Monday 20 – Sunday 26 June. Refugee Week
Tuesday 21 June.10.30am.Liensing Sub-committee
Premises Licences at Purley Way Playing Fields, and 31 South End.
Tuesday 21 June. 6.30pm. Scrutiny Children & Young People Sub-Committee
Children, Young People and Education Directorate Overview
Wednesday 22 June. 6.30pm. Cabinet
The Executive Mayor of Croydon’s Priorities – see below and following posting; Adopting the Residents’ Charter; Re-procurement of Responsive Repairs Contract; Distribution of Household Support Fund Grant; Revocation of Croydon Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document 2 (SPD2) – see following posting; Financial Performance Report – Period 11 (February 2022).
Thursday 23 June. 10.30am. Licensing Sub-committee
Application for a Bingo Premises Licence at 1432-1434 London Road, Norbury. I will be one of the objectors addressing the meeting.
Friday 24 June. 3.30pm. Appointments & Disciplinary Committee Agenda
Director of Sustainable Communities – Grade Change; Fixed-Term Contract Extension for the Executive Director of Localities and Residents’ Pathway; Suspension Review. This meeting will be held in private and the reports are not public. So much for transparency. Why should these matters not be public? When my salary as Secretary of the Community Police Consultative Group in Lambeth (1984-9) was under review it was discussed in open public forum. It was public money.
Another Perspective On Croydon Affairs
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Are Mayor Perry’s Priorities Realistic?
Mayor Jason Perry will no doubt be much relieved that:
- the proposed strike by refuse collectors and street cleaners has been cancel following an acceptable pay deal agreed between Unite and Veolia;
- there is a proposal for immersive theatre and live music at the old Allders/Village Outlet store.
The Impact Of Rising Costs
However Perry will be beginning to worry about rising costs such as energy etc on his ability to keep to the 2022-3 budget and the fact that delivering his priorities will require adjustments to that budget. The Guardian reports that ‘Rampant inflation and soaring energy bills mean that council leaders have been forced to rip up financial plans from a few months ago, with higher than anticipated staff pay bills also contributing to their newfound deficits. Without help from Whitehall, it will leave them no option but to cut services and put up council tax next April.’
The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday will be able to question Perry on whether his priorities will be compromised, and to question him on issues that are not in his priorities. Unfortunately the Cabinet will not have the views of the Scrutiny Committee last week as Perry could not attend due to illness.
I would have expected the Cabinet consideration to be postponed until Scrutiny could meet with Perry. This is not an auspicious start to the process of making the Mayor accountable.
Issues Not Dealt With
The issues not dealt with in the officers’ report to Cabinet on the Mayor’s priorities do not cover:
- his view on the future of South Norwood Library, whose closure is opposed by 1,700 residents;
- the failure to repair Norbury Library after refurbishment works did not prevent rain water penetration;
- there-introduction of Saturday openings at several libraries;
- his view on ensuring that the sites withdrawn by Brick by Brick are safeguarded from future development;
- whether he has authorised the submission of a revised private landlord licensing scheme taking into account the new Bill on private renting the Government has published;
- whether he has taken up with Westfield their apparent failure to consult with local businesses about their new plans;
- what support he can give to homeowners in blocks where action to remove cladding has not yet taken place.