Monthly Archives: December 2012

Taberner House lights up Croydon for one final time

An email from Michael Buckley, who describes himself as “a very long-term Addiscombe resident”, whizzes in to Inside Croydon Towers to praise Croydon Council for illuminating windows around Taberner House to fashion a seasonal Christmas tree. “Surely this must be … Continue reading

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The vandals are inside the gates in Wandle Park

Disturbing news from Inside Croydon reader Anna Arthur after she took a walk in the park – Wandle Park – yesterday. “I live next to Wandle Park and was very excited to visit for the first time since it has … Continue reading

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Inside Croydon 2012: what our loyal reader’s been reading

The following is the Inside Croydon 2012 Hit Parade, and needs to be read in the “voice” of Alan “Fluff” Freeman. For younger readers, think Smashy and Nicey… It’s the top 20 posts published on this site in the past … Continue reading

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Imagine: wishes for 2013 to see a better, safer Croydon

LEE WEBSTER outlines her new year’s wishes for Croydon – with safety and proper representation top of her list Sorry to burst the bubble of holiday joy, but it’s hard to look forward with too much hope to the coming … Continue reading

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Gong and forgotten? Where was Croydon on Honours List?

In the 100-plus pages of citations published by the Cabinet Office this morning, full of the names of sportspeople, actors and artists and thousands of business people and civic dignatories, you’d be hard-pressed to find any direct reference to Croydon. … Continue reading

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Calling the council? Try this number if you can’t get through…

Services provided by Croydon Council continue to be axed. From next week, our “Proud to Swerve” council will make it even more difficult for Council Tax-payers to register a complaint about shortcomings in borough services, as the staffing of the … Continue reading

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Walk your way to fitness in 2013 with local rambles

It’s too late for a 2013 London Marathon entry, the sponsored swim at Purley Pool is too far distant, and the weekly 5km Park Runs in Lloyd Park, on Roundshaw Downs, at Riddlesdown or in Banstead Woods might be a … Continue reading

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Council newspaper forgets to mention mayor’s Arnhem trip

Croydon Council is “sexing up” its official record of public meetings, apparently in a vain effort to make its controversial and inept mayor, Eddy Arram, look like less of a plonker than everyone knows him to be. Yet even the … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema Campaign stages more movie screenings

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign is busy again with screenings at the Spread Eagle pub today and tomorrow afternoon. The Save the David Lean Campaign was set up in response to reports on Inside Croydon in 2011, spurred … Continue reading

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What does an average councillor do for £11,000 a year?

Denied a frank and honest answer by Mike Fisher, the leader of Croydon Council, in respect of the hours that he puts in for his £50,000-plus in allowances each year, we thought we would try another measure of what work … Continue reading

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Getting trollied: Croydon’s uncharitable councillors

Is this an attempt by Croydon councillors to prove that “competition” and charity cannot adequately replace proper, co-ordinated social responsibility? Inside Croydon‘s regular reader will recall how the group of Conservative councillors at the Town Hall had decided, somewhat crassly … Continue reading

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Very best wishes for the season to our loyal reader

Here’s wishing a merry Christmas and a splendid 2013. There have been more than 350,000 page views of Inside Croydon in 2012. We hope to provide more to interest you in 2013 – we will be back online from Boxing … Continue reading

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Lord Cashcroft’s magazine gives festive boost to Barwell

Ah. Tidings of comfort and joy. Croydon Central’s Gavin Barwell has been named as MP of the month by Total Politics magazine, for his work on his mental health reform private member’s bill. Well done Gav! Inside Croydon has welcomed … Continue reading

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Coombe Road traffic chaos to last for nearly half a year

Residents in Coombe Road living close to the road bridge over the main London to Brighton railway line will not enjoy much peace over Christmas as preparatory work is done for a 20-week closure that will bring traffic chaos to … Continue reading

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Wilf Zaha: player of 2012, but not yet Palace’s all-time best

There will be few arguments at Selhurst Park as to who has been the Palace player of 2012. Season ticket-holder ZOE MESSENBIRD spoke to other fans, including co-owner Steve Parish, about where Wilf Zaha rates among the club’s all-time greats. … Continue reading

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Westfield lobbyist Scully selected by Sutton Conservatives

Sutton and Cheam Conservatives have chosen a prospective parliamentary candidate with a strong Croydon connection – and it’s not Steve “Three Jobs” O’Connell. Paul Scully is to be the Conservative candidate to challenge Liberal Democrat MP, Paul Burstow, at the … Continue reading

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Commissioner finds against Croydon MP for data breaches

After numerous letters and emails and being fobbed off by local Tories, DAVID WHITE took a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office over the abuse of his personal data by Gavin Barwell MP Gavin Barwell MP breached the Data Protection … Continue reading

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Stop the search: here’s a phone app to protect public rights

SEAN CREIGHTON was impressed by a presentation at the latest meeting of Croydon’s tech community, which offered a smartphone solution to a community policing issue that is decades old There were more than 40 people at the latest Croydon TechCity … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Community associations, Crime, Lives Not Knives, Policing, Stuart Collins, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Goals by Covers keep Croydon on schedule in cup tie

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: The part-time players of AFC Croydon Athletic will be able to enjoy their Christmas lunches, as their festive fixtures finish tomorrow with a game at Mole Valley’s delightfully named Leg of Mutton Field. Croydon FC and Whyteleafe’s squads … Continue reading

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Croydon found guilty of “maladminstration causing injustice”

The Local Government Ombudsman has ruled against Croydon Council today in the case of a young mother and her three children who were left waiting by the borough’s housing department for 10 months. The independent body found Croydon Council responsible … Continue reading

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