Croydon’s Crisis of Control – News & Events 25 November

Error correction

It has been pointed out to me that I was confused in this posting between the Develop Croydon conference and the Council’s Economic Summit. London MayorSadiq Khan spoke at the latter not the former. See further details in next posting – 28 November.

Croydon’s Crisis

  • Who controls Croydon? The local economy, planning, regeneration, developers, housing, education, culture, the council and community action. Contributions to debate on Croydon Citizen
  • Croydon’s Crisis. Some Background Facts

are two new publications by me under my History & Social Action Publications imprint. They will both be on sale on my Bookstall at

  • Croydon Assembly Plan for Croydon this Saturday
  • Love Norbury Christmas Fayre. 11am-4pm. Norwood Manor Primary School, Abingdon Rd. See flier at my Norbury Watch blog site:

Fairfield Halls Refurbishment

My assessment of the progress with the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls can be read at

Friday 9 December. Green Spaces Inquiry By GLA Closing Date For Submissions

The Environment Committee of the Greater London Authority is investigating the management of London’s green spaces, at a time when funding is decreasing and sustainability is key. It aims to influence the Mayor’s upcoming Environment Strategy and other relevant policies and programmes through this investigation. The Committee welcomes contributions. They can be emailed to I have submitted my Croydon Parks consultation submission and my discussion paper ‘The Future of Norbury Park’.

Sunday 11 December. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Surrey Opera Christmas Soirée

St John the Evangelist Church, Shirley Church Road, CR0 5EE

The programme will consist of Christmas songs, dramatic readings and carols, with a Colin Warnock’s original cantata  No Room at the Inn – for chorus and our young professional soloists, Hannah Poulsom. Jonathan Butcher has devised the programme and will conduct.

Tickets £12, (children/students £6) to include one glass of wine or juice. Email or Penny Locke: or phone  020 8657 7909) to reserve tickets.

Sadiq Khan Ignores Lack of Free or Cheap Seats at Develop Croydon Conference

Despite the failure yet again of the Croydon Develop Forum to give free or cheap seats for community organisations members at its Conference, London May Sadiq Khan spoke at it on 22 November. Croydon Council Leader Tony Newman was delighted.

Local businessman Devin Stephenson is not impressed with what Develop Croydon represents: ‘the Develop Croydon conference and the speakers that participate have ostracised the long-term community for short-term profit.’

Details of the speeches can be read at

The Boxpark Debate

The traders operating there will be operating with Deliveroo

Deliveroo is the company that BBC Watchdog investigated in respect of customers using its app having had their accounts hacked and run up bills for food that they did not order.

Back in August Deliveroo staff went on strike over a new pay structure.

Brick by Brick Features in Architects Journal

Is Croydon Running Out of Office Space?

The planning competence of Develop Croydon Forum as a co-ordinating body of the developers and the Council now has a big question mark hanging over it in the light of consultant surveyors Sinclair Clark saying there is a shortage of office space. Less than 3% of the Borough’s offices now lie vacant. The Government relaxing of the rules that have allowed blocks to be converted to flats without planning permission has not helped. While the Council has acted to prevent this happening in the Town Centre it has failed to do so elsewhere. Yet another one of its failings with regard to protecting job opportunity sites, which Croydon TUC argued it should be doing in 2014.

Southern: Enough is Enough

Like Paul Cowling, an activist in Norbury, James Naylor, Editor-in-Chief of the social enterprise Croydon Citizen has had enough of Southern Railway.

NHS Cuts Begin With Closure of Women’s Mental Health Unit

Artists and performers for 2017 Purley Festival

Why Carers Rights Day 24 November Is Important

Croydon Law Centre Celebrates 16 Years

I never thought that the South London Law Centres which Croydon’s is part of would survive as long as it has after it emerged from the former Wandsworth & Merton Law Centre and Wandsworth Legal Resource Project, whose Committees I was a member of, after which I undertook an assessment of where their proposed offices should be located across the 5 Boroughs SLLC operates. Congratulations.

New Street Bins To Be Experimented With

Council to battle rubbish with emailing bins

Looking for Council Past Meeting Agenda Papers

You may be puzzled at why agenda papers for all but the latest meeting do not appear on the website. I have had the following explanation from Jim Simpson, Democratic Services Manager.

‘We are now using a function in the system whereby once the minutes are published, the reports appear as links in the particular minute item instead of as a separate agenda. This has been backdated to January 2016, so reports appear in the new format from that date for all meetings.

For example, this is a link which shows the minutes and linked reports for the meeting in September.


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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