As Croydon grows so does deprivation

Croydon is now ranked as 17th in the list of London Boroughs with deprivation, compared with being 19th in 2010.

10,261 people live in areas considered to be within the 10% most deprived in the whole country.

Two parts of West Thornton and Fieldway wards have particularly been adversely affected. Broad Green and New Addington are in the 5% most deprived wards.

Male life expectancy is lowest in Selhurst (74.4) compared with Seldson and Ballards (85). llr Labour Leader Tony Newman says the statistics for low life expectancy are “appalling”.

“What we need from the Government is investment in health services in Croydon.”

The details can be seen in the Annual Report of the Public Health Officer for 2017, the drfat of which was looked at by the Cabinet in October, for finalising and publication in December. The final report cannot be found on the Council’s website. The draft is here

Chris Philp attacks private investment in Croydon flats

Tory Croydon South MP Chris Phelp is calling for more properties in new Croydon housing developments to go to UK buyers instead of being snapped up by foreign investors.

In Homes for everyone he suggests ‘new developments of more than 20 units to be 50% purchased by UK residents’.

Who pays business rates?

If you want to know whop is responsible for paing business rates on commercial property in Croydon then have a look at the list supplied by the Council under Freedom of Information.

Financial services access continues to shrink

The latest bank branch to close will be Lloyds at 129 Brighton Rd in Coulsdon. Opposing it the local Conservative Councillors say: We note that you advise our residents to travel to Caterham branch in future – a full 30-minute journey from Coulsdon by public transport requiring two trains or two buses. This is not acceptable, particularly for the elderly who often do not have access to personal computers, let alone online banking.”

Council’s Growth Plan next stages

The Cabinet meeting on 11 December noted the activities underway and planned by the transport, public realm and culture, energy, parking and construction logistics workstreams, and approved Growth Zone funding for the projects in 2018/19 valued at £4m. It also approved the work programme and funding for making Croydon a smarter digital area.

It also had a report on progress on implementing  the recommendations of the Opportunity & Fairness Commission.

More debate on the future of Croydon

Following  the mothballing  of the Croydon Debating  Club now that its organiser Robert Ward has become a prospective Conservative Council candidate, a new initiative sparked by the threat to Matthews Yard is starting: Croydon Forum . The aim is to discuss ideas and solutions that can tackle some of Croydon’s many problems.  Charles Barber explains at

Meanwhile the Citizen continues to provide space for debate, so as


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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