Could a religious revival save Croydon from itself?

Posted on October 13th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Jonny Rose recommends an injection of faith for Croydon to avoid going the way of Burton Upon Trent

Regular readers of the Croydon Citizen will know that I have little time for say-what-you-see type lamentations about Croydon. Bring me solutions, not problems.

The most recent example of this was Paul Dennis’s article last week that profiled his childhood stomping ground of Burton … Read More »

Chris Philp MP replies to an open letter on assisted dying

Posted on September 10th, by Chris Philp in Politics & Society. 11 comments

After Robert Ward’s open letter on the subject, Croydon South’s MP outlines his views on assisted dying

I have been contacted by many constituents about the upcoming Assisted Dying Bill, and I appreciate that many people have concerns about this extremely sensitive issue. Coping with a terminal illness is very distressing for both the patient and their families.

Everyone agrees that terminally ill patients … Read More »

What’s brutal about Croydon?

Posted on July 17th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter on why Croydon’s a gentler suburb than its reputation suggests

What is brutalism? It’s a style of building associated with pioneers such as the French architect Le Corbusier, in which ‘béton brut (concrete), [is] treated… uncompromisingly, with the formwork patterns not only visible but deliberately emphasised [and in which] aspects of mechanical engineering become overtly displayed’. (That’s according to James Stevens Curl in his Architectural … Read More »

A year on the land, a day on the Turf: fundraising for the arts in Croydon

Posted on April 4th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

This wasn’t The Shawshank Redemption– it was Croydon on a Saturday afternoon

My neck burning in the curiously unseasonal March heat, I suddenly realised I had been digging for an unknown length of time. Everyone around me seemed in a similar trance. This was not, however, a scene from The Shawshank Redemption, but a large group of volunteers in the centre of Croydon on a Saturday … Read More »