Wednesday 31 May. 6-9pm. Shaking Hands – The Icebreaker Social
Sussex Innovation Centre, No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 0XT
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Can you spot me at the back in the photo of a previous event?
Sunday 4 June. 11am-4pm. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open Day
Airport House, Purley Way
Sunday 4 June. 1-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day
Tuesday 6 June. 7.30pm. Harmonium
2016 Japanese film at David Lean Cinema.
Tuesday 13 June. 11am. Beauty and the Beast
David Lean Cinema
Sunday 18 June. 3pm. Cello Recital by Nigel Blomily
Sanderstead United Reformed Church, Sanderstead Hill
Saturday 24 June. Croydon Assembly
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Flooding Risk Alert
Council gets rough ride at Local Plan Public Hearing
Its been a busy two weeks with the Croydon Local Plan Public Hearing Sessions which are now entering their final days this coming week. As someone who has attended and had to prepare for all but one the Sessions so far there has been no time to report what has been happening.
Tory Leader Tim Pollard has been able to write about Tuesday’s intensification zones and Thursday’s Gypsy and Traveller Sessions.
I took part in the intensification zone session and pointed out:
- that part of the John Ruskin School fields were in the zone, which suggests the Council officers are contemplating building on school playing fields.
- That such zones which had a weak evidence base and look like they would be damaging the character of the areas were not needed because intensification will happen anyway, as is being seen in Norbury which is not proposed for zoning.
I observed the last part of the Gypsy/Traveller Session and it was clear to me that the Purley Oaks site was totally inappropriate, but the Council had failed to show how it would meet one of its key criteria – how to ensure harmonious relations with local residents.
‘The council look after the big boys and not the small shops these days’
So says the owner of an ironmonger’s business in South Norwood which is closing.
Elsewhere Yorkshire Building Society is closing its branches in Coulsdon and Selsdon.
Why is Croydon Labour upsetting residents on Council estates?
Croydon’s Labour Councillors on the Planning Committee have approved three controversial Brick by Brick schemes on Council estates, upsetting the residents by approving building on their green spaces. This obsession is meeting the new housing targets required by central Government and the London Mayor are damaging the quality of life and amenity of these residents.
On one scheme Planning Chair Paul Scott refused Steve Reed, the former MP for Croydon North, the opportunity to speak on the ground he might be seen as electioneering. Steve therefore did not attend (added 29 May). While technically he may have been correct the Conservative Councillors had no objection. Scott’s attitude contrasts with Gavin Barwell and Chris Philp being able to speak at the Croydon Local Plan hearing, both of whom very carefully avoided electioneering and making party political points.
There is not mention of Brick by Brick activities in the latest Open House newsletter for Council estate residents.
You can make your own mind up by watching the webcast of the meeting at:
and on the one of 18 May at:
Cuts continue to damage people in Croydon
Too Hot for Southern
Council supports quitting smoking
This contrasts with its continuing lack of action to prosecute shishas cafes for allowing illegal smoking in their premises. It really is time that pub, restaurant and café owners collectively objected since they all comply with the law.
AHMM to work on detailed designs for Taberner House site
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Hammerson Sells Two More Retail Parks
Another £91.7m into Hammerson’s bank account comes from selling two retail parks into Kent to BMO Real Estate Partners
Hammerson’s Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
The Other Croydon
- Murder and Rape
- Other Crime
- Litter & Fly-tipping
- Car Crime, Recklessness and Stupidity
- Lack of Food Hygiene