Croydon News at 28 February

Fairness Commission

Video of launch:

Final report:

Proposed loss of employment site on Milton and Gloucester Rds

Oakwood Building Contractors Ltd  based in Epsom is applying to  demolish Milton House on Milton Rd, 2 Milton Ave  and associated buildings that back onto Gloucester Rd, running behind the back gardens from 7 to 41 Gloucester Rd and the works building at 43 Gloucester Rd. (16/00725/DT)

Home Office Restores £4m for Young Refugees

As Croydon Cabinet  moves towards adopting the cuts budget fo 2016/17, the Home Office has reversed its proposal to cut £4m off its funding for  Croydon’s support for younger refugees and asylum seekers.

Nice One for Westfield Chiefs

Steven and Peter Lowy, the joint chief executives of Westfield Group, were awarded a combined remuneration of more than $25 million in 2015. 

Purley Oaks residents oppose flats scheme

Residents in Purley who are campaigning against a block of flats planned for a strip of land at the bottom of their gardens ‘are concerned for wildlife’. The plan is to build 37 flats on land behind Norman Avenue, between Derrick Avenue and Station Approach in Purley Oaks. 

103 food businesses have low hygiene ratings

It is disappointing to see that last year that 103 food businesses failed to meet expected standards in their food hygiene inspections with 15 given a rating of ZERO out of five. As Croydon Advertiser points out this ‘means they need urgent improvement.’ 22 are in London Rd. 

Croydon teachers face yet more problems

Along with their colleagues elsewhere Croydon teachers face yet more workload demands.

  • Primary English co-ordinator Emily Gazzard has sent an open letter to the Government saying that the publication of the new primary assessment materials is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Rogers runs  on-line history tutoring at

The Richard Hough Saga

In May 2014 the County Court approved the eviction of Richard Hough of Autoclutch trading at premises on Station Rd South Norwood owned by Greathall Ltd, which had plans to build 11 flats and two shops on the plot by Norwood Junction.

Hough took the matter to the Supreme Court but lost. His eviction was then scheduled for October last year.

Various legal commentaries on the web about the case show it has provided important clarification on landlords’ rights to evict.

Hough started putting down Freedom of Information questions about the way the Council dealt with the developer and himself. He explains what happened in its attempt to raise the issues at

He is now waiting legal advice about further possible legal action based on the FOI answers. His accusations can be seen at

Greathall is owned by LW Properties Surrey Limited based in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Councillor Allowances Paid 2014-15

In the financial year 2014-15 Councillors were paid allowances totalling 1,455,954. The payments are grouped into £1,000 bands.

To £1,000: Wood (due to being elected in Bye-election)

£1,000-£1,999: £1,722 a year in 2014/15: Ayres, Bass,  Cromie, Fitze . George-Hilley, Gray .Harris, Rajendran,   Slipper, Smith

£2-2,999: Marshall

£3-3,999: 3,166: Arram, Kellett, Osland. Lenton

£6-6,999: Hoar

£9-9,999: Audsley, Benn, Bennett, Bird, Brew, Clancy, Creatura, Mann,  Pelling, Prince, Ryan (G –deceased), Stranack, Thompson

£11-11,999: Bains, Jewitt, Khan (B), Selvanayagam, Winborn

£12-12,999:  Chatterjee,: Neal, Quadir,  Speakman, Wright

£14-14,999: Hollands, Hopley

£16-16,999: Hale

£17-17,999. Ali, Channing,  Henson, King, Lewis, Rendle

£18- 18,999:  Buttinger, Clouder, Cummings,  Gatland, Pollard (H), Wentworth

£19-19,999: Bonner, Chowdury, Hay-Justice, Kabir, Khan (s), Kyeremeh

£20-21,999: Avis, Bashford, Fisher, Lawlor

£21-21,999: Mansell, Mead, Mohan, O’Connell, Perry,  Scott, Thomas

£23-23,999: Mead

£24,-24,999: Ryan (P)

£27-27,999 Shahul-Hameed

£30-31,999: Bee, Fitzsimons, Flemming,  Godfrey, Hall, Letts. Pollard  (T)

£38-38,999: Watson, Woodley

£41-41,999: Butler,  Collins

£49-49,999: Newman

The actual amount to each Councillor can be seen at:




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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