Croydon’s Council Crisis And Other News at 29 August

Is Croydon Heading For Bankruptcy?

‘Croydon Borough Council has contacted the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government calling for urgent financial assistance to help ‘. (Property Week. 25 August; plus coverage in Financial Times, and on 27 August on BBC News, which also reported the resignation of Chief Executive Jo Negrini.

In his weekly message on Your Croydon Council Leader Tony Newman says:

‘I want to thank Jo for her dedicated service to Croydon.

She has led the council through some really challenging times; her work delivering the council response to the tram crash was exceptional, as was her role in supporting our journey to a good Ofsted rating for our children’s services, and more recently heading up the council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I would like to wish her all the best for the future.’

Further details are also at:

Comment: Many people will not regret jo Negrini’s departure as she has been seen as a major driver on the deluded reliance on property developers to so-called regenerate Croydon while creating further social deprivation. I clashed with her at the Westfield CPO Inquiry, and had previous problems with her in Lambeth when Ste Reed was Leader of the Council.


Sunday 30 August. 4pm. The Jim Hammond Duo At Oval Tavern

Sunday 30 August. 8pm. Folk & Blues at Ruskin House

Dave Marshall & Singers’ Night (following TUC BBQ)

Monday 30 August – Sunday 6 September. Other Croydon Events

Wednesday 2 September. 10.30am-12.30pm. Hutchinson’s Bank Walk, New Addington

nature walk

Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 September. South Norwood Community Festival

2 & 6 September. InsideOut Comedy
4 & 5 September. Live Music in Stanley Hall
3 September. InsideOut Cabaret

Sunday 6 September. Croydon Airport Museum Re-opens

Sundays, 6, 13, 20 & 27 September.8pm. September. Ruskin Folk & Blues

  1. Singers’ Night
  2. Foregone Confusion & Singers’ Night
  3. Denny Terrell & Singers’ Night
  4. Eddie & John lead a night of Irish music

Tuesday 22 September. Investors Virtual Tour of Town Centre

Develop Croydon is still hopeful of attracting developers in the Town Centre with a virtual tour. To register:,0,0,0,0

October. Black History Month 2020

Black History Month is fast approaching and if you would like your event/s to be promoted by the Croydon BME Forum please contact I have indicated that if organisations want Zoom talks by me I am available. On Monday I did a talk for Surrey History Meeting; on Thursday I recorded a talk about John Archer for Wandsworth’s Library & Heritage Service, and on 20 October will be giving one for Durham University. Any enquired on what I can offer cane be sent to me at sean.creighton1947@btinternet. com

COVID-19 In Retreat?

It appears that COVID-19 is in retreat at the moment in Croydon. The last death was recorded on June 20. As of Tuesday (August 25) there have been 1,954 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the borough, a rate of 505 per 100,000 people.

There were 18 coronavirus cases recorded between August 17 and August 24, possibly due to a mobile testing unit at Fairfield Halls on August 22.

Children/Parental Worries About Returning To School

The Exam Fiasco

Croydon teacher Rowenna Davies writes about the fiasco at

Planning and Development News

Council Approves Electric House For South Bank Campus

Jas Bhalla Architects Win Brick By Brick/Stephen Lawrence Trust Contest

Bellway Completes Ikon Development Off Purley Way

Bellway’s  96 flats for first time buyers have been sold. The development comprises five buildings which have replaced Lombard House, by the Lombard roundabout.

Croydon People In The News

Croydon Student Speaks About Her Experience Of Racism

Croydon Civil Engineer Nominated For Black Business Award

Croydon based Georgia Thompson,  civil engineer and design co-ordinator, has been shortlisted for the Black British Business Awards STEM Rising Star award. Georgia

Interview With Croydon Cycling Ambassador

Former Pilot Discusses next steps in Croydon Extinction Rebellion

Croydon History

How Fairfield Halls Got Their Name

Pride in LGBT+ History

Articles about Museum of Croydon exhibition.

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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