Croydon News and Announcements

Review of Parliamentary Boundaries   Have your say about the proposals.

Proposed boundary removes New Addington & Upper Shirley; adds South Croydon

Current Parliamentary boundary.

Note part of Shirley moves to Beckenham for MP.

Review of Ward Boundaries   Have your say about the proposals.
Consultation 27Sep16 to 05Dec16.

Remembering 1916   Croydon's major First World War exhibition
Whitgift Exhibition Centre, via Nottingham Road, Croydon, CR2 6YT
Open daily 10am to 5pm until 16 April 2017.
Life on the Western Front and the Home Front - Verdun, Somme, Jutland, Red Baron.
This is an incredible exhibition with lots of genuine artefacts, posters and art.

Allow at least 2 hours to view and you can also visit the cafe and shop.

Nov16 UPDATE - Five-Ways Junction TFL Consultation       

    Nov 2016 A further consultation is scheduled for spring 2017. TFL Five-Ways Consultation
  • Increase traffic capacity along the A23 and A232 to improve the reliability of journeys while accommodating the predicted increase in traffic
  • Reduce traffic levels on local roads
  • Improve the environment for pedestrians by simplifying crossings, widening footways, improving lighting and removing unnecessary signs
  • Enhance cycling facilities that link with existing cycle routes
  • Widening the A23 where it crosses the railway by Waddon station
  • Widening the western end of Epsom Road
  • Converting Epsom Road to allow two-way traffic

11Nov15 From: TfL Consultations Date: 11 November 2015 at 11:53 Subject: Fiveways Croydon - Response to Consultation

Between 2 February and 15 March 2015, we ran a consultation to find out views on the current situation and on two possible proposals for the Fiveways Croydon scheme.

We received 799 direct responses to the consultation. Of all respondents, 81 per cent supported or partially supported the principle of a road modernisation scheme at Fiveways, 67 per cent agreed or partially agreed with Proposal 1, and 43 per cent agreed or partially agreed with Proposal 2. We would like to thank all those who gave their views.

We intend to publish a preferred proposal by early 2016, with an explanation of the reasons for its selection. We will then discuss the updated proposals with key stakeholders and directly affected property owners ahead of a wider public consultation planned for autumn 2016, once we have undertaken further design and modelling work.

You can find our full response to consultation online at
Yours faithfully, Matthew Moore Consultation Team Transport for London

04Feb15 - Two possible proposals to increase capacity and improve safety on the A23 and A232 at and around the Fiveways junction. For details see: Consultation

As you are hopefully aware, Transport for London (TfL) is currently consulting on two possible proposals to improve the Fiveways junction in Waddon.
Due to a high level of interest in this consultation, we will be holding another public event to give stakeholders and residents an additional opportunity to speak to us about the proposals. This event took place on Thursday 12 March, 4-8pm, at Waddon Leisure Centre, Purley Way, Waddon, Croydon, CR0 4RG
Please visit: to see details of the proposals and have your say. The deadline for comments was Sunday 15 March 2015.

The David Lean Cinema

The David Lean Cinema in the Croydon Clocktower is now open on Thursdays and some Tuesdays & Saturdays     www.facebook/LeanCampaign

Apr 2017 Poster
Click image to download poster.
Advance Booking Online via our: Film Schedule
Telephone: 0333 666 3366 or Wallace Arnold Worldchoice at 62 George Street. They are on the Clocktower side of George Street, close to Wellesley Road but in the section adjacent to North End. Opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4.30pm Saturday.

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Your Croydon       

05 February 2016 Edition        29 January 2016 Edition        22 January 2016 Edition        15 January 2016 Edition       
04 December 2015 Edition        27 November 2015 Edition        20 November 2015 Edition        13 November 2015 Edition
06 November 2015 Edition        30 October 2015 Edition        23 October 2015 Edition        16 October 2015 Edition       
09 October 2015 Edition        02 October 2015 Edition        25 September 2015 Edition        18 September 2015 Edition       
11 September 2015 Edition        04 September 2015 Edition        28 August 2015 Edition        21 August 2015 Edition       

Cultural Quarter
See October 2014 Edition

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The Silver Line    0800 4 70 80 90

A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched by Esther Rantzen.
The Silver Line aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers.
Chairwoman Ms Rantzen said she hoped the phone line number, 0800 4 70 80 90, would be remembered by all older people when they needed friendship or advice.

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Blue Plaques

The Summer 2013 ASPRA Newsletter contains an article on local Blue Plaques and more details are available in this website. See: local Blue Plaques

  Betty Westgate
1 Colworth Road
  RF Delderfield
22 Ashburton Avenue
12 Colworth Road 1 Colworth Road

  22 Ashburton Avenue

20 Outram Road
12 Colworth Road D H Lawrence   FG Creed 20 Outram Road

July 2013 - Hilary Chelminski writes: It is proposed that a commemorative English Heritage style "Blue Plaque" be erected on the front of the house at 22 Ashburton Avenue, where the famous playwright and author, R.F.Delderfield (1912-1972) lived from 1918 to 1923. His books "The Avenue", which were made into the television series "People Like Us", are based on his experiences in Addiscombe and Shirley Park. More information on Wikipedia

The owners of the house have agreed, and a rough design for the plaque has been drawn up. The cost will be in the region of £200 +VAT. The final design & wording to be established by consultation, hopefully, with members of the ASPRA who will wish to subscribe.

As may be seen by the D.H. Lawrence plaque at 12 Colworth Road, such markers greatly add to, enrich and enhance life in the local built environment, as well as stimulating historic interest and study on a much wider basis.

The idea for this proposal originated with the recent Croydon Heritage Festival, which stimulated my own interest so that research led to the exciting discovery of this close connection with Delderfield, whose play "To Serve Them All My Days" had only recently been on the radio. Conversations with neighbours later revealed a widespread existing knowledge, interest & enthusiasm for the subject.

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The club is open every day, weather permitting from 2.00p.m. There is usually a public rink available for a small fee and all equipment can be provided. If you take part in our open sessions there will be no fee to pay.
Dress is informal for these sessions, there is a dress code for members in inter club matches. There are no age restriction other that children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent. All equipment can be borrowed whilst you try out this sport. Some players start young, many when they find football and golf becoming too strenuous. Many play on into their eighties and later. There are also 3 indoor clubs in our area so that you can continue throughout the year.
If you have any questions or would like to book an introductory or coaching session please phone
Bob Wright on 020 8654 3211. We are two clubs and have male and female coaches.
The bowling green is behind the petanque court and house as you enter the park from TENTERDEN ROAD, This is the car parking area.

London Fire Brigade video
View a video produced in partnership with London Fire Brigade and CBNWA highlighting the importance of reporting all potential hazards to the CBNWA manager:
Note: you can report fly tipping direct to Croydon Council : Report-it

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Recent changes to Royal Mail postal services        Public invited to attend: Date: Tuesday 14th April 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: The Council Chamber, the Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
Thank you very much to all the Residents' Associations who circulated the Croydon Council Scrutiny survey regarding the recent changes to Royal Mail in Croydon. Over 500 people responded and the results of this questionnaire have now formed part of the scrutiny review's final report, which will be considered at the Scrutiny and Overview Committee on Tuesday 14th April, 6.30pm, Council Chamber, Croydon Town Hall.
All residents are invited to attend this meeting, where the report and recommendations will be discussed. Royal Mail have also been invited to attend. Further information, including a copy of the report going to the committee (at item 7), can be found on this link: for details     Copy of the Report (74 pages)

I am writing on behalf of the Croydon Council democratic services department and would like to invite members of the Addiscombe and Shirley Park Residents' Association to join a project we are currently undertaking. Led by Councillor Sean Fitzsimons, we are reviewing the recent changes to Royal Mail postal services that have affected your postal area (specifically CR0 and CR7). Most significantly this has involved closing the Royal Mail collection office on Addiscombe Road and relocating to Factory Lane on the Wandle Park Industrial Estate. Smaller changes have included alterations to delivery routes and to postbox collection times.
To monitor the impact such changes have had on Croydon residents we have created a brief questionnaire which we would very much appreciate if you could share with your organisation’s members. This will give residents an opportunity to have a say on the recent changes and will feed in to Croydon Council’s Scrutiny and Strategic Overview committee. The survey can be found here: It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

You can also sign a petition organised by our MP Gavin Barwell see: for details or sign the petition.

East Croydon Railway Consultation        Network rail have invited comment by 13 January 2015 on their plans to add platforms at East Croydon Station and make changes to the track layout and service provsion between London and the South Coast. For details see: Consultation

Information on Health Services        NHS England have asked Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and South East Commissioning Support Unit to work together to find out how the public would like to access information on health services. Much of this information is currently held on the Directory of Services, (DoS) which is used by NHS 111, 999 and other healthcare professionals.
The Directory of Services (DoS) is a website holding contact details, opening hours, information on how to access a service and what the service can deal with. We are looking to make the information held on the Directory of Services accessible to the public.
If you would like to help shape how information on health services is made available to the public, please complete the questionnaire at:
The deadline for all responses is 16 April 2015.
Please note, you will not be asked to supply your contact details so all responses are anonymous. Thank you in advance for your time.
Kind regards, Directory of Services (DoS) Strategy Team

Tell the NHS what you think of 111        NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to know what you think of the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 makes it easier for the public to access urgent healthcare services when they need medical help fast. It is free to use and directs people to the right local service first time, or gives health advice that is best able to meet their needs. It supports urgent and emergency care services, ensuring that patients get the right care, first time.
The service is run by Care UK in Croydon, and the CCG is about to put the contract out to tender as it expires later this year. Before it does, it wants to know what local people think about the service. We’ve developed a survey for patients which is available online and as a paper copy.
The survey can be found at Consultation . If you don’t have internet access but would like to give your views, contact Gillian Ashton 020 3049 4163 or for a copy of the survey.

Culture in Croydon - community feedback survey
"What are your ambitions for culture in Croydon?" This is a question being asked by Croydon Council, with responses invited via an online survey. The Council states that it's "passionate about culture in all of its forms supporting the boroughs regeneration aims." Culture is also referred to as "a key driver of inward investment (to create jobs) and to make Croydon as a borough a really nice place to live and enjoy life."
The survey questions invite you to state your "top priorities for culture in Croydon" and comment on what the council is doing "to ensure that culture is important across the borough." We know that many of you care deeply about the arts and may be eager to participate.
If you would welcome Council support for the David Lean Cinema or an Art Gallery or a repalcement for the Warehouse Theatre etc. this is the time to say so, as for exmple, a fully reopened David Lean with screenings on six or seven days a week will be immensely difficult to achieve via an entirely volunteer-run operation.
Please note that the survey deadline is 31 December:

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Have your say on Croydon Council's draft interim Equality and Inclusion Policy
Have your say on Croydon Council's draft interim Equality and Inclusion Policy - Consultation now extended to Monday 15 December

We are updating our Equality and Inclusion Policy to ensure the borough continues to be a place where people want to live and work - a place where everyone has fair and equal opportunities and life chances.

The draft interim Equality and Inclusion Policy 2014-16 sets out the new administration's vision and ambition for equality and inclusion and will enable the Council to:

  • Get to know our diverse local community and understand its needs
  • Provide responsive and accessible services and excellent customer care
  • Improve engagement with residents and strengthen partnership working with voluntary and community groups
  • Provide strong leadership, partnership and organisational commitment for the equality and inclusion agenda
  • Work towards becoming an employer of choice by recruiting, developing and retaining an efficient, talented and motivated workforce that broadly reflects the communities that we serve at all levels

To make sure that the draft interim equality and inclusion policy includes the most important actions that will make a real difference in addressing people's needs and concerns, we are asking residents, people who use our services, those who are employed by the council and our community and voluntary sector partners to tell us whether they agree with them or not.

Have your say! Tell us what you think by clicking on this link and completing the short survey. The consultation has now been extended to Monday 15 December.

You can also see a copy of the draft interim policy by going to:

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the policy and the survey, please email us at

Croydon Question Times

Would you like to have the chance to talk to the people that make the decisions for Croydon Council face to face? Are there any issues that you would like to see the council tackling more, or are there any areas of Croydon that you think could do with some extra attention from the council?

Croydon Question Times give you the opportunity to come and speak to members of the cabinet and senior council officers about the issues and services that matter most to you.

Next Question Time event:   Currently no more planned

The events run from 7.30pm to 9pm and refreshments will be provided.

You can register to attend by emailing, or you can simply turn up on the night. However, please note that as space is limited, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The last meeting was held in Thornton Heath on 11 November 2013.

A record of the meeting at St Mildreds on 3 June 2013 is available: Notes for 03Jun13.

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Vision for Arts     by   Charlotte Davies

Croydon residents and representatives of many Arts groups attended a public meeting on Thursday, 21st March, 2013, organised by the South Croydon Community Association. The next open meeting of this group took place on May 2nd 2013.

A further meeting took place on 10th October 2013 - see meeting notes.
The objective is to get all Arts and cultural organisations across Croydon together to discuss how we can create a vision for Arts; and take practical steps to realise it: see press release.

Details of discussions of May 2013 can be found on the SCCA website on the following link:

If you wish to contribute ideas please e-mail your ideas to me or to South Croydon Community Association

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Illegal Rave at old Post Office 15Jun14        Gavin Barwell's Blog

Gavin's Blog provides some background to what happened and asks:

  • What measures had the owners of the building taken to secure it? I am told there were squatters in there this week - we don't yet know if they are responsible for organising the rave - and that the owners were arranging eviction.
  • Did the police have any prior intelligence that this event was going to take place?
  • Was any thought given to preventing trains stopping at East Croydon to avoid the crowd building up?
  • Were additional police resources requested quickly enough and were they despatched quickly enough? For many of my constituents, this incident will have uncomfortable parallels with the 2011 riots where officers quickly found themselves wholly outnumbered.
  • And do we now know who organised the event and if so can we have assurances that they will feel the full force of the law?