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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

Croydon more Green than purple, but will they win any seats?

The deadline for entering candidates for May 22′s local elections was 4pm today. We have reported the key selections from Labour and the Conservatives across the borough over the past year, but only now do we have the complete list … Continue reading

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Cry God for Harry, England and the Upper Norwood Library

The Upper Norwood Library Campaign chose St George’s Day to rally all its supporters to start to lobby candidates of all the parties in next month’s local elections to fight for increased funding for the library. “The Library is at … Continue reading

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Elm Tree Cottage garden announces charity open days

On the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, you have a chance to step back into the 19th Century with a visit to the garden of a house in Croham that offers a feel for how the area around Croydon might … Continue reading

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Where Croydon’s Tory MPs lead, PM David Cameron follows

Is “Call Me Dave” Cameron taking tips on how to behave like an utter twat from his Tory colleagues in Croydon? First, we heard about the dodgy, blatantly party political letter which the Prime Minister had sent out, on No10 … Continue reading

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Croydon’s rubbish council: the 2014 Garbage Gallery

APRIL 23 UPDATE: “Have you reported it to the council”, is the favoured refrain of Conservative candidates for the local elections when residents have the (perceived) audacity even to mention the wretched state of Croydon’s streets. It’s a ploy to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Selhurst | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hundreds turn-out to get Marlpit Lane’s season underway

Hundreds of Croydon residents – and quite a few from further afield – turned out to celebrate the reopening of the bowling green in Coulsdon Memorial Ground last Saturday. The event was organised by the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling … Continue reading

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Free entry for farm’s spring lambing open day, Apr 26

Shabden Park Farm in Chipstead, just south of Coulsdon, is staging its annual lambing open day this Saturday, April 26. Entry for this great day out is free, while the regular Farmers’ Market will be open to buy fresh produce, … Continue reading

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Classic Car Show at Rotary Fields, Purley, June 22

After a resounding success last year, the Croydon Classic Car Show is back in 2014. This year’s show will take place again at the Rotary Fields on Brighton Road in Purley on Sunday June 22, from 10am to 5pm. As … Continue reading

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Developer’s donation welcomed by Upper Norwood Library

The Upper Norwood Library Trust has received £1,000 from Neville De Souza, the director of Crystal Palace-based developer Lightbox. The money was donated from the commission on art works sold at Lightbox’s elegant redevelopment of the Thicket pub on Anerley … Continue reading

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South Norwood Allotment Holders open day: June 28

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Barwell the ‘outsider’ is less attractive online than Galloway

It’s not been a good day for Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation. First, he discovers that Ladbrokes have him as only second favourite to win the Croydon Central seat at next year’s General Election. And now it … Continue reading

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Galloway gives pupils a lesson in how politics works

Here’s an entertaining video if you have a spare hour this bank holiday. George Galloway’s Respect Party is not – as they undertook to do so 18 months ago – fielding any candidates in Croydon’s local elections next month. The … Continue reading

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Chilled oasis of good ales and food at the centre of Croydon

ANDREW LENG was only passing by the busy Green Dragon. He was glad that he paused for a pint and a burger The Green Dragon pub sits next to Surrey Street Market and I’d always known the place for its … Continue reading

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Telegraph poll suggests UKIP poised to win Town Hall seats

The results of a national opinion poll, published yesterday, suggest strongly that UKIP might yet manage to get at least one councillor elected to Croydon Council on May 22, which could hand them the balance of power for the next … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Fieldway, New Addington, Peter Staveley, Robert King, Shirley, Upper Norwood, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Calibre of candidates in local elections called into question

Hat-tip to the Tory blogger and LBC radio presenter Iain Dale for this, which he linked to on Twitter with the note: “And these people want to represent us?” Up to the April 24 deadline this week, all candidates who … Continue reading

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