Guided Bat Walk, West Wickham Common, Sep 7

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Tory housing strategy that does nothing to build more homes

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on the missed opportunity of the housing Green Paper, published yesterday

Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick, founded in 2015, won’t complete its first home until next month

The housing Green Paper, published yesterday, had been promised for some considerable time. They were even working on a government housing strategy document when Gavin Barwell was the latest in a succession of short-stay Tory housing ministers. And whatever happened to him?

One housing policy dreamt up when Barwell was in government, to compel local councils and housing associations to sell their most valuable properties, has finally been abandoned, seen for the pernicious, counter-productive nonsense that it was.

But otherwise? The Green Paper was promised by Sajid Javid (when it was his turn to be housing minister for a few weeks) to be “a landmark opportunity” to re-calibrate the country’s housing market. But community campaigners, economists and opposition Labour politicians reacted to its long-awaited content with a collective sigh of disappointment and disbelief. Continue reading

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Wandle Park Sports Festival, Waddon, Aug 19

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Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, Aug 18-19 #RAF100

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South Norwood film club doubles up on weekly screenings

South Norwood’s own community cinema is plunging into the autumn evenings by offering screenings on two nights each week.

Screen25, which underwent a relaunch, renaming and venue switch last year, is doubling its offer from next month, and has just put tickets on sale for October.

That means it will be showing films and staging events at its now regular venue, Harris Academy South Norwood, every Wednesday and Friday evening. Ticket prices remain a bargain £8.50 (£6.50 for paid-up subscribers to Inside Croydon). Continue reading

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Battle of Britain Day walking tour of RAF Kenley, Sep 15

Take a tour of the most intact fighter airfield from World War II on Battle of Britain Day, September 15, led by the Kenley Revival Project in conjunction with Heritage Open Days.

An image from the archive collection of Croydon’s local studies library: 1940, and an RAF Hurricane paid for in war bonds bought in Croydon

Learn about RAF Kenley’s significant Battle of Britain history and hear about the people that served at Kenley and how the Kenley Revival Project have conserved and preserved the site.

The event is outdoors and therefore suitable clothing must be worn. Surfaces may be uneven and slippery. The route, which is around two miles long, will be a mixture of surfaced path and grass and therefore suitable footwear must be worn.

There will be two time slots for this tour: 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Click here to book tickets.

There is no parking available on site and the organisers would encourage you to travel by public transport. Limited parking is available on Hayes Lane which is closest to the RAF Kenley Tribute, the starting point of the walk. Continue reading

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Purley Way Homebase included on list of stores facing closure

Croydon’s branch of Homebase is among 42 stores under threat of closure, as the struggling DIY retailer seeks a survival deal.

Huffington Post provided a list this morning which includes the store located off the Purley Way.

Around 1,500 jobs are at risk nationally as a consequence of the proposed closures, an estimated 30 of them in Croydon.

Homebase carried out a closure programme in February, when 17 stores ceased trading. Homebase currently has 241 stores in the UK. The retailer has also axed 303 jobs at its Milton Keynes head office.

The DIY and garden supplies store was originally founded by Sainsbury’s, but for a decade from 2006 was owned by Home Retail Group, who also operate Argos and Habitat. In 2016, they sold Homebase to Wesfarmers for £340million, but by the beginning of this year they were unloading the business for a token £1 to “retail turnaround specialist” Hilco.

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