Croydon Update 22 January

Congratulations To South West London Law Centres for its Money Advice Team being  awarded Debt Team of the Year in Debt Free London’s inaugural money advice awards and its Immigration & Asylum team receives a further Legal Aid Excellence rating. Please consider donating to its Emergency Fund. I have donated my winter fuel allowance.

Trouble Brewing For Both Croydon Tories and Labour

Trouble is brewing for both Tories and Labour in Croydon.

·         Purley voters regard Partygate and Croydon South MP Chris Philp’s defence of Boris Johnson as: ‘outrageous’ and ‘disgusting’ (East London Lines website 19 January). Philp is the man who misled some Residents Associations activist to set up DEMOC by telling them the Mayor would be able to stop planning applications they opposed, which Mayors cannot do.

  • A backlash is beginning against the expulsion from the Labour Party of David White, a leading member.

The national Labour Party has finally proved itself to be Stalinist with its decision to expel Croydon’s Labour activist David White without a hearing and with no right of appeal. David now joins Croydon based anti-racist campaigner Marc Wadsworth outside the Party. David explains what has happened on his Facebook, and lots of messages of support have been  posted in response. David has been a member for 52 years.

South Norwood resident Andrew Fisher who has written a considered and measured analysis for Inside Croydon. He has worked as a trades union official, researcher and writer, and as Labour’s Director of Policy from 2015 to 2019.

South Norwood resident Andrew Fisher who has written a considered and measured analysis for Inside Croydon. He has worked as a trades union official, researcher and writer, and as Labour’s Director of Policy from 2015 to 2019.

59-63 Higher Drive, Purley & Croydon Planners Conflicts Of Interest

See next posting.


Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 January

This website is run by Tim Longhurst formerly of Croydon Radio.

Its lists my Pelling posting as the 3rd most read Croydon news/blog posting. If you put ‘History & Social Action’ into its search box you can see the list of postings on this blog.

Wednesday 26 January. 1.45 For 2pm. John Cary Map Maker

Sanderstead Local History Group talk is on John Cary, the map maker.
Meeting ID: 822 3562 1424
Passcode: 340671

Wednesday 26 January 2022. 7pm. CCC Meeting In Road Schemes And Fines

Thursday 27 January. Noon. Croydon Holocaust Memorial Day On Line Event

See Your Croydon section of Council website.

Sunday 30 January. 4pm. Violonist Leia Zhu plays Mozart & Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Four Novelletten

St. John’s Upper Norwood

Monday 31 January. Tour of Fairfield Halls

Organised by The London Society…/behind-the-scenes…

Saturday 12 February. Buddy Holly Night

Ruskin is planning its Annual Buddy Holly Night.

Sunday 13 February. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason At Fairfield Halls   

Start Up Croydon Workshops


Fairfield Halls Job Recruitment

The Halls management operators are advertising for a Box Office Sales Manager and a Technical Manager.

Will Croydon Oppose Viridor’s Request To Increase Waste Incineration At Beddington?

Jim Duffy comments on Croydon Friends of the Earth Facebook:

‘Viridor applies AGAIN to burn more waste at Beddington!!! Commercial waste from outside the borough! Follows an increase of c. 50,000 tonnes last year!’

Andrew Kennedy comments on Croydon Town Transition Facebook:

‘Both unsorted waste that they don’t then sort at the depot and contaminated waste I suspect. So much business waste doesn’t get separated and neither does waste from flats and what are we seeing more of HMO’s, flats and shared buildings built. If people can’t be persuaded by suggestion then we need to have some enforcement!’

There is a campaign against the Edmonton incinerator.

Youth Centre Plan For Ashburton Lodge

The Council withdrew Ashburton Lodge from auction following request by Oasis Academy Shirley Park, to turn into a youth centre named after  15 year old Zaian Aimable-Lina, who was stabbed to death in  Ashburton Park.

While some readers may be concerned by the lack of tendering, there is a strong case for such action if a Council asset remains for community use. Other readers may be concerned about the evangelical Christian basis of the Oasis group and will want the Council to stipulate that activity in the proposed youth centre must be entirely secular. It would be interesting to know how many pupils live in Croydon and how many in surrounding Boroughs.

(News in My London News on line and Evening Standard 17 January)

Matthews Yard Under Threat Again 

Matthews Yard has been victim of no-show bookings after the Government advised people last month to work from home where possible. This has meant lost income. It is crowdfunding to replace its coffee making machine. (My London online 17 January)

Croydon’s  Appoints A New Section 115  Officer

Jane West from Haringey Council is be appointed Croydon’s section 151 officer and Corporate Director of Resources. (Local Government Chronicle. 20 January)

Croydon Gasworks Holder In Factory Lane To Be Demolished For 14 Warehouses

(Local Guardian.19 January)

Council Sells Park Hotel for £24.9m To Developer Planning 600 Flats

The Council purchased the Hotel for £298.8m. (My London News.  20 January)

Gavin R F Palmer For Mayor

Gavin Palmer posted on Croydon Town Transition Facebook:

‘Ramping up for starting my campaign, independent elected Mayor. Realising how much here is to do better here in Croydon. Just rolling up the sleeves. What is your heart issue for Croydon? Let me know.’

I posted the following comment:

‘I suggest you need to add a lot more information about yourself, your past activities in Croydon, your experience with local government or working for complex organisations, and what you stand for.’

Potential Climate Change Action By Croydon Council

In schools: Without much financial cost the Council can: promote to local schools to trade union sponsored  climate learning resources for schools.

At Coast to Capital Partnership meetings consideration of The Green New Deal for Gatwick Report.

The Council under Tony Newman backed the expansion of Gatwick, even though development employment there could be at the expense of employment in Croydon. Some readers may remember that Nestle moved to Gatwick contributing to the decline of the Town Centre.

GEMS in Art

Croydon based  Roxanne Gleave and Audrey Dewjee, our mutual friend have posted about paintings with Black people portrayed. They end with the photo of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at the British School in Tamworth Rd and the painting of him aged 5.

They conclude:

The people in these paintings are not made up from artists’ imaginations. In a number of cases they are portrayals of named individuals and, where that is not the case, it is clear that they are based on black people that the artists would have seen around them, their features are individualised not mere ‘caricatures’. These are just examples, chosen to illustrate our point that paintings are a valuable source of social history in general terms but, more specifically, can be used to illustrate the centuries-long black presence in Britain. We hope that you will seek out such representations when you next visit a museum or gallery and would love to hear about your ‘discoveries’.

This novel by Esi Edugyan is one of 25 being being promoted for book clubs  by Abe Books

‘Eleven-year-old Wash, a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric man turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Their travels will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self.’

I have two copies of the book left for sale.

See previous posting and details on Council’s  Your Croydon section of its website.

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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