneer in the changing nature of high streets:

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/economics-business/future-high-streets

Meanwhile joint partner Hammerson is considered by analysts as one of the most undervalued stocks with significant upside potential.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/property/2017-04-26-hammerson-a-solid-bet-for-future-returns

http://www.fiscalstandard.com/2017/04/26/hammerson-plc-lonhmso-receives-underperform-rating-from-jefferies-international-analysts

Croydon’s Loneliness Agenda

The Opportunity & Fairness Commission report highlighted the need to take action against the growing problem of loneliness. This is a growing concern across Europe and has been the subject of a recent conference. Educationalist John Field attended and writes about it on his The Learning Professor blog at

https://thelearningprofessor.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/loneliness-and-social-capital-in-later-life

CR2 Magazine

Delivered, each month, free of charge, to 16,500 addresses in Sanderstead, Selsdon, Selsdon Vale, Ballards, Croham Hurst and South Croydon. ‘For Advertisers the magazine offers a low cost, extremely cost effective way to promote their business.’  ‘For the Community the magazine offers a free platform for charities and “not for profit” organisations plus coverage of local events and occasions.’

http://www.cr2.biz

More Tales of ‘The Other Croydon’

  • Estate agent gaoled

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-estate-agent-jailed-for-stealing-identity-of-clients-while-showing-people-around-their-homes

  • Unhygenic Poundworld

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/poundworld-facing-accusations-croydon-store-sold-food-covered-in-mouse-urine-and-droppings

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3407246/poundworld-500k-fine-selling-food-covered-in-mouse-poo-and-urine

  • ATM scams

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-this-is-how-con-men-are-targeting-people-at-cash-machines-in-croydon/story-30294842-detail/story.html

  • Charity vehicle trashed

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/hunt-for-vandals-who-trashed-croydon-charity-8217-s-minibus-at-new-addington-school

  • Masked gang jailed

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/gang-for/story-30300269-detail/story.html

  • Micro flats

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/inside-croydon-s-micro-flats-which-are-probably-the-smallest-properties-in-town/story-30291916-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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