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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

Incinerator goes 7 times over level for acidic hydrogen chloride

Viridor, the operators of the Beddington Lane incinerator, have admitted that they have been polluting the south London air with hydrogen chloride, a chemical normally used in the production of potentially deadly hydrochloric acid. Data released by Viridor today shows … Continue reading

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£100,000 Mayor Perry unveils his old team as the new team

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the completely predictable make-up of the borough’s executive Mayor’s first cabinet, and the wheeling and dealing over who will chair the Town Hall’s most influential committees Given that it took nearly five days to count … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Katherine Kerswell, Lynne Hale, Maria Gatland, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Scott Roche, Sean Fitzsimons, South Croydon, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Negrini’s £437,000 pay-off: who is going to pay it back?

Council chiefs, auditors and lawyers are exploring the recovery of the golden handshake paid to the former chief exec, which has caused public outrage since Inside Croydon first revealed the amount. By STEVEN DOWNES The trade magazine for local councils … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Mayor Jason Perry, Simon Hall, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Five years ago, Labour showed how strong policies can inspire

There is much to still learn from the  2017 election manifesto, For The Many Not The Few, says its lead author, ANDREW FISHER Five years ago this week, we were in the middle of the 2017 General Election campaign – … Continue reading

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Old Coulsdon Bowling Club Big Weekend, May 28-29

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King gets Labour leadership, but delays over cabinet posts

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest horse-trading going on behind the scenes among the largest political group at the Town Hall Croydon Labour made such a mess of the council’s finances, the authority now has … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Callton Young, Janet Campbell, Kola Agboola, Louis Carserides, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mohammed Islam, New Addington, South Croydon, Steve Reed MP, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cost of living crisis – how to claim what you’re entitled to

With spiralling energy bills and prices for everyday products going up at their fastest rate for 40 years, finances are stretched for many households. Here, RONI MARSH, the money advice team leader at South West London Law Centres, explains the … Continue reading

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Westfield wants to revive plans for Croydon’s blighted centre

More than three years after shelving their £1.4bn scheme for the town centre, the developers’ monster mall is back on the drawing board – but with significant differences. By STEVEN DOWNES Like a Frankenstein monster after being given a shot … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Growth Zone, House of Fraser, Housing, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Opera House offering apprentices the chance of a lifetime

The Royal Opera House has announced its apprenticeship scheme for 2022-2023, offering high-quality training and two years of paid employment at one of the world’s leading theatres. Nine positions are available, predominantly in technical and production teams, providing early career … Continue reading

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Great North Wood under threat from holy order’s £3.5m scheme

A holy order of Catholic nuns wants to hack down mature and healthy trees in a specially protected site, part of the ancient Great North Wood, and then use the timber to build a “visitor attraction” to commemorate… the Great … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Church and religions, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Environment, Housing, Pat Ryan, Planning, Schools, Stephen Mann, Steve Reed MP, Virgo Fidelis, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plans ready for extension of £21m Mott MacDonald House

Plans to refurbish and extend Mott MacDonald House, on Sydenham Road in central Croydon, are out for public consultation (not that such exercises ever count for very much if a developer or their client wants to get their way). The … Continue reading

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Analysts predict London rent costs to soar more than £1,000

As official government figures show the inflation rate hitting a 40-year high of 9per cent, analysis of the homes rental sector forecast costs there will climb by as much as £1,500 in the next year. In just 12 months, the … Continue reading

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Croydon v Croydon: Brick by Brick building declared a ‘danger’

The council’s failed development company has been criticised for its late-running, incomplete and vastly over-budget projects. Now one of its most prestigious schemes has been officially ruled to be a danger to the public. EXCLUSIVE by BARRATT HOLMES One of … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Libraries, Norwood Junction, Planning, Property, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

A&E specialist Banerjee given NHS Trust’s top medic role

An A&E doctor who was at the centre of the emergency treatment operations during the Croydon tram crash six years ago has been appointed as Croydon Health Services NHS Trust’s most senior medic. Dr Subhro Banerjee has been confirmed as … Continue reading

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All ale and hearty – a welcome return to beer festival season

The beer festival season is back. After covid cancellations, this year feels like it’s back to business for these jamborees of brewing, and BILL LACEY went along to Selhurst Park at the weekend to experience one of the very best … Continue reading

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Queen’s Jubilee celebration, Legacy Youth Zone, Jun 4

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1,000-year-old church’s plea for stolen cross and candlestick

The vicar and parishioners of the oldest church in Croydon have made a plea for the urgent return of two pieces of brass work – a cross and a candlestick – which were stolen from St Mary the Blessed Virgin … Continue reading

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After 40 years as a one-team player, this year I voted Green

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After 40 years of campaigning only for one political party, this month PAUL AINSCOUGH, pictured left, couldn’t bring himself to vote Labour. Here, he explains why For me and for countless others, supporting a political party is like … Continue reading

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Council slips through £5m deal to buy Brick by Brick houses

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Already hugely subsidised housing built by Brick by Brick was bought back by Croydon Council in the days before the local elections. EXCLUSIVE by BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent Serious questions are being raised over the suspiciously generous … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Housing, Old Coulsdon, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Croydon rapper Flintz hits Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer

A 22-year-old dental technician from Croydon, partnered with a musical mate he’d met on Instagram during lockdown, was awarded the last “Golden Buzzer” of the Britain’s Got Talent series in last night’s ITV show. Rapper Quacey Goodman, who goes by … Continue reading

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Croydon Bach Choir: Rutter and Elgar, Park Hill, Jun 25

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Select committee MPs promise swift action at Regina Road

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More than a year since the ‘appalling’ state of flats in Regina Road caused a national scandal, MPs from a Commons select committee visited South Norwood and Upper Norwood this week. They were shocked at what they … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Florence Eshalomi, Housing, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

‘Morally and politically, the government needs to do more’

Tory peer and former Croydon MP has barbed criticism for his former parliamentary colleagues Croydon’s local election results left one prominent Tory Party grandee in something of a quandary. “Lord” Gavin Barwell of Clarion is the former Croydon Central MP … Continue reading

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Croydon May 2022 is writing on the wall for Starmer’s Labour

CROYDON IN CRISIS: One week on from the election count that turned the council from merely a bankrupt borough into a national laughing stock, JIMMY BALDWIN adds his personal reflections on the events that took place at Trinity School from … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, David Evans, David White, Gavin Barwell, Mayor Jason Perry, New Addington, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Trams look to turn over new Leafe with updated league

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: The season may be over for the borough’s part-timers, but as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports, there’s still plenty going on behind the scenes with derby dates to arrange for a renewed local rivalry Croydon FC will have a local … Continue reading

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