Croydon events and news at 15 September

Saturday 16 September. 12 noon-4pm. Friends of Norbury Park Community Event

The Friends are running this event to let park users know about its work and to ask them to complete more of the surveys in the vision consultation being carried out by consultants for the Council. See flier at

https://norburywatchblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/friends-of-norbury-park-community-event-16-september

Sunday 17 September. 11.30am-8pm. Canadian Pop-up Market in Surrey St

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-to-hold-uk-s-first-ever-pop-up-canadian-market-this-weekend/story-30511910-detail/story.html

Monday 25 September onwards. How to Start Up Your Own Business  

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/15536154.New_school_in_Croydon_looking_to_bring_100_businesses_to_the_borough

Tuesday 3 October. 7.30pm. Health Services Briefing Meeting

Speakers include Cllr Maggie Mansell, former Chair Health & Well-Being Board and Neil Robertson,  Service Director of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM)

Croydon Assembly public meeting at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, CR0 1BD.

Further details from sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Wednesday 18 October 18. 7.30pm. Wanted: policies for a
housing emergency

Croydon Assembly public meeting at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, CR0 1BD.

Croydon’s housing emergency is clear:

–         there are 2,500 homeless households in temporary accommodation. Many have been there years

–         Croydon has 4,500 households on the waiting list for council homes

–         over half of private tenants are dependent on housing benefit because rents have soared

–         almost 1,000 families were made homeless last year as a result of unaffordable rents

–         the number of empty homes in Croydon has risen 400% since 2013

–         house prices have rocketed, putting them beyond the reach of most Croydon residents.

Croydon Council claims it’s doing its best. But too many council schemes seem to favour private developers. And through Brick By Brick, the council is acting like the developers in imposing new schemes on estates while ignoring residents’ views. Meanwhile, Tory attacks on welfare add to housing misery. As for private landlords, they are out of reach and out of control.

Tell us what policies Councillors should back at next May’s election. We will then campaign with you to get support for your ideas. After a couple of guest speakers, the floor will be open to you.

Email: croydonassembly@gmail.com

Further details also from  sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Previously advertised events still to take place

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/croydon-events-at-9-september-2

Events in and around Croydon

Bernard Winchester produces a fantastic monthly diary of events in Croydon London and Surrey. You can read the latest here. If you want to receive future issues directly from Bernard you can email him at

BAW30s@hotmail.com

Croydon’s housing crisis deepens

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/flats-in-croydon-unaffordable-after-new-figures-show-price-rise-of-37-per-cent/story-30509526-detail/story.html

Housing and Planning Cabinet Member given more power

Under his powers as Executive Leader of the Councillor Tony Newman has delegated more authority to make decisions about the Croydon Growth Zone delivery plan to Cllr Alison Butler, the Cabinet member for Homes, Regeneration and Planning. She will also be able to approve the public realm programme for 2017/18. As Andrew Kennedy has commented on Historic Croydon Facebook: ‘Much executive power in one person. This document will take some understanding but it gives an insight into the workings of the current administration.’ The full details are here:

20 July 2017 – executive decisions made by the Cabinet Member for Homes, Regeneration & Planning

Croydon’s children’s mental health crisis

Charlotte Davies writes about her concerns about Croydon’s children’s mental health crisis. This is a timely article in view of the disastrous situation facing Croydon’s children’s services.

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/mental-health-crisis-croydons-children

Saving Matthews Yard Update

https://www.change.org/p/greater-london-authority-save-matthews-yard-in-croydon

Another tragic  knife murder in Croydon

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boy-15-stabbed-death-late-10956270

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-croydon-is-still-a-safe-place-to-live-says-senior-officer-as-they-enhance-police-patrols/story-30477434-detail/story.html

Croydon Against Trafficking

Back in August  Saima Raza, the Manager of Croydon Community Against Trafficking , wrote an article in Croydon Citizen about its work combating modern forms of slavery..

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/work-croydon-coalition-trafficking-can-help

On 11 September The Guardian reported on the link between nail bars and modern slavery in Britain. It contains advice on how to be sure that if you use nail bars they are legitimate.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/11/slavery-report-sounds-alarm-over-vietnamese-nail-bar-workers

Security failure at Fairfield Halls

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-croydon-council-investigating-after-urban-explorers-get-behind-hoardings-at-fairfield-halls/story-30510650-detail/story.html

Croydon Natural Health Project

Designed to reduce NHS spending in Croydon the project seeks to encourage more physical activity through nature.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/flats-in-croydon-unaffordable-after-new-figures-show-price-rise-of-37-per-cent/story-30509526-detail/story.html

Two primaries seeking permanent teachers

https://jobs.theguardian.com/job/6582545/primary-school-teacher-immediate-start-full-time-croydon

https://www.seek.com.au/job/34378278

MPs actions on local issues

  • Sarah Jones on school uniform issues

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/15527178.Croydon_MP_calls_on_government_to_crack_down_on___39_frustrating__39__school_uniform_prices

  • Steve Reed on closure of Thornton Heath Barclays Bank

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-mp-pleads-with-barclays-not-to-close-its-thornton-heath-bank/story-30511855-detail/story.html

Betting Shops

Are you one of many residents across Croydon who have been concerned about the number of betting shops that have set up or expanded their size, particularly because the betting machines.

If so you might want to sign the 38 Degrees petition:

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/2654

Fed up with the look of your local Railway Station?

Then have a look at the report published by the Centre for London:

http://www.centreforlondon.org/publication/over-station-development

Croydon Resident is Communications Officer for new Black Left-wing movement

Croydon resident, Marc Wadsworth, a former leader of the Labour Party Black Sections, has become Communications Officer for the newly formed Grassroots Black Left movement.

http://the-latest.com/%E2%80%98time-has-come%E2%80%99-new-black-left-wing-movement

Use of Libraries has increased

Regardless of what you think about Carillion’s running of the Library service, it is good the know that the use of libraries has been on the increase.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-revealed-the-number-of-people-visiting-croydon-libraries-has-increased/story-30512132-detail/story.html

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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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