Croydon Up-date 22 July

Events

Sunday 25 July. 8pm. Lori May and Singers’ Night

Monday 26 July onwards. Free Summer Clubs

with healthy meals for children who are claiming free school meals.

www.croydon.gov.uk/children-young-people-and-families/holiday-activities-and-food-haf

Monday 26 July. 3pm.  Council Appointments Committee

Chief Digital Officer & Resident Access

Monday 26 July. 19.45pm. Inns of Croydon

Dr Trevor James will re-interpret his research from fifty years ago and will consider the role of  Croydon’s inns in the emergence of the town as a major centre.

Zoom talk for CNHSS. If you are not a member email CNHSS to ask whether you can be booked in.

cnhss.info@gmail.com

Tuesday 27 July – Tuesday 12 October. 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Council Housing Residents Engagement Events

See schedule in report to Tenants & Leasholders Panel meeting 28 July.

Tuesday 27 July. 3.15 & 5pm. Appointments Committee

Directors of Planning & Regeneration & of  Housing, Estates & Improvement

Tuesday 27 July. 7-8.30pm. Croydon Bereavement

Faiths Together Zoom event:

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2021/07/20/faiths-together-in-croydons-bereavement-event-27-july-2021-7-8-30pm-via-zoom

Wednesday 28 July. 2 pm .  Coombe – The Lost Hamlet of Croydon    

Zoom talk by Chris Harman for Sanderstead Local History  Group

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84957347619?pwd=ZU9vWmFEQmJwVnFwWk5lUnVvbThNdz09
Meeting ID: 849 5734 7619
Passcode: 675845

Wednesday 28 July. 6.30 pm. Tenant & Leaseholder Panel

Introduction of the New Interim Head of Repairs; Regina Road Update and Development of Housing Improvement Board; Regulator for Social Housing – Voluntary Undertaking; Update on the Grounds Maintenance Contract; A Tenants’ Charter Proposal

Thursday 29 July. 6pm. Planning Committee and  Sub-committee

Agenda papers not yet on website.

Friday 30 July. 8pm. Soft Winds Jazz

Ruskin House

Sunday 1 August. 8pm.  Dave Marshall and Singers’ Night

Ruskin House Folk & Blues

Saturday 7 August. Noon – 10.30pm. Ruskin Summer Festival

Entry £5. Help needed before, during and after the Festival.  You can contact Kevin on littlevoice37@gmail.com, or 07933 088926 if you want to get involved.  Nice items needed for the tombola.  You can bring them into Ruskin at any time when we are open.

Saturday 25 September. Croydon Amnesty Quiz Night

Fund raising quiz night at Ruskin House

News

Surrey St Traders Angry Re-30% Hike In Charges

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/surrey-street-market-traders-rage-21100952

What’s Ten Degrees Like?

www.mylondon.news/lifestyle/lifestyle-opinion/i-visited-tallest-building-croydon-21032601

The Rundown of Croydon High St

https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/19449759.dozen-shops-empty-croydon-high-street/

The Attractions Of Warlingham

www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/19449759.dozen-shops-empty-croydon-high-street

Beware Mobile Phone Scams

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2021/07/19/croydon-trading-standards-community-alert-fraudulent-mobile-phone-upgrade-scam

Will Croydon See Reduced Demand For Primary School Places?

www.onlondon.co.uk/fall-in-demand-for-london-primary-school-places-looks-to-be-smaller-in-the-suburbs

Croydon May Be Able To Buy Back Sold Council Homes

Local authorities in London will be able to buy back former council homes using money provided by the Government for Sadiq Khan’s affordable homes programme.

www.onlondon.co.uk/london-local-authorities-allowed-to-buy-back-former-council-homes-under-sadiq-khans-affordable-homes-programme

Remembering Croydon’s Lost Lido

www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/london-weather-croydons-lost-lido-21103980

Police Raid Suspected People Smugglers

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/london-crime-croydon-purley-police-21108270

Planning Applications Week 11 July

www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/croydon-planning-applications-week-commencing-july-11

Issues Re-London Recovery

See postings by David Hill and Joe Dromey discussing the Government’s attitude to the recovery of London, Alexander Jan on fares increase and a posting re-Sadiq Khan’s concerns about the economic impact of transport service reductions,

www.onlondon.co.uk

Special Needs

In the 26 July Cabinet report on transport projects there is a discussion on special needs.

Older people: A need for improved environmental quality and accessibility of the public realm for older people, and to provide community facilities that benefit young people, elderly and disabled (and therefore to make these accessible).

Younger people: addressing concerns relating to crime, safety and vulnerability particularly in relation to street crime and road accidents were confirmed. North of the borough has a greater proportion of the BME population – consider increased sustainable transport provision in the north of the borough.

Gender: Women tend to have less access to cars and are more likely to depend on public transport for making local journeys for shopping, childcare and work. Women tend to undertake more childcare. Address the need for level access in the public realm and to public transport for pushchairs.

Disability: Improve level access to buildings, public realm, local services and public transport as this will help to improve access to employment, training and leisure for disabled people.

Latest Socio-Economic-Health Statistics

Older Population

The population of Croydon aged 65+is predicted to increase by over 15% in the next five years and by over 50% in the next fifteen years.

2019 2020 2025 2030 2035

65-69 15,500 16,000 18,600 22,500 22,700

70-74 13,500 13,800 14,400 16,800 20,400

75-79 9,600 9,800 12,300 12,900 15,100

80-84 7,600 7,600 8,100 10,200 10,800

85-89 4,600 4,700 5,300 5,800 7,400

90+ 2,700 2,700 3,200 3,800 4,500

All 53,500 54,600 61,900 72,000 80,900

Dementia Aged 65+

Estimated 3,770 people living with dementia in projected to rise by 14% over the next 5 years, reaching 4,328 by 2025. c62.1% are women. Croydon has higher dementia needs compared to other London Boroughs. It has:

  • 4th highest number of people with late onset dementia
  • 5th highest projected number in care homes by 2030
  • 5th highest projected number providing unpaid care by 2030
  • 5th highest projected number of people from BME groups with dementia by 2020
  • 7th highest projected number of people aged 65 years or older living alone by 2020

Adults with disabilities (est 2019)

12,782 people aged 18-64 are predicted to have impaired mobility.

Over 11,000 people aged over 65 are predicted to have a limiting long term illness that affected their day-to-day activities a lot.

Plus another over 13,000 people have their day to day activities affected a little.

9,332 people aged 18-64 are predicted to have a moderate personal care disability.

2,062 people are predicted to have a serious personal care disability.

Out of work benefits

4.2% of the population (June 2019) were claiming universal credit as compared to 2.8% in London and Great Britain.

Older People and Falls

The number of people aged 65+ admitted to hospital as a result of falls is predicted to increase by over 13% in the next five years and by over 52% in the next fifteen years.

65+ year olds admitted to hospital as a result of falls, by age, projected to 2035

2019 2020 2025 2030 2035

65-69 127 132 153 185 187

70-74 183 187 195 228 277

75-79 237 242 303 318 373

80+ 1161 1,176 1,293 1,524 1,768

Total 1,708 1,737 1,945 2,273 2,604

Property Tenure of Older People

A high proportion aged 65+ own and live in their own homes. ‘Many are on low incomes and are asset rich but cash poor, being unable to afford to maintain or adapt their properties to enable them to remain independently at home.’

Aged 65-74, 75-84, 85+

Own 76.74% 77.75% 73.56%

Rented from Council 11.01% 11.53% 13.16%

Other social rented 5.43% 4.82% 6.56%

Private rented or living rent free 6.81% 5.90

Empty Homes

20 May 2019 there were 2,070 long term (over 6 months) vacant residential properties in Croydon.

Source: Croydon Council Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy. Appendix D of Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy 2021 report to Cabinet 26 July

Fly-Tipping And Council Action

There were 48,440 reported fly-tips between October 2019 and July 2021. The range of fly-tips by ward ranged from the lowest with Parkhill & Whitgift on 308 and the highest being Thornton Heath with 5,137.

The spread sheet of the detailed statistics supplied to me in response to a Freedom of Information request states that ‘The costs for this activity forms part of the overall contract sum for our street cleansing service and we do not have this broken down specifically.’

The Council has published the fines and other actions against people for littering and fly-tipping in the period June 2019- 31 April 2021:1,982.

www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/fixed-penalty-notices-environmental-crimes

Asked whether the Council will seek community service orders rather than fines to ensure that offenders have to clear up other people’s mess in the streets, parks and open spaces’ the reply states:

‘No – This would only happen if a fly-tip investigation went to court for prosecution and if found guilty the court decided this would be an appropriate punishment.’

Comment

By only publishing the fines statistics as a document on the website the Council is minimising the number of people who know about it. In the past when Stuart Collins was Cabinet member every so often the fines lists were published on Your Croydon news and the links included in the email sent out each week to residents who signed up to receive it. Further those who were fined were named.

This practice, which I have suggested to the current Cabinet member should be revised.

On the issue of community service orders the Council should ask the magistrates to consider them, again something I did suggest to Stuart Collins.

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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