Challenges for Croydon’s New Chief Executive and other news

Despite her experience in working with Councils in crisis, we should not expect any fundamental changes as a result of the appointment of Katherine Kerswell as the new Chief Executive, as she the nature of Croydon’s crises is unique.

Following the departure of Jo Negrini, Kerswell takes up post this coming Monday 14 September. She is faced not only with the Council’s financial crisis due to lack of adequate funding and the costs of the COVID crisis, but the further damage that will be caused as COVID infection increases, further damaging the local economy, the continued death of the Town Centre due to COVID and the Westfield debacle, and the forthcoming planning crisis which will follow adoption of the Government’s Planning White Paper proposals.

Details of Kerswell’s appointment can be seen at:

Council Leader Tony Newman includes his welcome in his weekly Your Croydon posting.

He has also used BBC Radio London to appeal for Fairer Funding.

Sunday 13 September. Final Day For Parks Survey


Monday 14 September. Croydon Folk Club: Nick Marshall.

Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 September. Fringe Meetings at TUC Conference

You can join the debates on a wide range of topics, including the COVID crisis, housing, economy, racism, climate change, etc.

Tuesday  15 September. 6.30 pm.  Virtual Scrutiny Children & Young People Sub-Committee

Agenda items: Update Early Help and Children’s Social Care; Children’s Social Care and Education Dashboards; Update on Reopening of Schools following Covid 19; Task and Finish Group: Removal from Roll and Off Rolling in Croydon Schools. Full papers at:

Thursday 17 September. The State of Education in Croydon

Talk for Croydon Momentum by Dave Harvey,  District Secretary of the National Education Union. Booking details:

To Sunday 27 September. Keep Croydon Tidy

The Council and Keep Britain Tidy  are working together as part of the Great British September Clean after the original Spring Clean was cancelled due to Covid-19. The national campaign calls on residents to safely dispose of litter from streets, parks and open spaces.

Monday 21 September. 6.30pm. Virtual Council Cabinet meeting

Agenda items: Sustainable Croydon – A Year On Update; Financial Performance Report – Quarter 1; Emergency Budget; Working Towards a Medium Term Financial Strategy; Croydon Together: Update on response to COVID-19; COVID 19 – Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund; Stage 1: Recommendations arising from Scrutiny; Scrutiny Stage 2 Responses to Recommendations; Investing in Borough – DWP Work & Health Programme Job Entry: Targeted Support. Papers at:

Sunday 27 September.  7-11pm. Delayed St Patricks Night

Organised by Ruskin Folk & Blues Club. Admission £4 on door. Live music featuring; The Cohorts, The Coyles, John Ryan & Eddie Greene, Denny Terrell, George Lloyd, Doug Field, Jim Smith, Mike Artes & Will Street. More details: or 07941 890756.  

COVID On Increase

As elsewhere Croydon is seeing an increase in the number of cases of people with COVID. There have been 101 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the two weeks up to 10 September 10), taking the total in the borough to 2,070 which is a rate of 535 per 100,000.

Two primary schools have had cases.

Croydon Bid CEO Reflects on COVID

Supporting the digitally excluded during Covid-19

Croydon Council has been teaching vulnerable residents how to get online, learning and adapting along the way.

Croydon News

90 Council Homes On Track For Spring

90 Council homes are being built as part of the former Taberner House site next to Bernard Wetherill House. The rest of the 513 homes will be available including through shared ownership, or with rents set at 80% of the market rate under the London Living Rent incentive launched by the Mayor of London.  The Council block will be named Malcolm Wicks House in honour of the late MP for Croydon North.

The Council may wish to review is reliance on share-ownership packages in the light of concerns identified by Dermott Mckibbin in his review of the Government’s proposed expansion of shared ownership.–too-problematic-to-expand-

Will Purley Leisure Centre Re-Open?

21 Year Old Croydon student signs seven-figure book deal

Council on-line survey on future of Thornton Heath

Latest Statistics about Croydon Demographics

Museum of Croydon September Newsletter

Painting Commemorates Croydon NHS worker

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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