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Whitgift School old boy appointed as BBC Director-General

The new Director-General of the BBC is an Old Whitgiftian. It was announced today that Tim Davie will become the Corporation’s 17th DG in September, when Lord Tony Hall steps down. A scholarship boy at Whitgift School in the late … Continue reading

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Corbyn aide enters row over Lewis Hamilton’s tax record

Andrew Fisher, the chief policy adviser to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, last night jumped into the simmering row about the BBC’s annual sports review show by suggesting that if Lewis Hamilton wants to win Sports Personality of the Year, … Continue reading

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BBC game show pilot seeks families to participate

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BBC producers seek family to go Back In Time

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Family sought by BBC to spend summer at their leisure

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Spread Eagle jazzes up the re-staging of The Goon Show

The Spread Eagle pub is next door to Croydon Town Hall. What better venue, then, to perform a live re-staging of The Goon Show? The latest production at the Spread Eagle Theatre next week seeks to recreate the comic lunacy … Continue reading

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New Sherlock mystery: will Cumberbatch visit South Norwood?

Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the BBC’s Sherlock series, has been invited to attend the official naming ceremony for Lake Conan Doyle in South Norwood on February 1. The wags at the South Norwood Tourist Board have issued the invitation, … Continue reading

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Cockney sparrows threatened by incinerator, says Urban Birder

David Lindo, known for his television appearances as “The Urban Birder”, has described the decision to build a waste incinerator near the wildlife sanctuary at Beddington as  “simply devastating”, as environmentalists warn that the development could wipe out a colony … Continue reading

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Council faces massive compensation bill over housing

Croydon’s Conservative-run council’s “doubly illegal” mishandling of the borough’s homeless families could end up costing Council Tax-payers hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation, according to a report this week by the Inside Housing website. Croydon’s shameful record on providing … 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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West Croydon worst hit by ticket office closures says Reed

Soon, it seems, there may be no public service buildings in London left open and operating. The future of the accident and emergency services at Mayday and St Helier Hospitals remains in question. After announcing the closure of all but … Continue reading

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Croydon businesses yet to receive riot compensation

Two years since the 8/8 riots in Croydon, and nearly 50 businesses in the borough have yet to receive a penny in the compensation that they were promised by Prime Minister “Call Me Dave” Cameron and the London Mayor Boris … Continue reading

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Dr Hope’s “advice clinic” open for business: July 13

If laughter is supposed to ease most ailments, then the South Norwood Arts Festival might offer a handy cure-all this weekend when Alexandra Maher brings her one-woman comedy show “Hope and Gloria” to SNAF this Saturday, July 13, before taking … Continue reading

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MP’s food bank “delight” wins latest Barwell booby prize

This week, a senior BBC executive gave some advice to local authorities about the use of social media, things like Faustbook and Twatter. One of things Sophie Brendell, the BBC’s head of digital communications, said was, “Don’t do anything stupid.” … Continue reading

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Portas Pilot one year on: more shops have closed in Croydon

The state of Surrey Street and Church Street markets in Croydon are worse now than 12 months ago, when the area was awarded a £100,000 grant by the local government department as part of the Portas Pilot scheme, according to … Continue reading

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Have you been hit by benefits cap? The BBC wants to know

Do you live in Croydon and are affected by the changes in social security payments, specifically the benefits cap? Nina Robinson is a BBC journalist making a radio documentary for World Service and she wants to speak to anyone who … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times II: Hoar’s £300 “health and safety” tax

#thatissocroydon BBC London reporter Angela Walker yesterday nailed Croydon Councillor Simon Hoar over proposals to charge shop-owners and other small businesses a £300 stealth tax over five years for placing boards and banners on the pavement. According to Hoar, looking … Continue reading

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Aww diddums: Dudley’s hard done by over housing criticisms

CROYDON’S UNCARING COUNCIL (part 94): As first reported by Inside Croydon, our council has been roundly criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman  over its callous treatment of the homeless. Now Dudley Mead, the councillor responsible for housing, has responded. While … Continue reading

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Croydon found guilty of “maladminstration causing injustice”

The Local Government Ombudsman has ruled against Croydon Council today in the case of a young mother and her three children who were left waiting by the borough’s housing department for 10 months. The independent body found Croydon Council responsible … Continue reading

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Churches appeal for help with Croydon homeless

With the uncaring and callous approach to Croydon’s homeless by our council being highlighted by the BBC for a second time in the space of a couple of months, this time on Panorama, it is unsurprising that churches and faith … Continue reading

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Roundshaw’s golden hero Weir faces a BBC date with destiny

David Weir has had a fantastic year, winning four gold medals at the Paralympic Games and several awards as a result, including the Paralympic Sportsman of the Year prize last week from the nation’s sportswriters. But the south Londoner will … Continue reading

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Council faces massive legal bill over discrimination claims

Croydon Council is facing claims potentially running into hundreds of thousands of pounds, and legal bills of much more, over claims of discrimination in the workplace from 50 former employees, all but one of them women. The claims over missed … Continue reading

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Car park failure is dire warning for Croydon’s casino economics

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Another week, another multi-million pound company goes into administration. ANDREW PELLING says that the collapse of financial scheme behind a car park operator will have lasting repercussions for Croydon There’s been a lot of action this week that … Continue reading

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Collapsing retail sector hits Croydon hardest, says BBC

Croydon has suffered the worst rate of retail store closures in the whole of London, the BBC is reporting. BBC London accessed the figures from a nationwide survey on retail trends for the first six months of 2012. The worrying … Continue reading

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Don’t panic! Mead’s benefits U-turn shows council in crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Something strange is happening at the Town Hall. Commonsense is prevailing over political dogma. Some highly placed people’s jobs must be at stake, says Inside Croydon editor STEVEN DOWNES Don’t panic! Croydon’s Captain Mainwaring is in charge! Something … Continue reading

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