JUDGE BACKS PLANNERS OVER FIRST FLOOR ‘CARAVAN’

A Peckham resident who claimed a first floor extension he was building out of wood was actually a ‘caravan’ has been told he will have to take it down and stop any further works. The man started to build the timber structure in May last year without applying for planning permission, said a council spokesperson. … Continue reading JUDGE BACKS PLANNERS OVER FIRST FLOOR ‘CARAVAN’

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MP DEFENDS COUNCILS RECORDS

MP Helen Hayes has defended the record of Lambeth and Southwark councils in the wake of Government cutbacks during a debate in the House of Commons. The Dulwich and West Norwood  MP said: "We knew in 2010 that David Cameron and George Osborne’s response to the impact of the global financial crash would shrink the … Continue reading MP DEFENDS COUNCILS RECORDS

CROYDON AND SOUTHWARK PARKING STAFF WIN NATIONAL AWARDS / TOWN CENTRE STORE FINED MORE THAN £1 MILLION OVER RODENT INFESTATION

Croydon council parking staff at the awards event (Youssef El-Khouri is third from right) Croydon: Council staff behind a pilot scheme to create temporary pedestrian zones outside schools have received two national industry awards. In September three primaries - Heavers Farm and St Chad’s in Selhurst and Woodcote in Coulsdon – signed up to Croydon … Continue reading CROYDON AND SOUTHWARK PARKING STAFF WIN NATIONAL AWARDS / TOWN CENTRE STORE FINED MORE THAN £1 MILLION OVER RODENT INFESTATION

SHOPKEEPER HIT WITH £25,000 BILL FOR SELLING SKIN LIGHTENING PRODUCTS “Some items contained ingredients so potent they were classed as prescription-only medicines.”

A Southwark borough shopkeeper was ordered to pay £8,000 fines, £13,027 costs and £4,888 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (£25,915 in total), for offences relating to the illegal sale of dangerous skin lightening products. The shopkeeper was also given a 15 week suspended sentence and 100 days unpaid work when sentenced at the Inner … Continue reading SHOPKEEPER HIT WITH £25,000 BILL FOR SELLING SKIN LIGHTENING PRODUCTS “Some items contained ingredients so potent they were classed as prescription-only medicines.”

HELP PEOPLE TAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / SOUTHWARK CRACKDOWN ON FLYTIPPING – COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS FINED / NO ONE NEEDS TO SLEEP ROUGH IN LONDON / SOUTHWARK LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-ENGINE IDLING ENFORCEMENT

HELP PEOPLE TAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE    Croydon’s Family Justice Centre (FJC) team are looking for volunteers to offer support to individuals and families who are experiencing domestic abuse. The volunteers will need to offer a minimum two hours a week, be willing to support people to achieve change in their lives and … Continue reading HELP PEOPLE TAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / SOUTHWARK CRACKDOWN ON FLYTIPPING – COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS FINED / NO ONE NEEDS TO SLEEP ROUGH IN LONDON / SOUTHWARK LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-ENGINE IDLING ENFORCEMENT

CROYDON CHALLENGES “UNACCEPTABLE”PLANNED GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF JUST TWO PER CENT TO SUPPORT UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM-SEEKING CHILDREN

Croydon council have challenged a draft Government decision to award the borough just under two per cent of a national fund to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) – when the council looks after the second highest number in the UK. A key ‘gateway’ authority due to the location of the UK Home Office in … Continue reading CROYDON CHALLENGES “UNACCEPTABLE”PLANNED GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF JUST TWO PER CENT TO SUPPORT UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM-SEEKING CHILDREN

SOUTHWARK LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-ENGINE IDLING ENFORCEMENT FINES

New anti-engine idling fines of £80 were introduced by Southwark council on Wednesday (January 31st).   Southwark's cabinet member for public health Cllr Maisie Anderson said: “Needlessly keeping your engine running pollutes roads, schools and children’s lungs. "Asking people to turn off their engine will help create a healthier environment for the children of the … Continue reading SOUTHWARK LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-ENGINE IDLING ENFORCEMENT FINES

UNIVERSAL CREDIT MEANS MORE PEOPLE IN CRISIS AND USING FOODBANKS IN SOUTHWARK THAN EVER BEFORE / LAMBETH COUNCIL MOTION ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

The introduction of Universal Credit has seen more people in crisis and using food banks in Southwark than ever before, say the borough council. Rough sleeping has increased exponentially – the annual count, which took place in Southwark last month, found 42 people sleeping on the streets, an increase of 24 per cent from last … Continue reading UNIVERSAL CREDIT MEANS MORE PEOPLE IN CRISIS AND USING FOODBANKS IN SOUTHWARK THAN EVER BEFORE / LAMBETH COUNCIL MOTION ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

“COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

The headline above comes from a Department  of Communities and Local Government booklet dated June 2014 which News From Crystal Palace found while trawling the Internet looking for previous examples of council meetings being held behind closed doors. For those of you who have missed it, there were two meetings held by Lambeth council at … Continue reading “COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

SOUTHWARK AND FIVE OTHER LONDON BOROUGHS NAME ROGUE LANDLORDS AND AGENTS FOR NEW GLA ‘CHECKER’….

Southwark council are one of the first six London councils to have named and shamed rogue landlords and agents, for City Hall’s new landlord and agent checker, which launched this week. The GLA’s Checker makes publicly available a list of private landlords and agents who have been successfully prosecuted by local authorities for jeopardising private … Continue reading SOUTHWARK AND FIVE OTHER LONDON BOROUGHS NAME ROGUE LANDLORDS AND AGENTS FOR NEW GLA ‘CHECKER’….