Croydon Crisis Up-date 10 May


In the led up to Monday’s Cabinet meeting Council Leader Tony Newman Council Leader emphasises continuing help to vulnerable when lockdown eases. The number of deaths continues to rise, but tracking the figures is proving difficult because there is no systematic media coverage, and the Office of National Statistics figures by neighbourhood is still only as at 17 April. Sarah Jones, MP, has expressed concern about the impact on BAME residents and the risks of easing lockdown. Thornton Heath Chronicle discusses the collapse of social distance in the area. Jones also reports that the drop in normal crime has allowed the police to take more effective action against serious and organised crime. Meanwhile different support is being given by residents and organisations, and this coming fortnight the Council will digitally celebrate Foster Car Fortnight. The future of Croydon’s economy looks bleak with Debenhams pulling out of Centrale.  As we have just remembered VE Day I list some other anniveraries this year.

COVID-19 News

Steve Reed’s A-Z of Covid-19 related support services

Croydon North MP Steve Reed has compiled a list of charities, organisations and relevant links to Government guidance that may be of use to you. This has been posted on the Pollards Hill Residents Association website at:

Reed has recently tweeted “this government’s rank incompetence has contributed to the terrible numbers of deaths of recent weeks”

Up-Date Message From Council Leader emphasises continuing help to vulnerable when lockdown eases

Council’s publicity on Cabinet discussion on 11 May

COVID Neighbourhood Death Statistics

See also Thornton Heath Chronicle discussion, along with collapsing social distancing, at:

BAME Deaths

Sarah Jones, MP for Croydon Central raised her concerns about the high death rate among BAME residents on 5 May.

On example is the news that a Croydon British-Pakistani woke up from a coma to learn that his mother had died from Covid-19.

Sarah Jones Concerned About Lockdown Relaxation

In her latest emailed newsletter, Central Croydon MP Sarah Jones says: ‘Whatever the announcement on Sunday brings, if we begin to relax our own individual approaches to social distancing, infections will rise again and there is the very real chance that we could hit a second wave. We must not undo all of the hard work done so far. There is no doubt we are in very difficult times, but please do consider your actions and ask yourself whether they are likely to increase the likelihood that the disease might spread.’

Last week as Shadow Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Sarah Jones spoke in the Fire Safety Bill debate. Pressing the Government to go further to ensure the safety of the many residents in buildings wrapped in flammable cladding, and to make sure that we do not continue to fail to learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tragedy almost 3 years ago.

COVED Allows Police To Take Strong Action On Crime 

Sarah Jones reports that because of ‘the positive and cooperative response to the lockdown from the general public’ the police have been able ‘to be proactive in their work.  As so many crimes such as burglary have of course reduced, and the police are not engaged in their normal activity policing large events such as football matches, they have managed to spend more time investigating serious and organised crime and have made many arrests and closed down hundreds of county lines across London.  This ability to be proactive should be the norm for police forces going forward, and we desperately need the promised recruitment of 20,000 police to take place so that they can be effective in keeping us safe.’

Digital Map Created For Food Banks

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Donates Food To Police

Thornton Heath Chronicle

The April issue is a first class documentation of Croydon’s Covid crisis, and needs to be included in the archive that should be put together.

The Future Of Croydon’s

Local  Economy Remains Bleak

The full effects of the crisis on Croydon’s economy will not be known for some time.

How many shops will not re-open leaving boarded up high streets as feared by Croydon BID?

How many businesses will cease to trade?

Will Hammerson find new tenants for much of Debenham’s floor space not being taken up by Next’s proposed Beauty Hall?

What will be the effect of Hammerson and its involvement in the partnership with Westfield?

Will South Bank University be able to honour its commitment to establish a campus in the Town Centre, given it is no over two years since the agreement with the Council was agreed?

Croydon BID:


South Bank Uni:

Other News

Croydon born RAF member dies aged 101

Opening of Tram Service

Today Norbury & Pollards Hill Councillor Shafi Khan has tweeted: ‘Honoured and privileged to open Croydon Tram with Fred Roberts (1950s last tram driver) on Wednesday 10th May 2000. Salute to everyone who made this happen especially two visionary former Council Leaders Lord Bowness and Mary Walker for their role

Postings Reminders

Tayo Aluko’s COVID-19 poem


Influence The Future of London Rd

Debating Borough Culture 2023

Commemorations Later This Year

Every year sees a number of historic commemorations, many of which have relevance to debates in Britain today. We did not commemorate  the Boston Massacre in March, as it was a key event leading to the American Revolution. one of the victims being Crispus Attucks an African/Native American. So far we have had  small scale commemorations of the 700th anniversary of the Scottish affirmation of independence in the Declaration of Arbroath (April), the 200th Anniversary of Cato St Conspiracy (February), as one of the reactions to the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester the year before, the 150th anniversary the  nationalisation of the private telegraph companies by the creation of the General Post Office (January), and the officially sanctions VE Day on Friday..

Through the year we should be remembering the Queen Caroline affair used by radicals wanting reform given repressive legislation of December 1819 in reaction to the protests about the Peterloo Massacre. Here are some other things to be commemorated/remembered:

1170:  the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket (December), leading the pilgrimages to Canterbury.

1520: Henry VIII and Francis I of France met on the Field of the Cloth of Gold (June), while the Pope excommunicated Martin Luther, the Spaniards defeated the Aztecs and William Cecil, Elizabeth’s future Secretary of State was born.

1620: the defeat of the Calvinists in Bohemia at the Battle of the White Mountain in November ending the short reign of Ferdinand V and his wife Elizabeth Stuart, whose grandson became George 1.

1620: The sailing of the Mayflower in September is already controversial (see e.g.

1720: the South Sea Bubble financial scandal which reminds us that the Government of the day fined the Directors of the South Sea Compnay, rather than pumping last sums of money into the financial system as was done by Gordon Brown.

1770: James Hargreaves’ patent in July for the spinning jenny an important step in the Industrial Revolution and the development of the cotton industry based on slave produced cotton.

1870: the passage of the Elementary Education Act with Royal Assent in August created the School Board system.

1870: the Married Women’s Property Act with Royal Assent in August allowed married women to be the legal owners of the money they earned and to inherit property.

Personal Note

One of my colleagues at Solon Housing Association in the 1990s was architect Michele Haniotis. She is  a member of the band Rangoon.


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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