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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

Eagles fans reject Tory councillor’s call for civic parade

Last year, when Crystal Palace won promotion to the Premier League at Wembley, Croydon Council did nothing to mark the achievement. This year, with the club’s survival in the top division all-but-secured with the midweek 3-2 win at Everton, and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Crystal Palace FC, Football, New Addington, Selhurst, Sport, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon’s rubbish council: the 2014 Garbage Gallery

APRIL 18 UPDATE: And there is, of course, more. There’s always more. This is something of a commonplace around the streets of the borough, and is a particular problem in those areas with multi-occupier properties – such as when there … Continue reading

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Volunteers wanted to help chart the Wandle’s history

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David Lean Cinema re-opening is a people’s authentic triumph

STEVEN DOWNES was delighted to return to the Clock Tower’s arthouse cinema when it welcomed home Johnny Moped last month The David Lean Cinema is re-opened. Please note, Madam Mayor. It is re-opened. Not “opened”. The fizzy stuff was flowing … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace residents debate park’s future: Apr 30

With the prospect of a large chunk of Crystal Palace Park being handed over to a Chinese developer to build a vast new palace, a group of residents has started The Information Project to publicise the possibilities for the park … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, Planning, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

George cheers travellers while they wait for the tram

ANDREW LENG’s Croydon pub crawl takes a pause, as indeed does he, while waiting for a tram in George Street It’s Wednesday afternoon, I’ve just finished work and before I hop on the tram home, I nip in to The … Continue reading

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Tea-time leaflet leaves Easter egg over faces of Waddon Tories

Direct from an election meeting where the most impressive thing was Eddie Izzard’s new glasses, WALTER CRONXITE, our man on Katharine Street with the rolled up copy of the local free paper and an e-cigarette tucked behind his ear, reports … Continue reading

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A Viscount, two Lords and a comedian back Labour’s campaign

Eddie Izzard was out campaigning in Croydon town centre this morning with local Labour leader Tony Newman. Cue jokes from all other political parties about there being more than one comedian in Croydon Labour… It’s unclear whether many of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Catriona Ogilvy, Emily Benn, Heathfield, Louisa Woodley, Mayor of London, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Our two-year-olds need a childhood, not lessons in Latin

SUSAN OLIVER, pictured left, wants the borough’s teaching professionals to come forward and make their voices heard, perhaps even to challenge the controlling orthodoxies of Michael Gove and Ofsted Children should be taught in schools from the age of two … Continue reading

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Same old same old that adds up to good business for someone

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Industry awards have a reputation for self-congratulatory bun-fights. At £120 a ticket at this year’s Croydon event, DAVID CALLAM’s happy to give it a miss. He’s seen it all before, anyway It’s that time again. The Croydon Business … Continue reading

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Put in the Groundwork to help reflect the River Wandle on film

An environmental charity is working this summer to produce a film to tell the story of the River Wandle, and they want community groups and locals to help make the film. Groundwork is a national charity, established over more than … Continue reading

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Greens hold back from promising to scrap £1bn incinerator

The Green Party launched its local election manifesto for Croydon yesterday, confirming that it will field a full slate of 70 candidates across the whole of the borough. The Greens seem poised to benefit on voting day next month from … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croham, Croydon Greens, Environment, Fly tipping, Fracking, Gordon Ross, Knife crime, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council spends £200,000 on dropped kerbs in flood-risk area

Senior Conservative politicians have ordered Croydon Council staff to cold-call house-holders in a marginal ward to offer to build dropped kerbs with a hefty discount provided on the rates. At the same time that council staff and the emergency services … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Pelling, Bensham Manor, Clare Hilley, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, Joy Prince, Parking, Phil Thomas, Property, Robert Canning, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bishop rejects rhetoric which blames asylum seekers

For Palm Sunday, JONATHAN CLARK, the Bishop of Croydon, in his Easter message, says that we should be trying to help asylum-seekers and those on benefits One of things that really concerns me in our country is that we have … Continue reading

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Newman struggling to keep team singing from same songsheet

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar in his pocket and a copy of the local free paper under his arm, analyses the real story behind yesterday’s headlines Divided parties rarely win elections. The tensions … Continue reading

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