Croydon News at 27 July

Wednesday 29 July. 6.30-8.30pm. Spacehive Workshop – How to run a crowdfunding campaign

Croydon’s Turf Projects raised its money using the Spacehive crowdfunding platform for civic projects. These could be projects that improve public spaces, from building new playgrounds to hosting events, or that provide a benefit to the community, such as setting up a food bank. Croydon’s has its own Spacehive at

You can see details on it of the plan to kickstart Xmas on 12 November 12 in the Town Centre, and RISE gallery arts market plan for St. George’s Walk. At the workshop Niraj Dattani of Spacehive will give explain what is involved in using  Spacehive: the process, presenting projects, and building support. ‘Innovation Room’, ground floor, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA. To book a place email

More about Spacehive at

Enthusiasm mounts for start of Whitgift redevelopment

The lobby supporting the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre is trying to build up enthusiasm for its start even though the Inspector has not yet published his report and the Secretary of State has not yet given approval to the CPO. The partner developers Hammerson and Westfield are continuing to develop their detailed plans fleshing out the outline planning permission they received before last year’s local election.

  • An interview with Hammerson’s CEO can be seen at

  • Hammerson’s profits have fallen

  • Westfields Arabic promotion at Gatwick

Council’s joins development train

The Council is seeking to be much more pro-active as a developer. It is considering wholesale redevelopment of the Croydon College site, and is talking about a CPO on the controversial Purley Cross proposed tower block site:

Office to residential continues to drive change in own Centre

Croydon developer wants to turn Apollo and Lunar office blocks leased by the Home Office into flats.

Directors disqualified

Two men involved in Croydon based a carbon energy trading company have been disqualified from company Directorships.

Croydon Council praised for Social Value criteria in tendering

Barratt Homes starts work on Cane Hill housing development

Tory Councillor criticises localism

Will Bakerloo line come to Croydon?

Rubbish collection set-back

Croydon Council suffered a major setback in its campaign to improve rubbish collection when its contractor Veoila mismanaged the change over to a more neighbourhood based operation in June.

Information of use to Croydon Assembly and the Fairness Commission

A growing number of reports should prove useful to the work of Croydon Assembly as its develops campaigning against austerity and for an alternative agenda, for the work of the Fairness Commission in examining growing inequalities, which will be made worse by the Budget measures.

  • The Value of trade unions

“By winning better pay and conditions, improving health and safety at work and developing workplace learning cultures, trade unions achieve a huge amount for union members and their families” (From The Union Advantage. How unions make work better and society fairer. (TUC September 2014).

  • Reductions in access to justice

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union is drawing attention to the Government’s consultation on closing 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales. This is not just about job loss but also about restricting access to justice. PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka, who spoke at both the November and June Croydon Assembly meetings, said: “With courts closures and cuts to legal aid, access to justice has been significantly restricted by the previous government and now this one.” PCS’s full statement can be seen at

  • BME residents to be harder hit by Budget measures

A new Runneymede Trust report suggests that BME residents will be made much poorer than their white neighbours as a result of the Budget measures.

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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