How Croydon played a part in the peace process – back in the 1800s

Posted on September 27th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Croydon’s Festival of Peace may be a twenty-first-century innovation – but peace campaigning here is nothing new

Important issues across the country in 1877 and 1888 were Britain’s relationship with Turkey and war with Afghanistan. At a public meeting in Croydon in September 1877, the speaker, a Mr Lowe, spoke against supporting Turkey against Russia.

A Workmen’s National Anti-war and Arbitration Conference was held in April … Read More »



Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 2)

Posted on September 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

The devil is in the detail: what new planning guidelines mean for our borough

Following on from my article last week on the implications for the Croydon Local Plan with the implementation of the government’s revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidelines, here are a number of further issues for Croydon’s planners to take into consideration. New text from the NPPF is shown below in italics.

Land use

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Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 1)

Posted on September 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Not just for policy wonks – these documents will affect the lives of everyone in Croydon

Planning-development decision making in Croydon has been the subject of much controversy recently, with the apparent obsession with meeting the government’s and Mayor of London’s housing targets – regardless of the strategic policies and objectives of the Croydon Local Plan, with its detailed decision-making process.

Although the new Croydon Local Plan … Read More »



Croydon’s peace ballot and the Italian invasion of Abyssinia

Posted on September 14th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

In 1934–5 Croydon residents worked harder than ever to try to promote the cause of peace

Across the country in 1934 a massive campaign started to obtain signatures to the peace ballot, organised by the League of Nations Union’s National Declaration committee and its president, Lord Robert Cecil. Croydon and Purley committees were set up in support, the Croydon one chaired by the mayor with Alderman Peters … Read More »



Is Croydon regenerating its way to water shortages?

Posted on August 31st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Do local development targets take account of water supply?

Despite last winter’s high rainfall, London and the south-east region are classified as ‘seriously water stressed’. The recent heatwave can only have added to the problem. With population growth, Thames Water predicts that demand for water will exceed supply by 10 per cent in 2025 and by 21 per cent in 2040. If this is the case, then … Read More »



The original Croydon Peace Festival: the town’s ‘peace weeks’ in 1930 and 1934

Posted on August 29th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

How Croydon promoted the cause of peace in the ’30s

Annual peace weeks were run in the 1920s in Croydon every June. The 1930 week was held between 15th and 22nd June. The mayor acted as president, the chairman was Reverend H. J. Powell, the secretary E. C. Schaefer (who lived at 8 The Waldrons), and the Treasurer H.H. Castle (who lived at 15 Chepstow Road). The … Read More »



Peace and anti-war campaigning in Croydon from 1816

Posted on August 24th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Croydon has always been a home for those who yearn for peace

A big thanks is due to Katie Rose for conceiving and organising the recent Festival of Peace. It revives with a modern, contemporary approach the Peace Weeks that were held in Croydon in the 1920s and ’30s. And it carries on the tradition of Croydon-based folk singers, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, who provided the … Read More »



Croydon’s sustainability challenge

Posted on August 21st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How can Croydon ensure that the pressure of rapid change does not override sustainable development?

The Croydon Constructing Excellence Club recently discussed ‘sustainability’ in Croydon. The organisation is open to non-members to attend. But interestingly, when this topic was raised, there were no speakers expressing the different perspectives of residents and community organisations.

‘Sustainability’ was also a key issue in the debate on the new Croydon … Read More »



Let’s keep talking, Croydon

Posted on May 30th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s vital to ask the right questions. I hope that you’ll take the chance to give your answers

Here in Croydon, as elsewhere, we tend to look at local issues separately. We do not always see the interconnections and what the cumulative effects are.

What are the important challenges facing us? I believe that the list includes:

the council’s top-down decision-making
the council’s ‘consultation’ approach
the need to strengthen … Read More »



What next for Croydon’s re-elected Labour council?

Posted on May 9th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

With local election turnout at just 38%, Croydon’s politicians need a change of style

Voter turnout in Croydon was only 38%. It will take a lot of analysis to assess what the results in each ward mean.

Although Labour increased its share of seats to forty-one and retained control of the council, it clearly failed in the knock-up on election day to find the nine extra … Read More »