Croydon News at 25 July

Physical skills and literacy

Charlotte Davies discusses the problems involved in acquiring literacy skills when sound, vision and motor skills do not come together.

New street art in Town Centre

Local Plan and Housing Issues

New representations to the Local Plan Inspector have been added to the Council website:

  • Tenure – FOI 2013

  • Houses in multiple occupation issues

  • HMO Register spread sheet

REP-09809-002- APP A- Mandatory HMO licence register (1) (1)

Poverty and Inequality in Croydon

The following information comes from the Small Business Commission interim report submitted to Cabinet in June.

13,000 economically inactive working age adults.

Over 55s BAME groups, people with disabilities and women are some demographic groups more likely to be out of work and/or on benefits than others.

Geographic variations show that people in the north of the borough and in areas such as New Addington are more likely to be out of work and/or on benefits.

Over 20% of Croydon residents are in low-paid work.

Over 25% of jobs in Croydon are low-waged.

23.2% of children in the borough in 2015 were living in families affected by income deprivation.

‘Businesses and employers are consistent in their message that many people presenting for interview do not have the skills, attitudes and aptitudes required for work; this is particularly the case for younger people.’

The proportions of high skill and labour intensive roles in Croydon are below average, with middle skill and service intensive roles above average5. There are less professional jobs, with more administration and clerical, caring, leisure and other services, more sales and customer services and more elementary staff than average.’ In other words more [people on lower income levels.

Tree Preservation Orders not on Council website

According to a Freedom of Information reply (21 July) the Council does not have a Tree Preservation order register on its website.

‘The Council can confirm it holds this information as required by The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012, part 2, regulation 5(3).  However, Regulation 6(1)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations applies where the requested information is already publicly available and easily accessible to the applicant in another form or format.

The TPO records, depending on their age are held digitally in a number of formats and some original paper records also exist.  TPO’s can be viewed by arranging a suitable date and time to come and visit the Council Offices and view the documents of interest.  To come in and view TPO’s contact the Development Management technical support team on e-mail; – or by calling 020 8726 6800 and choosing the option ‘Planning Control’ and then arranging a suitable date and time to come in to view the records.’


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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