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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 NHS crisis as only 51% of ambulances achieve target

Lives of the elderly, frail and ill could be at risk this winter, as Croydon’s NHS ambulance service struggles to cope with demand. Barely half of ambulance call-outs in Croydon achieved their target response times this autumn – and that … Continue reading

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Sticking the rock into South Norwood Country Park

South Norwood Country Park, a slice of nature in the midst of suburbia, is about to rock. The South Norwood Tourist Board are channeling Donald McGill by getting their sticks of rock out for the new year, to have “South … Continue reading

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Barwell’s aide attacks Labour for implementing Tory policies

Those members of Croydon Conservatives who have privately expressed concerns about their party’s new leadership at the Town Hall had their doubts firmly underlined this morning when Sara Bashford made the political error of publishing her innermost thoughts about the … Continue reading

Posted in Gavin Barwell MP, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Tim Pollard, Waste incinerator | 3 Comments

Elvery considers staging election count at separate venues

The count for the three Croydon parliamentary constituencies at next May’s General Election could be held at three separate venues. That’s according to Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, who will be trying to retain his parliamentary seat … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

La Spezia – a little piece of Italy in a corner of South Croydon

ADVERTISING FEATURE Buon Natale from La Spezia South Croydon’s own slice of Italy is stocking a range of panettone, chocolates and Christmas goodies for the festive season. Please make your way down to Selsdon Road to get your hands on … Continue reading

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Pool closure leaves Labour’s Emily Benn high and dry

WALTER CRONXITE on how Labour has quickly reinforced Croydon’s North-South divide, in moves which it may come to regret Have you got the message? If you live in Purley, Kenley or Coulsdon, Labour don’t expect you to vote for them. … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Bishop of Croydon, Chris Philp, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Parking, Purley, Purley Pool, Tony Newman, Transport, Waddon, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council leader promises X Factor winner civic reception

Tony Newman, the Labour leader of Croydon Council, has made a decision and managed to get it spot on. But it may yet be some time before X Factor winner Ben Haenow gets to perform to packed audiences in his … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ben Haenow, Fairfield Halls, Music, Shirley, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The myth of the economic “recovery” where we’re all worse off

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For ANDREW FISHER, the notion of a national economic recovery based on debt or a borough-wide regeneration based on retailing are equally flawed “We inherited an economy reliant on banking, immigration and debt,” Croydon Conservatives told us at … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Andrew Fisher, Business, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Warlingham’s Wilson among award favourites for BBC SPOTY

A former Warlingham rugby club junior player is among the favourites to win the Team of the Year prize at tonight’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Women’s rugby World Cup-winner Kay Wilson was on hand at an awards lunch … Continue reading

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Please take a seat: arthouse cinema seeks new front row

The January programme for the David Lean Cinema includes Night Will Fall for Holocaust Memorial Day and screenings of Mr Turner. But the campaign group which stages the screenings has a problem The Save the David Lean Campaign was a … Continue reading

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McKenzie’s UKIP branch forced out after manure stunt

Things are a bit shit for UKIP’s Winston McKenzie. The “Chump from the Dump” has been forced to seek new constituency offices after a pile of horse manure was left outside his UKIP Lambeth and Croydon North’s HQ earlier this … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Policing, South Norwood, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Haenow needs to avoid serving up X Factor turkeys

Unlike certain, Surrey-based media outlets, Inside Croydon has so far avoided jumping on the X Factor bandwagon, which has seen a Dorking-based newspaper devote its “news” coverage to a reality television show and declare its utter devotion for Ben Haenow … Continue reading

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Flip! Flop! The Sequel: Playing fields shambles rolls on

It’s beginning to look as if Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon’s Labour Party, could do with a new pair of flip flops for Christmas. Because he must be wearing out the pair he’s got now, as the “shambles” (© … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Joy Prince, Planning, Robert Canning, Schools, Tony Newman, Waddon, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why do all roads lead to Hammersfield but not the costs?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In response to TfL proposals to build a flyover to the Croydon Flyover, DAVID WICKENS asks why the town centre’s £1bn shopping mall developers are not required to contribute more towards improving the borough’s transport network I believe … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, East Croydon, Environment, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Miliband declares ‘Our Time Isn’t Now’ for Croydon Labour

Croydon Council is set to lose a devastating £25 million more from its central government grant if Labour wins the General Election in May. Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader, made a speech in The City yesterday trying to gain … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment