Croydon events and news at 19 September

Saturday 23 September. Table-top sale

Organised by Norbury Village Residents Association. Harlow Hall, corner Stanford/Oakhill Rds.

https://norburywatchblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/norbury-village-ra-table-top-sale-23-september

Saturday 30 September. Colors Croydon International Mela 

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/15535022.Wandle_Park_to_come_alive_with_Colors_Croydon_International_Mela

Sunday 1 October. 1-4pm. Selhurst Autumn Action

Friends of Whitehorse Park

Boulogne Rd

https://www.facebook.com/groups/121591281648674

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 October. Asset-Based Community Development Workshop

Details at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asset-based-community-development-workshop-for-london-those-working-in-vcses-voluntary-community-tickets-37833885169

Croydon’s Knife Crisis

Croydon Citizen is publishing a discussion piece on knife crime in Croydon by me at noon on Tuesday 19 September.

https://thecroydoncitizen.com

Schools Funding Crisis – sack faces 30 non-teaching staff at Shirley Primary

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/30-harris-academy-benson-staff-members-could-lose-jobs-after-being-told-there-is-no-money/story-30513768-detail/story.html

Norbury resident publishes two volume triller about Nazxi Germany

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/thriller-about-nazi-germany-published-by-97-year-old-norbury-resident

Award winning Neil Chandler returns to manage Fairfield Halls

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/neil-chandler-appointed-lead-redeveloped-fairfield-halls

Work on more Thornton Heath  improvements starts

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/thornton-heath-streetscene-improvements-move-next-phase

Up to 2,700 Home Office staff to move into 1 Ruskin House by 2021.

Given the estimated loss of 11,000 jobs up to about 2011, the move of up to 2,700 Home Office officials into 1 Ruskin Square up to 2012 will hopefully have a positive effect for the Town Centre with their lunch time and after work spending. Many may also move into the Borough and become residents. It will also mean a boost in the number of active trade unionists and strengthen the local trade union movement, The Croydon TUC and Ruskin House.  The 600 who already work in Croydon have already moved in.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-becomes-home-first-hmrc-regional-centre

What is happening with the Whitgift Centre?

More and more people are asking what is happening with the new Westfield Shopping Centre. The economics of the scheme has changed fundamentally since the original planning permission was granted by the Council just before the 2014 local elections. Construction costs, for example, have risen: 5% 2016-17; expected this year 4.1%. There is also a growing construction  skills shortage. Westfield  and Hammerson are still in negotiation with the Council about their revised planning application. The negotiations are dragging on probably over how much Section 106, Community Infrastructure Levy and ‘affordable’ housing can be achieved through so called planning gain.  Although retail shopping behaviour has shifted to the internet, it is possible that the expanded Home Office will see enough spending by its 2,700 staff to  underpin the economic viability of the new retail units that may be up and running by 2021 if the planning approval is granted this year.

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/london-build-costs-continue-to-spiral

http://www.costar.co.uk/en/assets/news/2017/May/London-construction-costs-rise-as-skills-shortage-deepens

2 landlords banned from renting property

Landlords Samir Sakka and Besarta Zeneki have been fined for failing to improve their property in Benshal Lane. They have also been banned from renting property out again in Croydon.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/landlords-fined-and-face-ban-after-council-prosecution

I have asked Cabinet member Alison Butler to consider sending details to all other landlords who have not yet acted on improvement notices from the Council, and to consider CPOing the property and adding it to the Council’s housing stock. The two landlords appear to be individuals, They do not appear on the Companies House website or any of the special sites that give compnay information.  If they have other properties in Croydon they will have to stop renting them out. Hopefully  the Council will draw attention to other London authorities to check whether they have any information on properties they own or lease in their Boroughs. The two landlords footprint on the web seems to be only the result of the prosecution.

Croydon wants out of Borough landlords to help

Croydon Council officials Denise Dje Komenan, Shannon Tavernier Gustave and Jojo Blankson attended the Landlord and Investment Show in  Brighton. They were promoting landlord incentive schemes such as rent guarantees to help social housing tenants currently needing accommodation. The Council has 736 on its books. They were also looking for opportunities to rehouse tenants outside the Borough. The Council states: “We have over 28,000 flats and houses with a Croydon private property licence, and there is no evidence this scheme has caused a dip in supply. Properties outside Croydon don’t need a licence unless the local authority operates something similar.”

See full story and video at

http://www.propertyindustryeye.com/you-dont-know-what-youve-got-until-its-gone-croydon-councillors-leaving-the-borough-to-find-landlords

Festival of Peace  Meets Crowd Funding Target

The organisers of the Festival of Peace being planned for 16 to 23 June have reached their Crowdfunding target. The partners putting the programme together include: Asian Resource Centre, Croydon BME Forum, Faiths Together in Croydon,  Family Fest & The Big Dance, Parade of Nations, Rise Gallery, Stanley Halls, Turf Projects, Young People Insight. You can join the peace party by dedicating your own event, group, concert, choir rehearsal, faith meeting, sports practice,  area of your community garden to Peace during the week.

To register your interest please email:

festivalofpeacecroydon@gmail.com

I am researching the history of peace and anti-war movements in Croydon to offer a talk.

News about cases at Croydon Magistrates

You can see these at

http://interceder.net/news/Croydon-Magistrates’-Court

Recycling bicycles

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/re-using-bikes-in-croydon-recycling-means-exactly-what-it-says

Norbury based History & Social Action Publications publishes Mitchison family history

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/making-middle-england

HSAP is my publishing imprint.

 

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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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