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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

Tories welcome back far-right figures as 2022 candidates

Our Political Editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the names in the frame to become new Tory councillors next May Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative opposition at Croydon Town Hall, has handed the local politics equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Helen Redfern, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury Park, Purley, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Tony Pearson, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Regina Road residents angry as Knight ducks another meeting

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The blundering £800 per day bureaucrat in charge of fixing the council’s ‘appalling’ housing has cancelled a scheduled meeting with residents. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES and MICHAEL NELSON Residents of the tower blocks on Regina Road are … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Knight, Community associations, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Greenpeace and climate activists take message to North End

Volunteers from Croydon Climate Action, along with various community groups and organisations, yesterday hosted the first Croydon Great Big Green Festival on North End. More than 2,000 events have been held across Britain in the past seven days as part … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Crisis Commission, Community associations, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Environment | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Health chief says covid vaccination is ‘more vital than ever’

The council and public health bodies in Croydon are renewing their advice to residents across the borough, saying it is “more vital than ever” for people get vaccinated. There remains serious concerns about the relatively poor take-up of the vaccine … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon NHS Trust, Health, Rachel Flowers | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Fire walkers get cancer charity’s fundraisers off to hot start

Charity fund-raisers in Purley will walk on burning coals to raise funds for the local cancer centre – literally. Volunteers will be taking part in a fundraising fire walk on October 3, the first event in the month-long Paint Purley … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Purley, South East Cancer Help Centre | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Don’t sacrifice Coulsdon to pay off Brick by Brick’s debt

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The unravelling of inter-connected land deals following the collapse of Brick by Brick’s failed house-building business, as exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon, could have long-term damaging consequences for Coulsdon, says local resident LEWIS WHITE (right) I was unaware … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Council | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

One-third of Tory councillors to quit at 2022 local elections

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on wholesale changes among the borough’s opposition party One-third of Croydon’s Conservative councillors will be standing down at the next local elections, in May 2022. The collapse of the borough’s finances under Labour, who have controlled … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Kenley, Luke Clancy, Old Coulsdon, Oni Oviri, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Closure of 68 London ambulance stations ‘will put lives at risk’

Cost-cutting plans to close every local ambulance station in the capital will put lives at risk, according to one leading London MP. The London Ambulance Service’s plan has been reported today by The Guardian. They report, “The London Ambulance Service … Continue reading

Posted in Health, London Ambulance Service | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Employment lawyers offer advice on disability discrimination

An East Croydon-based firm of employment law specialists is launching a campaign to stamp out disability discrimination in the workplace. Martin Searle Solicitors have found that the pandemic and numerous lockdowns have resulted in a notable increase in people seeking … Continue reading

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‘Beyond farce’ as Labour purges veteran Croydon official

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the latest,  and predictable, move by the Labour leadership in what is being called ‘a witch hunt’ against the left David White, one of the longest-serving Labour officials in Croydon, has been “administratively suspended” by the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, David Evans, David White | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

MP Reed admits live on air: ‘I’m not anti mayoral system’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Ten minutes of radio featuring a live spat between two very well-paid politicians over why we do, or don’t, need another politician provided a splendid example of the self-serving futility of the borough’s political duopoly. By WALTER … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Oysters to get a weekly cap for rail and Tube from Monday

Millions of Londoners will never need to buy a weekly Travelcard again, after Transport for London announced this morning that it will be introducing weekly capping on Oysters for adult pay as you go Tube and rail passengers from Monday, … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, East Croydon, Norwood Junction, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Hong Kong finance crisis could hit £500m Nestlé Tower scheme

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Work on an ‘iconic’ town centre tower block seems to have been halted, as reports from China suggest the company behind the project may be struggling. By STEVEN DOWNES There are growing fears that another multi-million-pound town … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Growth Zone, Housing, Nestle Tower, Property, Segas House, St George's Walk | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

TfL confirms changes to 13 routes across Croydon and Sutton

Transport for London is going ahead with three new bus routes to serve Croydon and Sutton, with significant changes lined up for 13 existing south London routes. With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Sutton Link, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Champions! Schoolboy footballers lift the cup after final thriller

Croydon Schools’ under-15s have been crowned national champions, after winning a tense English Schools Inter District Cup final against Chester-le-Street 3-1 on Sunday. The game, played at Worcester’s rugby stadium, Sixways, was evenly matched from the start, with Chester-le-Street’s strong … Continue reading

Posted in Football, Schools, Sport | Tagged | 2 Comments

Croydon’s jazz fans are feeling at home in The Front Room

Jazz has returned to central Croydon, with regular lunchtime concerts finding a new venue, as JOHN CHAMBERS explains For more than 20 years, a hard core of around 30 jazz fans used to meet at the Clocktower Café every Thursday … Continue reading

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13 MPs criticise move of maternity services from St Helier

MPs from across south London have written to Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, with a letter critical of plans for St Helier Hospital’s maternity services to be downgraded and moved to a new site in Belmont. Sarah Jones, MP for … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Health, London-wide issues, Sarah Jones MP, Siobhain McDonagh MP, St Helier Hospital | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Rotary and Soroptimists club together to reduce waste

Grace Onions, from the Croydon Soroptimists, and Patricia Painting, from the Rotary Club of Croydon, have been collecting used blister packs for recycling by the specialist company TerraCycle. Blister packets are made from rigid plastic sides with an aluminium foil. … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Soroptimists, Environment | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Tram crash coroner recommendations welcomed by families

Nearly five years since the fatal tram crash at Sandilands, and the coroner who presided over the inquest this summer has delivered a set of recommendations for safety measures, some of which were made in the immediate aftermath of the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Sandilands derailment, Sarah Jones MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Town Hall leadership hatched plan to break election budget

EXCLUSIVE: Labour councillors who crashed the borough’s finances decided to ignore the Election Commission’s strict rules on spending for their anti-mayor referendum campaign. By STEVEN DOWNES Hamida Ali, the leader of the Labour group at the council, wanted to break … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Take a 5k hike, or bike, and raise funds for better mental health

The Maudsley mental health charity is encouraging south Londoners to get a little fitter next month and give the state of their own mental health a gentle boost, while raising money to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children … Continue reading

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Downsview Players’ Game Show, Upper Norwood, Oct 8-9

Posted in Art, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Theatre | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Big Local Broad Green Friends’ Food Club, £3 per week

Posted in Asian Resource Centre of Croydon, Broad Green, Broad Green Residents' Association, Charity, Community associations | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reed group fined for slow declaration of £800,000 donations

Pro-Starmer ‘party within a party’ which has Croydon North MP on its board and links to ‘campaign guru’ David Evans somehow overlooked huge payments from a businessman and a Mayfair hedge fund manager An influential Labour Party group which has … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon North, David Evans, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Kenley developer seeking an up-lift, but not in accessibility

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall correspondent, KEN LEE,  has discovered a not-for-profit developer whose only aim, it appears from documents submitted to the planning department, is to benefit society – thought to be the first such case in Croydon since records … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Housing, Kenley, Nicola Townsend, Planning | Tagged , , | 5 Comments