Croydon review of events & news 13 January – 11 February

Meetings and Events 

Monday 20 January. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet

See: https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2020/01/12/12540

Wednesday 22 January. 2pm. Health and Wellbeing Board

It will consider the 2019 Annual Public Health Report, the Homelessness Strategy, a Mental Health update, and vaccination priorities within the London context.

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=172&MId=1965

Thursday 23 January. 6.30pm. Planning Committee

Applications for two mainly backlands housing developments (1) at  80 and land to the rear of 76 & 78 Waddington Avenue in Coulsdon; and (2) on land to the rear of 24-42 & 30 Moreton Road, South Croydon.

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=136&MId=1904

Holocaust Memorial Day Monday 27 January

11.50am. Ceremony

Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET

‘This day is for remembering victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides and will be marked in the traditional manner with a public candle-lighting ceremony in the foyer of Croydon Town Hall. This will be followed by a civic event from 12.30 -14.15pm in the Council Chamber. This will include a presentation by Mr Safet Vukalic who is a survivor of the Bosnian genocide.’

Whilst this is a public event, it would be helpful if you could confirm your attendance by clicking this link HMD2020 Confirmation of attendance to register via Eventbrite. Deadline date to register your attendance is midday Wednesday 22 January.

7.30pm. The Birdcatcher (15)

David Lean Cinema in the Clocktower is screening this film set in wartime Norway.

www.davidleancinema.org.uk/event/the-birdcatcher

Holocaust Memorial Day resources for the community, including educational materials, are available through the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at www.hmd.org.uk

Monday 27 January. 6.30pm. Council

There are very full reports by Cabinet members with a lot of detail which need to be read to keep up to-date with what the Council is doing. It will be agreeing (1) to delegate authority to the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee to make a byelaw to regulate dockless vehicles in Croydon as part of a Pan London byelaw; (2) to amend the boundaries of the Addington Village Conservation Area. The agenda pack can be seen at:

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/g1916/Public%20reports%20pack%2027th-Jan-2020%2018.30%20Council.pdf

Tuesday 11 February. 7.30pm.

Next steps for Labour

John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of Exchequer

Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly Open Meeting

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD

To book a free ticket go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/next-steps-for-labour-tickets-90154449385

See Labour Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones’ views in The Independent at

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/labour-general-election-loss-tory-victory-sarah-jones-mp-croydon-a9283431.html

One of Labour’s weaknesses is its neglect of political education. In 2018 John McDonnell said:

“The Labour movement has a rich history of working-class self-education and because of new platform technologies we’re able to revive and expand on that tradition like never before. This work is at the cutting edge of the movement, and I look forward to its radical expansion over the coming year.”

The Political Education Together (PET) initiative of the Independent Working Class Education group and the Ella Baker School of Organising is meeting on Saturday 7 March (10.30am- 4pm) in Birmingham to discuss “Developing Political Education Today”. To book, go to: https://forms.gle/sgvrFf8y7Uri9CBP9

‘To ensure that the meeting is productive, we are keeping numbers to a maximum of 30. If you would like to attend, then please register your interest below. We will then notify you if a place is allocated to you. Everyone who registers will be provided with an opportunity to participate in some way, even if this meeting is oversubscribed.

This free and open meeting will bring together a dozen or more key organisations to discuss and showcase their current work and look at overcoming barriers, area of potential joint working and building solidarity.’

Croydon in the Last Week

Council Leader ignores many of Croydon’s big problems

One of the high points of the last week was Council Leader Tony Newman’s outline of the three main challenges he thinks faces the Council, when he updated the Scrutiny & Oversight Committee.

  • Brexit uncertainty
  • A vulnerable retail sector
  • £10m deficit in funding for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC)

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/croydon-leader-tony-newman-brexit-17572572

www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/18162111.leader-croydon-council-thinks-boroughs-biggest-issues

Several more problems could be added to the list including

  • The lack of an up-to-date Town Centre Masterplan
  • The growing cynicism about Council’s planning and housing and ‘public consultation’ decisions
  • The contradiction between the Council’s environmental policies and building on green spaces

Of course the Leader cannot be expected to admit these problems, any more than both political parties still have not really addressed the elephant in the room: the causes and legacy of the 2011 riots, which have contributed to the  widening gap between community involvement and dysfunction. Relevant to that dysfunction has been  Stormzy recalling his tough upbringing in Croydon.

www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/18167664.stormzy-recalls-tough-upbringing-croydon

It’s the inability to acknowledge reality and to continue to try and paint a glowing picture that results in the Leader still being hopeful about the Westfield development. At the moment the Westfield/Hammerson partners are considering a major change to the design which will require a new planning application, with no public details and no start date.

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/how-croydon-westfield-likely-significantly-17575463

www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/still-no-date-for-start-of-1bn-croydon-shopping-centre-regeneration

Other Gloomy News 

According to the numbers released by the ONS in 19 years the total number of pubs and bars in Croydon has fallen from 165 to 80 pubs – a 52% decline.

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/90-pubs-closed-croydon-recent-17580411

Two thirds of Croydon adults are said to be overweight or obese

www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2020/01/two-thirds-of-croydon-adults-overweight-or-obese

Welcome News

On the plus side the Council has announced that is offering £100 for information on fly-tippers, and that social care funding will be to be increased from property investment rentals.

www.swlondoner.co.uk/croydon-council-offers-100-reward-for-information-on-filthy-fly-tipping

www.swlondoner.co.uk/more-funding-for-croydon-social-care-after-councils-property-investment

 

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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