Recommended new ward boundaries for Croydon

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Croydon Council.

This follows public consultation on draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Croydon.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Croydon should be represented by 70 councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent fifteen three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the borough.

In summary:

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said,

“We are extremely grateful to people across Croydon who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.

We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Croydon.”

In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals.

In the Addiscombe area, the Commission had previously proposed an Addiscombe West & Park Hill ward alongside an Addiscombe East ward. Both wards would have been represented by three councillors. However, local feedback suggested that the wards did not accurately reflect local community ties. The Commission has listened to the evidence and now proposes an Addiscombe East ward to be represented by two councillors. Alongside it is an Addiscombe West ward, to be represented by three councillors. In addition, the Commission proposes a Park Hill & Whitgift ward to be represented by one councillor. The Commission believes the pattern of wards reflects local feedback and the shape of community identities in this part of Croydon.

In the west of the borough, the Commission has also moved away from its proposal for a Bensham Manor East, Bensham Manor West and West Thornton ward. All of the wards would have been represented by two councillors. During consultation, the Commission received persuasive evidence that the current pattern of wards was a better reflection of community ties. The Commission has therefore moved away from its draft proposals here in favour of two three-councillor wards called West Thornton and Bensham Manor.

The Commission also received persuasive evidence on its proposed South Croydon ward and has made changes to it. For example, the final recommendations propose that the Essenden Road area should be part of the South Croydon ward rather than Sanderstead ward. In addition, the Commission heard that the Pampisford Road area shared closer community interests with the South Croydon ward than with Waddon ward. The Commission has made both changes as part of its final recommendations.

In central Croydon, the Commission heard that its proposed Central ward should be called Fairfield ward. The Commission has made this change as part of the final proposals.

Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2018.

Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at:www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/greater-london/croydon.

 

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

 

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Is hoarding an issue? Mind in Croydon is running a hoarding prevention project

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For full details, see Mind in Croydon’s website:

Mind has been funded by Croydon Council to run a hoarding prevention project. The purpose of the project is to provide free group counselling sessions to participants in order to help them examine why they collect items that clutter the home and what would it be like to consider letting some of these go. This […]

via FREE Hoarding Project — Mind in Croydon

Black History Month in #Croydon ‘Celebrating Communities….’ Do you have an event to contribute?

Black History Month is fast approaching and if you would like your event/s to be promoted by Croydon Council  via a specific website which will go live nearer the time and in the Croydon BME Forum’s literature, you will need to email the details by Friday 14th July, 2017 to: communityrelations@croydon.gov.uk

There have been some really good submissions so far but the organisers are keen to capture and promote all events so please do keep them coming in so that they can publicise all events.

Please complete the following template with the details of your event:

Description of activity

Date

Location

Time

Audience

Entry/ticketing

Cost

Please describe your event briefly- i.e. a very short paragraph or a few sentences with the key details

What date in October or early November will your event be taking place?

Where in Croydon will your event be taking place?

What time will your event be taking place?

Who is the desired audience, e.g. is it for children, families or over 60s

Can people turn up on the day or do they need to pre-book? If pre-booking is needed how can this be done?

Is there a cost or will the event be free?

If you have any photographs from previous events or that are associated with your event that you have permission to share, please send them over as the organisers may be able to feature some in the programme.

The theme of this year’s Black History Month is “Celebrating Communities – a Tribute to Black Institutions”.

If you have any queries, please email: communityrelations@croydon.gov.uk

Council funding opportunities can be found here:

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/funding/supportingvoluntarysectorlocal

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/community-ward-budgets

Free cycle courses during Summer half term 2017 in Croydon

 

 

 

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Are you a Croydon based organisation with an idea that will improve Croydon’s nightlife?

Katie Edland, senior communications and engagement officer for Croydon Council, writes:

“Your creative thinking could help to energise, rejuvenate and unleash undiscovered potential in Croydon as part of the ongoing regeneration in the borough. This could be anything from events to lighting, facilities to marketing – anything with culture at its heart that could be delivered within the next two years.

To find out more and to enter an idea please visit: www.croydon.gov.uk/goodeveningcroydon

We’re keen to invest in and support the best ideas to make them happen, so if you have an idea, we want to hear it!

Please pass this information on to anyone in your groups who may be interested.”

To enter your idea:

  1. You must be a Croydon based organisation with a proposal which has arts and culture at its centre.
  2. Complete the online form to tell explain your idea (in no more than 500 words) including when and where it would take place. Please include what positive impact it would have on Croydon’s night-time economy.
  3. Include an outline of the costs (must be within the range of £5-£50k) including any potential for generating income.
  4. Send any photos/images to support your idea to Karen.mason@croydon.gov.uk
  5. And submit it all by 12 midnight Sunday 7 May 2017.

After the closing date, a specialist panel will select a shortlist of no more than five ideas. The successful organisations will each receive support to further develop their proposals in terms of practicalities, timings, costs and funding.

The final panel will meet during the summer to give the green light to some or all of the developed ideas.

If you would like any further information please email Karen.mason@croydon.gov.uk or call 020 8726 6000 ext 62690.