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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.

£8.9m Cuts On Way & Croydon Update 14 August

£8.9m Cuts On The Way An estimated £8.9m of cuts are on the way in order to ensure that Croydon Council achieves its balanced budget for this financial year. The details on this are in the draft minutes of the … Continue reading

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1932 Kinder Scout Mass Trespass Talk. 16 August. 7pm

NELH Tuesday Meeting: Forbidden Kinder: The 1932 Kinder Scout Mass Trespass Re-examined with Keith Warrender on 16 August, 7pm The 1932 Kinder Scout Mass Trespass is mired in myth and controversy but Keith Warrender, author of  the recently published FORBIDDEN … Continue reading

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History Update 6 August

To Monday 8 August. Walter Rodney – 40% Off Verso Books http://www.versobooks.com/lists/5393-walter-rodney-a-lighting-rod-for-working-class-black-power Tuesday 16 August. 7pm. Forbidden Kinder: The 1932 Kinder Scout Mass Tresspass Talk by Keith Warrender for North East Labour History Society Friday 30 September. Release Of The Chineke! Orchestra … Continue reading

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The Cost Of Living Crisis

With the cost of living crisis being identified by Croydon’s Labour Councillors as a key issue for action by the Mayor as reported in my Croydon update posting yesterday, it is useful to know about a series of reports on … Continue reading

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Croydon Update 31 July

Councillors have expressed concerns about the future of the Whitgift Centre because the days of shopping centres are over, and with continuing delays by the Croydon Partnership in submitting new plans. Executive Mayor Jason Perry was a member of the … Continue reading

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John Burns Walk And Tom Mann Talk 30 July

I will be leading the annual John Burns walk and giving a talk on Tom Mann for Battersea & Wandsworth Trades Union Council on Saturday 30 July.

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History Update 21 July

To 17 August. South Asian Heritage Month http://www.southasianheritage.org.uk/events-information Tuesday 26 July. 7pm. Elswick’s Shipyard and its Colonial Legacy 1885-1918 Zoom talk by Celina Hunt for North East Labour History Society. Scholarship surrounding the history of the North East is dominated … Continue reading

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Croydon Update 19 July

Wednesday 20 July. 6.30 pm. Scrutiny Streets, Environment & Homes Sub-Committee Sustainable Communities, Regeneration & Economic Recovery Directorate Overview; Revocation of Croydon Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document 2 (SPD2); Housing Directorate Overview Scrutiny Work Programme 2022-23. Well worth reading … Continue reading

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Growing Up On Tyneside In The 1950s

This latest book published under my imprint is available from: John Charlton johncharlton@blueyonder.co.uk £12.50 inc. post & packaging

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Croydon Update 9 July

“My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.”- Boris Johnson. Does this apply to Croydon? Boris will perhaps be remembered locally for his comment: “My argument to the Treasury … Continue reading

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