Croydon Events and News 26 June

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

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  The Festival is organised by Black Stock Films & SR Expressions.

Fairfield Halls

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

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

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


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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