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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

Report: TfL safety audit kept secret from crash investigators

Transport for London was conducting a safety audit of the Croydon tram network at the time of the 2016 Sandilands disaster which claimed seven lives. The existence of the safety audit report has only come to light under the disclosure … Continue reading

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Help us conduct the first ever People’s Audit in Croydon

By STEVEN DOWNES, Editor, Inside Croydon At some point this week, Croydon Council slipped its 2019-2020 accounts on to its website. Six weeks later than they were required to do so by law – a special covid-19 dispensation said they … Continue reading

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Council had ‘corporate blindness’ and ignored warnings

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Auditors step in with damning Report in the Public Interest over the way in which the council’s finances had been mishandled. By STEVEN DOWNES Council staff were summoned into a meeting at barely 10 minutes notice this … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Scott and Butler sacked from cabinet as Tories get their way

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on what passed for a ‘night of the long knives’ at the council’s extraordinary meeting Hamida Ali’s first act as the leader of the council last night was to sack three of the … Continue reading

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Beddington incinerator not hot enough to handle clinical waste

The Beddington Lane incinerator, which Inside Croydon revealed this week was mixing clinical waste with domestic refuse in a tipping hall which was overflowing with bin bags, has been accused of breaking further rules intended to protect the environment and … Continue reading

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Now Tories look to axe Freedom Pass as well as Zip cards

An unelected adviser, an old mate of Boris Johnson, is imposing a range of conditions on TfL and causing anger among Tory MPs, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports The anti-London government run by Dominic Cummings is looking to … Continue reading

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Personal trainers ignore council’s parks licensing scheme

The council’s misfiring attempts to help businesses in the borough through the coronavirus pandemic reached a nadir in the summer when the Fisher’s Folly propaganda department announced that Croydon was “waiving” personal trainer licence fees – without mentioning that they … Continue reading

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Jobs and livelihoods on a knife-edge says business chief

Purley BID’s CEO has spoken out about the impact that the latest covid-19 restrictions are having  on his members’ businesses The move into “High” covid-19 restrictions “has been devastating” for local businesses, according to the official who manages the Purley … Continue reading

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New leader Ali blames covid for crime report that is a year late

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On crime figures, ‘some are going up, some are going down’, according to the newly elected leader of the council, who has failed in a legal duty to deliver a community safety plan. KEN LEE reports Whichever … Continue reading

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‘We anticipate our move to Tier 3’ councillor warns Croydon

Covid-19 testing centre in New Addington ‘is a health hazard’ claims one councillor Two more fatalities bring the coronavirus death toll in Croydon since March to 500 ‘We all have to do a bit more’ to keep our communities safe, … Continue reading

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Tory MP Philp’s claims on Congestion Charge quickly unravel

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest wrong turns through Britain’s political swamp made by Croydon’s Tory MP It seems that letting Chris Philp out in public, to spout from his own script, has caused the government problems again, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Free events on offer for budding sports stars and entrepreneurs

The council’s youth service team is offering a busy programme of activities for youngsters through half-term and the rest of October – and all free. Ranging from football sessions for different ages to online fitness exercise, “the programme has been … Continue reading

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NHS Blood Service makes appeal for more black donors

Patients from across London have filmed emotional messages to encourage people of black heritage to step forward and become regular blood donors. The #DearSickleCell messages aim to help others understand the daily battle and pain that sickle cell patients and … Continue reading

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Housing ministry provides £635,000 for borough’s homeless

The government has given Croydon Council a £635,000 grant to continue its work to tackle homelessness during the pandemic through helping people into accommodation and providing health support. It is possible that some of that money could be used to … Continue reading

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It is time we had a ‘Stoptober’ for our car driving habit

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In his lifetime, PETER UNDERWOOD has seen a vast reduction in the number of people smoking. He says we need to break our dependency on something else, too We all know that smoking cigarettes and forcing others to … Continue reading

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Cry God for Chichele, the patron who prayed for Agincourt

DAVID MORGAN explores how Henry V’s Archbishop came to lend his name to a street in Croydon Residents of Chichele Gardens, part of the Park Hill estate in Croydon, might be in for a surprise when they discover the story … Continue reading

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Eunice! The Musical brings some horse play to Stanley Halls

The show must go on at Stanley Halls, with a new, socially distanced Christmas musical coming to South Norwood. Eunice! The Musical promises a heartwarming journey of discovery with lots of seasonal theatre experiences. Capacity at the venue is limited … Continue reading

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How my bus ride into Croydon unmasked a growing problem

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is against the law to take a ride on public transport without wearing a face mask. But as reader LEWIS WHITE discovered last week, despite 30 TfL bus drivers having died from coronavirus, those rules are hardly … Continue reading

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Overflowing sorting hall sees Viridor facing health complaints

Shocking photographs taken from inside the sorting hall at the Viridor-operated incinerator at Beddington Lane show overflowing piles of rubbish with clinical waste sacks mixed with general household refuse and strewn across the floor. The only thing that appears to … Continue reading

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What mugs! Photo group keep Macmillan in the picture

Lenses of Croydon, the borough’s largest photography group, have extended their creative talents to raise money for charity once again, this year donating images for use on mugs which are being sold ahead of the staging of a Macmillan Cancer … Continue reading

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Tories in call to sack Butler and Scott, and scrap Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Croydon Labour’s new leader Hamida Ali is facing calls for a complete overhaul of her Town Hall cabinet, from the opposition but also from within her own party, as KEN LEE reports Croydon Tories are demanding the … Continue reading

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Reader offer: 10% off tickets for musical Eunice at Stanley Halls

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Sutton Tories unanimous as they elect Drummond as leader

Our Sutton correspondent, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on the new leader of that council’s opposition group Tom Drummond is the new leader of the Conservative opposition on Sutton Council. Drummond succeeds Tim Crowley, who stood down on Friday after nearly seven years … Continue reading

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Public Health director appeals for help over new covid rules

As Croydon’s coronavirus alert status was raised to “High” yesterday, Rachel Flowers, the council’s director of public health, wrote to the borough’s 70 councillors appealing for their help in getting the correct information to residents. In common with public health … Continue reading

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Covid restrictions force RAC to cancel Veteran Car Run

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has been cancelled due to coronavirus. It is the first time that the rally has had to be cancelled since World War II. The rally, which features around 300 museum-piece vehicles, most of … Continue reading

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