Government stops Purley tower block
Croydon’s Labour leadership has suffered a major defeat as the Government has blocked the proposed Purley Tower following a public inquiry following strong opposition from residents and their associations. The leadership backed by most of the Labour Councillors has a policy of approving housing schemes regardless of their impact, design, appropriateness and ignoring other policies with their own Local Plan. Unfortunately it is only large schemes that can be called in for inquiry by either the Government or the Mayor of London.
Whether the leadership will learn any lessons from what it regards as a set back remains to be seen.
Croydon Council loses £3.5m+ on landlord licence scheme
Between October 2015 when it was started and 31 March 1918 the Council has lost over £3.5m on its private landlord licensing scheme.
There are 16,187 landlords and 33,041 properties registered.
There are 10.6 FTE licensing officers (processing of applications and issuing licences), 5 full time technical officers and 1 admin officer specifically for licensing, plus 10.3 FTE officers spend part of their time dealing with licensing (inspections, complaints, investigations of non-compliance)
Response (October) to Freedom of Information request
Is Croydon Council gambling with public money?
Planning Chair loves Leon House homes conversion
Croydon highest for water leaks
All the wasted water contributes to the danger that Croydon faces a water shortage as new housing and office developments increase the demand.
Child Poverty in Croydon
As part of a study of child Poverty across London, Child Poverty Action Group has published a briefing on poverty in Croydon.