Croydon Update 22 November

Tuesday 23 November. 6.30pm. Council Licensing Committee

Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 – Setting of Licence Fees; The Gambling Act 2005 – Review Of London Borough Of Croydon Statement Of Principles.

Thursday 25 November. 6.30pm. Council General Purposes & Audit Committee

Dedicated School Grant Management Plan, Treasury Mid-Year Report Review, Anti-Fraud Corruption Strategy, Corporate Risk Register, Internal Audit Update Report, Annual Governance Statement 2020-2021, Use of the Powers available Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Acts 2000 and 2016, Implementation of Mayoral Governance Model, GPAC Member Development, GPAC General Purposes and Audit Tracker Report, & Work Programme.

Tuesday 30 November. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Zoom meeting



Thursday 9 December. 10am-noon. Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance (CVSA) Meeting

Its campaign against the cuts to Croydon’s community groups will have been discussed at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 December. Register here to attend.  

13 January. 2-4pm. Launch of Mental Health Alliance

On the initiative of Mind in Croydon, Croydon Drop In and Off the Record 25 groups have met and unanimously agreed to set up a Mental Health Alliance. ‘The key purpose is for networking/knowing what everyone else does, sharing information on all that’s going on, aiding commissioning transparency and to broker delivery partnerships. All groups working with emotional health and wellbeing are invited to be part of this borough wide alliance.’

Ruskin House Events

Folk & Blues. £3 at 8pm

28 Nov – The Dreaming River Band and Singers’ Night

5 Dec – Four Gone Confusion and Singers’ Night

Folk Club. 7.30 for 8pm

29 Nov – Singers’ Night £3

6 Dec – Jez Lowe £10/£8

Fri 26 Nov. Don Stuart Quartet (ne Soft Winds).8pm. Free.


Not All Pubs Are Dead

Addiscombe’s Alma Pub is being refurbished and reopened

Addiscombe West Labour Councillors Oppose Multi-storey Block Proposal

The three Addiscombe West Labour Councillors are opposing the planning application to demolish Citylink House, 4 Addiscombe Road, and build a part 14/28 storey block comprising 498 co-living units and associated communal amenity spaces, 84 residential units, commercial space and flexible commercial and community space.

The main reasons for their objection are:

  • Height of the building and impact on NLA Tower
  • Inadequate size of each co-living unit.
  • Loss of a Key Employment Site and proposed application delivers inadequate levels of employment
  • Inadequate amount of affordable housing
  • Street scene and failure to provide a cycling path around the building.
  • Privacy issues
  • Daylight and Sunlight issues on neighbouring properties, especially for Altyre Road and Addiscombe Grove residents.

The Importance Of The Community And Voluntary Sector

As the cuts resulting from the Council’s balanced budget and other economic factors take effect the role of community and voluntary sector organisations will become more important, with less funding from the Council.

They can promote their activities on: Simply Connect Croydon – connecting you to your local community.  

CVA Locality Meetings

Croydon Voluntary Action is holding a series of Local Community Partnerships meetings to enable CV orgs, Council and state organisations to share information and develop working together. CVA’s Community Facilitator acts as the bridge between the  Partnerships and the Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Croydon Localities.  07943 382 193. 

Thornton Heath and South Norwood Locality Meeting

At the recent one covering those attending included, the DWP, and employment projects, and:

The Croydon Leadership Summit

This will be a follow-up Conference in the New Year to the recent Community Charter conference. It will focus on the Croydon Recovery Programme and next May’s mayoral election.

‘Balancing future budgets is the very least people in Croydon are going to expect. Beyond this we have a mental health crisis to overcome, an escalation of knife crime to suppress, a large number of foodbanks to put out of business, a vision of our town centre to restore and the opportunity presented by Croydon’s year as the London Borough of Culture to be taken with both hands.’ 

Croydon Community Energy

It has applied to the Financial Conduct Authority to become a Community Benefit Society, and to the London Community Energy Fund for £15,000 to help it launch its first three projects, including a primary school, a place of worship and a football club.

Employment Help and Support

Department of Work & Pensions (DWP)

Disability and Employment works with people with health conditions to access community support. Kevin.o’ 

Disability Employment Advisor 

Jackie Fairweather manages all Employment Advisors in the  

Education Development Trust

Employability support for people over 18 years old who are unemployed and economically inactive. Employment Coach,  

London South Bank University

Win Creative Croydon is open to NEET Croydon residents interested in the creative sector. Aspire London is open to residents who are unemployed or in low-paid work. Shazi Giner, European Social Funding (ESF) Project Manager  

A social action and employability program for 18-24 year olds not in education, employment or training, who are currently looking for the opportunity to work in teams designing and delivering social action projects within their own communities. Do you know any services that could give young people some meaningful social actions, or know anyone aged 18-24 who would benefit from the programme?

Elected Mayor Constitutional Changes Work

The General Purposes & Audit Committee is being informed that the Chief Executive has convened and chairs a Programme Board to oversee work to prepare for the implementation of the new model of governance under the elected Mayor from May. The programme of work is designed to ensure that work to implement the new model:

· is planned to ensure decisions are made as required in a tight timescale;

· is closely coordinated across multiple Council teams;

· informs and engages Members, staff and external stakeholders and partners as appropriate;

· is contained within available resources;

· enables effective operation of Council services and delivery of the Mayor’s priorities in the weeks following the election.


  • Constitution review and revision
  • Access to the Council
  • Support arrangements
  • Culture change and staff development: Partnerships
  • Communications and engagement

The GPAC is being asked to suggest any other issues or challenges which require attention as part of work to implement the Mayor/Cabinet governance model.

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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