Croydon General News Up-date at 23 April

Events at Matthews Yard. The Matthews Yard website now has a much improved new details on events there.

Council Questions not on website 3 days after meeting

Because the files with the public and Councillor questions at Monday night’s Council meeting had not been poste dup, I emailed Chief Executive Nathan Elvery. His reply shortly afterwards states:

‘Thank you for drawing my attention to this. I will ensure that the questions are up as soon as possible. I know this is not the first time you have raised this with me so I am also putting in place some additional measures to ensure my officers deal with this more appropriately as we move forward.

My apologies for the inconvenience that they are not up at this time.’

Ship Planning Application Refused

The organisers of the petition say ‘a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition and wrote letters to Croydon Council’s planning dept.’ ‘We’ve been beavering around in the background contacting the owners via a third party. We’re trying to put in a bid to lease or buy The Ship and run it as a community co-op pub. We’re now patiently waiting to hear from the owner. Anyone wishing to be involved in the campaign and work towards getting The Ship re-opened can email A survey will published this week and we’ll have our website up shortly. You follow us  on @SavetheShipSE25. We plan to have a meeting for those that want to get involved in a week or two.’

Croydon Labour Backs TfL plan for road through Duppas Hill

Pressure mounts on Sutton Lib Dems over Incinerator

The pressure on Sutton Council’s Lib Dem rulers mounts.

Paddy Ashdown has praised Incinerator rebel Sutton Lib Dem Cllr Nick Mattey. The Sutton Tories have applauded his  decision ‘to break ranks and reveal what is going on, especially as other Sutton Liberal Democrats are known to agree with Nick but refuse to say so publicly.’

In a statement issued at the Sutton Council meeting on 20 April the Conservatives state:

  • ‘At both planning meetings at which the permission to build the incinerator was decided, the Conservatives on the committee voted against the scheme because they weren’t convinced by what they were told by the planning officers or the Environment Agency about the impact on pollution and air quality.’
  • They ‘scrutinised the business case’ for setting up the not-for-profit Opportunity Sutton Ltd to buy the waste heat from the Incinerator to sell to the Felnex housing development in Hackbridge’, ‘and voted against, because the plan does not stack up.’
  • ‘Unfortunately, the details of this plan have been made confidential by the Lib Dem council, so we are not allowed to tell you how it will be financed, what return on investment is forecast, what risks are involved, and what assumptions are being made. You are not allowed to know.’
  • ‘Nor are you allowed to know the figures showing what costs this plan is loading onto the houses in Felnex, and what price those residents are likely to pay for their energy. We can only tel you that it’s a poor deal for those residents, both financially and environmentally.’

The Sutton Tories say that ‘It is criminal offence for councillors to release confidential information.’

In the light of the row created by Mattey The Stop the Incinerator campaign has written to Croydon Labour’s representative on the South West Waste Partnership Cllr Stuart Collins calling on him to act.

What’s this mean for Croydon Tories?

In view of the opposition of the Sutton Tories to the Incinerator the question arises as to why the former Croydon Conservative administration did not vote against.

  • Will they now re-appraise their position and back their Sutton colleagues?
  • Will the three Tory Election candidates promise that if elected they will see if the new Government can call the plan in?

Mirch Masala

Anthony Brooks, Director of Environment at Croydon Council, explains the prosecution of the owner of Norbury’s Mirch Masala restaurant.

‘The owner of Mirch Masala pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences regarding the Mirch Masala, Norbury.  The defendant was ordered to pay a total of £24,122 in fines and costs for eight breaches of food hygiene regulations.

Mr Sabir was also prohibited from managing a food business until a further order is made. This means that Mr Sabir can no longer run any of his businesses and that he must employ a manager to oversee all his businesses.

A visit took place on the 11 March 2015 Mr Sabir was present. Further recommendations were made regarding the structure and removal of waste from the refurbishment and date coding of pre-prepared foods.  It is the responsibility of Mr Sabir and his new manager to ensure that they comply with the law and ensure food is safe for consumers.

Following the court appearance, the restaurant is still open, and officers will be revisiting within the next month to ensure practices, procedures and conditions within the restaurant are within the requirements of the legislation, and we will work with them to work towards being broadly complaint, to a achieve a food hygiene rating of 3 or more.

Further monitoring visits will be taking place of the restaurant within the next month, and beyond regular visits  are programmed (but they will be unannounced).  We hope the management will be able to work with us to achieve compliance.

There have been reports with rats at the rear of the premises, and we are working with the AEO teams to deal with these issues, but bins have been cleaned and rubbish has been removed which will help reduce their presence within the area.’

  • Email explanation to Norbury Councillors

The question arises as to why the premises were not closed to ensure full compliance before re-opening.

The story has been put up on the Norbury Village Residents Association website.

Hammerson News

Hammerson has signed a £415m unsecured revolving credit facility at half the cost of the £505m one it has replaced due to mature next April The new facility has a maturity of five years with the option to extend for a further two years.

Retailers and shopping centre landlords should work together to share data on consumers to provide a more joined up approach, the chief executive Hammerson has said.

It has sold  Drakehouse retail park in Sheffield for £61.7m – David Atkins, CEO of Hammerson, says: ‘The disposal of Drakehouse enables us to re-allocate capital across our retail portfolio, including to our significant London retail development projects at Croydon and Brent Cross.’


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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