Ted Knight: ‘Council housing schemes favour developers’

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Building homes for private sale does not address the housing crisis

  • Croydon has 4,500 households on the waiting list for council homes
  • More than half of private tenants are dependent on housing benefit because rents have soared
  • Almost 1,000 families were made homeless last year as a result of unaffordable private rents
  • The number of empty homes in Croydon has risen by 400 per cent since 2013
  • House prices have rocketed, putting them beyond the reach of most local Croydon residents.

Against this background, the Croydon Assembly is staging what it calls an emergency meeting at Ruskin House on October 18 entitled “Wanted: policies for a housing emergency”.

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Cheers! The Hope is London’s Pub of the Year – again

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The Hope, Carshalton, will be toasting its success as the CAMRA Greater London Pub of the Year – for a fourth time – with the latest of its regular beer festivals, starting on September 28.

There will be 16 cask ales and four box ciders in the marquee, plus a rotating seven casks, six keg beers and four box ciders in the main bar. The festival runs from Thursday to Sunday.

Brewers from Lymington will be coming along and holding a Tap Takeover on the night September 28, when there will be an opportunity to find out more about Vibrant Forest Brewery and what it takes to brew the perfect pint.

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3mm West Fest – Verwood

Had a brilliant day at Verwood , Dorset yesterday organised by the Dorset area group of the 3mm Society.

There was cake

And bacon rolls in the morning prior to opening at 10am. But most of all 3mm layouts.

Somehow Peter Bossom managed to get by the serving hatch for the refreshments with his layout Whatlington!

More of Peters work later

Then we had Andrew Shillitos Wantage

Andrew is also the Society New Products Officer and had on display point bases with other scales for comparison.

Next we have Hemlock making a rare appearance from Sunny Croydon with Mike Davey, Richard Preece from Croydon Model Railway Society (help or hindered by some bloke called Steve 😂)!

Then we have Richard Popes Dunkton Combe.

Steve Fackrell’s Hennock

Thealby – Hugh Martin

Mike Corps East Anglia layout – Heybridge Wharf

Brian Golding’s, Lambeth Walk

(The head belongs to Tony Seal!). Brian Golding is behind the layout at his Bryn Kits stand (good to see them back).

Earlier I mentioned we would comeback to Peter Bossom and his layout. A couple of his locos, firstly an 08 diesel shunter Triang body on 14.2 chassis – who says you cannot recycle 50+ year old models!

Another old kit made by Peter is a BEC Q1 known by many as the ugly duckling designed by O V Bullied for the Southern Railway during the war. Peter has made the kit up for 14.2 and even the mechanical lubricator works!

With the Society Shop & Peter White (wheels)selling to members only,  Linton Kits, Rob Hampton catering for Triang secondhand and 3SMR for all modelling needs a good day had by all.

Well done to Nigel, Collin and Steve and members of the Dorset Group for arranging the day.


Barwell’s big night out in Nando’s after ‘intense’ week

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WALTER CRONXITE on the late-night goings-ons involving one of the Prime Minister’s senior aides

After more than three months of near-silence on social media, ever since he was soundly defeated in the General Election, Gavin Barwell, the former Conservative MP for Croydon Central, has resurfaced.

Intense: Gavin Barwell Career politician Barwell displayed almost Trump-like enthusiasm for Twitter while he was an MP, pumping out self-serving propaganda from his account, virtue-signalling selfies (never a pretty sight), or challenges to his political opponents. But since his demoralising defeat at the polls in early June, it is as if Barwell has taken an oath of social media silence.

Until 1.13 this morning.

And what was the wisdom which Barwell chose to share with his dedicated 19,600 followers?

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Westfield deny any deal is done for town centre John Lewis

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Our retailing correspondent, M.T. WALLETTE, dampens down recent speculation arising from a speech from a director of the shopping mall developers

Westfield today denied reports on social media that one of its most senior executives had announced that a deal had been struck with the John Lewis Partnership for it to open an anchor store in the £1.4billion supermall planned for the town centre.

And the John Lewis Partnership dismissed the reports as “speculation”.

Westfield’s Steve Yewman at yesterday’s CPFC business club lunch

Steve Yewman, Westfield’s development director, yesterday addressed a networking lunch organised by Crystal Palace football club’s business club. Some of the attendees at the event related that he told them that John Lewis would close their Purley Way At Home store and instead open a department store in the long-planned Hammersfield supermall.

Yewman was also supposed to have given another, revised, opening date of 2022 – which…

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Police complaints meant Uber could not get an easy ride

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CROYDON COMMENTARY: London taxis have been highly regulated, to protect passengers and other road-users, for centuries. Then Uber came along. CHRISTIAN WOLMAR says that concerns from the Met left TfL with little choice

The non-renewal of Uber’s licence is the first step in what is bound to be a long legal battle and has come as something of a surprise. Transport for London has long been accused of being supine in relation to Uber, ignoring its numerous contraventions of the regulations and complaining that its hands were tied.

Uber sloppiness and its light-touch oversight of its drivers has now proved too much even for TfL’s relaxed regulators. The most publicised Uber failing was its reluctance to report criminal offences by its drivers, something which attracted criticism from the Metropolitan Police. The company seemed to be ready to report minor misdemeanours while ignoring assaults on female passengers.

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Crapita profits plunge even after council IT jobs move to India

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Some council staff have been expressing concerns around the performance and standards of service provided by Crapita, who manage the council’s IT and phone systems.

Croydon’s IT systems may soon be managed from India

The company, which is midway through an eight-year, £73.5million “mega-deal” that was agreed by the previous, Conservative-run administration, saw its share price plunge yesterday after it reported profits down by 28 per cent.

This comes despite Crapita seeking to offshore many of the services it provides for local authorities, such as Croydon, and use instead technicians and programmers based in India.

According to City AM, Crapita’s fall in profits is due to a downturn in new contracts in 2017, a downturn in business attributed to uncertainties related to Brexit.

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