News inc: housing developments, Town Centre bus changes, students in flux next September, Trees for all of us, worst air pollution areas, Peggy Seeger at Ruskin House
For Ruskin House events in November see:
Bernard Winchester’s November diary can be read here:
Bernard has also circulated the following:
Concern about Croydon’s unemployment
Cllr Sean Fitzsimmons, the Chair of the Scrutiny and Overview Committee has expressed concern about the level of unemployment in the Borough. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that 75.4 per cent of 16-64-year-olds in Croydon are in full time employment. That means that 24.6% are not. Obviously many of those aged 16-22 are in full-time education. However the overall London figure is 79.1%. While there has been an increase in the number of jobs based in Croydon, it is clear that many of these are being filled by people commuting in rather than by residents.
Petition to support ASDA workers
Town Centre’s modular towers partially completed
It has taken 35 weeks to complete the installation of all the modules into the two tower blocks of 38 and 44 storeys.
Sanderstead residents fight housing plans
Bus changes in Town Centre
Bernard Winchester writes:
‘As of today, bus routes 250, 264, 405, 412, and 433 will terminate on the edge of the town centre and no longer serve the Whitgift centre, inconveniencing people coming from all four points of the compass from Croydon. Following the consultation at the beginning of the year, only the 75 and 154 have been spared. The reason for the changes are not clear: TfL is under financial pressure due to falling bus use and fares (freeze/hopper) and has recently also curtailed the number of routes which pass through central London. However, if economy is the motive, why increase frequency in routes like the 60 and 466 (and, previously, the 130?). Congestion at the bus station has also been cited, but terminating the frequent 250 there will increase it. A driver I know blamed Westfield, who allegedly want fewer buses to pass the new shopping centre, but this sounds perverse.’
1,000 new students are expected next September
Even though the partnership between the Council and South Bank Poly has not yet identified a building, 1,000 students are expected to come to Croydon next September.
Could this be provided in buildings that may be saved under the Westfield Centre developer’s revised thinking? Under the current plan there is an option to provide student housing. This could therefore be re-designed to provide not only a campus integrated into the Town Centre, but also provide a large group of customers studying and living in Town Centre for the retail and leisure offer. This would help to make the new development and other businesses more sustainable. If the housing was all for non-students then there would be a danger that most of the residents would be commuters to work outside Croydon.
Trees for all of us
Schools and community groups can apply for trees to plant from the Woodland Trust
Individual residents can apply for two trees for their gardens from the Mayor and London Assembly working with the Woodland Trust.
Government funding for pocket parks
Worst air pollution areas
Croydon Council’s Air Quality Action Plan 2017-22 identifies a ‘focus area’ of five places in Croydon which were failing to meet the EU’s annual average limit for nitrogen dioxide – 40 micrograms per cubic metre.
- London Road, Norbury
- Purley Cross and Russell Hill
- Thornton Heath/Brigstock Road/High Street/Whitehorse Lane
- London Road between Thornton Heath Pond and St James Road
- Wellesley Road
Assessment of new waste bin system
Peggy Seeger at Ruskin
Peggy Seeger came to Ruskin last Monday on Mon to unveil a portrait of herself which will be hung in the Georgina King Lewis room when it’s finished. If you were unable to come on Mon, here’s a video of some speeches and then Peggy singing.
It is hoped that she will be back to do a benefit for the restoration fund in the New Year.
185 London Road: Vistec House ( history part 3)