Croydon News at 13 May

Time to Object to Fairfield Halls/College Green Application

Andy Hylton of the Save Our Fairfield campaign asks supporters to submit objections to the closure in mid-July as part of the consultation on the planning application.

Andy writes:

‘The Halls might never re-open, and, even if a commercial operations company is found, it could mean that the very last classical notes ever to be played at the Halls will be this July. Sir Simon Rattle OBE and Nigel Kennedy have both endorsed the campaign. Sir Simon’s passionate words are contained in this open letter to Croydon Council:

Nigel Kennedy makes excellent points in the video below.

The Theatres Trust support our campaign and their concerns are outlined in their letter:

As you can see. we have some fantastic professional support for our campaign and ‘Save Our Fairfield’ are campaigning valiantly to persuade the Council to opt for a phased closure which will safeguard our Halls and secure the future of the Arts in Croydon.

Access to Arts and Culture is not a tap you can turn off and on. With no solid interim plans, operator or planned re-opening, we believe we need access now, not in two-years.’

Croydon Cabinet Changes

Changes have been made to the Cabinet members:

  • Hamida Ali replaces Mark Watson on Communities, Safety and Justice
  • Stuart King replaces Kathy Bee on Transport and Environment
  • Mark Watson takes over Economy and Jobs from Tony Letts who has become Deputy Mayor

Norbury’s Costa Coffee Cafe Opens Before Planning Permission

Spark (UK) Ltd, has opened a Costa Coffee café in Norbury without planning permission, and has now had to put in retrospective applications for the change of use of the building from a furniture shop to café, new frontage and fascia. The attention of the Planners was drawn to the lack of planning application at the beginning of the works commencing, and was told that they would only look to possibly enforce when the work was complete. They realised that they should have acted sooner once they saw they were provided with the photo of the new shop front have been installed and the beginning of the installation of the new  fascia. The Nor bury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee is getting fed up with businessmen and property owners starting work without planning permission and the apparent lack of enforcement against infringements. It will be holding a public meeting for Norbury residents on this and general planning issues in the area on 28 June. The company was incorporated in August 2014.

Croydon Health Services Need Planning and More Money

Frontline health services in Croydon are being weakened by a “lack of planning” and “underfunding”, according to Charlie Ladyman, chief executive of Healthwatch Croydon.

What Does Mayor Sadiq Khan Mean For Croydon?

The debate has started on what the election of Sadiq Khan as Labour Mayor of London will mean for Croydon.

Right-to-Buy Continues To Reduce Council’s Stock Of Homes

Council tenants are continuing to exercise their Right to Buy. Between April l 2014 and end of December 2015 211  homes were sold. This  information comes in a response to a Freedom of Information request. The details can be seen at

Westfield and Hammerson promise completion in 2020

The Whitgift Centre redevelopment partners are promising completion of the new Centre in 2020 despite their seeking changes to the plans.

Peter Cole, an Executive Director of Hammerson, purchased 6,374 shares in the company on 29 April at a price of 572.90p. He now holds 319,894 shares.


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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