What people dislike about Croydon
Councillors should take note.
836 co-living units proposal rubbished by Place Review Panel
The Council’s Place Review Panel has described the proposed project on College Green for co-living units ‘as being closer to a Cruise Ship than anything else.’. Andrew Kennedy writes on Historic Croydon Facebook: ‘There are legitimate concerns about how amenity space will be used, layout of studios which are closer to being like study-bedrooms in an HMO and fire escapes. Plus a comment that many studios designed for one person may end up being used by two or even a family. Their whole report together with the developer’s Design and Access Statement is a must read. Links to the reading material in the posting at:
Council’s proposed sites for all the extra homes
Driverless cars to be trialled in Croydon
Black History should be taught in schools
At the Cabinet meeting on 21 October Councillor Patsy Cummings, supported by others, urged the case for black history to be taught in schools.
As someone who has been involved in researching, writing and speaking about British Black History for many years, and who helped Merton Council put together resources for primary schools, has been involved in delivering two projects and in running assemblies and project lessons, I have written to Patsy to draw attention to some of the practical problems involved. British Black History has traditionally been hidden from how British history is taught giving a distorted view. Redressing that is important for pupils to develop a better understanding of our current so-call multi-cultural society, and in combating racism. Racism is on the rise, institutional racism persists in the Home Office (the Windrush Scandal) and other public services (e.g. mental health) and in Universities. Things are like to get worse because of the toxic fall out from Brexit.
Second World War Croydon bomb map