Croydon News at 8 October

Property Lawyers urgently needed to give advice to community projects

If you are a property lawyer living in Croydon and are willing  to give pro bono advice to help community projects please contact

Saving Matthews Yard

Have you signed the petition yet? Please do so at

Steve Reed MP needs support to reduce constraint in mental hospitals

Steve Reed is promoting a Private Member’s Bill to tackle the use of constraint in mental hospitals following a recent death.

The campaign group 38 Degrees website has a petition supporters can sign at

The Labour Party also has a petition. You can download it here to sign and ask people you know to sign it as well.

Seni’s Law Petition

Threat to area’s hospitals lifted 

The Croydon Assembly briefing meeting on Croydon’s health services on 3 October was informed by a member of Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group that the to-down transformation plan with its proposals to close hospitals (most likely St Helier and Epsom) have been binned. A new plan for Croydon from the ‘bottom-up’ will be launched in a few weeks time. A full write-up of the information discussed is being prepared as backgound for the Assembly main meeting on 18 November.

Fire safety works – no Government funds for Croydon 

The Government is refusing to fund Croydon Council’s £10m proposed works to improve fire safety in 25 tall housing blocks. Other Councils, even Conservative ones, like Wandsworth, have also been refused. Another embarrassment for Gavin Barwell, former Croydon Central MP who had sat on the fire safety review report when he was Minister of Housing and now head of the Prime Minister’s private office at Downing St.

Issues like this will be discussed at the Croydon Assembly public meeting on housing and planning on Wednesday 18 October.

Saving Matthews Yard

Have you signed the petition yet? Please do so at

The Children’s Services Crisis

Robert Ward spoils another good discussion piece on the Croydon Children’s service crisis by cheap and inaccurate jibes about other Council activities and a banal contrast between Tory and Labour approaches. See his article and my comments on it at

Relevant to this is the story above about the Government refusing to fund fire safety works.

Croydon’s Air Pollution Crisis

Croydon bid for Borough of Culture 2019

Croydonians are being offered the opportunity to vote their support, and local groups to offer events for Croydon’s bid to be a Borough of Culture. The special website says that there is steering group with representation from arts organisations, businesses and the Council, but does not list who.

Council to run former Ashburton Library building

Croydon College looking for a new Principal and Chief Executive

Croydon History

  • 169 London Road: The old Cinatra’s nightclub space

Kake’s history of London Rd continues at

  • Croydon’s involvements in the slavery business

CHHSS has published an essay by me about Croydon’s links with the slavery business, with a summary of the black presence and details of the abolition movement.

  • Croydon Airport needs volunteers to help with its history project

Croydon Amphibian Swimmers Club


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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