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 »



Do Croydon’s children and young people have enough space at home?

Posted on May 4th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Some Croydon families face space restrictions described as ‘frightening’

“In cramped homes, children are stuck in hostile environments… When a child is indoors, sound reverberates off walls. Small rooms do not provide the space to make large focal changes to strengthen muscles around the eyes.”

The above quotation is from Charlotte Davies, founder and director of Croydon’s Fit2Learn company which specialises in holistic human development. It is … Read More »



Croydon Credit Union: a co-operative alternative to loan sharks

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

Croydon is taking action against loan sharks. How can people who need to borrow money do so fairly and safely?

In July 2017, a woman was arrested in Woodside on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering. In December, a suspected loan shark was arrested in Sanderstead. The raids were undertaken by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), in partnership with Croydon Trading Standards and … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part two)

Posted on April 25th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Roger Wade calls out complacency amongst the town centre’s managers, is there a growing crisis in Croydon?

In the first part of this article, I questioned Boxpark CEO Roger Wade’s recent statement in the Croydon Advertiser that ‘complacency’ on the part of Croydon Council, the developers active in the area and Croydon’s creatives is holding back the town centre’s development. What else isn’t working in the … Read More »



Croydon’s council elections aren’t just about who’s the best manager

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

‘Vote for us – we’ll run things better!’ say the two rival parties. Can they live up to their claims?

‘The job of unlocking Croydon’s potential is not a quick and easy one’.

This important statement in Labour’s manifesto for May’s council elections is a stark reminder of the realities that face whichever of the two main parties gains control on 3rd May. Croydon faces government-imposed funding cuts … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part one)

Posted on April 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 8 comments

“If they don’t come to Boxpark, they don’t come to Croydon”, says CEO Roger Wade. But is he right?

In a recent interview with the Croydon Advertiser, Roger Wade, founder and CEO of Boxpark, declares that he is concerned about the town centre and Croydon. He “would like to believe that Boxpark is one of the major things which is helping Croydon to improve” but feels that … Read More »



Are we damaging our children through learning?

Posted on March 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How can we ensure that our children learn more effectively, and have a better quality of life as adults?

There are many ways our society is damaging children’s learning. Among them as discussed at the Croydon Assembly/National Union of Education event on Saturday 24th February are funding cuts, testing, the lowering of qualifications needed by teachers, the adverse effects of increasing poverty and poor housing, the lack … Read More »



Historical heroines: meeting Croydon’s suffragettes and suffragists

Posted on January 31st, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

Many forgotten names from the female suffrage movement resided in Croydon

It’s time to remember the brave women of Croydon who fought so tirelessly for universal suffrage. 6th February 2018 is the 100th anniversary of parliament finally acceding to giving women the vote in elections. This important event in the history of democracy in Britain is also important for the Townswomen’s Guilds across the country, which were … Read More »



Croydon’s wartime Canadian links: the Halifax explosion, December 1917

Posted on January 10th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Finding out about Croydon’s First World War connections to the Canadian army

On 6th December 1917, a massive explosion in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, devastated the town, killed nearly 2,000 people and injured nearly 9,000 more. Whether former Croydonians were among them is not known, because so many of those killed could not be identified.

Despite the support of the Canadians for Britain on … Read More »