Sean Creighton’s update – 28 Jan 2015

Sean Creighton was unable to attend the CCC meeting on this occasion.  He provided handouts for those attending the meeting, with the following information:

Council Meetings

A number of important issues are being considered by Council Committees this week. These include:

  • Voter registration: see my blog item at
  • Public Space Protection Orders: A report to the changes in anti-social behaviour area orders is at the same Committee. The report states that (Para 4.1) that the Council is out to consultation on a new anti-social behaviour policy. I am emailing members of the Committee saying that this consultation is not listed on the Council’s Consultations website page and asking a number of questions about the start and end date of the consultation, why it does not appear to be on the consultations page of the Council website, whether it is the same as selective landlord licensing scheme consultation, and if not which residents and community organisations were notified of it and when, and whether a new consultation period can be launched.
  • Public Health Annual Report 2015. This will concentrate on looking at geographic health inequalities. While welcoming it I have submitted a paper to the relevant Committee expressing reservations about the scope. See my blog posting at

Council Planning Consultations

It appears that the Council is erratic in the way it publicises planning consultations. See my blog posting at

Croydon Assembly working parties

Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry

Starts 3 February. For full details and the first batch of evidence submissions see See new Facebook group Historic Croydon to work on protecting the Town Centre’s historic built environment – set up by Andrew Kennedy as a follow-up to his submission to the Inquiry.

Campaigning for Civil Rights Films

Three film shows are being sponsored by Agenda Services, Croydon Radical History Network and Croydon BME Forum

4 March. Divided by Race. United in War and Peace (WW11 servicemen)

18 March. Looking for Claudia Jones

30 March. Freedom Riders

Further details will go the web later this week, and can also be obtained from me.

Croydon Heritage Festival 20-28 June

Planning is well under way. If you want to get involved contact Catherine Shirley (Whitgift Foundation) at Events under the umbrella of Agenda Services and Croydon Radical History Network include:

  • play about Olaudah Equiano and talks about him and other black abolitionists
  • talks on Croydon and slavery and Croydon’s Black presence; introduction to history of labour movement in late Victorian/Edwardian period; black soldiers and sailors in the French wars.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Walk in Selhurst

Croydon Up-dates

also at

Sean Creighton

Agenda Services (Heritage & Cultural Projects)
Convenor Croydon Radical History Network
Convenor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network
26 January 2015

Download a copy here: Sean Creighton’s update 28 Jan 2015

Find Sean’s website here:


Stronger Communities Partnerships – first forum meeting set

Groups in Croydon should have received an invitation to a meeting to discuss how residents’ groups could be represented on the Stronger Communities Partnership Board of the Local Strategic Partnership.

The first meeting took place on 3 November 2014.Some present knew of others that had not even been notified of the meeting.

Those present did not feel that any community group or Residents’ Association had a mandate to speak for all its members let along to represent the views of the area or borough. The proposal was put forward that resident groups and  should network within quadrants to better represent the views of areas of Croydon. This plan would have had the added advantage of increasing the likelihood of giving a voice to hard to reach groups, improved sharing of information, best practice and expertise between groups, and offering support to new or struggling groups and associations. This model was rejected by the Council.

Those present were undeterred and pushed for a forum for residents’ groups to be set up to feed into the Stronger Communities Partnership, so those representing were informed of others views.  This forum will select the four representatives to the Stronger Communities Partnership Board.

The first meeting of the forum will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 3 February 2015 in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET in the evening.

Although CCC have worked to build up a list of current groups and have asked to be included in the forum we have received no reply. We are also aware that not all groups have received notification of the latest meeting.

For the forum to be as effective as possible all groups need to be represented.

If you are involved in a Residents’ Association or residents’ group you should have received an invitation.

 Please pass the message on to anyone who may not have heard.

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The Launch of Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission

Opportunity and Fairness

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission was launched at a public meeting on Wednesday 28th January 2015 in South Norwood. The commissioners were announced on the night.

The powerpoint from the launch can be accessed here.

OFC Launch presentation

The Commission published a Foundation Report at the meeting, that sets
out its approach, and this is also now available online.

The Commission will be calling for evidence from residents, community
organisations, businesses and other experts. You are encouraged to get involved.

An interim report will be produced in September. This will be followed by a further phase of work culminating in a final report in January 2016.

For details and updates see 

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Croydon Policing Newsletter – West Thornton – Feb 2015

Welcome to the new monthly newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of West Thornton. This is the first in a series of monthly newsletters aiming to keep people in the ward of West Thornton up to date with what is occurring on the ward.
Produced by:
West Thornton Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 7161 9042
West Thornton newsletter Feb 2015

The link to the home security survey can be accessed HERE.

Download a copy here: WestThornton newsletter February 2015

Healthwatch Croydon – Focus group on hospital discharge – 30 Jan 15

Healthwatch logoHealthwatch Croydon are holding a focus group meeting on Friday 30thJanuary 2015 from 2 to 4pm at the Carers’ Support Centre, 24 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1PB.

This meeting is being held to allow members of the public to inform Healthwatch Croydon of their experiences of being discharged from hospital in Croydon – good or bad.

Further details at

If you would like to register for this eventemail or call 020 8663 5650.

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Healthwatch Croydon
Carers’ Support Centre
24 George Street
020 8663 5650
Twitter: @HealthwatchCR0
acebook: Healthwatch Croydon

Healthwatch Croydon

Healthwatch logoHealthwatch Croydon works to improve local health and social care by promoting the views of local people who use these services.

Healthwatch Croydon is committed to giving the people of Croydon a voice in the decision-making which affects their health and social care by working with the people who plan and run these services.

Healthwatch Croydon is independent, locally based, and cares about your experiences.

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Healthwatch Croydon
Carers’ Support Centre
24 George Street
020 8663 5650
Twitter: @HealthwatchCR0
acebook: Healthwatch Croydon

Croydon CCG Patient and Public Forum – 25 Feb 2015

CCG headerCroydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) holds events for the public to get involved in the work of NHS Croydon CCG by discussing specific issues, providing feedback on existing services and helping to develop new services.

The next patient and public forum will be held on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 from 6pm – 8pm at the Croydon and District Masonic Halls, 73 Oakfield Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2UX

The focus is on Urgent Care and Primary Care.

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Book a FREE place here

Download a copy of the details here: Croydon CCG_Invitation to Patient and Public Forum_25 February 2015

If you would like to find out more or would like to be invited to future events, please email

Find Croydon CCG on Twitter at @NHSCroydonCCG

And find the website here.

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