Bernard Winchester’s Diary of events
Note: 19 Fbruary not 15 as organisers previously publicised.
Thursday 21 February. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium
St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA
Friday 22 February. 7.45pm. Nae Pasaran!
Croydon Labour Party News
Inside Croydon frequently covers problems within the three Croydon Labour Parties based on information provided by members at internal private meetings. The latest four stories are about:
- the women’s only short list for the Norbury by-election
- the resignation of former Councillor Andrew Rendle from the Party
- the alleged threat of withdrawing special responsibility allowances to make sure Councillors take part in canvassing
- Croydon Central opposing the Gatwick Airport expansion which the Council and Sarah Jones MP support.
Croydon TUC came out in opposition to expanding Gatwick in its working party response to the Council’s Growth Plan in 2014.
‘The Working Party is not as optimistic as the Council when the latter says ‘The expansion of Gatwick Airport is strengthening Croydon’s competitive advantage and this will accelerate if a second runway is built at Gatwick. The move of Nestle from Central Croydon to the Gatwick Airport area shows the potential negative effect. It is therefore vital that the Council plays its full role in the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership in order to know the detail of what is happening at Gatwick and elsewhere which could pose a threat to Croydon’s economy, as well as seeking to ensure that Croydon benefits from funding channelled through the Partnership.
The area encompasses Croydon, West Sussex County, Brighton & Hove, Lewes, and four eastern Surrey districts, involving two county councils, two unitary authorities, 12 district and borough authorities and the South Downs National Park Authority. The area has just under 2 million residents and over 150,000 businesses and organisations. Croydon will however only have one out of 17 members, even though it has a substantially larger population that many of the other local authorities among the 17. The ability of the Croydon representative to influence decisions will therefore be very weak.’
Another potential blow to the administrations’ economic strategy is the news reported in Inside Croydon (6 February) that Body Shop may be planning to move its HQ from Croydon
The Croydon Governance Review
This threat to Councillors highlights the power of the Executive Leader of the Council. In the local elections last year both Parties promised to review Council governance because of growing concerns about the Executive Leader and Cabinet model. Inside Croydon has not yet been able to report on the behind the scenes discussions on the review of governance agreed would take place by the Council. The key question is when it will be open to public consultation? Labour Party members who were keen for a review may want to begin raising the issue again at branch and General Committee meetings, and quiz their Councillors.
The Mayor of London and Croydon Council are backing the developer‘s appeal against the Ministerial decision to refuse the Purley tower.
Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick, the Council’s housing building development company is going through a period of big change.
Education Director leaves
Inside Croydon has reported that Croydon’s Education Director is leaving.
Whitgift-Westfield: no point saying I told you so!
Deportation to Caribbean
Croydon’s Marc Wadsworth and Cllr Patsy Cummings took part in the recent protest against Government deportations to the Caribbean.
Arabella’s Restaurant near the Coombe Rd junction of the High St has fallen foul of food and hygiene inspection.