Croydon’s social media, Tech City and Borough of Culture debates
News in Brief
Croydon Citizen March print issue now out.
Underfunding increases Croydon schools class sizes. (Croydon Advertiser. 8 March)
Fairfield Halls Director becomes Chair of Croydon BID.
Not all the most expensive streets in Croydon are in the South nor all the least expensive in the North (Croydon Advertiser. 8 March).
Imperial Lounge & Restaurant, in Airport House has had its food hygiene rating increased from 0 -4. (Croydon Advertiser.)
Roll out of pavement art begins. (Your Croydon. 9 March)
Apprentices recognised. (ditto)
CALAT’s Learner Support Fund. (ditto)
Hammerson has raised £1.5bn to finance Intu debt liabilities. (Global Capital website). It has also partnered with Concrete, a proptech start-up platform set up to invest in and support the most promising technology start-ups in the property industry focused on driving efficiencies and responding to changes in sector. (Hammerson website)
Croydon Neighbourhood Watch may fold
Croydon Advertiser reports that Croydon Neighbourhood Watch may fold due to lack of funding.
Comment. This is not bad news. Neighbourhood Watch was ill conceived from its start, because it focuses only on crime and community safety. Instead the effort should have been put into Residents Associations so that these issues are acted up in the wider context of their work. The future is RAs considering their crime and community safety role, which they partly due by sharing local safer neighbourhood team information and having police speak at their general meetings. Where none exist then any NW supporters should put their effort into starting them up. For a discussion on the role of Residents Associations see my thoughts on the role of Residents Associations at:
Protecting Private Renters
Is it time for a Private Tenants Renters’ Union in Croydon? There are efforts to build up a Renters’ Union in London. You can find out more at
Researchers from the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow are looking for renters to interview as part of a study into the frustrated housing aspirations. They would like to hear from people who are aged 18-35; renting from a private landlord in England or Scotland; not studying full-time; and earning less than £27,500 a year. In return for a 1-hour telephone interview covering your housing experiences, challenges and aspirations, you will get a £20 high street voucher.
Email Dr Adriana Soaita on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0141 330 1705 to get involved.
Generation Rent is recruiting a Policy & Public Affairs Manager. The deadline for applications is 9am on 26 March – for full details and how to apply, download
Good news for Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard has been granted Asset of Community Value (ACV) status.
You can also vote for it in Time Out’s Love London Awards
Two weeks left to help fund Croydon’s Marc Wadsworth
More on Council review of improvements to Library Service
I have received a response to some Freedom of Information questions.
1. Is it possible to move a percentage of stock between Libraries so that titles that have been on display at one Library for some time can be on display at another which has not got those titles?
‘We are reviewing the stock provision at the libraries, including asking customers for their priorities for their local library, and consideration of whether any stock should be moved around to different branches will be part of this process.’
2. Given the problems of funding expanded book etc buying would the Council consider the idea of asking members of the public to donate books etc to the Libraries?
‘We do currently accept donations of books to the libraries from customers, and add them to stock when appropriate. We are not currently planning an initiative whereby we actively ask for donations to stock.’
3. What plans are there to improve the activities programmes in the Libraries so that they become improved community education, leisure and information hubs?
‘Now that libraries have come back in-house, the council is taking the opportunity to ask residents, customers and staff for their ideas about priorities for the library service and about how we can improve the library service. We will be seeking ideas online, in our libraries and through targeted focus groups (with non-users as well as current users) and will use the results of this engagement to inform future plans for the libraries.’
4. Given the diversity of Croydon’s local population what plans are there to reach out and to help ensure that the library service reflects not only the needs of current users but potential use by the local population, particularly given the centrality of the local library service that as part of Croydon’s bid for Year of Culture?
‘Response is as for question 3 above. We are also working closely with the team responsible for Croydon’s bid for Borough of Culture to ensure that libraries are an integral part of the borough’s cultural offer.’
Where can you park on the pavement in Croydon?
Under Freedom of Information the Council has made available the lists of streets where people can park on the pavement or grass verges.
The first list (exempted list) has set boundaries and any vehicles outside of these boundaries may be issued a PCN. The 2nd list is a suspended list. Any road that appears on this list is completely unenforceable so the Council does not enforce at all even if it doesn’t conform to the parameters as described in the wording.
For the lists see