Earlier this month I moved the resolution at the Croydon Unite Retired members branch calling on Croydon TUC to oppose the Brick by Brick scheme to build housing on the green space next to Ruskin House.
I am delighted that last night CTUC approved it.
They also discussed the alleged conflict of interest of the Planning Chair over Westfield.
The opposition to building on green space is a key feature of the Manifesto for the Council elections approved by the CTUC sponsored Croydon Assembly, which will be publicly available next week. This is being issued in time to circulate to the political parties preparing their manifestos for the local elections. The Labour Party manifesto Conference is on Saturday 20 January.
The resolution states:
Croydon TUC considers the following action is necessary to secure the continuity of Ruskin House as a Trade Union and Labour Movement asset:
(1) to oppose the Brick by Brick plan to build on the green space next to Ruskin House on the corner of Edridge Road:
(i) in line with the policies of the CTUC/Croydon Assembly in the work of the Croydon Local Plan that such green spaces are important amenities which need to be protected from development
(ii) because of the concerns expressed at the Croydon Assembly about the way in which Brick by Brick has ignored the objections and concerns of residents on Council estates in relation to some of its proposed developments
(iii) because Brick by Brick is behaving like a commercial developer.
(2) to support a campaign against Brick by Brick’s plans for the greens space
(3) to put in an objection to any planning application Brick by Brock submits
(4) to make it clear to Brick by Brick that it will not discuss any attempt to offer Ruskin House money.