Croydon News at 12 August inc. Surrey St/Matthews Yard, Brick by Brick, doubts about Westfield Centre

Thursday 16 August. 6.30pm. Council Planning Committee

The Committee will be considering the application to redevelop the building which includes the Conference Centre and Matthews Yard. Brock by Brick’s proposed scheme to build on open land on both sides of Shrubland Ave, the layout and landscaping of the former Taberner House site and Queens Gdns, and two private developments: 29 Beech Ave and land between 200-202 Selsdon Rd, The papers can be accessed at

Monday 27 August. From 10am. Made in Croydon Stall event at Boxpark

Have you any old fashion mags?

Then  please donate them to  Lee Thompson of Creative Croydon for a workshop on Monday 13 August.

Has Council a contingency plan if Westfield scheme collapses?

Inside Croydon discusses the latest indications that the Westfield scheme may collapse, and Property Week’s report that Chief Executive Jo Negrini has hinted there is a contingency plan.

Since the Inside Croydon story on possible collapse of the shopping centre scheme, the Croydon Advertiser says the Council is committed to a large shopping centre even if the Westfield/Hammerson scheme does not go ahead.

Lewis Wright discusses what could happen at

Centrale’s House of Fraser’s future down to Mike Ashley

Hammerson’s Centrale is faced with waiting to find out whether Mike Ashley, the controversial boss of Sports Direct, who has purchased cheap the collapsing House of Fraser will retain or close the Centrale unit. Elsewhere in the Borough Homebase off Purley Way is due to close as the chain goes into collapse.

Inside Croydon discusses the issue at

Brick by Brick on show at V&A

Not all households will have to have the new wheelie bins

The national ‘good’ name of Croydon continues to be featured on the basis of the complex set of relationships involving Cabinet members Alison Butler and Paul Scott as chronicled by Inside Croydon. They appear yet again in the ‘Rotten Borough’ section of the issue of Private Eye (to 9 August).

Paul Scott failed to attend New Addington consultation

Following the concern expressed by Inside Croydon about Paul Scott’s conflict of interest about chairing a consultation meeting in New Addington anti-Brick by Brick campaigner Steve Pollard reported on the Brick by Brick Action Group Facebook that Scott did not show up.

Child obesity highest in six wards

Sport England research shows that one in four of Croydon’s young people are overweight and one in five children are living in poverty. The worst wards are New Addington, Thornton Heath, Selsdon, Broad Green, Fieldway and West Thornton.

Cars versus homes – a false debate?

The recent Planning Committee discussion on car parking for a proposed new development on Russell Hill in Purley highlights the over simplistic view of Labour Councillors in their obsession to meet housing target numbers without thinking about lifestyles and wider issues about impact on an area.

Whether they like it or not cars are essential to large number of households because of their complex work and family needs, because of the inadequacies of public transport, and for a sense of personal safety. As cars become less polluting and more electric cars are purchased the air quality arguments against them will reduce. The desire to encourage more cycling is probably pie in the sky because of the dangers to cyclists from motorists and the dangers of cyclists to motorists and pedestrians, especially as there in no lice and compulsory training requirement. While the Labour Councillors want to prevent the use of cars by new residents they are quite happy to support the Westfield shopping scheme which will encourage more cars into the Borough from Surrey, Sussex and Kent. A key question of course to be asked is which Labour Councillors own cars themselves. Are they prepared to set an example and give them up? If they are not let’s have no more pontificating against car provision for new housing developments.

Women’s Aid Needs help

Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid is part of the Women’s Aid national movement, which desperately needs donations to continue to support refuges around the country.

Comment. It is horrific that women still need to have such support from violent men. We seem to have made no progress  in changing men’s behaviour since the start of the movement. When I was a housing advisor in Wandsworth 1973-6 I helped the Women’s Aid group there to get their first short-life property, and gave support to many abused women.

News Update on Matthews Yard

Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard has posted the following good news summary about the premises.

  1. In April we were featured in Croydon Labour party videos featuring the local ward councillors for Fairfield Ward and the Leader of the Council where promises were made to help save Matthews Yard and we believe they will follow through on their election pledges in this regard.
  2. In May we won the Time Out Love London Award for best Culture Spot in Croydon.
  3. In May the Mayor of London published a report on the proposed redevelopment stating the developers plans did not meet the London Plan and had insufficient affordable housing and the construction management plan did not meet TFL requirements.
  4. 4. In June and July we attended a series of meetings as part of the Croydon Creative Enterprise Zone consortium and have secured a place in the bid to the Mayor of London for a nominal amount of funding to help safeguard the future of our workspace in Exchange Square by funding the final phase of refurbishment work. We will find out about this late in 2018.
  5. 5. Also in June, negotiations to take over the former Pizza Express premises in South End broke down as we could not agree terms with the landlord and our search for alternative premises continues.
  6. 6. In July we were shortlisted for the Croydon Business Excellence Awards for our Cultural contribution and have some work to do for the next round of submissions in August.
  7.  Also in July we secured several new occupants of the workspace premises in private office suites, inching that project ever closer to financial viability and self sustainability.
  8.  In August we were notified by Croydon Council that our application for discretionary rates relief had been granted, removing one of the single biggest short term financial pressures on the business and removing the short term threat of being forced into administration.
  9. Yesterday we agreed terms for another occupant and environmental charity working with volunteers and unemployed in skills development to join our workspace, bringing it to the highest level of occupancy ever and close to being fully occupied.











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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