Newman and Philp ignore air quality to welcome Gatwick news

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, on how Croydon’s politicians have a Trump-like capacity for ignoring the rapidly impending threat of Global Warming

All ready for take-off: Politicians have ignored what Gatwick’s will plans do for Croydon air quality?

The Croydon political duopoly had some cross-party consensus this morning, as senior Labour and Tory figures almost knocked one another over in their rush to greet the announcement by Gatwick Airport that it is to go ahead with a scheme to double its number of runways.

“Gatwick Airport just announced plans to bring its standby runway into full use as a second runway,” tweeted Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, which is barely 10 miles up the M23 from London’s second airport. Continue reading

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‘Dreams do come true’ as Crystal Palace gets its cinema back

After a 50-year absence, and a nine-year battle by local residents, Crystal Palace is finally getting its own cinema again.

Everyman has spent more than £3m on restoring the Palace’s Picture Palace on CHurch Road

Everyman Cinemas have announced that the venue on Church Road will re-open its doors as a picture house next month.

Thanks to the tireless efforts by the Picture Palace Campaign to have the building returned to its former use, Everyman Cinemas exchanged contracts on the building in January and are soon to complete the restoration and refurbishment of the venue. Continue reading

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South Croydon artist wins year-long Somerset House bursary

An artist from South Croydon, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, has today been announced as the winner of the London Fields Brewery bursary scheme.

Winner: Nadeem Din-Gabisi

The scheme aims to “support artists pushing the boundaries of established practice”, and Din-Gabisi will now have a year-long residency with a semi-private studio space at Somerset House Studios in central London.

Din-Gabisi, 26, describes himself as an artist, writer, painter, poet, musician and filmmaker. He recently completed a Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, having previously attended Wimbledon College of Art.

During his residency at Somerset House, Nadeem will be working on a multimedia project called Pool, which examines a childhood marked by life-changing moments of trauma and happiness. Continue reading

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Poetry performers embark on Inspiration tour of south London

The right lines: poet Momtaza Mehri

Momtaza Mehri, the Young People’s Laureate for London, is calling on 13- to 25-year-olds in Kingston, Sutton and Bromley to be part of her Be My Next Inspiration campaign.

During the school half-term week, Mehri will headline Spread the Word’s tour of libraries in outer London to motivate young people to write and connect with poetry. She has also produced a specially commissioned poem in collaboration with young Londoners called “No Name Club”, which explores the impact of gentrification on their lives.

The tour begins at Kingston’s Hook and Chessington Library on Monday, October 22, takes in Bromley Central Library on Friday, October 26, and the following day it arrives at Sutton Central Library. There, Mehri will be hosting free workshops for young people with leading poet Deanna Rodger, rapper Rob Bradley and champion beatboxer Bellatrix. Continue reading

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving, Coulsdon Common, Oct 26

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Discover Hedgehogs at Coulsdon Common, Oct 23

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Police chief says drop in knife crime is ‘just the beginning’

Croydon’s borough commander backs the use of stop and search to help continue reductions in levels of knife crime, and invites residents to join the police in swoops on ‘hotspot areas’

Borough police commander Jeff Boothe: has seen steep fall in knife crime in Croydon

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, the Metropolitan Police’s borough commander, has hailed a 13 per cent drop in the amount of knife crime in Croydon in the 12 months to June, but said the reduction is “just the beginning”.

The recently published crime statistics showed that in Croydon, violent offences against the under-25s had fallen by 20 per cent over the same period.

Croydon has bucked a London-wide trend. Across the capital, there was a 14 per cent increase in knife crime in 2017-2018.

“Croydon has historically had a reputation for this kind of crime,which is why over the last few years we have been working relentlessly with partner agencies and community groups to drive it out,” said Boothe, who describes himself as “very pleased” with the fall in violent crime on his patch. Continue reading

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