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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

Council calls in Ronald McDonald to help pay off £144m bill

It would be a cheap shot to suggest that Fisher’s Folly is run by a bunch of clowns. But Ronald McDonald has registered a presence recently in Croydon Council’s £144 million headquarters building. Desperate to rake back some of the … Continue reading

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Ex-Spurs star Sol Campbell urges Tories to back Barwell

The things that some people will do to secure selection in a safe Tory seat. Sol Campbell, the former Tottenham, Arsenal and England footballer, has suddenly discovered he is Gavin Barwell’s biggest fan. Presumably, Campbell has not yet discovered that … Continue reading

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Heritage Walk booklet project, Wandle Park, Mar 14

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Tax-payers pay £5.8m for councillors’ job creation scheme

Political patronage on the rates has reached ridiculous proportions at Croydon Town Hall, reports WALTER CRONXITE Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, parliamentary elder statesmen and former Foreign Secretaries, are clearly not as sharp as they would have liked us … Continue reading

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Democratic control is an alien concept at the Town Hall

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What powers and influence do our elected councillors really have? ROD DAVIES, a local resident and a local authority official in the past, poses the questions Croydon Town Hall’s 70 elected councillors are all dependent on professional officers, … Continue reading

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Volunteers day at Marlpit Lane bowling green, Mar 14

The Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green in Coulsdon is seeking volunteers for its “action morning” and volunteers afternoon on Saturday March 14. The morning session from 10am will be spent preparing the green and equipment ready for the new … Continue reading

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Classic movies to get free screening at Stanley Halls

The Stanley Halls Film Club is to screen two movie classics in the next week – absolutely free for members. David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive screens this Thursday (March 4), and the Spencer Tracy thriller, Bad Day at Black Rock, is … Continue reading

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Vote now to help really connect Croydon at Wandle Park

Inside Croydon’s loyal reader has 24 hours left to help transform Croydon for the better. Or at least one bit of it. When the highly paid consultant PR spinners came up with the “Connected Croydon” campaign, they did so without … Continue reading

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Coulsdon suffers a nasty dose of irritable vowel syndrome

Coulsdon isn’t so cool any more. According to the Old Coulsdon Residents’ Association, when talking about the town at the southern end of the borough, positioned on the old Brighton Road route at the foot of the North Downs’ chalk … Continue reading

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Planning meeting became an Arena for education strategy

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Woodside resident PAULA GOODMAN feels betrayed by her Labour councillors over what she sees as an abuse of the planning procedures to permit the development of a 1,300-pupil Oasis academy next to Croydon Arena In a meeting with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Ashburton, Croydon Council, Education, Gavin Barwell MP, Hamida Ali, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Schools, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Paul Johnson charity concert, South Norwood, Mar 28

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East Croydon Community public meeting, Mar 3

The next meeting of the East Croydon Community Organisation is next Tuesday, March 3, from 8pm to 9.30pm at Oval Primary school, 98, Cherry Orchard Road, CR0 6BA. The agenda for the meeting is; Find out how the council can … Continue reading

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Boris owes Crystal Palace apology over botched vanity project

London’s Tory Mayor Boris Johnson should apologise to the people of Croydon and Crystal Palace for the failure of his vanity project in the popular public park, following the failure of his preferred Chinese developers ZhongRong Group to act within … Continue reading

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Planning chairman backs down over ban on MP Barwell

How many U-turns does Labour’s council leader Tony Newman have to perform before he disappears up his own fundament? Gavin Barwell will be allowed to speak at tonight’s planning meeting at Croydon Town Hall after all, as the Labour-run council … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Sarah Jones, Schools, Tony Newman, Transport, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Macmillan Cancer Support quiz night, Clyde Hall, Mar 21

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