Croydon Events & News at 30 March

Save Visitor Centre Petition

The epetition I have organised to the Council to help save the Croydon Visitor Centre from closure on 1 May is still open for signing at,%202&orderby=1. Thanks to all those who have signed so far. The print version is gathering lots of signatures as well.

Croydon Central Election Hustings

Wednesday 15 April. 8pm. Croydon Central Election Political Debate. St Francis Church, Monks Hill, South Croydon.

Friday 17 April. 6pm. Croydon Central Election Hustings. Organised by local Federation of Small Business’s branch. The Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre, Croydon, CR9 5AA.  For more information please contact

Tuesday 21 April. 7-9pm. Croydon Education Question Time. Christine Blower (National Union of Teachers). Gavin Barwell (Tory) and Sarah Jones (Labour). St Andrew’s High School, Warrington Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 4BH. Tickets:

Email questions for panel to Download the flyer

Thursday 23 April. 6.30-8.30pm. Croydon Central Election Hustings. Organised by South Croydon Community Association at Croydon College.

Croydon North Election Hustings

Tuesday 14 April. 6-7.30pm. Croydon North Family Hustings hosted by Selhurst Community Connectors. Gingerbread Corner Children’s Centre, Grenaby Avenue, CR0 2EG. Further details / booking here:…

General Events

Tuesday 7 April. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium. South Norwood Baptist Church, Oliver Ave, off Holmesdale Rd, SE25 6TY.

Thursday 9 April. 7.30pm. Croydon Transition Town meeting: Dog & Bull Surrey Street, Croydon.

Thursday 16 April. 8pm. Croydon Assembly Environment Forum. Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

Croydon Performing Arts Festival Key Events

Saturday 11 April. Dance Gala. Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls

Saturday 9 May. 9am. Asian Music Circuit Award. Trinity School Concert Hall

Saturday 9 May. 2pm. Concerto Competition Semi-final. Trinity School Concert Hall

Saturday 9 May 6pm. Concerto Competition Final. Trinity School Concert Hall

Tuesday 28 July 1.05pm. Lunchtime Concert featuring performers from across the Festival. Fairfield Concert Hall

Full details at

Fairness Commission gets off to bumpy start

You can read my assessment at 

Upper Norwood Library Funding Crisis

Read what local history activists Alun and Barbara Thomas think about the new crisis facing the Library.

Croydon Airport wins Heritage Lottery Grant

Croydon to lose last local authority secondary school

Edenham High, in Shirley, Croydon’s only non-faith 11-to-16 school seeks to go independent of Council.

Mystery Surrounds Pumping Station

Commercial confidentiality surrounds what is happening to the Pumping Station in Exchange Square according to the Council’s reply to Inside Croydon editor Steve Downes’s Freedom of Information request. For details see

What is a healthy environment for children?

Educationalist abd Chair of South Croydon Community Association, Charlotte Davies argues that children ‘of all ages need to be able to play outside for four hours a day at least. They need to be given the opportunity to develop properly. They are not designed to sit in front of consuls or screens all day, every day.’ She particularly argues that:

  • Planning of housing development has to have child development at its heart with play spaces for children that are safe and easily accessible;
    Road and traffic planning needs to calm traffic so that children can navigate their neighbourhood safely and independently;
    Air quality needs to be closely controlled. We are only just understanding the impact of toxins on the developing brain. It is very easy to damage the development of a young brain.
    Housing security needs to be good for all families. When children feel secure they can develop properly; they cannot develop properly where they have no fixed abode, or are living in B&Bs where they feel vulnerable.

‘The list continues. It also includes ensuring children sleep properly and eat good quality food low in sugar and salt.

We need a council that has the commitment to ask of every decision “how is this going to impact on our children’s development?” Only then might we be sending to schools Croydon children who are ready to learn effectively.’

Teaching lessons from Finland

Finland is undergoing a radical overhaul in its education system, dropping ‘teaching by subject’ in favour of ‘teaching by phenomenon’.

Traditional lessons such as English Literature will be replaced by more general topics like the European Union, which will include elements of economics and history, foreign languages and geography.

Update on Whitgift Redevelopment

  • Whitgift Trust Sells Out

A major obstacle to the progress of the Westfield/Hammerson Partnership’s redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre has collapsed. They are buying the 50% leasehold in the centre owned by the Whitgift Trust.

  • Decision expected in autumn

  • Anthony Miller queries scheme’s rationale

  • Croydon Takeover

The scheme is seen by some as part of the wider takeover of Croydon by the development industry.

Council requires 50% affordable new homes outside Town Centre

The Council has agreed to require that providers of new homes must contain 50% affordable outside the Town Centre.

In rent terms affordable means up to 80% of market rents which are continuing to rise. Meanwhile it has been reported that many housing associations have switched social renters to affordable rent payers drastically increasing rents being charged.

Council buys empty house

A four-bedroom house in Mitchley Avenue, Purley, abandoned since the mid-1990s has been CPOed by Croydon Council as part of its clampdown on empty properties. It will now sell it by auction for it to be refurbished and tenanted.

Croydon had several unhealthy High Sts

New Addington is number 2 in the London league table of the unhealthiest high streets published by the Royal Society of Public Health. South Norwood is 18, Thornton  Heath 20, Norbury 28, Addiscombe 29, Coulsdon 39, Purley 96 and Selsdon 101. The level of unhealthiness includes the number of  tanning shops, fast food takeaways, bookmakers and payday lenders.

Ship plans refused by Council

The plans to convert the former Ship Pub in South Norwood into flats and offices has been refused by the Council.

Councillors get ward budgets

Ward Councillors now have £2,000 each to spend on community events and projects such as refurbishing or cleaning up parts of a local area. Councillors will also have to account for what the money is spent on each year. The programme is due to be launched in June. Norbury Councillors started discussions with residents association representatives at a meeting on 28 March.


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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