Category Archives: City status

‘Our time is now’? Newman is having a bit of a Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall reception flicking through the visitors’ book, says that the council leader’s “strategy” for funding cannot be delivered unless he agrees to abandoning the patronage on which he depends for his political power … Continue reading

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Sun Lounge fails to shed much light on future of Croydon

An exhibition of architectural plans for a “New Croydon” is long on waffle and short on fresh ideas, says a disappointed CRO CRUSADER You might have expected that the grandly titled “New Croydon Architecture & Design Exhibition”, which is open … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Max Headroom leaves council piss-up pot-less

It must have been pretty gloomy at the Croydon table at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night. Well, as gloomy as it can ever get when you are a public servant out on the piss at the expense of the … Continue reading

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Croydon wasted tens of thousands on failed city bid

Well thank goodness that that piece of ill-advised, delusional nonsense is over. Mind you, Croydon’s misconceived bid for city status was dead in the water the moment that the Jon Rouse-led council published its bid book riddled with laughable errors … Continue reading

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Croydon: connected, capable and confident. Unrecognisable?

A press release whizzes across the desk here at Inside Croydon Towers. We weren’t sent it directly, but hey ho…. The release was sent apparently on behalf of Develop Croydon, the organisation of big retailers and developers with multi-million pound … Continue reading

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Shamon! Wacko TV cooking contestants skewer Croydon

It was local MP Gavin Barwell who declared to the world in his maiden speech to the House of Commons that Croydon “has an image problem”. Yet for all the damage done to the town’s image by the “Croydon facelift“, … Continue reading

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“Don’t mention the riots”: Croydon’s Fawlty tendency

The powers that be at the Town Hall look like they are making serious efforts to stifle open discussion of Croydon issues, with politically naive legal threats being bandied about in some quarters, and senior councillors from the ruling Conservative … Continue reading

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City bid document is half-baked masterpiece of padding

A wise man once (nearly) said: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The history of Croydon’s six previous failed attempts to secure city status ought to have been a lesson, though the latest glossy 56-page … Continue reading

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City status for Croydon? Never on a Sunday

Croydon Council’s renewed campaign for city status was recently the subject of an online poll at the Croydon Guardian, where 47 per cent of respondents are either against the proposal altogether or “couldn’t give a shit” (we think that’s what … Continue reading

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