CCC Committee’s Full Statement regarding allegations made

Update: 23 August 2019
Repinned as, within 24 hours of removing this as our pinned post, we have been alerted that the trolling has started up again. 
It is difficult to refute all claims as these continue to be altered or modified and new ones added.

Our position on mediation has not changed over the five years or so that these unsubstantiated claims have been made. We have been willing and remain open to independent mediation if the other parties will agree to it and to look at any evidence for the claims.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you to everyone who has offered their ongoing support.

Croydon Communities Consortium (CCC) Committee – Full Statement

We, and others associated with us, have been subjected to a malicious and protracted stream of unfounded allegations and agitation over the past five years. The committee discussed the situation at length and made the following brief initial statement.

The committee agreed to pause before publishing the full details, in order to give the other main party a final opportunity to agree to meet to discuss the issues and to retract the allegations.

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CCC Committee’s Initial Statement

Croydon Communities Consortium (CCC) Committee – Initial Statement

We, and others associated with us, have been subjected to a malicious and protracted stream of unfounded allegations and agitation over the past five years. This is not helpful to anyone involved, nor is it to the wider Croydon community.

The committee has discussed the situation at length today, following recent events, and wish to make the following brief initial statement:

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Dispelling the myths – CCC funding

It has been asserted that the grant awarded to CCC was for a one-year term.

This is not the case.

The committee, having made every effort to resolve the matter over a protracted period but to no avail, feel that there is no other option available but than to share details publicly.

We hope this will also serve to dispel the disinformation peddled by a small number of people intent on discrediting CCC.


The original committee secured the grant of £5K for a two-year programme but failed to commence the programme for a variety of reasons, including the sudden ill health of a key committee member.

A working group was set up and, with agreement from the Council,  they worked to establish plans for an initial series of meetings, as well as taking control of the social media for the organisation and establishing a website.

Not only was this produced but, iIn fact, the initial plans exceeded the basic requirements set out by the Council. Assured that sufficient planning had been put in place, the Council agreed that CCC could retain the funds and commence the programme for which funding had been awarded.

The newly elected committee commenced the agreed renegotiated two-year work programme in November 2013, when the AGM was held, at which the new committee was elected, a more inclusive Constitution was put in place, and the initial plan of meetings was shared with the members.

Although there were funds in the bank, the committee only accessed the funds in May 2014, due to irregularities on the bank account set up by one of the founding members. Up to this point, all activities were funded personally by the committee members.

Since November 2014, the committee have suspended use of the grant funds and have actively sought to resolve the matter.

The current committee are now funding the meetings out of unrestricted funds and their own purses.

The following three documents should help clarify the position.

1. The summary document that the committee provided to the Council:

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The committee have chased since, right up to the AGM, but still have not received a satisfactory answer or any documentation or correspondence to back up the claim that funding was for one year.

2. The email from a council officer, following the acceptance of the working group’s initial work plan as providing sufficient assurance to the Council for the working group to use the funds for the purpose for which they were granted. i.e the two-year work plan.

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3. The attachment included with this email from the council officer.

This attachment includes a copy of the original offer letter, the revised service description as only £5K was granted, and the standard funding agreement.

This makes very clear that the funding was awarded for a programme of work over two years.

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The current committee are committed to ensuring open public engagement in Croydon and hope to welcome you to one of the upcoming meetings planned.  The next is in Kenley on 30 September. Please book a place to help us plan for numbers.

Thank you.

Croydon consults on 20 mph speed limits

In response to a request for more information on the proposed consultation on 20 mph, we have been provided with the following detailed response from Waheed Alam at Croydon Council.

The council will be undertaking an ‘opinion seeking’ exercise which will start on 13th May 2015 and close on 24th June 2015.  This will be open for residents and businesses within the area where the 20mph speed limit is proposed.

In order to publicise the proposal, the council will put up street notices on lamp columns throughout the affected area.  The notices will briefly explain the proposal and provide a web link for those that need more information on the proposal.

An online questionnaire will also be available for residents/businesses in the area by which they can support or oppose the proposal.

Due to the scale of the area we are dealing with, it is not our intention in the first instance to write to everyone but we will be providing the information on line.  For those that prefer to receive the information as a hard copy, the on-street notices will explain how this can be requested.

The results will be collated following 24th June 2015 and put forward to the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, who at that stage, will weigh up the responses and pros and cons of the scheme before making a decision whether or not the scheme should be proceeded with.

If the scheme does proceed to the next stage a Statutory Consultation will be carried out allowing a minimum further 3 weeks for anyone wishing to make a representation for or against the scheme to do so.  Although no dates can be set for this as yet, it is likely that this will commence in early August.  If this does coincide with the School summer period, it is likely that the minimum 3 week period will be extended to say 4 or 5 weeks. 

Any material representations received during this period will be responded to and an Officer report will be put forward to the Council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee who will then advise the Cabinet Member on how the council should proceed.

The final decision will rest with the Cabinet Member.  If the decision to proceed is made then the proposal will be implemented which could take a further 3-4 months.  Please see attached a map showing the area which is currently being considered.

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You may be aware that although the current proposal is for the north of the borough, the council will provide an opportunity to other parts of the borough to consider whether or not a 20mph is right for them.

For this purpose, the council is looking to seek the opinions on an area by area basis (north of the borough being Area 1).  As we plan to have offered this opportunity to the whole borough by 2018, it is very likely that whilst the north of the borough is being looked at we will start the same exercise i.e. opinion seeking, in other parts simultaneously.   

Waheed Alam
Place Department
Streets Division
Highways Team

CCC will advertise the link when the consultation is launched.

We would like to advertise how those not online can access a hard copy to respond so hope these details will be made available, not just on the on-street notices.

Feel free to leave comments on this post.

Download a copy of the map here: 20mph area-opinion seeking survey map -Area 1

Addiscombe meeting update – Old Ashburton Library

The following update has been provided by Cllr Stephen Mann, in response to questions that arose at our meeting in Addiscombe.

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Cllr Mann advises,

“Work is progressing well on the library and hoardings went up last week.

We are awaiting the feedback of a condition survey before progressing full steam ahead.

Friends of Ashburton Park (FOAP) are working very hard in dealing with the park overall and liaising about uses etc. Do keep track of their Facebook and website for their updates.”

Images of the library before works began:


In regards to the consultation on the future use of this building, Cllr Mann has advised that there are still plans for this consultation to take place but there is nothing confirmed at this stage.

You can find the FOAP website here, and their Facebook page here.

We hope to have an update shortly from Cllr Maddie Goulder, on the other point raised at this meeting.

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Update from CI McGarry – emailing local policing team officers

A concern was expressed at our January meeting that using the online form to send an email to the local policing team by clicking the ‘Contact us by email link for the local policing team‘ meant that the sender received a response but this did not include the original email sent.

CI McGarry has provided the following response to a question tabled at the January meeting concerning replies to emails to Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

He writes,

When an officers replies to an email there are two options:

1. They can select a reply which will mean that any attachments will be lost and only the text body of any email chain will remain in any reply given.

Our system assumes the original author has retained copies of any attachments.


2. They select Forward which will then include and attachments included in the original email.

As I understand it this is all related to limiting the size of our email traffic.

Officers will only forward a message if requested in the body of the email. Otherwise the standard response would be to use the reply option.

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CCC note that the Croydon Policing SNT ward updates now being sent out do contain an email address to contact the local team. This would give the sender a record of the original email sent.  Copies of these can be found on our website, although not all teams have yet produced a newsletter for their ward.

Clarification – from CI McGarry

In response to a request received, Chief Inspector Peter McGarry has asked that we publish clarification in relation to the impact that body-worn video cameras has had on the number of complaints received regarding the use of stop and search powers by Croydon officers.

The notes from our January 2015 meeting read,

In Croydon a number of officers have body-worn cameras, which gives video evidence of what has taken place. Numbers of stop and search complaints have decreased significantly as a result. It was explained that officer turns the camera on when necessary and as a matter of course when an interaction with a member of the public occurs. The recording starts 30 seconds prior to the camera being actively switched on.

If there is an incident when the camera should have been switched on, but wasn’t, the officer would have to explain this. These body-worn cameras will be rolled out during this year to every officer.

CI McGarry, writes further, to clarify,

“For the rolling 12 months, Feb 14 to Jan 15, five such complaints have been received.  That’s a 62% reduction when compared to the previous 12 months total of 13.

Although the reduction in complaints is significant at present it is my assumption that this is down to the trial of Body Worn Video which started in July 2014.

Further analysis will be required before the trial and reduction in complaints can be directly connected.”

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