Croydon Events & News at 11 January

  • Diary

Tuesday 12 January. 6.30pm. Council Children & Young People Scrutiny Sub-Committee, Town Hall

Agenda items: Question Time with the Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Learning; Education quality and standards (report on improvement in results); Education budget (up £3.18m from April due to increase in pupil numbers); and report on Euro funding delay for project on youth employment. Access papers via

Thursday 14 January. 7pm. Council Planning Committee, Town Hall

Agenda includes the former Ship pub in South Norwood. Officers are recommending approval.

followed by Planning Applications Sub-committee.

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Monday 18 January. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet. Town Hall

Agenda items: Ambitious for children presentation; investing in our Young People – Onside Youth Zone; Education Estates School Places (estimated £155.3m 2015 -19 – a reduction of £30m from the previously agreed programme and reflects the additional work done on sites, capacity and work with providers); education quality and standards; Ambitious for Croydon Performance Update; The Transformation of Adult Social Care;  Equality and Inclusion Annual Report 2015; London Councils Grants Scheme 2016/17; Stage 2: response to recommendations arising from: Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-Committee Meeting on 29 September 2015 (mainly re-rail investment); Investing in our Borough (about award of contracts). Onside Youth Zone is a project that hopes to have a positive impact on health, wellbeing, confidence, attendance at school and youth crime, as well as upon Community cohesion. The Council will contribute £3.25m one-off capital funding, and £200k base revenue funding plus £100k performance related revenue funding, each year, over a period of three years.

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Thursday 21 January. 7.30pm. Croydon Town Transition meeting

Dog & Bull, Surrey St.

 Monday 25 January. 6.30pm. Council meeting. Town Hall

The deadline for submission of questions by members of the public closed at noon on Monday 11 January.

Thursday 28 January. 6.30pm. Fairness Commission Final Report Launch

To book free place go to 

Saturday 6 February, 10.30am-4pm. Labour Party: Where’s it been? Where’s it going?

IWCE (Independent Working Class Education project) Day Schools on the History and Future of the Labour Party. Ruskin House, Croydon. Full details can be seen at Places are limited. Email

  • News


Hammerson has sold its Paris business to finance its Irish investments.

The importance of Public Spaces

Andrew Kennedy has drawn attention  to a review of work on the importance of public spaces at

Developer Wins Council planned maintenance contract for 14 years

Mulalley, a family owned residential developer and construction group, has been appointed as sole provider to undertake all Planned Maintenance and General Improvement Building works for Croydon Council for up to 14 years. The long term contract has a potential value of £210 million.

Comment: this freezes out small builders and potential future building co-ops. It provides a monopoly contract which the Tories will have difficulty ending when they regain control of Croydon Town Hall in 2018.

Council and NHS Plan to sell off public land

‘Croydon Council has identified 15 sites that can be sold for redevelopment. It plans to sell land for 900 new homes in the next five years.  John Goulston, chief executive of Croydon NHS Trust, said the area’s population was growing fast and the property sales would help the NHS to regenerate its buildings in the area. “Parts of the old Croydon University Hospital site are now out of step with modern healthcare,” he said.’

Croydon sees sixth highest house price increase in UK 

Croydon Council leader rules out council tax referendum despite £29 million cuts 
Upper Norwood Library secures extra £50k funding

Where have Croydon’s homeless been housed?

969 of Croydon’s homeless households have been housed in the Borough, 523 in other London Boroughs, and 16 outside London, mainly in Essex, Kent and Surrey. This information comes from the answer to a Freedom of Information question at

  • Croydon History

 Henry Lowman Taylor’s clash with Charles Dickens

In her continuing look at the history of buildings along Croydon’s London Rd, Kake has discovered that Henry Lowman Taylor, a wholesale ironmonger who clashed with Charles Dickens over the matter of Smithfield Market, lived in a semi-detached house that used to be where 83-85 now is. Built in the late 1890s it is currently a Turkish, Greek, and Polish supermarket. It previously housed a couple of Friendly Societies as well as a furniture shop offering “the secret of happy home comfort”. The full details can be seen at

Croydon’s Black Georgians

‘Catching a glimpse of Croydon’s black Georgians’ is a posting by me on Croydon Citizen discussing the Black Cultural Archives Black Georgians exhibition and how so much more than be said in lots of areas around the country including Croydon. 


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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