Croydon events & news at 21 May

Croydon Local Plan Hearings

Monday 22 May: housing intensification

Tuesday 23 May: Green Grid

Wednesday 24 May: affordable homes; dwelling mix; housing quality

Thursday 25 May: gypsies; employment

Tuesday 30 May: tall buildings; local heritage; community facilities; sustainable design; transport

Wednesday 31 May: local sites

The agendas, issues and Council views can be seen on:

I am taking part in all the sessions bar: gypsies and local sites. If you have any views on issues in the other sessions about the Plan and what the Council has submitted, that you would like me to consider including in my remarks at the Hearing please email them the day before the session.

The Hearing is open to the public and is being held at the Community Space in Bernard Weatherill House in Mint Walk.

David Lean Cinema film shows

Including Lost City of Z (23 May), Twelfth Night (Globe 2012) (25 May; Beauty and the Beast (27 May)

Tuesday 16 May – Saturday 4 November. The Fairfield Collection

Exhibition Gallery, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET

Tuesdays – Saturday 23 May – 28 October. 10.30am–5pm. The Art of Fairfield

Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET

For further details see Council news release at

Wednesday 14 June. 6.30pm. Whitgift Centre application at Planning Committee

This appears to be the date now set for considering the revised planning application for the Whitgift Centre.

Those who have concerns about details of it need to meet together to draw up the representations they want to make.

Wednesday 21 June. Make Music Day

Catherine Pestano hopes that people will take part.

Saturday 24 June. Croydon Assembly

The Assembly originally scheduled for 3 June was re-scheduled because of the General Election.

Ruskin House, Coombe Rd.

Details will be posted on this blog site soon. Among the measures it supports is the London Living Wage. See below for what the Council and especially Cllr Jamie Audsley are doing to promote it.

Can Labour win Croydon Central?

In 2014 Labour failed to get out an extra 166 voters to win in Croydon Central. 2,733 voted for the Lib Dems, the Greens and TUSC. UKIP polled 4,810. If all of UKIP’s votes go to Gavin Barwell then Labour will lose, unless it can get out to vote the large number of people who did not vote in 2014. The chances are not helped by the entry into the contest of an independent who has resigned from his job as an estate agent. Will small business voters think carefully about why Matthews Yard owner Saif Bonar is backing Labour? Can voters angry over a lot of issues with the Labour Council put that aside in order to stop the re-election of Barwell and send a message to the Tories: not more austerity; now more cuts to living standards; no more inadequate funding of the NHS, etc?

See the bar chart of the  result at the last General Election at

Ian Marvin discusses Croydon’s Take Back Control Conference

I was at the event helping to run the Croydon Assembly stall, but not able to attend any of the debating sessions. The next chance for discussion is at the re-scheduled Croydon Assembly meeting on Saturday 24 June at Ruskin House.

Croydon Mental Health Service cuts threatened

Dealing with Rubbish

Environmental activist Charles Barber discusses the issues considered at the recent Croydon Communities Consortium meeting.

Will Brent Cross get planning permission before the Whitgift?

Developer Hammerson and Standard Life have submitted detailed plans for the £1.4bn redevelopment of Brent Cross shopping centre in north-west London.

Hammerson has also submitted plans in Leicester.

The revised plans for the Whitgift will now be considered by the Planning Committee on 14 June (see above).

Taberner House plans get approval

For the Council’s spin on the approval of the scheme that breaches the mid-Croydon masterplan see

Upper Norwood Victorian Hotel under threat

A planning permission has been submitted to the Council to demolish Upper Norwood’s existing hotel and build a new one.

Its history is outlined at:

Cllr Jamie Audsley cranks up London Living Wage Campaign

Labour Councillor Jamie Audsley is championing the Council campaign to encourage Good Employers.

The Council has launched #GoodEmployer an approach to doing responsible business.

Its Good Employer Charter calls upon employers to take action in four areas: pay, employ, buy, and include.

  • Pay the London Living Wage, a non-statutory hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect the cost of living in the capital. Currently this stands at £9.75 an hour.
  • Employ: Employers are asked to create employment and training opportunities for local people by working with Croydon Works, the council’s jobs brokerage service that provides a free to use recruitment service to link employers to high quality, job-ready potential employees from within the borough.
  • Buy: support the local economy by investing in the local supply chain and local businesses. Organisations will be able to use the council to promote procurement and supply chain opportunities to the town via the Value Croydon approach.
  • Include: Employers are being asked to sign up to embrace the principles of equality and fairness and implement this practically through approaches such as flexible working and disability access.

Councillor  Audsley has written in more detail about it at

If there are employers you’re connected to who you think would be up for joining, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Jamie tells me that Boxpark has just been accredited as a London Living Wage employer of its direct  and contracted staff. This does not include the workers in within Boxpark who are working for other employers.

Croydon Trades Union Council has been arguing for a couple of years that the Croydon Partnership of Westfield and Hammerson should make it a requirement of all new tenants in the redeveloped Whitgift Centre to pay the London Living Wage and recognise trade unions.

The Other Croydon

  • High-rate child deaths

*       Bad drivers

  • Crime

  • Bad businesses

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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