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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

‘I’m sorry, I’ll say that again’ says Croydon’s confused MP

Someone in Downing Street must be having deep regrets over allowing Chris Philp out on his own for a day-trip to France. In the maelstrom of disunity and sackings over the past 12 months that is the Dominic Cummings government, … Continue reading

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Highly rated resources director is latest to quit the council

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the how the latest departure from Fisher’s Folly will hit the borough’s health provision as well as Jo Negrini’s leadership ‘team’ Sarah Warman, Croydon Council’s director of commissioning and procurement,  has announced … Continue reading

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DBC Pierre in Talks From An Empty Bookshop, Aug 13

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Written in stone: the Cazalet family’s long links with Croydon

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: An aristocratic family which made its wealth through trading with Russia and India had members who came to live in Waddon at the start of the 19th Century. And the evidence is right under your feet, … Continue reading

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Fears of covid-19 ‘second spike’ as schools prepare to return

The UK yesterday registered the highest number of positive covid-19 cases for six weeks – just as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was lecturing the nation on the “moral” case for reopening schools in September. In total, 1,062 new cases … Continue reading

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Patty Palace in Thornton Heath offers the true Caribbean taste

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Feeling the heat on the way along the North Downs to Oxted

When the BBC Weather page tells you to expect 34 degrees centigrade by mid-afternoon in Merstham, you know you should prepare well before heading out to walk eight miles along the North Downs Way. The North Downs Way runs for … Continue reading

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National Allotment Week highlights benefits of garden produce

Bluebird Care Croydon is going green this month and is backing National Allotments Week, which begins tomorrow. The National Allotment Society strives to protect, promote and preserve allotments. Their campaign has been running annually for the last 18 years and … Continue reading

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Tell Your Daughters emotional recovery workshop, from Aug 17

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London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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