Croydon Update 12 June

Events This Week

My posting New Challenges to Mayor Perry is listed No.6 in the stories on the internet in Now Croydon’s enews this weekend

Tuesday 14 June. 10am. Pension Committee

Tuesday 14 June. 6.30pm. Scrutiny Committee

See below.

Thursday 16 June. 6.30 pm. Planning Committee

It will consider applications for:

1A Meadow Rise, Coulsdon – block of nine flats

62 The Ridge Way, South Croydon – 5 houses and 4 maisonettes

Braeside and Tree Tops, Firs Road, Kenley.  8 self-contained dwelling houses in 4 2 storey buildings.

Given his opposition to blocks of 9 flats which avoid the provision of so-called affordable housing it will be interesting to see whether the Mayor will recommend refusal.

It will be followed by the

Planning Sub-committee which will consider:

20 Manor Way, Purley. Four single dwelling houses.

172A Selsdon Road, South Croydon. Additional storey to provide 1 flat.

Saturday 18 June. 1-4pm. CNHSS Museum Open To Visitors

If you are interested in attending please email for directions.

Scrutiny Gets Off To A Bad Start

The Scrutiny Committee is getting off to a bad start on Tuesday 14 June with no detailed supporting paper work enabling members to consider matters before hand, and having to think fast on their feet on the work to create a responsive repair service, and the Mayor’s priorities. This also means that members of the public cannot submit their views, especially those with housing repair management experience.

The Committee will also consider the basis for developing its work programme.

Priorities. The Committee is being asked to agree the following underlying principles for the development of the work programme: –

  • community engagement to inform the scrutiny process will be sought where possible and appropriate.
  • focus on critical matters where it can make a difference, which can be demonstrated through tangible outcomes.

Work Streams

It will also consider whether the following work streams are still appropriate:

  • corporate recovery
  • the impact that strategic risks may have on the delivery of the Renewal Plan
  • supporting local people and keeping them safe

Croydon Politics Under An Elected Mayor

On Friday 10June I shared my thoughts about the new political situation with members of Croydon’s Unite Retired Members branch. I have posted the basis of the talk on:

Artist Sought For St. Michael’s Square Artwork Design

The developer London Square wants to commission a local artist (or artist collective) to design and make artwork for the new St Michael’s Square development in West Croydon. The Square is part of the development of shops, cafes and 240 homes due for completion by March 2024. The brief can be seen at:

Information about the whole development is at

Croydon Green Spaces Open Day Saturday 2 July

11am to 4pm. Discover more about Croydon’s green spaces and local wildlife and nature groups at this Open Day. Stall holders include: Croydon RSPB Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society TCV, Croydon Community Gardens and Croydon Climate Action

2-3pm. 100 Open Spaces in Croydon in 100 Days

Talk by Nicola Hunt (Croydon Conservation Volunteers and Croydon RSPB) about Croydon’s green spaces and how she visited 100 open spaces in the Borough in 100 days. If you would like to attend please book a place with a member of staff.

2-3pm.  Children’s Caterpillar and Butterfly Craft. Learn about the process of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly and get creative and make your own colourful paper caterpillar and moving butterfly.

Croydon Central Library

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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