Croydon Events & News at 24 April

 

Saturday 30 April. Croydon TUC May Day March and Rally

Assemble with banners and placards from 11.30am outside Marks & Spencer, North End to march to Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, for a rally and entertainment.

You can download flier here:

London Mayday Committee

 Monday 25 April. 6.30pm. Croydon Cabinet

The podcast can be watched at:

http://www.croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/222697

Tuesday  26 April. 7-9pm. Croydon Libraries

Croydon Communities Consortium meeting. St. Michael and All Angels with St. James, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA.

Cllr Timothy Godfrey and Cllr Lynne Hale have been invited to attend this meeting, to speak, to hear your views and answer questions. Only Cllr Hale has responded so far to indicate that she plans to attend, as do several other councillors. To be sure of a seat go to

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-meeting-on-croydon-libraries-26-april-2016-tickets-24412300849

Libraries Speech

Thursday 28 April. 5.30pm. Croydon Social Economy Network

Purley, Room 1.14, Bernard Weatherill House. Contact person: Alex Murray: Alex.Murray@croydon.gov.uk

Thursday 9 June. 7pm. “The EU referendum – in or out?”

Croydon Assembly and Croydon TUC meeting. Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road.

https://croydonassembly.org

BECTU Reports Rejection Of Fairfield Halls Petition

Trade Union BECTU which has members at Fairfield Halls has reported on Croydon Council’s rejection of the petition for the phased Fairfield Halls closure. A large number of people lobbied the Council as organiser Andy Hylton presented the petition (see earlier blog posting).

https://www.bectu.org.uk/news/2578

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/14437548.Singing_protesters_gather_at_Croydon_town_hall_to_protest_Fairfield_Halls_closure

More Power to Jo Negrini

Already powerful because of her position as the Council’s Executive Director of Development and Environment Jo Negrini is likely to be appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Nathan Elvery to West Sussex County Council.

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/14446822.Senior_council_officer_set_to_become_temporary_boss_after_CEO_departure

As she is so committed to the developer take-over of the Town Centre it is now increasingly unlikely that there will be any change of direction by  the Council, including on phasing Fairfield Halls refurbishment.

Westfield and Hammerson Promise Bigger Development

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/14439699.Westfield_and_Hammerson_s___1bn_shopping_centre_plans_expanded_to_include_more_homes__IMAX_cinema_and_new_M_S_anchor_store

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Westfield-Croydon-ro-bigger-hundreds-homes-new-M/story-29143661-detail/story.html

Croydon Advertiser explains why Hammerson was unhappy about its coverage

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/MAKING-NEWS-stories-week-s-headlines-Dice-Bar/story-29158420-detail/story.html

It discusses public reaction at:

A report on the South Croydon Community Association Question and Answer meeting on the Town Centre can be seen at:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Residents-grill-council-development-chief-future/story-29166958-detail/story.html

Hammerson’s Finances

The company has entered re-financing deals with 8 banks worth £420m. Two are Chinese.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/04/22/hammerson-agrees-420m-loan-to-fund-shopping-centre-deals

Meanwhile Hammerson Director Jean-Philippe Mouton has sold 20,133 shares at 582.3 pence each on Thursday. He still owns 245,795 shares.

http://www.lse.co.uk/AllNews.asp?code=ij9ke3ko&headline=DIRECTOR_DEALINGS_Hammerson_Director_Sells_Shares

472 New Homes Proposed for Cane Hill

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Plans-finalised-472-homes-built-Cane-Hill-site/story-29163165-detail/story.html

Croydon Health Services in £69m Debt

Croydon University Hospital Deficit is £36m and the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) £33m.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-University-Hospital-posts-36-million/story-29159002-detail/story.html

A positive story about treatment at the Hospital can be read at

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/fast-tracked-croydon-university-hospital-happened-next

Behind the Scenes on News Stories

Croydon Advertiser explains behind the scenes aspects of its stories on the new Whitgift Plans, Dice Bar licence and Croydon University Hospital at:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/MAKING-NEWS-stories-week-s-headlines-Dice-Bar/story-29158420-detail/story.html

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Police-refuse-answer-key-questions-conduct/story-29147373-detail/story.html

BME Forum To Move 30 June

The Croydon BME Forum is to move premises on 30 June; new address not known. Groups using it will have to find new meeting places. (Information provided by Norbury resident). http://www.cbmeforum.org

Croydon History

  • 93 London Rd – West Croydon Methodist Church

Kake’s last posting can be read at

http://london-road-croydon.org/history/0093-west-croydon-methodist-church.html

  • Croydon Canal

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Retracing-route-forgotten-waterway/story-29025837-detail/story.html

  • Black History Month 2016

For preliminary details see

http://www.cbmeforum.org/2016/02/04/early-launch-of-black-history-month-theme-2016

  • Lynette Patterson

A memorial was held to commemorate the life of Lynette Patterson, a nurse who came from British Guyana in 1958.

http://www.cbmeforum.org/2016/02/15/remembering-croydons-lynette-patterson

Croydon To Extend Successful Pilot To Reduce Commercial Waste Litter On Streets

Croydon Council is to expand the trial of a ban on the daytime collection of trade waste outside commercial properties in parts of the Borough. Cabinet member Stuart Collins explained the scheme in his wide ranging discussion of the campaign on litter and fly tipping at the Norbury Village Residents Association AGM on 23 April. It is hoped that the scheme will be operational in Norbury by the end of the year.

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/croydon-cracks-down-on-trade-waste-collection

Stuart Collins writes about the litter problem at

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydon-litter-angry

Matthews Yard Survived 4 years

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Matthews-Yard-proud-survived-years-Croydon/story-29143455-detail/story.html

Costa Coffee to open in Norbury

A franchise Costa Coffee is to open in Norbury in two units previously used as a furniture shop. At first CC denied it, then they apologised stating that it was through a  franchise, then they put it up on their website. The franchisee has not sought planning permission for the change. The Planners state they will inspect when the work is finished to see if a planning application should have bene made.

 

 

 

 

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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