Croydon Update 28 March inc. Proposed Review Of Town Centre

Monday 29 March. Partial Easing of COVID Lockdown

See below.

Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 March. South UK On Line Wellbeing Workshops

See details below.

Monday 29 March. 6.0pm. Croydon Council Meeting

Announcements (if any), Croydon Question Time, Public Questions, Leader and Cabinet Member Questions from Councillors; Member Petitions Council Debate Motions; Recommendations of Cabinet or Committees to Council for decision;  Revocation of Section 114 Notice (inc. capitalisation loan correspondence with Government; vote of thanks to Mayor.

Tuesday 30 March. Council Investigating and Disciplinary Sub- committee

This will be considering a confidential report on the handling of disciplinary procedures in relation to staff.

Tuesday 30 March. 6.30pm. Council Scrutiny & Overview Committee

It will consider the report of the Scrutiny Improvement Review, the Libraries Consultation Report to follow it will also be asked to consider establishing a Town Centre Task & Finish Group to undertake a review on the future of the Town Centre in Croydon and its scope.

See the text of my email to the Committee Chair about the proposed Task & Finish Group.

www.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/our-expertise/employability-and-careers-services/employability

South London Citizens UK On-Line Wellbeing Events

SLCUK has had conversations with over 6,000 people across South London about their mental health. Six focus areas that have emerged and workshops  have been organised to  discuss  tangible next steps to address the pressure being put on people’s wellbeing. The workshops and the people to contact re-joining are:

Access to Services (especially for migrant communities) 5-6:30pm on Monday 29th March.

Nick.Jeyarajah@citizensuk.org 


Young People’s Mental Health Prevention and Schools 6-7:30pm on Tuesday 30th March.
Rory.Morgan@citizensuk.org 

Parental Mental Health 5-6:30pm on Wednesday 31st March.

Elena.Demetri@citizensuk.org 

Work and Wages.6-7:30pm on Tuesday 6th April.
Paulina.TamborrelSignoret@citizensuk.org 

Digital Exclusion 11:30am-1pm on Wednesday 31st March.
Sarah.Lyall@citizensuk.org 

Isolation, loneliness and community development 6-7:30pm on Tuesday 20th April.Theo.Shaw@citizensuk.org 

The South London Listens online survey is still running

athttps://citizensuk.typeform.com/to/USUjwUwc

www.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/our-expertise/employability-and-careers-services/employability

South London Citizens UK On-Line Wellbeing Events

SLCUK has had conversations with over 6,000 people across South London about their mental health. Six focus areas that have emerged and workshops  have been organised to  discuss  tangible next steps to address the pressure being put on people’s wellbeing. The workshops and the people to contact re-joining are:

Access to Services (especially for migrant communities) 5-6:30pm on Monday 29th March.

Nick.Jeyarajah@citizensuk.org 


Young People’s Mental Health Prevention and Schools 6-7:30pm on Tuesday 30th March.
Rory.Morgan@citizensuk.org 

Parental Mental Health 5-6:30pm on Wednesday 31st March.

Elena.Demetri@citizensuk.org 

Work and Wages.6-7:30pm on Tuesday 6th April.
Paulina.TamborrelSignoret@citizensuk.org for

Digital Exclusion 11:30am-1pm on Wednesday 31st March.
Sarah.Lyall@citizensuk.org 

 
Isolation, loneliness and community development 6-7:30pm on Tuesday 20th April.

Theo.Shaw@citizensuk.org 

Partial Easing Of COVID Lockdown

New COVID rules from Monday.

  • you will be able to meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
  • you will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
  • childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children
  • formally organised parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be not counted in this number

From 1 April, if you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing’.

www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae#how-the-rules-will-change-on-29-march

Croydon’s Housing Maintenance Scandal

It was interesting to watch the start of the Council’s evidence session with the House of Commons Committee investigating the Section 114 mechanism as its Chair Clive Betts started by asking about the Regina flats housing maintenance scandal. The response of Hamida Ali was spot on:

She stated that the situation was “unacceptable”, and “a complete corporate failure which needs to be addressed.’ “I want complete assurance”. “My worry is that there’s a bigger, more systemic issue at play here.” She agreed to Clive Betts suggestion that despite the four years since Grenfell tragedy there continued to be “deaf ears to legitimate concerns”. 

Further detail and discussion will be subject to a posting during the coming week.

Proposed Town Centre Task & Finish Group

In an email to Cllr Sean Fitzsimmons, the Chair of the  Scrutiny & Overview Committee I have written:


‘Having opposed the Whitgift Centre proposal at the CPO Inquiry, and raising the issue then of what might happen if the scheme did not go ahead, I applaud the recognition of the need that the proposed Group is essential and urgent.

Given the amount of work that the Committee, its Sub-committees and the Group will be undertaking, even on the proposed restricted agenda recommended in the Scrutiny Improvement Review, it seems to me to be essential that the number of Scrutiny members should be increased, possibly by at least 2 members.

In view of the need to improve the engagement of the community in the Scrutiny process you may want to add some outside members who can gave help give residents, small business, trade union, cultural  and heritage perspectives.

You may also want to consider amending the scope of the Review.

There is a danger of the use of  the word ‘expert’. Who is going to define what an ‘expert’ is’? There are many people in Croydon who are not in the development and property worlds who are ‘experts’ on the Town Centre, because of their past contributions to the on-going debate about the Town Centre and especially the Whitgift project, like Andrew Kennedy, and given the importance of Park Hill, Josi Kiss of the Friends and Made in Croydon.

Some of the complexity of the issues in Town Centre was discussed in my submission to the Cabinet on the Growth Zone, and Deputy Leader Stuart King’s replies – see my resultant blog posting:

Particular stress needs to be given in the scope of the Review to the role of the Borough of Culture 2023 programme.

As it is hoped that it will be possible to have live meetings later in the year you may want to consider timetabling in 2/3 public discussion events on the workshop model to enable members of the public to express their views and make their suggestions. The dates will need to be announced 3-4 weeks in advance with posters, leaflets in shops and other premises used by the public, to ensure that as many people know about it. 

It may be worth asking whether the costs involved in the work of the Group can be funded by some additional allocation to the Growth Zone Fund.

It may also be necessary to consider the proposed timetable in relation to the timetable of the Local Plan 2018 Review in case there are recommendations that might influence the  submission for the Planning Inspector’s Examination.

I look forward to your reply after the meeting.’

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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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