Where Is Croydon Headed? & Update

Where is Croydon Headed?

I wonder whether those readers of this blog who have tried to be constructive friends to Councillors in shaping policy and practices, feel like I do that Croydon is like the Titanic heading for the ice burg and disaster. Local politicians seem more concerned with competing to be the captain and crew rather than setting out a road map for steering around it. In terms of getting anything done Croydon seems to be rife with ‘creative inertia’. Even Councillors cannot get speedy replies from officers.

The ice burg is failure to deliver the agreed improvement plan leading to the Government’s Improvement Panel advising the Secretary of State to sending in Commissioners who will just cut, cut, cut.

The major question the Mayoral and  Council candidates need to consider, and include in their manifestos, is what their vision for Croydon is in five years time, and the route map to get there. Although they will be competing with each other both Conservatives and Labour have a shared interest in ensuring that local control is retained and Councillors have some effective say in holding the Mayor and officers to account and shaping the future. This would make a strong case for a non-party independent Mayor who promises to ensure that Councillors have that say.  But that independent Mayor will need to be someone with experience in running a complex organisation.

Croydon Cultural News

Cultural Network Meeting 15 November

As the Borough of Culture 2003 looms closer and closer, there is to be a meeting of the Cultural Network on 15 November (10am-noon). Each Network newsletter issued by the Council team requests people to submit details of activities etc. My thanks to the team for failing to include the item I submitted about the publication of my discussion paper on the Borough of Culture.

Cabinet member Oliver Lewis says:

‘1. A revised plan for the Borough of Culture year which will include more information on Arts Council Priority Places and how we see that supporting our recovery from COVID and preparation for the Borough of Culture

2. Proposals for how key elements of the programme can be delivered by partner organisations from the culture network and the time-table and process for appointing these programme leads

3. Details of the Ignite Fund – our open access fund for artists and arts organisations

4. Details of the team structure including the position of a Creative Lead for the programme and the timetable for recruitment of the full team’

Fairfield Halls’ Lack Of Booking Office

Lewis is extolling performances at Fairfield Halls. A friend of mine turned up to go to a show and could not buy a ticket because there is no booking office. This excludes people who are not on the internet, and people who make a last minute decision to go to a show. Lewis should insist that a booking office is provided.

Croydon Museum And Black History Month

The Museum has created a learning pack.

https://museumofcroydon.com/black-history-in-croydon-learningpack

Art Exhibition in Addiscombe To 21 November

www.croydonartspace.com

Creative Croydon Activities

Croydon Creatives – the New Frontier

See the virtual Chopperchunky Gallery

Death Of Norbury Church Musician

Robert Prizeman, organist of St Philip’s, Norbury, founder and director of the boys’ choir Libera, and musical adviser for BBC’s Songs of Praise, has died, aged 69.

www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/8-october/gazette/obituaries/obituary-robert-prizeman? 

Croydon Enclosure Map 1800

Kake has posted a copy of the 1800 Enclosure Map on their London Rd history website, along with some Croydon wills.

https://london-road-croydon.org/history/no-more-articles-until-2022.html

Croydon Guided Walks

www.croydon.gov.uk/planning-and-regeneration/planning/planning-policy/conservation-and-heritage/neighbourhood-walks-and-heritage-walks-0/other-guided-walks

More Applications Avoid Affordable Housing Provision

By proposing less than 10 units yet more new planning applications are avoiding the need to provide affordable housing.

  • 21 Downsview Road. Demolition of existing dwelling house and construction of new replacement building of 9 residential flats.
  • 22 Purley Hill.  Demolition of existing dwelling, outbuildings and swimming pool and erection of 8 semi-detached dwellings.
  • 25 The Grove, Coulsdon. Erection of two-storey building with double-storey roof and basement level to provide 8 flats, following demolition of existing two-storey dwelling house.

There is also an application at 1 Addington Rd for the demolition of existing building and erection of a part 3, part 2-storey building above basement level for 30 retirement living apartments (C3) with communal facilities, landscaping, a new access on to Sanderstead Hill.

LSBU And Regeneration

Council Leader Hamida Ali writes in Your Croydon about the value of the opening of the London South Bank University campus in Electric House after a recent visit there.

‘Our partnership with LSBU is an important and exciting step in our regeneration, creating a wealth of learning, training and career opportunities for residents of all ages, particularly our young people. Located in the heart of our town centre, the new campus will bring a significant boost to our economy, as our businesses benefit from links with the university and we build local innovation, upskill our workforce and welcome more visitors to our town. This is central to our vision for the future of Croydon and it is especially important as we recover from Covid-19. I’m really delighted to welcome LSBU, and all their students, to Croydon.’

Details about LSBU Croydon can be read here:

www.lsbu.ac.uk/student-life/our-campuses/croydon

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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