New Executive Director People
Barbara Peacock has been appointed executive director for people, in charge of the Council’s education, housing needs and social care services.
Mysterious Poster Campaign
A mysterious poster campaign has been underway for several weeks. I drew attention to one quoting me in my blog of. ‘Croydon Loved’ has emailed me and others to say:
‘In an Ode to Croydon a series of posters have been continuously erected in Croydon in a subversive take on news reporting. Posted in culturally relevant places in Croydon including Whitgift Center, Roxbury night club, the arts district and East Croydon. Covering news such as DICE Bar’s licence hearing, Matthew Doyle, BoxPark and Stormzy; somebody or a group has been using Near Field Communication to enable phone interactions with sets of posters. It seems to be an apparent attempt at highlighting cultural issues within Croydon. How can this act become an Ode in the Silicone Valley of South London and could this possibly lead to a future of Graffiti Artists NFC tagging their graffiti tag?’
Have you seen the posters and what is your interpretation?
Council Angers Coulsdon – Again
Councillors have angered hundreds of Coulsdon residents by ending the one hour free parking which has helped local business.
Simon Rattle Backs Phased Refurbishment of Fairfield Halls
Andy Hylton, Save Our Fairfield campaign organiser, writes:
‘We received a passionate letter today from Sir Simon Rattle, expressing his concerns for the proposed closure of one of the UK’s finest concert hall venues, Fairfield Halls, Croydon. We now have support from one of the world’s top conductors, Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic and soon to be Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. We ask the Croydon Council to please re-consider the loss to the arts, culture and the community by the closure of Fairfield Halls in July.’
Robert Ward Plays Devil’s Advocate on Fairfield Halls
Yet Another Local Business Fined
Following on the continued action against high street eateries for hygiene and the continual campaign against local businesses leaving rubbish on the pavement (other than for contracted waste collection), the shopkeeper at Thornton Heath’s Costcutter has been ordered to pay more than £2,800 for selling alcohol to 14-year-olds. Local businesses do themselves no favours with the public. It is time local high street businesses worked to improve their standards.
More Croydonians Now Under Universal Credit
The full Government Universal ‘digital service’ has been rolled out to more families with disabled children in Croydon living in postcodes starting with: CR2, CR3 0, CR3 5, CR5, CR6, CR7, CR8, SE 25 6. To find out more about Universal Credit go to:
Disability Rights UK’s explanation of UC can be seen at: