Croydon consults on Borough wide selective licensing scheme renewal
In October 2015, the Council correctly introduced a borough-wide scheme requiring all private landlords to be licensed and ensure their tenants’ homes meet key housing, environmental and safety standards. As the scheme is up for renewal next year a consultation has started ending in February on three proposals: (1) to introduce a scheme covering 92% of the private rented sector in Croydon; (2) a borough-wide scheme; or (3) one that focuses on property conditions in 22 Croydon wards and anti-social behaviour in the remaining six wards.
The Resident Landlords Association is urging its members to submit their views.
It is therefore important that the views of residents associations, residents and tenants is also encouraged.
As part of their regular canvassing sessions Labour Councillors should visit the licensed addresses to speak to tenants and have a special leaflet to give to them or leave for those who are out, encouraging them to submit their views. Tenants who have moved in recently are also less likely to be registered on the electoral register.
Croydon’s most disadvantaged deprived areas
Overall Croydon is the third most deprived place in the capital and it is the 1,096 most deprived of 32,844 neighbourhoods in the country The ‘Indices of Deprivation 2019’ study, by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has measured the deprivation rates of every neighbourhood in the country.
Croydon’s neighbourhoods with the most social and economic inequalities are:
- South of West Thornton ward – Duneaved Road North down to Bensham Lane around Croydon University Hospital.
- West border of New Addington South ward – Includes Thorpe Close, parts of Central Parade, Chertsey Crescent and Homestead Way.
- North of Shirley North ward – Longheath Gardens and Long Lane.
- North border of Selhurst ward – The area around Princess Road and Queens Road
- South of Broad Green ward and North of Fairfield ward – Includes Leighton Street and Montague Road.
Other statistics show that:
6% of children are living in low income families (2016)
12% of households experience fuel poverty (2017)
1,000 households are homeless and in priority need (2017-2018)
In 2004 when I analysed the deprivation as at 2000 as part of a project to identify the best locations for the offices of the South London Law Centres the worst wards were: Fieldway In worst 10%), New Addington and Broad Green (in worst 20%), and Whitehorse Manor and West Thornton (in worst 30%).
The level of inequalities, however, appears to be increasing and is a challenge to the Council, especially in terms of its planning approach. Tackling inequalities should be at the heart of the Planning Review.
The drawback with the Indices of Deprivation is that it does not identify very small pockets of deprivation which can be hidden in wards which appear not be have much deprivation.