Croydon events & news at 10 September

Monday 10 September. 7.30pm. Democracy Roadshow

The Democracy Roadshow led by MP Chris Williamson advocating greater member democracy in the Labour Party is in Croydon.

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

For details of the campaign see:

Thursday 14 September. 6.30pmm. Council Planning Committee & Planning Sub-committee

Committee: 1 Brighton Rd, 57 Downs Court Rd, 63 Selhurst Rd, 45 The Ridge Way, 37 Woodcrest Grove Rd & 57 Woodcrest Rd.

Sub-committee: 129-131 Addington Rd, 14 Hartley Old Rd, 37-39 Heathhurst Rd, 2 Pollards Hill East,& 5-60 Westow Hill.

Papers can be accessed at

Monday 24 September. Start of collection of old refuse boxes

If you decide not to keep the old waste recycling blue and green boxes for storage use you can put them out on Monday 24 September  empty bar the lids inside, and they will be collected over the following two weeks.

Events at Ruskin House

 Fri 5th Oct – Film on Palestine organised by Croydon TUC and Assembly

Sat 6th Oct – Afternoon tea to raise funds for Ruskin and promote the Georgina King Lewis room – a new library & meeting room in the main Ruskin building.

Fri 26th Oct – ABBA Karaoke night to raise funds for Ruskin

Sat 24th Nov – RNLI fund-raiser organised by Mike Artes

Revised National Planning Policy Framework

The Government has revised the National Planning Policy Framework which takes priority over the London and the Croydon Plans, in that both have to be interpreted in compliance. The new version is a substantial re-write and up-date on the 2012 version. It will take time to assess what the significant changes are and what it means for Croydon’s Local Plan and planning decision making. I have produced an edited version highlighting the revisions. This can be downloaded here:

National Planning Policy Framework 2018 note

The new wheelies and the old recycle bins

Councillor Stuart Collins tells me that he recognises the need for a flexible approach in some streets. Some have already had a different solution because of the nature of their front areas etc, and that more will considered for tailored solutions once the recycle boxes have been collected.

If you find that sometimes the textiles and shoes you leave out for collection are not picked up, this is probably because the cage under the refuse vehicle is too small. Stuart Collins is going to discuss adding another one to increase capacity.

Some ideas for re-using the re-cycle bins:

Competitions could be run for artists and Croydon College to create works of art. A stack could be left at Factory Lane for people to collect compost rather than using plastic bags. Many organisations may want extra storage bins. Why not offer them to schools, to voluntary organisations with premises, to Croydon  Museum, CALAT and the Libraries, and to businesses for storage use. All that would be needed would be to sterilise wash them before passed over.

Council starts formal compulsory purchase for Westfields to start demolition September 2019

Despite the Compulsory Purchase Order being approved in 2015  the Council is only now issuing the notices to relevant owners to consolidate the ownership of the whole site in the Whitgift Foundation.

News in Brief

Croydon pays £29.8m for Croydon Park Hotel. Marketed at £25m; previous owners paid £18.2m under 5 years ago. (Property Week. 7 September)

Debt campaign arrives in Croydon (Croydon Citizen. 4 September)

Council to pay back £1,410,798.15 in business rates. (Council FOI response to C. Smith 17 June)

The Council have re-acquired 54 properties that were formerly sold under the Right to Buy Scheme. (Ditto to Miss Howland 21 August)

The Council does not know how many homeowners that are behind on their mortgage payments.  (Ditto Ms Oluleye 16 August)

Do you know Croydon young families struggling with the costs of child care?

The Trades Union Congress has published a report on the problem across the country.

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to new TUC analysis published 3 September. The sub-regional data documents an event greater problem for most families with young children the south east region, where costs have risen 4.5 times faster than the average increase in wages. In the east of England childcare costs have risen 3.4 times faster than the average increase in wages. In Inner London childcare costs have also risen 3.4 times faster than the average increase in wages. The story is less bad in outer London, but even there childcare costs have risen 1.5 times more rapidly than the increase in average wages. This leaves hundreds of thousands of families with a massive shortfall in their monthly budget and it is evidence of the devastating impact of Britain’s cost of living crisis on working mums and dads.

Council Allotments

Towards the end of August the Council had 35 vacant plots for council managed allotment sites. ‘Some of these may be VOID due to flooding/other issues.’ ‘The number of vacant plots will decrease greatly in the coming months as we advertise plots for the forthcoming ‘allotment year’ starting in October.’ ‘The approximate waiting time for a plot ‘varies by site but can typically range from 6-24 months.’

Name Management Address (Nearest Postcode) Total Size of Site Number of Plots on Site
Hartley Down Council Managed CR8 4HL 5.77 acres 88
Mickleham Way Council Managed CR0 0PN 3.11 acres 38
Midday Sun Council Managed CR5 3BE 1.66 acres 22.5
Orchard Avenue Council Managed CR0 7PZ 1.46 acres 20
Pampisford Road Council Managed CR2 6WB 7.3 acres 84
Sanderstead Council Managed CR2 0JA 2.53 acres 45
Bensham Manor Leased to society CR7 7BZ 9.9 acres 152
Biggin Wood Leased to society SE19 3HS 3.83 acres 52
Gonville Road Leased to society CR7 6DN 10.85 acres 163
Heavers Farm Leased to society SE25 6LR Area Silent in Lease 156
Norbury Park Leased to society SW16 3RL 6.72 acres 86
Park Hill Leased to society CR0 5JX 3.5 acres 48
Spa Hill Leased to society SE19 3TY 22 acres 327
South Croydon Leased to society CR2 0BJ 10 acres 146
Smitham Leased to society CR5 3BE 1.84 acres 31

 Source: FOI answer to David Greenwood, 23 August



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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