Croydon events and news at 6 July


New Selhurst mural

 Saturday 7 July, Made in Croydon event postponed

Saturday 7 July. 11m-4pm. Kennington Chartism Day

Do come an join me at the Kennington Chartism Day. Ironically we have just have the Government sponsored National Democracy Week. The Charrists led the fight of universal suffrage (for men) from 1838 and held a massive demonstration on kennington Common on 10 April 1848.   I am running a stall which will include copies of my new pamphlet Kennington Common 10 April 1848. An Introduction to Chartism in Lambeth.

Kennington Park

and you can still enjoy the second part of:

Saturday 7 July. Noon to 10-30pm. Ruskin Summer Festival

Stalls, games, bouncy castle and lots of different types of food.

£5 on the door (kids free).

10 July. 5pm. Council Scrutiny & Overview Committee

Major discussion on Pre-Decision Financial Strategy.

Thursday 12 July. 6.30. Council Traffic Management Advisory Committee

Key items: pedestrianisation around some schools; electrical vehicle charging points; parking charges 2018/19.

Monday 16 July. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet

Key items: budget options and education estates review.

Brick by Brick wins approval to build on green space next to Ruskin House

On Thursday night the Labour majority of the semi-judicial Planning Committee approved the Brick by Brick application for building a block of one bedroom flats and a three bedroom house on the green space on the corner of Coombe and Edridge Rds next to Ruskin House. The application was opposed by local residents, the Croydon TUC, Croydon Assembly and Croydon Unite Retired members branch. For the reasons for the objections by these organisations see:

Inside Croydon discusses the debate on the application and one affecting Sunny Bank at:

I sent the Committee members the following grounds for objection that had been emailed to Development Management and me.

‘There are many reasons why building on this small piece of grass next to Ruskin House is a bad idea, but the worst is the traffic POLLUTION it will cause, and the DAMAGE to the residents’ health !

Coombe Road is single lane each side, and very congested.

But the worst section for traffic pollution is between Edridge Road and Park Lane where vehicles stop and start, waiting in a long queue for the traffic lights to change, with their exhausts churning out toxic fumes.

The 8 flats all have the ONLY BEDROOM WINDOW very near to the narrow pavement beside this road, so an air-less bedroom, or suffering long-term damage to their lungs and general health, is their only choice!

Added to that, the 8 flats do not have car parking, which will result in major internet and large item deliveries, which will stop Coombe Road eastbound traffic completely, (unless some fool decides to overtake on the wrong side of the road – and THAT could cause an accident to close both sides of Coombe Road !), and there is limited space on the corner of Edridge Road, or Edridge Road itself  for all but the quickest drop-offs.

This will cause even greater air pollution.’

Date set for hearing to legally challenge Brick by Brick – more money needed

Westfield & Hammerson News

John Burton, a key Director  Westfield in promoting the proposed Centre development is leaving the company to return to Australia. (Inside Croydon, Building magazine’s website) .

Hammerson hires McKinsey to undertake strategy review. (The Times, Retail Gazette, Property Week)Could this lead to pulling out of the partnership with Westfield?

The owners of the Valley Retail Park may be seeking to challenge the new Westfield by proposing a £20m make-over with new road to improve the experience of visiting the shops. (Croydon Advertiser)

News in Brief

Town Centre gridlock predicted for 2020 due to big construction developments (Croydon Advertiser)

Town Centre Delights given 2nd zero-star food hygiene rating (Croydon Advertiser)

Healthwatch Croydon calls for GPs to work more closely with homeless people (Croydon Advertiser). Oh dear yet another feeling of deja vue. I wrote a paper for the Family Practitioner Committee in Wandsworth in the 1970s on this topic!!!

Croydon Citizen articles

Can’t give any more: volunteer fatigue in Croydon (part 1) – see also my contribution to the discussion

Croydon’s architecture – beautiful or damned

Review of Peace Festival

The work of Croydon-born, Irish-Palestinian artist Rosalind Nashashibi

Draft London plan’s high-rise policy disregards quality of life, warn architects

Andrew Kennedy points out on Historic Croydon Facebook thee issues with respect to the 26 storey Cambridge House development

‘Isn’t this storing up trouble for the future? A paultry playspace for 0-5 year olds on the ground floor when there are families growing up in this new tower. 26 storey building comprising 63 two bedroom flats, 9 three bedroom plus 20 one bedroom at: Cambridge House, 16-18 Wellesley Road. What happens when they want to kick a ball about? How appropriate is playspace next to a public reception area. This is all too cramped for good mental health and physical well-being. Planning Application 16/03368/P…/centralDistribution.d…


Tory Croydon MP launched NHS White Paper in 1944

As the MP for Croydon North (1940 to 1948), Tory MP Henry Willink, the health minister in Winston Churchill’s wartime coalition government (1943 to 1945) launched the White Paper The National Health Service’ which laid the foundations for the establishment of the NHS in 1848 under Attlee’s Labour Government. (Croydon Advertiser)


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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