Croydon Events & News at 2 May

 Council Committees at Town Hall

 Tuesday 10 May. 6.30pm. Health, Social Care & Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee

Agenda: Draft Quality Account – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Draft Quality Account – Croydon; Health Services NHS Trust; HealthWatch Croydon Update; South West London JHOSC; South East London JHOSC

The Sub-committee needs to be vigilant about the threat of closure of Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals, and the knock-on effect this will have on Croydon University Hospital. See:

  • Wednesday 18 May. Planning Sub-committee

Agenda to be loaded  onto Council website.

  • Thursday 19 May. Planning Committee

Agenda to be loaded  onto Council website.

Agendas can be accessed at

Croydon Councillors Have Reservations About Revised Whitgift Scheme

Members of Croydon Council’s Planning Committee on 21 April had reservations about aspects of the revised plans for the Whitgift Centre.

  • The towers could create a wall if too close together and look ugly behind the Almshouses.
  • The blocks should have a “fresh design”.
  • “The Croydon vernacular is forbidden.”
  • A fully enclosed glass walkway will “close off” the town centre.

Planning Committee Chairman told the developers that he wants  ‘hybrid’ plans to be presented. He tells me that ‘A hybrid application is one which is partially a full application and partially outline. It is quite common for large applications and allows some parts to be fully designed whilst the rest needs further development.’

Council’s Agency Staff Bill To Rise £9m

‘Croydon Council is to spend £9m extending its contracts with agency staff, just five months after it offered voluntary redundancy to its entire workforce to plug a hole in its budget.

The authority is expected to save £3.3m after just 76 staff from its 10,000 plus workforce took the voluntary redundancy package offered in November.

Bosses believe they must cut the annual budget by £100m over the next three years and, at the time the offer was made, said they would review their use of agency staff.’

Pump House to Be Tech Centre

South Croydon Community Association reports that the Pump House in Exchange Square is to be a Tech centre.  It is owned by Guildhouse Roasepride LLP. Their plans include bringing the historic Pump House back to life as a tech hub and that the Square will be used as an events space. They are behind the One Lansdowne Road skyscraper (66 floors) development.

Tory Councillor Misses Flaw of Cabinet System

In his discussion on the conduct of Croydon Council meetings, and some suggested improvements, Conservative Councillor James Thompson fails to recognise that the root cause of the problem is the Cabinet system with an all powerful Leader, regardless of political party.

Croydon Social Enterprise Group Launches Facebook

CSEG now has its own Facebook page at

May Day

As Croydon TUC celebrated May Day on Saturday 30 April, I explain the background to the start of May Day as a labour movement festival at

SCCA Town Centre Question Time

Robert Ward assesses the SCCA Question Time meeting in Croydon Citizen.  He makes the following key points.

  • ‘Jo Negrini appeared stung by what she saw as criticism implying she does not know what she is doing. I had not interpreted the criticism as implying that was the case, but if there has been some along those lines then I am not surprised that she is grumpy. I would be too.’
  • ‘we are all going to have to get used to the centre of Croydon being a building site for quite some period. Our traditional routes for getting from home to work or to do our shopping will be disrupted.’
  • ‘Without community activity, especially in the evenings, we risk being a combination of a dormitory for people who work elsewhere, and a shopping centre deserted outside working hours. Not an attractive proposition.’
  • One unknown has been the lack of an operating model for the new Fairfield. Jo Negrini offered some clarification when she indicated that there is a target for this to be determined by the end of this year.’

I did not attend the Question Time because of its fundamental flaw in the Panel composition. There was no one who would put a contrary set up views to Jo Negrini, Cabinet member Stuart Collins,   Stuart Worden, the principal of the Brit School, Alex Andrews, area manager for Transport for London, and Martin Skinner, a property developer.






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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1 Response to Croydon Events & News at 2 May

  1. A thought.

    By not attending because certain parties will not engage, are you not just allowing political agendas to be pushed, unchallenged?

    It seems to me that you are just offering Croydon Labour the upper hand if you take this stance. They are in power and should be challenged and held to account.

    It has to be said that the council appears completely unwilling to debate on issues such as the phased development of Fairfield Halls vs closure for refurbishment, the plight of our libraries, the management and state of our parks and the thorny and ongoing issue of refuse and recycling in the borough.

    I doubt that Robert and I see eye to eye, politically. This does not diminish my appreciation of his measured comments or of the channels who encourage healthy debate, such as the Croydon Citizen and Croydon Radio.

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