Croydon Events & News at 6 August

Thursday 11 August. 2.30 & 7.30pm. The Last Man on the Moon

A new British documentary. At the 7.30pm showing the film’s director and writer Mark Craig will introduce the film and take part in a Q&A afterwards.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower, Katherine St.

Sunday  14 August. 11am-3pm & 8.10-10pm. Park Hill Allotments and Gardens Open Day

 Park Hill Allotments, Deepdene Avenue.

Events at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd – starting at 8pm:

Sunday 14 August. Folk and Blues Singers’ Night

Saturday  20 August. 8pm. ‘Carry on Screaming’ (1966) & ‘Badge of Honor’ (1934). Cinema Ruskin – £2.

Sunday 21 August. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Sunday 28 August. Folk and Blues Night

Westfield News

Frank Lowy, Westfield’s boss, calls for stricter Australia immigration controls.

HMRC to occupy One Ruskin Square

Health Watch Croydon calls for fairer funding for Croydon NHS

National Trust’s Croydon Walks

Another assessment can be read at

GMB Criticises Fairfield Halls charity

Union says Fairfield Halls staff have been treated with ‘utter contempt’

Is Truancy On The Rise?

Truancy from Croydon schools appears to be on the rise according to figures supplied by the Council under Freedom of Information. The number of Truancy Penalty Notices issued was:

 Sept 2013 – August 2014: 284

September 2014-August 2015: 908

September 2015-August 2016: 954

What is happening in the local schools to alienate pupils?

 There were 1,013 Parental Prosecutions brought where the allegation was a breach of s444 of the Education Act 1986 since 1 September 2010. Only 0.3% were acquitted/found not guilty. 164 prosecutions were started and then withdrawn.

Is Croydon Advertiser being downgraded?

Croydon Advertiser journalist Gareth Davies who took voluntary redundancy in June has criticises his former employer Trinity Mirror for using web stories to fill its pages.

See Jonny Rose’s discussion on Croydon Citizen and my comment at

Three year wait to go on Croydon housing list?

Council offers rent free shops in Portland Rd

Why people oppose housing developments

A new report Stopped: Why People Oppose Residential Development in Their Back Yard from the Centre for London finds seven reasons for  local residents opposing housing developments:

  1. An increase in population will place a strain on local services
  2. A decline in trust between residents, developers and local authorities
  3. The local identity may be threatened by outsiders
  4. New developments may change the character or identity of the place they call home
  5. Planning debates could be hijacked for alternative agendas
  6. A sense of powerlessness arising from a lack of genuine engagement
  7. The fear of noise and safety impacts from construction

‘On their own, common solutions such as consultation, neighbourhood planning, incentives, and Community Land Trusts are incapable of dealing with these objections. The report argues that developers and local authorities must gain an accurate understanding of the types of local opposition to housing developments before trying to resolve them. It suggests that by mixing and matching solutions to address the challenges on a specific site, it should be possible to simultaneously improve the quality and increase the quantity of new residential development.’

The full report can be downloaded at

Time to stand up for parks

The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into public parks launched last month is to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

The need for public spaces

Andrew Kennedy has written on Croydon Town Transition’s Facebook:

‘My feeling is that we need small odd spaces, we need to grab them, spaces like Saif Bonar grabbed at Matthews Yard. We need the planners NOT to micro manage all spaces. Think markets, courtyards, odd spaces, connecting spaces where people can experiment. We need entrepreneurs, crazy people, artists, entertainers to bring spaces alive. We don’t need sunshine taxes and over regulation. Leave space for us to be expansive and expressive along the private paths in the new upcoming era of pedestrian through routes. Let’s see surprises (nice) surprises around every corner. Cafes, benches, fountains, stalls, markets, features, performers, sculpture, music, interesting views. Give us space and pedestrian thoroughfares that lead somewhere not dead spaces though and not dead ends. Great opportunities at College Green, new Civic Space, Exchange Square ….’

New HLF/Arts Council Culture Funding

Following the announcement by HLF and Arts Council England (ACE) of a joint investment of £15 million in a scheme to place culture at the heart of local communities, Andrew Kennedy writes on Historic Croydon Facebook: ‘New £15 million fund from the Heritage Lottery launched today “To place culture at the heart of local communities”. Reminds me of somewhere? Timothy Godfrey Can we come up with something for the Cultural Quarter of Croydon, a new information centre perhaps the beginning of a new visitor centre? £500,000 more than enough to run it. Some of us I’m sure could help you write the grant application. Can you supply the premises?’

Hammerson News

New Logo and Identity for Hammerson by Pentagram

As part of making itself better known publicly Hammerson has adopted a new logo. It owns and  manages 21 shopping centres (malls) in the UK and France, 19 retail parks in the UK, and 15 outlets across Europe, with a combined retail space of 7.2 million square feet.

Hammerson insiders buy shares

Between 28 July and 4 August Chairman David Tyler purchased 10,000 shares taking his holding to 40,000; Terry Duddy  28,000 shares valued at £155,120; Pierre Bouchut 20,000 shares valued at £110,800; and Timon Drakesmith purchased 275 shares valued at £1,498.75. (Financial press and websites)

Leeds Victoria Gate

John Lewis will open on 20 October as anchor for Hammerson’s £165m development, the Leeds Victoria Gate project.

New Head of Development to lead on Croydon

Hammerson’s new  Head of Development Leasing John Grimes from Land Securities who will lead its Brent Cross and Croydon schemes.

Hammerson Happy with Owning Dundrum Town Centre



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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