Contents: Events at Ruskin House, inc. re-FGM, Palestine, Fascism & Racism; Westfields; CCG & NHS Trust; rodent plague, sale of Toys ‘R’ Us store; Inside Croydo; Cycle Lanes in Croydon
Events at Ruskin House
23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD
Saturday 18 May. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin. ‘The Gay Divorce’ (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers) 1934 plus shorts. £2
Monday 20 May. 8pm. aym. ‘In the Name of Your Daughter’
Film about FGM in Tanzania, the girls escaping it and about women’s fight back.
Croydon Amnesty free event
Tuesday 21 May. 7.30pm. Fascism, Racism and their Contemporary Afterlives
Croydon Momentum and LARAF (Labour Against Racism and Fascism) discussion. Invited speakers are Esther Leslie (Professor, Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck College, Dr Alberto Toscano (Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory, Goldsmiths College) and Anwar Akhar (Samosa media project leading the Royal Society of Arts Pakistan Calling project, of 70+ films.
LARAF aims to mobilise Labour Party members for anti-racist and anti-fascist activities, including demonstrations and local campaigns, as well as to share experience and spread local anti-racist initiatives across boroughs and Constituency Labour Parties. https://laraflondon.wordpress.com/about; email@example.com
Friday 31 May. 7.30pm. ‘5 Broken Cameras’
Award winning documentary about Palestine. Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer living in the village of Bil’in in the occupied West Bank, bought a camera to film his new son, Gibreel. Then construction began on a separation barrier between his village and a nearby settlement, cutting off access to 60% of Bil’in’s farmland. The villagers responded with non-violent protests and Burnat, recorded their resistance struggle and the growth of his son. Over the next five years, his cameras drew fire from Israeli forces trying to stop his filming. Co-directed with an Israeli peace activist, this feature documentary reveals a gripping story.
Tickets from Ruskin House Bar (£5.00) or online (£5.83) at:
Fascism, Racism and their Contemporary Afterlives
Is Westfield delay making Croydon a retail graveyard?
A detailed analysis in Retail Week discusses the uncertainties about the new Westfield shopping centre amidst the closure of retail stores and collapsing footfall.
Despite the uncertainty the Council website only talks about the potential benefits from the 2016 planning permission.
The company that now owns Westfield states on its website|:
‘The Croydon Partnership, a joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson, aims to redevelop Croydon’s retail town centre to build a true retail and leisure hub for South London. The project will create 5,000 new local jobs, and act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the town. The scheme will be anchored by a brand new combined John Lewis and Waitrose store, and a Marks & Spencer.’
The opening date is given as 2023. The job creation figure is down 2,000 on the original Partnership promise.
First joint chief executive for CCG and NHS Trust
Is the proposal to have a joint chief executive for the Croydon NHS Trust and Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group a sensible move to improve the integration of health and social services, or does it create an over powerful body which it will be more difficult for Health Watch and campaigners to influence?
Rodent plague or bad management?
Two more stores have been fined for rodent infestations. Is this because cafes, pubs, restaurants, take-aways and grocers and convenience stores have an uphill struggle to combat rodent infestation, or is it because of poor health and safety management? Whichever t is it raises questions about how much the public an rely on food safety.
Croydon’s former Toys ‘R’ Us store sold for over £16m
Inside Croydon v Sean Creighton
Because of his dislike of me, and despite for sometime now I have been listing some Inside Croydon stories in this blog, the Editor Steve Downs has chosen to bad mouth me on a posting on Andrew Kennedy’s Facebook.
New arrivals in Croydon may not know that back in 2015 there was a spate of personal attacks via social media on various people leading to the following postings on Croydon Citizen:
https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydons-appetite-self-destruction by me and a follow-up by Robert Ward, now a Conservative Councillor
Cycle Lanes in Croydon
Following his talk at the Nobury Village Residents Association AGM on 26 April I asked Cabinet member Stuart King for more information on cycle lanes. Here is the reply (15 May) from Tom Sweeney, the Council’s Programme Manager for Walking and Cycling:
‘Much of the Croydon’s existing and proposed network is on quieter back streets where there is less of a need to provide segregated cycle lanes (although there is a need to reduce some ‘rat running’ traffic from these largely residential roads).
Where cycle lanes are introduced on more main roads this is done in line with the London Cycle Design Guidance (for the cycle lanes) and other guidance such as Manual for Streets (for general traffic lane widths). Where acceptable widths for the cycle lanes and the general traffic lanes are not possible due to narrowness there is the option for cyclists to take the ‘primary position’, travelling in the same lane as general traffic, although the assumption is to segregate wherever possible.
Cycling schemes are (as with most road schemes) subject to network approvals in line with the Traffic Management Act 2004. A balance has to be struck between keeping the private motor vehicle moving and providing space for safe cycling. When compared to use of the private car cycling has a number of benefits, polluting less, taking up less road space per vehicle, providing health benefits and cutting fossil fuel use. There have been an number of articles with regards to the issue of cycle schemes, congestion and pollution as exemplified by the two articles below:
The evidence of the introduction of cycle schemes in central London has not been accompanied by increased levels of air pollution. The picture on delays is more complex, with some impacts on bus journey times in particular, although much of this can be attributed to the rise of Uber and light delivery vans for internet shopping, etc. Overall the more we get out of our cars and onto our bikes the fewer cars there will be in traffic jams and less pollution.
With regards to a study of which roads would be suitable to have cycle lanes, this has been done at a very high level to accompany the Cycle Strategy. More detailed analysis is conducted on a scheme by scheme basis as proposals go through feasibility prior to implementation and are then subject to consultation/highways approvals.’