Croydon London Borough Council
There has been a boundary change in Croydon. Although there are no more or less seats, these ones have never been contested before.
To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say who the seats would have belonged to in other elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 41||Total councillors 41||Change+2|
|Elected in 2018 29||Total councillors 29||Change-2|
|Councillors change compared with 2014|
At what was described as a “shambolic” meeting, New Mill Quarter residents who have suffered 13 power outages in the last year were told by Sutton Council’s deputy leader that because their faulty heating network could not deliver on its promises to be “100 per cent resilient”, the claim would simply be erased from a website.
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Only offensive and obscene graffiti will now be removed from walls and property in Croydon, the council has confirmed.Copyright: Reuters
Croydon council scrapped plans to keep its graffiti removal last month.
The responsibility now falls under the council’s highways team and means that much of the graffiti in the borough will not be removed.
The issue was raised in a meeting yesterday, where Labour councillor Muhammad Ali said there had been a "reviewed approach", with a "streamlined service".
He said: “The priority will be offensive graffiti on council land and this will be defined by graffiti using racist or inflammatory images, used as an attack against a group or individual and also graffiti using swear words, sexually explicit or obscene words and images.”
Offensive graffiti can still be reported through the council’s Love Clean Streets app, sent with a photograph which will be forwarded to the team.
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Planters blocking off roads to through traffic in Crystal Palace are set to be removed in the coming days.
The road closures are part of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) which has split opinion in the area.
Planters in Fox Hill, Sylvan Hill, and Stambourne Way as well as a bus gate in Auckland Road could be replaced with ANPR cameras instead – a decision on this will be made at a meeting on 15 February.
The LTN set to be removed also includes Warminster Road and Lancaster Road on the South Norwood side of Auckland Road.
A consultation on the scheme took place at the end of 2020 which received more than 4,000 responses. It was discussed at a traffic management advisory committee earlier this month, which heard from opponents and supporters of the LTN.
At the meeting, Eliska Finlay, from the Open Our Roads campaign said: “Closing these particular roads is causing pain and suffering for those living inside and outside the LTN.”
Stuart Atkins, a resident of Patterson Road which falls in neighbouring borough Bromley, complained of increased traffic on the roads just outside the LTN like his.
But fellow local Angus Hewlett said that having fewer cars on Auckland Road meant people felt safer cycling on the road.
Replacing the planters with cameras would mean that people living within the LTN and emergency vehicles could enter the area while others would be fined for doing so. The permits could also be extended to include school staff, carers and taxis.
The money for the low traffic neighbourhoods comes from Transport for London.
Last week, the High Court ruled in favour of taxi drivers that Transport for London’s “Streetspace” plan affected them unlawfully.
Croydon Council will be considering whether this ruling impacts on the local schemes.
Muhammad Ali, cabinet member for sustainable Croydon said: “Whatever we do next with this scheme needs to be done right, and serve our objectives to reduce unnecessary car journeys and increase walking and cycling."
Tony McArdle, who has spent the past two years as the lead commissioner sorting out the bankrupt finances of an English county council, tomorrow begins work as the chair of an Improvement Board being imposed on Croydon by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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Claims have been made that Croydon’s new emissions-based parking charges are more about making money than about protecting the environment.
Drivers of more polluting vehicles are set to pay more to park across Croydon.
The plans also include scrapping free 30-minute and one-hour parking bays in local high streets, a measure first introduced in 2017.
The changes were set to come into force this month but have been put on hold while the decision is reconsidered.
On Thursday the council’s overview and scrutiny committee discussed the proposal after a "call-in".
Gareth Streeter claimed that the new measures were drawn up to make money, rather than for environmental reasons. In particular, he said that the decision to get rid of free parking bays was not scrutinised by the council.
He said he was "deeply worried about the impact of this on businesses".
The council’s director of public realm, Steve Iles, said that money coming in from parking is "recirculated" and goes towards transport, including the Freedom Pass for those over 60 or people with disabilities.
He said: “The issue of parking charges being used as a fiscal measure is one that comes up every time there is a conversation around parking and rest assured this is not set purely to generate money.
“If there is any surplus there is a requirement under law that this can only be used for transport related activity.”
The committee also discussed concerns that the scrapping of free parking would negatively affect the borough’s district centres and the potential impact on disadvantaged residents.
They debated the issue for nearly three hours and decided to refer it back to the decision makers to reconsider the decision in light of the points they made.
Six months after the financial distress signals went up from Fisher’s Folly, Croydon’s 70 councillors will tomorrow night finally get around to passing a motion that will cut the bill for their allowances overall by around 20 per cent.
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Croydon’s recently-appointed council leader resisted calls to step down at a special meeting to discuss the state of the authority’s finances.
The council held a meeting on Thursday night to set out its response to 20 recommendations for change by its auditors.
They published a damning report into the financial state of the council at the end of October.
The report, which slammed “collective corporate blindness”, came just two weeks before the council was forced to declare effective bankruptcy.
Sarah Ironmonger, from auditors Grant Thornton, said the council was too slow to act on warnings made as long ago as 2017.
Ms Ironmonger said there was also not adequate challenge of overspends in the budget by other councillors on the council.
"The budget went through unanimously…at the end of the day all of you in the chamber voted for this budget,” she said.
In his speech the leader of the opposition, Jason Perry, asked whether Tony Newman and Simon Hall, previous leader and finance member, would be sacked as members for their flawed decisions in the past.
But Conservative colleague Ian Parker took it one step further saying that: “As a minimum anybody who served in the cabinet over the past six years, including you councillor Ali should step down".
But Hamida Ali, who took on the top job on 22 October, said while mistakes had been made, her "response has been not to step down but step up and lead our organisation confidently and assertively to address those concerns by the auditors”.
An action plan to address the 20 recommendations includes developing a reserves strategy and risks in budget reports being properly scrutinised before being approved.
The council’s full action plan can be found here.
By Thomas Mackintosh
BBC News, London
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A community group has officially lodged legal action against road-blocking measures implemented by Croydon Council around Crystal Palace, as a public consultation on the controversial scheme officially opened for feedback.
The Open Our Roads campaign group, which sprung up in opposition to the Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme at Crystal Palace, confirmed it had filed an application for a judicial review of Croydon Council’s decision to implement road closures in the area.
It came after a protest earlier this month against the road closures – intended to push local residents towards using greener methods of transport such as walking and cycling – was reportedly attended by more than 600 people.
In a statement released by Open Our Roads, the applicant of the judicial review, local businesswoman Eliska Finlay, said: “We believe Croydon Council acted unlawfully with the decision to close our roads in Crystal Palace, Upper Norwood and South Norwood”.
“Amongst other failings, Croydon Council did not undertake the necessary impact assessments, nor did they consult key stakeholder groups such as residents, businesses and people with protected characteristics before implementing the LTN.
“We felt we had no other choice but to seek legal justice for the residents of Croydon and Bromley who have been negatively impacted by Croydon Council’s woeful mismanagement of the traffic network and its neglect of its legal duties as a local traffic authority.”
It comes as Croydon Council opened a month-long consultation on whether to change, keep or scrap the controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) measures on Friday, three months after the planter boxes were installed.
Croydon’s cabinet member for sustainability, councillor Muhammad Ali, said: “The temporary Low Traffic Neighbourhood was introduced because over a period of years residents expressed serious concerns about the volume of traffic in their area.
“So as a council we have now developed a number of options and progressing with our consultation as planned. I would encourage as many people as possible to participate let us know their views.”
According to Croydon Council, the authority was keen that the consultation take place when residents can better judge the effects of the temporary LTN after the removal of scaffolding and traffic signals which had been present on Church Road after a vehicle crashed into properties.
“Transport for London confirmed that the scaffold was a major contributor to increased traffic congestion in the area, and we are very pleased to hear from residents that the situation has improved since Sunday,” Mr Ali said last week.
Council staff were summoned into a meeting at barely 10 minutes notice this morning, as the interim chief executive Katherine Kerswell laid out what she described as a report from the council’s auditors “raising serious concerns about how decisions have been taken about our finances and how they have been managed over recent years”.
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A cash-strapped council "cannot guarantee" it will avoid bankruptcy, its director of finance has said.
Croydon Council faces a £65.4m overspend in the 2020-21 financial year but only has £10m of reserve funds.
At a meeting on Tuesday, finance director Lisa Taylor said the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant a "balanced budget" could not be assured.
Meanwhile, the departure of the Labour-controlled council's chief executive Jo Negrini was also announced.
Any pay-off to Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s departing chief executive, would be “morally wrong at this time of financial difficulty”, according to Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South.
One of Croydon Council’s most senior officials last night admitted: “I can’t guarantee that we won’t issue a Section 114 notice.”
Lisa Taylor is the chief finance official, and she was speaking at a specially summoned meeting of the Town Hall scrutiny committee, called to seek further detail into the council’s financial woes.
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Consultation with hundreds of staff on whether they will be made redundant is nearing the end at Croydon Council.
And now the council has been urged to pause the consultation period by trade union Unite.
It employs 6,000 people, including in schools, and every year £170 million is spent on staffing.
In a bid to save £20 million, the council is looking at a 15 per cent reduction in staff – a total of 410 post reductions, some of which are currently vacant.
The impact of this would be the loss of 151 full time equivalent roles held by permanent staff and a further 235 jobs which are currently vacant or held by agency staff.
Unite regional officer Clare Keogh said: “Unite is urging Croydon to pause these reckless jobs cuts and fully consider all options to preserve as many jobs and protect frontline services.
“Croydon council workers and the borough’s residents need to have confidence that the council is adopting a properly-thought-out strategy and not a fire sale.”
Council leader Councillor Tony Newman said the 45-day consultation period, which is due to end on 21 August, would not be paused, but he would not rule out further consultation after this date.
“I would not rule that out but in fairness to everybody impacted by this we do need to see where we are at the end of this formal consultation.
“My ongoing message to government is we continue to take on more responsibility with covid,” he said.