Croydon News at 5 May

 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.’

See also:

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:


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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