Bernard Winchester Diary
Monday 4 March. 6.30pm. Council Budget Meeting
Plus Clean Green Croydon up-date by Cabinet Member Stuart Collins
Access papers at
Tuesday 5 March. 6.30pm. Scrutiny and Overview Committee
Presentation on the Safer Croydon Partnership; Question Time: Hamida Ali, Cabinet Member for Safer Croydon and Communities; Developing a Public Health Approach to Violence Reduction. Access papers at
Tuesday 5 March. The Abyssinian Difficulty: Retracing a Victorian Expedition.
Talk by John Pilkington about the expedition mounted by the British army in 1868 to rescue European hostages held in a hilltop fortress 400 miles inside Abyssinia. To accomplish this, they built a new port and railway and employed 44 elephants and 26,000 bearers.
Purley Literary Society. www.pilk.net
Friday 8 March. HMO Article 4 Direction Consultation closes
Landlords are likely to oppose – see
Friday 29 March. Shadow World
Film about arms trading. More information to follow.
The rundown of Norbury Library
When will the Library Strategy be published? My posting about the rundown of Norbury Library puts it in the context of the forthcoming Library Strategy that will go to the Croydon Cabinet.
What is the level of air pollution in your area?
You can check by postcode at
How many winter fuel deaths in Croydon?
On Friday 15 February Fuel Poverty Awareness Day National Energy Action (NEA) and E3G issued a joint press release highlighting the negative impacts of living in poor quality housing. According to their data sources, there were 56,300 excess winter deaths in the UK during 2017-18, the highest number since 1975/76. Of these, 16,890 were said to be attributable to cold homes. They do not give a geographic breakdown by local authority area.
Planning & Development News
Hammerson change of strategy puts Westfield under threat
Hammerson, the partner in the Westfield development, has announced that it has putting all its major construction projects on hold, and is focusing on selling off over £500m of its property assets to pay down its company debts.
See Inside Croydon 25 February, and
But Council leader still hopeful within the Growth strategy context:
Inside Croydon coverage since 26 February
Queens Hotel public inquiry starts on appeal against planning refusal
Brick by Brick needs more money
Revised Fairfield/College Green Plans
Fairfield Halls £11m over budget
800 residents sign up for Brick by Brick homes
Campaign against threat to Selsdon Woods
Bellway markets the IKON and starts Vista24 tower
To see how Bellway Homes markets projects like the IKON and Vista24 schemes in Croydon see