Croydon’s Cultural Growth Fund and Community Ward Budgets

Croydon Council is obliged to publish details on all payments made over £500.  The figures make interesting reading.  We’ve reviewed the spending from the Cultural Growth Fund and Councillors Community Ward Budgets for the years 2017, 2018 and Jan-Apr 2019.

You may be interested with some of the findings below.

2018 Highlights

  • The Residents Association in Sanderstead one of the richest parts of the borough received £18K in council funding.
  • We rouse up and paid the Rise Gallery £9,600 from one fund and a further £4,370 from another.
  • Given the level of violent crime in Croydon we’re not sure the £9,500 on a Peace Festival was money well spent.
  • The £5,000 spent at the Oval Tavern was an expensive round.
  • Remarkably no one seems to know what the £51,000 paid to the Remarkable Productions Company Ltd got us.
  • At £5 a pint and £7-8 for lunch it’s not clear how the £160,000 paid to Boxpark benefited the working class council tax payers who helped fund it.

Meanwhile, Croydon Council spends only about £200,000 a year fixing potholes.

So far this year

  • Boxpark has had to struggle by on £40K.
  • We all ‘Love Norbury’, and apparently we love it to the tune of £12,296.80.
  • The ‘CROYDONITES FESTIVAL OF NEW THEATRE’ which puts on a number of political plays (see https://www.croydonites.com/programme-for-2019.html) has received £7.5K of our ‘netural’ taxpayers’ cash.

Cultural Growth Fund – Top 5s

Top 5 payees receiving funding from our council tax.

Vendor Name SumOfAmount 2017
Boxpark   £160,000.00 1
Turf Projects   £38,777.01 2
Kier Highways Ltd   £28,227.73 3
Remarkable Productions Company Ltd   £22,000.00 4
Croydon Town Centre Bid   £18,500.00 5
Vendor Name SumOfAmount 2018
Boxpark   £160,000.00 1
Remarkable Productions Company Ltd   £51,000.00 2
Croydon Pride Ltd   £35,000.00 3
We Made That   £29,996.72 4
Turf Projects   £20,000.00 5
Vendor Name SumOfAmount 2019
Boxpark   £40,000.00 1
Croydon Pride Ltd £30,000.00 2
Cellar Door Promotions Ltd £22,800.00 3
Croydon with Talent Ltd   £20,000.00 4
London & Partners Ventures Ltd £20,000.00 5

Community Ward Budgets – Top 5s

Top 5 payees receiving funding from our council tax.

Vendor Name SumOfAmount 2017
Thornton Heath Community ActionTeam   £20,550.00 1
Redacted £13,871.00 2
People for Portland Road   £12,570.00 3
Topcare Network   £12,000.00 4
Croydon Pride Ltd   £11,250.00 5
Vendor Name SumOfAmount 2018
Sanderstead Residents Association   £18,167.00 1
People for Portland Road   £17,000.00 2
CROYDON BOROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION   £10,500.00 3
Cacfo Education Centre   £10,190.73 4
Rise Gallery   £9,600.00 5
Vendor Name SumOfAmount 2019
The Chartwell Cancer Trust Ltd   £30,192.00 1
LOVE NORBURY   £12,296.80 2
Purley Youth Project   £7,000.00 3
Stanley People’s Initiative   £6,736.01 4
SOUTH NORWOOD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL GROUP   £5,500.00 5