Community Groups Priced Out Of Latest Develop Croydon Conference – Again

Community Groups Priced Out Frozen Of Latest Develop Croydon Conference – Again

If you are an activist in a community group excited by the ‘regeneration’ of Croydon, or concerned about its negative impacts that do not to meet the real needs of local people, can you afford the £395 plus VAT cost of attending Develop Croydon’s latest Conference on 22 November. You are effectively priced out from attending.

The ‘Placemaking Croydon Space Age City Conference’ sees Jules Pipe, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills  as the first keynote speaker. The second is Gavin Barwell, Minister for Housing and London and Croydon Central MP, who narrowly held onto his seat in the General Election because of Labour’s failure to get out another 170 votes.

By allowing his Deputy to attend Sadiq Khan is accepting the pricing out of local people from attending. As a member of Develop Croydon Council under its Labour Leader Tony Newman is also accepting this.

It is now time that  Croydon Labour Party members got stuck in on local issues and demand that Tony Newman and Sadiq Khan pull out support for the Conference unless Develop Croydon offers at least  50 free tickets to community groups and adds a speaker to outline the concerns lots of local people have with what the developers and the Council are doing?

If the gossip on the grapevine is true that Labour Party members are uncritical of the Labour Group and are failing to hold Councillors to account, and that the hundreds of new members and supporters are not getting involved, don’t expect anything to happen.

For further details about the Conference see


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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