Politics & Society


Could you be an ‘Appropriate Adult’ volunteer in Croydon?

Posted on September 28th, by Gokcen Odabas in Politics & Society. No Comments

The local Appropriate Adult scheme is run by Croydon Voluntary Action. Could you be a part of it?

What happens when a juvenile or a person with a mental difficulties is taken into custody – something that is already an uneasy experience for a well-functioning adult?

Public concern over obtaining misleading evidence from vulnerable suspects led to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 … Read More »



A plastic-free month in Croydon – are you up for the challenge?

Posted on September 28th, by Grace Onions in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Giant plastic bins are provided to help us use less… plastic. Could there be another way for Croydon?

Here in Croydon, we now have massive plastic wheelie bins to encourage us to recycle more plastic (and other items). The first thought that came into my mind on hearing of this change to our recycling collections was a phrase about leading a horse to water… but maybe I’m … Read More »



Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 2)

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

The devil is in the detail: what new planning guidelines mean for our borough

Following on from my article last week on the implications for the Croydon Local Plan with the implementation of the government’s revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidelines, here are a number of further issues for Croydon’s planners to take into consideration. New text from the NPPF is shown below in italics.

Land use

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How was the Croydon Citizen made?

Posted on September 21st, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Former General Manager Tom Black explains the Citizen behind the scenes

How did the Citizen operate day-to-day?

The Citizen was run by one person full-time, assisted by a team of volunteers in their spare time. The people filling these roles changed across the life of the publication.

Once per week, usually on Sunday mornings, the core editorial team would meet over Google Hangout and discuss various matters … Read More »



Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 1)

Posted on September 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Not just for policy wonks – these documents will affect the lives of everyone in Croydon

Planning-development decision making in Croydon has been the subject of much controversy recently, with the apparent obsession with meeting the government’s and Mayor of London’s housing targets – regardless of the strategic policies and objectives of the Croydon Local Plan, with its detailed decision-making process.

Although the new Croydon Local Plan … Read More »



Farewell, citizens of Croydon

Posted on September 18th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 20 comments

It’s been wonderful to know you, but the Citizen‘s time is up. I will always be grateful

In an alternative reality, this article has the same title, but it’s very different. In that article I tell you that I am stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of the Croydon Citizen to hand the torch to someone else – someone who will bravely lead the Citizen to its next … Read More »



Summer 2018 in brief

Posted on September 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

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

Football came home to Boxpark

July’s World Cup celebrations in Boxpark Croydon made national news. After images of local fans’ exuberant reactions to the national team’s success left TV commentator and former England international Rio Ferdinand ‘seriously impressed‘, a good-humoured rivalry for ‘most enthusiastic support for England’ arose between Croydon and Newcastle. Even after England lost their semi-final … Read More »



Why Croydon needs a visitor centre, and how it could pay for itself

Posted on September 10th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A luxury service our town can’t afford? Not at all, says Charles Barber

If you happened to venture down the covered section of St George’s Walk on Saturday 25th August, you may have noticed a man sitting at a table with another chair opposite him. A sign on his table claimed that it was the Croydon Visitor Centre, and if you were rash enough … Read More »



It’s time for Croydon to talk about death

Posted on September 6th, by Carol Trower in Politics & Society. 2 comments

We’re creating conversations on a topic that matters to everyone

I’ve been a Croydon resident for seventy-two years and it’s a bustling, vibrant and diverse place to live. For the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to work in Croydon too: I’m proud to work for our local hospice, St Christopher’s, leading a fascinating community project called Creating Conversations in Croydon.

Many people are fearful of … Read More »



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 »