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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

Charity groups seek volunteers for CR Zero homeless project

A coalition of organisations, endorsed by the local council, is looking for 120 volunteers and local businesses to help tackle chronic rough sleeping in Croydon, as part of a scheme called CR Zero 2020. Among London’s boroughs, Croydon has one … Continue reading

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Council drops own housing company for new Taberner scheme

In central Croydon, where some think it is “easy” to build houses, it’s back to square one for the building of homes on the site of Taberner House, the council’s former office block. Work on the £150 million project is … Continue reading

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Celebrate creepy crawlies on Bug Day, Crystal Palace, Jul 27

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IVF treatment could be withdrawn in Croydon in NHS cuts

IVF treatment could be withdrawn from health services in Croydon as one cut-back to balance the books of the under pressure local clinical commissioning group (CCG), was yesterday placed under “special measures” by Jeremy Hunt’s [sic] Department of Health. As … Continue reading

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‘Utterly superfluous’ Barwell could face early test as minister

Inside Croydon editor STEVEN DOWNES on the multi-tasking tests, and moral challenges on his home patch, which are facing Croydon’s Government minister for housing, planning and London A bit of polite name-calling is all part of the cut and thrust … Continue reading

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Vigilantes face stiff task against doggers in Shirley Hills

There’s outrage and uproar in the sleepy suburb of Shirley, according to reports in the Croydon Grauniad. The freebie paper’s online edition’s best-read news report of the last 24 hours is one which glories in having the headline: “Police hunting … Continue reading

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Croydon NHS Trust and CCG placed in ‘special measures’

Croydon’s medical services were dealt a double whammy this morning, when it was announced that the two bodies which run the area’s hospitals and GP practices, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, had both been placed … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls CEO was paid in full prior to administration

The financial collapse of the charitable body which managed the Fairfield Halls did not prevent its chief executive, Simon Thomsett, receiving his salary payments in full right up to last Friday. Thomsett, who had worked at Fairfield Halls for six … Continue reading

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High-rise flats without space threaten a road to ruin

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the midst of National Trust tours and an architectural re-appraisal of the development of central Croydon in the 1960s, DAVID WICKENS expresses his fears that 2016’s planners risk not only repeating some of the mistakes of the … Continue reading

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Barnardo’s offers café society at Triangle’s play sessions

Fun activities to keep children entertained through the summer holidays will run every weekday at Barnardo’s centre in Crystal Palace. From July 25 until September 2, themed play and craft sessions and multi-level soft play will be on offer from … Continue reading

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Make a splash with council’s free swimming offer for under-16s

Free summer swimming for under-16s is available at all of Croydon Council’s leisure centres for the six weeks of the schools’ summer holidays. As well as free swimming there will be crash courses for those new to the water, and … Continue reading

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Join in with the health walks around Wandle Park, every Friday

Did you know that there is a Health Walk in Wandle Park every Friday from 11am? Meeting at Wandle Park tram stop, it’s a sociable circular walk around the park and nearby green spaces. This walk has a short option … Continue reading

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Libraries seek volunteers to introduce readers to Roald Dahl

Croydon’s libraries are looking for volunteers to help children and their parents through the “Big Friendly Read” Summer Reading Challenge. The annual reading campaign aims to get children to read at least six books during the summer holiday. For 2016 … Continue reading

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Grindrod and architects try to build on Croydon’s reputation

As if having 22-quid National Trust bus tours of Croydon are not enough, now there’s even a feature film about the town centre. Well, a short-form documentary, at least. Entitled the “Croydon: The High-rise and Fall”, it is from the … Continue reading

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90,000 children in London in temporary housing, report says

Fix this, minister. A report published today will land with a double thud on Gavin Barwell’s ministerial desk in his new office at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, our loyal reader may … Continue reading

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How Barwell backed call for unelected PM to hold election

Now he has finally landed a job in the Government, it surely cannot be long before the housing minister, Gavin Barwell, will be calling on his Prime Minister, Theresa May, to hold a General Election. Only that’s what Barwell was … Continue reading

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Warlingham car show wows thousands in the sunshine

The season of community festivals and fairs is well under way, and events staged this weekend just gone got lucky with probably the best weather of our damp summer so far. The organisers of the annual vintage car show staged … Continue reading

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Inquiry call after elderly residents moved from sheltered homes

A protest is planned tomorrow evening at Sutton Civic Centre over the Liberal Democrat-run council’s plans to bulldoze 28 bungalows at picturesque Richmond Green which had provided sheltered housing for pensioners. Richmond Green is a quiet, tranquil piece of a … Continue reading

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Promotion to housing minister could have Barwell bricking it

WALTER CRONXITE on a belated move up Westminster’s greasy pole for a Croydon career politician In a busy few days for the new Prime Minister, Theresa May obviously found the time to read Inside Croydon. That’s the conclusion after Gavin … Continue reading

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New coach Edwards sends out the call to MidWives

RUGBY ROUND-UP: Old Mid-Whitgiftians are already in training to prepare for next season, after the disappointment of relegation last term. For the first time since the leagues began in 1990, MidWives are not competing in the London leagues, having dropped … Continue reading

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