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Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 2)

Posted on September 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

The devil is in the detail: what new planning guidelines mean for our borough

Following on from my article last week on the implications for the Croydon Local Plan with the implementation of the government’s revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidelines, here are a number of further issues for Croydon’s planners to take into consideration. New text from the NPPF is shown below in italics.

Land use

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Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 1)

Posted on September 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Not just for policy wonks – these documents will affect the lives of everyone in Croydon

Planning-development decision making in Croydon has been the subject of much controversy recently, with the apparent obsession with meeting the government’s and Mayor of London’s housing targets – regardless of the strategic policies and objectives of the Croydon Local Plan, with its detailed decision-making process.

Although the new Croydon Local Plan … Read More »

Ignore the many: Croydon’s bins cause a crisis

Posted on September 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Does Croydon’s new recycling policy suit everyone?

When it comes to change there is an immutable truth: you can’t please everybody. Just look at the hot topic of the moment – bins.

Yet the need to improve our recycling rate has cross-party agreement and broad support across Croydon. We even used to be rather good at it.

The proportion of Croydon’s household waste that was … Read More »

Croydon respite plans are closed until further notice

Posted on August 30th, by Loren Dixon in Politics & Society. No Comments

Carer services in Croydon are being hit hard by closures

The word ‘closed’ is an interesting adjective. ‘Not open, having ceased trading.’ It has a certain finality about it, in that it cannot be questioned – only accepted. The ‘closed’ sign on a shop window or door gives an overall feeling of disappointment and annoyance. This subsides, though, as the following day it will be open again. … Read More »

Croydon’s sustainability challenge

Posted on August 21st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How can Croydon ensure that the pressure of rapid change does not override sustainable development?

The Croydon Constructing Excellence Club recently discussed ‘sustainability’ in Croydon. The organisation is open to non-members to attend. But interestingly, when this topic was raised, there were no speakers expressing the different perspectives of residents and community organisations.

‘Sustainability’ was also a key issue in the debate on the new Croydon … Read More »

Taxing conversations in Croydon

Posted on August 16th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Where does the council spend its money?

On Saturday 18th August the TaxPayers’ Alliance will hold an Action Day in Croydon to promote its campaign for lower taxes and against government waste. This follows a public meeting in Purley, promoting the same campaign.

Focus on value for money in public finances is something we desperately need in Croydon. Council tax has gone up over 5% this year and … Read More »

The price of taking pride

Posted on August 9th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Is it right that Croydon Council makes payments to different cultural groups in the borough?

On Saturday 14th July Croydon PrideFest took place with a march to, and a main stage in, Wandle Park. This was the third annual Croydon Pride and a great day out. I’ve attended all three and each year it has grown bigger. It was held a week after London Pride, and it was … Read More »

How many bins do we need in Croydon?

Posted on July 26th, by Uday Shukla in Politics & Society. 3 comments

How workable is Croydon Council’s new recycling policy? And how many bins are too many?

When someone has a good idea, praise is not always that forthcoming – but when they have a bad idea, everyone’s a critic. Personally, I usually reserve judgement for a while before making up my mind. However every now and again, there’s an idea that’s so ill-conceived, you wonder how on earth … Read More »

London Learning Consortium, London Youth and Croydon Works join together to mark ERSA’s UK Employability Day 2018

Posted on July 9th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

On Friday 29th June the London Learning Consortium, London Youth and Croydon Works marked UK Employability Day 2018 with visits from Kirsty McHugh, CEO of ERSA, and Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed from Croydon Council

Release begins: The purpose of the day was to promote and celebrate employability opportunities for jobseekers in the Croydon borough. Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), hundreds of employment support centres and employers threw open their … Read More »

Free swimming for people 16 and under returns to Croydon for summer 2018

Posted on June 30th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

Free swimming sessions at Croydon’s five leisure centres commence on Saturday 21st July.

Release begins: Young people aged 16 and under can keep cool and get active this summer, when free swimming sessions at Croydon’s five leisure centres returns on 21st July. There were more than 20,000 visits last year.

People can complete an application form online here, or through the self-service machines at their nearest leisure centre.  Customers … Read More »