Croydon events & news at 25 March

Wednesday 29 March. 7.30pm. Croydon Air Quality Action Plan Discussion

Councillor Stuart King, Cabinet member for Transport and Environment will discuss the public consultation.

Croydon Debating Club. Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon, CR0 1FB

It is not necessary, but would be most helpful if you would sign up here

For background seeing earlier posting of today Some Croydon Good News.


Wednesday 12 April. 7-10pm. Shaking Hands – Meet The Members Breakfast – Discussion Tables

Free at IKEA

Thursday 13 April. Gavin Barwell at Croydon Debating Club

Venue to be announced.

Improved help for small business?

Former Apprentice contestant to work with Sussex Innovation Centre to support growth for both pre-seed start-ups and SMEs in Croydon.

Live music and comedy gig venue Hoodoo’s has left Matthew’s Yard at “short notice” and the owners are searching for both a short-term and permanent new location.

Labour Own Goal on Ward Boundary Changes

Croydon Labour delivered itself of a major own goal in asking for a ward boundary review. It could not reach agreement with several submissions from the Party. As well as the Council, there were submissions from Croydon Labour Group, and Croydon South Labour Group. The Boundary Commission opted for the Conservative submission. It proposed to increase the number of wards from 24 to 28 of which 14 will have two and 14 three-councillors each. All wards are being reshaped.

The Commission is asking for comments by 8 May. Its consultation site is

Robert Ward, a member of the Tory Party and organiser of the Croydon Debating Club, discusses the Boundary Commission’s proposals at

Croydon’s pubs and bars in their death throes

Since 2002 the 180 pubs and bars in Croydon  has dropped to 90 last year. The number of people working in them has also dropped 44 per cent from 1,600 in 2001 to 900 in 2016.

This may reflect the trend nationally in drinking habits, plus the higher percentage of religious non-drinkers and the increasing social income divide. With drink available in so many shops and even 600 brands at a store in South Croydon, drinking is now largely a home and  on street activity.

Gareth Davies Joins Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Former Croydon Advertiser chief reporter Gareth Davies has joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Past and Present – 152 London Rd

The  latest history of property along London Rd researched and written by Kake  is about No. 152. Built on part of the old Oakfield Estate, it started life as a private house before being converted into a shop around the turn of the century. It spent three decades as Ropers Stores, a family-run hardware business. Today, it’s a traditional British cafe serving fried breakfasts, sandwiches, and mugs of strong tea throughout the day.

Croydon Museum Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Collection Listing

I have completed the listing on the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Collection at Croydon Museum. The listing will go into the Museum’s web catalogue in due course. A PDF is available on the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network website at

The March newsletter is also on the website.

The Future of Arts in Croydon

Steve Packer,  Chair of South Croydon Community Association, discusses the debate at its public meeting on 16 March.

Are Apps needed for Croydon Tours?

From business directories to shopping apps and loyalty reward systems, mobile apps are relatively quick, easy and inexpensive to build. And they’re becoming a popular marketing tool for hundreds of UK towns and cities, reports the Locality umbrella group of development trusts and social actin centres. It cites Chipping Norton as a good example.

Andrew Kennedy discusses this on Historic Croydon Facebook:

‘Is this what Paula Murray the Arts and Culture director for Croydon Council is referring to with her ‘Make the High Street go Digital’? Well this is for a village of 6000 people. We have 50x that and we aren’t referring to just shopping. I suggest that Instead of the daily update taking place in a back room somewhere the idea is to have a visitor/information centre in the Town Centre in full view of people where people can visit and update their stuff and become informed about what’s going on in Croydon. ie: a prominent street level visitor centre where there are print out facilities too. Flyers still remain a major means of promotion. I’m referring to info on our industries too. Make it a showroom for Croydon. Comments please.’

Comments left so far include those of Susan Oliver, Ian Marvin and myself.

Why Fly-Tipping is a Misery

Liz Shephard-Jones discusses at


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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