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About insidecroydon

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 inside.croydon@btinternet.com

One year on: Fisher’s Folly staff shunted into Davis House

It shows how desperate the new council is to untangle the web of financial calamity caused by the disaster that is the CCURV property speculation scam scheme, that many council staff are being told that they to be moved out … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, Planning, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Revised plan for Taberner site keeps 32-storey yuppie tower

As Inside Croydon first reported in July, Croydon Council has abandoned previous Tory plans to build on public open space in Queen’s Gardens, beside the Town Hall. That is a victory of sorts for those who objected to yet more … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Planning, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon to play full part in Arnhem’s 70th commemorations

Croydon will, after all, play its civic part – and duty – with its twin town of Arnhem in the 70th anniversary commemorations of the Second World War parachute battle. The weekend of September 19 to 22 will see the … Continue reading

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Places for People appointed to run Ruskin Square flats

And so the build begins. The construction sites, cranes and scaffolding sprouting around the borough shows that there is indeed some economic activity going on, and now news reaches Inside Croydon Towers of a first step towards finally developing one … Continue reading

Posted in East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tramlink, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

£3m of riot fund spending in South End is “hostile” to cyclists

South End, one of the main routes into and out of the centre of Croydon, today remains a building site, reducing the amount of passing trade able to visit local bars, restaurants and other shops nearly two months after a … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Bikes, Business, Commuting, Connected Croydon, Croham, Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Environment, Fairfield, Planning, Restaurants, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Local youngsters get a chance for a dramatic start at Whitgift

Whitgift School, through its head of drama, Paul Wilson, appears to have made a move in a positive direction for the local community with the launch next Saturday of the Whitgift Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. This is a … Continue reading

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Elvery’s ex-business partner guilty of financial misconduct

WALTER CONXITE reports on more disturbing news involving “dishonest” conduct around the private business of Croydon Council’s most senior official The co-director of a private company that was run with Croydon Council’s new chief executive, Nathan Elvery, has been found … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Clacton gets Carswell, as McKenzie looks to Croydon again

Clacton’s to get Douglas Carswell. Croydon North looks as if it will get Winston McKenzie as its next UKIP parliamentary candidate. Again. As UKIP puffs out its chest at the thought of becoming a proper, grown-up political party, with a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Return of the Native: How Zaha came home to Palace

Bringing in a £10-million England international winger for £1.5 million should go down in anyone’s book as a “good bit of business”. That the deal that will see the return of Wilfried Zaha to Selhurst Park, , initially on loan … Continue reading

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Watch out Puncheon, Warnock’s back in charge at Palace

Seven years ago, when he last rolled up at Selhurst Park, Neil Warnock declared it would be his last job in football. There are many Palace fans, and Jason Puncheon, who today will be wishing that it was. At an … Continue reading

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Councillors are not ‘Appy with MyCroydon’s performance

The MyCroydon smartphone app, a vital part of Labour’s new council administration’s “Don’t Mess With Croydon” T-shirt and slogans campaign, doesn’t work properly. Who says so? A group of Labour councillors, including the deputy cabinet member for T-shirts and slogans. … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Graham Cadle, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fundraising walkabout at Beddington Farmlands, Aug 30

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Pedestrians baffled by Crystal Palace’s missing crossings

Loyal reader ANDY HEBDEN went for a walk in the rain along Church Road and was struck… well, fortunately not by a car, although he was confused by the various states of pedestrian crossings along the route I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Ofsted reports signal concerns over College’s free school plan

The school places shortage has already prompted a range of daft ideas in Croydon, from the notion of sticking a primary school in a listed building overlooking a six-lane urban motorway, to building on Metropolitan Open Land with barely a … Continue reading

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CAB is celebrating its priceless volunteers on 75th anniversary

Staff and volunteers at Croydon Citizens Advice Bureau are holding a special event on Wednesday September 3 to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Citizens Advice service and to launch the Friends of Croydon CAB. The first 200 Citizens Advice … Continue reading

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