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Optivo plays blame game by gas-lighting Addiscombe residents

Residents of shared-ownership homes in Addiscombe, who have spent the past 18 months trying to get an external door lock fixed by their landlords, have angrily accused the housing association responsible of trying to diminish the extent of the issues … Continue reading

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Fobbed off: unlocking 18 months of misery with Optivo

Following the Regina Road council flats scandal, much attention has been focused on the appalling record of local authorities in managing and maintaining properties. But as KEN TOWL has discovered, there are some housing associations whose attitude to residents also … Continue reading

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The Mayor with no mandate, the BxB homes with no residents

Jubilee street parties, wildfires in our parks and woodlands, further decline on the High Street, and a set of local elections that at Croydon Council they managed to take an agonising four days to deliver the full results. In the … Continue reading

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Golden haloes pick out icons of the Windrush exhibition

KEN TOWL pays a return visit to the Windrush Legacy Association in the Whitgift Centre to view the works of south Londoner Zoe Sinclair Despite her interest in where people really come from, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley, better known … Continue reading

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Evita gives Addiscombe’s café society a new Latvian crunch

KEN TOWL discovers a welcome addition to his local high street When I ask the name of the manager of the new deli on Addiscombe High Street, she tells me she is Evita. “As in…?” I start to ask. “Madonna, … Continue reading

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Summer of Strikes should get us out of the middle of the road

Around the country today, 115,000 Royal Mail workers joined 40,000 BT staff taking industrial action, as the Summer of Strikes continued. KEN TOWL visited the posties’ picket line outside the sorting office on Factory Lane “We know what happens to … Continue reading

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From Picasso to Whiteread in Dulwich, courtesy of the RMT

Last month, KEN TOWL visited Museum of the Year, the Horniman. This week, in his quest for the treasures of south London, he has trekked across the borough boundary again to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, with some help from a … Continue reading

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Museum on a hilltop that is outstanding in so many ways

KEN TOWL’s been on his travels again, this time to the country’s best museum. And it’s just a bus ride away I have just been to the best museum in the UK. And that’s official. It’s not in Croydon (London … Continue reading

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The evening our art reviewer made an exhibition of himself

Croydon Art Space, in Addiscombe, last night presented an award for an outstanding piece of work by a student at Croydon School of Art. In front of his MP, dignitaries and the artists, KEN TOWL delivered a piece of performance … Continue reading

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All change for Elizabeth Line trains on faster track to Heathrow

‘Going anywhere nice for your holidays?’ Gatwick has long been the obvious airport of choice for people from Croydon looking to jet away, but the completion of the £17.6bn CrossRail could finally provide a viable public transport route from south … Continue reading

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Moment my patience snapped waiting for £150 energy refund

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Have you received your Council Tax energy rebate yet? KEN TOWL, right, outlines the testing problems encountered when approaching the council to get his hands on his money  They say that patience is a virtue. In Croydon it … Continue reading

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How Winston McKenzie became Croydon’s Public Enema No1

It seems every election has a joker in the pack, and this year Winston McKenzie, the candidate who declared ‘Croydon is a dump!’, is once again seeking your votes. KEN TOWL read his manifesto, so that you wouldn’t have to … Continue reading

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‘Any would be better for Croydon than the old strong leader’

With a month until election day, hustings for the borough’s first-ever Mayoral contest are coming thick and fast. KEN TOWL went along to last night’s event held in Park Hill, so that you didn’t have to… Val Shawcross really ought … Continue reading

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A night at the comic opera: from sublime to the ridiculous

Box office closed, bar closed, bistro closed and toilets closed… KEN TOWL went along to see what the Fairfield Halls experience is like these days, and with a box seat (pictured left) he managed to last longer than the Mayor … Continue reading

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Finding the perfect something in Addiscombe’s Aladdin’s Cave

KEN TOWL has been back to a local gallery for a bit of artful Christmas  shopping It is not every day that the councillor from the next-door ward sends you an email reminding you to pick up a limited edition … Continue reading

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Golden Ark’s laidback landlord meets Orwell’s demands

CROYDON PUB OF THE YEAR: Our man standing at the bar with a packet of pork scratchings nearby, a pint of pale ale in hand and a dog-eared paperback of Animal Farm poking out of his jacket pocket, KEN TOWL, … Continue reading

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You can’t put a price on this exhibition of a year’s isolation

What was your ‘lockdown project’? Paul Hall opened an art gallery in Addiscombe, and KEN TOWL popped along to view its first show In a backstreet in St Leonards on Sea last year I noticed – you couldn’t miss it … Continue reading

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Whitgift Centre pop-up museum provides a tribute and legacy

A vacant unit in a shopping centre is the venue for an exhibition which celebrates the history of the Windrush generation. KEN TOWL was impressed by what he found there Deighton flew from Barbados to England in 1961 with the … Continue reading

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Government made it easier for rich kids to make the grade

Last week’s covid-hit A level and GCSE results demonstrate huge disparities in our schools, particularly in Croydon, writes KEN TOWL Can we please stop talking about grade inflation? Sure, when the examination results were announced last week, at A level, … Continue reading

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It’s time to put back the Sparks into Croydon’s Fairfield Halls

For £70m, the Fairfield Halls should be offering a lot more for the community, says KEN TOWL If the Fairfield Halls disappoint, and they do, over and over, it is because they have a lot to live up to. Through … Continue reading

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Schooners and horizontal tanks offer lager on industrial scale

POST-LOCKDOWN (NOT QUITE) LOCK-INS: In his never-ending quest for the perfect outdoor pint, or even two-thirds of a pint, KEN TOWL hopped on the tram to prove it is possible to organise a piss-up at two breweries Someone at Anspach … Continue reading

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Spooky goings on down in the basement at Stanley Halls

On the eve of All Hallows’ Eve, KEN TOWL ventured off to South Norwood to encounter a weirdly life-affirming live performance Isn’t it always Hallowe’en these days? As if the times aren’t scary enough, I was intrigued by the invitation … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Join our post-covid guided ramble, Sep 19

UPDATED Sep 10: With great regret, following the government’s latest change to its covid-19 guidelines, we have taken the decision to postpone this event. Anyone who booked a place will be contacted directly. We apologise for any inconvenience – we … Continue reading

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Pub gardeners’ question time: Builders has others in the shade

Just where is the best beer garden to go in post-lockdown Croydon for a socially distanced, covid-safe drink with old mates? KEN TOWL, pictured right in his best new normal going-out gear, needed no second invitation to try a few … Continue reading

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