My New Publications
GREENING CROYDON. Post-COVID Economic Recovery, The Town Centre And Climate Change. A Discussion and Information Paper
Croydon Trade Unions, The Environment And Climate Change.An Information Paper.
I have published these especially for sale at the Big Green Festival stall event on Sunday 29 September.
Croydon To Benefit From Arts Council Funding
Croydon has been given Arts Council England priority with 53 other Councils from now to 2024. Its part of its Let’s Create strategy, based on a place-based approach to creativity and culture alongside a growing focus on the way that culture can improve health and wellbeing outcomes for communities. The funding through the Place Partnership will provide areas with £7 for the rest of this financial year.
Full details can be found here
There are also several other new funding programmes.
- Capital Investment Programme providing grants of up to £750,000 ‘to help cultural buildings to operate safely post-pandemic, improve their access, support technological innovation and be more environmentally responsible.’
- Social Prescribing programme of 1m from January 2022 ‘to develop closer partnership working with health and care providers and deliver joint projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.’
- Investment Principles programme of £12m ‘to support organisations to use ‘Investment Principles and implement innovative changes that reset their businesses and deliver long-term sustainability’.
- Board Development funding of £450K ‘to support board development and make them more representative of their communities.’
The Arts Council ‘have particularly highlighted the importance of libraries and museums within communities and their role in regenerating neighbourhoods and bringing people together. They have also highlighted opportunities for children and young people to access high-quality culture and realise their creative potential.’
- From Croydon Cultural Network enewsletter
10 Storey Block Approved For 922-30 Purley Way
After deferring a decision in February the Planning Committee has approved plans by Formation Architects to replace five detached homes with 141 flats after the scheme was reduced by 2 storeys. It will now contain 37 3-bed units rather than 14. The proportion of affordable homes available on London Affordable Rent has been increased.
How To Survive Brick By Brick
Chloë Phelps, founder of Croydon Council’s in-house practice Common Ground Architecture, has teamed up with Council estate regeneration developer Place Capital Group. (Architects Journal. 22 September)
Croydon Planning Applications Week 12 September
COVID And Eye Health
New research shows the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on eye health.
Tfl Bus Changes
After consultation TfL has published its revised proposals for changes to bus routes in Croydon and Sutton. It will continue with the original proposals for bus routes S1, 164, 312, 405 and 645, 407, 434, and 455; and the introduction of new three new bus routes S2, 439 and 443. It has revised its proposals for bus routes 80, 166, 413, 470, S3, and S4.
Sarah Jones, MP, News
Against Elected Mayor
Sarah Jones says that ‘a Mayor will create an extra layer of politician and push power upwards and away from local people. It won’t solve any of the problems that Croydon has faced and it will cost a lot of money. It is also very hard to get rid of an elected Mayor. Under the existing system, Councillors are able to remove a Leader. I think we need to open up power and give local people more of a say on local issues – but I don’t think a new layer of Mayor is the answer.’
Tram Inquest Leaves Unanswered Questions
Sarah Jones, MP, led a debate in Parliament this week on the tram crash focussing on two issues.
- ‘First, the fact that only the Rail Accident Investigation Board gave evidence in the inquest, leaving many questions unanswered. This is due to a legal ruling in what is called ‘the Norfolk case’ from a different serious incident involving a helicopter. The families of the tram victims are campaigning to change this ruling and I will be helping them.
- Second, the law on death by dangerous driving does not apply in trams that are off-road and that loophole needs changing.’
Jones argues that the ‘Government must do everything possible to get all the safety recommendations implemented on tram systems across the country. Passengers on our tram networks across the UK deserve to feel safe, and to know that the right systems are in place if things ever go wrong again.’
You can watch the full debate here.
The Cladding Scandal
Jones asked the Prime Minister ‘if he has a plan to help the residents of Bridge House in Croydon who are facing bills of at least £23k per flat for the removal of dangerous cladding. The Prime Minister provided I’m afraid a poor response that misinterpreted the question so he could avoid answering it properly. It is shameful that the government still has no plan to help innocent leaseholders faced with life-changing bills. The hundreds of thousands of people affected by the fire safety scandal in Croydon and across the country deserve so much better.’
Jones also spoke at the recent Leaseholders Together rally in Parliament Square, where I urged the government to act to fix the crisis.’
Cultural People in News
Former Residents Win Acclaim For Novel
Noel Fielding Studied At Croydon
Born in 1973 in Westminster Neil Fielding, the comedian and co-host of the Great British Bake-Off went to school in Croydon, and studied at Croydon School of Art.