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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

UKIP’s Winston McKenzie quizzed over Carnival payments

Winston McKenzie, the colourful UKIP parliamentary candidate for Croydon North, made unauthorised payments from local party funds towards the staging of the now infamous Croydon Carnival which he staged before the local elections earlier this year, Inside Croydon has discovered. … Continue reading

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Judge sides with Viridor as incinerator case goes to appeal

The fight to stop Croydon and three other London councils from building an industrial-scale waste incinerator at Beddington Lane will now go to the Court of Appeal. High Court judge Mrs Justice Patterson has refused an application to reconsider her … Continue reading

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Christmas shopping emporium, Stanley Halls, Nov 22

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MP Barwell ducks TV appearance as pressure begins to mount

REVERSE FERRET ALERT! Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for the Whitgift Foundation, has pulled out of an appearance on this week’s BBC Sunday Politics programme. Barwell has never knowingly declined an invitation to attend even the opening of a fridge … Continue reading

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St Peter’s Primary Christmas Fair, Nov 29

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‘Our time is now’? Newman is having a bit of a Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall reception flicking through the visitors’ book, says that the council leader’s “strategy” for funding cannot be delivered unless he agrees to abandoning the patronage on which he depends for his political power … Continue reading

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Cloth Nappy Library opening, Beanies, Nov 24

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Boris signals defeat on his Chinese giveaway at Crystal Palace

Has London Mayor Boris Johnson given up all hope on his “Chinese giveaway” of a chunk of Crystal Palace Park for the building of a replica of Paxton’s giant Victorian greenhouse? It certainly sounded that way during Mayor’s Question Time … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Cane Hill, Coulsdon, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Darren Johnson, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Risks ahead if only thing cool in Croydon is property market

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Delays in Westfield’s delivery dates, “speculative” office builds and dire economic warnings make an unhappy mix for those with a stake in our borough. STEVEN DOWNES asks: where’s the Plan B? As an observer of modern trends, Simon … Continue reading

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Mayor’s charity fundraising Christmas dinner, Dec 12

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Concert of Christmas Music, St Luke’s, Woodside, Dec 13

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Tram loop to cost £25m as Boris ‘panders to developers’

The Tramlink loop proposed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, for the benefit of Westfield and Hammerson’s supermall in central Croydon, will cost an eye-watering £25 million. At least £15 million of that will be paid by London’s tax-payers. As Inside … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Greens, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, Property, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Stanley Halls Film Club: free screenings every Thursday

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Jowell criticises Boris plan to ‘rip up iconic athletics track’

Tessa Jowell, the former Olympics Minister, has joined the campaign to keep viable athletics and sports facilities at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, in a submission to the Greater London Authority’s consultation which is highly critical of the way … Continue reading

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Help to make The Smallest Things matter on Prematurity Day

CATRIONA OGILVY is a Croydon mum whose two sons were both born prematurely. Today is World Prematurity Day, and here she explains why that matters, and how you can help On World Prematurity Day, parents, professionals and organisations are joining … Continue reading

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