Politics & Society


Croydon’s council elections aren’t just about who’s the best manager

Posted on April 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

‘Vote for us – we’ll run things better!’ say the two rival parties. Can they live up to their claims?

‘The job of unlocking Croydon’s potential is not a quick and easy one’.

This important statement in Labour’s manifesto for May’s council elections is a stark reminder of the realities that face whichever of the two main parties gains control on 3rd May. Croydon faces government-imposed funding cuts … Read More »



Potholes and pointless art

Posted on April 20th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 13 comments

What has Croydon’s Labour council actually achieved?

On Thursday 3rd May, we have local elections in Croydon. No matter what the outcome of these elections, due in part to ward changes, the council will look quite different. So what has four years of the current Labour administration brought us?

Central Croydon has become an in-vogue place. Boxpark, Croydon Pride and Croydon Cycle Fest are among the … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part one)

Posted on April 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

“If they don’t come to Boxpark, they don’t come to Croydon”, says CEO Roger Wade. But is he right?

In a recent interview with the Croydon Advertiser, Roger Wade, founder and CEO of Boxpark, declares that he is concerned about the town centre and Croydon. He “would like to believe that Boxpark is one of the major things which is helping Croydon to improve” but feels that … Read More »



Croydon’s Labour-led council just isn’t listening

Posted on April 12th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Why Brick by Brick is a bad idea for everyone in Croydon

Labour councillors recently demonstrated their indifference to the residents in the council’s own estates, who are worried that the council has declared war on their community.

On Monday 26th March 2018, a group of concerned residents marched on Croydon Town Hall and staged a friendly but determined protest outside it. These protestors, mostly apolitical … Read More »



The new timetable will radically change Croydon’s rail services

Posted on April 11th, by Charles King in Politics & Society. 11 comments

The new timetable will affect virtually all stations in Croydon in dramatic ways, if it can be delivered

Last month, the CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTW) Charles Horton stated in the Metro that the new GTR timetable starting on 20th May 2018 will benefit passengers by providing greater capacity, more trains and new destinations, making capacity “capable of carrying the entire population of Bristol every week”.

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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 »



Croydon Soroptimist International’s public speaking competition helps girls to be Loud And Proud

Posted on April 10th, by Grace Onions in Politics & Society. No Comments

The 2018 girls’ public speaking competition was a sign of great things to come for girls in public life

The Loud and Proud public speaking competition for year 6 girls, proudly support by Soroptimist International Croydon and District, took place in Croydon Town Hall on Thursday 2nd March. It was held to commemorate International Women’s Day 2018 and the 100th anniversary of the first stage of female suffrage … Read More »



Sex, lies and online affairs: why Croydon is the adultery capital of London

Posted on April 9th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 7 comments

What are the consequences of a society where adultery is viewed as ‘just a bit of fun’?

An interesting and desperately sad article in the Croydon Advertiser last month revealed that over 18,000 Croydonians are currently signed up to Illicit Encounters, a self-described ‘discreet and confidential extra-marital dating service for men and women’.

None of this is surprising, when you consider that Croydon is the adultery … Read More »



The Croydon Manifesto 2018

Posted on April 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

With local elections looming on 3rd May, we meet the opposing forces battling to take control of Croydon’s council

Croydon goes to the polls with the rest of London and much of metropolitan England on Thursday 3rd May. Against a backdrop of renewed two-party politics in the UK, the Citizen reached out to the two men vying to be leader of Croydon Council on 4th May: the … Read More »



March 2018 in brief

Posted on April 4th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

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

Croydon groups teamed up to raise awareness of knife crime in three-week programme

Croydon Council’s youth engagement team teamed up with Croydon police, Victim Support, and others in a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime, the Croydon Citizen reported. Participating groups hosted a range of town-centre events throughout the programme, which started during half term. The … Read More »