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
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
Monday 17 November. 6.30pm – Cabinet
When loaded up on the Council website it can be accessed via https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl
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: www.croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk
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.