Croydon events, news & Cabinet discussions

Contents: Council Cabinet 19 September; Climate March 20 September;  Museum family activities; Pathetic Black History Month programme; Local History Fair; Petitions to preserve Green Spaces for the Community; Violent mayhem incidents in Croydon; The Green Croydon Fund; Citizens Assembly for Climate Change; Council’s Brexit Review; Scrutiny wants CIL to be allocated in local areas; Council Digital Strategy; Council Digital Strategy; What is the Council doing to monitor the Construction Charter?

Thursday 19 September. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet

Agenda: A Sustainable Croydon Update; BREXIT No Deal Preparedness; Corporate Plan Performance; Make a Stand (domestic violence); Local Implementation Plan (LIP) Annual Spending Submission 2020/21; Education Estates Strategy Update;  Quarter 1 Financial Performance 2019/20; Stage 1 Recommendations arising from Scrutiny Investing in our Borough.

Friday 20 September. 4pm. Climate Strike March and Rally

Croydon High Street (North End).

#CLIMATESTRIKE MARCH AND RALLY IN CROYDON

Saturdays. 11-2pm. Museum of Croydon family creative activities

Suitable for ages 5-11 accompanied by an adult.

Please contact museumeducation@croydon.gov.uk for more details.

October. Croydon’s Pathetic Black History Month Programme

http://www.cbmeforum.org/bhm-2019

Saturday 16 November. 11am-4pm. Local History Fair
11-4pm

Join the Museum of Croydon and local societies
to find out more about our local history. Local groups will have stalls and there will be a programme of talks during the day and a chance to view historic films of Croydon.
Please contact archives@croydon.gov.uk for more information. I will be giving a talk on Peterloo and Croydon.

Petitions to preserve Green Spaces for the Community

https://www.change.org/p/cllr-hamida-ali-preserve-love-lane-green-for-the-community

Covington/Crescent Way, Norbury: https://www.change.org/p/croydon-council-save-our-green-space

Violent mayhem incidents in Croydon

It’s not just knife crime now, but on 3 September a mass brawl took place between young men using knifes, swords, bats, metal mats and machetes during the day in London Rd in West Croydon.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9918444/machete-wielding-gangs-trade-blows-croydon

Then on 16 September at 3am onwards residents in Oakhill, Croindene and lower end of Stanford Rds in Norbury were woken up as a vehicle chase smashed into parked cars, with several young men walking along with baseball bats. See

https://norburywatchblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/vehicle-mayhem-in-oakhill-rd

The Green Croydon Fund

The Green Croydon Fund was set up at the Cabinet meeting on 8 July. The minutes state:

‘3.9 The Green Croydon Fund of £250k was announced at the summit by Cllr Muhammed Ali. The decision was taken by the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Environment, Transport & Regeneration to allocate funds from an existing budgets.

3.10 This annual fund provides funding support for projects, activities and initiatives that promote environmental protection, green living and a sustainable lifestyle in Croydon and link into the priorities identified in the Council’s Corporate Plan.

3.11 For example:

  • Reducing social isolation and creating a greater sense of community involvement
  • Creating an environment where our young people thrive and reach their full potential
  • Providing volunteering opportunities, particularly hard to reach groups

3.12 Funding can be applied for at any time and is available to voluntary non-profit organisations delivering either small/medium projects within Croydon that require £1,000 – £15,000, or medium/large projects within Croydon requiring £15,001 – £50,000. Funding cannot be used to pay staff.

3.13 Applicants should contact the Communities Team at communities.team@croydon.gov.uk or 020 8694 7029 for information on how to apply.’

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s17593/Sustainable%20Croydon%20report.pdf

Citizens Assembly for Climate Change

The Council is planning to hold a Citizen’s Assembly later this year the first theme discussed will be targeting Climate Change. The Sustainable report to Cabinet on 19 September states:

‘5.2 A citizens’ assembly is a group of people who are brought together to discuss an issue or issues and reach a conclusion about what they think should happen. Using this method would ensure that the actions the Council takes in regards to climate change would be heavily influenced by the voice of residents.

5.3 The Council will ensure a representative sample that reflects Croydon’s diverse population and includes all age groups at these meetings to be sure that a range of opinions and stances will be considered in the recommendations put forward as a result of the assembly.’

Later in the year it will set up an independent Commission  on Sustainability to gather evidence, assess the current situation and make recommendations back to Cabinet.

The outcome of the Assembly will be both reported to a future Cabinet and help inform the work of the commission.

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s17593/Sustainable%20Croydon%20report.pdf

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s17594/Appendix%201%20-%20Sustainable%20Summit%20report.pdf

It will be interesting to see which organisations get invited to the Assembly, given key ones have not been invited to previous Croydon Assemblies.

Council’s Brexit Review

The latest assessment of the implications of BREXIT for the Borough is assessed in the report to the Cabinet on 19 September at:

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s17612/Brexit%20Preparedness%20report.pdf

Scrutiny wants CIL to be allocated in local areas

The Cabinet will be considering Scrutiny’s recommendations that more of the Community Infrastructure Levy money paid by developers should be spent in the areas it is generated. The recommendations can be seen in the report to Cabinet on 19 September.

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s17617/Appendix%20A%20-%20Recommendations%20from%20Scrutiny.pdf

Council Digital Strategy

The new Council Digital Strategy was approved by the Council Cabinet on 8 July. The Cabinet member has recognised the bad design of the website and the problems of residents using on-line methods to contact the Council.  The minutes state:

‘In terms of key deliverables, the Cabinet Member recognised that the council’s website was not what it should be and as such it would be overhauled and a new website launched in March 2020. It was intended that the new website would set the standard for council websites. Furthermore, it was recognised that many resident experiences were not to the standard expected and it was the ambition to improve residents’ online experience to make it the first choice to contact the council.’

‘The Cabinet Member stated that age was not a barrier to using technology and whilst it was noted that a large percentage of older residents were digitally excluded, support would be provided and work would continue on digital exclusion as it was recognised that it impacted on residents’ lives in a number of ways. Additionally, it was recognised that the interface for many services needed to be improved to be more accessible to residents and work was being undertaken to improve these services, where necessary.

The full minutes of the discussion can be seen at:

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s17588/Minutes%2008072019%20Cabinet.pdf

What is the Council doing to monitor the Construction Charter?

Construction sites are the most dangerous workplaces in the UK. Workers often suffer some of the worst employment practices, including zero hour’s contracts, false self-employment and even modern slavery. Many construction companies do not recognise unions and deny unions access to talk to workers. Unite the Union launched a National Construction Charter last year and sought support for it from local  Councils to ensure that minimum standards are upheld on projects funded by local government money. The text of the Charter can be seen at

https://sccdemocracy.salford.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=15177

Croydon’s Leader signed it last year.

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=12027

The question is how its implementation being monitored. Will there be a report to Cabinet or will Scrutiny look at the issue?

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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