Croydon Events & News at 23 December

community choir


Tuesday 29 December. 2pm. Dr Zhivago
Wednesday 30 December. Suffragette

These two films are being shown by the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign. See

Mondays 11 January-11 February; 22 February- 21 March. 7-8.30pm. Croydon Community Choir

Croydon Community Choir Creating Community Through Song Fun. Friendly Singing with Catherine Pestano and Katie Rose. Everything will be taught be ear – no need to read sheet music – no auditions – no solos – no previous musical experience necessary – shy and secret singers welcome. Matthews Yard, 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF. £6/£4 concs.

Sunday 17 January. 3pm. Macbeth

Wednesday 20 January. 7pm. Suffragette

These two films are being shown at Fairfield Halls. Box Office 020 8688 9291.

Thursday 28 January. 6.30pm. Launch of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s final report

The venue will be announced in early January. To reserve a place go to

Or email or call 0800 612 2182.

Monday 22 February. 7pm. Bridge of Spies

Saturday 27 February. 2.30pm & 7.30om. Lady Connie and the Suffragettes

Play exploring Lady Constance Lytton’s role in the suffragette movement.

Wednesday 9 March. 7.30pm. The Magic Flute

National Opera Live Transmission.

The above three events are at Fairfield Halls. Box Office 020 8688 9291.

Fairfield Halls

  • The Environmental Scoping report

This report on the College Green etc scheme for the Council can be seen at Thanks to Andrew Kennedy for drawing attention to this on Historic Croydon Facebook.

  • Tony Newman fails to justify closure

In an attempt to answer critics of the planned refurbishment closure of the Fairfield Halls Council Leader Tony Newman has written in Croydon Citizen. He fails to address the concerns raised.

How about an open air swimming pond for Central Croydon?

An open air swimming pond has been built at Kings Cross. Thanks to Andrew Kennedy for posting this on the Historic Croydon website, with the following comment: ‘Here’s something daring. The Architects say “The aim is …to describe the balance of man with nature, and the balance of living in a sustainable city”- Would Croydon ever dare to do this? A sustainable city? Look at the local plan. It has watered down all requirements for developers to connect to a local heat and power system. There could be a thermal pool in the middle of Croydon? Wow.’

What is happening with Nestle Tower?

There has been very little news coverage that in August Minerva purchased St George’s House (Nestle Tower) for £10m off Legal & General owners since 2012, with a planning consent for 311 flats in 2013. It is easy to miss postings  like that on the Develop Croydon website on 1 September and 14 December.

Minerva is a joint venture between Delancey’s and Ares Management. According to Develop Croydon Delancey has plans for a 5.5 acre site which  includes the St George’s Walk retail parade and SEGAS House to create a total of 1,000 plus homes. The value of the proposed private rented homes could be worth £75 million. The development does not include the Minerva-owned former Allders department store which is in the CPO area for Westfield/Hammerson’s new Whitgift shopping centre.

Ollie Salter, a surveyor at Morgan Pryce, has suggested that

  • “Legal and General could not move forward with the scheme themselves due to Minerva owning the surrounding buildings, Minerva are therefore making it impossible for L&G to move forward with this unless they can reap the rewards.”
  • “Secondly the L&G fund is coming to a close and the scheme would complete after the fund has matured.”

But he also warns that “there are ominous clouds above the London’s residential market – especially the private rental sector which may put doubts on the end value of the development.”

In July Delancey announced its plans to redevelop Elephant & Castle shopping centre.

Inside Croydon picked up the Nestle Tower story on 20 December.

For background on Minerva see my posting

on Croydon Citizen last February at

Hammerson’s Fills Its Coffers

Hammerson, a partner in the plan to demolish and build a new Whitgift shopping Cntre has been filling its coffers with the sale of Monument Mall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a land asset in Kingston-upon-Thames: totalling £87m. Interestingly the Newcastle sale follows a refurbishment and installation of new units rather than a replacement development. The proceeds from the sale will be used to part fund the company’s Jewel portfolio of loans in Dublin. Expect another £113m sakes of assets by the end of March.’

Does air conditioning in Council buildings meet legal standards?

According to the reply to  a Freedom of Information question submitted by Paul Evans who was concerned that the Council might be unlawful with respect to meeting required combined air conditioning requirements, the Council has made it clear that it is compliant and will be undertaking the next round of inspections by the end of January at: Moving on PRU, Cavendish House, Goldcrest Youth Centre, New Addington Housing, New Addington Pool, Purley Pool, Selsdon Library, Stubbs Mead Depot and the Town Hall, which had  new cooling plant installed in 2015.


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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