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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

London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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Fears unfounded over Crystal Palace’s Low Traffic network

JOE PAXTON reports from Upper Norwood after the first week of controversial road closures which, despite predictions of doom and gloom, have not caused Armageddon Local social media earlier this week was debating which of the Four Horsemen of the … Continue reading

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, to Aug 21

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Rams’ boss Rayner ready with a few surprises for new season

A seat in the boardroom and a new assistant means that the Croydon Athletic manager is working with more than the challenges presented by covid-19 ahead of the new season. Exclusive interview by ANDREW SINCLAIR Croydon Athletic are less than … Continue reading

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Conservatives’ anti-London policies have put Bailey in the dock

Covid-19 forced the postponement of the London elections in May. Now, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports, with candidates dropping out and the dire performance of the Tory candidate, the capital is destined to endure the ‘forgotten election’ So … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Minister’s approval required for cuts plan

The council’s £220,000 per year chief executive has ‘Whitehall looking over her shoulder’, reports KEN LEE The grumblings of discontent around Fisher’s Folly among the hundreds of council staff who face redundancy have been partially relieved with the discovery that … Continue reading

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BHLive starts redundancy process for staff at Fairfield Halls

There have been unconfirmed reports that BHLive, the Bournemouth-based operators in charge of running the council-owned Fairfield Halls, have this week begun making their full-time employees in Croydon redundant. According to BHLive insiders, the move could see the Fairfield Halls … Continue reading

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Charity launches helpline for those affected by hate crime

National charity Stop Hate UK has introduced a 24-hour helpline dedicated to supporting residents affected by hate crime. Hate crimes are when people are targeted because of their disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other form of … Continue reading

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Bank robbers and Beethoven: life on the buses has changed

Our roving reporter, KEN TOWL, after months of observing lockdown, has been roving a little more than usual this past week, checking how Croydon’s public transport is coping with the new normal Friday, and I can’t help but think that … Continue reading

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Cassandra Centre Art in the Park, Rookery Gardens, Aug 21

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