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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

Council hires ex-Newham staffer as public health director

Despite the massive drive for staff redundancies and a recruitment freeze at Fisher’s Folly, news has arrived of another top-tier council appointment, and it is another former employee of Newham Council being recruited by Croydon on a near-six-figure salary. Joining … Continue reading

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Dig in and help with gardening in Addiscombe Railway Park

The FRIENDS OF ADDISCOMBE RAILWAY PARK have an idea, and you’re invited to take part We are thinking about building a community garden in Addiscombe Railway Park, where people can grow food and flowers together, sharing the work as well as … Continue reading

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Howard Primary School’s Christmas Fair, Dec 5

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Mind in Croydon’s Positive Steps 2016, June 26

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Fisher’s suspension lifted but the Progress purge continues

The Labour Party this afternoon announced that it had lifted the suspension on Andrew Fisher, the socialist author and party member from Croydon who has been appointed as policy adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader. The decision is likely … Continue reading

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New school to be ‘sealed off’ from Purley Way’s polluted air

Pass the inhaler: this will have you gasping, and not in a good way. The sight of children, some as young as five, walking to or from their school wearing anti-pollution masks could soon be a commonplace on the streets … Continue reading

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Parking the tow trucks is another sign that cuts don’t work

WALTER CRONXITE on another cut in council services which seems to offer irresponsible drivers free rein to park their cars wherever they like What follows is a sentence that has never before appeared on Inside Croydon: We agree with Phil … Continue reading

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Tory MP threatened Tesco with shoppers’ strike over BID bid

Croydon South’s new Conservative MP has admitted that he threatened the local branch of the country’s biggest retailers with a shoppers’ strike if they did not support a business scheme he was backing. Tory Chris Philp told Tesco in Purley … Continue reading

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Walks and talkies to mark the Great Fire of South London

Before The Blitz, there was The Blaze. On Monday night at Crystal Palace, there are a couple of public events to commemorate the fire which destroyed the building that gave its name to the area. The 1936 blaze was the … Continue reading

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Okoye goes on the offensive to save his American dream

Three years ago, he was a poster boy of the London Olympics. National record-holder in the discus in his first senior season, and qualifying for the final of a throws event at the 2012 Games, with a scholarship to study … Continue reading

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Croydon Bach Choir Christmas Carols, St Matthew’s, Dec 16

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Christmas tree-dressing, Norwood Park, Dec 13

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Notorious Norbury Winter Market and Fair, Nov 29

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Ruskin House gets a case of the Blues for December

Ruskin House’s schedule of music events for December has just been released, with low-cost folk and blues club nights – and the cheap prices in the bar. The Folk and Blues Club meets at 8pm on Sundays, with a charge … Continue reading

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Grammar school in Croydon would be unlawful and divisive

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The idea that a new secondary school, run as an “annex” of a Sutton grammar, would improve education in Croydon is wrong, according to one local teacher* Chris Philp, the MP for Croydon South, in his Croydon Commentary … Continue reading

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St Mildred’s Christmas Market, Addiscombe, Dec 5

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Evening all: Police commissioner Hogan-Howe visits Croydon

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, is addressing a public meeting in Croydon next week. The event is free and does not require booking, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The event … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Triangle’s businesses show off their indies

And there’s to be FREE BEER, too. The Crystal Palace Triangle is proud of its many diverse, independent traders and family buisnesses who provide an antidote to the increasingly identi-kit high streets found all over London. As part of this … Continue reading

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St Alban’s Christmas Market, Whitehorse Lane, Nov 28

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Skanska’s ‘lightbulb moment’ over Purley street lights

There have been plentiful and regular complaints about the quality of workmanship and service from some of the council’s out-sourced contractors, whether it be the shabby My Croydon App mishap, the trail of rubbish left after the bin men have … Continue reading

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