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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places
London Borough of Croydon From 29 Jul 2019  to 02 Sep 2019
Feedback due 30 Sep 2019
Why are we doing this?

We are reviewing the polling districts and places for use in future elections.

We welcome comments from any registered elector on the existing and proposed arrangements. If possible your comments should include suggestions of alternative venues for polling places.

We'd also like to hear from or any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.
 

You can submit your comments in writing to

Electoral Services

Town Hall

Katharine Street

Croydon

CR9 1DE

 

Or by email to electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk

Representations should be made in writing to Electoral Services by no later than 2 September 2019.

Consultation will run from Monday 5 August to Monday 2 September 2019.

All comments received will made publicly available at the end of the review. No personal information such as name, address or email, will be published.

Why are we consulting?

In accordance with the requirements of the Representation of the People Act 1983, and the Electoral Administration Act 2013, we must

  • divide the parliamentary constituencies in Croydon into geographical areas, called polling districts
  • assign polling places and polling stations to each district.

 

We have to do this by February 2020.

Polling district review document and map

The (Acting) Returning Officer, Jo Negrini, has published a report on the current arrangements. This report also includes proposed changes for future arrangements. Download a copy of the Returning Officer’s report below. You can also view a map of the existing polling districts.

Proposed changes to the existing polling districts and polling places must be agreed at the Full Council meeting, and implemented by 1 February 2020.

 

More information

For further information please contact:

Seth Alker
Head of Electoral Services
Croydon Council
Town Hall
Katharine Street
Croydon
CR9 1DE

Telephone: 020 8604 7469
Email: electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk

www.croydon.gov.uk/pollingreview

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Proposed changes to the Direct Payments Policy for adult social care
London Borough of Croydon From 26 Jun 2019  to 16 Aug 2019
Feedback due 11 Sep 2019
Why are we doing this?

To ensure our Direct Payments Policy is in line with the Care Act legislation (April 2015) and the changing needs of our population, Croydon is updating the policy for our staff and the people who use (or want to use) direct payments

 

If people approach us about their care and support needs they will be assessed, during the assessment a decision is made if the person (or their carer) is eligible for support.  If they are, a personal budget is agreed, which is an amount of money to be used to meet care and support outcomes.  All or some of this, can be taken as a direct payment, so that people can arrange their own care and support. They can use this payment to choose what, when, how and by who their care and support needs will be met.  This is explained more in the draft policy below. 

 

Having a direct payment can support people to have the choice and control they want to live as independently as possible in their home, within their community, with as much opportunity, independence and variety as they like.

 

We want to hear what you think about the proposed changes to the policy. Because it is a policy it is quite long and complex. 

You can read the whole policy here a summary here and the Easy Read here.

Please read through whichever version is best for you.  Once you have done this, we would like you to answer some questions which are in the survey below.

 

We plan to run the survey from Wednesday 26 June to Friday 16 August.  All the data we collect will be used to inform a paper going to cabinet on 21 October which will be available online on 11 September. 

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Upgrading Croydon's CCTV consultation
London Borough of Croydon From 20 Jun 2019  to 04 Aug 2019
Feedback due 30 Sep 2019
Why are we doing this?

We've allocated up to £2m to modernise the current Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) network and replace the current analogue system with a new digital network. This is the first time that the council has upgraded its entire public CCTV network since the 1990s.

The new network will use digital technology to increase capability, provide better quality images and allow the control centre to explore opportunities to provide new smart city services, such as air quality sensors to monitor pollution levels, that could generate income. 

Our CCTV control room monitors 96 fixed and 10 mobile cameras that cover the main routes and high-footfall areas across the borough, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A map of all our cameras is available to view below. From April 2018 to March 2019 the service has monitored over 660 incidents of crime and supplied evidence for 598 police investigations.

We work to the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice which sets out 12 principles for the operation of CCTV (available below) and the need to balance cameras in public places with individuals’ right to privacy. 

Our public CCTV scheme objectives include:

  • Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour and helping in the detection of criminal offences and anti-social incidents.
  • Reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Improving public protection.
  • Assisting the emergency services in the location of missing, vulnerable people.

A full list can be found in the  CCTV operations policy.

Public CCTV coverage is a non-statutory council service. This means that the council is not legally required to operate public CCTV, it is the council's choice whether they choose to provide this service or not.  Croydon continues to run a 24/7 CCTV service and is committed to investing in it. Following consultation other London councils have made decisions to only operate their control centres for limited hours and some, such as Westminster, have stopped operating their CCTV control room completely.

 

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Parental Childcare Questionnaire 2019
London Borough of Croydon From 01 Jul 2019  to 26 Jul 2019
Feedback due 31 Jul 2019
Why are we doing this?

Statutory requirement to complete a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and a parental questionnaire is part of that.

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Have your say on the proposed closure of St Andrew's CE High School from August 2020
London Borough of Croydon From 25 Jun 2019  to 25 Jul 2019
Feedback due 01 Oct 2019
Why are we doing this?

St Andrew's Church of England High School is a voluntary aided mainstream school for boys and girls and is located at Warrington Road, Croydon, CR0 4BH.

The school is part of the educational provision of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the London Borough of Croydon.

Between 15 March and 26 April, Croydon Council, in consultation with St Andrew’s governing board and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, led on the pre-publication consultation allowing stakeholders to comment on the proposed closure of St Andrew’s from August 2020.

Analysis of the 145 responses received during the pre-publication consultation period formed the basis of the outcomes report. The pre-publication outcomes report was presented to the Executive Director of Children, Families & Education and the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Learning for a decision to progress to the next step of consultation known as the representation period.

The pre-publication outcomes report is available at www.croydon.gov.uk/st-andrews-school.

The purpose of the representation period is to allow any persons to send objections or comments to the Local Authority within four weeks of the publication date.

This consultation will run from 25 June to 25 July 2019.

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Local Plan Partial Review - Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces
London Borough of Croydon From 04 Jun 2019  to 22 Jul 2019
Feedback due 31 Oct 2019
Why are we doing this?

Croydon is currently undertaking a Partial Review of the Croydon Local Plan, find out more about the Partial Review process here

Local Green Space designation is an extra layer of protection against development for parks and green spaces.

For an area to be identified as a Local Green Space, it has to meet the following criteria from the National Planning Policy Framework:

  • it's reasonably close to the community it services;
  • demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
  • local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

In 2016, as part of the preparation of the Local Plan, we wanted to gain this extra layer of protection for all of Croydon's parks and green spaces that met the criteria. All were put forward, however, none of them were granted the Local Green Space designation as the Planning Inspector felt there was not enough local evidence to prove how these spaces were special/important to local communities, or that they hold any particular local significance.

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Local Plan Partial Review - Call for Development Sites
London Borough of Croydon From 03 Jun 2019  to 15 Jul 2019
Feedback due 21 Oct 2019
Why are we doing this?

Croydon is currently undertaking a Partial Review of the Croydon Local Plan, find out more information on the Partial Review process here.  As part of this process, you are invited to submit potential sites that you believe are suitable and capable of development. 

This invitation is referred to as a 'Call for Sites' or 'Call for Development Sites'.  It is an early opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest sites within the borough for development.  The site suggestions received will be used to inform the Partial Review but are not guaranteed to be included in the final Local Plan.

 

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Proposed introduction of emission-based charges for resident and business parking permits
London Borough of Croydon From 23 May 2019  to 20 Jun 2019
Feedback due 12 Sep 2019
Why are we doing this?

We are proposing to introduce emission-based charges for resident and business parking permits, plus a diesel surcharge, to all controlled parking permit zones within the borough.

These proposals are in response to feedback we've had from our communities who have told us that they are concerned about air quality, and that traffic levels should be reduced*. 

We are also working to a number of national, regional and local drivers with an aim of reducing emissions. The full list of these initiatives can be found in the cabinet paper below, however, some examples are:

  • The National Clean Air Strategy 2019 (aims to clean up the UK's air and reduce the damaging impact air pollution has on public health, including the harmful emissions from vehicles amongst other sources),
  • The Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018 (prioritises public health and aims to reduce car dependency),
  • Croydon's Air Quality Action Plan 2017-22 (which aims to reduce exposure to air pollution and raising awareness for those who live and work in Croydon).

If introduced, the emission-based charges will be launched in two stages:

Residents' permits - October 2019

Business and other permits - April 2020

We are also proposing to introduce emission-based charges to on and off street parking places, we plan to consult on this in 2020, after we've explored what technology would be needed.

*A survey on the future of transport for the draft third Local Implementation Plan (LIP3) in September 2018 found that 74% of respondents are concerned about air quality in Croydon and 72% agreed that traffic levels should be lowered.

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Proposed introduction of new School Streets
London Borough of Croydon From 23 May 2019  to 20 Jun 2019
Feedback due 02 Sep 2019
Why are we doing this?

We are proposing to introduce new School Streets in Croydon. These proposals are in response to requests for something to be done about high levels of traffic, safety issues and air pollution outside school entrances. Croydon already has three School Streets which have led to 250 fewer children travelling to school by car with most of them walking, cycling or scooting instead.

A survey in July 2017 found that 88% of respondents agreed that the Air Quality Actions Plan healthy streets initiatives are important.

The roads being considered are:

  • Abingdon Road (between Turle Road & Upwood Road), at Norbury Manor Primary School.
  • Biggin Way (between Biggin Hill & Downsview Road), at Downsview Primary and Nursery Schools.
  • Brading Road (between Cecil Road & Lavender Road), at West Thornton Primary Academy.
  • Cypress Road, at Cypress Primary School.
  • Goston Gardens (between Winterbourne Road & Oaklands Avenue), at Winterbourne Girls and Boys Schools.
  • Kendra Hall Road, at Harris Academy Purley and Regina Coeli Primary School.
  • Little Roke Road (between Lower Road & the north-western flank wall of No. 47 Little Roke Road), at Harris Primary Academy Kenley.
  • Rosecourt Road, at West Thornton Primary Academy.
  • Winterbourne Road (between London Road & Wiltshire Road), at Winterbourne Girls and Boys Schools.

The Public Notice and drawings for the indivdual schemes are provided below.

If introduced, the School Streets will be rolled out between September 2019 and April 2020.

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Norbury Park Outdoor Active Space
London Borough of Croydon From 20 May 2019  to 09 Jun 2019
Feedback due 21 Jun 2019
Why are we doing this?

Norbury Park is the fifth and final site in this phase of delivering outdoor active spaces for Croydon. Other sites have included: Goldcrest Way in New Addington, Grangewood Park in Thornton Heath, Purley Way Playing Fields in Waddon and King George’s Field in Selhurst.

This outdoor active space is part of the masterplan for Norbury Park and is designed to be accessible and open to all adults and older children. It is funded by grants from the Matt Palmer Trust, community ward budgets and section 106 funds. The full proposal is available below.

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture leisure and sport said:

‘These sites are part of our Live Well agenda. We are creating exciting and innovative spaces in local communities that address health inequalities and inactivity throughout the borough, and encouraging all residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles. They are free to use, accessible and open to everyone – encouraging all of us to be active outdoors all year round – whatever the weather!’

Below is an idea of what the space could look like, showing a range of outdoor fitness equipment.

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