Croydon General Update

Wednesday 25 May. 2pm. The Tsars Peter I and Alexander I and the times they spent in London.

Talk by Janet Hartley for Sanderstead Local History Group

Small Hall, All Saints’ Church

Wednesday 25 May. Sustainable Living Hub Session

See video at

Sunday 29 May. Closing Date For Applications For Brit School Philantrophy Officer

Wednesday 15 June. 7.30pm. Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Fairfield Halls

Ruskin House & Croydon TUC Events

Sunday 22 May. 8pm. Folk & Blues with Bruin’s Ruin

Friday 27 May. 8pm  Jazz – the Don Stuart Quartet

Saturday 4 June Noon-3pm. Croydon TUC Street Stall promoting the National TUC March & Rally and Croydon TUC.

Monday 6 June. 7pm.  – South London Cuba Solidarity meeting. Talk by Elizabeth Ribalta Rubeira (Northern European Officer for the Cuban Friendship Institute). 

Saturday 18 June. National March and Rally – all unions together. Assemble 11am Portland Place W1.March  leaves at 12 Noon.

Sunday 17 July. 8am. Coach to Tolpuddle returning at 9.30pm. £10 per seat.

Saturday 30 July. Noon – 10.30pm.  Annual Folk & Blues Festival at and for Ruskin House. Admission £5. Accompanied children free. Items required for Tombola. Live music throughout the day & evening, BBQ, side stalls, tea room and club bar.


Viridor’s Incinerator Breaches Pollution Limits

See Inside Croydon for the full details.

Nuns Planning Scheme Tests Tory Green Credentials

A controversial planning scheme for part of the grounds of the closed Virgo Fidelis girl’s school on Central Hill submitted by the Congregation of Our Lady of Fidelity involving the destruction of trees of the Great North Wood is a challenge to the Tories Green credentials, and an opportunity for the Green Councillors to campaign. For details see Inside Croydon.

Westfield Working On New Planning Application

See Inside Croydon for details. See also:

Developers Mouthpiece Full Of Hype

Croydon News, the newspaper of Develop Croydon is full of the usual hype with stories about Jason Perry as Mayor wooing the developers and other businesses, progress with East Croydon projects, the plans for the Borough of Culture, the purchase of Selsdon Park Hotel by Aprirose, the growth in Croydon’s office market since 2020, the record year for the industrial market, Croydon BID priorities, and the recent Economic Summit. The hype is most obvious with the glowing report about the smart bus stops shelters contract without a word about the problems I reported in a previous posting. Similarly report on the nearly 100% sale of flats at Leon House does not mention the issues of concern residents have and discussed with Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones and Councillor Chris Clark on a video call on the evening of 31 March.  The centre spread is about the 16 Places of Croydon.

My blog dealing with the bus shelters is No. 5 in this week’s featured web new articles on Now Croydon.

London – Highest Poverty Rate In Country

London has continued to have the highest poverty rate in the country, with around one million Londoners in “deep poverty”, defined as more than 50%  below the poverty line, according to a new report by the Legatum Institute 


Is it time that Croydon had an anti-poverty alliance?

Bee Guide

It was World Bee Day on 20 May.

Bill Nighy Went To John Fisher Grammar School In Purley

Perhaps he should be signed up to do an event during Borough of Culture.

Former Croydonian Daniel Frost Wins LSE Award

Daniel has been awarded an LSE Class Teacher award for his first year teaching at LSE.

London Mayor Starts ULEZ Extension Consultation

The proposal is to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the whole of Greater London, including Croydon from 29 August 29 next year. Drivers of vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards are charged a daily fee of £12.50 for entering the ULEZ. The consultation is being run by TfL.

News & Views From Sarah Jones, Croydon Central Labour MP

Flawed Police Bill Will Soon Become Law

 ‘Now that the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Lords, it will soon get Royal Assent and become law. While I am proud of the much-needed changes that we managed to get passed, I am disappointed that some of the draconian measures that Labour worked hard to try to remove, remain in the legislation.

The Home Office’s core duty is to protect Britain and to keep us all safe and secure. Instead, it is chasing headlines and threatening our rights. Please be assured that as Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, I will continue to press for a better approach that is serious about tackling crime.’

Child Q – Sarah Jones Discusses

The Croydon Tram Crash

‘Last month we had the important news that the Office of Rail and Road will prosecute Transport for London, Tram Operations Limited, and the tram driver for failure to ‘ensure the health and safety of passengers on the Croydon Tramlink network’. Following the decision not to prosecute for manslaughter, I hope that this will be of some comfort to the families of those who lost their lives.

Additionally, and as promised, the trams Minister Baroness Vere also wrote to me with an update on matters arising from the Sandilands crash. Sadly, there has been no action yet to close the ‘Death by Dangerous Driving’ loophole, but I am reassured that a comprehensive review of local transport legislation will begin this summer.’

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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