Croydon News at 22 July



Summer Reading Challenge in the Libraries

Cladding Issues following Grenfell Tower disaster

  • Zach Baker discusses the implications for Croydon

  • 4 local private tower blocks fail cladding test

  • And the problem is not just re-insulation cladding

The High Court has ordered Lendlease to payout £14.8m after a London city tower was forced to be re-clad for a second time because of falling glass panes on to the street below. Hammerson is a joint owner of the tower.

Croydon Arts News

  • Street art

Zach Baker discusses

  • Air Raid Studios

Based in Coulsdon Air Raid Studies is run by Casey Newman, a graduate of Brighton Institute of Modern Music. It is a small private purpose built recording studio. If you are a band or a solo artist with a limited budget, get in touch with Casey.

  • Tribute to Andy Warhol

RISEGallery programme of events in September inc. free exhibition of his work as a tribute to his life, 30 years after his death.

Tackling knife crime

Croydon’s employment initiatives

New Addington Leisure Centre costs an extra £8m

The cost of building New Addington’s new leisure centre has risen by £8 million.

South Norwood Beehive Pub may close

Still no certainty on start of new Whitgift Centre

John Lewis to replace its Purley Way store

Croydon boost affordable housing with £25m

On 17 July Croydon Council approved a £25m investment in more affordable housing via a new independent charity that guarantees cheaper rents for local people. Last month the Council’s Cabinet agreed the setting up of an independent charity provisionally called Croydon Homes to rent out 340 local homes costing 65% of the usual private rent. This £25m allows the council to fund Croydon Homes’s purchase of another 250 properties on the open market.

Windfall for Hammerson

Hammerson and Aviva have been awarded £14.7m in damages together with interest in a court case related the former London Stock Exchange building on Old Broad Street. (Property Week 20 July).



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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