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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

Labour councillor asks colleagues: ‘Is it time for me to go?’

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a local politician who, some might suggest, doth protest too much A Labour councillor in Croydon has asked party members in the ward he represents whether he should carry on as their elected representative … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Croydon Council, Jamie Audsley, Report in the Public Interest, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Tory-run Bromley looking to sell or develop public parks

Tory-run Bromley Council has drafted a policy which seeks to identify parks and green spaces “for development or disposal”. Today is the closing date for residents to submit their comments on Bromley’s Open Spaces Strategy. The Campaign for the Preservation … Continue reading

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Online teachers offer to take stress out of home-schooling

If the prospect of another month or more of lockdown-enforced home-schooling for your primary-aged children fills you with dread, then an education services company may have some ideas which could help. PlanBee was set up in 2009 by former primary … Continue reading

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Addiscombe-based pet food business expands into Sainsbury’s

At least one locally-based business has been thriving despite covid-19 lockdowns. Scrumbles, the ethical pet food brand, grew four-fold over the past year and after picking up an industry award is now set for further expansion as supermarket chain Sainsbury’s … Continue reading

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Voluntary groups fear for existence as they face funding axe

CROYDON IN CRISIS: As well as the 500-plus jobs being cut following the council’s financial crash, there are hundreds more working in Croydon’s community groups, in full- and part-time posts as well as volunteers, whose future is uncertain as officials … Continue reading

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Council scoops top award among most rotten boroughs

Croydon Council has been handed the ultimate accolade: the most rotten of boroughs in the 2020 Rotten Borough Awards, revealed today in the latest edition of Private Eye magazine. The awards are always hotly contested, with the greed, venality and … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

We need urgent return to real community policing in London

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It was Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police, who said that ‘the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval’. Assembly Member CAROLINE PIDGEON, pictured right, says that there’s a … Continue reading

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‘Extremely serious’: Croydon’s 600 new covid cases every day

The coronavirus situation in Croydon “is extremely serious”, according to an internal email sent by the council’s director of public health last night. The email from Rachel Flowers, sent to councillors and seen by Inside Croydon, explained that by 6pm … Continue reading

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‘Safety-critical’ works close Beddington Lane for four months

By Ella Hopkins The weight of traffic of thousands of HGV lorries trucking in rubbish to be burned at the Beddington Lane incinerator has seen the vital route closed for “safety-critical” emergency works. The closure could last up to six … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Nick Mattey, Purley Way, Sutton Council, TfL, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Elderly and vulnerable warned over covid jab scam message

Senior council figures have today issued an urgent warning to all residents to beware a new, covid-linked phishing scam which insidiously targets the elderly and vulnerable in an attempt to steal money from their bank accounts. The scam sends a … Continue reading

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Council applies emergency brake on New Year parking hike

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on how Fisher’s Folly officials have been forced into a sudden U-turn over their money-spinning ’emissions-based’ parking charges New car parking charges, due to come into force at council-run car parks and … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Environment, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Joy Prince, Muhammad Ali, New Addington, Parking, Pubs, Purley, Restaurants, Robert Ward, Sean Fitzsimons, Selsdon & Ballards, Shifa Mustafa, Shirley, Thornton Heath, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Kent council-owned property agents awarded £500,000 contract

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Appointment of property management company could signal the start of a sell-off of council assets. By BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent Croydon’s bankrupt council – which is in the middle of a spending ban – has awarded a … Continue reading

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Bankrupt borough could be left counting the cost of neglect

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Dangerously potholed roads, understaffed adult services, poorly maintained pavements… Many of the borough’s services were already badly run-down before the council’s financial collapse. TERRY McCARTHY believes there is real risk of the Town Hall incurring massive claims for … Continue reading

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May 6? Maybe not, as Johnson prepares for new lockdown

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the implications of any extension to the coronavirus restrictions for the borough’s leafleting cult and the London elections Westminster observers are already predicting that the London Mayoral and Assembly elections, which were postponed from … Continue reading

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Brigade warn against burning waste on wooden decking

Firefighters were kept busy again yesterday, with house blazes in Thornton Heath and Kenley. In the case of one of the fires, it is believed to have started when the householders had domestic waste burning outside their home – on … Continue reading

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Appeal Court has Sutton in hot water over dodgy discount deal

BELLE MONT reports on the latest costly embarrassment for the LibDem council, caught withholding service discounts from social tenants Sutton could be liable to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to its council tenants after more than a decade … Continue reading

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Croydon A&E doctor acclaimed in Hail Your Heroes awards

The lead doctor at Mayday Hospital’s emergency department has been named “Top Doc” in a national newspaper’s “Hail Your Heroes” awards. Dr Mayank Agarwal helped the hospital care for thousands of people needing emergency treatment during the covid-19 crisis. And … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastical family who thrived on prayer, poetry and Croydon

Using Croydon Minster’s archive, DAVID MORGAN researches the family history of John Unwin Esq, and discovers more of the wealth of local history to be found laying at our feet One of the gravestones making up the path on the … Continue reading

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Council refuses to name interviewees in finance investigation

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A Local Government Association-backed inquest into possible wrong-doing at Fisher’s Folly is expected to be delivered in the next few days, but official secrecy and untruths raise further suspicions that it will end up being just a … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Report in the Public Interest, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Binmageddon!: Veolia to take until February for ‘tree-cycling’

The annual Croydon festival of Stick Your Old Christmas Tree On The Pavement is all set to begin next week, with the prospect of it lasting for longer than in previous years. Epiphany – the day to mark when the … Continue reading

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We’re Sorry We Haven’t A Clue: the cruellest months of 2020

The last four months of last year saw the Labour-run council implode, with resignations, reshuffles and a controversial golden handshake of £440,000 for the chief exec. Editor STEVEN DOWNES rounds off our review of the past year SEPTEMBER Covid-19 hadn’t … Continue reading

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Hard labour: the Croydon Mayor, dodgy deals and bankruptcy

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on a tale from Katharine Street’s history which resonates strongly today New Year may be a time for looking forward, but it can also be most useful for taking a backward glance, perhaps to learn … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, History, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

NHS in New Year plea to public: ‘999 is for emergencies only’

The NHS – facing the biggest challenge in the organisation’s history – is urging Londoners to follow government guidance on staying safe over New Year’s bank holiday weekend and remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies only. Because of … Continue reading

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Did We Have News For You: council’s 2020 financial crash

As 2020 moved through May to August, the local authority had more than the coronavirus to cope with, as the pandemic exposed the authority’s shaky financial position. And Inside Croydon led in its coverage of the cash-strapped Town Hall. Here’s … Continue reading

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£30m Fairfield Halls project never went to competitive tender

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Brick by Brick’s management of the refurbishment of the Halls has been subject to disputes with at least two leading contractors £3m grant to build an art gallery was diverted to pay for other work – … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments