CRYSTAL PALACE ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE 2020 STARTS TOMORROW…and there’s more. The following are among those open this weekend only:

Saturday 29th February & Sunday 1st March Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March 11am – 6pm "You will have an absolute treat wandering through Victorian houses and courtyard ateliers, visiting the eclectic mix of talented artists and designers in SE19, as they open their own homes and studios for you to see and buy their … Continue reading CRYSTAL PALACE ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE 2020 STARTS TOMORROW…and there’s more. The following are among those open this weekend only:

BY JORGE! FOOD MARKET OPEN TOMORROW: “Another Saturday, another named storm. “We’ll be here, as always.” (And have a ‘nooch’ round the Store Cupboard)

Saturday 29 February Veg, fruit, bread, cheese, meat, fish, cakes, pastries, eggs, juice, preserves, vegan cheese, smokery, charcuterie, store cupboard refills (nuts, grains, seeds, freshly ground coffee, teas, spices & more), cleaning & washing refills, eco store, original images, framing service, lunch, coffee and more. Another Saturday, another named storm. We’ll be here, as always.  … Continue reading BY JORGE! FOOD MARKET OPEN TOMORROW: “Another Saturday, another named storm. “We’ll be here, as always.” (And have a ‘nooch’ round the Store Cupboard)

EVENTS: FOODBANK COLLECTION – AND LONDON MOZART PLAYERS – AT ST JOHN’S SUNDAY MARCH 1st / CRYSTAL PALACE JELLY

It is the St John’s Norwood & Brixton Foodbank collection this Sunday 1st March. They are particularly in need of the following: - UHT Milk Full Fat (but all types welcome as long as UHT not fresh) - Tinned Carrots - Toilet Paper To be kept up to date with what they need and what … Continue reading EVENTS: FOODBANK COLLECTION – AND LONDON MOZART PLAYERS – AT ST JOHN’S SUNDAY MARCH 1st / CRYSTAL PALACE JELLY

THIS YEAR’S CRYSTAL PALACE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (Starts next Thursday)

CPIFF Schedule 2020 Incredible Films, Bar & Amazing Food Every Night Festival dates: 5th – 28th March 2020 Venues: Everyman Crystal Palace, PictureHouse West Norwood, Stanley Halls & Anerley Town Hall Presented by Martin & Co – Crystal Palace Sales and Lettings <img class="aligncenter wp-image-10468 size-medium" src=https://cpiff.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MCo_London-Full-colour-RGB-2018-V4-300x29.png alt width=300 height=29 srcset="https://cpiff.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MCo_London-Full-colour-RGB-2018-V4-300x29.png 300w, https://cpiff.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MCo_London-Full-colour-RGB-2018-V4-768x75.png 768w, https://cpiff.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MCo_London-Full-colour-RGB-2018-V4-1024x99.pngContinue reading THIS YEAR’S CRYSTAL PALACE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (Starts next Thursday)

Officer defrauded council of £128,000 – created false records of fictitious foster service providers

A council officer who swindled Croydon out of tens of thousands of pounds from their fostering budget has been jailed for four years.  As part of her duties, the 30-year-old woman had access rights which allowed her to make amendments to an electronic system which made payments to those providing services within foster care for the … Continue reading Officer defrauded council of £128,000 – created false records of fictitious foster service providers

CRYSTAL PALACE PARK: PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN 200 HOMES (none of them affordable housing)

Plans to build more than 200 homes in or adjacent to Crystal Palace park - it's not exactly clear where yet - have been submitted to Bromley council for consideration. The lengthy outline application accompanied by 135 documents - more than 10 of which are listed at minutes before the time of publishing as 'not … Continue reading CRYSTAL PALACE PARK: PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN 200 HOMES (none of them affordable housing)

PARK PLANS: OVER 150 TREES FACE AXE, CAFE AND VIEWING PLATFORM PLANNED, NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The 70-page report gives further details on some of the proposals mentioned in our main article: 7.11.15 The Proposed Development does involve the removal of a number of existing trees...  In summary, 158 trees, 21 full tree groups and part of 13 tree groups are to be removed to facilitate the Proposed Development. The majority … Continue reading PARK PLANS: OVER 150 TREES FACE AXE, CAFE AND VIEWING PLATFORM PLANNED, NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

COUNCILLORS LEFT OUT OF DECISION MAKING PROCESS “Cabinet members not seen to welcome views from backbench councillors from either party” (1/10)

'Backbench' councillors in Croydon say they are being left out of the council's decision-making process. Their comments - made anonymously to a governance review panel set up by Croydon council - appear in a report issued this week. The review panel say in their report they also found residents wanting to feel the council listened … Continue reading COUNCILLORS LEFT OUT OF DECISION MAKING PROCESS “Cabinet members not seen to welcome views from backbench councillors from either party” (1/10)

OPINION: PROOF OF THE CROYDON DEMOCRACY PUDDING WILL BE IN THE EATING (2/8)

How many councillors - of any borough - seeing the headline on the main story: COUNCILLORS LEFT OUT OF DECISION MAKING PROCESS “Cabinet members not seen to welcome views from backbench councillors from either party” will have asked themselves: "Do they mean me?" While Croydon's decision to set up a governance review panel is to … Continue reading OPINION: PROOF OF THE CROYDON DEMOCRACY PUDDING WILL BE IN THE EATING (2/8)

THE ROAD TO WIGAN’S PEERS (and Kirklees’): “PUT RESIDENTS AT THE HEART OF DECISON MAKING” (3/10)

As the Council agrees and communicates its own strategic commitment to residents, there are some principles and practical steps that the Council is recommended to take to work towards improving residents’ trust and more positive engagement, says the report. Participation and engagement improvement areas Firstly, the Council is recommended to agree and introduce consistent standards … Continue reading THE ROAD TO WIGAN’S PEERS (and Kirklees’): “PUT RESIDENTS AT THE HEART OF DECISON MAKING” (3/10)