Category Archives: 8/8: London Road stories

8/8: ‘There’s real anxiety that the riots could happen again’

To mark the fourth anniversary of the Croydon riots, BUSHRA AHMED recalls that infamous night and assesses what progress has been made towards rebuilding West Croydon I cannot begin to describe what it felt like to witness the Croydon riots … Continue reading

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Croydon risked handing back £20m unspent riot recovery cash

A community activist, Bushra Ahmed, herself one of the victims of the 2011 Croydon riots, has discovered that after three years, Croydon’s Conservative-run council had managed to spend less than £4 million of the £23 million Riot Recovery Fund promised … Continue reading

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Councils too lazy and prejudiced to help small businesses

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Three years after the London riots, with many small businesses still awaiting compensation, in response to our feature about the forgotten residents and businesses of West Croydon, ROD DAVIES argues that our borough council fails to properly serve … Continue reading

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The festering scandal of how London Road has been forgotten

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week of anniversaries, tomorrow’s of the Croydon Riots reminds us quite how poorly served the people of London Road have been by some working in public service. By STEVEN DOWNES To borrow a phrase, August 8 … Continue reading

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Croydon MP missed the riots but now calls for water cannon

Comedy special on BBC this morning, where the Sunday Politics – apparently a serious current affairs programme, even though presented by Andrew “Brillo Pad” Neil – featured an item on how unrepresentative Parliament is, on the housing crisis, and briefly on … Continue reading

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Tories pick councillor who oversaw £12m riot cash to own ward

Croydon Tories have ensured that the 2011 riots will be a live issue at the 2015 General Election after choosing Fairfield councillor Vidhi Mohan as their candidate to stand in Croydon North – the man who, when a cabinet member … Continue reading

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West Croydon festival gets the thin end of Westfield cash

The crass disparity in treatment between those areas of Croydon which were worst-hit by the riots and those which escaped too much damage is exposed yet again, with the announcement of this year’s South End Food Festival next month. Westfield, … Continue reading

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The A to Z of whether your area is about to go “upmarket”

Brixton today, Croydon tomorrow? Esiah Levy, who Tweets as @croydon_oldtown, has come up with a very handy little guide to how to judge whether a neighbourhood is being gentrified. Levy’s “A to Z of signs that your area is about … Continue reading

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MP asks Prince Charles to intervene over riot compensation

After losing patience in waiting for the Prime Minister and his deputy, or for the Mayor of London, to fulfill their various promises to the people of Croydon who lost their homes and businesses in the riots more than two … Continue reading

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London Road still bypassed by aid, media and politicians

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The area worst-hit by arson and looting on the night of the riots has never been a priority, right from the moment the first petrol bombs were hurled on August 8, 2011, says PATRICK RATNARAJA London Road has … Continue reading

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