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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

Rail franchises’ profits are costing country £1bn per year

Trades unionists and campaigners were out at East Croydon and other railway stations around the country this morning calling for a publicly owned rail network that puts passengers before profits. Britain has the most expensive rail fares in Europe, with … Continue reading

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Barwell’s in bother yet again over his slipping standards

WALTER CRONXITE has uncovered another embarrassing episode for the MP for the Whitgift Foundation: Barwell’s Basil Fawlty-esque letters are now being officially investigated for a breach of Parliamentary privilege Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation for the last … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood Library investigates who got the loot

Despite all the on-going uncertainties over their library’s funding, the people behind Upper Norwood Library continue to work hard to provide a busy programme of activities for the community, at least on the days when the diminishing amounts of cash … Continue reading

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Wandle Park River and Pond Day, Apr 12

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Poor Doors planned for Ruskin Square’s ‘Vita’ apartments

The first phase of residential development at Ruskin Square, on the prestigious gateway site next to East Croydon Station, is to include controversial Poor Doors for the residents of the 36 “affordable” apartments included in the scheme. Places for People, … Continue reading

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Croydon North election hustings, Selhurst, Apr 14

Selhurst Community Connectors are staging a family-themed Croydon North election hustings on April 14, from 6pm, at the Gingerbread Corner Child Care Centre, Grenaby Avenue, CR0 2EG. Three Croydon North candidates will be taking part: Steve Reed OBE (Labour), Shasha … Continue reading

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Wandle Wander from Wandle Park, Easter Sunday, Apr 5

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Thwarted ZhongRong’s Tory peer is now backing Barwell

Might the Chinese industrialists and their Tory backers who wanted to privatise  Crystal Palace Park on the cheap now be eyeing the main chance in Croydon instead? Inside Croydon poses the question after Lord Bates, the Tory peer who helped … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Business, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

£1bn and at least three years’ disruption. And all for what?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There’s a procession through the centre of town, with the Emperor at its head. Everyone is cheering and clapping. And then a little boy, ANTHONY MILLER, points and says, “What’s the point of the Hammersfield development?” Several years … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Gavin Barwell MP, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Europe’s fastest man Dasaolu looking for flying start in 2015

European 100 metres champion James Dasalou is predicting even better things for 2015. The Croydon Harrier, who won his first major outdoors title in Zurich last August, believes that his first full winter of hard training without interruption from injury … Continue reading

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Wandle Park gets £58,000; Waddon park bulldozed with £87m

There’s something bittersweet about the announcement this week that Croydon Council has been awarded £58,800 from City Hall towards the cost of improving pedestrian and cycling access to Wandle Park. Sweet, because it is a cause that Inside Croydon’s loyal … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Business, Connected Croydon, CPO, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Environment, Friends of Wandle Park, Kathy Bee, Mayor of London, Planning, Tony Newman, Waddon, Wandle Park, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Goodbye and good riddance: Ottaway sails off into the sunset

So, farewell then Tricky Dicky Ottaway. You won’t be missed. With the end of this session of Parliament, “Sir” Richard Ottaway is no longer the MP for Croydon South. He will be sailing off into the sunset; quite literally, apparently. … Continue reading

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£50m deal clears away last objectors to Westfield supermall

Hammersfield – the “Croydon Partnership” formed between shopping mall developers Hammerson and Westfield – will pay out around £50 million to buy-out the irritatingly persistent minority owners of the freehold and managers of the Whitgift Centre, whose legal challenges and … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Alison Butler, Business, CPO, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon Dub Club, Fairfield Halls, Sat Mar 28

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Library campaigners: ‘Broken promises will be on our minds’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ALUN and BARBARA THOMAS have sent an open letter to their local councillors, decrying the decision of Lambeth and Croydon councils to cut funding for Upper Norwood Library We are concerned at the latest developments concerning the funding … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, John Wentworth, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon Airport project nears take-off with Heritage grant

Croydon Airport Society has received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its “Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport”. The cash will allow it to recruit and train volunteers to meet growing demand at the Croydon Airport … Continue reading

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Chinese art demonstration, Whitgift Centre, Mar 28

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Stand-up comedy at the Half & Half Bar, Sun Apr 5

Live Stand Up Comedy Night is back. Sunday, April 5 will be the seventh installment of Comedy Night at Half&Half, so if you fancy a great night out, be quick to grab yourself a ticket – spaces are limited! Line … Continue reading

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Shabden Park Farm farmers market, Sat Mar 28

March’s Farmers’ Market is this Saturday 28, trading hours are from 9.30am until 2pm. This month, Gill has naturally smoked haddock and fresh oysters in season, as well as her selection of wet and shellfish. Little Honey Bee Michelle is … Continue reading

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Grange Park Easter Eggstravaganza, Sat Apr 4

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