Croydon, events, news and environmental action

Wednesday 25 February. 9.30am. Public Transport Liaison Panel

Agenda includes bus services in the Town Centre and Thornton Heath bus garage.

Town Hall

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=186&MId=1589

Thursday 28 February Planning Committee. 5.30pm

Includes pre-application for 425 flats at land to south east of Croydon College; and application for 120 flats at 4-60, 42 & 42A Cherry Orchard Rd

Town Hall

Sunday 17 March. 7-11pm. St Patrick’s Night

£4 on door includes free buffet – with the Cohorts, Aidan & Vicky Keohane, Tony Field, Pluto Swint band, George Lloyd, John Wild & Eddie Greene, Doug Field, Denny Terrell and Liz Beaumont.

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd

Croydon Amnesty

Just Croydon Events Information

It was good to see the Just Croydon website banner at the Central Library promoting itself as the events listing for the Borough. There are lots of events posted on it that I do not highlight on this blog site. So its always worth visiting on a  regular basis, and to post up your events information. The Croydon Library Service could consider doing so.

http://www.justcroydon.com

Council calls last orders on Matthews Yard

Croydon Councils’ Planning Committee has approved the planning application to demolish the building which houses the Conference Centre on Surrey St and Matthews Yard down the side. The Yard will close and is trying to find new premises.

https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/much-loved-croydon-arts-hub-15845971

Council considers increasing Council Tax on empty housing

https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/17443410.steep-council-tax-rises-proposed-for-abandoned-homes-in-croydon/

Inside Croydon Stories

Former Croydon Council leader Val Shawcross calls for Veolia contract to be terminated.

Talawa Theatre

Tram improvements axed by TfL – the one benefit is the de-prioritisation of the ill-conceived Loop project.

Can the Council and residents take more small steps to encourage sustainable environmental action?

There are plenty of other things that the Council and residents could be considering doing, picking up on ideas from elsewhere. One of the good things about the Croydon Transition Town Facebook page is that there are occasional postings about good ideas working elsewhere: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CroydonTT/?fref=ts.  Whether these get looked at by the Council is of course an unanswered question.

Those of you who read The Guardian will have received today the My Green Pod supplement. This has many articles  worth reading.

Octopus Energy – is there scope for the Council to encourage them to open a business site in Croydon to help with sustainable energy provision? Obviously this would need to be assessed alongside the initiative Steve Reed took to introduce to the Council Repowering London, which grew out of the community energy initiative he was involved in creating when Leader of Lambeth Council. https://www.stevereedmp.co.uk/community-energy-scheme-have-your-say

Zappi electric car chargers – encourage them to market in Croydon as a way to increase the availability of chargers across the Borough which is needed if people are to witch from diesel to electric driven cars? Zappi is linked with Octopus Electric vehicles.

The Cora Ball designed to prevent microscopic fibres getting into the water environment from washing machines – can the Council consider using them in all its premises that have dishwashers?

Green Goddess cleaning fluids – ditto

Suma dishwasher tablets – ditto. Suma is a workers  co-op.

And for those Corbynite/Momentum readers of this blog there is an article on the company that produces the Corbyn tee-shirts!

Individual residents could also consider whether they want to switch to some of the products.

 

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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