Croydon Update 20 August

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 August. The Tide 

Artistic collaboration between choreographer Jade Hackett and writer Ryan Calais Cameron exploring the narratives and experiences of migration within the UK holding a mirror to an evolving British culture. ‘Unknown land, new arrivals, boarded doors and a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and aspirations.’ 

Talawa Theatre, Fairfield Halls

More information and tickets:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tide-croydon-2021-tickets-164815035207

Sunday 22 August. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Ruskin House

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 August. Any Time 10am – 4pm.

A lot of repair and painting work has been undertaken at Ruskin House. It now needs a good clean. Can you help? Anyone with a vehicle available to take rubbish to the dump would also be much appreciated.

Wednesday 25 August. 10.30am. Licensing Sub-committee – 17 Portland Road

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/croydon-community-energy

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 August. The Tide 

Artistic collaboration between choreographer Jade Hackett and writer Ryan Calais Cameron exploring the narratives and experiences of migration within the UK holding a mirror to an evolving British culture. ‘Unknown land, new arrivals, boarded doors and a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and aspirations.’ 

Talawa Theatre, Fairfield Halls

More information and tickets:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tide-croydon-2021-tickets-164815035207

Sunday 22 August. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Ruskin House

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 August. Any Time 10am – 4pm.

A lot of repair and painting work has been undertaken at Ruskin House. It now needs a good clean. Can you help? Anyone with a vehicle available to take rubbish to the dump would also be much appreciated.

Wednesday 25 August.10.30am. Licensing Sub-committee – 17 Portland Road

Thursday 26 August. 6am.Planning Sub-committee – 97 Wentworth Way, South Croydon

Thursday 26 August. 6.30am. Planning Committee

16 Smitham Downs Road, Purley – demolition of existing dwelling, erection of 3/4 storey corner block of 9 units; and 922 – 930 Purley Way. – demolition of existing 5 dwellings and erection of 3 blocks of 141 flats from 6 – 10 storeys.

Friday 27 August. 8pm.  Soft Winds Jazz

Relaxed evening of jazz standards on guitar, bass, drums and an array of wind instruments.  Free.

Ruskin House

Sunday 29 August. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night with Denny Terrell

Ruskin House

Wednesday 1 September. Coulsdon Court and the Byron Family: Domestic and Estate Management 1863-1921

Zoom talk by Nigel Elliott for Bourne Society. He is author of The Byrons of Coulsdon: Abroad and At Home published by the Society.

Contact using form on http://bournesoc.org.uk/contact-page-general

Friday 3 September. Closing Date For Information for Croydon Cultural Network ENewsletter.

Please send these to culture@croydon.gov.uk

September Onwards At Fairfield Halls

www.fairfield.co.uk/whats-on

September. Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) Courses

calatcreativearts@croydon.gov.uk

Croydon’s Local Economy Will Struggle To Recover

See the previous  posting.

The Challenge Of Helping Croydon’s Private Rented Tenants

See next posting.

Croydon’s Black And Anti-racism History 1948 – 1979

My latest pamphlet is now available £6 plus £1.53 postage. To order please email me at sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Contents: Introduction, Caribbean & African Residents and Visitors, Students and the Croydon International Club, The 1958 Race Riots and Reaction to them, Employment Problems, Housing Problems and Discrimination, ‘Supporting’ Immigrants in the 1960s, Immigration Legislation, Racism and Anti-Racism from 1965, Black Community Organisation, Music and Entertainment. Appendices:  Ivor Cummings, Alex Elden, Croydon CCR and the Select Committee on Race Relations and Immigration 1976, The Croydon & Brixton Black Peoples Organisation & Croydon’s Black Music Soundscape 

Borough Of Culture Update

Paul Hudson, Fundraising and Development Consultant, at Croydon Council writes in the latest issue of Croydon Culture Network ENewsletter:

‘COVID has changed the landscape in terms of funding for all organisations, so we are working with our partners to maximise the opportunity the London Borough of Culture presents. Arts Council have re-committed to working with us over the next 3 years, and we are in discussions with the GLA and other funding bodies like the Heritage Lottery Fund – details here – about their support as well. And most importantly, Croydon is still Croydon – full of the most amazing artists, arts organisations and communities.

The world has changed over the last 18 months and our Borough of Culture year will obviously need to reflect that. My focus for the next three months is to pull together new development plans for the key strands, projects and investment programmes that ensure we make the best use of the 2023 title to support our cultural sector in recovery and our call for real change.

Marie, Marcus and I will be sharing these plans via the culture network to ensure that all of you will be able to see how you can contribute to and be part of that recovery. It would be really helpful to know how many of you are planning on bidding to the 3rd and final round of ACE Recovery – details here – which closes on 27 August.

The success of the year, whether we grasp this opportunity to write a different future for Croydon cannot, ultimately, only be up to the Council, but will be up to all of us. And maybe, just maybe, we might end up changing the world too.’

News

Westfield – Plug Pulled

www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/08/council-left-scrambling-as-westfield-croydon-plans-crumble

Croydon’s Unaccompanied Asylum Children Financial Crisis

www.lgcplus.com/services/children/croydon-set-to-refuse-to-take-new-unaccompanied-asylum-seeking-children-16-08-2021

Threat to Street Trees in Musgrave  Rd

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/croydon-locals-fight-absolutely-stunning-21344334

Plastic Free Action

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2021/08/17/plasticfreejuly-croydon-friends-of-the-earth-and-green-alliance-take-action

Protecting London From Flooding

A Merton Councillor writes on the challenge to protecting London from flooding.  She says:

‘… George Mayhew, Thames Water’s Corporate Affairs Director, acknowledged things were not good enough and that we can’t have a system that assesses rainfall on outdated data. In fact, the evidence is increasingly clear. The climate emergency is real. … The Mayor recently hold a roundtable meeting with Thames Water, London boroughs, the Environment Agency and other important stakeholders’.

www.onlondon.co.uk/hina-bokhari-there-are-measures-we-can-take-to-protect-london-against-flooding-right-away

I have asked the Council whether it took part in the meeting and what implications the issue has for the development of the Local Plan.

The Future of Our Libraries

Save Croydon Libraries campaign asks Croydon library users to please check their online library account a.s.a.p. 

It is interested to know whether the library you use is the same as the library your online account says you are registered to. 

Email details to SaveCroydonLibraries@gmail.com

The campaign has rejected a suggestion that it should set up a Trust to run the libraries

‘This is not something Save Croydon Libraries will entertain as it is unworkable, undermines the statutory service and there would be no grant from the council.  It is set to fail.’

https://savecroydonlibraries.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/response-to-the-consultation-and-suggestions

The campaign warns about reduced hours.

  • The library service in Croydon is already severely underfunded and suffering as a result. Asked for the CIPFA data on our libraries, Cllr Lewis has still failed to provide it. We’ve written a bit about the data we do have here.
  • Further cuts will have a devastating effect on the service that can be delivered in Croydon.
  • Reduced opening hours will have a detrimental effect on people needing the service for internet access, employment, well-being, education, study, research and more.
  • Staffing in libraries was highly valued by those who responded to these poorly put-together and poorly reported consultation exercises. The proposal will mean job cuts and deterioration of the service.
  • Open+ is fraught with issues and will not even be available in most libraries. To push ahead with this and waste more of our money without looking at the issues experienced elsewhere or even trialing it in Croydon is madness.
  • These cuts will have a devastating impact on a well-used and much-loved public service. The pittance the council needs to save could be found elsewhere and all the while more money is wasted on Brick by Brick and the calamity that is the Fairfield Halls refurbishment.’ 

https://savecroydonlibraries.wordpress.com/2021/08/15/cabinet-to-take-decision-on-cuts-to-croydon-libraries-16-august-2021-6-30pm

savecroydonlibraries@gmail.com

www.savecroydonlibraries.wordpress.com

Twitter: @SaveCroydonLibs 

Facebook: @SaveCroydonLibs

Instagram: @SaveCroydonLibs

Dissatisfaction with Steve Reed

Dissatisfaction with Croydon North MP Steve Reed has been discussed on NextDoor West Norbury.

Gina Russ of Thornton Heath says: ‘I email him all the time! I’ll go to his Thornton Heath if I don’t hear back.. don’t be ignored.. the MP is there to help us.’ He ‘doesn’t put much of a fight when the council fog him off with excuses instead of arguing back he accepts it’.

Karen Philip of Norbury says ‘He’s not a bad MP Steve Reed but I wouldn’t say good because he’s not helped me on a couple of occasions to put a bit of a fight towards Croydon council like Malcolm Wicks he was a brilliant MP.’ ‘(H)e’s never really helped me with anything. Always just tells me he has written to the council to express my concerns. Nothing ever gets done though’.

Katy Papa says: ‘He writes to me saying he’s forwarded it as a matter of urgency to the council but he never follows up or takes seriously. Never.’

Comment: The key question is how issues and cases are dealt with by the staff of all MPs’ who are swamped with emails on local problems and on national political issues. Do they:

  • just go through a formulaic process by email,
  • chase up Council and Government officers on the phone.
  • speak to residents seeking assistance on the phone?

If they do not then the issues and cases will not be dealt with properly and may not be resolved or take unneccesary long time to resolve. The point of MPs’ casework should be to try and ensure that the reasons for a problem are tackled so that other people are not adversely affected. In Croydon it is therefore a welcome development that the Council has agreed to improve its system for ensuring it is responding better to MPs and Councillors queries.

Sarah Jones On Afganistan

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones has written a special ENewsletter on the Afghan crisis following the debate in Parliament on Wednesday.

‘Nobody believes that Britain and our allies could have remained in Afghanistan indefinitely or that Britain could have remained alone. But President Trump’s agreement with the Taliban to withdraw all US forces by May 2021 was made 18 months ago, in February 2020. The Government has had 18 months to plan and prepare for the resettlement of refugees and those who have supported us; for supporting the Afghan Government in managing the withdrawal; for securing international and regional pressure on the Taliban and support for the Afghan Government.

The Government must outline a better plan to work with our allies to do everything possible to provide protection of our diplomatic staff still working heroically in Kabul and for the urgent evacuation of British nationals, NGO staff, journalists, and Afghans who risked their lives. The Government must guarantee that our troops have the resources that they need to carry out their mission effectively and as safely as possible. And work to provide stable security at the airport in Kabul so that flights can depart, and visas can be processed.

The Government has been far too slow to provide sanctuary to those Afghans who have served alongside and supported the British presence in Afghanistan. The scale of the refugee crisis requires an international response. We should be helping to lead that effort. There should be a Resettlement Scheme to create safe and legal routes for those suffering at the hands of the Taliban so they can make a new life here in Britain. But what the Government has announced does not go far enough.

It will support just 5,000 in the first year, with offers to help up to 20,000 in the long term. But as Keir Starmer said in Parliament today, for those who desperately need our help there is no long-term. It is clear that we need to have a debate about our role in the world. We have status and influence and we should use it to protect our country by working with our allies to create stability. Many MPs on all sides pointed out this lack of strategy – ‘global Britain’ is only a slogan without the actions to back it up.

I am desperately worried about my constituents’ family members, which include very young children. Some of the stories I have heard from constituents are absolutely heart-breaking, such as girls being sent to Kabul airport without their passports because their family worked for the Government and they fear being identified, in hope that they might get a plane. Constituents of mine who were attacked by the Taliban are here being treated by the NHS, while their young family remains at risk in Afghanistan.

I am also very concerned about the 156 Afghan unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people in Croydon, some of whom have waited a long time and still have applications pending. I have written to the Prime Minister today asking him to urgently consider their cases. They need certainty about their future, not years of waiting for Home Office decisions.

My team and I are doing everything we can to help constituents with family members in Afghanistan. If you are concerned about relatives, please urgently contact my office by emailing: sarah.jones.mp@parliament.uk or calling 0208 191 7066.’

I have suggested to Steve Reed that he and Sarah Jones meet with the Afghan groups in Croydon to discuss what can be done to help those refugees who settle in the Borough.

Norbury Affairs

https://norburywatchblog.wordpress.com

History Update Posting

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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