BAME Faith Leaders Support The Jab
Extra COVID Support Grants For Business
Two Council Directors Have Resigned
Executive Director of Health, Wellbeing and Adults Guy Van Dichele and Finance Director Lisa Taylor have resigned after they were suspended earlier this month. Disciplinary procedures have started against others. (The Municipal Journal & Local Government Chronicle, 19 February)
Brick by Brick
Hamida Ali explains in her weekly Your Croydon posting:
‘We have agreed a series of actions, the first being to make sure that sites currently underway are completed by this autumn, so Brick By Brick pays money owed to the council and more local people on our housing waiting list get a much-needed home.
Later this year, we will decide on what happens to the longer-term sites the future of Brick By Brick itself, with a final decision on whether to sell the company being made by May 2021.
There is a wide range of sites that will now not be developed by Brick By Brick, and the council will decide what to do with each site based on the best option for local taxpayers. You can find out more here.
We also agreed last night that several disused, council-owned sites are set to be sold at the best possible price to boost the council’s finances, after approving an interim asset disposal strategy.
This strategy gives the council a clearer process around deciding how to get best value for Croydon taxpayers on selling surplus sites in the right way and at the right time.
The council has earmarked 15 sites for potential sale, including The Croydon Park Hotel, which could bring in much-needed income and reduce expensive running costs. Find out more here.’
Asset Sale Strategy & Budget Proposals – Council Explanations
What Are The Implications Of The Government
Ban On The Use Of Unregulated Homes For Under-16s?
I have emailed Cabinet member Alisa Flemming as follows:
Today The Guardian reports on the ban on the use of unregulated accommodation for under-16s coming into effect in September and concerns about older teenagers not being so protected. While an important measure it adds to the complexity of problems you and your colleagues have to deal with to resolve the financial crisis and transform children’s services, which I hope that the |Improvement & Appraisal Panel will take into account.
While I am sure that various detailed documents to Cabinet have provided detail about this kind of provision in the past, it would be useful if the following information was made public to explain how the Council tends to implement the ban.
(1) How many children under 16 are placed by Croydon in unregulated accommodation (a) in the Borough, (b) in other London Boroughs: and (c) out of London?
(2) What support is being given to the owners of these unregulated homes to meet regulatory standards?
(3) What types of expenditure will they have to invest in order to satisfy regulatory standards?
(4) If the unregulated homes close where can the children be re-housed?
(5) Will new regulated houses have to be created?
(6) Are there existing regulated house providers who can be supported to purchase and improve the unregulated homes?
(7) Is an action plan being drafted?
(8) How many additional staff will the Council need to employ to implement an action plan?
(8) Does the need for urgent action by the Council mean that the options for the use of Croydon Park Hotel should be re-assessed to provide temporary or longer term housing for under 16s? (Stuart King has informed that my suggestions for the Hotel will be examined in the next stage of assessing the way forward.)
(9) Could some of the first tier assets being considered for sale be adaptable to create housing capable of meeting regulatory standards?
(10)Is the long term issue of housing for under 16 year olds and older teenagers one that needs to be addressed in the drafting of the new Housing Strategy?’
Update On Greystar’s Empty Towers
Young Cellists And Violinists Wanted For Quartet
Does The Fragmented Nature of Croydon’s
Social Media & Websites Limit Information
Sharing And Debate?
Amended in light of information received from Council Deputy Leader Stuart King.
One of the reasons I do these Croydon postings is to provide readers with a partial one-stop shop to the news and issues that range across news media and local organisations websites and Facebooks. The number grows month by month, so it becomes very difficult for individuals to keep in touch with everything that is going on. The reach can be limited.
Deputy Leader Stuart King tells me that about 90,000 people are registered to receive the weekly Your Croydon Council news email. While this is a very higher figure, there are tens of thousands of households who do not. The case for keeping the print edition going still stands.
Collecting Views Together
It is important to collect views together that more voices are heard and their concerns and ideas can be considered.
One Facebook does bring together a number of postings from other Facebooks.
A relatively new site is that of Lucinda Offer South Croydon resident, Friend of Park Hill and photographer.
beautifulcroydon.blogspot.com. Lucinda’s hobby is photography and is self taught.
Schools And Physical Exercise
‘Worth a listen! Lack of funds to recruit teachers & enable students to access sport key problems. Solutions? Let’s hope Keir grips it today on the national level. Locally? It’s time for us to create #TeachCroydon offer & demand those private schools @WhitgiftSchool1@TrinityCroydonsupport #sportforall. Reactions? Ideas? Shout back’
Some people have mainly discussing the help that the Whitgift Foundation should give.
Differences Of Opinion
We have to recognise that there are always going to be differences of opinion. Croydon’s environmentalist and Climate Change campaigners will be shocked by the denials on the Croydon Constitutionalists website.
This group claims to be a non partisan events & campaigning group promoting a Classically Liberal set of ideas & encouraging others to campaign and promote freedom,
London Region NPC Backs Deputy
Mayor For Older People
Last year as part of its work on the housing needs of older people requested the Croydon Unite Retired Members branch requested the London Mayor to appoint a Deputy for Old People. He did not. The request was shared with the National Pensioners’ Convention which the branch is a member of. In its London Mayoral Manifesto NPC London Region supports the suggestion. Its manifesto also proposes:
- Safety: Adequate manning for policing and Fire Station services, safe travel and road crossing.
- Transport: Sufficient bus routes, accessible buses and underground/ main line stations, assisted transport, including ‘dial a ride’
- Housing: Reverse the decline in truly affordable council, housing association and sheltered housing. All homes to have suitable adaptions, be warm, fully accessible for independent healthy living.
- Age Friendly London: Cultural Venues, accessible libraries, day centres, green spaces, places to sit, public toilets, and clean air.
- Community and communications/Equal life chances for all-(age, gender, ethnicity and disability equality): No discrimination against those without IT expertise or accesses to broadband, inclusive publicity options for telephone access and paper bills without financial penalty.
- Living Costs in London to be affordable for public sector workers. Young people and all the workers we rely on need to be able to rent/live in London.
- Whilst the Mayor is not responsible for the provision of NHS services, we expect him/her to oppose any further changes which would reduce or dismantle Health Services in London.
The London Region Committee is asking all GLA candidates to endorse these proposals or should they disagree, to explain their reasons. Barry Todman the London Region Secretary is a Croydon resident.
Croydon Based Historians Historycal Roots Website Praised
The Historycal Roots website of Croydon based historians David Gleave has been praised by Audrey Dewjee Yorkshire based historian and networker of Black Britain. Audrey,who is a reader of the history postings on this blog site writes:
‘Historycal Roots is an impressivewebsite because, unlike many other Black History websites, it primarily features new research and information.
New research in British Black and Asian History is vital. A great deal more needs to be discovered before we can be even reasonably sure that we know what life was like for people of colour in the past. Shamefully little has been done by academic historians since the brief upsurge in interest of the 1970s and 80s, and the work of independent and local historians is often not nationally well known. Websites like Historycal Roots fulfil a vital function in providing a platform for dissemination of such new work.
It is not the easiest of websites to browse around in order to access the many interesting articles posted on it in the past. There is a search button if you have a specific person/event to look for and a list of the most recent “Earlier Posts” down the side. Otherwise the best way of accessing earlier articles is to click on “News” on the navigation bar and scroll right down to the bottom of the page where you will find links 1 – 13, which allow you to go back through all the previous entries.
A “subscribe” option was added to the site a couple of days ago (which is why there is currently only a small number of subscribers). If you leave your email address you will be notified when a new article is added to the site.
The most recent article is a fascinating and detailed account of the Black Soldiers in the 43rd Foot, 1796-1826 by military historian John Ellis. http://historycalroots.com/archives/3630’
David is a member of the informal local authors group which I co-ordinate.