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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

Public’s questions censored on CEO appointment and equality

When Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, stood up in Fisher’s Folly in Croydon on Thursday and made his pledge about a “strategy for delivering racial equality” in Whitehall and other public sector employers, he had no idea … Continue reading

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Coe’s Palace consultation is extended due to public demand

Campaigners fighting to save Crystal Palace as an Olympic legacy training venue were claiming a small victory last night, when the Greater London Authority announced that it had been so overwhelmed with responses to a consultation on the future of … Continue reading

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Planning committee dominated by Oasis school governors

Angry residents from Woodside and South Norwood are considering a formal complaint about the conduct of a meeting on Thursday in which four of the 10 members of the council’s planning committee, including the chairman, all had some connection with … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Wright, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Oasis Academy, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, Tony Newman, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town centre is a monument to municipal mismanagement

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The honeymoon is over for Tony Newman’s Labour council which was elected in May, says DAVID CALLAM Labour has settled back into power in Croydon Town Hall and many of the same old problems are as intractable as … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Council Tax, Croydon Council, David Callam, Housing, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, RIF, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

World War I Centenary Concert, Ruskin House, Nov 2

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Crisis for Labour as Hammersfield admits delays until 2019

Croydon’s new council’s hopes of the £1 billion Hammersfield shopping mall development being built and on-stream speedily took another blow last night when an invited audience of local businesses was told that the scheme would not start construction until 2016 … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Parking, Planning, Property, Robert Canning, Toni Letts, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Is it time to park ill-considered plans for the Arena Academy?

Councillor ANDREW PELLING suggests that the mounting case against building a secondary academy at the Croydon Arena will get a thorough hearing at tonight’s planning committee My colleagues on the council’s planning committee will want to ask some pertinent questions … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Athletics, Croydon College, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Education, Environment, Oasis Academy, Parking, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, South Norwood, Sport, St Andrew's | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Trades Union candidate wants to put questions to Miliband

Ed Miliband visits Croydon on Thursday afternoon to speak to the borough’s Black and Minority Ethnic Forum. “I wonder, during his flying visit, whether Mr Miliband and his ‘One Nation Labour’ party can re-assure attendees about some crucial issues affecting … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour cuts and pastes Tory plans for a very bleak midwinter

Tough luck. That’s the message from Croydon Council if we have a bad winter. As commuters battle their way home through what’s left of Hurricane Gonzalo, winter seems to be with us already. Snow and ice cannot be too far … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Health, Kathy Bee, Mayday Hospital, Purley Way, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dekker features in Norwood and Thornton Heath film festival

JANET SMITH, from the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign, is looking forward to next week’s South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival The inaugural South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival begins on Saturday. This is part … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Cinema, Community associations, Croydon Radio, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Music, South Norwood, Stanley People's Initiative, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tea and cake on offer for volunteers to Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly, a charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is urgently appealing for volunteers living in Croydon to spare a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties – and … Continue reading

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Coe’s old rival Ovett backs calls to keep Crystal Palace on track

Steve Ovett, the Olympic gold medal-winner and half of one of the biggest rivalries ever seen in international sport, has entered the debate over the future of the Crystal Palace athletics stadium, backing local campaigners, and the athletes and coaches … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Olympics, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Business, Community associations, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Local firm to unveil new job-matching programme at fair

A unique new internet job match-making programme developed by 3D Change, a Croydon regeneration business, makes its debut at the South London Jobs Fair being staged at the Fairfield Halls tomorrow. Launch for Jobs has been designed and built to … Continue reading

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Labour is getting all spaced out over Croydon’s old offices

Proposals to preserve Croydon’s over-supply of old and unwanted office space go before Croydon Council’s cabinet meeting tonight, and risk jeopardising the town’s tentative recovery, writes WALTER CRONXITE Criticisms of Croydon Council’s commitment to preserving heritage are misplaced. A report … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council sells Addington Palace but fails to say for how much

The Labour Council was elected in May on a platform that promised greater transparency and accountability from our Town Hall. Those good intentions didn’t last long. A report to tonight’s council cabinet of 10 leading councillors shows what just one … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Golf, Nathan Elvery, Property, Simon Hall, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments