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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

Labour officials continue to flout law over White’s suspension

With just three weeks until the polls close in the latest phase of the never-ending purgatory that is the Labour leadership contest, there continues an anxious wait for some party members and supporters in Croydon over when their voting forms … Continue reading

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Fore! Housing Minister in the rough over 129 new homes

Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central who was recently appointed housing minister, has quickly found himself bunkered over a proposal to build 129 homes in his constituency – since it seems likely that he will have to declare the … Continue reading

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‘Epic fail’ by Southern as emergency timetable is withdrawn

A representative of railway staff has hit back at Southern Railways for blaming its employees for the failings of management over the withdrawal of around 150 services per day under what it called an “emergency” timetable. Mick Cash, the general … Continue reading

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Summer reads to get an airing as book club returns

Page Turners, the South Norwood book club, returns next month after a brief summer break. GUY CLAPPERTON provides the details So what’s everybody read so far this summer? I’ve read Disclaimer and am now in the middle of the new … Continue reading

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Old Coulsdon Village Fair, Grange Park, Sep 10

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Council sells Taberner site in secretive multi-million pound deal

Croydon Council has agreed to sell the Taberner House site. The deal has been done within the first month of Jo Negrini being installed as the council’s chief executive, but neither she nor Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour-run … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, RIF, Simon Hall, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Family Fun Dog Show, Sanderstead Rec, Sep 24

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Uncertainty for Croydon’s Post Offices under franchise scheme

The future status of Croydon’s two Crown Post Offices and one in Sutton remain in doubt according to union officials, as plans to close or franchise offices continue to be pushed through. Similar Post Offices in nearby Sydenham and Beckenham … Continue reading

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Off-air radio station still without new studio or broadcast date

Croydon Radio say that they “have made the decision to seek new premises with room for development, rather than continue to invest in our current modest space”, as they prepare to leave Matthew’s Yard, off Surrey Street, the home for … Continue reading

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Lorry-load of rubbish cleared from South Norwood park

The Conservation Volunteers have been hard at work this week, clearing up Brickfields Meadow in South Norwood. Brickfields Meadow is one of Croydon’s green oases. It is very popular with fishermen around the lake and young families using the playground. … Continue reading

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Croydon Art Society exhibition at Denbies, Aug 29-Sep 11

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Sanderstead Community Day, Sanderstead Rec, Sep 24

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Warlingham to host Saracens’ summer rugby camp, Aug 30-31

RUGBY ROUND-UP: Warlingham is hosting its final kids’ rugby summer camp of the holidays at Hamsey Green next week, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30-31. For boys and girls aged from five to 13, the organisers already have around 40 youngsters … Continue reading

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‘Zaha is going nowhere’ says Palace chairman Parish

Wilfried Zaha’s agent may have just earnt the Palace player the sort of pay rise he was seeking. Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace chairman, last night dismissed the Tottenham transfer offer for the player as “ridiculous”. “We’ve told Spurs that … Continue reading

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Open House weekend: see where your money’s spent

Croydon’s somewhat curmudgeonly attitude towards Open House London, the annual opportunity to sneak a peek behind normally firmly closed doors, appears to have been shaken off, finally. But not as far as the not-so-dynamic team in the council’s press office … Continue reading

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Healthwatch Croydon, annual meeting and fair, Oct 5

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Grange Park play area, official opening, Sep 10

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Want-away Wilf triggers £15m transfer bid from Tottenham

Wilfried Zaha, the home-grown England international and long-time darling of the Selhurst Park faithful, walked into the Crystal Palace manager’s office at the club’s Beckenham training ground this morning to request a transfer. The 23-year-old winger’s formal request – which … Continue reading

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Ruskin House calls for work team volunteers this weekend

Volunteers required to help out at Ruskin House this Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 10am. Tasks include gardening, cleaning, painting, general DIY and rubbish clearance. There is still have a large quantity of books which need to be recycled: … Continue reading

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Hot dogs and microchips could be back on menu for Croydon

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home say that if there is sufficient demand, they will repeat the highly successful pets free advice day which they staged with the PDSA and Cats Protection on a sunny day in Croydon last week. “Promoting … Continue reading

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