Croydon Election Events and News Up-date at 20 April

Amended re People’s Hustings venue – 23 April.

Topics in this blog:

Election hustings; Croydon May Day March and Rally; Croydon Speakers Corner Initiative; Incinerator controversy; Croydon Community Action; Mirch Masala prosecution; Funding threat to South End Food Festival; Council maintains high level of secrecy; Tory right-to-buy could cost £400m in Croydon.

Election Hustings

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. Croydon Central Election Hustings

Organsied by South Croydon Community Association at Croydon College.

Saturday 25 April. 11.30am. People’s Hustings Speakers Corner. Outside Marks & Spencer, North End, Croydon Town Centre. This is an initiative of the Speaker’s Corner Trust.  Groups can have three minutes each. For more details see

You will see from the poster below that the venue was originally at the former Allders end of North End. This has now been changed to Marks & Spencer.

Monday 27 April. 7-9pm. Hustings organised by Croydon Advertiser, Matthew’s Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1FF

Tuesday 28 April, 6.30 for 7pm. Croydon South Hustings. Croydon High School, Old Farleigh Rd, CR2 8YB.

Saturday 2 May. 7.30-9.30pm. Hustings organised by Croydon Citizen (the website), Matthew’s Yard.

Croydon TUC– May Day March & Rally (up-dated details)

Sunday 3 May. Assemble: 12 noon, Elmwood Road, West Croydon, CR0 2PL. Depart by 12.30 March via town centre to a Rally at Ruskin House at 1.30pm. Led by the Schiehallion Pipes & Drums.Speakers at the Rally include: Philipa Harvey – President NUT; Clara Paillard – President PCS Culture Sector;  Kevin O’Brien – Unison NHS Branch; Ian Ward – CWU Postal Executive; Andrew Fisher Left Economics Advisory Panel.

No to Privatisation of the NHS, Defend Public Services, Oppose Austerity, Reject TTIP (US/EC Trade Deal).

Bring your banners, members & family.

Buffet following Rally at Ruskin House.

Club Bar: with real ale and soft drinks.

Croydon Speakers Corner Initiative

See full details at See also previous blog posting.

Incinerator Controversy Hots Up

Sutton’s Lib Dems have thrown  Councillor Nick Mattey out of their group because of his opposition to the Beddington Lane Incinerator, making it a major local issue in the General Election. More details have emerged since my blog on the topic dated 15 April. See several stories in Inside Croydon, inc. the one reporting that Viridor attended a fund raising dinner for Lib Dem MP/candidate Nick Brake (  and in Croydon Advertiser:

Sutton’s Local Lib Dem chairman is a “longstanding personal friend” of Viridor  CEO according to the website  Pride’s Purge.

Croydon Community Action

Did you know that a Croydon Community Action group was started in March?  It says that it ‘puts the people of Croydon first by addressing issues that impact on our borough such as council funding cuts, Education, Environmental, keeping Local Health Services run by the NHS, Safer roads, Public Transport, and Car Parking at a reasonable cost. We also support Local Businesses, a Living Wage and Affordable Housing.’

Its webpage on the London Community Action website does not give any details of who is involved. Mark Sangan of the Community Action Forum Team tells me that it is ‘the intention of CA to work with as many as possible to benefit the local community. As for membership you can register for free as no money is changing hands at the moment. You can also follow Croydon posts by clicking on to and pop your email address in the follow by email box.’

Filthy Mirch Masala restaurant costs owner £24,000 and ban

The fate of two large prominent shop fronts on Norbury’s high street stretch of London Rd are uncertain following the successful prosecution of the owner for the fitly conditions in the restaurant. He has been fined £24,000 and banned from running restaurants.

Funding Shortage threatens South End Food Festival

The closure of Brakes professional food market off Purley Way after less than a year in business means the Festival is without a significant funding backer and may have to be cancelled.

Council maintains high level of secrecy

The Council says it is not in ‘public interest’ to reveal details of talks with John Lewis and Westfield. 

It also refuses to make public the details of the discussions it has with developers and others in the Croydon Strategic Metropolitan Board

Tory right-to-buy could cost £400m in Croydon


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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