Croydon Events & News at 4 October

Monday 5 October. Noon. Last time for submission of questions by members of the public for the Council meeting on Monday 19 October 

Questions can be submitted via

Saturday 10 October. 11am-12:30pm. The RISE of Social Enterprise

Social Saturday networking event involving Social Enterprise UK, RISE Gallery and Croydon Council.

Further details at

Last year the Croydon TUC working party on the Council’s Growth Plan recommended that the Council take such an initiative. I discussed the local social economy in Part 3 of my review of local economic development on Croydon Citizen:

Thursday 15 October. 6.30pm. Croydon/Lewisham Councils Joint Street Lighting Joint Committee

Town Hall, Katharine St. Access papers due to be posted through

Friday 16 October. Close of Council consultation on the Gambling Act

Access details at

Monday 19 October. 6.30pm Croydon Council

Town Hall, Katharine St. Access papers due to be posted through

Tuesday 20 October. 6.30pm. Croydon Cabinet

Town Hall, Katharine St. Access papers due to be posted through

Wednesday 21 October. From 3pm. All the fun of the fair for landlords and agents

An event with information, presentations and new cash incentives. Fairfield Halls. Email or call 020 8726 6789.

Saturday 24 October to Saturday 7 November. South Norwood Arts Festival

See discussion and to access full details see

Wednesday 28 October. 7.30pm. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & the Croydon Music Scene

Talk by Sean Creighton accompanied by talented local violist William Campbell. South Norwood Arts Festival. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centre 194 Selhurst Rd, SE25 6XX. Free.

Croydon Economic and Housing Developments

New economic developments in Croydon include BT’s decision to upgrade broadband network and EDF to move its HQ in. Planned residential blocks on a Croydon College site have been guaranteed with investment from local property developers. See:

Can the Labour Council afford to shoot itself in the foot?

Several stories have been emerging that suggest that the Labour controlled Council is shooting itself in the foot.

Croydon History

Photos of old Croydon:

Kake’s history of London Rd reaches No. 78:

Corbyn Economics and Croydon

Croydon’s  Andrew Fisher is having a strong role in developing the anti-austerity economics being developed by John MacDonald and Jeremy Corbyn.  The Croydon Radical History Network held a promotion of his book The Failed Experiment back in June 2014 titled Local investment: Are private developers the only option. This led to the setting up of the Croydon TUC working party on the Council’s Growth Plan and my evidence to the Whitgift Centre CPO. Andrew is involved in the review of national economic issues in the Croydon TUC initiated Croydon Assembly. Corbyn supporter Tom Black of Croydon Citizen writes about the election of the new Labour Leader at

For details of the Failed Experiment see

Croydon resident Marc Wadsworth and advocate of Citizen Journalism reports on Corbyn at the Labour Party Conference at

Environmental News

The 20 mile an hour zone Controversy: As the controversy over the introduction of 20 mile an hour zones across Croydon is set to continue it is interesting to read about the pollution reduction effects at

Croydon Green Energy Initiative: Read about Croydon resident Anthony Enebe’s green energy initiative at and

Steve Reed’s ban on smoking in cars with children came into force on 1 October. See

It is also reported on the website site All About Croydon. This has hoped to be a one-stop shop with Croydon Directory, but  does not appear to have developed yet into a major resource.

Whitgift Centre Redevelopment

Barwell welcomes CPO Approval:

Problems face business in Whitgift:

Local resident Jack Oughton takes farewell tour of the Centre at

Meanwhile joint Centre developer Hammerson has just entered a joint venture purchase of an Irish loans portfolio. which includes stakes in shopping centres.

Croydon Private Landlord Licence Scheme in Operation

The Council’s private landlords licensing scheme started on 1 October. It affects an estimated 30,000 homes.

Properties are continually being purchased out of owner occupation into the private rented sector, so if you see a To Let/Let by sign on a property do tell the Council to ensure that it is covered by a licence. Sanctions for failure to register appear to include:

  • Prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court with the risk of an unlimited fine;
  • Rent Repayment Order requiring the repayment of up to 12 months rental income;
  • Any section 21 notice of seeking possession will be invalid.

The landlord would probably fail a fit and proper person assessment, making it very difficult to obtain another property licence in the future.

For the latest information on property licensing in Croydon go to

The register of Houses in Multiple Occupation, which includes residential homes, as well as private landlords, can be seen 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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