Beddington Lane incinerator


Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



“Running through all our policies like a stick of rock is climate change”: interview with Tracey Hague, Green Party candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on April 7th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas’ series of interviews with London Assembly candidates concludes, as Tracey Hague stakes out the Green case and ‘the power of good ideas’

Tell me a bit about yourself. What makes you passionate? Why are you standing for the London Assembly as the Green Party candidate for Croydon and Sutton?

Croydon born and bred, I am a mum of two boys and active … Read More »



News in brief December 2015 / January 2016

Posted on January 21st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The big Croydon news stories from the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, summarised for your convenience

TfL plans to widen Fiveways Bridge to increase car capacity

The History & Social Action Blog reported that Transport for London has, after a consultation with Croydon Council and with the public, decided on ‘proposal 2′. This will ‘widen the existing bridge carrying … Read More »



Thinking global, acting local: environmental action in Croydon

Posted on July 13th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

We feel impotent and small when faced with environmental challenges, but we have more power than we think, says Sean Creighton

When Croydon’s composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor died of pneumonia on 1st September 1912, it was the culmination of a summer of very poor weather, with excessive rain, and low temperatures. Kew Observatory recorded only 58% of the normal sunshine for August. Although not experiencing the … Read More »



How should Croydon’s progressives vote in the general election?

Posted on April 21st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton offers some advice to those who want a different kind of governing coalition

Recently in the Citizen, Robert Ward explained why he’s going to vote Conservative. How about the decision-making process for those looking in a different direction?

I believe it’s going to be difficult for progressive people in Croydon to decide how to vote in the general election. For Labour supporters – how … Read More »



Croydon on the climate change march, Saturday 7th March 2015

Posted on March 18th, by Peter Underwood in Politics & Society. 4 comments

One Saturday in March, a group of Croydonians set out to make a difference. Peter Underwood reports

On Saturday 7th March a group of Croydon residents met at East Croydon station before heading up to central London. We were on our way to join many thousands of others on a march to highlight the need for action on climate change.

We were a diverse group with … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Suspensions and appeals

Posted on November 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Tom Black takes a break from the Barwell/Jones 2015 prizefight and looks at two setbacks for smaller parties in Croydon

Anti-incinerator judicial review fails, appeal planned

Shasha Khan, who has been the face of the Stop The Incinerator campaign for some years, has had all four of his grounds for legal challenge thrown out. The news is a blow to Khan and to the campaign, as … Read More »



A delicious judicious review

Posted on September 30th, by Brendan Walsh in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The Reds and Greens were well mixed at The Alchemist – and Brendan Walsh isn’t just talking about the salad

As the countdown to Shasha Khan’s David vs. Goliath battle against Sutton Council turns to single figures, the figures of his assembled supporters took a bit of a battering at The Alchemist, surely one of the quirkiest restaurants in Croydon.

The event was initiated … Read More »



The Public Gallery: When is an endorsement not an endorsement?

Posted on September 25th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Boris, a Black livetweet and a brush with controversy as Barwell joins battle for Croydon Central

So who endorsed Gavin Barwell this week?

Gavin Barwell’s campaign launch on Monday was a glitzy, well-put-together affair. Tory operatives were milling around the refurbished Arnhem Gallery in matching blue t-shirts. The blue in question is a pleasing, light shade with a hint of green – no prizes … Read More »



How clean is Croydon’s air?

Posted on September 9th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Sean Creighton takes a deep breath and examines what’s in all our lungs

The European Commission is taking legal action against Britain for failure to comply with the requirements to reduce air pollution. Naturally the problem is worst in London, the nation’s largest conurbation.

The office of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has strenuously defended the city’s record on air pollution, insisting that ours is far … Read More »