This week sees a concentration on Croydon’s cultural strategy and activities with the question and answer session with Oliver Lewis the Cabinet member by the Scrutiny Committee on Monday night and the Borough of Culture reception on Tuesday night. The campaign to protect our greens spaces and the Green Belt hots up with the Covington/Crescent Way residents raising money in case they want to legally challenge the proposed Brick by Brick planning application, and Sarah Jones, Labour MP for Croydon Central, coming out in favour of protecting the Green Belt from erosion and against building on small green spaces.
Monday 10 February. 6.30pm. Scrutiny & Overview Committee. Culture and Leisure Cabinet Member Q&A
Tuesday 11 February. 5 – 7pm. Borough of Culture Thank You Reception
If you would like to attend please RSVP via this link https://ccn_boc_thankyou.eventbrite.co.uk.
Tuesday 11 February. 7.30pm. Next Steps for Labour – John McDonnell
Ruskin House will be packed for this meeting. To ensure a seat book at
Thursday 27 February. 6 for 6.30pm. ‘Meet the Chair’ of the Croydon Climate Commission for green activists
See details below.
Saturday 29 February to Sunday 1 March. Croydon Potter at Pottery Fair
The Croydon Creative Enterprise Zone. Seeks to bring more inclusion, participation and access within the Borough’s creative sector. Social Charter survey.
Croydon Climate Crisis Commission
The Council’s Climate Change Commission will be chaired by Miatta Fahnbulleh, the CEO of the radical New Economics Foundation.
The Council says that it ‘is essential that the Commission, which will sit independent of the council, works in close collaboration with the community of Croydon to be their champion on Green issues. … (It) also ‘recognise(s) the pivotal role’ environmental and other organisations ‘have played in pushing the climate and ecological crisis up the agenda, ultimately leading to this Commission’s creation. We would like to gather your thoughts, and share some of our ideas, on how we can ensure the Commission drives rapid and fair decarbonisation and sustainability in the Borough.’
Croydon Town Hall
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In her latest newsletter Sarah Jones, the Labour MP for Croydon Central has ‘recently sent a letter to the Croydon Council spatial planning team expressing’ her ‘opposition to any council plans to build on Croydon Central’s green belt. ‘I feel it is really important that we protect our green spaces, the lungs of our community, in order to keep the character of different areas distinct and to help with mental health, well-being and pollution. With that in mind, I support strategic spatial option 2 of the Croydon Local Plan ….., since I could not support the building of houses on parts of the green belt in my constituency.
In addition to this, Croydon central has many green spaces that are not technically ‘green belt’ but green areas in our community, and I wish to see these protected further to ensure that much-needed green spaces are kept for the community to enjoy.’
Exclusions from schools higher for black children
A shockingly high number of black children are being excluded from Croydon’s schools
This just adds to the growing concern among Croydon’s black community activists and their non-white anti-racism supporters about the continued institutional racism, social and economic exclusion of Black residents, and the continuation of the ‘hostile environment’ with the next phase of deportation of members of the Windrush Generation. Some of these issues were discussed after the showing of the film I am Not Your Negro at Ruskin House on Friday 7 February. This film was based on an outline for a book by the African American writer James Baldwin centred around his analysis of the flawed nature of American society, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Malcom X . It included footage of his speech at a Student Union debate in Cambridge University in 196? Key points made in the Ruskin discussion were that that racism is defined as the exercise of white power against non-whites, the way in which American culture in films distorts the reality of American life. This included the cowboys and Indian films celebrating the massacre of the indigenous people, and portraying the cowboys and soldiers as played by actors like John Wayne as the heroes, which even Black children growing up in Britain identified with. There was particular emphasis on the need to ensure that British history is properly told with its deep involved in enslavement and the long contribution of people of African heritage. The question was posed as to what effect a successful Bernie Sanders campaign to be President would have on the Labour Party here in Britain.
You can read my assessment of the current state of British Black History at:
London Rd. Kake’s latest posting on the history of London Rd, focussing on 208 can be read at:
Photos of 1st half of 20thC. As an introduction to its forthcoming 150th anniversary Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society is exhibiting from its John Gent Postcards Collection a display of Charles Harrison Price photographs which allow a unique insight into life in the borough of Croydon during the first half of the 20th century.
LGBT Month. LGBT History month is underway.
A future exhibition on the history of LGBT residents in the area now covered by Croydon is underway by the Croydon Area Gay Society. I was able to discuss the project’s preparatory work and potential research sources with two of the leading people involved while I was undertaking research on aspects of Norbury history in the Local Studies Reading room on Friday 7 February. I suggested that they try and seek details of any Croydon individuals who were active in community, cultural and political life and known to be LGBT before the gay movement began to be really organised in the late 1960s.