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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 inside.croydon@btinternet.com

Progress MP Reed can’t make Top 100 ‘figures of the left’

A Croydon political thinker and activist who survived an attempt to have him kicked out of the Labour Party is included in the top 10 of a respected political commentator’s “100 Most Influential People On The Left”, published ahead of … Continue reading

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Croydon could be about to get its first black top cop

Croydon could be about the get its first BAME top cop. According to information shared at a Safer Neighbourhood Team event this week, Andy Tarrant, the present Borough Commander, is to step down and be replaced by Chief Superintendent Jeff … Continue reading

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Tories could face £5,000 fine over alleged breach of data law

Tim Pollard, the leader of Croydon Conservatives, has been accused of breaking data protection laws with an email widely circulated to residents asking them to support his party’s latest petition over council policy. If enough Croydon residents complain, Pollard and … Continue reading

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Council CEO’s selfie with Mayor Khan is far too ‘chummy’

Jo Negrini, recently installed as Croydon Council’s £185,000 per year chief executive, has been accused of being politically compromised after a picture of her taking a selfie with London Mayor Sadiq Khan was plastered all over the Town Hall’s intranet. … Continue reading

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Rainbow laces demonstrate Foundation’s LGBT support

The Crystal Palace Foundation academy teams turned out for matches on Wednesday with a change to their usual kit: they were all wearing rainbow laces. It is part of an initiative with the charity, Stonewall, to show support for lesbian, … Continue reading

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Purley’s painted purple for cancer charity awareness week

Purley has been swathed in purple this week, as local businesses, schools and organisations support the South East Cancer Help Centre’s “Paint Purley Purple”  campaign. This is the second year that the centre has held its PPP campaign, to raise … Continue reading

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Mozart Players’ launch concert, St John’s, Oct 23

The London Mozart Players have arrived in Upper Norwood, and are encouraging people to see them perform in their new home in a free concert at St John’s next month. The LMP offer an afternoon of music, art and performance … Continue reading

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‘Normal’ service is resumed, but 2018 plans are incomplete

A consultation on supposed “improvements” to Southern and Thameslink train services, and those on Transport for London’s Overground, appear to have wiped Gipsy Hill and Thornton Heath stations from the rail maps, while muddling several existing services. JEREMY CLACKSON, our … Continue reading

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Wanted: someone who can make Gavin Barwell look good

Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, is recruiting. “I am currently advertising for a caseworker, who as well as helping me provide support to my constituents would also be responsible for liaison with the local media and developing my … Continue reading

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Croydon BME Forum has moved its office address

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Council issues warning over rogue traders at your doorstep

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Join the apple harvest in Addiscombe Railway Park, Sep 25

After all the hard work and wassailing in Addiscombe Railway Park Community Orchard, the time has come to harvest the fruits of volunteers’ labours this Sunday, September 25. This is a fun and free family event where there will be apple … Continue reading

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The Shawcross redemption: transport deputy changes gear

The former leader of Croydon Council was a surprise appointment by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. But it is already proving to be a shrewd decision. By WALTER CRONXITE Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council who has been … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon North, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Ruthless’ funding cuts to Mayday put improvements at risk

Croydon’s biggest hospital’s finances remain a mess, but progress is being made on the wards, which could be compromised by an announcement expected at tomorrow’s Croydon CCG meeting, as JAMES KILLDARE, our health correspondent, reports Croydon is in the uniquely … Continue reading

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Youngsters offered their chance to win place in Aladdin

Waddon Leisure Centre on the Purley Way gets to stage Croydon’s version of Britain’s Got Talent this Sunday, with open auditions for talented children who can sing, dance and act and who want to be cast in the chorus for … Continue reading

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Fire tower in Croydon will be used ‘seven days a week, 24/7’

London’s fire authorities have confirmed that an £11-million training tower they want to build in Croydon will be operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, potentially producing dense smoke close to a densely populated residential area and four … Continue reading

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‘Chump from the Dump’ chosen to contest Cameron’s old seat

The English Democrats must be embarrassed that they have chosen serial political loser Winston McKenzie as their candidate for next month’s by-election in Witney, David Cameron’s former parliamentary seat. Because two days after this somewhat eccentric decision was announced at … Continue reading

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Corbyn supporters in Croydon Labour continue to be purged

With a matter of days to go until voting closes in the latest phase of the never-ending Labour leadership contest, and the purge of Corbyn supporters within the Croydon Labour Party continues, with members suspended and told that their votes … Continue reading

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Council forced to keep phone hotline in war against fly-tippers

The Labour-run council has been forced to back down from an attempt to quietly drop one of his key election manifesto promises, to provide a fly tipping hotline. Labour leader Tony Newman fought the 2014 Town Hall elections on a … Continue reading

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Barwell blanks Shirley meeting to oppose house building

Has Croydon Central’s Tory MP Gavin Barwell given up on Shirley already? Shirley ward is ear-marked to be shunted out of the Croydon parliamentary constituency and annexed to Beckenham for Westminster election purposes under proposals released earlier this week by … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe and Shirley Park RA, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Jo Negrini, Maddie Henson, Planning, Stephen Mann | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments