Croydon Crisis Up-Date 29 March

In the  early evening of 28 March My London reported

that Croydon had 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Council COVID-19 Action

On 27 March Tony Menwaman, the Council Leader,  announced:

‘As a council we have we have swiftly implemented a major shift in how we operate, enabling us to prioritise critical frontline services that keep everyone safe and protect our most vulnerable.

This means collecting your bins, keeping your streets clean, and caring for children, families and the elderly – all more important than ever with so with many in need.

We are working as a whole council to respond to this challenge, joining forces to strengthen these all-important service areas by redeploying staff to support those on the frontline.’

COVID-19 hubs and Helpline for NHS Vulerbale

These have been set up by the Council and its partners an volunteers. To provide vital support for the most vulnerable, delivering food and medical supplies, and signposting them to services.

Have you received a letter from the NHS? Available from Monday the helpline number for those residents who have been identified for hub support is 020 8604 7787 or email

If you are not in this group, but are in need of support or are struggling to access food or essential supplies, please ask – there are volunteers ready and willing to help. Details at

Help with Housing Benefit and Council Tax

‘Croydon is to receive £4.38million from government from this hardship fund, with councils giving an automatic £150 discount for working-age residents who qualify for Council Tax support. The government estimates that more than 20,000 Croydon residents might be eligible. Any household on Council Tax benefit will have their due date for payment of the tax postponed until June.’ – Tony Newman:

Tenancy and caretaking services

Council Services

Newman: ‘As we increase capacity on our vital services, we have made some important changes to others. You can find out the latest status of all our services on

Keeping Up To Date

Council newsletter: subscribe for email at

#Croydon Together on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and tag in @YourCroydon

Croydon Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group

Useful Advice


(Council posted this link on its website.)

Support guide, including for the vulnerable

Advice for businesses

Government Advice on Domestic Violence  During the Crisis

Jennifer of Cassandra Centre (based in Norbury) draws attention to the Government advice on domestic violence during the crisis

COVID 19 News

Nightwatch sees increase in the hungry

Croydon Nightwatch, which hands out food every night at Queen’s Gardens is seeing an increase in numbers of hungry people.

Surrey Street Market stays open

Boxpark Keeps Paying Workers

Boxpark has announced that using Government Job Retention Scheme  money it is able to  continue paying its 100+ staff across its three sites now on extended leave period for up to 12 weeks.

Message from Tfl

TfL thanks everyone who has stopped using public transport. It says: ‘Our services are for essential journeys by vital workers in the NHS and other critical services. No one else should be travelling. Our staff are working hard to support the NHS and protect all Londoners. Please help them and continue to follow the instruction not to travel for as long as it takes to defeat coronavirus. Stay Home. Don’t Travel. Save Lives.’

We Must Keep Our Eyes on Planning

Croydon Planners are continuing to validate planning applications, take decisions,  and post the details on the Council’s Planning Register. The Government’s emergency legislation  includes approval of the use of delegated powers and digital planning meetings so that local authorities can ensure there is no delay in deciding planning applications.

However, the provisions have yet to come in force. On 26 March Building Design reported:

‘The goal of legalising virtual planning committees is still one step away despite measures contained in the government’s emergency Coronavirus Act which was due to become law today.

It means councils won’t be able to hold remote video meetings immediately because they need to wait for the government to publish secondary regulation.’

Thinking Forward About Greening Croydon

We also need to keep thinking  about greening Croydon. Here are thoughts generated by the spring issue of the London Parks and Gardens Trust’s London Landscapes newsletter.

  • Rain gardens along roads. A rain garden offers the opportunity to manage rainwater runoff from hard surfaces after downpours. Where there are wide pavements on particularly main roads and TfL in particular will not allow tree planting because of damage to the utilities below, rain gardens may be a way forward.
  • Make London More Child Friendly. There is a new report from the London Mayor. l
  • Bird Cities in Trees. The “Tree of Heaven” bird boxes installation by Spontaneous City in Islington shows that more birds can be attracted  in parks and other spaces with trees. See picture at:

The Management of Public Spaces

An Economic History of the English Garden

This book by Roderick Floud is reviewed at

Floud’s Gresham College Lecture The Hidden Face of British Gardening can be seen at:

Revival Strategies For The High St

With our high streets largely closed, we need to think about their future, The article Revival Strategies for the High St may help:


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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