Tuesday 28 June 28. 7.30pm. Education in Crisis
Croydon Assembly/ Croydon National Union of Teachers meeting with speakers Philipa Harvey, NUT national officer, Ted Knight, Chair, Croydon Assembly and Nick Toms, parent-governor.
The Tories’ funding cuts and academy proposals will damage the education system.
Instead, the Government should be dealing with
- the crisis in teacher recruitment
- the huge shortfall in the number of school places
- the chaos and confusion around testing.
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd
Entry is free and refreshments are available. Reserve your place through Eventbrite
Monday 4 July. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Public Meeting
St Mary’s Church Hall, Addington Village Road, CR0 5AS.
Open to all. Free. Book free ticket to ensure seat at
Monday 18 to Monday 25 July. Thornton Heath Arts Week
For full details see http://thorntonheathartsweek.co.uk/schedule
Wednesday 20 to Saturday 30 July. Rhythm and Views Festival at David Lean
Celebrating films that have music at the heart of them, the festival features a wide and diverse range of films – from new releases, biopics and musicals, to documentaries, animations and old-time classics (oldies but goodies). Details on www.rhythmandviews.org. The Festival is organised by Black Stock Films & SR Expressions.
The debate about what happens with the closure of Fairfield Halls continues.
Croydon property developer and Labour donor advertises ‘Polish-only’ jobs
Croydon Council to outsource CALAT
Reducing Learning Difficulties Early
Schools are having to spend more and more resources to provide the support needed by children who are regarded as having special educational needs. The work of Fit2Learn suggests that many of these children could be helped early if attention is paid to the physical and motor skills, and the co-ordination of their eyes and other aspects of physical co-ordination. Charlotte Davies of the community interest company that has been working in Sutton, explains the work and why it is important for it to be undertaken in Croydon.
Croydon Flooding Problems
There are an increasing number of incidents of flooding and severe surface water run off in Croydon, especially in Purley and in the hilly parts of North Croydon. Croydon adopted a new strategy to dealing with this last year, but as planning approvals in Pollards Hill demonstrate there is concern that the Planners do not yet take the issue as seriously as they should. The Norbury Residents Associations are concerned about the situation. I will be representing them as a member of their Joint Planning Committee at a national seminar in September. Croydon Assembly Environment Forum is also keeping the issue under review.
Tfl Destroys Norbury Knitting
TFl took down the Knitting Norbury Together project’s knitting on lampposts, bollards, cycle racks and trees along London Rd put up to mark the Queen’s birthday on Saturday 11 June and left up to coincide with the European football competition.
The story has made it nationally into The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/23/guerrilla-knitting-groups-decorations-to-celebrate-queens-birthd
Protecting Public Rights Way
The Government has a deadline for the registration of public rights of way of 2026. Enquiries made by the Croydon Assembly Environment Forum about the Croydon register which was difficult to find on the Council website has revealed that full details are at
It is now important that all area based groups and organisations like the Ramblers check whether there are any paths which are not yet registered.
Is Croydon finally waking up to the need to oppose developers and their tower blocks?
It seems almost revolutionary that the Planning Committee, which has let private developers impose schemes on the Town Centre, has finally decided to refuse one: 1-5 Lansdowne Way, the 69 storey skyscraper which Prime Minister David Cameron promised could be built by the Chinese. Even Paul Scott, Chair of Planning , called it overdevelopment. A member of the public who attended the Committee has told me that he thought the developer’s representatives were trying to bully the Committee.
The Committee rejection talks about the proposal resulting ‘in an overdevelopment of the site which, with the coalescence effect of the two towers and the overall height of the development, and when considered in the context of the other stated inadequacies of the scheme (covered by other related reasons for refusal), fails to deliver a sustainable form of development and would dominate the surrounding area and the setting of nearby heritage assets, contrary to’ various policies.
The minutes can be accessed at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl
Croydon’s Slavery History
My piece on the growing story of Croydon’s historic links with slavery in the West Indies can be read at