Croydon Update 18 September

Council Meetings

Monday 20 September. 6.30 pm. Scrutiny & Overview Committee

Call in of  Asset Disposal: Former CALAT Coulsdon, Malcolm Road and Barrie Close site (Coulsdon Community Centre)

Tuesday 21 September. 6.30pm. Scrutiny Health & Social Care Sub-Committee

Overview of the Adult Transitions Service; overview Of Community Diagnostic Hubs; Health & Care Plan Refresh; Sub-Committee Work Programme 2021-22

Thursday 23 September. 6pm. Planning Committee

58 Old Lodge Lane, Purley; 18 The Grove, Coulsdon;  & 1A Meadow Rise, Coulsdon

Followed by Planning Sub-Committee

11 Briton Hill Road, South Croydon

Big Green Week Events


Sunday 19 September. 5-6.30pm. Sustainable Thornton Heath Zoom Meeting On Creating A Sustainable Future

Tuesday 21 September. Croydon Peace Tree for International Peace Day

Sunday 26 September.11am – 2pm. Big Green Festival, North End

I will be running my bookstall. My discussion paper on Borough of Culture 2023 and my new pamphlet on Croydon’s Black & Anti-Racism History 1948-1979 will be on sale.

Other Events

Sunday 19 September. 8pm. Phil Retourne and Singers’ Night.

Folk & Blues at Ruskin House

Monday 20 September. 7.30 for 8pm. Singers’ Night

Folk Club at Ruskin House

Friday 24 September. 8pm.  Soft Winds Jazz

Ruskin House

Saturday 25 September.7pm for 7.15pm.  Amnesty Quiz Night

£10 includes light refreshments.  Max team size 8. The food will be prepared by a Turkish refugee group based in Croydon.

Ruskin House

To book please email

Sunday 26 September. 8pm. Phil Retourne and Singers’ Night.

Folk & Blues at Ruskin House

7 October. Direct Mayor v Leader/Cabinet Referendum

Sunday 7 November. London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Comes Through Croydon

This year is the 125th anniversary of the first run.


100+jobs To Be Created At Factory Lane

A joint venture (JV) between Chancerygate and SGN has exchanged contracts to acquire a four-acre site in Croydon for a 95,000 sq ft scheme that could create more than 100 jobs.The site on Factory Lane could comprise 14 units.(Insider Medain Lid. 14 September)

Thornton Heath based Streatham Croydon Rugby Club Celebrates 150 years

Council Stops Locking Parks At Night

What the Government Re-shuffle Means  For Croydon

Michael Gove is now Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government responsible for the oversight of the way the Council manages its financial crisis under the terms of the loan approval Gove’s predecessor approved earlier this year.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp, the architect of the campaign for a directly elected Mayor, is now the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital Economy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Prime Minster Refuses Help To Remove Cladding At Bridge House

In answer to a Parliamentary question from Croydon Central Labour MP Sarah Jones on Wednesday the Prime Minister refused to provide help to the residents of Bridge House who are faced with £23,000 bill each to remove cladding. The PM said it was the wrong type of cladding and not dangerous.

Steve Reed Speaks Against Direct Mayor

As the Labour Party and the DEMOC campaign leaflet in advance of the Direct Mayor referendum on 7 October, Croydon North Labour MP Steve Reed has spoken out against plans to centralise power in the hands of one individual.

He said that ‘the Conservatives launched and funded the campaign to put Croydon under the control of a directly elected mayor’ and ‘they did this because they believe that it gives them a better chance of snatching control of the Council without having to win a majority of council seats’. He went on to say that he is very critical of the proposals for a number of reasons not least that it will cost Croydon residents £1million to create this new position. This money has to come from somewhere, he adds and ‘this will come from cuts to essential services like libraries, youth services and social care.

Reed concluded that ‘we already have a Conservative government who have cut 76% of the council’s funding – we do not want more cuts imposed by a Conservative mayor’.

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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