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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

Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Jeet Bains, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Lisa Taylor, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Mario Creatura, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Driver of crashed tram ‘too unwell’ to give evidence at inquest

The long-delayed inquest into the 2016 Croydon tram crash will get underway at the Town Hall next month, but without the key witness, driver Alfred Dorris. Seven people were killed and 51 injured, some suffering life-changing injuries, when a tram … Continue reading

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Charity concern as butterfly numbers fall to lowest level

Butterfly numbers across the country have fallen to the lowest level for more than a decade, according to a wildlife charity following its annual survey. Butterfly Conservation is the charity which has been working with the London Wildlife Trust and … Continue reading

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Dogged trading standards sniff out under-the-counter tobacco

Trading standards officers from Croydon Council, with essential help from a four-legged friend, have confiscated thousands of cigarettes and other tobacco products from three shops suspected of selling counterfeit and illegal goods. The trading standards officers were assisted by specialist … Continue reading

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Council in attempt to cover-up £440,000 pay-off to Negrini

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on how Tony Newman’s ‘most open and transparent council in Croydon’s history’ is now trying to block details of the ‘reward for failure’ that he authorised to be paid to the departing chief executive … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Shearman is in the running to set Olympic record in Tokyo

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday. It will be 40th running, but entirely different from the previous 39 editions. And because of the special covid staging, a Purley-based sports photographer who has covered the race every year since the … Continue reading

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81% of London parents demand a safer journey to school

Research commissioned by walking and cycling charity Sustrans ahead of this week’s Bike to School Week shows 81per cent of parents in London want councils to make it easier for families to walk and cycle to school. Asked if they … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, London-wide issues, Schools, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Archbishop family’s affairs that startled Victorian England

What’s the significance of the name of the street where you live? In his latest researches, DAVID MORGAN has discovered one road which reflects the life of an archbishop, ‘the cleverest woman in Europe’, and their remarkable family The residents … Continue reading

Posted in Addington Palace, Church and religions, Croydon Minster, David Morgan, History, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rugby clubs’ season’s big kick-off gets postponed to 2021

The club rugby season was due to kick off today. But with barely 48 hours’ notice, amid a rapidly worsening situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the blazers at Twickenham issued orders on Thursday to postpone competitive rugby until January, at … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon RFC, Old Mid-Whitgiftians/Trinity RFC, Old Walcountians, Old Whitgiftians, Purley-John Fisher, Rugby Union, Sport, Streatham-Croydon RFC, Warlingham RFC | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take a walk over the downs in Coulsdon with an all-star cast

The Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley have relaunched their nature trail in Coulsdon, with the help of an all-star cast of celebrities. Joanna Lumley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Noddy Holder, Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Robinson and Richard … Continue reading

Posted in City Commons, Community associations, Coulsdon, Environment, Friends of Farthing Downs, South London Downs NNR, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Walcountian clubmates offer their tributes to shot policeman

The police sergeant killed at Windmill Road custody centre in the early hours of Friday has been named as Matt Ratana, a 54-year-old with 30 years’ service in the Met and who was just weeks away from taking retirement. Ratana … Continue reading

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Selsdon locals celebrate as Brick by Brick scheme refused

Labour’s Town Hall whip voted down the council-owned developers’ housing proposal, the first application from them to be rejected in four years. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Residents from Selsdon were celebrating today after their concerted objections saw an … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Housing, Paul Scott, Planning, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

New Addington locals wary of ‘mingling’ at covid-19 test centre

There’s been a mixed response from New Addington residents to having had a covid-19 testing centre plonked right next to Central Parade. Prefabricated buildings were erected on the Addington Community Association car park on Central Parade last week and the … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Health, New Addington, New Addington North | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Police in shock after officer killed at Croydon custody centre

A murder investigation is underway after a police officer was shot and killed at the Croydon custody centre on Windmill Road in the early hours of this morning. The shooting happened at 2.15am and involved a man who had been … Continue reading

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‘Empty promises’ for review as Mustafa sets terms of reference

Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on claims that the report on the council’s loss-making house-builders ‘has been nobbled from the start’ A pledge by the council leader this week that Brick by Brick would be subject to an independent review has … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | 7 Comments

Hawthorn Crescent green is rejected for ACV status by council

Eighty years on from the Battle of Britain, and now Brick by Brick wants to demolish a WWII air-raid shelter as it concretes over Croydon Brick by Brick is pressing on with its self-imposed mission to concrete over as much … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, History, Planning, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon Residents' Association | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Remains of Brunel’s Crystal Palace tower granted listed status

The base and foundations of a water tower at Crystal Palace, the last remnants of one of the final engineering projects undertaken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, have been given listed status by Historic England because of their importance to the … Continue reading

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Bluebird Care join in with a virtual Macmillan coffee morning

Bluebird Care Croydon will be backing Macmillan Cancer Support by holding their very own coffee morning for their staff as part of the annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning tomorrow. Macmillan’s first coffee morning took place in 1990 and since then … Continue reading

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Luton Airport offers hope that Croydon’s rescue scheme will fly

Croydon is one of six local authorities who have been forced to go cap-in-hand to the government to ask them to ease the rules on council borrowing, the Local Government Chronicle has reported today. The city councils in Peterborough, Birmingham … Continue reading

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Fire Brigade detect a different kind of smoke at workshop fire

Firefighters on an emergency call-out to a vehicle workshop on Stafford Road in the early hours of this morning encountered more than they bargained for – with a suspected cannabis factory discovered in the building. Four fire engines and around … Continue reading

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Council needs to be agile to handle taxing issue of consultants

The council is in turmoil, doling out £440,000 payments to the ex-CEO and offering £800-a-day jobs to new directors while at the same time shedding more than 400 jobs. Following the tearful departure of one consultant who had been hired … Continue reading

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Macmillan Coffee Morning, Peony Court, Addiscombe, Sep 25

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400 job cuts – but council is recruiting exec on £800 PER DAY

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Simmering anger among staff who fear they may lose their jobs is likely to turn to fury when they realise that the council’s top-down cuts are leaving the executive floors barely touched. Exclusive by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Robert Henderson | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Loss-making Brick by Brick produce bogus profits report

Loss-making house-builders Brick by Brick have delayed the publication of their annual accounts, so it was more than mere coincidence that last night, just 30 minutes before a cabinet meeting was due to begin to discuss the cash-strapped council’s emergency … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Can you help? Tony, Alison, Paul and Simon want your ideas

Croydon Council, the local authority whose leader is afraid of staging a borough-wide referendum, now says it wants the public’s help to sort out its financial mess. WALTER CRONXITE on the inherent contradictions contained within the Croydon Renewal Plan being … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments