Croydon Advertiser

Did the general election just prove that Croydon’s media doesn’t matter?

Posted on May 21st, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 4 comments

For those disappointed by Gavin Barwell’s return to Croydon Central, Jonny Rose has some hard truths

In the early hours of Friday 8th May 2015, Croydon Central returned Gavin Barwell (Cons.) for another five years representing the borough’s interests in parliament.

For some, it was a well-deserved victory. For many, however, it was unbelievable: it was inconceivable that all the terrible … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Hustingsmania and a few minutes with the PM

Posted on April 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As the Citizen’s head-to-head debate between Barwell and Jones draws near, Tom Black takes the (rising) temperature of Croydon’s election and has a chat with David Cameron

The election is in one week. You’ve probably either just thought “how time flies!” or “thank goodness it’ll all be over soon.” Probably the latter, even if you’re into politics.

This has been an unusually … Read More »

Fear and self-loathing in Croydon

Posted on April 17th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 10 comments

Jonny Rose exhorts all remotely cheerful Croydonians to ignore the haters and shake it off

A tweet from the editor of the Croydon Advertiser, Glenn Ebrey, revealed what happens when you introduce positive news to the psyche of a particular type of Croydonian.

Comments (which you can see for yourself here) poured in, varying from the grindingly pessimistic (“Croydon is beyond help. All the … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Three little letters

Posted on January 15th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Refreshed after a Christmas break, Tom Black takes a look at an issue close to millions of Britons’ hearts, and what it might mean for Croydonians

Croydon Central MP asked to dial down his constant petition launches

At the end of last year, the Croydon Advertiser launched a campaign with a simple goal: to stop Gavin Barwell launching campaigns. “We get it, Gav, there’s an election … Read More »

Croydon election hustings in 2015: time for community groups to ‘put up or shut up’

Posted on January 14th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Jonny Rose wants YOU to revolutionise local politics

2015 stands as an important year for Croydon as it is the year of the general election.

Whatever your thoughts about voting, politics and politicians, it’s inescapable that 7th May 2015 stands as the best opportunity for everyday Croydonians to influence the laws and edicts devised and pronounced in the Houses of Parliament over the next … Read More »

The season to be jolly? How to deal with family conflict at Christmas

Posted on December 23rd, by Tara Green in Culture. 1 Comment

Gather all your relatives. Overfeed them and give them plenty to drink. Get the children hyper. Croydon’s own parenting coach can help you deal with the consequences

In my Croydon Advertiser column and on my Parenting Geek coaching blogs, I help people face the challenges children and families bring – however much we love them. That’s never more true than at Christmas.

I love … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Generation Rent, Opportunity Croydon, and a visit from Cameron

Posted on December 11th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Tom Black looks at landlord licensing, political figleaves and how the powers that be are waking up to the Croydon-tech link

Generation Rent comes to Croydon

With the media circus of Fieldgate (or pantomime, as the Advertiser wittily put it last week) dominating headlines recently, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the council is on the verge of introducing selective landlord licensing.

But it’s coming – … Read More »

The Public Gallery: from Cherry Orchard Road to Westminster and Hong Kong

Posted on December 4th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

In a packed week, Tom Black has a lot to digest in his weekly round-up of the big political stories

The council tax freeze, 2015, and you

The leader of Croydon Council, Labour’s Cllr Tony Newman, announced to a full council meeting on Monday that Labour’s manifesto pledge to freeze council tax for 2015/16 would be kept. The announcement was met with cheers from … Read More »

The Public Gallery: What exactly is going to happen to Croydon’s playing fields?

Posted on November 20th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Tom Black tries to get to the bottom of a freshly-spun controversy engulfing Katharine Street

What the papers say

So what’s going on?

Croydon Labour, which currently runs Croydon Council, is denying it has a plan to sell off Croydon’s school playing fields. This, at least, seems accurate – initial hysterical reports (many of which came from vested interests) gave the impression that … 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 »