Croydon Events & News at 18 March

Monday 20 March. 6pm.  Made in Croydon Social

Byte Café, 75-77 High St.

Tuesday 21 March. 6pm. Cycle Forum

Town Hall. No agenda posted on Council website.

Tuesday 21 March. 6.30pm. Council Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee  

Its packed agenda includes a review of the NHS decision to cut IVF treatment in Croydon (see story below).

Wednesday 22 March. 6.30pm. General Purposes and Audit Committee

Among other topics It will be considering the Anti-Fraud unit’s annual report for 2016-17 during which time it saved the Council n.£1m.

Thursday 23 March. 6.30pm. Planning Committee and Sub-committee

The main Committee will be considering the following applications: Land between 1 and 17 Scarbrook Road (11 storey building – 13 3-bed, 20 1-bed and 9 two-bed flats); 32A Reedham Drive, Purley (demolition and building 4-storey block with 4 2-bed and 3 3-bed flats) R/O 21 Beech Way (4 5- bed detached houses); Land Between 13 Derrick Ave and Station Approach, Purley (5 3-storey and 1 1/2-storey building with 22 3-bed, 5 2-bed and 10 1-bed flats. The sub-committee will be considering 81 Purley Downs Road, (demolition rear garage, erection 2 3-bed semi-detached houses fronting Penwortham Road); and 15 Selcroft Road, Purley (2/3 storey side extension. The planners are recommending that all be granted permission.

All Council meetings take place at the Town Hall, Katharine St. Papers can be accessed at

Friday, 24 March. 6.30-8.30pm. Ashburton Park Old Library Public Meeting

Nisai and Fit 2 Learn, the new operators of the Ashburton Park Old Library, to discuss their plans.

Pavilion Room, St Mildred’s Centre, 30 Bingham Road, Addiscombe, Croydon, CR0 7EB

To  Saturday 1 April. Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

Saturday 8 – Tuesday 18 April. 10 Days of Town Centre Chaos

Wellesley Road will be closed southbound from the early hours of April 8 until April 18, while there will also be closures on the tram network.

Do you DREDD Croydon’s Future?

See video visualising Croydon’s brutalist future.

and look how its changed over the last 70 years

NHS Services Axe Starts

What could be the beginning of a long list of service cuts in local NHS services has begun with the decision not to fund IVF treatment any more.

100 ‘affordable’ homes proposed

100 one bedroom ‘affordable’ homes are proposed near East Croydon Station in yet another tower block.

Croydon’s Drink Venues to change

The Edge just south of the Town Centre is to become bar and restaurant and SLVR in Surrey St is to close as a nightclub and become a bar.

Barwell Gets Fairfield Briefing in Cannes

Rick Mather Architects explained the Fairfield Halls scheme to Gavin Barwell, Croydon Central MPa and Housing Minister, at the MIPIM property world conference in Cannes. Andrew Kennedy comments: ‘They think it’s all over, well it’s not. So many schemes lack imagination. We’re still stuck in the Croydon vernacular. Where are the new visionary buildings like No.1 Croydon for instance?’

Surrey St Market to Be Temporarily Decamped

The Jamie Audsley Affair

The Labour Group messed up its procedures when it withdraw the whip from Cllr Jamie Audsley pending the investigation of a complaint by a Labour Party member. He had to be quickly reinstated.

The story (see Blog ???? ) broke  publicly because it looks like a Labour Councillor released the information contained in a private email. Such action does not do the Labour Group any good. I wonder whether many Councillors are now panicking about their futures and their chances of not being re-selected given the proposed Boundary Commission changes to several  wards for the 2018 local elections?

Yet More Pollution of the Wandle

From time to time over the years there have been pollution incidents in the River Wandle. The latest is discussed at

Two More Triumphs for Trading Standards

  • Rogue lettings agent jailed

  • Trader fined for knives offence

Yet another small retail misdemeanour

When will action against illegal smoking in shisha bars happen?

After I submitted details of the successful prosecutions for breach of smoking legislation by shisha bars allowing smoking inside their premises, I received an email from Sara Quinn, the Council’s Food and Safety Team Manager, stating:

‘I have carried out visits and I have witnessed contraventions in the legislation.  Unfortunately my team is extremely short staffed at present and I am doing my best to push this forward with the resources that I have available.

We are looking at shisha cafés throughout the borough. Letters have been sent to business owners warning of further enforcement action.  My team do not shy away from enforcement action and have successfully prosecuted numerous businesses under various pieces of legislation.  Smoke free cases will be escalated once all the evidence has been collated and a strong case has been put together.’

This issue has been dragging on for a couple of years. e.g. in Norbury particularly over the two Havanas despite the continual representations by the Residents Associations and individual residents. I have also sent the details of prosecutions to leading Councillors.

My paper can be seen here:

Shisha Prosecutions


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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