From Faiths Together in Croydon’s website
As did Christian men from the Caribbean, including those who came back on the Windrush and later.
Friday 27 April to Sunday 20 May Croydonites Festival
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South Norwood residents group seeks help to fund legal challenge to Brick by Brick
Barratts to pay for Citiscape cladding
This story does not acknowledge the support given to the residents by their local MP Steve Reed.
Inspired Homes Markets’ Hotel’ flats
Hammerson Crisis Deepens
Hammerson, the joint partner on the Westfield scheme for the Whitgift is in deep crisis having aborted its attempt to buy INTU and with pressure growing on its executives to resign. The company is reviewing options to boost value for shareholders, including looking at some property disposals. (Financial press)
Who to vote for in the Council elections?
You can see who is standing in your ward at
The result of the election will be decided by a handful of voters in 5/6 marginal wards. This is up from 3 in 2014 because of the ward boundary changes. In 2014 Ashburton was only Labour’s third seat was only won by 8 votes over the Tories. In Waddon the difference in the vote was 121 between the lowest Labour and the highest Tory. So if you want to keep Labour in power you need to make sure that if you are in a marginal ward you vote for them; and vice-versa if you want the Tories to win. The big uncertainty is how people who voted UKIP in 2014 will vote this time. There are only 8 UKIP candidates this time. If a large number of their 2014 voters were normally Tory voters then the Tories may have a big boost. If they were Labour it may get that boost. Or they may simply not vote because of their anger with both parties over BREXIT.
Tories fuss about lack of hustings
Tim Pollard, the Tory leader, is making a fuss that Croydon Advertiser, Croydon Citizen and Croydon Guardian are not holding election hustings.
Why should they given they give coverage in print to the view of the main parties? Croydon Citizen is largely run by volunteers who have enough on their plate to run the website and the print edition without taking on organising an event. It is for residents, community groups and business organisations to organise hustings if they think they are worth doing. The grape-vine says that Roger Wade offered Boxpark as a venue for a hustings. Why does he just organise it as a Boxpark event?
Tory Hypocrisy Over Coombe Wood School?
‘We will protect the Council’s parks and green spaces – the opposite of Labour who have allowed local protections to be worn away.’ This is what the Tory manifesto says. When they were in power they approved the Oasis Arena Academy in South Norwood being built on Municipal Open Land. They objected to the proposed 1,680-place Coombe Wood School for Folio Education Academy Trust on Green Belt land.
It is the Tory Secretary of State for Education who decides on which new Academies and Free Schools should be built. Councils are required to help ensure they happen. If the Tories had been in power they would have had to approve the Coombe Wood School.
Are Council officers straying into the political arena?
Shifa Mustafa, the Council’s Executive Director of Place, says: “It is great news for Croydon that the planning committee has approved Crystal Palace Football Club’s application for Selhurst Park. The redevelopment will create over 100 new jobs and enhance the experience of fans on match day and visitors to the club.
“The council remains committed to working closely with the club to ensure suitable accommodation is found for all residents of Wooderson Close whose homes are affected by the club’s plans, and will ensure the impacts of the development are properly mitigated.”
Commenting on the decision of the Tory Secretary of State for Education to approve Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust’s proposal to foist a 150 place special free school and nursery on Croydon, David Butler, Director of Education and Youth Engagement, says:
“We are delighted to welcome OCH&AT to the borough and that Croydon’s new special free school has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. Every child and young person deserves an excellent education and we want this to be a flagship provision for those who need the most help and support, offering them an outstanding learning environment closer to their homes. We very much look forward to working closely with the providers to deliver this, and continuing to work with our existing mainstream and specialist schools, and local children and families – who have played an important role in helping to develop the vision for the new school – as together we create a first-class facility for our community.”
As Council officers’ roles are to administer the processes, surely all they should do is to publicly report the facts, not express personal opinions. That is the role of Councillors. Which ever Party gains control in May the Leader should make it quite clear that in future Council officers must simply make public comment on facts and not give personal opinions.
Fighting in Palestine in FWW
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