Croydon Events & News at 18 April

No to Croydonisation

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Croydonisation – Glass Brutalism 2016

Back in the 1960s Croydonisation meant concrete Brutalism.  Now its  Glass Brutalism. Jamie Reid’s picture from the Situationist-influenced Suburban Press from the early 1970s is of Croydon with the headline ‘Lo! a monster is born… Croydon redevelopment 1956-1972’). People were critiquing the ‘Croydonisation’ of Croydon itself while it was happening.


The developers, planners, architects and politicians did not get the development of Croydon right then, so why do they think they have it right now?

Wednesday 20 April. 6pm. Tackling Hate Crime in Croydon

See previous posting.

Monday 25 April. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet Meeting

The agenda includes a report on the proposed Combined Leisure and Community Centre in New Addington; Equality Policy 2016-2020 and Opportunity and Fairness Plan 2016-20; recommendations arising from the Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-committee meeting on 1 March; award of the building contract for ARK Oval Primary Academy; 2016 and 2017 Primary School Expansion Programme  Construction Works; a variation to extend the contract with Comensura for temporary agency resources into September worth £9m; and the award of the contract for Facilities Management Security Services.

The Addington scheme includes 8 3-bedroom houses. The consultations so far have been supportive, and further consultations are to be held, as well as the formal consultation on the planning application which will go to Planning Committee in July. Interestingly construction procurement begins the same day as the planning application is submitted (3 May). The Equality Policy does not link with anti-racism and anti-hate crime. One of Scrutiny’s key recommendations is for the Public Realm Design Guide to be updated and adopted as a supplementary planning document.

The documents can be accessed through:

Tuesday 26 April. 7-9pm. The Future of Croydon Libraries

Croydon Communities Consortium meeting on the Council’s consultation on the future of the libraries. St. Michael and All Angels with St. James, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA. To guarantee a seat book on:

See also Save Croydon Libraries Campaign at

Events at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd

Friday 22 April. 8.30pm. Jazz Night.  ‘Soft Winds Jazz Quartet’ playing standards, Latin, ballads and be-bop on sax, clarinet, flute, guitar, bass & drums.  Free.

Sat 23 April. 8pm. St George’s Day Party. Live music and (probably) snacks.  Free.

Sunday 24 April. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night. £2

Saturday 30 April. 1.30pm. May Day Rally following Croydon TUC March (meet from 11.30am for 12 noon at North End (near M&S). at.

Saturday 30 April. 3pm.  Live music.

Sunday 1 May.  8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night. £2

Saturday 11 June.  7-11pm. Concert for Ruskin. Live music from Blue Grass to Rock ‘n’ Roll to raise funds for Ruskin House.  £5 entry.  Raffle but no food (eat beforehand!).

Saturday 9 July.  2-11pm. Ruskin Summer Festival. Non-stop entertainment in the garden, stalls, bouncy castle, nice food etc.  Entry £4 – kids free.

Thursday 23 June. 10am-3pm. Jobs Fair at Fairfield Halls

Why Will Timothy Godfrey Not Publicly Debate The Closure of Fairfield Halls?

Timothy Godfrey, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport is ‘(K)een to lambast people on Twitter and claim that secret reports mean that there are no other options,’ says Tom Black of the Croydon Citizen editorial team. Godfrey ‘has declined to respond to any of my attempts to reach out and encourage him to submit an article setting out this case in detail. The Citizen‘s model of publishing content means that that opportunity is permanently open to councillor Godfrey and anyone else who wishes to get involved in this debate.’

What do the Panama Papers Reveal About Croydon’s Property World?

I wonder what the Panama Papers reveal on Croydon’s property world.  See my earlier discussion at:

Council Backs DICE Bar

Community Infrastructure Levy

In response to a Freedom of Information request the Council has listed each developer and the amount of Community Infrastructure Levy they had to pay in 2015. The list does not give the names of individuals. See:

Churchill Wins Council Cleaning Contract

Rather than employing its own cleaning services staff the Council has awarded a three year contract to Churchill starting in July. The company claims to be a Living Wage employer.

Hammerson News

  • Bishopsgate Development

  • Oldbury Development

  • Why it’s a good investment–land-securities-group-plc-than-bricks-and-mortar


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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