Croydon Update 26 January

Council Meetings

Thursday 27 January. 6pm. Planning Committee

100 Reddown Road, Coulsdon (demolition and 9 flats block; Citylink House, 4 Addiscombe Road, (demolition & redevelopment  part 14/28 storeys for 498 co-living units); & Bradmore Way, Coulsdon (demolition & block of 7 dwellings), followed by

Planning Sub-Committee

5 Pollards Hill South (mainly single-storey rear extension);  51 Warren Road (change to HMO).

 Monday. 31 January. 6.30 pm. Full Council

Tuesday 1 February. 6.30 pm. Scrutiny Streets, Environment & Homes Sub-Committee

Budget Scrutiny Challenge re- Independent Travel Service, Grounds Maintenance & Emergency & Temporary Accommodation;  Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Rent Setting and Draft Budget 2022/23.

Miscellaneous News

Singing, music, arts – Creative Croydon News and Events

The Brick by Brick Saga Continues

Two new Directors have been appointed by the Council to the Board of Brick by Brick. (Inside Housing).

New Warehouse And Offices For Factory Lane

(MyLondon News on line 24 January)

CCC Housing Meeting Notes

Croydon Labour LCF Looks Increasingly Foolish Over Andrew Pelling

See next posting.

Petition Against Burning More Waste

At The Beddington Incinerator

Andrew Kennedy writes on Croydon Transition Town Facebook:

‘Please sign this petition to try to stop the incinerator burning more waste. The solution of course is to reduce, sort and recycle more of the waste rather than just burning it. This is a problem not just for Viridor but for all the south London boroughs who are in the SW Partnership and who are sending them the waste. I know it’s only a petition and it’s being promoted by a politician possibly for his own publicity but it may help to bring attention to the problem and help stem the flow of waste and pollution in the future. Especially problem for those in the north of the borough.’

Gavin F. L. Palmer, Independent For Mayor

Gavin Francis Luffa Palmer, the independent candidate for Mayor, has also caused the Conservatives a problem. He had been selected as a Council candidate for Woodside Ward. A new candidate to replace him will now have to be selected.

There are still no details about what he stands for on his Mayor Facebook page. His LinkedIn page says he is Managing Director of Waddon Court (Properties) Ltd and has been an active member of independent shareholder action groups that challenge company boards at AGMs. Companies House lists him as Director of two Harold Palmer Ltds, and Waddon Court (Properties) & (Investment) Ltds. These are involved in letting and operating of own or leased real estate, and security dealing on own account. He is not involved in Waddon Court (Spectaculars) Ltd and Alermic Properties Ltd at 20 Culmstock Road, in Battersea,run by other members of the family. Almeric is also involved in buying and selling of own real estate. Almeric has a legal charge on156 Whyteleafe Hill. For some of these family and company  network links see:,+London/Companies+House+03237838

Val Shawcross Views On Croydon Issues

Andrew Pelling has used a string of postings on his Twitter account to report on the recent views expressed by Val Shawcross, Labour’s Mayoral candidate at an online meeting.

‘Valerie emphasised that she does not run the Labour Group and how we will need to change when we are in charge. She said that she is not in charge of the budget now but when she is the grass will be cut. She is visiting many community groups and welcomes invitations to visit. Such invitations do lead to some action now as Valerie said she brokers solutions with Labour councillors as at Ashburton Park where Steve Chalke and his Oasis got in to buy and refurbish Ashburton Lodge assisted possibly by public donations for youth provision there.

She also visited the Whitgift estate where she observed the beautiful arts and crafts buildings in it. She said a story is coming today on Inside Croydon about how she wants family homes protected there on Addiscombe Road and Fitzjames Avenue against council plans for 9 bed flats per plot there. And that we need to change on planning when we are in charge. A colleague did give the kind of challenge to Valerie on this Whitgift estate which she took in good sort, in a way that’s different from the current culture. There is now a grown up politician in the room.

Valerie was asked why she could not get the Croydon Plan changed now regarding the Whitgift estate as Labour runs the council now. She emphasised that she is not running the Labour Group now. She also has plans for Purley while it’s swimming provision is closed before planning gain allows for a new pool.’

More Disillusion With Councillors

A reader writes:

‘I had noted that the Council were having one of their meets tonight and was contemplating viewing this on the web, Having glanced at the pack – 800 pages! I am left wondering how many of our esteemed Councillors have been on speed reading courses? I have become very cynical about these gatherings and the amount of info that is churned out to all concerned. I continue to find the presentation of financial information unimpressive, cluttered and giving equal weight to minute savings, considerable deteriorations and unquantifiable risks (as already mentioned to you). It would be marvellous to think that someone would get a grip on key points through exception reporting.

This body is surely supposed to be a gathering of the elite but If they don’t get minutes on a timely basis, cannot meet their targets on public interest inquiries, have no information on the progress of audit reports and make no reference to major projects such as the Nestle building, I am despondent about real progress being made in anything resembling a business-like manner.’

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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