Category Archives: Kirstie Smith

Youth theatre brightens the gloom with amazing technicolour

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There are ways, safely, to break out of lockdown, as KIRSTIE SMITH, pictured right with her sons, discovered when they visited a local kids’ theatre One of the (many) things I’ve missed over these strange times is the … Continue reading

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Council survey on future of green spaces is shutting people out

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Is the council’s consultation on green spaces simply an exercise in providing planners with excuses to build on our less-loved parks? KIRSTIE SMITH, for one, is cynical about the exercise, which she says potentially excludes a large number … Continue reading

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Pressure of SATs risks creating mental health problems

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The irony meter went off the scale this week, when during Mental Health Awareness Week, thousands of primary-aged children were sitting their SATs. KIRSTIE SMITH, right, argues that our youngsters don’t need such stress just for government data … Continue reading

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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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The day I cried over my child’s nursery’s ‘Lockdown Policy’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Much has been made since Saturday night’s atrocities around Borough Market and London Bridge about how the capital has carried on as normal. But as KIRSTIE SMITH asks, how can we do ‘normal’ when even children’s nurseries in … Continue reading

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With two weeks to go, this typical voter remains unconvinced

ELECTION COMMENTARY: Outside the ‘bubble’ inhabited by the evangelistic political activists, ‘ordinary’ voters are often left unmoved by all the campaigning. With two weeks until election day one Croydon voter, KIRSTIE SMITH, remains undecided There’s a General Election coming up. … Continue reading

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Croydon’s cuts to IVF treatment are not fair and are not NICE

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Three-quarters of those who responded to a recent consultation on local health services said that fertility treatment should be offered on the NHS. Then the NHS bean-counters, who had failed to review the service for eight years, announced … Continue reading

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