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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

Unit rents in Boxpark set to triple following its glitzy opening

Rents for units in Boxpark could be set to triple after initial lease periods, Inside Croydon has been informed. The new soaring rents are understood to be behind the reluctance of some Croydon-based restauranteurs and cafe operators to take space … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Alison Butler, Boxpark, Business, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Jo Negrini, Planning, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Streets are so dark that even a councillor avoids them at night

Some of the borough’s residential streets are so poorly lit after contractors Skanska have “designed” and installed its “modern” street lamps, that one elected councillor has complained that she no longer feels safe to walk alone along some of the … Continue reading

Posted in Anthony Brooks, Croydon Council, Environment, Norbury, Skanska, Street lighting, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Skanska create an unholy mess and leave Minster in the dark

The council’s lighting contractors are conducting a “consultation” of some residents in Croydon to discover how well the company is performing. Since they are carrying out the consultation themselves, no one expects the resultant report to be anything but glowing … Continue reading

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Councillor promises to investigate shops’ £1,500 licence fees

A senior Labour councillor has promised to “investigate” whether he can do anything about the eye-watering increases to licensing charges for using pavement areas outside shops in South Norwood, which the owners say could force them to close. Paul Scott, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Paul Scott, People for Portland Road, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Mitre Players to provide award-winning Proof, Nov 9-11

The Mitre Players stage David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof at the TMWA Clubhouse in Lime Meadow Avenue, Sanderstead from November 9 to 11. The four-hander explores family relationships and the correlation between genius and madness. Director Julie Cumbo says: … Continue reading

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Re-flowering of Saffron Farm means volunteers needed again

Another year with the Taberner House site undeveloped for new homes means another autumn harvest at what calls itself “the world’s largest urban pop-up saffron farm”*. Flowers have begun to appear from around 17,000 Crocus Sativus corms potted out on … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Planning, Taberner House | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Nostradamus Newman’ and his hot air on Heathrow expansion

If there was any remaining doubt, Tony Newman demonstrated yet again today that he don’t half talk some rubbish. Labour’s leader of Croydon Council decided to stick his two penn’orth in to the airport  debate, in the midst of the … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments