Croydon events & news at 14 April

Thursday 20 April. 2-3.30pm. Shaking Hands Small Business Commission Small Improvements Listening Forum

AMP House, 11th Floor, 4 Dingwall Rd, CR0 2LX

This event, primarily aimed at decision-makers in Croydon’s burgeoning small business community, is an  opportunity to come together with business owners across the borough, voice your concerns, and witness real change as a result.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April. StoryPlaces and Crystal Palace reception and writing workshop

‘Imagine reading a story on your smartphone that unfolds depending on your location: pages pinned to bus stops, trees and street corners unlock as you explore a real landscape. Part-treasure hunt, part-walking tour, the new digital story form known as ‘location-aware’ or ‘locative’ literature does exactly that.

The StoryPlaces project at the University of Southampton, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is exploring the possibilities of this new form. So far, they have created location-aware stories for smartphones set around Southampton Old Town and Docks and Bournemouth Sea Front. You can read more about the stories, our research and our web app here:

Now, they are looking for local writing talent to help us tell the stories of Crystal Palace Park.’

A selection of the best stories will be added to our StoryPlaces web app and launched to the public at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival, 12-18 June 2017. There will also be a display of writers’ work in Upper Norwood Library.

The workshop is free, but places are limited. (Writers must be aged 16+)

For more information and to book a place contact:

Dr Verity Hunt (English, the University of Southampton) –

– from posting by Bryher  Scudamore on

Funding threat to mental health services

Westfield Confident of getting planning approval

It says a lot about the way the Croydon planning system operates that Westfield can confidently say that it will be soon getting approval for its revised scheme. The Planning Committee is supposed to be semi-judicial function with each member free to vote as an individual not pressured by their party political whip system. The Committee rarely rejects applications from big developers. The whole scheme remains an immoral waste of over £1bn to provide a new shopping centre instead of updating the existing one which will cater largely for people pricing in from Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with an anchor store of Marks & Spencer which goes from crisis to crisis. Whatever happened to John Lewis? The lack of design imagination, the concentration of flats in tower blocks, the loss of potential employment premises from existing office blocks on the site, the failure to provide a large green space. Even if Westfield and its partner gets the permission  there is no guarantee it will be built. We have seen lots of planning approvals for grand schemes before being moth-balled, like Minerva’s St/ George’s Walk. A change of economic fortunes of either company could result in their partnership collapsing. The worst outcome would be if this happened after the closure after Christmas and the start of demolition works.

Average property price in Croydon is now £374,342

What the Dickens(on) went on at the Ideal Home Exhibition?

 Local activists Andrew and Eunice Dickinson of Croydon Re-Use Organisation pulled of a stunt at the Ideal Home Exhibition in Olympia.


For more information about the organisation see

Ken Loach’s Croydon interview

Film Director and socialist activist Ken Loach was interviewed by the Independent when he attended the showing on his film I, Daniel Blake on Friday 7 April, the evening before the Take Back Control Conference in Croydon, which was addressed among others by Council Leader Tony Newman and Cabinet member Alison Butler.

Croydon’s grassroots arts and culture groups get cash boost

 See Council press release.

Government approves new primary free school

Two new Platforms for East Croydon

Under the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study, published last month two new platforms could be built at East Croydon Station as to help increase capacity on the line and reduce congestion.

The Study can be accessed at

New Vaping Laws to come in

With the increased use by smokers of vaping equipment new laws are coming in on 20 May about the way that e-cigarettes and e-liquids are sold across the country. Offenders convicted of not complying could face up to two years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

 The problem is going to be enforcement. We continue to see the failure of the Council to act against the illegal smoking inside shisha cafes, and there are serious concerns about the lack of other forms of enforcement action by the Council.

Parties Battle Over Ward Boundary Changes

The two major political parties in Croydon, Labour and Tory are seeking to influence the way the Boundary Commission proposes to reshape the electoral wards which will be the basis for the 2018 Local Elections. Labour is seeking to try and ensure it has a built in majority; while the Tories are seeking to either do the same or ensure that Croydon will swing between the two parties. A major area of disagreement is the proposals for the wider Addiscombe area.

For details of the proposed changes see:



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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