Assembly Member tells Mayor to bin TfL’s Fiveways scheme

A London Assembly Member has called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to get Transport for London to go back to the drawing board with its latest proposals for the Fiveways junction on the Purley Way and “come back with a set of proposals which work for people, not just cars”.

‘TfL needs to produce a more civilised road scheme’: Caroline Russell AM

Caroline Russell is a Green Party AM. Earlier this month she used Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall to ask Khan whether the TfL designs to turn Fiveways into Fourways met the demands of his own “Healthy Streets” policy. Khan was unable to provide any answers, in an embarrassing public disconnect over a question which his staff had had prior notice.

Russell has warmly welcomed “Healthy Streets”, which she calls “strong stuff with lots of policy for walking, cycling and using buses that is really sensible”. A key aspect of Khan’s transport strategy is to have more roads where cyclists, aged from eight to 80, can feel safe to ride to school, or work or just to get around.”

But, like Croydon cycling campaigners who described the latest proposals as making the route “more dangerous” for bike riders, Russell has been shocked by what TfL has issued for the latest round of consultation over the A23 and A232 junctions near Waddon Station. Continue reading

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Council CEO’s claims over heating network shown to be wrong

BELLE MONT, our Sutton district reporter, on a 25-year multi-million-pound deal done by Sutton’s LibDems with a company under investigation for bribery

Under-pressure: Niall Bolger

Less than six months after Niall Bolger, the chief executive of Sutton Council, wrote to senior elected officials to assure them that their local authority was not involved in negotiations with Barratt’s London over the supply of heating to a housing development in the borough, and Sutton Council has now announced that the first customers for SDEN – its Sutton Decentralised Energy Network – is none other than … Barratt’s London.

This could all get to be a little embarrassing for the under-pressure Bolger, after other recent council bollock-drops such as #SuttonBinsShame and last week’s disclosures by the council of thousands of pieces of personal data. Continue reading

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Kenley Revival is offering an apprenticeship on heritage project

Probably the most innovative and creative heritage schemes in the borough is recruiting an apprentice.

The Lottery-funded Kenley Revival project fuses conservation, wildlife, history and archaeology in and around the former Battle of Britain airfield. Continue reading

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Leon House squeezes another 263 flats into town centre

While new offices come on stream in the town centre, some of the more eye-catching edifices of the Croydon building spree of the 1960s are about to be given a lease of extra life.

Leon House: a Croydon landmark since 1966

Leon House is the 21-storey office block on Croydon High Street just south of the Flyover, a sort of outpost of the town centre’s modernist splurge, which was completed when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, a pint in the local would have cost two bob (that’s 10p to anyone under 40 or without an interest in history or economics), and Bobby Moore was captain of a World Cup-winning team.

Always recognised as one of the better examples of the brutalist boom of half a century ago, its office, retail and restaurant tenants have been moved out over the past two years as it has undergone conversion into a residential tower under permitted development rules.

The scheme by FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) is delivering “a luxury 263 executive apartment complex”, in which the flats will have “floor to ceiling windows affording panoramic views over London”. Bet they won’t be cheap to heat come the winter, either…

Industry estimates put the value of the residential scheme at more than £70million.

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Milestone for Ruskin Square offices as the Taxman moves in

The Taxman has arrived.

1 Ruskin Square is the first office building in the development to be occupied, after more than a decade of delays and hold-ups

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has this week begun moving into its new office building at 1 Ruskin Square, next to East Croydon Station, the first “regional hub” to become operational in “a major restructuring” (that is, 6,000 jobs cut) by the government department. HMRC has said that the restructure will save up to £100million on real estate costs.

This week’s handover marks a significant step for developers Stanhope and their financial backers, Schroders, who have spent a decade clearing and, more recently, building on what was once known as the Croydon Gateway site.

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Birds of prey flying display, Streatham Common, Jul 30

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Healthwatch wants responses on quality of GP services

Croydon Healthwatch, the local watchdog on health and social care services, is running an online questionnaire exploring black and minority ethnic carers’ experiences of GP services.

“We want everyone in Croydon to receive the best care possible, and would love to hear your thoughts on how you think GP services can be improved,” Healthwatch says. Continue reading

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