Council developer delivering just 8% homes for affordable rent

BARRATT HOLMES unveils startling figures from the council on the failure of its own house-builder to deliver on promises to deliver affordable homes

Alison Butler: only 8% of her Brick by Brick home-building scheme will be for affordable rent

There could be one very strong reason that Paul Scott, the controversial chair of Croydon’s planning committee, failed to insist that Westfield meets the council’s 30 per cent target for affordable homes within its latest planning application last week.

That’s because Scott knows that the council’s own house builder, Brick by Brick, is falling a long way short of the council’s early boasts that it would be delivering 500 affordable homes as it builds 1,000 properties on public land around the borough. In fact, fewer that 8 per cent of all Brick by Brick’s homes will be provided for affordable rent. The rest will be flogged off as private sales or for shared ownership. Continue reading

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Council hiring 12 social workers during recruitment freeze

WALTER CRONXITE on how the council has admitted it could take three years to fix the ‘inadequate’ children’s services department

Barely coherent: Alisa Flemming at cabinet last night

Another senior council employee has left their job abruptly from the misfiring “People” department.

Until Friday, George Riley was listed as “Delivery Manager Children with Disabilities Service” in the children, families and learning unit on the 4th floor of Fisher’s Folly, the council offices.

Indeed, according to the council switchboard today, Riley is still listed in that role.

But colleagues in his office today said that Riley “has left the organisation”. They also confirmed that Riley’s last day was last Friday.

Riley’s departure appears to have been unplanned and unforeseen because before leaving the council, he had been arranging to attend meetings with parents this week. Continue reading

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Conservation Volunteers pool resources with Lottery grant

Volunteers hard at work to keep the undergrowth cleared at the pond at Beulah Hill

The Conservation Volunteers are celebrating the award of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance its Croydon Ponds Project.

This two-year project will investigate both the history and the ecology of Croydon’s public ponds. Continue reading

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CACFO Education Centre given ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report

Another week in Croydon, another inadequate report from Ofsted inspectors.

This time it is for the CACFO Education Centre in Thornton Heath, and follows an inspection in June.

The inspectors’ report rates the specialist centre overall as “inadequate”, with “Effectiveness of leadership and management” and “Personal development, behaviour and welfare” as both inadequate, while “Quality of teaching, learning and assessment” and “Outcomes for pupils” were both given “requires improvement”.

At the education centre’s previous Ofsted inspection, four years ago, it was rated as “good”. Continue reading

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South Norwood Christmas Fair and treasure hunt, Dec 10

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Big Together Freedom Together course, Jan-Mar 2018

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Now Carillion remove home library service from the disabled

GENE BRODIE, our libraries correspondent, on the latest shocker from a construction company which is running down our public libraries

Carillion, the building company which runs Croydon’s public libraries, has been accused of “blatant discrimination” against the disabled over plans to withdraw the home library service from January 1, something described as a “disgraceful and stupid decision”.

Carillion, under the absurd “Cultural Community Solutions” branding it has given to its failing library service, wrote to residents earlier this month to announce that it is to withdraw the home delivery service in 2018 except where the recipient is “housebound” and has no one available to collect and return books for them.

The decision, Inside Croydon understands, had not been discussed at any stage with the borough’s elected councillors or cabinet member responsible for the library service, Timothy Godfrey.

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