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Maybe Tomorrow? Digital collective finds new way of working

It’s fair to suggest that no one considered a global pandemic when they came up with one of the wizard business ideas of the past decade: renting out and servicing shared workspace. Covid-19 quickly put an end to the trendy … Continue reading

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All-day DJ marathon charity fund-raiser, The Ship, May 4

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Whoops! Road works wreck High Street’s ‘bold’ ground art

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, digs up another embarrassing piece of public money wasted by the council The council’s ability for not quite thinking things through was highlighted again last week, as the pneumatic drills and JCB diggers were … Continue reading

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Council abandons ban on kids’ bikes on World Car-Free Day

Inside Croydon has made a difference, yet again, after Croydon Council was forced to drop its ban on scooters and bikes from the play street it has planned for the High Street this Saturday. Inside Croydon yesterday highlighted the imbecility … Continue reading

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Council killjoys ban bikes and scooters from play street

Saturday is World Car-Free Day, though Croydon Council’s efforts to mark the event are hardly fun-filled. There’s no grand gesture, no scheme to close off the Croydon Flyover, that monument to the primacy of the internal combustion engine. Somewhat more … Continue reading

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Londonist website accuses Croydon of being boring… in 1896

Londonist.com, which often takes a sideways glance at matters in and around the capital, has clearly enjoyed the produce of Surrey Street Market, or its ancient public house, the Dog and Bull, a little too much… Someone at the website … Continue reading

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Losing the plastic straws provides a more perfect cocktail mix

With our resident culture correspondent, Bella Bartock, laid up because of the hot summer weather, her grandson, BILL BARTOCK, strolled along to a town centre cocktail bar to sample their take on typically tropical drinks Since opening two years ago, … Continue reading

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Signs of the times: Watson’s whim is now back on message

It has not been in position for two months yet, but Councillor Mark Watson’s whimsy on the newly pedestrianised bit of the High Street has now got a second sign. The art-installation seating, which looks as if it was made … Continue reading

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Council warning that Watson’s whim is dangerous structure

Less than a month since Mark Watson, the senior Labour councillor, heralded it as “a popular addition” to the town centre, his latest costly piece of whimsy in the High Street has now effectively been declared as a hazard and … Continue reading

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Road works in town centre force bus routes on diversion

Councillor Mark Watson’s whimsy of closing a stretch of the High Street in the town centre has encountered an unforeseen complication since the weekend, as Thames Water has dug up the road on Katharine Street, close to the Town Hall, … Continue reading

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Disability groups never consulted over latest Watson whim

Members of two bodies which seek to represent the interests and needs of Croydon’s disabled and elderly – one of which is organised by the council itself – have confirmed that there was no consultation held with them before Croydon … Continue reading

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‘Elderly and disabled avoid town centre as it is too dangerous’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Former Labour councillor ADRIAN DENNIS, pictured left, accuses the current Town Hall administration of failing to fulfil its legal responsibilities over the closure to traffic of a short stretch of the High Street While there were very good … Continue reading

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Latest ‘Watson whim’ generates ridicule and confusion

As well as little proper consultation over the closure of a stretch of Croydon High Street, there doesn’t appear to have been much thought gone into what Mark Watson, the soon-to-be-ex councillor behind the scheme, and the council intend to … Continue reading

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High Street closure to be permanent, says council consultant

The closure of Croydon High Street, between Park Street and Katharine Street, imposed on the town centre in October after only the briefest of “consultations”, is intended to be permanent, according to correspondence obtained by Inside Croydon. When it was … Continue reading

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Licensing changes are halted over bashment ban concerns

Council plans to alter its licensing policy in the town centre, after several years of strictly applying rules which discouraged new bars, night clubs and pubs to open, failed to get past the first hurdle of last week’s committee meeting … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Win a meal at Croydon’s top Caribbean restaurant

Inside Croydon is delighted to offer its readers the chance to win an all-expenses-paid meal for two at Turtle Bay Caribbean-themed restaurant on Croydon High Street. Opened just over a year ago, Turtle Bay has quickly established a reputation for … Continue reading

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Watson’s latest whim will see High Street closed to traffic

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a town centre-changing scheme which has been kept a secret from all but just 10 of the borough’s councillors And now, ladies and gentlemen, from the senior council figure who spent more than £1million on Surrey … Continue reading

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The taste of summer on Croydon High Street is Caribbean

BELLA BARTOCK, our culture correspondent, spent an evening with the dishes on Turtle Bay’s new menu, and it tasted fine Summer’s here, and with it has arrived a new menu at what is fast becoming one of Croydon’s favourite restaurants. … Continue reading

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Uncertainty for Croydon’s Post Offices under franchise scheme

The future status of Croydon’s two Crown Post Offices and one in Sutton remain in doubt according to union officials, as plans to close or franchise offices continue to be pushed through. Similar Post Offices in nearby Sydenham and Beckenham … Continue reading

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Beauty and The Beat, The Dice Bar, May 27

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