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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

How millionaire Philp is using the hierachy of capitalism

JON BIGGER, pictured, on besmirching, Thatcherism and how his Croydon South general election rival is blatantly electioneering Last week, I wrote about what I, and others it seems, have seen as blatant electioneering by Chris Philp, the Conservative parliamentary candidate … Continue reading

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The Commitment: a new work at the Warehouse Theatre?

Ted Craig, the director of the Warehouse Theatre at East Croydon which was forced to close two years ago, has warmly welcomed the news, reported by Inside Croydon, that Ruskin Square developers Stanhope are keen to stand by their pledge … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Comedy, Fairfield Halls, Music, Property, Ruskin Square, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Building a new Croydon won’t be boring, promises Negrini

Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s head of planning, this week rejected earlier schemes – drawn up by the previous Conservative council – for Fairfield Halls to be virtually surrounded by high-rise housing as “really, really boring”. Instead, Negrini told hundreds of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Ashcroft Theatre, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Centrale, Cinema, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Planning, Taberner House, Tech City, Theatre, URV, Warehouse Theatre, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Now you see it, now you don’t: Elvery dumps David Brent look

We may never be able to use this piece of artwork again – unless the council’s £180,000 a year chief executive decides to do something for chari-dee in Movember. The beard’s gone.

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Ending office-to-flats won’t harm market, SHW director says

A director of the Croydon estate agency which manages the Whitgift Foundation’s vast portfolio of properties in the borough has told Inside Croydon that the council’s move to end permitted development – the planning device which allows the owners of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Planning, Property, Stiles Harold Williams, Taberner House, Vidhi Mohan, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crouch kicks Midwives to victory on his return from injury

RUGBY ROUND-UP: Old Mid-Whitgiftians welcomed Dan Crouch back into their side after more than a season out through injury, and 10 points from the boot of their fly-half, including a important penalty late in the game, was enough to secure … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon RFC, Old Mid-Whitgiftians RFC, Old Walcountians, Old Whitgiftians, Purley-John Fisher, Rugby Union, Sport, Streatham-Croydon RFC, Warlingham RFC | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Radically pragmatic” Negrini exhibits award-winning chutzpah

Nathan Elvery’s up to his old tricks. And Croydon Council looks like a shoo-in for another empty “award“, to be handed over by the council’s mates in the property market, for being “pragmatic” planners. MIPIM UK is a property developers … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Capita, Centrale, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

St Peter’s Church Book Sale, South Croydon, Sep 20

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Croydon Honey Show 2014, Selsdon, Sep 20

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Ottaway milked MPs’ pay system for £250,000 last year

Conservative MP Richard Ottaway has hit the parliamentary jackpot again. According to the latest official figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, or IPSA, in the financial year to May 2014, Tricky Dicky cost the taxpayer the grand total of: … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Rogers calls on planners to build homes in “empty” Croydon

One of the world’s leading architects has called for the radical re-building of central Croydon to provide homes to help meet the national housing crisis. “You could put two new towns in the centre of Croydon without any problem because … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Environment, Housing, Ken Livingstone, Planning, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Music At The Unit, Lives Not Knives: Sep 20

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Mead speaks out at cabinet on behalf of his “inner circle”

In an extraordinary outburst of arrogance, entitlement and pomposity, Dudley Mead, the deputy leader of the Conservative group on Croydon Council, last night underlined exactly why neither he, nor any other councillor with vested interests outside the Town Hall chamber, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Education, Emily Benn, Jo Negrini, Mike Fisher, Planning, Property, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Light at the end of the tunnel with Subway exhibition

An exhibition to celebrate one of the area’s truly hidden gems, the Crystal Palace Subway, will open this weekend, marking the 60th anniversary since the closure of the high-level station it once served. And there is also guided walk along … Continue reading

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Oh Phlip! Philp gets the name of fellow Tory candidate wrong

It was Mario Creatura, who has risen from desperate wannabe politician to become an MP’s gobby fac totum and a councillor for one of the safest Tory wards in the borough, who infamously said of Croydon North’s parliamentary constituency that … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments