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.
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.
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:
Wednesday 28 July. 2 pm . Coombe – The Lost Hamlet of Croydon
Zoom talk by Chris Harman for Sanderstead Local History Group
Meeting ID: 849 5734 7619
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Surrey St Traders Angry Re-30% Hike In Charges
What’s Ten Degrees Like?
The Rundown of Croydon High St
The Attractions Of Warlingham
Beware Mobile Phone Scams
Will Croydon See Reduced Demand For Primary School Places?
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.
Remembering Croydon’s Lost Lido
Police Raid Suspected People Smugglers
Planning Applications Week 11 July
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,
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
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
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.
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.’
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.