Croydon news & events at 18 August

August. Croydon Library News

25 August. 11am-5pm. Does Croydon need a Visitor Centre?

Does Croydon want, need or even deserve A Visitor Centre? What should it look like and how could it be financed? Come and have a chat with Charles Barber e sitting at a stall in the covered section of St George’s Walk, and tell him what you think of Croydon, how it could be improved and what you’d show a visitor to our peculiar town. Is this ‘real life’ or theatre or performance art? Who cares?

Ruskin House events

Saturday 18 August. Cinema Ruskin – on film – £2 at 8pm.  ‘Swingtime’ (Ginger Rodgers/Fred Astaire) 1936

Sunday 26 August. 3pm. Trades Council BBQ – 3pm film ‘Unsung Hero’ about trade union leader Jack Jones, followed by BBQ about 4.30 and then Folk & Blues.

Friday 26 October. ABBA Karaoke night to raise funds for Ruskin.

Saturday 24 November.  RNLI fund-raiser organised by Mike Artes.

Folk & Blues evenings.  £2 at 8pm Sundays

19 August. Denny Terrell and Singers’ Night

26 August. Molly & the Blackbriar Band and Singers’ Night

2 September – Singers’ Night

9 September. Dave King and Singers’ Night

Steve Reed wants a new caseworker

Steve Reed MP is looking for a highly motivated part-time caseworker to join his busy constituency office in Thornton Heath. The successful applicant will join a small constituency team and provide advice and support to Steve’s constituents on a range of issues, as well as providing administrative support when required. Previous advice work experience is desirable but not essential. The hours can be worked over 3-5 days but must include Mon-Wed, 10am-1pm. Salary £21,960-£23,000 pro rata for 22.5 hours per week  Find out more. Closing Date 7 September 2018. Applications by email to enclosing your CV of not more than two sides of A4 and a short covering letter.

Research into Croydon riots

Researchers from Cardiff University are looking for volunteers to interview about the riots especially those who grew up in Tottenham/Croydon and were teenagers or young adults in 2011. The project focuses on the long-term impacts of the 2011 riots on young adults. The research is expected to be used in academic publications, provoking discussion and greater attention to the longer-term impacts of the riots on the young people of Tottenham and Croydon. Please email l Alasdair Jenkins

Comment. The 2001 riots have been Croydon’s elephant in the room. There has never been a serious attempt to analyse them or keep the issues arising at the top of the political agenda. The Council in particular seems to prefer to bury its head in the sand over the riots and their implications.

5-9 Surrey St – Matthews Yard stay of execution

On Thursday the Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to defer a planning decision, sending the developers back to the drawing board to come up with a more imaginative frontage for the building which used cheaper materials and enables them to deliver more affordable housing. Saif Bonar of Matthews Yard comments:

‘Under the circumstances this was probably one of the best possible outcomes we could have expected. It buys us more time and puts more costs on the developer at the speculative stage, increasing the chances they will withdraw from their option to buy the building. If we can apply some legal pressure via a barrister regarding the community right to bid and challenging their intention to buy the building without first triggering the 6 month moratorium which comes with ACV status, this may be enough to push them into moving onto another development or, if successful in triggering the right to bid, we could look at pulling together a consortium to buy the asset instead.’

I hope that the planners will use the deferment to also raise the need for the developer to work up more details as suggested in the note I sent to Committee members – see

In addition to the inappropriate height of the building overshadowing Surrey Street, it has been pointed out to me that there is a lack of small boutique sized retail units which would normally be fitting for a market street. How about a Moroccan style street market there with shop produce protruding into the street?

Hammerson – what has been going on?

Property Week contains a very full analysis of the way its executives have put their own interests above those of shareholders.

Sarah Jones, MP action on sprinklers

Croydon Central Labour MP Sarah Jones writes in her newsletter

‘As Shadow Housing Minister I launched a campaign last week for the Government to fund the retrofitting of sprinklers in tall council and housing association tower blocks. After the Grenfell tragedy, the Government said it would help local councils to fund “whatever measures need to be taken…to make buildings safe.” Croydon Council were the first council to commit to fitting sprinklers in 26 tower blocks, yet the Government has repeatedly refused to give any support, meaning the council is having to shoulder the £10m cost alone. I visited a block in Addiscombe last week to see the completed sprinkler installation and speak to residents, who clearly feel a lot safer. The council is now halfway through the programme – 740 flats have been successfully retrofitted with sprinkler systems so far.’

News in brief

Croydon Community Clothes Exchange opens (Croydon Citizen)

Brick by Brick’s Heathfield Gdns site infested with Japanese knotweed. (Inside Croydon 18 August)

Government’s Green Paper on Social Housing analysed. (Inside Croydon 15 August)

Council IT chief switches to new IT contractor (Inside Croydon 16 August)

Council reaches 200 successful fly tipping etc prosecutions. (Croydon Guardian 17 August)

Clas Ohlson at Whitgift closes (Croydon Advertiser 13 August)

New block of flats approved in Shirley despite opposition (Croydon Advertiser 17 August)

Croydon is the musical capital (Croydon Advertiser 17 August)

Pro-low taxes Taxpayer’s Alliance campaigns in Croydon (Croydon Guardian 17 August). UKIP activist Mike Swadling sets out his concerns about waste of money by Croydon Council in Croydon Citizen.

Remembering those who fell in the Wars

The Muslim Association of Croydon, were invited to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Ceremony in May 2018 for all the Soldiers who died fighting for freedom in the great wars and conflicts. Faiths Together in Croydon Community member Tamkin Riaz FtiC Committee writes in the latest newsletter:

‘over 400,000 of the 1.4 million British Indian Army, which is today’s modern day Pakistan, India & Bangladesh, that constituted the volunteer force during the first world war. Muslims and historians believe that close to 50,000 were injured and over 8,500 died on the Western Front thousands of miles from home in very harsh conditions. The first ever Victoria Cross of WW1 was awarded to a Pakistani Khudadad Khan and a statue of Khudadad Khan stands at the entrance of the Pakistan Army Museum in Rawalpindi. We visited many historical sites in France & Belgium and at 8pm took part in the last post and memorial service at the Menin Gate where Thousands attended to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. We Must Remember Them All and visit the such important sites where wars were lost and won for our Freedoms. We are still looking for personal stories and reflections of the many people of different faiths who fought in the World wars for our exhibition in November. Please get in touch by emailing if you have anything you would like to tell us or pictures of people of faith who fought.’

Faiths Together in Croydon revamped website is at


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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