Croydon news at 7 March

Tuesday 22 March. 8pm.  The Matchwoman

Talk by Dr Louise Raw about the first demonstration of a united front of workers against employers and made by the e ‘matchwomen’ at Bryant and May in 1888, They handled phosphorus every day – stood out against working conditions that underline why we have such strict health and safety regulation today. The talk follows the Purley Literary Society AGM.

Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2LN.

More Residents Need To Be Registered to Vote by 23 April

See my assessment of the latest voter registration figures at

Croydon Citizen interviews Mayor and GLC candidates

In a new series Croydon Citizen is interviewing the main candidates for London Mayor and the Greater London Assembly. Here’s the link for Labour’s Sadiq Khan:

Fairfield Halls Closure

The local press coverage on the closure of the Fairfield Halls can be seen at:

Paula Murray, Assistant Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, has been employed by the Council with a new creative director role to lead on the £30 million redesign of Fairfield Halls.

Council Leader Tony Newman fudged a question at the 29 February Council meeting by only giving the £30m capital cost of the Halls refurbishment programme. No mention of any other costs. (CQ094-16)

Street Trading Licence Fees Petition

Matthews Yard owner Saif Bonar’s petition has received 2,448 valid signatures together with 75 pages of comments. He has sent them to the Council’s Chief Executive requesting a debate on the Street Trading Fee consultation at the next full Council meeting.

At the 29 February Council meeting Cabinet member Toni Letts admitted that the Council plan to switch from a  fixed charge to a variable charge for the licences’ will ‘see a significant increase in fee for a number of current street trading licences but the proposal would not mean a blanket increase in fee of £2500+% for all traders. The consultation will shortly close and the Council will assesses all responses received. If there are valid concerns with regard to any significant negative impact on SME’s then those will be considered.’ (Answer to CQ134-16). Part of this answer formed the answer on the issue by Cabinet Member Mark Watson (CQ125-16. He also explains the gap in income (£24,000) and cost)s (£150k). (CQ128-16). He confirmed that there are 1,604 square meters of public highway covered by licences, and 3.5 staff directly involved in street trading whose salaries cost £125k of the £150k. (CQ151-16).

New Croydon Mural Commissioned

Norbury Knitters

The Love Norbury Residents Association Partnership Knitting Norbury Together project is planning to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

Hammerson Directors Get Share Bonuses

The Executive Directors of the Company were granted the first tranche of deferred share awards for meeting  performance conditions for the 2015 financial year as follows:

David Atkins: 45,593

Peter Cole: 33,221

Timon Drakesmith: 31,159

Jean-Philippe Mouton: 24,293

Westfield Centre Delay – people waking up

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning has been with us for a few years now and there are numerous neighbourhood plans underway around England. There is less awareness of Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDOs) and Community Right to Build Orders (CRtBOs). A toolkit has been prepared to guide organisations on the use of NDOs and CRtBOs. It sets out the reasons why such orders should be considered, their possible uses, the process involved and good practice. The Guide has been prepared for Locality by Urban Vision Enterprise CIC, a social enterprise specialising in planning and regeneration.

(thanks to Josi Kiss on Facebook)

Council to stop fining people for leaving rubbish at overflowing recycling centres

Council Hits 80 businesses for fly-tipping

Will £500,000 help Surrey St Market?

See debate in

Croydon Drivers Among the Worst

£85,000 funding for Upper Norwood Library Inadequate

Campaigners do not think so.

Taberner House valued at £7.1m million

The valuation figure was given by Cabinet member Simon Hall at the 29 February Council meeting in answer to a question. (CQ136-16)

A Visitor Reviews Croydon

(Thanks to Andrew Kennedy)


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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