Monday, July 30, 2012

Irony of the torch on London Road

I watched the torch go through London Road last week (23rd July). The irony is that its about a year ago that another torch carrier came to this exact same location. The destruction caused by the riots was in full view of the Olympic torch. See video.

Monday, July 23, 2012

One minute silence for Neil Turner

Message from CCC:

On 10 July 2012, Neil Turner, a tube train driver from Sevenoaks, was killed as he cycled to work along Mitcham Road in Croydon.  He was the ninth cyclist to die on London's roads in 2012.
In memory of Neil and to highlight the fragility of cyclists on Croydon's roads, Croydon Cycling Campaign will hold a ceremony to pay our respects to him.  We will be joined by members of Neil's family as we place a ghost bike at the location of the collision, near the entrance to the Archbishop Lanfranc school, on Wednesday 25th July at 19:00. 

We encourage you to be present as we observe a one minute silence.  

Kristian Gregory /  Austen Cooper  

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Letters page in the Croydon Guardian


I had a letter in the local paper this week (below). Dave Pettener's letter got in too. Councillor Phil Thomas appears desperate about the growth of Stop The Incinerator campaign, hence his latest tactic of trying to debase our questions by calling us liars. Readers will obviously be surprised about his choice of language: answers cannot be given without letting the cat out of the bag, lets just instead call the questioner a liar.

Dear Editor,

Regarding your story on council plans to fine those who fail to recycle, I feel the vast majority of people in Croydon want the freedom to choose how they live, and despise the 'nanny state' interfering with their personal choice. However, the council must ensure that residents in our borough are making informed decisions - education is clearly important.

Equally, people in Croydon dislike the idea of new taxes. That is why I wince when I hear politicians from other political parties talking about ‘green taxes’ and ‘fines for failing to be green.’

As someone who wants to bring people around to Green Party thinking, fining people for failing to be green is only going to put people off issues relating to the environment. Therefore, rewarding people for being green, through discounts off their council tax, much like the recent cavity and loft insulation scheme here in Croydon, is an altogether better policy. Moreover, schemes such as these have an additional affect of putting money back into our pockets at a time when growth is nil.

Naturally, eco taxes do have a part to play in a genuine green economy. However, they would replace existing regressive taxation, such as VAT.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan
Croydon Green Party

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