Croydon Up-date 23 February


Thursday 26 February. 8pm. Croydon Assembly Climate Change/Environment working group meeting

It is hoped to convert this group into the Croydon Environmental Forum, a monthly meeting for those involved or interested in environmental issues, to coordinate efforts and share expertise at a local level. Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD.

Wednesday 4 March. 2pm. Divided by Race, United in War and Peace Film

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Saturday 7 March. 11.30am. Meet at East Croydon Station to join ‘Time to Act’ Day of Action against Climate Change. Members of Croydon Green groups (such as the Green Party, and Transition Town) will assemble at the Station. All welcome to join them.

Monday 9 March. 7-8.30pm. South Norwood Regeneration

Residents and businesses are being given the chance to have their say on the regeneration of South Norwood. Part of the Connected Croydon programme, the council has secured £1.5m in funding from Transport for London to improve streets and spaces around Portland Road, Station Road and the High Street.  Construction work is due to start next year following consultation with residents over how they would like the area to look. This is expected to be completed by March 2017. Venue: Stanley Halls.

Thursday 12 March. 4-6pm. Croydon BME Forum on Stop and Search


Wednesday 18 March. 2pm. Claudia Jones Film

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The Mystery of Matthews Yard

The mystery of the presence of a Council worker inside Matthews Yard when it was closed has been reported by Croydon Advertiser.

Incinerator Politics

The recent meeting of the Waster Partnership is discussed in

Criticism of Council Consultation and Fairness Commission Grows

The criticism of the Council’s consultation methods, the way the Fairness Commission has been set up is growing.

I have submitted three further submissions to the Commission:

No. 5. Crime in Croydon

No. 6. Fuel & Water Poverty & Energy Efficiency

No. 7. Social Exclusion and Transport

Liverpool adopts a landlords licence scheme

ConDem Coalition may help bail out Bernard Weatherill House

Westfield/Hammerson and CPO Update

Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard has submitted Freedom of Information request on access into the development:

Opposition Grows to Hammerson in Shoreditch

The mayor of Hackney has launched a campaign to oppose the scheme.

More Public Involvement in Planning Needed

Civic Voice, the national organisation for the civic movement has issued a manifesto. It states:

‘We face a crisis of civic engagement. This is a symptom of the frustration people feel as power is taken away from communities and they are subject to tokenistic consultation. We need to give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place and to give communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper.’

Civic Voice is calling for:

  • Every local authority to produce a Place Improvement Strategy
  • Policies to support collaborative planning for major development and local plans
  • Policies to enable local authorities to control use classes and permitted development rights according to local need

To download the Manifesto go to 


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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