The Ups? & Downs of Croydon

Croydon Radio Shuts Down

The fragility of volunteer based bottom-up initiatives is demonstrated by the closure of Croydon Radio.

Hammerson promises to be more ethical

New Build Private Rental Flats Drive Hots Up

Landlease plans to invest £1bn in developers building new for rent homes in London  while Westfield is due to start building 1,200 flats at Stratford.

Council approves new tower block apartment scheme at Scarborok Rd

11 Croydon’s Boozer Closures & 10 Art Galleries Open

The Art Galleries: Parfitt in Croydon School of Art; RISE; Elizabeth James; Turf Projects; Clock Tower (Click Clock); Stanley Halls; Matthews Yard; Art Rebellion; Studio Upstairs;  Hyper Hyper.

(Thanks to Made in Croydon Facebook)

Police refer to homelessness crisis

Sean Keelan, Managing Director of MJB SECURITY SOLUTIONS LTD at  Centrex Police Training Centre in Croydon reports on his Linkedin site:

‘Unfortunately, Croydon has a huge problem with rough sleepers. As part of our work we have evicted and moved on many rough sleepers from client sites. This is a daily occurrence for our patrol officers .However, we believe that social responsibility starts at source. We have implemented a referral scheme to the homeless charity crisis. This helps provide rough sleepers with a massive opportunity to turn their lives around. ‘

New homes for first time buyers also boost affordable element

Metropolitan Workshop and developer Pocket Living have drawn up plans for 153 homes in central Croydon which will be sold to people who live or work in the town.

The new homes will be sold with a minimum 20% off market value and available only to people who are eligible for affordable housing, first time buyers and live or work in the south London town.

Pocket has put in fresh proposals which will see 73% of the new flats priced at affordable levels, up from the previous scheme which would have seen 74 flats built but of which only 16% were classed as affordable.

The homes will be predominantly one-bed units of around 38sq m in size and are situated close to East Croydon train station.

The scheme is being financed through a £4 million loan from OakNorth bank.

More Up-beat publicity for Croydon

The Evening Standard has given more up-beat publicity for Croydon.

Chinese buy St George’s Walk

Has Croydon’s Surrey Street Market Reached A Dead End?

Blacks to close

Outdoor clothing company Blacks is closing in the High St. Millets will move its shop into it from across the road.

Lettings Agent jailed

A Croydon letting agent has been jailed for keeping more than £15,000 in client deposits.

Croydon’s obesity problem

Progress on Fairfield Halls

Are baliffs a problem in Croydon?

Before I saw this report and in the light of concern expressed across the country in the advice world about baliffs, I had submitted a Freedom of Information question on the Council’s use of baliffs. Reply awaited.



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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