Croydon News at 2 October

Croydon and Inequalities

A Runneymede Trust report shows that Lambeth is in most unequal Borough in London, and Croydon is 19th out of the 32 London boroughs for overall inequality compared to 20th in 2001. ‘The Bangladeshi, Black African and Mixed groups experience the largest overall inequality. The most substantial and rising inequality was within housing, where there were 14 percentage points between the outcomes for minorities compared to White British people.’

There is also a full report ‘Croydon Race Equality Scorecard Technical Report – Phase 1 (2014)’

Save Our Parks – a call for Government Action to avert crisis

Please sign the new petition – tens of thousands already have!


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Britain’s parks are at risk. There’s no legal responsibility to look after them and squeezed budgets mean our local green spaces – from playgrounds, to the park you relax in on your lunch break – don’t have the money they need. We could end up being forced to pay to use our parks – or lose them altogether.

A group of MPs are looking into the crisis right now. They’re thinking of making protecting parks a legal requirement, and they’ll advise the government on what to do.  A huge petition, signed by all of us, will prove how much we love our parks. It could convince the MPs to come up with a water-tight plan for protecting them.

Safer Croydon Partnership Consults on Crime Strategy

The consultation takes the form of a web based survey ending on 1 November. The survey is highly superficial. It only gives you the possibility of three options as to the ‘crimes’ you think should be priorities rather than ranking them in priority order.

Police officers tell me that domestic and motorists and street drinking are now major problems taking their time and are not necessarily recorded in crime statistics. The situation is worsening as population numbers increase. Street drinking takes two forms: traditional addicts who need help to address their addiction and get help to recover, and those who live in crowded private rented accommodation.

Can Sadiq Khan Deliver On His Transport Plans To Take over Suburban Railways?

Flooding in Croydon

For my discussion on flooding in Croydon after attending a national half day conference see

As a result of the posting I have been informed of the Flood Expo event on 12 and 13 October.

Further details are at:

Croydon NHS Faces £18m Cuts

Black Commander for Croydon’s Police

Borough Commander Andy Tarrant is retiring in December and is expected to be replaced by Croydon resident Chief Superintendent Jeffe Boothe, who is commander in Bexley.

Clearly essential background reading for him is the Runneymede Trust report (see above).

Retail Property Investor Buys Up North End Properties

The buildings housing Pandora, Costa Coffee and Carphone Warehouse on North End have been purchased by Avignon Capital for £6.05m. There are residential flats above.

Petition to Save Purley Pub As Music Venue

Purley Festival Back On For 2017

Fairfield Hall Print Selling Well

Textile designer Kate Marsden has reimagined Fairfield Halls with a quirky backdrop inspired by the venue’s design. Her print has been selling well. She hopes to work on a series of images of Croydon buildings over the coming months.

Should We Object to Smart Meters in Croydon?

You have seen the cartoon adverts on TV promoting energy smart meters. Thames Water is also wanting to roll them out across London. There is a growing campaign against them on health and cost grounds. You can read the case against at

For background on the issue see:

Self-Build in Croydon

Andrew Kennedy has posted on Croydon Transition Town

‘Local authorities in England are required to research demand for self build plots in their area and from 1st April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 obliges them to maintain a list of people and groups interested in building their own. Little known about I suspect so demand will look as though it’s low. make the connection if you are interested.

Community Planning Right of Appeal

Croydon North Steve Reed has asked Helen Hayes MP, an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning, to investigate the issue of giving community groups the right of appeal against planning applications they have opposed, to see if they might recommend a change from the current situation. Tony Blair’s Government refused to include such a right in its planning reforms in the early 2000s.


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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