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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

Westfield’s 20% affordable housing ‘unacceptable’ to GLA

BARRATT HOLMES on a serious problem with the £1.4billion development in the town centre which was given planning permission – for a second time – by the council this week London Mayor Sadiq Khan is likely to demand almost twice … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, John Burton, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Car lobbyist Morgan now insists: don’t walk, it’s dangerous

Walking to school is dangerous. That’s the considered advice of a … car campaigner from Coulsdon, as he tries to block a Croydon Council initiative to reduce polluting exhausts and to get some of the borough’s primary-aged children daily exercise … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Environment, Parking, Schools, Stuart King, Transport, Walks | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Cash-strapped Carillion can’t pay their library paper bills

Carillion, the building company which somehow landed the contract to run Croydon’s public libraries, is so strapped for cash that they have unpaid bills from their suppliers for use of photo-copiers and paper. The value of the company’s shares plunged … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Carillion, Croydon Council, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Ombudsman rules council neglected Down’s Syndrome woman

A Government Ombudsman ruling will see Croydon Council pay nearly £5,000 to a family after it was found to have failed in his duties to a young disabled woman. This is the second finding of this kind against the council … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Barbara Peacock, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Labour’s new slate in Fairfield as Momentum makes a mark

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, with the latest weekly round-up of the ins, and outs, in a tortuous selection process Boundary changes, demographic changes and the Jeremy Corbyn-inspired swing towards Labour has made Fairfield ward in the town centre a … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe, Alisa Flemming, Carole Bonner, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Mary Croos, New Addington North, Niro Sirisena, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Sue Winborn, Upper Norwood, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Viridor getting twitchy as thousands sign twitchers’ petition

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on a multi-billion corporation which has started meddling in local politics, again Viridor, as they prime themselves to fire up next year their vast incinerator at Beddington Lane, appear to be getting more concerned over … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Environment, London-wide issues, Merton, Outside Croydon, Peter Alfrey, Refuse collection, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Parents of autistic boy left angry as Peacock tries to shift blame

KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent, on the latest series of serious blunders by the council’s under-fire executive director Barbara Peacock, the under-pressure executive director of the council’s “People” division, yesterday responded to a resident’s complaint about her department’s failure … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Peacock, Children's Services, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment