Croydon events & news at 28 May

Events Listing

Wednesday 31 May. 6-9pm. Shaking Hands – The Icebreaker Social

Sussex Innovation Centre, No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 0XT

To sign up go to

Can you spot me at the back in the photo of a previous event?

Sunday 4 June. 11am-4pm. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open Day

Airport House, Purley Way

Sunday 4 June. 1-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day

Postmill Close

Tuesday 6 June. 7.30pm. Harmonium

2016 Japanese film at David Lean Cinema.

Tuesday 13 June. 11am. Beauty and the Beast

David Lean Cinema

Sunday 18 June. 3pm. Cello Recital by Nigel Blomily

Sanderstead United Reformed Church, Sanderstead Hill

Saturday 24 June. Croydon Assembly

For up-to-date information and the People’s Plan go to

Flooding Risk Alert

Council gets rough ride at Local Plan Public Hearing

Its been a busy two weeks with the Croydon Local Plan Public Hearing Sessions which are now entering their final days this coming week.  As someone who has attended and had to prepare for all but one the Sessions so far there has been no time to report what has been happening.

Tory Leader Tim Pollard has been able to write about Tuesday’s intensification zones and Thursday’s Gypsy and Traveller Sessions.

I took part in the intensification zone session and pointed out:

  • that part of the John Ruskin School fields were in the zone, which suggests the Council officers are contemplating building on school playing fields.
  • That such zones which had a weak evidence base and look like they would be damaging the character of the areas were not needed because intensification will happen anyway, as is being seen in Norbury which is not proposed for zoning.

I observed the last part of the Gypsy/Traveller Session and it was clear to me that the Purley Oaks site was totally inappropriate, but the Council had failed to show how it would meet one of its key criteria – how to ensure harmonious relations with local residents.

‘The council look after the big boys and not the small shops these days’

So says the owner of an ironmonger’s business in South Norwood which is closing.

Elsewhere Yorkshire Building Society is closing its branches in Coulsdon and Selsdon.

Why is Croydon Labour upsetting residents on Council estates?

Croydon’s Labour Councillors on the Planning Committee have approved three controversial Brick by Brick schemes on Council estates, upsetting the residents by approving building on their green spaces. This obsession is meeting the new housing targets required by central Government and the London Mayor are damaging the quality of life and amenity of these residents.

On one scheme Planning Chair Paul Scott refused Steve Reed, the former MP for Croydon North, the opportunity to speak on the ground  he might be seen as electioneering. Steve therefore did not attend (added 29 May).  While technically he may have been correct the Conservative Councillors had no objection. Scott’s attitude contrasts with Gavin Barwell and Chris Philp being able to speak at the Croydon Local Plan hearing, both of whom very carefully avoided electioneering and making party political points.

There is not mention of Brick by Brick activities in the latest Open House newsletter for Council estate residents.

You can make your own mind up by watching the webcast of the meeting at:

and on the one of 18 May at:

Cuts continue to damage people in Croydon

Too Hot for Southern

Council supports quitting smoking

This contrasts with its continuing lack of action to prosecute shishas cafes for allowing illegal smoking in their premises. It really is time that pub, restaurant and café owners collectively objected since they all comply with the law.

AHMM to work on detailed designs for Taberner House site

For details about AHMM see

Hammerson Sells Two More Retail Parks

Another £91.7m into Hammerson’s bank account comes from selling two retail parks into Kent to BMO Real Estate Partners

Hammerson’s Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

The Other Croydon

  • Murder and Rape

  • Other Crime

  • Litter & Fly-tipping

  • Car Crime, Recklessness and Stupidity

  • Lack of Food Hygiene

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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