Ignore the many: Croydon’s bins cause a crisis

Posted on September 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Does Croydon’s new recycling policy suit everyone?

When it comes to change there is an immutable truth: you can’t please everybody. Just look at the hot topic of the moment – bins.

Yet the need to improve our recycling rate has cross-party agreement and broad support across Croydon. We even used to be rather good at it.

The proportion of Croydon’s household waste that was … Read More »



More thoughts on tackling gangs and knife crime in Croydon

Posted on June 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

What else can we do to try to prevent this deadly culture from getting worse?

Sadly, Croydon did not elect a Conservative-led council on 3rd May. Whether the Labour-led council takes up the idea of consulting a panel of experts to advise on tackling knife crime remains to be seen. Just in case they don’t, let’s develop the argument beyond my previous article, which was couched largely … Read More »



Reflections on the Croydon council elections 2018

Posted on May 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Just a few days after the local elections took place, a chance to review and re-assess…

Local politics is not for the faint-hearted. Pavements are pounded, doors are knocked, strategies and tactics are earnestly discussed. Data is analysed and hundreds of doorstep conversations, plus six months of work, are all judged in a single day.

After a restless night’s sleep, my election day started early with … Read More »



Strategies for combatting knife crime in Croydon

Posted on April 11th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 4 comments

What can be done to bring such a youth-focused issue under control?

Today’s youths are running wild. New technology has brought greatly increased access to a wide range of information, not all of it good. Their music can be aggressive. The older generation is worried that young people are meeting in places and in ways over which they have no control and of which they themselves have … Read More »



The councillor’s charter

Posted on March 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The topic of an evening of debate was “Social media and local government – help or hindrance”, which naturally led on to the participation of councillors on social media

Not for the first time, a good idea came out of discussion at the Croydon Debate Club. Since it wasn’t me who came up with it, I would go so far as to say it was a very … Read More »



Is social media and local government a help or a hindrance?

Posted on February 16th, by Robert Ward in Opinion. 1 Comment

Local news outlets, with fewer and fewer journalists, find easy pickings mostly on Twitter

Social media is the new(ish) thing. There’s hardly a television news item that doesn’t mention it somewhere. Broadcasters want to show they’re hip, and in a world where people expect their news to be instant and free it gives journalists an easy news item without having to leave their desks.

Local politics … Read More »



Jobs in Croydon: past, present and future

Posted on January 11th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

How has Croydon fared with different types of work since 1971?

GLA Economics has recently produced an experimental data series, available on the London Datastore, of London jobs on a borough and sector basis from 1971 to 2015. This period chronicles the seismic shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy across the capital. It’s an opportunity to see how Croydon has been faring in that … Read More »



A decision made at speed: 20mph zones revisited

Posted on January 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon Council has brought in 20mph zones – what impact will they have?

The 20-mile-per-hour zone argument has surfaced again, with news from a council in the south west of England that since their introduction, accident rates have gone up. Closer to home, here in Croydon, signs have appeared at the end of my street following the introduction by Croydon Council.

Unlike when I started writing … Read More »



Ending the year on a brighter note: the Lighthouse Educational Society Christmas dinner

Posted on December 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Goodwill to all is celebrated at this annual dinner

There are a lot of good things about Croydon. Some were on display at a Christmas dinner at the Lighthouse Educational Society in Croydon, to which I was kindly invited by the society’s secretary, Parahat Akmuradov.

The Lighthouse Educational Society is a local charity that runs a tuition centre for children aged 5-15 years. It also aims … Read More »



In praise of moving and opportunity

Posted on October 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

We all love Croydon, but never inhibit yourself

It was said of 1950s California that it was the kind of place where everyone came from somewhere else. It was positive and made the traditional American conversation starter of “where you from?” more interesting. But more than just a conversation starter, movement means change and change creates opportunity: for those who leave, for the newcomers and for those … Read More »