Alison Butler


Where Croydon stands after the Grenfell Tower investigation

Posted on July 19th, by Zach Baker in Politics & Society. No Comments

The tragedy at the Grenfell Tower in June has pushed boroughs across London to re-evaluate fire safety

Croydon’s council was quick to review the fire conditions of its own housing blocks after news spread of malpractice at Grenfell Tower. After its review of thirty-nine council blocks, the council deemed that the cladding used is fire retardant and good quality.

“Our cladding is 3mm thick aluminium panelling, … Read More »



It’s time to reform council meetings

Posted on February 19th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Freshman councillor Mario Creatura wants to shake things up in Croydon’s crucible of debate

For many years I was one of a band of loyal attendees of full council meetings. Since May 2014 I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of those meetings and represent over 10,000 people with my words and actions in the chamber.

I’ve participated in four so far – … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Barwell and Jones at odds over selective licensing

Posted on October 2nd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Tom Black looks at the politics around a council policy dividing the two contenders for Croydon’s only marginal parliamentary seat

Selective licensing: a beginners’ guide

Croydon Council, led by Labour as of May of this year, wants to do something about what it sees as the problem of unlicensed landlords in the borough. It has decided to introduce a ‘selective licensing’ scheme – landlords … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Careless tweets cost… votes?

Posted on March 27th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 17 comments

There’s trouble on t’Twitter: Tom Black considers the consequences of social media victimisation for political life in Croydon

It was a particularly raucous session of full council on Monday night. But aside from unusual levels of noise from Labour, and a few farewell speeches from retiring (or deselected) councillors, it was nothing particularly out of the ordinary. When the council actually began debating … Read More »