Croydon News at 9 September

Patsy Cummings elected in South Norwood by-election

Congratulations to Patsy Cummings for winning the South Norwood bye-election. It is good that a Councillor with campaigning experience on such issues as the London Living Wage, and who works for the teams that support the Labour leadership and Shadow Cabinet members in Parliament, is now member of a Group which was predominately hostile to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader. Patsy has chaired sessions of the Croydon Assembly as it has developed its alternative Plan for Croydon. Let’s hope she is not marginalised like some others have been.

The result figures are at

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/articles/downloads/South%20Norwood%20-%20Declaration%20of%20result.pdf

Five Private Tower Blocks Fail Cladding Tests

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/revealed-the-croydon-blocks-with-cladding-that-failed-the-government-fire-safety-test/story-30501466-detail/story.html

Legacy Youth Zone Project gets planning permission

The new facility for young people is to be run by the national charity On Side.

https://wp.croydon.gov.uk/news/croydons-legacy-youth-zone-gains-planning-permission

http://www.onsideyouthzones.org/youth_zones/croydon-youth-zone

Two concerns have been expressed to me about the project:

  • will the charity be engaging in partnership with other youth groups and clubs in Croydon?
  • can this kind of facility actually reach and attract the young people who are regarded as most at risk.

It has also been suggested to me that it would have been better to put the money into updating existing facilities and strengthening youth provision at various community buildings around the Borough, so that young people do not have far to travel.

Sarah Jones continues pressure for action on knives

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/15521221.Croydon_MP_calls_on_ministers_to_crack_down_on_online_material_promoting_knife_crime

The Challenges Facing Faith Communities

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydons-interfaith-initiatives-challenge

 

Council Consults on Public Space Protection  in Town Centre

Having failed to consult the public on the pedestrianisation of the High St and changes to the bus services in the Town Centre, it is asking us for our views on having a Public Space Protection Order.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/tell-us-views-town-centre-safety

Presumably this is to deal with the potential increased anti-social behaviour particularly associated with drinking as they rachet up the night time economy. The lack of consultation on the pedestrianisation raises issues about equalities, accessibility and discrimination.

Will Croydon Schools Benefit From Extra Funding?

Conservative mother Helen Redfern argues that it will. See my comment of caution.

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/cash-schools-not-happy

Council and TfL consult on changes at Fiveways

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/consultation-fiveways-transformation-begins

A  reader of this blog writes to me:

‘Here is another example of how  TFL and Croydon Council are tailoring plans in the interests of Westfield (and more air pollution etc) and against cyclists and

https://insidecroydon.com/2017/09/08/cyclists-call-on-mayor-to-apply-his-own-policies-at-purley-way

Illegal levels of NO2: Statistics compiled by King’s College London show that Croydon town centre’s air quality has long been in breach of EU safety limits. Encouraging and enabling more people to drive into an air pollution hot spot is not going to help at all. But the government, TfL and Croydon Council don’t appear to be bothered, despite the threat of legal action.

Croydon Council’s draft Air Quality Action Plan for the next five years states that, “Croydon is meeting all of the national Air Quality Strategy objectives other than for the gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2).”

Data and mapping show high and illegal levels of NO2 in the approach to Fiveways, which TfL wants to expand, and Wellesley Road, where they want to route this increase in motor traffic towards Westfield.’

Is Croydon about to alienate another group of residents?

The Council is  test piloting test a £130 fine system to deter parents from dropping off their children at three schools. is being tested outside three schools which would see parents hit with an instant fine if they drop their children off in the car outside  between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/motoring/council-trials-fines-130-parents-419087

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/school-run-pedestrian-zones-to-start-this-week

A head teacher defends plan

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/head-teacher-wants-controversial-ban-on-parents-parking-outside-croydon-schools-to-become-permanent/story-30505967-detail/story.html

Comment. While the school run does pose problems is punitive action the best solution? Will it simply displace the congestion that can be caused into neighbouring streets, with conflict with residents in them?  Many parents need to use their cars to drop their children because they have to drive on to work. A small number live someway away because they had to move home but wanted continuing stability of their child’s education.

Surrey St Art Work cost over £52,000

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/revealed-this-is-how-much-croydon-council-has-spent-on-street-art-in-surrey-street-this-year/story-30505704-detail/story.html

The Beulah Spa Story

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/the-incredible-story-of-the-beulah-spa-in-upper-norwood-which-was-visited-by-queen-victoria/story-30501382-detail/story.html

£9,200 National Lottery grant for ‘Fighting for Air: The First World War Origins of Croydon Airport’ project

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/15508984.A_historic_Croydon_airport_gets_financial_boost_ahead_of_new_project

Hammerson borrows €625m, on its Dublin complex

http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/hammerson-and-allianz-arrange-625m-sevenyear-term-loan-on-dundrum-36091411.html

It has also been diversifying out of the UK because of BREXIT.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/property/2017-09-08-diversification-beats-brexit-for-hammerson

Beware the rats

Its not just ‘The Other Croydon’ human ‘rats’ we have to worry about, but now an infestation of the furry animals is predicted.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/rat-infestation-warning-in-croydon-as-pest-control-call-outs-expected-to-rise/story-30506983-detail/story.html

History of 161-165 London Rd

Kake continues the history of Zodiac House and its predecessor buildings on London Rd at:

http://london-road-croydon.org/history/0165-zodiac-court-part-3.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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