Croydon Update 9 June

Chance To Get Andrew Pelling Back On The Council

Voters in South Croydon have the chance to elect an experienced, thoughtful and probing Councillor by voting for Andrew Pelling.

The rest of the candidates have little or no experience: Danielle Denton (Conservatives); Kathleen Garner (UKIP); John Jefkins (Liberal Democrats); Mark Samuel (Independent); Ben Taylor (Labour); and Peter Underwood (Green).

To Sunday 10 July. Croydon through the lens of Charles Harrison Price Exhibition

The CNHSS and Bourne Society exhibition that was on show  at Croydon Clocktower for six weeks in 2020 has been installed in the newly refurbished gallery at Stanley Arts on South Norwood Hill. It now includes new pictures of South Norwood.

June opening days and times:

4.30-7.30pm: Thursdays 9,16, 23 & 30; Tuesdays 14,21 & 28

Noon-5pm. Sundays 12,19  & 26; Saturday 26


Noon – 5pm: Saturdays 2 & 9; Sundays 3 & 10

4.30 – 7.30pm: Tuesday 5, Thursday 7

Saturday 18 June. Trade Unions London Demonstration  About The Cost of Living

Meet: 11am corner of New Cavendish Street on Portland Place. Look for the purple banner and green flags. There will be a Friends of the Earth presence because the cost of living crisis is part of the climate crisis.

Wednesday 13 July. 6.30pm. Croydon Great Big Green Week Planning

Croydon Climate Action meeting to plan  Great Big Green Week in Croydon (24 September – 2 October). If you have any ideas about events, workshops, competitions or anything else that you would like to organise, please email us with an overview and how much money you require, so we can put in a bid. Deadline to let CCA  know is Friday 24 June at 5pm.

Let us hope that Mayor Perry is examining the Croydon Crisis Commission Report from last summer with a view to strengthening  policy and practice and that the revised draft Local Plan adequately reflects it.

Friday 15 July. 10.30am. Ted Knight  Memorial

Memorial Gardens, West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, SE27 9JU.

Ted Knight was involved in Croydon TUC, Croydon Unite Retired Members branch and Croydon Assembly. The organisers, John McDonnell MP, Nick Toms and Paul Feldman, write: 

‘After some short remarks we will unveil a memorial plaque to Ted, who is remembered for leading a momentous struggle against Thatcher’s cuts in 1984-5 as leader of Lambeth Council and for his unwavering socialist principles.’

Ted died on 29 March 2020.

Here’s a link to a recording of the April 2020 online tributes to Ted.

See also:

Brick By Brick Flats At Heathfield  Gdns Remain Empty

May Day Hospital Area The Most Deprived Neighbourhood In Croydon

Croydon’s most deprived neighbourhood are the streets around Croydon University Hospital, one of the most deprived areas in the country, and among the three worst off in London, according to the Government’s 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation published in 2019. The area stretches from Bensham Lane between Frant Road and Cameron Road.

Chris Philp MP Defends Boris Johnson

No surprise that Chris Philip, the Tory MP for Croydon South defends Boris ‘Bender of the Truth’ Johnson, given his own misleading residents activists about the ability of an elected Mayor to be able to refuse individual planning applications.

Steve Reed MP On The Policing Bill

Steve Reed has written to me on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.’(It) failed to take sufficient action to tackle the epidemic of violence against women and girls, and instead targets peaceful protests and even potentially criminalises singing too loudly in the street. It was a missed opportunity to not only improve protections for women and girls and improve support for victims’ services. Instead, the Government has chosen to chase headlines.

The measures in the Bill would allow the police to stop and search anyone in the vicinity of a protest, including passers-by, people on the way to work and peaceful protesters. This could include people protesting the closure of a local library or local maternity unit.
Labour couldn’t support these disproportionate measures which will bring peaceful protesters unnecessarily into the criminal justice system and undermine public trust in the police trying to do their job.
Instead we suggested sensible solutions like increasing powers for local authorities to fast-track protection orders outside schools and vaccine centres to keep people safe from intimidating anti-vaxxers and statutory guidance for police on public order.

Labour wants to see the Government stop chasing headlines and get back to the core responsibility of the Home Office – to keep people safe. At a time when more and more criminals are getting away with it, the Conservatives are badly letting Britain down. 

Labour voted against the Bill but we were defeated by the Conservative’s majority. That said, we will continue to challenge the Bill and seek to amend it as continues its passage through the House.’

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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