Council approves £30m school – despite 5,000 surplus places

These playing fields were Green Belt until last month. Now, Croydon Council has granted permission to build a large selective school here

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, provides lessons in arithmetic and reading comprehension for Croydon Council, after it cleared the way for the first selective state school in the borough for more than 40 years

Croydon Council has removed Green Belt protection from a swathe of playing fields close to Lloyd Park and has given the go-ahead to £30million plans to build a 1,260-pupil selective free school on the site – even though there is a surplus of more than 5,000 secondary places in the borough.

The decision to grant planning permission, initially for temporary cabins to accommodate the first year’s intake this September for Coombe Wood School, was taken last week, despite objections from residents and the Croham ward councillors, led by Maria Gatland. A planning application for a permanent building on the site is now sure to follow in due course. Continue reading

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Newman move to ban councillors who speak to Inside Croydon

With the borough’s children’s services deep in crisis, a pre-election Council Tax hike on the way and amid growing discontent over a scandal involving three senior council employees, Croydon’s council leader has taken to issuing threats to his own Labour councillors

Tony Newman: squeeky bum time

Is Tony Newman, the autocratic leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, getting worried?

In the week when Inside Croydon reported on the departure of another senior official in the “Godfather Affair”, uncovered the systemic mistreatment of whistleblowers at Croydon Council, and published a leaked email from the chief exec which attempted to gag elected councillors, news has emerged that the Blairite council leader Tony Newman has forced through a vote of Labour councillors to condemn… this website.

Our loyal reader might think that the Labour council leadership has got its priorities all wrong. Or has something to hide.

According to sources, prompted by Newman, Labour councillors have decided that Inside Croydon acts “in a fashion contrary to Labour party values”.

Pyongyang would be so proud. Continue reading

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Harriers set date for 2018 Croydon 10km road race

The Croydon 10km road race attracts experienced and beginner runners

Croydon Harriers have confirmed that the 2018 Croydon 10km road race will be staged on Sunday October 21, with a course that loops around Lloyd Park.

The race regularly attracts a field of more than 500 runners and is one of the most well-supported races in the are. The race is open to experienced racers and to beginners who want to set themselves a target event to build up to. Continue reading

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Thornton Heath-based nurse is named Midwife of the Year

A midwife working in Croydon has been named as “Midwife Of The Year” at the annual British Journal Of Midwifery Practice Awards.

Midwife of the Year: Thornton Heath-based Memuna Sowe

Memuna Sowe is lead midwife for vulnerable and marginalised women at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust’s Rainbow Health Centre, based at Thornton Heath.

“I’m proud of this award and want to dedicate it to our fantastic team in maternity and homeless health,” Sowe said. “They work across many disciplines and have taught me so much about providing great care.

“The vulnerable women we see are often very late in their pregnancy and, without our care, they and their child would be at great risk. We are very grateful to have the skills and resources to help them, so that they get the same maternity care as other mothers and their chances of a good future are improved.”

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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, while also being 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 act for the owners of 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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