Category Archives: Kirstie Smith

Businesses left to count cost of Shurgard fire devastation

The Shurgard fire that raged for three days and saw the tram network disrupted for almost a week has also robbed hundreds of residents and business people of their possessions. Now, they face uncertain times. Report by KIRSTIE SMITH Abby-Rose … Continue reading

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Rewards for school attendance send out the wrong message

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Just who are those attendance certificates that the children brought back from school at the end of term for: the kids, or their parents? KIRSTIE SMITH has a view Many children will have come home after their last … Continue reading

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Like it or lump it: how school Christmas dinner left a bad taste

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Some children’s approach to food often goes beyond a (very reasonable) disliking for sprouts, as KIRSTIE SMITH knows only too well “It’s Christmas-time, there’s no need to be afraid…” Unless, of course, your child has allergies. Last week, … Continue reading

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BINMAGEDDON!: Let’s build a Christmas tree with old boxes

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Three months after the ‘changeover’ in rubbish contractor Veolia’s bin collection schedules, with new bins, smaller wheelies and recycling boxes which were supposed to be taken away, loyal reader KIRSTIE SMITH, right, has penned on open letter to … Continue reading

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When going to a kids’ party can be a matter of life or death

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The coroner’s inquest into the death of a teenager from eating a sandwich may have raised broader public awareness of food allergies, but as Croydon mum of two KIRSTIE SMITH (pictured right) writes, it has only served to … Continue reading

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BINMAGEDDON!: How our new collection has passed us by

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The first week of Veolia’s new bin collection schedule has been and gone, with varying reports of successful, and less successful, experiences, of still-missing new wheelies, and wheelie bins that have come, and then gone again. Here, South … Continue reading

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BINMAGEDDON! Why can’t the council engage with residents?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: So just how might Croydon’s householders cope with the invasion of wheelie bins we have been told to expect over the coming weeks? KIRSTIE SMITH, right, has some suggestions Inside Croydon’s coverage of Binmageddon coincided with the day … Continue reading

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