Tonight Monday 14 November. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet
The meeting will be considering: a report on pilot schemes to devolve more influence to local communities as a response to the Opportunity & Fairness Commission, the up-date on Fairfield Halls already discussed by the Scrutiny Committee, the annual reports of the Safeguarding Boards, Cabinet responses to Scrutiny Committee and Sub-committees, and awarding contracts to a preferred bidder for planned maintenance and improvements electrical works and windows and associated works. The papers can be accessed through
I have written to all Councillors pointing out drawbacks with the devolution paper and asking for it to be called in by the Scrutiny Committee. See:
Saturday 26 November. Croydon Assembly – People’s Plan For Croydon
See details at:
Saturday 26 November. Strawberry Thieves Evening of Socialist Music
The Folk & Blues Club has scheduled an evening of socialist music following the Croydon Assembly. This Autumn is also the 80th anniversary of the formation of the International Brigade so there will be some Spanish music.
The Strawberry Thieves choir will be supported by some of the Club’s regular musicians. Admission £3 ; bar. All welcome – no need to book.
The organiser is Garry Davis (01737 553 493) if you want more info.
Wednesday, 30 November. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium AGM Event
- AGM 7pm: report on activities over the past year and to vote in the committee.
- Public meeting. 7.30pm. Speakers have been invited and anyone is welcome to raise a subject for discussion or to provide a notice.
CCC is particularly keen to hear what topics communities in Croydon feel should be prioritised for meetings in 2017.
Tea and coffee will be available on the night.
If you are unable to attend but would like your apologies noted, please email CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com
Please book a free place to help us cater for numbers. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-communities-consortium-agm-event-2016-tickets
Preference will be given to those who book if demand exceeds space.
And please share this invitation with others in your networks.
Further details and updates will appear https://croydoncc.wordpress.com
Thursday 17 November. New Whitgift Centre Planning Application Closing Date
The new proposals mean this is a bigger project than the previous one. The application documents run to some 4700 pages. All the documents have lots of outline details but the Design and Access Statement is useful.
Andrew Kennedy is appealing for support for people to back the idea of a community garden on the roof. See previous blog posting.
Croydon House Prices Up Over 10% In The Last Year
Norbury Commuter Recounts His Southern Experiences
Norbury residents association activist Paul Cowling discusses his experience as a commuter with Southern at
38 Degrees Launches Petition Against Betting Shop Machines
Over the past 3/4 years there has been a lot of concern in Croydon about the number of betting shops and the machines in them. 38 Degrees has launched a petition calling for a crackdown on advertising.
‘Betting machines and TV adverts are helping to cause thousands of gambling addictions across the UK. They’re devastating and can tear families apart. But now the government is considering new rules to ban TV advertising when children are watching, and limits on how much people can gamble on betting machines in one go.
Gambling companies will lose money if this crackdown happens – so they’ll be trying to change the government’s mind. A huge petition could make the government stand firm and get tough on gambling companies.’
Concern Over Proposed 16-19 Vocational and Resits Harris Free School
Hammerson Sells Northumberland Shopping Centre
Westmorland Retail Park, Cramlington in Northumberland to Arch Commercial Enterprise Ltd for £36m having sold it the adjacent Manor Walks Shopping Centre in July. (Source: various business news websites)
Meanwhile its shares are considered a weak investment
What Do You Think Of Boxpark?
Boxpark Croydon is now open and attracting lots of headlines. Croydon Citizen is keen to get as many citizens’ voices talking about Boxpark as possible. Jonny Rose, one of the founders of Croydon Tech City, writes about it at
What do you think? So if you’re going to Boxpark for breakfast, for lunch, for coffee, for a drink or to see a performance, CC hopes you’ll consider writing a review of your experience for it.
Please check with Liz Shepphard-Jones, the Content Editor that a particular venue hasn’t been covered, as she’d hate your efforts to become a duplicate. There are 35 food outlets at Boxpark, and a packed events programme, so lots to be getting on with.
November Croydon Citizen Now Available
The November print edition of Croydon Citizen was published on Tuesday 8 November. It’s available right across the borough, from Crystal Palace to Coulsdon. In the Town Centre it’s available from both stations, Sweet patisserie, Smoothbean, Crushed Bean, Tomorrow, the Oval, Matthews Yard, Central Library, the Carers’ Centre in George St, the Drop-In Centre, the minster, Holiday Inn and the Croydon Park Hotel.