Friday, June 22, 2007

Croydon Council - your chance to question them

Croydon Council has reintroduced public question time at full Council meetings. The problem with them before was that the same people asked the same questions each time, although it was often useful to see the public ask questions on an issue that had blown up in the previous few weeks that Council bureaucracy inadvertently fails to respond to, given its longer cycles.

The next meeting of the Council is 23 July and the deadline for questions is 9 July at noon. You need to email council.questions@croydon.gov.uk with a question no more than 50 words long which relates to an issue over which the Council has direct power or responsibility. If you attend the meeting you can find the written answer to your question and make one oral supplementary question.

So go ahead and ask your questions; topics that I hope come up are the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon Gymnastics School, Upper Norwood Library, the Council's view of academic selection, the disturbing spate of violent crime against young people, the Fairfield Halls, the trees of Coulsdon, and maybe even the crane collapse.

More information here
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Lights Out Croydon... errr... London


Lights Out London takes place tonight between 9pm and 10pm. Turn your lights off to show your commitment to fighting climate change, and how important the issue is to Londoners. Public building and landmarks taking part include Piccadilly Circus, Parliament, the London Eye, Harrods and Buckingham Palace.

No word on whether Croydon Council buildings will be taking part though, or even the Skyline bright coloured lights will be switched off...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Croydon Central shortlist agreed

Labour Party delegates from branches, trade unions and the Co-operative Party agreed a shortlist on Sunday for Croydon Central:

- Jane Avis
- Andrew Bradstock
- Stuart Collins
- Gerry Ryan
- Afsana Shukur

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Croydon Central - shortlisting phase

So the nominations are all now in, and Croydon Central Labour Party is moving to the shortlisting phase in the quest to find Labour's candidate for the next general election.

The General Committee will meet on Sunday to draw up a shortlist, which is likely to be of five. Pretty much guaranteed to figure are Jane Avis, Gerry Ryan and Afsana Shukur due to either having nominations from branches representing over 50% of the membership, or being a woman with only two still being considered for what must be a balanced shortlist (or in Afsana's case, both).

There are therefore six men remaining for what will probably be two places: Andrew Bradstock, Stuart Collins, Ted Goodman, Simon Hall, Gordon Nardell, Owais Rajput.

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Croydon Bike Week

Croydon Bike Week takes place as part of National Bike Week, June 16 - 24, the UK's 9 day celebration of cycling.

There are events all through the week, including rides for beginners and families, and for more experienced riders.

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