Wednesday, 15 June. 9.15–10.30am. EU Referendum Debate
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and EU Small Business Director Michelle Ovens MBE will discuss the EU Referendum, followed by Q&A. Seats limited. AMP House (11th Floor) – Dingwall Road Croydon, CR0 2LX.
Thursday 16 June. 7pm. Council Planning Committee
It will discuss the 69 story tower block proposal for 1-5 Lansdowne Way. The report can be read here.
See previous blog posting.
Saturday 18 June. 11am-5.30pm. Heritage Festival Open Day North End
The Croydon Heritage Festival opens on Saturday with stalls by local organisations in the George St end of North End and entertainment. Full details are at
I will be running Stall 28 as Agenda Services (History Projects), selling books and pamphlets.
What Do 10/11 Year Olds Think of Libraries?
See my discussion of the views of 10 and 11 year olds at Norbury Manor Primary School expressed in sessions I facilitated on 17 January.
Love Norbury Day 11 June
Saturday 11 June saw Love Norbury Day with the local stretch of London Rd decorated by the Knitting Norbury Together project group, live music, an information stall, stilt walker and face painting, and some local shops offering free food tastings. Love Norbury is the partnership of the five local residents associations. In the morning I cleared litter both sides of the road from between the Railway and Fire Stations, and then helped run the information stall. Despite the rain in the afternoon including a torrential downpour there were lots of people on the street enjoying what was happening and appreciating the knitting, more than the normal Saturday users. An excellent bank of photos taken by Ozlem Mehmet can be seen at
Opposition to BMX Track in Norbury Park Labelled Nimbyism – Wrongly
My corrective comment has not been posted on the Advertiser site. For a full discussion of the issues in the context of improving the Park see my discussion paper
Croydon Tories Campaign for Elected Croydon Mayor
Croydon Tories are campaigning for a directly elected Mayor for Croydon.
This is an undemocratic regressive step, just like the London Mayor. Too much power to one individual with little accountability. Councillors will have even less influence than under the current undemocratic Cabinet Leader system.
See the case against written by my friend Wandsworth Labour Councillor Tony Belton which I published on my original website in 2008 and which I posted in March on my discussion site at
See also my discussion on the 2012 London Mayor election:
Croydon Rappers To Headline Re-Opening of Fairfield Halls
As a sign that it does intend to re-open Fairfield Halls if it is still in power Council Leader Tony Newman has announced that the Croydon rappers Krept and Konan will the headline act.
Council pledges to build 1,000 new homes in Croydon by 2018
Planning Inspector Backs Lidl
A planning Inspector has backed Lidl in its appeal against Croydon Council’s planning permission to build a store with flats in Upper Norwood.
Will Lidl now appeal against the Council’s refusal of an application in Hamsey Green?
The irony is that it was suggested during the Local Plan consultation last year that the site should be protected for the potential expansion of St Joseph’s RC school. This is now subject to Ofsted criticism.
Is Croydon paying for Surrey’s rubbish cuts?
Hammerson Under Investigation
UK’s Competition & Monopolies Commission is investigating the completed acquisition by Hammerson Plc of the Grand Central Shopping Centre Business to assess whether the merger has resulted in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services’
Collapse of BHS Means Closure in Whitgift Centre
Croydon Council: bottom of the league for young and old alike
See my comment on Conservative activist Stuart Millson critique of Croydon.
Is Paul Scott Deluding Himself
The Council is setting up a 20 member team of architects and and design experts ‘to further enhance the council’s reputation for efficiently progressing planning applications and ensure new places are designed and delivered to the highest standards.’
How many residents will agree with Planning Committee Chair’s view:
“The council has recently seen the delivery of several new high-quality built environment schemes and this review panel will take us a step closer to our goal, as well as hopefully speeding up approvals and therefore saving time and expense for developers’
Do you agree that Croydon Labour Council Deserves a B?
Croydon Council approves Boundary Review Inquiry
Croydon police refuse to answer anti-black music allegations
Purley Flooded again
This last week’s severe rain has resulted in Purley being flood again.
The Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee has growing concerns about flooding and surface water drainage. It hopes to send a member to a national workshop on the issues being held in Manchester.