Wednesdays 11 January to 29 March. Politics: Current International Affairs
Middle East in turmoil, China back as a superpower and the world economy in crisis. Can an historical understanding help unlock the complexities of today’s world? Each week this WEA course will look at the history behind an international issue. Lots of time for discussion.
Tutor: Jim Chrystie. Fee £90.20 Includes accreditation & materials if applicable
Sanderstead & Selsdon Branch Workers Educational Association
Sunday 11 December. 8pm. Ron Trueman-Border and The Strangers and Singers’ Night.
Ruskin Folk and Blues Club, Ruskin House, 28 Coombe Rd/Park Lane
Monday 12 December. 8pm. Stanley Accrington
Ruskin Folk Club, Ruskin House. £7/£5
Friday 16 December. 8.30pm. Jazz Night
‘Jazz with Soft Winds’ – playing standards, Latin, ballads and be-bop on sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and bass. Free. Ruskin House
Saturday 17 December. 10am-7pm. Made in Croydon Art and Designer Maker Market
Centrale Shopping Centre, 21 North End, CR0 1TY.
Saturday 17 December. 8pm. ‘Up Pompeii’ (Frankie Howard) 1971 plus ‘The Deadline’ (Buck Jones) 1931
Cinema Ruskin. Ruskin House. £2.
Sunday 18 December. 8pm. International Men of Mystery
Bill Wardwell from USA, Doug & Ashby Field with George Lloyd doing a Christmas Special plus Singers’ Night
Ruskin Folk and Blues Club. Ruskin House
Monday 19 December. From 5.30pm. Amnesty Carol Singing
East Croydon Station. To raise funds. All welcome
Wednesday 21 December. 8pm. Blue Grass Jam
Builder’s Arms, Lebanon Rd
Thursday 19 January. 6-8.30pm. Taberner House and Queens Gardens – Plans Viewing
Friends Meeting House, 60 Park Lane, CRO 1JE
Will It, Won’t It – Westfield?
I am sometimes asked what is happening with the building of the new Westfield shopping centre. Some people think the Council may be preventing the developers getting on with the job. No, I reply and explain the processes involved. The scheme is due to start on site in early 2018. If it does not it will be entirely due to Westfield and Hammerson, either falling out with each other, or because another world economic recession makes them moth-ball the project. At the moment that is unlikely. Hammerson has just announced its vision for the Centre, based on its experience in Leeds.
Steve Reed, MP, Backs Concern With Overdevelopment in North Croydon
Meanwhile Council Leader Tony Newman castigates the Save Shirley campaign as ‘Tory Front’.
Croydon’s Economic Summit
Councillor Hamida Ali gives her view on the Croydon Economic Summit held last month.
Jessica Debba writes about the Croydon Assembly held on Saturday 26 November at
Croydon Sets Up A Community Housing Commission?
Writing for the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network Croydon’s Labour Leader Tony Newman says the Council has set up a Housing Commission. A website is to be set up with a blog to debate and exchange ideas.
I am waiting for a reply to an email requesting when the decision was taken, because nothing could be found on the Council website as at 7 December. Neither he nor Alison Butler, the Cabinet member for Homes and Regeneration, mentioned it in their Bulletins to the full Council meeting on 5 December.
Croydon Debating Club on Rubbish and Fly-Tipping
On the initiative of Croydon Citizen writer Robert Ward the Croydon Debating Club had its first meeting on Wednesday 23 November. It discussed litter, rubbish and fly-tipping. Robert has written it up at
As I was unable to attend I sent him a briefing note.
The second meeting was held on Wednesday 7 December on housing and homelessness and the Council’s role.
The programme from January will be announced in due course and will be detailed in future postings on this blog.
Over 100 New Jobs Created
Over 50 new jobs have been created to run the new SELCO builders merchants warehouse on Imperial Way which opens on Monday 12 December, and another 50 plus to run the Tiger Bay Caribbean restaurant in the premises of the former Tiger Tiger night club. Most of the workers at SELCO are local people. Let’s hope everyone is being paid at least the London Living Wage. In relation to Tiger Bay it is to be hoped that they do not require staff to opt-out of the Working Time Agreement, that they not have anti-social and anti-health split shifts, and will ensure that services charges are fully shared among employees.
Thousands of People Are Offered The Chance To Be Kept Up-to-date With The Fairfield Halls Development
When the charity that ran Fairfield Halls went into liquidation the Council purchased the customer database of customers. The Council has now emailed all those on it to inform them of this, and that it intends to use it to keep people informed of progress of the refurbishment project and any future events programming following the re-opening of Fairfield Halls and for no other purpose. People have the right to be removed from the database.
Post Office To Re-Open on Purley’s Webb Estate
National Trust and Croydon
The National Trust’s recent interest in Croydon is explained in
The Historic Desecration of Croydon
In the view of many people the redevelopment of Croydon Town Centre in the 1960s was desecration. See the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/189408131212693/permalink/752041598282674
London Rd History
Kake’s latest posting about the history of London Rd is about 145–151 – Praise House.
The land was part of the estate owned by Alexander Caldcleugh, who was up to his neck in the slavery business, and a later house on the site was the home of William Ashmead Tate, a professor at the East India Company’s military Addiscombe College.
In Defence of the Busy Body
Checking back on a previous posting in 2013 on housing I was reminded of my posting about being a ‘busy body’, spending so much time in seeking to influence the detail of what the Council does and trying to strengthen accountability and improving public involvement in decision making. That includes written submissions, Council questions, Freedom of Information requests, emails to Councillors with questions, and when necessary disrupting proceedings of the Council from the public gallery (e.g. October’s meeting), running this blog, being active in Norbury , and writing for Croydon Citizen. Most of the time it feels like I and those like me are hitting our heads against a brick wall, but from time to time it seems to have a tiny influence, and many Councillors and other citizen activists have thanked me for my contributions. So it was interesting to remind myself of my posting http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/in-defence-of-busy-body-reply.html
I leave it to you to judge whether the problems I discussed then remain with us today despite the change in political control in May 2014.