Saturday 16 March. 7pm. Concert of predominantly musical theatre
Abby-Rose, one of Surrey Opera’s young chorus members , writes:
‘As some of you are aware, I run a children’s events company and we lost almost all of our costumes and equipment in the fire in our storage unit on New Year’s Eve. We’re working hard to replace everything quickly and my performers have all agreed to take part in a concert to fundraise for it. Louisa Alice Rose, another Surrey Opera member and soloist, is also kindly guest performing.
Tickets £10 each; cash bar as well.
Surrey Opera’s Clyde Hall, Clyde Road, Croydon
If anyone is thinking of attending Abby Rose would appreciate a rough idea of numbers, and people can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 13 April 10.30am–5pm. Art Exhibition of works by local artists and friends of Surrey Opera
Entrance £2.50 (child £1) with light refreshments and lunches available at very reasonable prices. Flier can be downloaded here:
Labour wins Norbury & Pollards Hill By-election
Labour’s Leila Ben-Hassel has been elected as the new Councillor for Norbury & Pollards Hill Ward in place of the latest Maggie Mansell. Leila won with 1,379 votes (64.5%).
Tirena Gunter the Conservative candidate received 324 (15.2%). The Independent Mark O’Grady won 162 (7.6%), Rachel Chance the Green 91 (4.3%), the Independent Roznerska 72 (3.4%) , Guy Burchett (Lib Dem) 70 (3.3%) and Kathleen Garner (UKIP) 40 (1.9%).
South Bank University To Open Campus in Town Centre
Andrew Kennedy writes on Historic Croydon commenting on a video of Council Leader Tony Newman talking about the agreement for South Bank University to set up in the Town Centre.
‘It is a day to truly celebrate but it is Southbank University’s investment and to claim this as the Council’s idea is a little rich. We should always have been a university town, yet the Council’s support and its relationship with Croydon College, for instance, has been rocky for many years. They wanted to grab their lands and build a smaller college. Students bring life and university facilities and research bring employers to the town but it needs a proper full vision not just jumping on the nearest passing wagon. Good news Croydon but I want to know more.
The idea of a attracting a University was set out in the new Labour administration’s Growth Plan in 2014.
In its report What kind of economy do we need in Croydon? Croydon Council’s Growth Plan and District Centre Investment; Growth For All. A Commentary with Recommendations, the Croydon TUC Working Party discussed the issues that would need to be addressed in seeking to have a University open a campus in Croydon.
‘87. There may well be many advantages to attracting a major UK University to set up a campus in the Borough, and the news of the progress being made to negotiate providing a base to Roehampton University in Bernard Weatherill House is welcome. However, consideration will need to be given to the nature of the jobs that will be created. Many University support services are now contracted out, especially those jobs at the lower pay end of the market. An increasing number of lecturers are on short-term contracts. There may also be added pressures on the local private rented housing market from students wanting to live in the Borough. The Working Party RECOMMENDS:
(32) that in the negotiations with potential Universities to set up a campus in Croydon the Council should include the issues of the nature of jobs and their pay levels and student demand for housing.
(33) that the negotiations with potential Universities should include discussions with the trade unions which represent different staff groups.
- By itself having a University campus in the Town Centre will not necessarily bring benefits to local people. The University will need to develop engagement with employers and the community to develop courses that assist up-skilling of existing workers, support and encourage secondary school pupils to consider University entrance, to ensure that courses involve elements which support policy development in Croydon, use student and academics projects to undertake research that is needed in the Borough, and to link with existing providers to improve the adult education offer. The Working Party RECOMMENDS:
(34) that the negotiations with potential Universities should include discussions over the way in which the University brings added value benefits to Croydon, perhaps through the establishment of a Centre for Croydon Affairs.’
Inside Croydon (13 March) seeks to stir the waters on the announcement with a particular attack on Chief Executive Jo Negrini at MIMPIM in Cannes.
Successful prosecution for planning contravention
Brick by Brick sales begin