Croydon London Borough Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 41 Total councillors 41 Change+2

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 29 Total councillors 29 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Croydon ready to host Ends Festival

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The Ends Festival will descend on Croydon for the first time this Friday.

The 15,000 capacity festival will take over the park for three days with international artists NAS, Wizkid and Damian Marley headlining.

Other artists booked to play across the weekend include Ghetts, J Balvin, De La Soul, Kranium, Donae’o, NAO and Nadia Rose.

It is being put on by Metropolis Music and MAMA Festivals both part of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live events business.

Croydon Council’s cabinet member for culture leisure and sport, Councillor Oliver Lewis, said he thinks the festival will be a boost for the borough.

“I think the level and the size of the festival is brilliant.

“It is good that the producers have seen Croydon as a place they want to work.

“Croydon is the capital of South London, it is well placed, it’s got a large youth population – why wouldn’t they want to come here?”

Although Mr Lewis admits it’s not his favourite genre of music, he will be heading down on Sunday to see young Croydon musicians take to the Future Stage.

Did council act unlawfully over property sell-off?

Inside Croydon

Croydon Council may have acted unlawfully by selling off public-owned property at vast discounts to Brick by Brick, its in-house building company.

That’s according to a written answer given to questions raised in the House of Commons about the council’s multi-million-pound secret subsidy on land sales to Brick by Brick.

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Is a university heading to Croydon?

Local Democracy Reporting Service

It’s official. A university will be coming to Croydon – and it could be open as soon as 2020.

It is something that has been on the cards for a while and today a partnership between London South Bank University (LSBU) and Croydon Coucil was announced.

The plan would be for LSBU to open a centre for higher education in the heart of the town centre.

It would be based in existing buildings in the town centre rather than a brand new building.

But for full details of the new development we will have to wait until the summer.

This is when a paper outlining the full plan is expected to go to the council’s cabinet.

The hope is that a university centre would mean more opportunities for all residents, especially for Croydon’s 93,000 under-18s.

LSBU is a leading university for graduate employment with nearly 89% of graduates in professional graduate-level jobs or further study six months after graduation.

The new partnership is the first step in council plans to create a ‘Croydon Creative Campus’ – a “global centre of higher education” in the town centre.

School group for 'high needs' pupils to become an academy

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dr Jonty Clark
The Beckmead Trust
Dr Jonty Clark OBE

A group of schools for “high needs” youngsters in Croydon will become an academy trust.

The Beckmead Family of Schools specialises in support for traumatised children and young people with social, emotional and mental health issues (SEMH), autism and challenging behaviour.

There are a total of 300 pupils from five to 19-years-old based at eight sites in Croydon.

Now the group is set to become an academy trust and will be known as The Beckmead Trust.

Academies are independent state schools which are directly funded by the government and not the local authority.

They are run by academy trusts, which look after employing the staff. Through gaining academy trust status, The Beckmead Trust hopes to expand its sites in Croydon and beyond.

Current executive headteacher Jonty Clark will become chief executive officer of the trust, with a replacement being brought in to take on the executive head role.

Dr Clark said: “With the support of professionals, strong governing bodies and a fantastic partnership with Croydon Council, we are providing excellent education to children and young people here.

“But all too often, those who are the most vulnerable at school age and through their lives also have to contend with poor teaching, an inadequate curriculum, unprofessional staff and shoddy accommodation.

“It should not be like that and the compelling aim of our organisation is to transform the educational experiences of disadvantaged youngsters thus offering them opportunities to empower themselves towards fruitful, sustainable outcomes for the rest of their lives.”

Council dumps disastrous idVerde outsourced parks contract

Inside Croydon

Croydon’s 127 parks and open spaces are being tended by council workers this week for the first time in nearly five years, after a disastrous £16million out-sourced maintenance contract was finally dumped.

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Uncertainty surrounds Westfield start date in Croydon

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Uncertainty about when work on Westfield in Croydon will start has been expressed by the council leader.

The Croydon Westfield and Hammerson development was unanimously approved by Croydon Council’s planning committee in November 2017 and given the green light by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in January.

But at a meeting this week Cllr Tony Newman could not assure fellow councillors that work would begin in September, as was previously expected.

He said: “The Westfield project with it’s new French ownership is looking very strong indeed.

“Are people looking hard at what is happening out there in the retail environment and what’s happening nationally at the moment? Yes they are.

“But in a very challenging retail environment Croydon is as well placed as anybody is at the moment both with projected future investments and retaining those stores we have.

“The council has absolutely delivered in terms of the planning process and the CPO process so I think on any major projects there is always going to be some challenges.”

When pressed by Cllr Andy Stranack whether work would go ahead in September seemed unsure.

Cllr Newman asked in return “was it ever starting in September?” only for council chief executive to answer “they were at one point”.

“At one point, their exact starting date, a lot of preparatory work as we speak is going on out there,” said Cllr Newman.

Last month Unibail-Rodamco bought Westfield Corporation for £18.5 million.

Cllr Newman added that he had already met with the chief executive of the new French owners.

“It was a private discussion but it was very very encouraging in terms of their commitment to what they are doing and they are globally looking to reduce some of what they’re doing to look at specifically in places like London and Croydon,” he said.

He added that they are still “committed to investing in Croydon”.

Council £166k payments to staff are ‘rewards for failure’

Inside Croydon

In the past three years, cash-strapped Croydon Council has made “golden goodbye” payments totalling £166,994.88 to just six senior members of council staff who have left their jobs.

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Charlotte, 17, runs council for a day

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Croydon Council chief exec Jo Negrini with Charlotte Earl, 17, who took over her job for the day.
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Croydon Council chief exec Jo Negrini with Charlotte Earl, 17, who took over her job for the day.

The top job at Croydon Council was in the hands of a teenager yesterday, but just for one day.

As part of the Takeover Challenge 17-year-old Charlotte Earl took on the role of Jo Negrini, the council’s chief executive.

The pair had a packed day of meetings lined up where Charlotte got an insight into the day-to-day life of the council boss.

She said afterwards: “I’ve been allowed to gain a really good insight into what’s going on in the council.

“I’ve been at the heart of the operation and understand what it takes to work in local government.

“I think young people generally don’t take an interest in what’s going on at the foundations of the borough but going to all the meetings I’ve been able to see what happens.

“It seems very stressful but I guess it would be really cool to have a job like this.”

New 'gigantic' bins sparks anger among Croydon residents

Bins in Croydon
BBC

The rollout of new "gigantic" refuse bins and changes to collections have angered some residents in Croydon.

More than 200,000 new bins are due to be delivered across the borough as Croydon Council aims to hit its recycling targets.

But, some residents say they have been told there will be a 21-day wait before the first collection.

Refuse company Veolia, who are contracted by Croydon Council, have warned there will be a "period of adjustment" while it gets itself organised.

One resident, Arno Rabinowitz, described the new bins on Bardsley Close as "totally useless".

He said: "I wish I knew what is going on, some have had bins delivered, some have had bins dumped in their drives.

"It really is a mess in a pretty little close which we were really quite proud of.

"These have been imposed with no consultation whatsoever and the council say there is no alternative and we should just take it."

However, Croydon Council says it has been letting residents know about the changes.

A spokesman said: "We have hosted nine public roadshows across the borough, conducted more than 800 site-visits, and are keeping a dedicated phone line and email address for residents with any questions."