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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Two years on and who holds Croydon’s police to account?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With the demise of the MPA under Mayor Boris Johnson, police accountability in London is potentially worse now than in the rest of England and Wales. HAMIDA ALI says that the need to hold to account decisions on … Continue reading

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The riots, an assertion of power and our self-serving council

It is two years to the day since the riots hit Croydon, and not only do many of those dispossessed and rendered homeless on that night of infamy remain waiting for government help and compensation, but we still do not … Continue reading

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Steve Reed MP: Cameron must honour promises to riot victims

Most of the victims of the Croydon riots are still waiting for the help they were promised by David Cameron and Boris Johnson. STEVE REED MP, right, says it is long overdue to put this right It’s almost two years … Continue reading

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Mary Portas’s TV company listed Croydon to get grant

Croydon received a £100,000 government grant last year after programme makers involved with tonight’s new Mary Portas Channel 4 series had named Surrey Street on a list of markets that they wanted included in the scheme. Mary Queen of the … Continue reading

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CVA accused of “takeover” at riot-hit community’s forum

A council-funded organisation that is supposed to assist voluntary groups across the borough is being accused of unseating the chairman of a community association in the area worst hit by the 2011 riots. Croydon Voluntary Action – or CVA – … Continue reading

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The statement to West Croydon Community from Clive Locke

This is the unedited text of a statement prepared by Clive Locke, the founder chairman of the West Croydon Community Forum, for its meeting staged at CVA last week: Firstly, I would like to say thank you to, the community … Continue reading

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Council offers four days’ notice for Question Time event

Who dares say that Croydon Council has problems with its communications with Council Tax-payers? Who has the audacity to suggest that senior councillors from the Conservative group that runs the council are a bit slow in coming forward when it … Continue reading

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18 months on and little has been done for 8/8 riots victims

Channel 4’s Political Slot last Sunday used a brief film by Croydon North MP Steve Reed on the neglect that has been suffered by the real victims of the 8/8 riots in 2011: the people that lost their homes, their … Continue reading

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Steve Reed MP: Croydon people feel forgotten and abandoned

In the first column from the new MP for Croydon North, STEVE REED, pictured left, speaks of the frustration and betrayal felt by victims of the 2011 riots, and their fears over plans to close every police station in his … Continue reading

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Abandoned: Steve Reed on the fate of 8/8 riot victims

Yesterday, Croydon North‘s new MP, Steve Reed, made his maiden speech in parliament. Here, from Hansard, is that speech in full I am honoured to stand in this Chamber as the Member of Parliament for Croydon North. During the recent … Continue reading

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Croydon’s CEO refuses to allow press to attend public meeting

Only in the dystopian, secretive world of Croydon in 2012 could an open meeting begin with a public servant, the £248,000 council chief executive, demanding that the press must leave. That’s exactly what happened yesterday at a West Croydon Community … Continue reading

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Documents show £255,000 of riot cash spent with PR firm

Croydon Council’s CEO refused to allow the press to attend an open meeting of the West Croydon Community Forum on Thursday. Click here to read our report. Perhaps Jon Rouse did not want to face questions about the council’s ballooning … Continue reading

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Cooper condemns government’s betrayal of London Road

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, has condemned the London Mayor’s plan to divert millions of pounds of riot compensation cash from Croydon’s victims of rioting in order to cover-up his planned cuts in policing. On a visit to Croydon … Continue reading

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Croydon’s missing leaders from 8/8 turn up for the Prince

And once again, the Croydon Establishment pushed itself to the fore this morning, for handshaking and photographs, as Prince Charles and Camilla visited the borough. It was another Croydon triumph for style over substance, for PR spin instead of real … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Black Friday: Allders a sad sign of wider decline

Friday, September 7, 2012 will go down as the latest dark day in the history of Croydon. The announcement of the closure of Allders may not seem as tragic or dramatic as the events of the 8/8 riots of a … Continue reading

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