Croydon News at 20 December

Croydon as economic powerhouse

Croydon ‘s economy is going well mainly due to the private developers activities. You can read the Council’s response to what it regards as good news at

  • The question though is who is benefitting: the investors or the people of Croydon.

Body Shop to re-locate HQ to Croydon

The Body Shop is relocating 250 HQ staff to Croydon’s office building Knollys House. It will also set up a lab for up to 20 scientists.


You can read the Council’s justification for supporting TfL’s Option 2 at:

The scheme is designed to help traffic from Surrey, Sussex and Kent get to the new Whitgift Centre when it opens.

Doctor and ex-wife hit with £93,000 bill over rat-infested curry house in Croydon

Dr Mardan Mahmood and Hend Hamude were sentenced for 36 hygiene breaches after a catalogue of appalling failures was uncovered by inspectors at the south London restaurant Babylon Inn  in the Town Centre.


Americans buy £100m controlling interest in Crystal Palace FC

Christmas lights and new Addington’s working class

The kitsch, excessive, Christmas lights of working class homes help illuminate the changing politics of class, culture and housing, says Goldsmiths Sociologist Professor Les Back, in a new report from the New Addington Estate on which he grew up.

Planning Committee imposes another 14 storey tower block

Despite the objections of 700 local residents and an alternative application  from New Life Croydon Church on 17 December the Planning Committee approved yet another 14 storey residential tower block. This time its on the site of Arcadia House, 5 Cairo New Road, to be built by Cairo Properties Ltd.

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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