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:

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

Libraries Speech

Thursday 28 April. 5.30pm. Croydon Social Economy Network

Purley, Room 1.14, Bernard Weatherill House. Contact person: Alex Murray:

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

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

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).

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.

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

Croydon Advertiser explains why Hammerson was unhappy about its coverage

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:

Hammerson’s Finances

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

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

472 New Homes Proposed for Cane Hill

Croydon Health Services in £69m Debt

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

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

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:

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).

Croydon History

  • 93 London Rd – West Croydon Methodist Church

Kake’s last posting can be read at

  • Croydon Canal

  • Black History Month 2016

For preliminary details see

  • Lynette Patterson

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

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.

Stuart Collins writes about the litter problem at

Matthews Yard Survived 4 years

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.





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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