Croydon events & news at 28 May


Wednesday 30 May. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium

St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA

1 June. Empty Property Officer post applications closing date

Sunday, 1 July. South Norwood Community Festival

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July. The Butterfly Effect Festival

Lloyd Park, Croydon. Tickets start at £35. Book your tickets now!

June Council diary

Meetings include:

Thursday 7 June. Planning

Tuesday 12. Scrutiny & Overview

Thursday 13 Public Transport Liaison and Waste Partnership

Tuesday 19. Children & Young Person Scrutiny

Thursday 21. Planning

Tuesday 26. Scrutiny Streets, Environment & Homes

Events at Ruskin House 

1 June. 8pm.  Poets Anonymous.

ww.y3 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues – Dave & Dietrich and Singers’ Night

4 June. 8pm. The Folk Club. Flossie Malavialle

10 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues – Singers’ Night

14 June. Jewish Voice for Labour/Croydon TUC meeting:

21 June. Peace movement talks by Sean Creighton and Dan Frost

23 June. Pizza & Prosecco fund-raising evening for Ruskin – tickets from bar £10/£7

30 June. Folk & Blues. Mitch Howard tribute – being organised by Garry

7 July. Summer Festival

22 July – Tolpuddle coach trip – tickets available from bar

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd

Websites:,  and


Croydon thunder storm 26/27 May

The fantastic thunder storm that hit Croydon on the night of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, is a reminder of the serious issue of flooding and surface water drainage, and the need for this is to be treated far more seriously in considering planning applications. It also requires the Council to consider the efficiency of the drainage system in street gutters as many were so blocked that water pooled on some roads unable to drain away.

News in Brief

  • Business support advice events

  • Fly-tipping and litter prosecutions reach 198 (Croydon Advertiser. 24 May)
  • Savvy Theatre Company to have Fairfield Halls base (The Stage. 24 May)
  • Council to have a Windrush Day – date to be announced.
  • Tory Councillor business affairs. Inside Croydon asks questions about. (24 May)
  • London Plan. Mayor Sadiq Khan’s draft London Plan is to be reviewed by a Panel appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct an examination in public.
  • Croydon house prices dropping – slightly. The average price of a home in Croydon fell from £368,767 in March 2017 to £363,472 in March 2018 (Croydon Advertiser. 23 May)
  • Councillors’ ‘pay rise’. (Inside Croydon, 23 May)
  • New spin on culture strategy

Street Art

Apart from the developers, a small number of people are deciding what the Town Centre built environment looks like with the street art works. The latest is pictured and discussed at

I am sure that like me there are those who like some of the murals and those who do not. Is it time to assess how they are imposed on us?

Norwich Council states that planning permission is needed if the street art is in a conservation area, or it will change the character of the area.

‘Work must be respectful. You must consider the context of the local environment and not cause offence.

Offensive graffiti may contain some or all of the following: offensive language, language of a politically, racially, religiously insulting or inciting nature; hate statements; graphically explicitly images; graphically intimidating images or text; images that are textually or visually offensive in context; libellous or potentially libellous statements.’

It also advises that artists should consult with the local community. ‘You need to talk to the people and businesses that live, work and operate around the site to engage them in your project. This will help people to understand what you are doing and will increase support for your project.’

Croydon Weekly Standard 1873-1888

Now available on the internet



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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