Croydon news and issues at 23 March

Are we damaging children’s learning?

Do have a read of my piece about the problems of motor skills and learning.

London Road Green Mile progress

Saving Matthews Yard

The latest updates on the Save Matthews Yard campaign refers to my blog posting about the Christian owners of the building.

Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund

Social enterprises should look to apply to the fund.

Hammerson News 

Hammerson downgraded by Credit Suisse due to take-over of INTU. (Proactive Investors website. 15 March) and now at bottom of FTSE 100 because fear of shareholder revolt over takeover. (Telegraph 15 March)

Hammerson rejects £5bn takeover by Klepierre. (Financial press. 19 March)

Hammerson negotiates loan £15bn loan finance to buy INTU with a combination of banks: China,  Barclays, BNP Paribas, Deutsche,  HSBC, J. P. Morgan Securities, Lloyds,  Mizuho, National Westminster, Santander, MUFG and Wells Fargo. (Financial press.  20 March)

News in Brief


Croydon at MIPIM. (Inside Croydon. 16 March)

Broad Green Residents Association now Friends of Broad Green. (Broad Green Environmental Action Group Facebook)

Abdul Basit, a Croydon property developer, has been made an international peace ambassador for his work promoting young people and fighting Islamic extremism. (Croydon Advertiser. 18 March)

5 more successful prosecutions of litter, fly-tipping and urinating. (Croydon Advertiser. 19 March)

Peace Festival secures funding:

Anthem for Peace premiere video:

Citiscape residents shafted by Tribunal:

Friends of Wandle Park oppose Cromwell Rd development (application number is 18/00856/CONR). Deadline for comment 29 March.

Council starts buying homes. (Your Croydon. 21 March)

London Mayor funds |Croydon to develop Creative Enterprise Zone. (Ditto. 20 March)

Is the Dingwall Tram Loop dead?

Inside Croydon reveals that the Westfield partners have pulled the contribution to the building of the TfL Dingwall tram loop. This was always a ridiculous scheme that had little public support, and which should never have been approved.

See also

Paul Scott explains his view of housing growth

Congratulations to Inside Croydon editor Steve Downes for managing to have an full explanation from Paul Scott, Planning Chair, explaining his backing of the drive for more housing.

The problem is that most of the new homes being approved in the Opportunity Area are not meeting the needs of Croydon residents and have simply pushed up house prices and rents. The levels of  so-called affordable housing achieved is low. The policy to have a good percentage of 3+bedroom homes for families has not been achieved. Of course Scott is uncritically accepting the dictat from Government and the Mayor that London must be allowed to grow instead of supporting growth in other regions. There growing social inequalities. Living in some neighbourhoods has  become intolerable due to the pressure of increased population on services, especially on public transport and roads. What Scott cannot control is the increase in multiple occupation by landlords who overcrowd their properties, and deprive many people of decent living standards.

Inside Croydon wonders whether approvals of Brick by Brick schemes could be challenged in the High Court

Tory leader Tim Pollard opens debate on Council Governance

See also my comments on his article.

Refugee Council Children’s Section

Because refugees have to deal with the Home Office in the Town Centre the Refugee Council has a Children’s Section based at 13 – 14 Katharine Street, in the row of offices below the bus stop ranks opposite the Town Hall. Its runs children’s, educational and  youth activities, and drop in services. The later are  Mondays – Fridays  9.30am-5pm;  no appointment is necessary.  020 7346 1134 or

Further information at

Croydon History

  • The Swinging 1860s

  • Zola, the Dreyfus Affair and Queens Hotel

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the Civil Rights Movement

  • Plaque to William Walker

Plaque unveiled on 17 March at unveiled at 118 Portland Road to William Walker, diver who saved Winchester Cathedral. (Croydon Advertiser. 17 March)

  • 1960s Brutalism tour

Cultural capital and adolescents

There is much debate in Croydon about the importance of cultural activities. The following article discusses the development of cultural participation among adolescents which may be helpful to read in terms of underpinning the continuing development a cultural strategy and activities, and its implications for schools and for engaging young people as part of community safety/anti-knife carrying activity.



About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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