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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

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Paul Sowan: a man with Croydon history at his heart

BERNARD WINCHESTER pays tribute to a learned and much-admired teacher and stalwart of the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society It has been said that Paul Sowan was an unworldly man, and in a sense he was, as the commonplace … Continue reading

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Start It Right launch party, Old Town Youth Club, Jul 4

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Use your little corner of Planet Earth to make a big difference

In his small patch of south London, DAVID MORGAN has been doing his bit in the battle to reduce the impact of climate change, and here he offers suggestions about how you can help, too “Every plant counts and too … Continue reading

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Jenrick rejects Croydon’s landlord licence scheme application

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The government has binned an application to extend the borough’s landlord licensing scheme, saying that the council failed to provide any housing strategy. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, has rejected … Continue reading

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After 3-month delay, council calls in surveyors for Regina Road

Almost three months after the appalling conditions of flats in South Norwood were exposed, and the council has stuffed letters through the residents’ front doors to say that they are only now about to start doing something about it. Though … Continue reading

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The axeman cometh: the latest (really) bad idea for Boxpark

Croydon is about to get its first axe-throwing bar at Boozepark. That’s right: a bar, selling booze, next to East Croydon Station, providing axes to its customers as a form of recreation. In central Croydon, a place already with a … Continue reading

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Government is forced to delay its NHS data grab by stealth

The government has been forced to postpone its plans for a massive, nationwide data scrape of people’s confidential NHS records. The NHS’s 55 million patients had been given just six weeks’ notice that their medical histories could be sold on … Continue reading

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Coulsdon concern as planning’s husband and wife act returns

Coulsdon residents are expressing grave concerns about serious potential conflicts of interest in the council’s planning department and proposals to build two massive blocks of flats in a quiet, tree-lined residential cul-de-sac. The developers at the centre of the latest … Continue reading

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Delays at Croydon put Parkrun’s national return in jeopardy

Delays at Croydon Council could force the abandonment of the post-covid return of hundreds of popular Parkruns across England. Following the government’s “roadmap” out of lockdown, national organisers have been targeting June 26 as their English resumption date – but … Continue reading

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Gazza’s Euro ’96 shorts sell at auction for £5,000 – unwashed

Just how much might Harry Kane’s socks be worth if the England captain leads his side to victory over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday in their European football championships opener? Or Marcus Rashford’s shorts? Mason Mount’s shirt? You could name … Continue reading

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Okoye makes giant comeback with Olympic qualifying mark

Nearly a decade since he stepped into the circle for the discus final at London 2012, and Lawrence Okoye looks set to return to the Olympics in Tokyo next month. Having made an athletics comeback after his misadventures in American … Continue reading

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Residents’ group pledges to keep up the fight for decent homes

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Three months after a TV news report shocked the nation, tenants in South Norwood council flats say they are still being let down by the council The residents’ group that was set up in South Norwood as … Continue reading

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Commissioner says Croydon can recover – with another £30m

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A report from commissioners overseeing another local authority that went bankrupt offers troubling parallels closer to home. STEVEN DOWNES reports Croydon Council can get itself out of financial trouble – but only if Whitehall stumps up another … Continue reading

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Victoire Ladies Football Club open trials, Jun 20 & 27

Victoire Ladies Football Club is looking for players aged 16 upwards for the 2021-2022 season. They will be holding trials on June 20 and 27 at Croygas Sports Club, 48 Mollison Drive, Wallington SM6 9BY from 11am to midday.

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Trading Standards delivers 17th court win against knife crime

A court case brought by Croydon Council Trading Standards against a firm selling dangerous weapons online to children has brought a prosecution and £25,000 in fines and costs against the company. The case, brought against Daventry-based Extreme GB Ltd, was … Continue reading

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Luxury spa in Surrey is looking to hire catering and leisure staff

A luxury golf course and spa in Surrey is looking to hire full- and part-time staff. The Foxhills Club and Resort in Chertsey is on the hunt for additional members of the team in both front-of-house, leisure and chef positions … Continue reading

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Boundary Commission recommends four MPs for Croydon

Croydon is to get an extra MP under far-reaching proposed changes to parliamentary constituencies released overnight by the Boundary Commission for England. Under changes which have been years in the making, England will have the number of seats in the … Continue reading

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Council to take 40 years to pay off losses from YourCare firm

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council to write-off another six-figure sum after a feeble venture into the home aids retail market fell flat. By STEVEN DOWNES Another reminder of the disastrous and costly decisions of Tony Newman and Simon Hall when they … Continue reading

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Water supply in Waterworks Yard flats dries up again

Just four days since residents of Bridge House had their water supplies reconnected, and the taps in the block off Surrey Street are running dry once again. As Inside Croydon reported last week, a faulty pump saw residents of nearly … Continue reading

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Poor turn-out shows disenchantment with local Labour Party

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how a slip of the tongue exposed the charade of Labour councillors’ ‘consultation’. Plus another supporter of Steve Reed is placed in charge of local candidate selections The charade that is Croydon Labour’s “consultation” with its … Continue reading

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CAMRA counts cost of covid as 12 local pubs fail to reopen

A local beer campaign organisation says that at least a dozen pubs in Croydon and Sutton that closed their doors at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 may have called “last orders” for a final time. … Continue reading

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Survey finds 60% suffer mental health issues due to covid-19

Nearly two-thirds of Croydon residents surveyed for a local healthcare organisation say that their mental health has been adversely affected by the impact of covid-19. The report, from Healthwatch Croydon, also found that there is a gap between the demand … Continue reading

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Wilkes’s steam-powered history remains shrouded in mystery

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Among those buried in the churchyard of what was the Croydon Parish Church is a giant of the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions that transformed Britain in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. But as DAVID … Continue reading

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Community builders ask locals what kind of homes they want

Crystal Palace Community Land Trust is asking people who live or work in and around Crystal Palace to complete a housing needs survey, with a chance for a £50 prize. The survey launch follows the shocking reports of slum conditions … Continue reading

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