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News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email

Permission refused for Purley Town Hall’s underground flats

Croydon Council has refused planning permission to developers who wanted to dig under the former Purley Town Hall to create eight new flats. The majority of the listed building’s existing two dozen residents were concerned by the plans, which were … Continue reading

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Park Hill Allotments Open Day, Aug 16

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Young Harriers break records at London Olympic Stadium

Three sprint relay teams from Croydon Harriers tasted victory in London’s Olympic Stadium at the Anniversary Games last Friday evening. Eight teams of Croydon Harriers sprinters got the chance to stretch their legs on the big stage alongside Usain Bolt … Continue reading

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Red faces for Reed and supporters as CLP picks Corbyn

WALTER CRONXITE reports from the back row of a Thornton Heath church hall at a local Labour Party meeting, where the Blairites are becoming increasingly shrill in their discomfort Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Lambeth South, is looking … Continue reading

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Marlpit Lane’s Morris bowls along for volunteer award

Peter Morris, one of the people behind the re-opening and running of the Marlpit Lane Bowling Green in Coulsdon, has been selected as one of three finalists as Volunteer of the Year in the Croydon Community Civic Awards. “It’s great … Continue reading

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Banners binned by council which won’t prosecute fly-posters

Our council officials’ inconsistent approach to aspects of enforcement of some local rules and laws continue to baffle the public. The difference in approach has been highlighted through a complaint by one of our local MPs over the over-zealous removal … Continue reading

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Sensible? Norwood garden party goes ahead – despite rain

Despite unpromising weather, around 30 hardy souls turned out to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sensible Garden in South Norwood on Sunday afternoon. Members of the South Norwood Tourist Board, Crystal Palace Transition Town and local residents enjoyed calypso … Continue reading

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Legal case against landlord scheme comes from Bury, Lancs

The leadership of Croydon Council will be up before a High Court judge next Tuesday, August 4, at the start of a Judicial Review of its landlords licensing scheme which is being brought by a company registered in … Bury, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Julie Belvir, Planning, Property, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Corbyn comes to Croydon for free public meeting, Aug 4

Jeremy Corbyn, the outsider who now appears to be running away with the Labour Party leadership contest, is to speak at a public meeting in Croydon on August 4. The meeting, from 7pm at Ruskin House on Coombe Road, has … Continue reading

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Croydon Comedy Festival at The Oval Tavern, July 26

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Amy Winehouse and Orson Welles are highlighted on screen

Amy, which charts the life and tragic death of Amy Winehouse, a little-seen Falstaffian tale starring and directed by Orson Welles,a modern-day take on the Old West and the first ever feature film shot in Lesotho being shown in the … Continue reading

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Progress MP Reed fails to gag local Croydon website

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South, has threatened to sue this website for libel – for a SECOND TIME. Over the same story. A news story which reported an official account from the local authority over which Reed … Continue reading

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Boxpark’s food court plan poses threats to existing firms

Fans of Boxpark, the retailing centre to be built from discarded shipping containers next to East Croydon Station, yesterday evening gathered for a glitzy launch (by Croydon standards, anyway; beer and pizza, staged in a tent by a bogus beach). … Continue reading

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Un-Appy ‘Arry gets all wound-up in court action over debt

Red-faces all-round in Fisher’s Folly, the council’s over-expensive offices, after the company which was set up to provide a smart phone app to help keep rubbish off the borough’s streets has been dragged through the courts after just 18 months … Continue reading

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Before and after: But Newman still avoids the F word

If a Croydon politician tells you that they don’t read Inside Croydon, it is entirely possible that they’re being economical with the actualité. As evidence, please see the Twitter profile summary of the leader of the council, Tony Newman, at … Continue reading

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Tory MP Barwell off the hook again with an “honest mistake”

Gavin Barwell’s been a naughty boy again. And got away with it with nothing more than a very mild slap on the wrist. Again. Oh, how the Tory Government’s Holder of the Royal Bed Chamber Pot must quake in his … Continue reading

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Croydon Animal Samaritans cats homing show, Purley, Aug 8

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South End Fringe music festival, South Croydon, Jul 23-26

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Shavian couple to perform on coffee stage at Stanley Halls

Coffee Craft opens next week, a family-run pop-up based in the beautiful and historic Stanley Halls in South Norwood. Coffee Craft will operate for 10 weeks, run by the husband and wife team of Michelle and Nick Shaw – actor … Continue reading

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Constituency members snub MP Reed in CLP election

Is Lambeth South starting to be reclaimed as Croydon North? It is difficult not to put that sort of construction on matters when the MP, Steve Reed OBE, was reduced to lobbying local party members to vote for his friend … Continue reading

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