Croydon – Some Good News

The first recipients of funding from the Council’s Cultural Partnership Fund have been announced.

The Good Employer Charter for local employers has been launched:

Street art for Thornton Heath

Woody Guthrie Inspires Transition Town

Commenting on this Andrew Kennedy writes:

‘Worth remembering where we come from and what we are doing. Songs are very important they stir the memory and the imagination upon which vision can be born.’

Quite right, and something I have previously researched, and spoken about this in relation to the role of song in the British radical and labour movements.

Yet another takeaway proposed for New Addington

Croydonians against Trump

Council Tax to go up from April

In order to protect services for the vulnerable and elderly the Council is to increase Council tax. You can read the Council’s reasons at:

Chis Philp MP  requests CCG to reverse decision on  baby milk

Croydon South Conservative MP has urged the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to reconsider a controversial decision to scrap prescriptions for baby milk and gluten free product

Did Wayne Lose His Grip?

Mayor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor has had to contend with Council meetings being interrupted by members of the public (mea culpa back last year). At the 30 January meeting he had two men escorted out for constant interrupting when one of them felt he had been insulted by a Councillor. The police were even called and my informants tell me they considered that it be a waste of their time.

You can watch the podcast at

What do you think about the way Croydon handles homelessness case?

Croydon is in the news over the way it has handled two homelessness cases.

A central issue is the degree to which the rigid application of the rules means that compassion and understanding are thrown out. Have a read to see what you think?

Discussions on Croydon Citizen

  • Tackling Homelessness

  • 20mph zone

  • Amy Johnson Play

  • Boxpark


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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