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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

Clacton gets Carswell, as McKenzie looks to Croydon again

Clacton’s to get Douglas Carswell. Croydon North looks as if it will get Winston McKenzie as its next UKIP parliamentary candidate. Again. As UKIP puffs out its chest at the thought of becoming a proper, grown-up political party, with a … Continue reading

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The Return of the Native: How Zaha came home to Palace

Bringing in a £10-million England international winger for £1.5 million should go down in anyone’s book as a “good bit of business”. That the deal that will see the return of Wilfried Zaha to Selhurst Park, , initially on loan … Continue reading

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Watch out Puncheon, Warnock’s back in charge at Palace

Seven years ago, when he last rolled up at Selhurst Park, Neil Warnock declared it would be his last job in football. There are many Palace fans, and Jason Puncheon, who today will be wishing that it was. At an … Continue reading

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Councillors are not ‘Appy with MyCroydon’s performance

The MyCroydon smartphone app, a vital part of Labour’s new council administration’s “Don’t Mess With Croydon” T-shirt and slogans campaign, doesn’t work properly. Who says so? A group of Labour councillors, including the deputy cabinet member for T-shirts and slogans. … Continue reading

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Fundraising walkabout at Beddington Farmlands, Aug 30

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Pedestrians baffled by Crystal Palace’s missing crossings

Loyal reader ANDY HEBDEN went for a walk in the rain along Church Road and was struck… well, fortunately not by a car, although he was confused by the various states of pedestrian crossings along the route I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Ofsted reports signal concerns over College’s free school plan

The school places shortage has already prompted a range of daft ideas in Croydon, from the notion of sticking a primary school in a listed building overlooking a six-lane urban motorway, to building on Metropolitan Open Land with barely a … Continue reading

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CAB is celebrating its priceless volunteers on 75th anniversary

Staff and volunteers at Croydon Citizens Advice Bureau are holding a special event on Wednesday September 3 to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Citizens Advice service and to launch the Friends of Croydon CAB. The first 200 Citizens Advice … Continue reading

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Where there’s life there’s Hope in Carshalton’s best pub

Out and about in Carshalton? ANDREW LENG suggests a visit to the area’s co-operative, community-run pub, rated among the best in the whole of England My only previous visit to this part of leafy Surrey was to see Carshalton Athletic … Continue reading

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Royal Mail confirms reduced service in Coulsdon – via email

The inbox at Inside Croydon Towers has been inundated with an email from the Royal Fail following our report on Friday about the axing of postal collections in Coulsdon, where in future there will be but a single collection from … Continue reading

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South Croydon community stages business big breakfasts

Please join the South Croydon Community Association and Chef Malcolm John, at his Brasserie Vacherin restaurant, for the opportunity to network and tap into local skills over a delicious breakfast. £10 per head, to include pastries, continental and English breakfast … Continue reading

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Family Funday charity fancy dress fund-raiser, Sep 28

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World War I memorial service, Coulsdon Memorial Park, Aug 24

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Croydon Carnival of Books, Central Library, Aug 27-30

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Athletic’s return delayed, but they clinch important baaa-cking

Fifty years on from the first Match of the Day, and both of Croydon’s non-league clubs still await their debut appearance on the BBC programme. And as BRIAN GRANVILLE reports after the teams’ FA Cup exploits last weekend, one club … Continue reading

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