News and Events in Croydon to 9 December

Tuesday 11 November – First Meeting of Board of  Stronger Communities Partnership

The meeting for tenants and residents associations on 3 November as part of the preparation for the first meeting of the Board of the new Stronger Communities Partnership showed how the Council lacks knowledge of local organisations. Elizabeth Ash, Chair of Croydon Communities Consortium, writes about the meeting and the issues it illustrates at

My discussion piece on key issues for the Partnership can be read at

I cannot find the agenda on the Council website, so members of the public cannot see who the members are and what it will be discussing.

Tuesday 11 November, 6.30pm – Street Lighting Joint Committee

See agenda at

The report does not contain a section on public complaints and the Council and Skanksa responses to them.

Tuesday 11 November, 6.30pm – Scrutiny & Strategic Overview Committee Reviews Culture

Timothy Godfrey, the Cabinet member for Culture, will be answering questions from the Scrutiny Committee. There is also a report The Cultural Landscape of Croydon by the Director of Community and Support Services. This includes an Appendix with the notes of the Culture Seminar held on 8 July. The Committee will also consider a report of a meeting by Committee members with CALAT (adult education service). The agenda can be seen at

Wednesday 12 November, 6.30pm – Health, Social Care and Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee

The meeting will be held at Postgraduate Medical Centre, Woodcroft Wing, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, CR7 7YE. It will consider Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Healthwatch and South West London Joint Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee. The agenda can be seen at  

Thursday 13 November, 7pm – Croydon Arts Network Meeting, Matthews Yard

See details and other cultural events at

Saturday 15 November – Croydon Assembly

See my discussion on the Assembly at

As Croydon dentists are up in arms with their colleagues across the country over plans for a massive hike in fees I have suggested that they come to the Assembly – in a comment on the news report at

See also:

Monday 17 November. 6.30pm –  Cabinet

When loaded up on the Council website it can be accessed via

Tuesday 18 November, 6.30pm – Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-committee

The Committee will question Cabinet Member Clean & Green Stuart Collins, the SWL Partnership (waste), the Veolia contract, and the fly-tipping baseline. Agenda access as Cabinet 17 November.

Saturday 22 November – African History and Croydon

See details at:

For background discussion see my piece at:

Monday 24 November, 6.30pm – Croydon Communities Consortium AGM & Public Meeting

Council Chamber, Croydon Town Hall.

To book free place:

Tuesday 25 November, 6.30pm – Children & Young Persons Scrutiny Subcommittee

This will discuss Academies: evaluation/monitoring of effectiveness and standards of education provided. Agenda access as Cabinet 17 November.

Tuesday 2 December, 7pm – Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-Committee

It will consider a pre-decision item on Cycling in the Borough and an update on Street Lighting. Agenda access as Cabinet 17 November.

Tuesday 9 December, 6.30pm – Health, Social Care and Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee

The meeting will be held at United Reform Church, Purley. Agenda access as Cabinet 17 November.

Oasis Academy and Labour Councillors

Inside Croydon reports on the latest developments with the planning process on the Oasis Academy School next to the Croydon Arena:

Concern About Fairfield Halls and its Programming Continues

A Conservative Councillor set social media alight saying that Fairfield Halls would be closed. Cabinet member for Culture Timothy Godfrey dismissed this in:

He then went on to promote what Labour was doing on culture at

However, concern still continues over Fairfield’s programming.

A proposal for an Ella Fitzgerald theme event I put to the management on behalf of Ra Hendricks the jazz promoter has been rejected on the grounds they could not justify opening the Halls for an event which might not attract many people!

Town Centre Redevelopment

David Callam assesses Labour’s performance on Town Centre management at

Developers Westfield continues to back Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for Croydon Central, despite the fact it needs to keep the Labour administration on side with the redevelopment of the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres.

Tfl is now consulting on an extra tram loop.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to News and Events in Croydon to 9 December

  1. CCC says:

    Regarding – Tuesday 11 November – First Meeting of Board of Stronger Communities Partnership
    There are links to papers on our post here, which explains the intended make up of the Board, along with the draft Terms of Reference. See:

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