Croydon News and Events at 28 August

Tuesday 1 September. 2.30-7.30pm. Engage with the Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission

The Commission Chair, Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon has sent out the following email.

‘I am writing to invite you to the Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission Open Day.

The Open Day is this coming Tuesday 1 September from 2.30pm until 7.30pm at Croydon Conference Centre. Our Commissioners would love to see you to hear your views and experiences of opportunity and fairness in Croydon.

It is an informal event with a rolling presentation setting out the work of the Commission. There are a variety of ways to submit your views on the day:

  • In person with the Commissioners
  • By doing a short video entry in our ‘video cube’
  • By posting your comments online
  • Or by adding your comments to our displays

If you are able to come it would be ideal if you are able to contact us so that we can make sure a Commissioner is available to talk with you. We are taking bookings for half hour slots, but you are of course welcome to stay on for longer. Please make a booking via

The full address of the venue is 5-9 Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1RG. Food and drinks will be provided.

Should you have any queries at all, please contact Pancho on or 020 8688 0650. If you require any special assistance, please let us know by contacting that same e-mail address.

You can read more about the Opportunity & Fairness Commission on’

Wednesday 2 – Wednesday 16 September Croydon Assembly Working Group meetings

Local Economy and Housing:  Wednesday 2 September (7pm)

If you plan to come please email me as convenor in advance:

Environmental Forum: Thursday, 3 September

Health: Monday 7 September

Education/Race: Tuesday 8 September (7pm)

National economy and austerity: Tuesday 15 September

Welfare and Pensions: Wednesday 16 September

All meetings at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD at 7.30pm (unless otherwise shown).

September Council Meetings

Monday 7. Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-Committee. 7pm.

Tuesday 8. Scrutiny & Overview Committee. 6.30pm.

Wednesday 9:

Health & Well-Being Board. 2pm. The Markee, Croydon Conference Centre, 5-9 Surrey Street, Croydon CR0 1RG.

Licensing Sub-committee. 6.30pm.

Planning Sub-committee. 7pm.

Thursday 10 September. Planning Committee. 6.30pm.

Tuesday 15 September:

South London Waste Partnership Joint Committee. 5.30pm.

Cycle Forum. 6pm.

Health, Social Care & Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee. 6.30pm. Christ Church Purley, 861-863 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN.

Unless otherwise stated all meetings are at the Town Hall, Katharine St.

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. 11am-5pm. Croydon Green Heritage Fair

Large number of stands showcasing the work of local nature conservation groups. Traditional crafts, animal welfare organisations and fine art exhibitions by local artists. You can buy refreshments from the pantry café. Tours of the Heathfield Gardens Tree Trail and of Wildlife Sanctuary and Old Varieties Orchard. Have a meander round walled gardens and extensive parkland. Heathfield Ecology Centre, The Old Orchard, Heathfield, Coombe Lane, Croydon CR0 5RH.

Wednesday 7 October. 6pm (5.30 pm registration). Croydon Voluntary Action Annual General Meeting

CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, Croydon.  This is an excellent opportunity for our members to come along, hear about our projects/activities over the past year and network; refreshments will be provided. Book your space now (as spaces are limited).

Croydon buy-to-rent purchases become more expensive

Croydon faces cuts to further education provision

See my discussion post on Croydon Citizen:

Council identifies those fined for mess

Hammerson and Westfield News

  • Hammerson’s shares not good value

  • Hammerson wants to expand in Aberdeen

  • Westfield to expand residential developments at Stratford and West London

Westfield is planning  to the construct 2,500 apartments adjoining the Westfield London and Stratford City shopping centres in the coming years.

Develop Croydon Conference Sets Sights High

Boris’s Deputy Mayor Eddie Lister will use the October Develop Croydon Conference to argue for devolved powers from Europe to help Croydon’s ‘regeneration’. Eddie Lister was former Thatcherite Leader of Wandsworth Council. Andrew Kennedy (on Historic Croydon Facebook –  has drawn attention to the fact that there are no speakers putting a different view to the developers agenda at this Conference. It has been suggested to me that a range of people and organisations should all chip in some money to pay for at least one delegate who can try and inject a different view.

Does the Innovation District Concept have a role in Croydon?

On Croydon Transition Town Facebook Andrew Kennedy has raised the question of whether the Innovation District concept has a role in Croydon. See my comment in response. It is well worth downloading the document and reading.

The Expansion of Gatwick Airport

The Croydon Council/Gatwick Airport lobby to extend the latter instead of Heathrow has economic and environmental implications. These are under consideration by Croydon Assembly’s Local Economy and Housing working group and Environmental Forum. Issues include:

  • the case for and against airports being drivers of economic development;
  • the quality and pay levels of jobs that may be created at the Airport;
  • the environmental impacts of an increase in the number of planes coming into and leaving the Airport, passengers moving around the sub-region, and employees’ travel methods: air pollution, noise, vehicle traffic;
  • the effects of the (long-term) projected need for runway expansion and additional buildings;
  • the value for money cost of airport job creation compared with other job creation projects

These issues are of particular relevance to the following specialist sections of the community and voluntary sector (a) residents and tenants associations over whose neighbourhoods an increase in flights will go, (b) to environmental groups, and (c) those  (inc. social enterprise) organisations involved in developing job creation projects.

Croydon Communists reaction to the Davies report advocating the expansion of Heathrow can be read at

Croydon Labour Connections with Developers

Given the close relationship of a local developer with the Croydon Labour Parties over several years, it is perhaps unfair that Croydon Advertiser to home in on Labour Cllr Andrew Pelling for his connections with him. Andrew has been totally sidelined within the Labour Group.

For a different Labour perspective on developers see:

London Rd History

Kake’s latest posting is on the history of 76 London.

London Rd History

Kake’s latest posting is on the history of 76 London.

The Cane Hill Hospital War Dead

See my posting on the difficulties of memorialisation at

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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