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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 inside.croydon@btinternet.com

Town Hall withdraws all councillors from Fairfield Halls board

Wonders will never cease. For the first time in its 50-plus-year history, the Fairfield Halls management board has no members imposed upon it by Croydon Council. The decision was announced by the Labour-run council last week, in among its various … Continue reading

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Police arrest Croydon man over burglary from Visitor Centre

Croydon police have made an arrest in the investigation of the tens of thousands of pounds that went missing from the Croydon Visitor Centre in the days (or, more specifically, one afternoon) after its closure earlier this month. As we … Continue reading

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Book launch for a tale of love, emails and Nigerian scams

Janet Kelly, a local journalist and businesswoman, has just had her first novel, Dear Beneficiary, published, and she will be signing copies and talking to potential readers at Dales on The Green in Warlingham tomorrow, May 30, between 2pm and … Continue reading

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Carers’ Information Day, Arnhem Gallery, June 3

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Coe’s Olympic legacy promises left in ruins at Crystal Palace

In all the furore surrounding corruption at FIFA, the world governing body of football, one name that has barely been mentioned is Sebastian Coe. Lord Coe spent almost two years as the chairman of FIFA’s ethics committee. He was appointed … Continue reading

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Norbury Mums’ Jumble Trail, June 20

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Newman rescues food festival with £20,000 of council cash

The next time Croydon’s Labour-run council belly aches about grant cuts from central Government – after all, another 150-or-so council staff are expected to be made redundant in the coming 12 months under Tory “austerity” measures – just remind them … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Pubs, Restaurants, South Croydon Community Association, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mail’s sex and scandals story has Tory MP Barwell “arrested”

UPDATED 5,45pm: There’s one thing which Gavin Barwell, no longer the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, may do with the right-wing Daily Mail which he has never been able to do to this website: sue them. The Conservative MP for … Continue reading

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Wolmar: Choose a Mayor for real Londoners and London

The selection of candidates to stand for election as the next Mayor of London is under way in earnest this week, at least within the Labour Party, where the various constituencies are each asked to nominate a candidate. Here, one … Continue reading

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UnConnected Croydon where cycle lanes become dead ends

CROYDON COMMENTARY: AUSTEN COOPER, of Croydon Cyclists, responds to our exclusive report last week that a single night’s bike racing in the town centre is receiving £148,000 of public cash The £50 million spent by Connected Croydon on ripping up … Continue reading

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North Wood Morris Men are Croydon’s lords of the dance

It was just a typical Saturday in London’s most diverse borough. A Polish film at the David Lean Cinema, Japanese food at Yo! Sushi, and then on a stroll back, there on the street outside the Royal Standard (a gem … Continue reading

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From Waterloo to VE Day exhibition, St Peter’s, May 25-29

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LibDem’s visit to Sutton is a case of Lamb to the incinerator

Norman Lamb, the full-time Paul O’Grady impersonator and some time MP for North Norfolk, is visiting Wallington today to recruit Tom Brake’s support and so ensure that he will have the backing of at least one-quarter of the Liberal Democrat’s … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Health, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

£48m Tramlink changes will cause chaos in central Croydon

The changes proposed by Transport for London and Croydon Council to the trams in the town centre, mainly for the benefit of the £1 billion Hammersfield supermall, won’t just split the Tramlink into two separate networks. The engineering changes could … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Addiscombe, Business, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Planning, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Night of the short knives as Newman sacks chief whip Ryan

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Twix bar and a copy of the Racing Post, offers the inside information on what passes for a reshuffle at the Town Hall It was the sort of “hit” that … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Humayun Kabir, Manju Shahul Hameed, Oliver Lewis, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sherwan Chowdhury, Simon Hall, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Police called in as £18,000 vanishes from Visitor Centre

Scotland Yard’s finest have been called in to investigate a theft of nearly £20,000 from the Croydon Visitor Centre in the days immediately after its closure. The Croydon Visitor Centre, alongside East Croydon Station, was operated by Croydon BID – the … Continue reading

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Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Matthew Bennett, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour council spends £148,000 for one night of cycle racing

Austerity? Government grant cuts? Front-line council jobs under threat? On yer bike! Here in Croydon, under our flip-flopping Labour-lite council, we are spending nearly £150,000 of public cash for a couple of hours of sport next month. Croydon town centre … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2012 Olympics, Activities, Boris Johnson, Business, Connected Croydon, Croydon Council, Cycling, Cycling, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Skanska, Sport, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Summer Madness sees Lean times return to arthouse cinema

It is hardly summer madness for the David Lean Cinema to go back in time. But that’s exactly what the Clocktower’s arthouse cinema will be doing in June, with a screening of the eponymous Oscar-winning director’s Summer Madness, and doing … Continue reading

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Our Kylie’s Gettin’ Wed at the Spread Eagle Theatre, May 29-30

May 28-30 at the Spread Eagle Theatre. Bookings open here.

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