The Fair Field public space

The Fair Field is an ambitious multi-million pound scheme to build a world-class public space in the heart of Croydon’s emerging cultural quarter. It will provide a stunning setting for the newly-refurbished Fairfield Halls, improve links with the rest of the town centre and create a destination space for communities and visitors alike.

Also known as College Green or Fairfield Gardens, the public space is only moments away from East Croydon station and the civic heart of Croydon around the Town Hall and Queens Gardens. It is part of an important network of existing and future public spaces in the town centre being delivered through private and council-led projects.

The project, scheduled for completion in 2022, sits alongside plans to transform the wider area into a cultural quarter with a new residential community. The council’s private development company, Brick by Brick, is leading on some of the area’s residential components.

The proposal for the Fair Field public space builds on the heritage of the area. It responds to the council’s brief which called for an innovative design that integrates water, public art, and lighting.

Proposals have now been submitted for planning and a decision is expected in the Autumn.

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Equalities Strategy

Jun 11 2020 to Sep 20 2020
Community and life events

Are you a resident, local organisation, community group or voluntary sector organisation in Croydon?

Do you represent communities across the borough and/or support some of our most vulnerable residents?

Do you belong to a group that shares a protected characteristic as defined  by the Equality Act (race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity) 

Do you have an interest in equality, fairness and inclusion? 

The council is in the process of developing an equality strategy that will set out its vision to tackle and reduce inequality in Croydon, and work towards a place where all have an equal opportunity to prosper.  In light of recent events and the Black Lives Matter Movement, now more than ever, we want use our role and contribution towards tackling structural inequalities. 

Understanding your views will help us to update the council’s equality objectives and Croydon Council's Equalities Strategy 2020-2024, which will help us to shape services and priorities in the borough for the next four years.  

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London Borough of Croydon


Unblocking the Croydon bottleneck

Network Rail are consulting on major proposals to unblock the Croydon bottleneck to provide Brighton Main Line passengers with more reliable, more frequent and faster services, and to provide the capacity needed for future growth.  

Public consultation – Monday 1 June to Sunday 20 September 2020

You can view the detailed proposals on our consultation portal. You can also speak with the project team via our online chat facility or on our dedicated consultation hotline.

View the detailed proposals and have your say by:

Completing the online form

Speaking to a member of the project team via the online chat on the consultation page

Available 1 June - 28 June at the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:00 – 15:00

Wednesday – 16:00 – 20:00

Call the consultation hotline 020 7118 0684

Available 1 June - 17 July at the following times:

  • Monday to Wednesday – 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00
  • Thursday – 18:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday – 10:00 – 12:00

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Drug and alcohol misuse (substance misuse) in Croydon survey August 2020

Jul 10 2020 to Sep 18 2020
Not applicable

Survey on drug and alcohol misuse (substance misuse) in Croydon August 2020

Croydon Council has commissioned research into drug and alcohol misuse (substance misuse) in the borough.  Like every London borough, Croydon has problems related to substance misuse (data sourced from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System that provides borough by borough data on substance misuse: )

This survey is part of a process that is aimed at improving both local substance misuse treatment services and the wider response to substance misuse, for example, education, prevention and crime reduction.

This survey is asking for your thoughts and opinions.   It is completely anonymous and does not ask you anything about yourself.  This information will be put together with statistical data on what is happening in Croydon, the views of those who work with substance misusers and with the thoughts of substance misusers and their families.  The data and feedback will be used to draw up plans for a new local contract for substance misuse services and other changes that will help to reduce the impact that drugs and alcohol have on Croydon.

These changes will be aimed at improving the help available to people who have alcohol or drug problems, but also reducing the impact on families and the whole community of Croydon.

Results and findings of the survey will be shared with our stakeholders such as cabinet members, senior management and those involved in planning and commissioning substance misuse services.   They will also be shared with our partners in, for example, the health service.  The report from this research will be made available to the public via the Get involved engagement platform.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.


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London Borough of Croydon


Parks and Greenspaces in a COVID-19 Landscape

Aug 5 2020 to Sep 13 2020
Leisure and culture

One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is the spotlight highlighting the importance of access to and use of local parks and greenspaces. When considered in conjunction with the pre-COVID-19 growing interest in the role these greenspaces can play in Climate Crisis mitigation, there is now far greater and wider awareness of the value they provide to society as a whole. A number of broad scale surveys are being conducted to understand how the pandemic is changing use and perception of these greenspaces, however a short Croydon-specific data gathering exercise will provide verifiable insight which will be of use to Council officers who are planning for a future for these greenspaces post-COVID-19.

The survey outcomes identified below will provide baseline data on use of these greenspaces as well as some light-touch resident perceptions on how these greenspaces are being managed now and what they could look like in the future. Given the financially restrictive position the Council is in, it will be important to prioritise what investment is possible whilst also maintaining realistic expectations across the political and public spheres.

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London Borough of Croydon


Map your memories about the Purley Way

Change is coming to the places along the Purley Way area - be part of the change!


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South Croydon Ward, Broad Green Ward, Waddon Ward, Bensham Manor Ward


Croydon Council Awards

Apr 23 2014 to Jul 31 2020
Public services

The Croydon Council Awards recognise and celebrate the excellent work of those who go above and beyond for Croydon each and every day.

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London Borough of Croydon


Selsdon Community Plan

Selsdon Community Plan

We want your views on the future of Selsdon to help us produce a community plan that will set out priorities for how the area can improve.  This five-year plan, which will cover the areas of Selsdon, Forestdale and Addington Village, is being led by a team made up local groups, churches, ward councillors, Croydon Council, local businesses and schools who are working together to help change Selsdon for the better by:-

  • Building a pleasant, modern, healthy environment respectful of its heritage, fit for the future
  • Nurturing sustainable local businesses to secure high quality jobs for local people
  • Creating a connected, collaborative, welcoming community of which residents are proud

This survey uses ideas and suggestions made by the community in November and you can view a short report summarising feedback on the following link Selsdon Community Day Responses

Please complete this short survey by following the link by Thursday 12 March 2020.

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Proposal to extend the age range at St Giles School

Feb 24 2020 to Mar 31 2020
Education and learning

We would like to hear your views on our proposal to extend the age range at St Giles School from 4 - 19 years to 2 - 19 years from September 2020.

Extending the age range at St Giles School will allow for specialist education for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, physical sensory medical needs from 2 years old. The proposal suggests the management of the specialist nursery class Crosfield Rainbow Group is transferred to St Giles School.  This will provide a clearer pathway from early years to school years for children in specialist education. 

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London Borough of Croydon


The Big Conversation

Oct 13 2019 to Mar 31 2020
Benefits and council tax, Business and investment, Community and life events, Council and elections, Education and learning, Environment, Health and social care, Housing, Jobs at Croydon, Leisure and culture, Planning and regeneration, Parking, streets and transport, Public services, Crime and Policing

The Big Conversation asks what we want our borough to be like in 2030? We take a look at some of the challenges we face now, how Croydon is changing and how everyone has a part to play.

We’ve highlighted six topics for us to talk about:

  1. Culture at the heart of regeneration
  2. Decent homes for all
  3. Safe and secure communities
  4. Jobs and the economy
  5. Caring for each other
  6. Creating a sustainable Croydon


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London Borough of Croydon


Have your say on Croydon's landlord licensing scheme

In 2015 we introduced a borough-wide, five-year landlord licensing scheme which will end on 30 September 2020. Following a paper to cabinet in October we are now consulting on proposals to continue to license private rented properties in Croydon. Consultation closes 11.59pm Monday 9 March.

Since the introduction of the current selective licensing scheme, a new law has come in requiring councils to gain permission from Government for any new landlord licensing schemes covering more than 20% of a borough. The proposed scheme must be supported by evidence for how it meets the criteria for landlord licensing.

Before making a decision about whether to submit our application to government, we want to understand the views of our residents, businesses, private tenants, landlords and all other Croydon groups on our proposals and their possible impacts.

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London Borough of Croydon


Children, Young People & Families Plan - Consultation

Jan 17 2020 to Mar 4 2020
Education and learning

This survey is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated to create our Children, Young People and Families Plan.

You can find details of the consultation findings attached to this page, along with the final plan as adopted by Full Council in July 2020.



Are you a child or young person in Croydon?

Do you work with children and young people?

Do you have ideas about how the council and its partners could work better with children and young people, and our communities?

Would you like to have your say? We would like to hear from you!

The draft Children, Young People and Families Plan sets out proposed outcomes and priorities that we, the council, along with our partners will focus on. The ultimate aim of the plan is to ensure good life outcomes for all children and young people across the whole borough.

It's been developed after speaking with some of our children, young people, families and partners in Croydon, and includes three key outcomes and six supporting priorities that we feel would address some of the key challenges we face as a borough. Now we want to hear if you think we’ve got it right.

This public consultation is now open until Wednesday 4th March 2020.

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London Borough of Croydon


Reimagining Croydon's subways

Nov 11 2019 to Feb 23 2020
Community and life events, Environment, Planning and regeneration

Do you have a creative idea for how Croydon’s subways could be transformed?

Students, community groups, artists, architects, and more all submitted dozens of creative ideas for how the six subways in our town centre could be put to better use. Our expert panel has now selected the short-listed entries in each of the three categories: professional, non-professional, and under-18s.

Now we want to hear from you! Please give us your feedback in this survey on as many or as few of the ideas as you wish. Your comments will be given to the judging panel, and will be considered when selecting a winner.

Once the winners are selected, ideas will be reviewed to see if they are viable. We will then work with the winning and /or shortlisted individuals or groups to see if we can bring these ideas to life.

The deadline for public feedback is 23 February. A full list of entries is available as a PDF on our webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact

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London Borough of Croydon


Homelessness Prevention and Rough Sleeping Strategy consultation

Following a review of homelessness in Croydon during late 2018, we have produced the Homelessness Prevention and Rough Sleeping Strategy for Croydon 2019-2022. This short-term strategy sets out our priorities for preventing homelessness over the next three years with a focus on six themes:

  • Engagement and early intervention
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Sustainable accommodation
  • Support outcomes
  • Rough sleeping
  • Young people

For each theme we've highlighted what we want to achieve, how we are going to do it and how we will measure success, as well as an action plan for the direction and delivery of the strategy.


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Croydon Local Plan Review consultation

Croydon is reviewing its 2018 Local Plan to tackle the climate emergency and address the housing crisis. 

Due to be adopted in 2022, the review will update the vision and strategy for Croydon’s growth up to 2039 and set out how the council will continue to deliver much-needed new homes, jobs and community facilities. 

The Issues and Options consultation, which is based around three spatial strategies, sites and planning policies necessary to meet these needs will run from 8 November 2019 until 20 January 2020. 


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London Borough of Croydon



Oct 1 2017 to Dec 31 2019
Health and social care

We are working with individuals, schools, local businesses and other organisations to promote healthier, lower-sugar alternatives and to limit less healthy choices. You can become SUGAR SMART too! Join the campaign and pledge to make small changes and help others become SUGAR SMART!

To join SUGAR SMART you need to agree to the following:

  • Make your Pledge - make some simple changes to reduce your sugar intake;
  • Spread the word - tell your friends and family that you have become SUGAR SMART and why.

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London Borough of Croydon, South Croydon Ward, Norbury Park Ward, Thornton Heath Ward, Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood Ward, Broad Green Ward, South Norwood Ward, Waddon Ward, New Addington North Ward, Sanderstead Ward, Selsdon Vale & Forestdale Ward, Shirley South Ward, Coulsdon Town Ward, Purley & Woodcote Ward, Fairfield Ward, Old Coulsdon Ward, Addiscombe West Ward, Shirley North Ward, Bensham Manor Ward, Selsdon & Addington Village Ward, Kenley Ward, New Addington South Ward, Selhurst Ward, West Thornton Ward, Woodside Ward


Healthy Start

We are seeking feedback from people who use Healthy Start vouchers for fruit, vegetables, milk and vitamins about their experiences.

We would like to know what people use the vouchers for, how easy they are to use and what improvements could be made.

This is part of a national piece of work to inform our knowledge about the Healthy Start programme

All responses to this survey will be anonymous.

Thank you very much for your help.

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Governance Review - resident survey

Sep 6 2019 to Oct 6 2019
Council and elections

A panel of members and the independent chair responsible for delivering the governance review are seeking views on whether the council effectively listens to residents and if more should be done to ensure local people can participate in and influence decisions that affect their neighbourhoods, including provision of local services.

Your responses to the survey will be independently analysed by Centre for Public Scrutiny and presented to the Panel to help inform its work on the recommendations and improvements the council can make to enhance local democracy and resident participation in local decision making.

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London Borough of Croydon


CALAT New Addington

Jul 2 2018 to Sep 30 2019
Benefits and council tax, Business and investment, Community and life events, Council and elections, Education and learning, Environment, Health and social care, Housing, Jobs at Croydon, Leisure and culture, Planning and regeneration, Parking, streets and transport, Public services

CALAT (Croydon Adult Learning And Training) has been part of the fabric of Croydon for over 70 years offering adults in the borough a wide range of courses for work or leisure.

We have created this survey to find out what the residents of New Addington and the surrounding areas know about CALAT and what courses you would like to see offered at the New Addington Centre in the future.

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New Addington North Ward, Selsdon Vale & Forestdale Ward, Selsdon & Addington Village Ward, New Addington South Ward


Kenley Community Plan

Mar 27 2019 to Sep 30 2019
Planning and regeneration

Kenley is changing. If you care about the future of Kenley; if you live, work, shop, socialise, commute or run a business in the area then we want to know your views. Help shape change by contributing to the development of the Kenley Community Plan.

Complete a survey here

Find out more here

Get in touch here

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Kenley Ward


Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

We are reviewing the polling districts and places for use in future elections.

We welcome comments from any registered elector on the existing and proposed arrangements. If possible your comments should include suggestions of alternative venues for polling places.

We'd also like to hear from or any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

You can submit your comments in writing to

Electoral Services

Town Hall

Katharine Street




Or by email to

Representations should be made in writing to Electoral Services by no later than 2 September 2019.

Consultation will run from Monday 5 August to Monday 2 September 2019.

All comments received will made publicly available at the end of the review. No personal information such as name, address or email, will be published.

Why are we consulting?

In accordance with the requirements of the Representation of the People Act 1983, and the Electoral Administration Act 2013, we must

  • divide the parliamentary constituencies in Croydon into geographical areas, called polling districts
  • assign polling places and polling stations to each district.


We have to do this by February 2020.

Polling district review document and map

The (Acting) Returning Officer, Jo Negrini, has published a report on the current arrangements. This report also includes proposed changes for future arrangements. Download a copy of the Returning Officer’s report below. You can also view a map of the existing polling districts.

Proposed changes to the existing polling districts and polling places must be agreed at the Full Council meeting, and implemented by 1 February 2020.


More information

For further information please contact:

Seth Alker
Head of Electoral Services
Croydon Council
Town Hall
Katharine Street

Telephone: 020 8604 7469

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Proposed changes to the Direct Payments Policy for adult social care

To ensure our Direct Payments Policy is in line with the Care Act legislation (April 2015) and the changing needs of our population, Croydon is updating the policy for our staff and the people who use (or want to use) direct payments


If people approach us about their care and support needs they will be assessed, during the assessment a decision is made if the person (or their carer) is eligible for support.  If they are, a personal budget is agreed, which is an amount of money to be used to meet care and support outcomes.  All or some of this, can be taken as a direct payment, so that people can arrange their own care and support. They can use this payment to choose what, when, how and by who their care and support needs will be met.  This is explained more in the draft policy below. 


Having a direct payment can support people to have the choice and control they want to live as independently as possible in their home, within their community, with as much opportunity, independence and variety as they like.


We want to hear what you think about the proposed changes to the policy. Because it is a policy it is quite long and complex. 

You can read the whole policy here a summary here and the Easy Read here.

Please read through whichever version is best for you.  Once you have done this, we would like you to answer some questions which are in the survey below.


We plan to run the survey from Wednesday 26 June to Friday 16 August.  All the data we collect will be used to inform a paper going to cabinet on 21 October which will be available online on 11 September. 

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Upgrading Croydon's CCTV consultation

Jun 20 2019 to Aug 4 2019
Crime and Policing

We've allocated up to £2m to modernise the current Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) network and replace the current analogue system with a new digital network. This is the first time that the council has upgraded its entire public CCTV network since the 1990s.

The new network will use digital technology to increase capability, provide better quality images and allow the control centre to explore opportunities to provide new smart city services, such as air quality sensors to monitor pollution levels, that could generate income. 

Our CCTV control room monitors 96 fixed and 10 mobile cameras that cover the main routes and high-footfall areas across the borough, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A map of all our cameras is available to view below. From April 2018 to March 2019 the service has monitored over 660 incidents of crime and supplied evidence for 598 police investigations.

We work to the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice which sets out 12 principles for the operation of CCTV (available below) and the need to balance cameras in public places with individuals’ right to privacy. 

Our public CCTV scheme objectives include:

  • Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour and helping in the detection of criminal offences and anti-social incidents.
  • Reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Improving public protection.
  • Assisting the emergency services in the location of missing, vulnerable people.

A full list can be found in the  CCTV operations policy.

Public CCTV coverage is a non-statutory council service. This means that the council is not legally required to operate public CCTV, it is the council's choice whether they choose to provide this service or not.  Croydon continues to run a 24/7 CCTV service and is committed to investing in it. Following consultation other London councils have made decisions to only operate their control centres for limited hours and some, such as Westminster, have stopped operating their CCTV control room completely.


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London Borough of Croydon


Have your say on the proposed closure of St Andrew's CE High School from August 2020

Jun 25 2019 to Jul 25 2019
Education and learning

St Andrew's Church of England High School is a voluntary aided mainstream school for boys and girls and is located at Warrington Road, Croydon, CR0 4BH.

The school is part of the educational provision of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the London Borough of Croydon.

Between 15 March and 26 April, Croydon Council, in consultation with St Andrew’s governing board and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, led on the pre-publication consultation allowing stakeholders to comment on the proposed closure of St Andrew’s from August 2020.

Analysis of the 145 responses received during the pre-publication consultation period formed the basis of the outcomes report. The pre-publication outcomes report was presented to the Executive Director of Children, Families & Education and the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Learning for a decision to progress to the next step of consultation known as the representation period.

The pre-publication outcomes report is available at

The purpose of the representation period is to allow any persons to send objections or comments to the Local Authority within four weeks of the publication date.

This consultation will run from 25 June to 25 July 2019.

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Waddon Ward


Local Plan Partial Review - Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces

Croydon is currently undertaking a Partial Review of the Croydon Local Plan, find out more about the Partial Review process here

Local Green Space designation is an extra layer of protection against development for parks and green spaces.

For an area to be identified as a Local Green Space, it has to meet the following criteria from the National Planning Policy Framework:

  • it's reasonably close to the community it services;
  • demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
  • local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

In 2016, as part of the preparation of the Local Plan, we wanted to gain this extra layer of protection for all of Croydon's parks and green spaces that met the criteria. All were put forward, however, none of them were granted the Local Green Space designation as the Planning Inspector felt there was not enough local evidence to prove how these spaces were special/important to local communities, or that they hold any particular local significance.

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London Borough of Croydon

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