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
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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