Croydon Update 22 January

News Summary

Tory Mayor Perry fails to get £20m levelling up money. (MyLondon, Inside Croydon)

Superdrug lead sponsor for Croydon Stands Tall, Croydon BID and Wild In Art initiative for Borough of Culture.

Marks & Spencer to set up store on Purley Way. (Inside Croydon)

Sanderstead 33 flats development halted after residents win court battle (MyLondon)

South London Waste Partnership says volumes of food and green waste fell by 11% and 22% respectively between 1 April and 30 September 2022. (

Perry to oppose Low Emissions Zone. (Evening Standard, Daily Express, The Telegraph & Croydon Council)

Council Meetings

Monday 23 January. 6.30 pm. Scrutiny & Overview Committee

Pre-Decision Scrutiny: Whitgift Indemnity and Land Transfer Agreement (ILTA) Remedy & People & Cultural Transformation Strategy 2022-2026.

Monday 23 January. 6.30pm. General Purposes  Committee

Inc. Croydon Pay Policy Statement 2023/24.

Tuesday 24 January. 6.30pm. Scrutiny Health & Social Care Sub-Committee

Director of Public Health Annual Report 2022; Responding to Urgent and Emergency Care Pressures; Adult Social Care & Health Directorate – Budget; Period 7 (October 2022) budget and savings position;  Healthwatch Croydon Update.

Wednesday 25 January. 6.30 pm. Cabinet

Scrutiny Stages 1 and 2; Period 7 Financial Performance Report; Review of Council Tax Support Scheme 2023-2024; HRA Rent-Setting 2023-2024;  Investment In Resonance Property Fund – Real Lettings Property Fund 1;  People and Cultural Transformation Strategy 2022-26; Local Implementation Plan Healthy Streets Funding 2022-23 to 2024-25;  Whitgift Indemnity and Land Transfer Agreement (ILTA) Remedy; Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Report – Finding of Fault with Maladministration and Injustice; Executive Mayor’s Business Plan 2022-2026 – Transitional Performance Report;  Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) Schools Funding 2023-2024 Formula Factors;  Education Estates Strategy;  Education Standards 2022; Secure Children’s Home for London and Pan-London Commissioning Vehicle.

Thursday 26 January. 6.30 pm. Planning Committee

Land R/O 30-34 Hartley Old Road, Purley, CR8 4HG

Followed by Planning Sub-Committee but not earlier than 7.15 pm

Land Adjacent To 31 Heath Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8NF

Monday 30 January. 6.30 pm. Scrutiny & Overview Committee

Support provided by the Council to asylum seekers, those seeking refuge under the Homes for Ukraine scheme and unaccompanied asylum-seeking; Budget Scrutiny.  


Wednesday 25 January. 2pm. Sanderstead Local History Group. Housing Stories

Members are invited to talk  about a house they have been familiar with and have a story to tell about it.  It may be one you’ve lived in or any other you know about.  Come prepared with any photos or documents which will help illustrate your story. 

All Saints’ Church Hall

Friday 24 February. Accidental Death of an Anarchist 

‘The play is a sharp, hilarious satire on police corruption in Italy. It’s based on the real case in 1969 of a railway worker, accused of railway-station bombings, who ‘fell’ from the fourth-floor window at the Milan police headquarters. It plays on the tension between the death of a suspect and the farcical attempts by the authorities to explain events. The Italian government and police chiefs tried to prevent the play being performed by Dario Fo’s company, but it toured widely and was seen by a million people in four years.

Dario Fo, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, was a hugely popular comedian and playwright who founded a socialist theatre company with his wife, Franca Rame, in 1958. He wrote and produced satirical plays in response to political events, which have continued to be performed around the word. Accidental Death of an Anarchist is his most famous work. Gavin Richards adapted an English translation of it for the Belt & Braces Roadshow Company, which staged the British Premiere of the play. Richards also directed it and played the leading role. The production enjoyed a huge success in the West End in 1980-81 and a studio performance was filmed for a Channel 4 broadcast in 1983. We are screening that film, which captured an outstanding performance of Dario Fo’s classic play. 

Gavin Richards, who now lives in New Zealand, has kindly offered to record a short video message for our audience, which we also hope to screen.’ 

Ruskin House (Cedar Hall), 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD

More information and tickets are available online (£5.80) at:

also from Ruskin House Bar/on the door (£5.00 cash) – subject to availability

Croydon History

The Croydon Minster marriage that ended in the Pimlico poisonings.

David Morgan tells the story in Inside Croydon.

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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