Croydon News at 18 January

Croydon Regeneration

  • Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard is critical

  • Shaniqua Benjamin looks forward to developments in 2016

  • How To Pop-Up Shops

Jonny Rose’s third discussion piece on developing pop-up shops in empty shops can be read at

Croydon Women’s Equality Part

The Women’s Equality Party is calling for local election candidates this May as branches open across south west London.

What can be done about low wages and child poverty in Croydon?

See my piece in Croydon Citizen

Southern could be stripped of its franchise

Should TfL run all south London train services?

Croydon Council considers plans for £6m youth facility

Council seizes fly-tipping vehicles

Croydon History: Why Amy Johnson’s Plane Belongs At Croydon Airport

Community Land Trust

Cllr James Audsley writes in his Local Action Update newsletter

‘A lack of genuinely affordable homes is the crisis of our time, with the cost of home ownership being out of reach for far too many. The current entry level price of a one bedroom flat in Croydon is around £200,000. To purchase this would require a deposit of £30,000 and an annual income of £42,000 (assuming a mortgage agreed of 4 times income).

I’m proud to be working with local community organisations & the Leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Tony Newman, on one solution which could help address this situation, a plan to develop a community landtrust.

What’s a community landtrust and why will it help Croydon?

A community landtrust is a non-profit, membership organisation, run by local people, that develops permanently affordable housing and other community assets for long-term community benefit. In London, it is estimated that more than half the cost of a home is the cost of the land it is sitting on. On a CLT the community own that land. This means that the CLT is able to remove the unfair inflationary considerations of land values and sell the home for a much lower price. Instead, the CLT can link the cost of housing to local earnings, ensuring that people are no longer priced out of the neighbourhoods they grew up in and the homes remain affordable for generations to come.

What’s the next step?

Searching for possible locations for the community landtrust across Croydon and bringing community members, developers and council together to form a clear plan.’


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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