Croydon News at 14 February

Fairfield Rally

Photo from website -see link below

Night-time Economy

In advance of the Council’s Scrutiny Committee discussion on the evening and night-time economy in Croydon on Tuesday evening (16 February), Croydon Citizen is publishing tomorrow (15 February) a discussion piece by me about some of the issues involved.

Hundreds Sing for Fairfield

Hundreds took part in the singing protest at the planned closure of Fairfield Halls. More pictures can be seen at

Croydon Council Limits Democratic Engagement

Tory Councillor Mario Creatura discusses the new limits the Labour administration has placed on petitions to the Council at

Andrew Kennedy has posted the following comment on the Historic Croydon website:

‘A threat to democracy. The rise of internet based on-line petitions such as those at have apparently made the Council feel threatened and as The Croydon Citizen explains has resulted in a threat to democracy. Effectively no more than 5 petitions will be debated by the Council per year and to their shame no vote will be allowed effectively rendering them ineffectual.’

Planning Chair Casts Vote in Favour of Developer

To the annoyance of his three Norbury Councillor colleagues, and local residents, Paul Scott, Croydon’s Planning Chair, used his casting vote to approve the controversial 18 Pollards Hill West housing scheme proposed by Devine Homes when the Committee was equally divided on whether to approve or reject.

Main concerns included the problems of water run-off causing flooding and foundations problems to properties at the bottom of the hill, and change of character the area. The top of the hill is one of the areas green lungs. Devine Homes lost at appeal on an earlier scheme on Gibson’s Hill because of adverse effect on the character of the area. Committee members failed to discuss the emailed proposal of the Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee (of which I am a member), that a decision be deferred so that further submissions could be made by the developer to show how it would meet conditions recommended by the planners.

It is standard good practice that when there is a divided vote that a Chair should not use his or her casting vote on either side, but propose deferment for further consideration.

Croydon Tory MPs ‘should be ashamed to show their faces’ in the borough after council funding vote

So says Croydon North MP Steve Reed referring to Croydon Central’s Gavin Barlow and Croydon South’s Chris Philp.

Philp bruised by Self

Heritage-listed church wall to vanish in Barratt’s tower blocks development

Stanhope and Schroder 14 storey office building at Ruskin Square Gets Approval

Street Trading Licences

Croydon Council has 183 active street trading licences at an annual renewal cost of £89 per licence. The combined area of all active licences is 1,604 square metres. At the rates proposed in the current consultation, if all licences were kept at the same size, the income would be £252,510.

Street licences are issued on private land not just the pavement adopted and maintained by either the Council or Tfl.

Source: Freedom of Information answers

Councillors agree but still bicker over housing plan for golf range

New Planning Applications

The following applications posted on the Planning Register last week are of particular interest.

  • Cane Hill Hospital Site. Barratt’s is seeking approval of the details it has submitted re-conditions 9 & 10 on Estate and Highways Management and SUDs plans. 16/00360/RES.

  • 9 Dickensons Lane, SE25. Loss of employment and possible threat to trees by park in planning application for a terrace of five, three-storey, three bedroom houses. 16/00609/P. Applicant Digital Evolution Ltd at same address.
  • 188 Frant Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JW. Use as a house in multiple occupation for up to 6 persons. 16/00599/LP. Not open to public consultation.
  • 105 &107 Purley Downs Road, South Croydon, CR2 0RH

Demolition of existing houses; erection of 2 two storey buildings with accommodation within roof space, containing 2 three bedroom, 10 two bedroom and 6 one bedroom flats; provision of vehicular access onto Hillbarn and Purley Downs Road and provision of associated parking. 15/05465/P. Design and access statement:

  • 23 Waldrons. Proposal to convert into flats. 16/00570/P.

Tfl Opts for Fourways at Fiveways

Transport for London has decided to simplify Fiveways by making it Fourways. So out goes its other option of a flyover. A further consultation will be carried out in the autumn with work starting in winter 2018.

Giorgio Gomelsky’s club brought blues stars to Croydon

In response to the Guardian commenting on the obituary on the music promoter Peter Shepherd wrote:

‘Giorgio Gomelsky had a rarely mentioned R&B club in Croydon called Crawdaddy, linking with groups at his Richmond Crawdaddy club and featuring Gary Farr and the T-Bones as house band.

Memorably, Giorgio booked the American blues musician T-Bone Walker, who claimed to have invented the electric guitar and played in a distinctive style, holding his electric acoustic guitar almost horizontally while playing. Sonny Boy Williamson also played there, wearing a striking grey-and-black quartered suit and a bowler hat.

Lost History of Croydon

Gillett & Johnston, Union road, off Whitehorse Road, clockmakers.



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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