Croydon Assembly calls for an end to ‘Strong Leader’ council

The Croydon Assembly has issued an overt challenge to the leadership of Tony Newman and the Blairite clique who dominate Croydon Council, calling on them to stop “just being managers of austerity”.

Thumbs up: Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have supported many of the initiatives put forward by the Croydon Assembly

The Assembly, a coalition of Trades Unionists and figures from the left, will publish their own local election manifesto next Saturday, which calls for a return to a more accountable committee system of Town Hall management and which is also openly critical of the local Labour group’s flagship housing policy, implemented through the increasingly unpopular Brick by Brick private company.

Many Croydon Assembly members took encouragement from the popularity of the more radical approach demonstrated by Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership at last summer’s General Election.

Next Saturday’s Croydon Assembly meeting will have a de facto endorsement from Corbyn’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who is sending a recorded message to be played out to the attendees at Ruskin House at the start of a session which is to discuss the crisis in Croydon’s schools. Continue reading

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‘Incinerator is option of last resort’ says Assembly chair

Viridor have a £1bn public contract to burn rubbish at Beddington Lane.Beddington Farmlands was promised to the public as a nature reserve

An environment report from the London Assembly this week says that the capital needs to reduce the amount of rubbish it is incinerating – just as Beddington is about to fire up a vast waste incinerator that was given clearance to operate by Boris Johnson.

It is just a little more than four years since Johnson, when Mayor of London, gave the go-ahead for the construction of an industrial-scale incinerator on Croydon’s borough boundary, green-lighting the prospect of 25 years of emissions and pollution from burning rubbish that will have to be trucked in from across southern England.

Key findings in the London Assembly report include:

  • Burning waste takes materials out of the circular economy, releases carbon into the atmosphere and may have negative health effects; and
  • London must begin to limit not only the amount but also the type of waste it sends to Energy from Waste plants. As London strives to be greener, there are further steps the Mayor should take to manage the environmental impact of EfW in the short term.

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Developers scale down towering ambition for Surrey Street

Developers who want to demolish an old shop and warehouse building on Surrey Street and replace it with a modern block of flats have scaled down their plans, following meetings with the council’s planning committee and a public consultation last month.

The developers’ computer-generated imagery of the residential block proposed for Surrey Street

Regent Land and Developments own 5-9 Surrey Street, which at present has the 99p store facing on to the market. They  initially considered a 12- or 14-storey block, but they have now reduced the proposal to nine storeys, to be more in keeping with the scale of Surrey Street, home to one of London’s oldest traditional street markets.

The plans would provide 22 new homes, some retail space and a purpose-built café and arts performance space which the successful local music promoters HooDoos would manage. Continue reading

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Love Your Bike Week is about to ride into Croydon schools

Next week is Love Your Bike Week in Croydon, with events popping up at schools to encourage kids to use their bicycles, fix and maintain bikes and provide advice and help for novice cyclists.

Among the various bicycle-related activities is:

Pop-Up Bike Market from Peddle My Wheels
Bring your unwanted bikes – whether they’re kids, teens or adults sizes – with you in the morning for our mechanic to check over. Peddle My Wheels will contact you with a suggested selling price, and once the bike sells, they will notify you and pay you.

Buy a second-hand bike
The market is a great opportunity to find a first bike, upgrade to the next size or just buy something new to get you back into cycling. If you’re looking for something specific, visit the market order form page before market day to make a request, and Peddle My Wheels will do their best to bring along a suitable bike. Continue reading

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London Road is about to be transformed into a Green Mile

West Croydon is about to get its own Green Mile, though this has nothing to do with a book by Stephen King nor the movie starring Tom Hanks.

The Our Green Mile launch event on March 4 seeks to build on the initiatives undertaken in the past year at West Croydon Station and by community groups by providing a green “corridor” along the London Road all the way from the station to Thornton Heath Pond.

“With your help, in time we will be able create larger community gardens along the road and plant more trees, which will help to improve air quality in the area” say the organisers.

They hope to have new and refreshed flower beds and planters to brighten up the road. “Your help is needed to water and maintain them – free watering cans provided!”

At the launch, planters will be fixed and planted outside West Croydon Station and at the Pond, marking each end of the Green Mile. Continue reading

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TfL to steam ahead with tram timetable changes from Feb 25

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on how TfL is pushing through timetable changes for New Addington trams, just as they had wanted to four months ago

Only the first two trams from New Addington each day will travel through to Wimbledon

Transport for London will tomorrow announce significant timetable changes to the tram network which will, for most of each day, make it impossible in future to travel from New Addington to Wimbledon without changing trams.

The changes to be announced are remarkably close to what was originally proposed in October. TfL was forced to pause the implementation of the changes then because they hadn’t bothered to consult the travelling public or local authorities.

Having paid lip-service to a consultation, TfL will now go ahead with the changes they’d always wanted. The timetable changes will be introduced from February 25.

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Purley debating society gets all political before local elections

Local elections must be coming, because the Purley and Coulsdon Debating Society has gone all political with its topic for April.

As the event, on Monday April 16, is being staged in true-blue Coulsdon, it is probably unsurprising that the motion is: “It’s time for Croydon to come back to the Conservatives”. Some might wonder whether it has ever gone away.

The motion is proposed by Tim Pollard, the leader of the Tory group at the Town Hall.

Opposing the motion is the Labour councillor, Andrew Pelling. Continue reading

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