Croydon events & news as at 4 March

Bernard Winchester Diary

Diary March 2019

Monday 4 March. 6.30pm. Council Budget Meeting

Plus Clean Green Croydon up-date by Cabinet Member Stuart Collins

Access papers at

Town Hall

Tuesday 5 March. 6.30pm. Scrutiny and Overview Committee

Presentation on the Safer Croydon Partnership; Question Time: Hamida Ali, Cabinet Member for Safer Croydon and Communities; Developing a Public Health Approach to Violence Reduction. Access papers at

Town Hall

 Tuesday 5 March. The Abyssinian Difficulty: Retracing a Victorian Expedition.

Talk by John Pilkington about the  expedition mounted by the British army in 1868  to rescue European hostages held in a hilltop fortress 400 miles inside Abyssinia.  To accomplish this, they built a new port and railway and employed 44 elephants and 26,000 bearers.

Purley Literary Society.

Friday 8 March. HMO Article 4 Direction Consultation closes

Landlords are likely to oppose – see

Friday 29 March. Shadow World

Film about arms trading. More information to follow.

Ruskin House

Some Questions

The rundown of Norbury Library

When will the Library Strategy be published? My posting about the rundown of Norbury Library puts it in the context of the forthcoming Library Strategy that will go to the Croydon Cabinet.

What is the level of air pollution in your area?

You can check by postcode at

How many winter fuel deaths in Croydon?

On Friday 15 February Fuel Poverty Awareness Day  National Energy Action (NEA) and E3G issued a joint press release highlighting the negative impacts of living in poor quality housing. According to their data sources, there were 56,300 excess winter deaths in the UK during 2017-18, the highest number since 1975/76. Of these, 16,890 were said to be attributable to cold homes. They do not give a geographic breakdown by local authority area.

Planning & Development News

Hammerson change of strategy puts Westfield under threat

Hammerson, the partner in the Westfield development, has announced that it has putting all its major construction projects on hold, and is focusing on selling off over £500m of its  property assets to pay down its company debts.

See Inside Croydon 25 February, and

But Council leader still hopeful within the Growth strategy context:

Inside Croydon coverage since 26 February

Queens Hotel public inquiry starts on appeal against planning refusal

Brick by Brick needs more money

Revised Fairfield/College Green Plans

Fairfield Halls £11m over budget

800 residents sign up for Brick by Brick homes

Campaign against threat to Selsdon Woods

Bellway markets the IKON and starts Vista24 tower

To see how Bellway Homes markets projects like the IKON and Vista24 schemes in Croydon see

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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