Brick by Brick


Croydon needs housing for the many, not the few

Posted on April 30th, by Caragh Skipper in Politics & Society. 2 comments

How Croydon’s Labour council is working to end homelessness and bring new, affordable homes to the borough

In January 2017, I found myself homeless. I was twenty-five, working what amounted to part-time hours and had nowhere to stay. This is the position that – shockingly – a fifth of young people in the UK find themselves in. Along with these people, I was one of … Read More »



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 »



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 »



A day spent listening to the voices of Croydon

Posted on May 19th, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

On Saturday 8th April, the people of Croydon had many more conversations than usual

The week running up to the Easter break was an interesting one in Croydon. To begin with, we had the Croydon incarnation of ‘Take Back Real Control‘, which took place in the TMRW start up hub in Croydon High Street on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April. This initiative is supported … Read More »



Like talking to a Brick by Brick wall

Posted on March 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The cabinet’s response to important questions about the council’s new wholly-owned property company was deeply concerning

Croydon Labour wants to convince us that it does a great job running council finances. Council video clips now routinely include a reference to its financial acumen.

Unsurprising, since financial competence is a Labour weak point in the mind of the electorate. A glimpse of why was Monday 20th February’s cabinet … Read More »



Consultations: are they worth the paper that they’re written on?

Posted on January 12th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Questioning the benefits of so-called ‘consultations’

Consultation is a good thing, right? It means that you get asked your opinion: your opinion about what housing might be built next to your home, whether you want to live in a 20mph zone, or maybe how education might be funded. That’s got to be good, hasn’t it? Well, I’m no longer sure that it is.

If the state … Read More »



Not for profit: Develop Croydon has community at its core

Posted on November 25th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Tom Lickley addresses the criticism levelled at the Develop Croydon Conference

The Develop Croydon Conference took place on 22nd November, drawing together council members, developers, architects, investors, occupiers and community interest groups to discuss the town’s regeneration and offer the opportunity for delegates to learn about the finer detail behind the exciting plans for the town’s future.

As is often the case for these type … Read More »