Croydon Events and News at 20 April


Saturday 22 April. 1.30-4pm. Conservative Croydon Manifesto Conference

Croydon’s Tories are holding a public meeting to find out what people think should be in their manifesto for the 2018 local elections.

Croydon Conference Centre, Surrey St.

Here’s my two penny worth:

‘The Tories could do some very simple things which would make a real difference to how Croydon is run. They could commit themselves to abandoning the Executive Leader/Cabinet model of governance and return to the old system in which every Councillor had a role in decision making. The Scrutiny system should be retained and strengthened. They should reduce the delegation of planning decisions and have more applications considered publicly at the Planning Committee with a change in rules about the way in which objectors can present their case: and the time allowed. They should devolve more decision making to local areas and open more meaningful consultation and public engagement. Of course these are things that Labour could do as well.’

Wednesday 10 May. 7pm. Rubbish, refuse, recycling and flytipping,

Croydon Communities Consortium meeting.

St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA.

To attend book your free ticket at

Wednesday 10 May. Davis Theatre Memories

This talk by Carole Roberts about the Davis Theatre, which stood in the High Street Croydon from 1928 to 1959, will include photographs, the main events up to the 1940s and a closer look at the attractions of the 1950s.

CNHSS, East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Grove

Monday 22 May. A Miscellany of Croydon Conflagrations – Lessons from some Great Croydon Fires

A talk by John Hickman.

CNHSS, East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Grove

The Reker Ahmed attack was about mob violence

The Tories wake up to disastrous planning decisions

Its good to see that Croydon’s Tories are waking up to the way in which planning developments are going

  • Green Dragon House

Tory Councillor Helen Pollard has criticised the way planning decisions are taken by the Council. Read her views and my comments on them at:

See news report at:

  • Chris Phelp wins public inquiry on Purley tower

Let’s hope this is the start of their opposition to all tower block schemes including in the Town Centre, and that they will oppose the latest proposals for the residential element on the Whitgift Centre.

Landlord fined £6,000

Good to see that the Council is taking action against bad landlords. A Thornton Heath landlord has just been fined over £6,000 for letting out a ‘filthy’ home,

Let’s hope there are many more prosecutions.

52.6% of Croydon do not go to dentist

Was new East Croydon Bus Station worth £5.4m?

That’s the way to jump it!

10,000 people have visited Croydon’s first trampoline park, Oxygen Freejumping.

Contracting out management of Fairfield Halls

Here is how Croydon Advertiser sees it:


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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