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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

A bad week for Tory MP just got very much worse for Croydon

Yesterday’s disastrous ‘Mini-Budget’ from the Tory government saw Chris Philp described as ‘the idiot’s idiot’. You can’t say we weren’t warned, writes our Political Editor WALTER CRONXITE There’s a reason Chris Philp is called “the Treasury’s No2”. There’s also good … Continue reading

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Friends of Trumble Gardens Action Day, Brigstock Rd, Oct 1

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Table Top Sale, St Paul’s Croham Park Avenue, Oct 1

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#TheLabourFiles: MP Reed provided endorsement for Stanger

 Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North and a prime mover in the notorious “Chicken Coup” attempt to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in 2016, has been revealed as one of the party’s senior members who provided … Continue reading

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Croydon’s bus shelter project ‘has been progressing well’

The management of even straightforward pieces of street furniture continues to be beyond the capabilities of some of the council’s six-figure-salaried executives As the chill winds and rains arrive with autumn, council officials snug in their offices in Fisher’s Folly … Continue reading

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WIN!!! Exclusive competition: Twopence To Cross The Mersey

Inside Croydon is delighted to offer our loyal readers the chance to see a new theatre production coming to the Fairfield Halls next month: the play  Twopence To Cross The Mersey. We have two pairs of stalls tickets – face … Continue reading

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Apple Day at the Addiscombe Railway Park orchard, Oct 1

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TV investigation uncovers Labour Party’s dirty tricks and hacks

On the eve of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, a three-part television investigation is set to rock the party’s hierarchy, from General Secretary David Evans downwards, with many shocking revelations drawn from what the producers describe as “the biggest leak … Continue reading

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Commissioner Byford’s resignation leaves TfL staffers stunned

After negotiating the crisis of covid and delivering the Elizabeth Line, Andy Byford presents the Mayor of London with a new challenge: finding his replacement. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has been confronted … Continue reading

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‘Rabbit hutch’ flats and the Chief Secretary: Philp’s conflicts

Ahead of tomorrow’s ‘mini-Budget’, ANDREW FISHER delves into the murky pool of business interests retained by the millionaire Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Croydon South MP Chris Philp Removing the cap on rich bankers’ bonuses, cutting Stamp Duty, slashing Corporation … Continue reading

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Brigstock Road Community Hub, every Monday from Sep 26

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St Paul’s Jubilee Barn Dance, South Croydon, Oct 1

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Company behind ‘smart’ bus shelters has CCJs for unpaid bills

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A former government minister under Tony Blair helped to broker the deal with an unproven tech company promising the council £6.8m in advertising income from ‘smart’ bus shelters – but that is all in jeopardy, with the … Continue reading

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Council’s latest cuts force mental health services to close

CROYDON IN CRISIS: MP says the latest round of funding cuts to services delivered by mental health charity are ‘devastating’. By STEVEN DOWNES Mind in Croydon is to close two of its support services for people living with complex, long-term … Continue reading

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Saxon graveyard found on Brick by Brick site in Coulsdon

The lengthy delays over the development of 157 flats on the Lion Green Road car park in Coulsdon may now be over, as an important archaeological dig has been completed after finding 18 graves on the site. All are believed … Continue reading

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South Norwood Community Kitchen Pub Quiz, Oct 6

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Residents’ groups show red card to Palace’s £100m new stand

Locals living near Selhurst Park have organised to oppose the new stand – despite being frozen out of meetings by their Labour councillors Two residents’ associations in the area around Selhurst Park, together with council tenants whose homes are under … Continue reading

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BID rangers called ‘bullies in high-viz’ after High Street incident

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Serious questions have been raised about the behaviour of the Mayor-backed security staff drafted into the town centre supposedly to deter anti-social behaviour. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES An investigation is being conducted into the behaviour of a … Continue reading

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Depression-era drama brings Mersey beat to Ashcroft Theatre

The first national tour of Helen Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey is coming to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls next month. The new touring production of Twopence To Cross The Mersey is produced by Rob Fennah and Lynn McDermott and directed … Continue reading

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High Street’s Caribbean-themed bar shakes up its cocktails

Turtle Bay, the Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant on Croydon High Street, has introduced announced a brand new, tropical cocktail menu together with two “Steel Bottom Beers”, serving up some sunshine as autumn beckons. Turtle Bay has ramped up its island-style … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022

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Coleridge-Taylor hits the right notes for Black History Month

Croydon’s very own black classical composer is to be celebrated in a prestigious concert at Fairfield Halls on Sunday, October 9, part of the arts venue’s programme of events marking Black History Month. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor wrote his epic choral work … Continue reading

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Black British Classical Foundation concert, St Mildred’s, Oct 1

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Philp retains Pluto business interests after Treasury promotion

The MP for Croydon South who has lobbied against building blocks of flats in his own constituency has a significant holding in a company which has invested £19.3m in a block of flats near East Croydon Station. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Truss’s new housing minister has his eyes on the Green Belt

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how changes at the Department for Levelling Up could signal a change in attitude to areas protected from development After years of Tory councillors, their friends running residents’ associations in the south of the … Continue reading

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