Council report says roads ‘will not cope’ with Westfield traffic

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on how the Town Hall scrutiny committee wants Croydon to ‘champion’ the local tram network to ensure that TfL ‘takes passenger safety seriously’

Even a council committee is admitting that Croydon will not cope with the added traffic expected when Westfield opens

Croydon Council’s scrutiny committee has warned that the town centre’s “current road network will not cope with the large increase in car usage” as a result of the opening of the Westfield supermall, and that there needs to be significant expansion of the tram network, linking with trains and the Docklands Light Railway to provide better connectivity with Brixton, Lewisham and Peckham.

The influential Town Hall committee has also recommended that Croydon Council should have a greater say over the management of the south London tram system, and more input over transport safety issues. Continue reading

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Croydon Animal Samaritans open day, South Croydon, Jun 24

CROYDON ANIMAL SAMARITANS

Open day

Sunday June 24

Entrance £1 per adult. Children free

Refreshments
Bottle Tombola
Pet Tombola
Crafts
Books
Plant stall
Visit the cats
See the chickens

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Cantilena Singers charity concert, Addiscombe, Jul 7

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Labour councillors defy Scott over Queen’s Hotel expansion

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on an against-the-odds victory for residents over the council’s planning machine

For the second time in little more than six months, councillors sitting on Croydon’s planning committee have thrown out proposals for a giant-scale redevelopment of a budget hostel at the Queen’s Hotel in Crystal Palace.

Double act: Pete Smith and Paul Scott at last night’s planning meeting. Comedy gold, apparently

The 6-4 vote at the Town Hall meeting prompted the clear, red-faced fury of committee chairman Paul Scott, who by the end of his own lengthy and very partisan presentation had rendered himself a laughing stock among the residents who packed the public gallery.

Last night’s decision is certain to lead to a formal appeal by the developers to the government minister, and probably a public inquiry. The owners of the hotel had threatened as much in their “negotiations” with the council’s planners, effectively a £100,000 threat to the public purse.

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We could be on the verge of providing a wildlife haven

CROYDON COMMENTARY: By not cutting the grass verges alongside the borough’s major A-roads, Transport for London might – perhaps unwittingly – be providing a valuable new home for plants, insects and other wildlife, writes ANTHONY MILLS, pictured left

I worked as an NHS gardener for 32 years, beginning in the days when hospitals had their own sports pitches, bowling greens, glasshouses. We produced 10,000 wallflowers and 10,000 geraniums each year for annual bedding and had fleets of mowers.

In the latter half of my working life I came to hate and despise the stupid waste and destructiveness of the acres of manicured lawns.

Well-tended parks, as Haling Grove in South Croydon once was, offer little by way of bio-diversity

As resources dried up, the mowing schedules stretched, and some places were inadvertently missed. I once found a lawn in June at the back of a therapy unit that had been forgotten for some months. It was a remnant of a sward that was original to the hopital’s founding, 95 years old, colonised over that time by species tolerant of the dwarfing that mowing induces.

In that sward I counted 26 plants in flower at once, not including the dozen or so grass species.

It was spectacularly colourful and beautiful, and a pure example of the diversity that has become so damagingly lacking in our industrially farmed countryside. Continue reading

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Trinity Proms, in aid of CLIC Sargent, Shirley Park, Jul 7

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Croydon BMX sessions, Thu and Sat, Norbury Park

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