Croydon Update 9 May – Council Rules Out Library Closures

Monday 10 – Friday 14 May. 11am. Employability Workshops

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2021/05/05/work-ready-week-employability-workshops-10-to-14-may-daily-at-11am

Thursday 13 May. 3.30pm. MHA The Wilderness On-line Roadshow Heritage and Accessibility

MHA The Wilderness free online event with Heritage Ability – Living Options Devon to celebrate MHA’s National Lottery Heritage Fund projects and its communal effort in making heritage environments more accessible to people living with disabilities. Book your free ticket at:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mha-the-wilderness-roadshow-heritage-and-accessibility-tickets-152327619009

www.mha.org.uk

thewilderness@mha.org.uk

Monday 17 May. 6.30 pm. Cabinet Meeting

The Cabinet will rule out closing the five small libraries as an option in the second stage consultation on the future of libraries. Meanwhile most libraries re-opened with limited service on 7 May. The Cabinet agenda is: investigation into conditions at 1-87 Regina Road and the Housing Service Improvement Plan, on-going review of Brick by Brick, Libraries Public Consultation Phase Two – Financial Performance Report – Period 11, Fees & Charges 2021/22 ; Croydon Renewal Community Engagement; (Stages 1 & 2 recommendations from Scrutiny, Investing in our Borough (CALAT Management Information System Contract ). The 484 page agenda pack can be seen here:

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/g2174/Public%20reports%20pack%2017th-May-2021%2018.30%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10

Friday 4 June. London Mozart Players & Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Concert at Fairfield Halls with London Mozart Players, Kanneh-Mason will perform Dvorak’s  cello concerto.

Tories Do Well But Fail To Take Labour Seats

Croydon Labour will breath a sigh of relief, while the  Tories need  to ponder why they did not take the three Labour seats in the bye-elections on Thursday. Labour’s  Kola Agboola won New Addington North,  Labour Louis Carserides South Norwood, and Michael Bonello Woodside. The Tories held on to their two by-election seats, Ola Kolade in Kenley and Jade Appleton Parkhill and Whitgift.

The Tories romped  home in the GLA election to retain the Croydon and Sutton seat. I hope the GLA victor Neil Garratt (41% to Labour’s Patsy Cummings 32%) enjoys his powerless role in the Mayoral dictatorship system. Their candidate for Mayor took 44% of the Croydon and Sutton vote with Khan  on 32%.

Unravelling The Complexity Of Brick By Brick Should Ease Sale To Urban Splash

On 17 May the Cabinet is being asked to  agree a number of measures to unravel the complexity of its financial relationship with Brick by Brick. which should mean less complex negotiations with Urban Splash to buy Brick by Brick and its architecture team 40-under-40 Common Ground.

The Cabinet will agree:

  • that the £69.262m  costs of the Fairfield Halls refurbishment  be treated as capital expenditure rather than as a Capital Loan;
  • that the existing Fairfield Halls refurbishment contracts with Brick by Brick be novated to the Council
  • that specialist consultants or contractors be appointed to identify any additional remedial works to Fairfield Halls;
  • that the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) acquire 104 residential units from Brick by Brick
  • that the consolidated loan agreement shall, if required, be varied to include a further loan draw down amount of up to £10 million to cover additional working capital, in the event that this is required by Brick by Brick due to possible delays with forecast sales receipts;
  • that the Council acquire further units or other assets from Brick by Brick within existing capital budget provision.

www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/urban-splash-in-talks-to-buy-croydons-brick-by-brick

www.architectsjournal.co.uk/practice/aj-40-under-40-common-ground

Other Croydon News

Money Still To Be Made From Offices

Brunswick Property Partners are showing that there is still money to be made from offices. It has just spent £32.7m purchasing the long leaseholds on Knollys House and Stephenson House in Addiscombe Road for Akoya, its London neighbourhood workplace venture. Existing tenants include the British Medical Association and the Local Communities Department of the Government.

www.propertyfundsworld.com/2021/05/07/299872/brunswick-property-partners-acquires-east-croydon-office-properties

Domestic Violence Rockets

Referrals to Croydon’s FJC (formerly Family Justice Centre) rose from 980 in March 2017 to 2,076 in April 2021, an increase of 111.8%.

www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/07052021-croydon-domestic-violence-referrals-more-than-doubled-in-last-four-years

Croydon Young Anglicans Discuss Racism And Anti-Racism In the Church

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJo4Wt_IoL4

Police Heavy Use Of Stop And Search Of Black People

www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/19278428.black-people-stopped-searched-croydon-higher-rate

Police Raid Scrapyard

www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/19278800.croydon-scrap-metal-yards-targeted-police-swoop

Aldi Plans New Store

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/aldi-set-open-store-croydons-20525252

Planning Applications Week Of 25 April

www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/croydon-planning-applications-week-commencing-april-25

The applications include one to demolish a Red Gables, 2 Beech Avenue and build a part 3-4storey building of 31 flats.

Chris Philp Attacks Council Proposed Library Closures

Before he knew that the Council is to drop closing the five small libraries, Croydon South Conservative MP Chris Philp hypocritically slammed the Council. Hypocrisy: he represents the Party

  • that planned to close Libraries over ten years ago and had to back off, contracted the service to Laing which sold it on to Carillion, which collapsed leading to the Labour Council taking the management back in house;
  • whose austerity cuts to Councils have led to crises with libraries across the country;
  • whose Secretary of State rejected my proposed alternative funding strategy for the Council (with Philp not even acknowledging receipt of the copy sent to him.)

Philp is also the MP who has conned people into supporting  the one person dictatorship of a so called democratically elected Mayor.

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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