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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

Tenants’ concerns at scheme to undermine Purley Town Hall

The owners of the old Purley Town Hall want to dig underneath it to create eight new flats. The building, which has listed status, is home to around two dozen apartments already. The development proposals, submitted in May by Herald … Continue reading

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Put River Wandle in the picture for chance of £600 first prize

Photographers are being encouraged with a £600 first prize to capture the essence of the River Wandle. The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust is running the competition, which will provide images of the river for its website.

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Car-free cul de sac lifestyle adds value to your house price

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Creating cycle Quietways throughout London, including Croydon, offers numerous, unexpected benefits, according to KRISTIAN GREGORY Live on a busy rat run? How would you like to live on a quiet cul-de-sac instead, without having to move home? This … Continue reading

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Trams and Rams face friendly summer start to their cup runs

Wimbledon tennis is barely half-done. The Ashes cricket Tests don’t start until next week. Yet football’s about to get underway again, marked with yesterday’s draw for the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup… AFC Croydon Athletic, the phoenix club, returned … Continue reading

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London Road Carnival, July 19

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Council considers three-weekly bin collections as cuts bite

The leadership of Croydon’s Labour-run council is considering moving to a schedule of residential refuse collections of every three weeks as a way of saving money from a borough budget that faces losing £90 million from its grant from the … Continue reading

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Lend Lease land £40m deal to build Metro Bank HQ

Builders Lend Lease have been given the £40 million construction contract to build the first office block at Ruskin Square, the site alongside East Croydon Station. The building will be the headquarters office for Metro Bank, who are moving from … Continue reading

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Palace offers youngsters sporting chance with One Goal

Crystal Palace Football Club has teamed up with London & Quadrant Housing Association to take part in a project called One Goal, which is offering free sport and arts activities over the summer holidays, as well as the possibility of … Continue reading

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Top Hat and some tall tales coming to Cinema Ruskin

Cinema Ruskin, the informal monthly movie club staged at Ruskin House, resumes its eclectic programme of films next month. Films, some 80 years old, from the golden age of cinema and featuring long-forgotten Hollywood stars such as Dana Andrews and … Continue reading

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£700 in prizes await winners of Centrale’s Ping tournament

Croydon’s top table tennis talents have the chance of winning a total of £700 in prizes in a tournament being staged at the Centrale shopping centre on July 16 – which apparently is National Table Tennis Day. The tournament is … Continue reading

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Developers are not the answer to London’s housing crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Borough councils, including Croydon, have leant heavily on speculative developments to build new homes. But London needs a far more radical approach, according to CHRISTIAN WOLMAR, who is seeking selection by Labour to be the party’s Mayoral candidate … Continue reading

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Walsh drums up support to help bring jazz to the high street

  The Streets is an Arts Council-backed  project which aims to bring live music and performance to the high streets of six outer London boroughs this summer, including Croydon. Internationally renowned percussionist Ben Walsh will be drumming up interest in … Continue reading

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Mozart Players launch appeal to fund schools recording

The world premieres of Jonathan Dove’s For an Unknown Soldier played before sold-out audiences at Portsmouth Cathedral and the Fairfield Halls in November last year. The project and performances touched the heart of the Croydon community, bringing together the old … Continue reading

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St Peter’s School Summer Fair, July 4

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South Norwood Primary is forced to become an academy

Parents and guardians of children at South Norwood Primary received the dread note of execution for their school yesterday. John Phillipson, the chairman of the interim executive board (IEB), has already overseen the forcible academisation of one Croydon primary school … Continue reading

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Quality and service see Clarets maintain its high standards

ANDREW LENG, Inside Croydon’s Pubs Correspondent (how do you get a gig like that?), visits the Pub of the Year and calls on locals to sign up for CAMRA The Claret Free House, or “Clarets” on Lower Addiscombe Road, has … Continue reading

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Pat Mear art exhibition, Cafe Adagio, July 1-31

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Barnado’s steps in to help Croydon’s trafficked children

A scheme run by the charity Barnardo’s, with funding from the Home Office, has helped 20 at-risk young victims of human trafficking in Croydon over the past 12 months – almost as many as in the whole of the Midlands … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission provides Blue Labour with opportunity

The consequences of the General Election result continue to roll out. Such as: What does Croydon’s Labour-run council do with its very Ed Miliband-esque Fairness and Opportunity Commission? “Fairness” is so redolent of the Milband era, it appears that Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Plane nonsense is choking Croydon, one toxic gasp at a time

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the week when the Airport Commission is expected to deliver its verdict on runway expansion – Heathrow or Gatwick – PETER UNDERWOOD expresses his concern at the uncritical outlook of our local politicians One of Chris Philps’ … Continue reading

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