That Was The Year That Was: Inside Croydon’s 2014 most read

So what have you been reading on Inside Croydon in 2014? Unlike certain Dorking-based publications, we’re not so self-obsessed as to suggest that this is in any way indicative of the BIG (note the unnecessary use of capitals) stories of the year.

But after a year in which nearly 750,000 pages were viewed on this site, it does provide an interesting perspective on what happened in the last 12 months

1, The floods

Kenley and Purley flooding declared a major incident

Fun for some on a Sunday morning, as the closed A22 Godstone Road offered a novel walking route

Fun for some on a Sunday morning, as the closed A22 Godstone Road offered a novel walking route

We were able to publish official, internal memos from Croydon Council as the month-long disaster unfolded across Whyteleafe, Kenley and Purley, with this report on February 6 marking the civic officialdom waking up to what some residents – who had kept records of water levels for the Caterham Bourne for decades – had been warning about for weeks.

And the head teacher at a local primary decided to complain because we had the audacity to refer to the school by the name which it is best known, rather than how her academy would have it branded. Priorities, eh?

Our report stated:

According to official emails, ‘We are now in an official multi-agency gold command situation and the borough emergency control centre (BECC) has been activated.’

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9 Responses to That Was The Year That Was: Inside Croydon’s 2014 most read

  1. Many thanks for a stimulating, provocative, politically direct and accurate, fun year.

    Reading Inside Croydon has made living here slightly more bearable and much more interesting!

  2. The EA regulates incineration and changes to radioactivity streams (amongst other things).It also subcontracts the science of health effects of incineration (10 years of broken promises and delays of reports due this March,till after the election,next year).


    The Environment Agency (EA) has been accused of having a “clear conflict of interest” after an Independent on Sunday investigation found the UK regulator’s pension fund invests millions in controversial industries which it then regulates. In the UK the EA’s pension fund – worth a huge £2.3bn – invests in companies investing in fracking, incineration and nuclear power, all of which the Agency is involved in regulating. Globally, the fund also invests millions in chemical and mining companies, including diamond mining; tobacco and alcohol companies; arms manufacturers; a gambling company, as well as Starbucks which has been repeatedly accused of tax avoidance.
    Independent 28th Dec 2014

  3. Peter Rogers says:

    Thank you for all the times your articles have made me angry this year. Here’s hoping you wind me up (not you personally you understand) in the coming election year.

  4. Peter Rogers says:

    Maybe you could get some guest columnist’s next year –
    Ottaway to tell us how you count that much money and still act like a hard up pensioner
    Gav Barlow to tell us what it’s like signing on
    Steve Reed as an inspirational speaker
    Mike Fisher’s guide to property development
    Tony Newmans ‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’ guide to local politics
    Chris Philp and the labour woman against Gav in Croydon Central on self promotion
    and Winston McKenzie just because

  5. Michael Hall says:

    Thanks for many stimulating articles, that also regularly get my blood boiling!

    Would also be interesting to know what the least-read articles were… if that’s not too intrusive for those involved.

  6. Mike Vessey says:

    I love reading InsideCroydon to find out what is happening in the Croydon area, and what is being discussed at the town hall. It’s a shame that it has become so political.

    Not everyone reading this wants to read about “evil Tory” milksnatchers. The harm done by the incompetent and divisive left wing loonies hardly gets a mention.

    More news, left left-win bias please. You’re not the BBC…

    • “It’s a shame that it has become so political.”

      Really? So you haven’t actually been reading it at all over the last four years then.

      • tootingmike says:

        No I haven’t been reading it for four years. I moved to Croydon recently. This site was my first port of call, and I found it interesting, well written and with some excellent investigative journalism. I even offered to write articles for it.

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