Network Rail’s consultation on the future of East Croydon Station and the Brighton line starts on Monday 1 June. The Planning Committee has its next virtual meeting on 4 June. Welcomed by Croydon North MP Steve Reed, Labour’s appointment of Croydon’s David Evans as its new General Secretary is controversial. The creative idea building a lot of Croydon’s new housing in the Purley Way area, which will hopefully ease pressure elsewhere in the Borough, is now open to public consultation. Westfield’s owner continues to dangle the carrot of Whitgift redevelopment, while Amazon plans a new distribution centre in Purley Way, and a new head of Croydon BID has been appointed. While the minuted details of the recent virtual meeting of the Climate Commission have not be finalised and circulated by the New Economics Foundation, Croydon TUC needs to consider how its green economy an climate change ideas can influence the discussions.
Monday 1 June – 20 September. Network Rail consultation on Future of East Croydon Station and Brighton Line
Thursday 4 June. 6pm. Planning Committee Virtual meeting
Coombe Bank, 6 Church Road, Kenley; 8 Woodcote Drive, Purley; Fir Hollow, 35 Uplands Road, Kenley; Lonsdale House, Lonsdale Road, South Norwood; Little Hayes Nursing Home, 29 Hayes Lane, Kenley;
Croydon’s David Evans Appointed
As Labour Party General Secretary
David Evans, a Croydon Councillor 1986-90 and boss of the Croydon based Campaign Company, has been appointed the new national General Secretary of the Labour Party. Other candidates included Croydon’s Andrew Fisher, who used to work in Jeremy Corbyn’s office.
He is said to have been a key figure in the campaign that saw Labour re-take Croydon in 2014. His appointment is not without controversy. Many of the right-wing press have welcomed his appointment. He is regarded with suspicion on the left because of what they regard as his anti-left, anti-democratic and anti-trade union views when he previously worked for the Party (1995-2001).
Labour First welcomes the appointment and has a petition calling on him to work with them on tackling, rebuilding Labour’s campaigning machine, making the most of Labour’s broad church, and defending Party staff.
Quoted on the LabourList website Croydon North MP, who is regarded as right-wing welcomed the appointment. “Fantastic news! David’s the best choice to help Labour win the next election. Worked with him in Lambeth and Croydon – an outstanding appointment”.
Purley Way Planning Consultation Begins
As part of the Local Plan Review the Council has started a consultation of the future of Purley Way. The intention is to build a large number of homes, which will take pressure off other parts of the Borough, while continuing its role as a retail and employment area.Line
in ths coming week.
Amazon Plans Purley Way Centre
Meanwhile Amazon has announced its intention to set up new distribution centre at closed Toys for Us site.
The Council will need to consider the traffic implications of such a new centre, especially as a result of the COVID crisis more people order from Amazon than will return to buy in shops. There will be air pollution, climate change, and waste implications.
Town Centre Economy News
Westfield Continues To Dangle New Shopping Centre Promise
At the Council’s Scrutiny Committee on 26 May Chief Executive Jo Negrini reported that the company behind the development still plans on bringing the shopping centre to the town. “Unibail Rodamco Westfield has been in contact with the council to say there committed to Croydon.’
New Chair of Croydon BID
Darren Hockaday, former HR Director at Gatwick Airport, has been appointed as the new Chair of Croydon Business Improvement District (BID).
Climate Change Commission
While the minutes of the Climate Change Commission have yet to be finalised and circulated by the New Economics Foundation, a summary of the discussion was posted on Develop Croydon.
The organised trade union voice on the Commission is very small. Yet as green jobs will be crucial to Croydon’s economic inquiry, and given Croydon TUC’s support for a green approach to the economy and climate change (e.g. its report on the Council’s economic strategy in 2014), it will be important the CTUC finds a way to increase its voice in the Commission.
Tayo Aluko Receives Arts Council Grant To Develop Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown
Tayo is making good progress on a working draft of his new show about the link between Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and George Coleridge-Taylor in Sierra Leone: Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown. Tayo was to have performed a reading of the script at that point for the theatre festival that had to be cancelled because of COVID.
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