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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

Scouts celebrate another year’s achievement at awards night

Around 180 members plus assorted VIPs and invited guests, including the Mayor of Croydon, Manju Shahul-Hameed, attended Croydon Scouting’s annual awards night at Whitgift School last week. The Mayor’s speech highlighted the borough’s diversity and the importance of recognising and … Continue reading

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Time to make housing a voting issue, one brick at a time

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council’s “MasterPlan” for housing is a political joke, says DAVID CALLAM The housing MasterPlan would be funny if it wasn’t so serious for so many families who can never afford the fairytale prices being demanded by property … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, David Callam, Housing, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latest polls point to Tories praying for rain in Croydon Central

WALTER CRONXITE has got his abacus out again to examine the implications of London-wide polling results Friday’s YouGov poll for the Evening Boris, dedicated just to London voters, gives a chance to provide another analysis on where the marginal Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Peter Staveley, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Play your part in the second Croydon Assembly, June 6

ANDREW FISHER on an important discussion coming to Ruskin House Last November, more than 100 attended the first Croydon Assembly – a community initiative that brought together trade unionists, community campaigners and other residents to discuss how we can influence … Continue reading

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Cameron hammers home why Croydon Tories can’t be trusted

Was this morning in Croydon the point where David Cameron finally, fully, exposed himself for being full of the Bullingdon bogusness as the majority of the country has suspected for a decade? Because only a 9-carat Old Etonian bullshitter would … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Labour leads in London and offers new role for Scots Nats

JOHN BRAGGINS scrolls through the polls, so that you don’t have to. Apparently, we’re bored with debate about Scotland, and Labour are to win most of London’s marginal seats After Thursday’s, polls things seem to have settled down with Populus … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Croydon’s ‘MasterPlan’ only makes housing crisis worse

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Last week’s announcement by the Conservative Party that they want to give housing association tenants the Right to Buy has not impressed regular commenter, ROD DAVIES The Right-to-Buy proposals are just plain mad, but perhaps in Croydon they … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, ECCO, Environment, Fairfield, Housing, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

With Tories losing the ‘ground war’, here comes Murdoch

Things have not been going well for the Conservative election campaign in marginal seats such as Croydon Central. As we enter the final fortnight before polling day, JOHN BRAGGINS says we should expect Rupert Murdoch’s news organisation to intervene The … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Project B ready for daytime opening on ground floor

The old, much-loved Beanos, off Surrey Street, is being put to great use, as Project B launch their daytime Café-Bar on the ground floor of this listed building. Project B’s café-bar provides a day-to-day option for people looking for a … Continue reading

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Mayoral contender calls for review of incinerator schemes

A leading contender for selection by Labour to run for the Mayor of London next year says he will ask whoever is the Environment Secretary in the new Government to conduct an urgent review of all waste incinerator schemes planned … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Greens, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transition Town Give and Take, Surrey Street, Sat May 2

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Ruth Moragas art exhibition, Croydon Clocktower, May 4-30

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Croydon Stagers’ Sister Act, Ashcroft Theatre, May 27-30

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Jones gets A* as Barwell is forced to brush up on grammars

After a sly fag behind the bike sheds, WALTER CRONXITE has emerged to report back on last night’s rigorous oral exam at the Croydon Central education hustings HAS GAV GIVEN UP (Part 94)?: Tory Gavin Barwell is against the residents … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Education, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Schools, St Andrew's | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Dear Croydon Labour: It’s time for you to act on incinerator

The issue of the Beddington Lane incinerator spreads, like the toxic emissions likely to be emitted from the proposed plant’s 300-foot-high chimneys, right across south London, and into Croydon. Here is an open letter to “Clean and Green” Stuart Collins, … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, Planning, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Duppas Hill Park looks set to make way for new Bee road

The world of unreality that is inhabited by Croydon’s Labour-run council was evident once again in a report to Monday’s council meeting from Kathy Bee, the cabinet member in charge of the borough’s transport. It was just like 1984 all … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Kathy Bee, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Purley Way, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Club to screen courtroom classics in South Norwood

Continuing Stanley Halls Film Club’s season of screening unforgettable classics in the rejuvenated arts venue in South Norwood are two of the most famous courtroom dramas in the history of cinema: Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird this Thursday … Continue reading

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Croydon Labour candidate is caught on the fiddle (sort of)

Inside Croydon has discovered another politician on the fiddle. The Hon Emily Benn, Labour’s candidate in Croydon South, is playing her violin in a “campaign concert” this Sunday, April 26, presumably hoping to make sweet music for potential voters as … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Activities, Chris Philp, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Music, Tony Newman, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Councillor objects to borough-wide ban on ice cream vans

Labour councillors were indignant at last night’s Town Hall meeting when it was suggested that they want to ban “Stop Me And Buy One” ice cream vans from the borough. Tory councillor Yvette Hopley – “I do enjoy a 99″ … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon West, Mario Creatura, Sanderstead, Tony Newman, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Frog night at Wandle Park, Thu Apr 30

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