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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

£800,000: that’s an ‘affordable’ flat according to developer

One of the great mysteries of London life in the 21st century – exactly how much does an “affordable” home cost? – may have finally been solved. Because, according to the managing director of the company to which Croydon Council … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Housing, Planning, Property, Queens Gardens, Taberner House | Leave a comment

Busy Barwell says he’s too important for constituency matters

Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, supposedly the MP for Croydon Central, has managed to demonstrate yet again that, above all else, he always puts his own personal ambition and political career first, ahead of his constituents. Barwell missed the most recent debate … Continue reading

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20mph zones can help to make our streets safer for all

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our borough has some of the most dangerous roads in London, so ANDREW PELLING, pictured, finds it saddening that the local Tories are campaigning against safer speed limits Road safety is a vital concern for Greater London, Croydon … Continue reading

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Dozens of open spaces excluded from ‘premier league’ of parks

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the council is laying the groundwork for a privatisation-by-stealth of some of the borough’s open spaces If any more proof were required that Croydon’s worthless consultations are used to justify the council going ahead and … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Friends of Grangewood Park, Jamie Audsley, Jo Negrini, Lloyd Park, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Holocaust Memorial Concert, Ruskin House, Jan 21

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Taking the milk from babies is an NHS cut too far

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our under-funded NHS has chosen to make cuts which will adversely affect women, as KIRSTIE SMITH, pictured, knows very well from her own experience The decision of Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, or CCG, to stop prescribing specialist baby … Continue reading

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Tory Surrey’s plea for 15% Council Tax hike fails to help

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a piece of political posturing which will do little to improve the standard of social care and other services provided by local councils For Tony Newman and his Labour councillors who have been fretting over how … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Outside Croydon, Surrey, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments