Croydon London Borough Council

There has been a boundary change in Croydon. Although there are no more or less seats, these ones have never been contested before.

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Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 41 Total councillors 41 Change+2


Elected in 2018 29 Total councillors 29 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Seven areas compete to be named London Borough of Culture

Seven London boroughs are to present their bids to be named London Borough of Culture, City Hall have revealed.

Croydon, Greenwich, Hounslow, Lewisham, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Sutton are competing to take on the role in 2021 and 2023.

The two winning boroughs will each be awarded £1.35m to deliver a programme events during the year which "places culture at the heart of their communities" and celebrates "the unique character of local people and place".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the scheme had been created "to give Londoners a chance to create and enjoy world-class culture on their doorstep".

Waltham Forest was the first winner, being named the London Borough of Culture for 2019, while Brent will take over the mantle next year.

Blanche moves from one room into flat for Christmas

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Blanche Takwi
Croydon Council

After suffering from inflammation of the brain, Blanche Takwi lost her job and then her flat.

She ended up moving into Croydon Council temporary accommodation at Windsor House in Norbury.

But after a year and three months living in one room, the 46-year-old will be in her own flat for Christmas.

Blanche was one of three people on Croydon Council’s housing waiting list to move into social rent homes this week - the first council flats completed by council-owned developer Brick by Brick.

Flora Court in Thornton Heath includes three council houses offered at social rent and 24 shared ownership flats which are set to be completed next month – so far about 40% of these are already reserved.

Blanche, who was a support worker before she became ill, said: “It was so exciting to move it, it is so much nicer than I was expecting.

“Before I was in a small room with a toilet and a small kitchen.

“From the beginning it was okay, but because I was there so long, it became stressful to me. “I originally thought I would be there for three or four months.”

As she will be in her own place again for Christmas she plans on having a couple of friends round to thank them for supporting her through her illness.

Leisure centre due to open after two-year delays

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A shiny new leisure centre is on track to be completed next month in Croydon, following two years of delays.

An opening date for New Addington Leisure Centre has not yet been announced but Croydon Council has confirmed that work will be finished in January.

It is expected to be up and running by spring 2020.

The new centre in Central Parade was originally supposed to be completed back in 2018.

The set back was because of unexpected issues with a Thames Water soak away tank.

Westfield comes to Croydon

Croydon Wesfield

A new £1.4bn shopping centre has been in the pipeline for Croydon for nearly a decade.

Westfield proposed a new flagship store in 2012, forming a partnership with developers Hammerson the following year.

The scheme was approved by Croydon Council in November 2017, but due to the size of the scheme it had to be scrutinised by the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan rubber-stamped the project approved by the Mayor of London in January 2018.

Mr Khan said the mall - a joint venture by Westfield and Hammerson - will "unlock Croydon's potential".

The south London shopping centre will replace the existing Whitgift Centre and create 7,000 jobs.

Work to demolish the existing Whitgift Centre will begin later this year, with Westfield Croydon aiming to be open by 2022.

Croydon yellow box junction fines double in a year

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Addiscombe Road yellow box junction
David Cook

The number of fines handed out to motorists for stopping in yellow box junctions in Croydon nearly doubled last year.

A total of 7,619 yellow box junction fines were issued in 2017-18 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. This is compared to 4,797 in 2016-17 and 1,396 the previous year.

Motorists caught on CCTV stopping in a yellow box junction face a maximum fine of £130 which is reduced to £65 if paid within two weeks.

Croydon Council would not reveal how much it had made from the fines last year as annual accounts have not yet been audited but the total made from fines will be between £495,235 and £990,470.

Multi-storey block could be built next to Fairfield Halls

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A 29-storey block of flats could soon be built next to the newly reopened Fairfield Halls.

It is part of a planning application for 421 new homes submitted by council-owned developer Brick by Brick.

If approved by the council it would include five buildings from seven to 29 storeys high.

The plans also include office and retail space on the ground floor.

The largest unit on the site is earmarked for the NHS.

On 16 September Fairfield Halls reopened after undergoing a £42 million refurbishment.

The homes built by Brick by Brick are supposed to offset the cost of the Fairfield Halls project.

Fairfield Halls opens to the public

Local Democracy Reporting Service

For the first time in three years Croydon’s Fairfield Halls has officially opened its doors to the public.

Following a multi-million pound makeover the theatre in Croydon has reopened at last for business and looks set to become a major attraction for the town.

Leader of the council Tony Newman said: “It is a day that I bet the whole of Croydon feels really proud of. It is a monumental day.

“We wanted to restore this building to its former glory and it is about making sure we have this for years to come.”

Cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, Oliver Lewis said: “We are thrilled with the result. Fairfield is really close to peoples hearts in Croydon.

“Everyone has a story of seeing a pantomime here or walking across the stage as a school child. Before it was really on a downhill trajectory so it was really important to restore it.

“I’m really excited to see what it means to Croydon with young people being inspired and older people coming here to reminisce.”

Yesterday afternoon Dame Judi Dench unveiled a mosaic of iconic Croydon actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Croydon appoints first FGM support worker

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Croydon has appointed its first specialist social worker to help tackle Female Genital Mutilation and support those affected.

It is thought about 3,000 women in the borough have been affected by the procedure whereby a women or girl's genitals have been deliberately cut, injured or changed without medical reason.

In the UK it is illegal and carries a 14 year prison sentence for carrying it out or helping it take place.

In the past two years Croydon's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) received 122 referrals where FGM was the greatest concern.

A study by City University in 2015 estimated that from 2005 to 2013 there were 827 girls born to women with FGM in Croydon and in 2011 there were 136 girls between the ages of 0-14 years with FGM living in Croydon.

FGM graphic

Councillor David Wood said: "I am pleased our FGM specialist will be embedding themselves into the local community where they will be best placed to build trust and offer help to those affected and at risk of this procedure, as well as assisting colleagues in health, the police, education, social care and other frontline services."

The new post will be based in Croydon's Early Help team and will also support other social workers in responding appropriately to cases.

It is jointly funded by the council and the National FGM Centre - a joint partnership between Barnardo's and the Local Government Association.

The social worker will also develop preventative work for cases involving breast flattening where a pubescent girls' breasts are ironed, pounded or massaged to make the breasts disappear or delay their development.

Veolia worker dies on Thornton Heath bin round

Inside Croydon

Veolia and Croydon Council have tried to suppress information being reported about the death of one of the contractors’ workers at the end of July when, while on a bin round in Thornton Heath in some of the hottest temperatures this country has ever experienced, the man collapsed on the street and died.

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