Read all about it: from UKIP to refugees, Boxpark to crocuses

These are the stories which most-grabbed the attention of Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader in September 2015…

CCC chairwoman Elizabeth Ash: time to pay up

CCC chairwoman Elizabeth Ash: time to pay up

1, UKIP supporters to face demands for legal costs from council

After staging a takeover of the CCC “community” group, local UKIPpers and right-wingers may now be forced to face the financial consequences of their actions.

2, Heineken refreshes the parts that MP rules could not reach

Bye, bye Mario, as Purley councillor stands down from his second state-funded job.

Boxpark Shoreditch3, Boxpark announced food plan after getting £3m council loan

Another exclusive from Inside Croydon, as Croydon’s council officials get turned over – yet again – when they try to deal with business, this time over a £3-million loan to Boxpark, pictured right.

4, Holy smoke: Sutton to investigate Viridor ‘gift’ to church

Is there anyone who seriously still thinks that it is just generosity or coincidence that an incinerator operator’s charity arm hands over £275,000 to a local church often used for LibDem meetings, after a LibDem-controlled council gave the incinerator company a £1-billion public contract? Thought not…

5, Upper Norwood Library Trust chairman in shock resignation

Our loyal reader expressed dismay when hard-working community leader Robert Gibson felt forced to quit his position with the Library Trust.

Steve Reed blue6, Croydon MP offers to house refugees in his 4-bed home

Gesture politics? You decide.

Nearly one month on from this generous announcement, Inside Croydon is unaware of any refugees having yet moved in to the home of Lambeth South MP Steve Reed OBE, pictured left.

7, MP Reed clings to shadow job under ‘unelectable’ Corbyn

The new politics, or the same-old hypocrisy? Reed in the news again.

8, Metro Bank pulls out of move to £50m Ruskin Square offices

-®Lee Townsend +447590204493-8939Another set-back to Croydon’s hopes of “regeneration”, as a multi-million-pound deal collapsed because a new office block being built at Ruskin Square is no longer big enough to cater for the rapidly expanding high street bank.

9, Community blooms as the sun shines on Saffron Central

A pop-up crocus farm on a central Croydon building site, pictured right by Lee Townsend, has brought the community together.

10, £10,000 appeal target set to re-open Crystal Palace Subway

Another community project, this time to secure the re-opening a buried treasure of Victorian architecture.


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