Croydon Update 31 July

To  8 August. Big Butterfly Count

Monday 2 August. 3 Libraries Expand Offer

Bradmore Green, Sanderstead and Shirley libraries will be opening their doors to allow browsing, computer access and study spaces two days a week.

Saturday 7 August. Folk & Blues Festival Ruskin House

Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 August. 9am-3pm. LBSU Drop In Sessions

Electric House, 3 Wellesley Rd, Croydon CR0 2NW

Summer Sport Etc Activities For Children & Young People

Cabinet member Alisa Flemming explains at:

24 August. Close of Survey for LTNs in S. Norwood and Woodside

Let’s hope the Council has learn from the work of the Parsons Mead Action Group against the Broad Green LTN. Not happy with the Council survey  it ran its own, showing that 353 of 374 people in 18 streets say no to the LTN.

Saturday 18 September. 11am. Clean Up South London

 Park Hill Park

The Ups & Downs Of Children’s Services

Purley Oaks and Shirley Children’s Centres have been reprieved from closure by the Council following more than 1,365 responses were submitted to a consultation that closed in June, with 725 people saying they disagreed with the changes. The Council will still have to find £1m cuts.

Cabinet member Alisa Flemming explains.

Meanwhile Ofsted is concerned that cuts the children’s services are having an adverse effect on vulnerable children.

Meanwhile Charlotte Davies of Croydon based Fit2 Learn continues to comment on issues relating to children’s learning and tackling learning difficulties most recently on children’s learning and mental health and on good sound processing.


Shortage Of HGV Drivers Hits Refuse Collections

Veolia says that a combination of Brexit and the pandemic has led to a shortage of qualified drivers as training, recruiting and keeping drivers has become more difficult.

Planning Committee Ends in Chaos

Thursday evening’s Planning Committee ended in chaos following a member of the public throwing water down from the public gallery on to Committee members. It appears that the security presence in the gallery failed to deal with the member of the public who had been keeping up a barrage of verbal comments. As someone who has made verbal interventions from the public gallery  I support the right to reasonable verbal protest. Throwing things down is another thing, especially water given the electrics of the microphone system. The meeting had to be adjourned to enable the water to be cleaned up and wet Councillors sort themselves out. Given the lateness of the hour I adjourn the Sub-committee on 82 Pollards Hill North in Norbury until next Thursday. Obviously there will have to be an investigation into why the security system failed. It is be hoped that the public gallery will not be closed as this will be seen as the Council being less than open, transparent and accountable. I have always thought that the public attending the Committee should be seated at the back of the Council Chamber rather than the gallery.

Council Progress With High-Rise Block Repairs

Sign Up To Council’s Tree Sponsorship Scheme

One issue that needs to be addressed is the number of street trees which have died. Has the Council surveyed streets and prepared a re-planting programme?

 COVID Deaths In Care Homes

In Croydon, 140 care home residents died with Covid-19 between April 10 2020 and March 31 2021. The total in England was more than 78,500 in around 7,000 care homes. 39 individual care homes in Croydon reported at least one Covid-19 related death.

Planning Applications Week 18 July

Business Enterprise News

Croydon’s Nina Nduwayo and Claudine Reid are on the shortlist of 39 Black professionals of the Black British Business Awards 2021.

Start Up Croydon

The former Chair reflects on n40 years of supporting businesses.

Nina Nduwayo and Claudine Reid MBE are included in a shortlist of 39 Black professionals across the country selected for outstanding professional achievements and the personal work they do to defy stereotypes and reshape the business world

Thornton Heath Chronicle

July’s issue is another excellent edition covering everything from planning and development, crime, sport, local and Windrush history, the proposed transformation of Surgeon’s College and local charities. Congratulations to the editor Andrea and the designer Jo Dawson.

The Croydonist

The July postings include:

Shaniqua’s Voices of Croydon

The right conditions (art store in Whitgift)

Pioneering Purley

London Issues

On London has the following postings of interest:

The Labour Government’s debate about the creation of the London Mayor and the GLA

Re-thinking congestion and air quality

Planning Reform

The Challenge of Retrofitting

History News

Windrush Memorial

The Council is urging people to give their views on the Government’s consultation on which Windrush memorial should be chosen.

History of Coombe

Chris Harman’s talk for Sanderstead Local History Group can be seen at:

COVID Delays Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme

Network Rail has replied to my Freedom of Information request that the future of the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme.

My Questions

(1) When does NR envisage being able to start work on the CARS?

(2) Whether this is a delay on its original programme?

(3) Whether the CARS is having to be shelved and if so for how long?

(4) How many jobs are envisaged to be created for the CARS work?

(5) How many apprenticeships are envisaged to be created for the CARS work?

(6) How many jobs are envisaged to be created in the supply chain for the CARS work?

Response Questions 1-3

‘I can advise you that the development of CARS, and associated TWAO4 application, has been delayed due to issues concerning the uncertainty about future passenger behaviour and demand after the COVID-19 pandemic and funding constraints following the Government’s 2020 Spending Review. Given the significant investment required to deliver this scheme, we are taking time to consider how the pandemic may affect passenger behaviour and travel patterns in the future, and how any such changes should be reflected in infrastructure investments such as this. At this time, we do not know when the proposed scheme may proceed. We recognise the significant positive changes the proposed scheme could bring to a heavily used and constrained route and are continuing to develop the case for the scheme in a way that responds to these wider uncertainties. This will help us to build a stronger business case for the proposed scheme and ultimately improve the chances of securing a positive decision for moving the project to the next stage of the Government’s investment pipeline.

Response  Questions 4-6

We ‘do not have any forecast figures for employment created by CARS.

Whilst we don’t have a detailed forecast of actual numbers at this stage, CARS would provide substantial employment and training opportunities during the construction period, with creation of a local supply chain involving large numbers of skilled specialist jobs. This would help provide a regenerative benefit prior to any passenger benefits being seen.’

Climate Change And Air Travel Debate

Unite, the trade union has supported the expansion of Bristol Airport. Croydon Green activist and member of Unite’s  Retired Members branch, has written to object.

‘As a Unite member and lifelong socialist and internationalist, I am very disappointed that, by supporting expansion of Bristol airport, you are not taking seriously the immense damage to people all over the world caused by climate change.

Flying, most of which is done by a privileged minority of the populations in the developed world, contributes to climate change both through carbon emissions and by depositing particles and water vapour at high altitudes. Relying on possible alternative fuels, or on the mirage of offsetting, will not prevent the damage being done now and in the future by aircraft flights (see Tahir Latif’s response to recent DfT policy on flying).

Of course livelihoods are important – no one would disagree with that, least of all trade unionists like myself. But we need to think outside the box, as the Lucas Aerospace shop stewards Combine did, redirecting existing skills to socially-useful low-carbon jobs, while also, where necessary, retraining aviation workers (with pay) for a range of such jobs.

Diversification protects livelihoods while also reducing the harmful emissions that cost human lives and health, while destroying the environment on which we all depend.’

Closer to home is Gatwick Airport raising questions for Croydon’s climate change activists about its future.’

Tariq Ali’s response can be seen at:

See also his views at:

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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