Wednesday 9 June. 6.30pm. Croydon Climate Action
Join the group’s Zoom meeting beginning to plan Croydon’s Great Big Green Week 18-26 September. It would love to hear your ideas. More detail about the week in preceding post ‘Environmental Action 16 & 17 June & September’. ‘It’s going to take a lot of planning, and is looking for people and organisations to collaborate, organise and host events in Croydon during the week.’
Saturday 12 June. 11am. Library Consultation Webinar
Sunday 13 June. Volunteer day – Addiscombe Railway Park
Tuesday 15 Jun. 6.30pm. Library Consultation Webinar
Wednesday 16 June. World Refill Day
See preceding posting.
Thursday 17 June. National Clean Air Day
See preceding posting.
The Library Consultation
Although the consultation was started last week, Save Croydon Libraries campaign says that the supporting documents were only made public yesterday, as the links were broken up until then.
Details posted here:
This includes scanned copies of the consultation paperwork – info and consultation document. The campaign request feedback about any difficulty getting paper copies or issues with the online consultation.
‘Please be aware that paper copies need to be submitted by an earlier deadline. This clearly limits the contributions of those not online, and denies them information available to those who are online.’
The Campaign suggests the following actions:
Book for the webinars. Keep a record of questions posed and the responses , and feed these on to us as they occur; take notes and/or produce a report on the webinars. Quotes are useful.
Feed in your views and insights, as and when.
A number groups and organisations identified as wiling to support or run libraries, have indicated that this is not their plan.’
Re-GLL the library staff in Bromley have voted to strike over cuts proposed by GLL – cuts to staffing and to the service. The campaign is arranging a meeting with a speaker.
‘Share the campaign links wherever you can. We need to keep spreading the word.’
To request a paper copy of the survey contact your local Croydon library or
Croydon Central Labour Backs Campaign Against Elected Mayor
Last night Croydon Central Labour agreed to back the campaign against an elected Mayor. Cllr Stuart Collins speech is reproduced in the next posting.
CCC Roads 24 May Meeting Notes
Planning Applications Week of 30 May
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion Request for the erection of a new office building at plot B02 at Ruskin Square.
- Demolition of building in B2 (Industrial) use and erection of a 1-3 storey building accommodating 7 flats with associated landscaping, refuse and cycle store. 196 – 200 London Road.
Croydon & Sutton Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale
June Brown Lived in Croydon For 58 Years
Is There A Future For LTNs?
‘London politicians, especially in Labour-run boroughs, need to pursue policies on streets and pollution that are rooted in democracy and social justice’ argues Paul Wheeler, a Labour and cyclist activist.
‘If London Labour is to be part of this debate it needs to rediscover the lessons of coalition-building and engagement. A party transport policy dictated by covert groups of aggressive cyclists and well-heeled residents using emergency powers for their own ends is not a good look – and frankly a divisive distraction – for a progressive party motivated by social justice.’
Will TFL Have The Money To Improve Croydon’s Public Bus Services.
The Government settlement for TfL promises a run down in services.
The Education Recovery Plan
Former head teacher and founder of Fit2Learn Charlotte Davies writes:
‘My fear is that we will go into this “recovery” with no real plan to build back better. The education research that Sir Kevan Collins reputation is built on is but an illusion, it is not based in a rigorous understanding of how humans develop to learn. So yes 1:1 tutoring seems like a great option, but from where I stand it just looks like a short-term coping strategy that is not fundamentally changing the child’s skills.
Some of the schools and estates I have visited none of the children have good development, none can use their visual system to learn efficiently. They all have muffled speech indicating poor sound processing; and they are all uncoordinated. The scale of the problems is so great we just write them off as “thick working class” and exclude the worst – we are ignorant as a society of our children’s fundamental needs.
If none of the children in the class can learn efficiently then the first step is to sort out their development – which is quite possible. But not if we do not check and support development. If we do not check the state of the children before doing education research it undermines the findings of that research. Our young need skills and we, of all social and political backgrounds, need to think smarter.’