Meetings and Events
Monday 20 January. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet
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.
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.
Holocaust Memorial Day Monday 27 January
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.
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:
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:
See Labour Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones’ views in The Independent at
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)
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.
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.
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.
Two thirds of Croydon adults are said to be overweight or obese
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.