Croydon Update 14 August

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 August. Croydon Artists at Brixton Artist Circle

Sunday 12 September. 1pm-5pm. Friends of Grangewood Park Party

This celebrates 120 years since the park first opened its gates. Activities, performers, Art in the Park, music and afternoon tea.

COVID Hospitalisations Increase

The number of COVID patients being treated at Croydon University Hospital has more than trebled in the past month to 56, including five on ventilators.  Four people with the virus were admitted to the hospital on Sunday 8 August.

There were 17 patients on 1 July. The Hospital has  cared for more than 3,000 patients since the start of the pandemic.

Council Leader Hamida Ali reports in her latest weekly posting on Your Croydon that so far more than 420,000 doses of vaccine have been delivered in the Borough.

E-Scooter Confiscated

While carrying  out weapon sweeps and patrolled known hotspot areas the police  seized an E-scooter being riden in an anti-social manner on the streets. (Details posted on Next Door West Norbury

Croydon A-level and GCSE Results

See details on both exams on Your Croydon

Thornton Heath Community Health Hub Celebrates Its First Year

Better known as Integrated Community Networks plus, the pilot hub was set up to connect health and care teams with residents, improving access to local support services.

See details on Your Croydon

Croham Rd Land Plot

Reeves Site Being Sold For £2m

The burnt down Reeves store site is being sold to a developer for £2m. The plan is for a block of flats and retail.

Marking The Riots 10 Years On

Croydon’s poet Haroon Khan performed outside Brixton Station on August 7 and hip hop lyricist Lekan ‘Ajarni’ Kehinde took his art piece to East Croydon Station on August 9. Both marked ten years exactly since the riots in that area. The performances were part of an international bi-annual programme Empire Strikes Back, organised by Louder Than Words, which held workshops for six artists.

New Luxury Care Home Opens

Barchester Healthcare’s new luxury care home, Peony Court, in Park Hill, Croydon, is open for visitors and is looking to recruit positions such as head of maintenance, an activities coordinator, care assistants, and a head of housekeeping.

Rumours That Labour Has Rejected Two Applicants For the May Elections Panel

Rumours are circulating that two applicants to be on the panel to be Councillors in next May’s local elections have been rejected because of their support for an elected Mayor, including Councillor Jamie Audsley. The panels reviewing whether individuals are suitable are set up by Labour’s London Regional office and do not include .  Croydon members. Rejected candidates have the right of appeal to Region.

One of the myths of having an elected Mayor is that they will be well known nationally. This is the case with regional Mayors like Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester, and Sadiq Khan in London. However can you name the few directly elected Borough Mayors?

One of the main criticisms of the current Leader/Cabinet system is that the former Leader had too much unaccountable power backed by a loyal clique. Having an elected Mayor gives one individual even more unaccountable power. At least the current Labour group has changed the way it works to ensure that the Leader has to stand for re-election every year, enabling those colleagues with concerns to challenge them. Or they can pressure the Leader to resign as happened with the former Leader. This will not be possible with an elected Mayor.

Jamie Audsley is somewhat of a maverick, who takes useful initiatives but does not always build the support alliances that he needs to. You can see his activities at, and his discussion on  having a National Nature Service at:

He has not up-dated his Facebook page since 12 June. He is more active on  

Those members of the Labour Party who support having an elected Mayor have a website at No names are given as to the organisers. See my blog posting containing questions to Jamie.

For my June update on the Mayor debate see:

There is also the Croydon says NO to Directly Elected Mayor group:

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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