Croydon Events & News at 22 May


Nick Mattey, former Sutton Lib Dem Councillor

has posted this cartoon on Historic Croydon Facebook.

Monday 23 May. 7.30pm.  ‘Sell Off’ – The abolition of the NHS. Free film screening

Ruskin House, Coombe Road (at junction with Park Lane), CR0 1BD

Please feel free to invite others using this Facebook event page

Thursday 26 May. 7pm. Croydon Transition Town open forum meeting

Exchange knowledge of ‘what we have been doing, what we want to do and ask for help and assistance in doing it. Open to all who want to contribute time and effort. No money required, well sometimes it is needed to oil the wheels, vegetable oil of course!’. Bernard Weatherill House.

Wednesday 1 – Saturday 30 June. London Festival of Architecture

Details at

This is being recommended by Croydon’s Ian Marvin.

Council’s Tokenist Increase in Openness and Accountability

The agenda of the Annual Meeting of  Croydon Council on 23 May is a reminder of the degree of lack of openness, transparency and accountability and the public involvement in decision making is, and how the latest proposed amendments make not real changes.

  • The Council will not noting that Tony Newman was elected as Leader for the full four years between the 2014 and 2018 local elections.
  • A curtailment of petitioning by increasing the number of signatures on Borough wide issues to at least 2,000 to trigger a debate, and 1,000 on local issues, to trigger a debate.
  • Only one petition of each type can be debated at a Council meeting.
  • Lack of extension of time given to objectors at Planning and Planning Subcommittees especially where there is more than one objector.
  • No rights for the public to make representations on pre-application planning proposal.
  • No changes to the Scrutiny Committee process that will ensure more public contribution to its work.

The only improvements being made are to extend the time for public questions to 30 minutes with a shorter time to notify the questions and the possibility of the Mayor choosing those sent in by social media or email. However, this will not end the practice of the Leader and Cabinet member sometimes not providing detailed answers. The Mayor will be empowered to reduce supplementary questions to one per person to allow more people to ask supplementary questions covering a broader range of subjects. Public questions will be revised to allow questions to be submitted in writing or via email up to noon on the Friday preceding the meeting.

Planning changes can be see at: file:///C:/Users/Sean/Downloads/COU20160523_08_04_Appendix_C.pdf

Fairfield Halls Stories

Save Our Fairfield has put up a video of the Fairfield Halls concert hall with a  story about its wonderful acoustic. The video is accompanied by music from the Overture to Hiawatha by Coleridge-Taylor.

Amie Salmon reminds us that there are human stories like hers behind the headlines surrounding the Fairfield closure, and appeals for care to be taken in whatever decisions are made.

Boxpark to Open in September

Hindu Academy to have rooftop playground

Antic Pub in Norbury should open mid-2017

Boundary Changes

The Electoral Commission will be consulting on ward boundary changes. Download  briefing  to Councillors at Emergency Meeting of Councillors on 23 May here:

Ward Boundary Consultation Members Briefing

Croydon History

  • Cane Hill FWW Soldiers Memorial Unveiled

The long awaited memorial honouring forgotten WW1 soldiers has been unveiled at Croydon cemetery

For background see my posting on Croydon Citizen:

  • 95 London Rd

Kake’s latest London Rd posting is on Stonemead House at 95 London Road. It  sits back from the road, beyond the entrance to the Lidl carpark. Built in the 1990s, it occupies a site that was previously part of the grounds of North End Lodge, a grand private residence that later became a school before being demolished in the late 1930s.

  • Demolition of Whitgift School

A photo of the demolition of Whitgift School in 1965 can be seen on Croydon Disconnected Facebook:


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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