Politics & Society


Taxing conversations in Croydon

Posted on August 16th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Where does the council spend its money?

On Saturday 18th August the TaxPayers’ Alliance will hold an Action Day in Croydon to promote its campaign for lower taxes and against government waste. This follows a public meeting in Purley, promoting the same campaign.

Focus on value for money in public finances is something we desperately need in Croydon. Council tax has gone up over 5% this year and … Read More »



A new voice for Croydon’s trams?

Posted on August 13th, by Tim Longhurst in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s time for Croydon’s trams to get an audio refresh

Croydon’s light rail system will celebrate its twentieth birthday in 2020, and with 2019 just round the corner that’s not long to wait. Croydon Tramlink, as it was originally known, launched in 2000, and in all its years of operation the voices informing passengers of their destinations have remained unchanged.

Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with … Read More »



Through the keyhole: what the doctor sees

Posted on August 10th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 12 comments

How a visit to Croydon University Hospital led to a reflection on what we can do to reduce the burden on the NHS

In early April, I took a heavy fall on my shoulder while walking my dog in Lloyd Park. When my arm failed to regain its normal leverage after several weeks, I had an X-ray, then an MRI scan to reveal the true extent of … Read More »



The price of taking pride

Posted on August 9th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Is it right that Croydon Council makes payments to different cultural groups in the borough?

On Saturday 14th July Croydon PrideFest took place with a march to, and a main stage in, Wandle Park. This was the third annual Croydon Pride and a great day out. I’ve attended all three and each year it has grown bigger. It was held a week after London Pride, and it was … Read More »



How Croatia thrashed Croydon 3–0 in the litter-collecting World Cup

Posted on August 8th, by Uday Shukla in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Matching up two different places in a litter-picking challenge

Hot on the heels of the football World Cup and Croatia’s success in reaching the finals, Croydonians also found fame as a fantastic bunch of lively supporters when scenes of them showcasing the ‘Croydon Cheer’ at Boxpark were televised nationwide.

Now imagine this: having failed to secure city status after so many attempts, Croydon becomes bolder and … Read More »



Why row over military budgets when Croydon needs more police?

Posted on August 6th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 7 comments

As violent crime continues to grow, police numbers carry on falling

As surprising at it may be following Gavin Williamson’s, Minister of Defence, tirade demanding an increase in defence spending from 2.1% of GDP to 2.5%, and Trump’s recent ultimatum at the Nato summit for an increase to 4%, the UK is not currently at war. In real numbers, Williamson’s called for an increase in budget by … Read More »



Croydon’s National Rheumatoid Arthritis group helps me to live my life to the full

Posted on August 1st, by Ellie Booth in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Diagnosed with the illness at thirteen, I went along to learn from the experiences of others

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex and serious systemic autoimmune condition. The immune system attacks joint tissue causing inflammation, stiffness, pain and extreme fatigue. Uncontrolled RA can cause premature mortality. For sufferers, it’s a chronic disease which chiefly impacts upon joints but can also affect other organs such as the heart, eyes and lungs.

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June 2018 in brief

Posted on July 31st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of June 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

A fire in Croham Hurst Woods is quickly extinguished

A fire broke out in Croham Hurst Woods on Saturday 30th June. Broken glass was left on dry vegetation, and exposure to the heat of the sun sparked flames. A rapid response from the London Fire Brigade prevented any serious spread.

Croydon’s House of Fraser is spared in … Read More »



How a city-wide women’s community movement began in Croydon

Posted on July 30th, by S Raomalur in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Indian Women in London is a community of generosity and empowerment which helps create change

A nomadic life is not particularly conducive to feeling rooted, and my fair share of hopscotching across geographies left me longing to root myself in the community of Croydon when I came to live here.

I know from past experience that a sure-fire way of embedding oneself within one’s neighbourhood is … Read More »



The Reader’s Shared Reading groups come to Croydon

Posted on July 27th, by The Reader in Politics & Society. No Comments

Shared Reading groups provide an informal space to discover great literature

In September 2017, The Reader, an award-winning charitable enterprise, started a new project in Croydon. This three-year project funded by the City Bridge Trust aims to improve wellbeing, build community and reduce the social isolation of the older people in the borough, through the delivery of ‘Shared Reading’ groups. This year, The Reader in Croydon has … Read More »