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Fairfield Halls needs to be more London, and less Bournemouth

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Could Brit Awards-winner Stormzy help to save the Fairfield Halls? Following Inside Croydon’s exclusive news report yesterday that Neil  Chandler, the venue’s artistic director, had quit amid growing concerns about poor audiences in the first six months since … Continue reading

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If you had the choice, would you want a flat or a house?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the Labour-run council and its planning department continues its unrelenting drive for overdevelopment, one resident from the south of the borough, LUCIA BRIAULT, asks whether what is being built is what the public actually wants Let me … Continue reading

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Our neighbourhoods are under attack. It’s time to fight back

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Aggressively acquisitive developers, operating mainly across the suburban southern parts of the borough, allied to a council planning department that seems to wave through most of their schemes for blocks of flats, is causing great distress for existing … Continue reading

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A level of ineptitude which would be tolerated no where else

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Council cabinet members Alison Butler and Paul Scott are ‘like some kind of wrecking crew’ who have made massive errors over planning in the borough, and they should be sacked, according to SEBASTIAN TILLINGER Councillors Alison Butler and … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Brick by Brick model is well and truly broken

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The cross-subsidy model used by to justify the council’s building homes for private sale won’t work, writes ANTHONY MILLS, right All of the largest – and even more so, the smallest – housing associations are saying that the … Continue reading

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People and events will decide what this election is about

ELECTION COMMENTARY: The publication this week of the Labour and Conservative Party manifestos could see the narrative of the campaign change significantly. And as JOHN BRAGGINS, a former campaign adviser to Tony Blair, discovers, the LibDems could win seats in … Continue reading

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School governor using social media to spread race hate

What sort of school could possibly want to have an unapologetic racist on its governing body? GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports that some on the far-right are trying to ‘normalise’ their conduct by infiltrating community organisations Earlier this week, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Michael Swadling, Schools, St Giles' School | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tory candidate’s church is under police investigation for fraud

Inside Croydon has confirmed that the locally based evangelical church SPAC Nation is under investigation for fraud. Jayde Edwards, the Conservative candidate standing in Thursday’s Fairfield council by-election, is a leading member of SPAC Nation. Her campaign has received much … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Church and religions, Crime, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Banksy takes on big business through his Croydon store

A statement issued by street artist Banksy this afternoon confirmed that his Gross Domestic Product store in a disused carpet shop on Church Street in the town centre is indeed his work, and that it is in effect a showroom … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Business, Surrey Street, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Supreme Court makes it official: Johnson’s a crook and a liar

Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. The BBC described the decision as “politically catastrophic” for Conservative leader Boris Johnson. It is being openly suggested that Johnson may soon become the country’s shortest serving … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Mario Creatura, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

We went to the Fairfield. It will be a while before we go again

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The re-opening of the Fairfield Halls last week, after a refurbishment that took nearly four years and cost £41million, has met with some decidedly lukewarm reactions from Croydon residents and theatre-goers. Here reader DICK BUDGEN gives his first … Continue reading

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Why Croydon needs more and better democracy, not less

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For all the talk of introducing a directly elected mayor for Croydon, what’s been overlooked is the need to make every vote count, writes Green Party candidate PETER UNDERWOOD There are lots of people in Croydon who are … Continue reading

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Parents group want Sutton’s head of SEND to be sacked

A parents campaign group has backed a call for the sacking of Sutton Council’s head of SEND, Councillor Jenny Batt. The parents issued a statement this morning in which they said that they have found Batt’s “complete failure to engage … Continue reading

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‘Spectator’ Newman stands by as Scott destroys our suburbs

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Having seen last Monday’s full meeting of the council in the Town Hall chamber, it seems that SEBASTIAN TILLINGER is deeply unimpressed Labour Party members know it. Conservative Party members know it. We all know it. Croydon Council … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council survey on future of green spaces is shutting people out

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Is the council’s consultation on green spaces simply an exercise in providing planners with excuses to build on our less-loved parks? KIRSTIE SMITH, for one, is cynical about the exercise, which she says potentially excludes a large number … Continue reading

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Cherish your ‘local green space’ and take part in consultation

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Less than two years after Croydon’s Local Plan was signed off by government officials, and the council is running a new consultation that looks to change it. PETER UNDERWOOD, right, explains how it is important that as many … Continue reading

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‘I think the council was right to give Brick by Brick a try’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Not everyone thinks that the council-owned house-builder is doing a bad job. Here DAVID WHITE puts the case in favour of Brick by Brick The housing crisis is getting worse because of Tory government policies, not because of … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, David White, Housing | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Protesters SEND message: it’s not just money that matters

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Families who have children, teens and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of care and attention provided by their councils. Yesterday, they staged a march on Westminster. SARAH BOWELL … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Schools, SEND | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Pressure of SATs risks creating mental health problems

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The irony meter went off the scale this week, when during Mental Health Awareness Week, thousands of primary-aged children were sitting their SATs. KIRSTIE SMITH, right, argues that our youngsters don’t need such stress just for government data … Continue reading

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Tory splits grow as Barwell ‘flounces’ from social media group

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports that the Croydon Conservative Party is not a happy place to be in the midst of Brexit and local election carnage “Gavin Barwell left”. That was the final message on Friday night in an increasingly … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cancer warning over radioactive waste plans for incinerator

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The news, as revealed by Inside Croydon, that the Beddington Lane incinerator has a contract with Croydon Council to handle radioactive waste should be of grave concern to residents across south London, says JIM DUFFY There are two … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Refuse collection, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Internet can’t replace real life shopping in Surrey Street

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With Debenhams the latest Centrale department store battling for survival, reader LEWIS WHITE offers his views on the blight that is the modern, online retail experience Hindsight says that it’s a pity that Centrale was ever built. Whitgift … Continue reading

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Our children deserve help to improve their life opportunities

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is autism awareness week. There’s been events staged at the Town Hall, and tomorrow there’s a special meeting at which teens, young adults, parents, guardians and carers can discuss their situations with councillors and officials. SARAH BOWELL, … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Schools, SEND | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council must accept ‘build anything, anywhere’ is not a policy

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Fewer than a hundred protestors turned up at the Town Hall last night in support of MP Chris Philp’s planning demo. The default position of the Labour group that controls the council was to dismiss their concerns by … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Paul Scott, Planning, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Promising signs of the future for Croydon’s historic Old Town

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With more than £17million to spend, the council is rolling out plans to spruce up the neglected corner of the Old Town around Croydon Minster. LEWIS WHITE, pictured left, a retired landscape architect, took a Sunday afternoon stroll … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Croydon Minster, Croydon parks, Environment, History, Planning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Sir’ is back in the classroom having learned a running lesson

Mr Webb was back in front of his science class of 30 or so boisterous teens at Harris Academy South Norwood yesterday morning, as if nothing had changed. But it had. Jamie Webb was now a European athletics silver medallist. … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Quantum of Solace can’t clear up Fairfield debacle

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon, Brick by Brick’s failure to secure the purchase of the Barclay Road Annex building from Croydon College put at risk a multi-million-pound property deal. At a Town Hall planning meeting tonight, the … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Housing | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

BAFTA Fellow Samuelson to attend David Lean screening

One of the most renowned figures associated with British film-making – Sir Sydney Samuelson – is coming to the David Lean Cinema next Tuesday, to introduce a screening of a recently restored film that his father produced in 1923. A … Continue reading

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Let’s revive town centre with more trees and youthful vitality

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Retired landscape architect and local resident LEWIS WHITE offers his suggestions for reviving the town centre after nearly a decade of development blight thanks to Westfield, who yesterday announced that they are ‘reviewing’ their £1.4bn flats and shops … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Croydon parks, Environment, Planning, Valley Park, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: The six-month saga to get one bin changed

CROYDON COMMENTARY: We appear to have a new version of the ‘how many people does it take to change a light-bulb’ gag here in Croydon… Only this one, inevitably, involves the bins. From the recent experience of KEN TOWL, pictured, … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Croydon Council, Environment, Ken Towl, Maddie Henson, Refuse collection, Steve Iles, Stuart Collins, Tom Lawrence, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments