Croydon Council


Going bats in Wandle Park

Posted on April 18th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Eighty-four Croydonians went on a high-tech bat-spotting mission

If you live near Wandle Park, it’s likely that the neighbourhood’s bats will have wintered in your attic.

This was one of several fascinating bat-facts brought to us by Croydon Council’s knowledgeable Community Partnerships Officer for Parks and Leisure, Meike Weiser. She led our intrepid group, which assembled at Wandle Park tram stop as dusk was falling on … Read More »



How to vote: everything that you need to know

Posted on April 3rd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

It only takes five minutes to register to vote

Polling day is 3rd May, and polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. Here’s a breakdown of all the information you need to know from croydon.gov.uk in one place.

How to register to vote

You can register to vote here. You will need your National Insurance number. If you’re a British citizen living abroad, you … Read More »



The Public Gallery: 2018 election special

Posted on April 3rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The situation one month before Croydon goes to the polls to elect a new council

London-wide polling suggests the shockwaves of a Labour earthquake will be felt in Croydon

There are reasons to be cautious when treating London-wide polling as an indicator of how a specific borough in London will swing. The results across the capital will not be copy-and-pasted by voters into each council. There are parts … Read More »



Can Surrey Street survive the help of the council?

Posted on March 16th, by Michael Swadling in Economics & Business. 3 comments

The market is in trouble, and the free market can save it

Ronald Reagan famously said that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’”. Maybe you can, but I don’t recall a situation when I’ve thought “if only the council could get involved, things would be so much better”. I also can’t think of a … Read More »



What is an Asset of Community Value and does it even matter?

Posted on March 13th, by Saif Bonar in Politics & Society. No Comments

Local community hubs are right to celebrate securing ‘ACV status’, but it’s not a silver bullet

There has been plenty of talk about Assets of Community Value (ACV) in Croydon in recent months and with it, lots of confusion. As someone who was instrumental in pulling together the ACV nomination for the building at 5–9 Surrey Street and who supported the subsequent nomination of the premises occupied … Read More »



The way forward

Posted on March 12th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 2 comments

We’re often told that we face challenges of a scale unseen since the war, so what can we learn from then and apply to now?

We’re in a bind – the result of much foolish gaming carried out on our behalf up to 2008 and, well before that, the easing of credit granted to those of us who had little notion of the cost of borrowing. The pump … Read More »



Croydon groups team up to raise awareness of knife crime in three-week programme

Posted on March 9th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Town-centre events provide guidance and safety advice regarding knife crime

Croydon Council’s youth engagement team teamed up with Croydon police, Victim Support, and other groups in a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime.

Participating groups hosted a range of town-centre events throughout the programme, which started during half term. The events ranged from opportunities to gain advice and guidance on … Read More »



Croydon Tech City is dead; long live Croydon, tech city

Posted on March 7th, by Nigel Dias in Croydon: Tech City. 4 comments

The organisation’s founders are calling time, but fruits of their labours will continue to grow

In October 2012, my fellow Croydon Tech City co-founders and I made it our mission to create a sustainable tech ecosystem in Croydon – one that not only brought sector growth to our local economy, but which includes and benefits the local adults, children and SMEs often overlooked in tech sector regeneration … Read More »



Croydon and the battle to be London Borough of Culture

Posted on February 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

We didn’t win, but we’ve plenty to be proud of

So, Croydon did not win the title of London’s first Borough of Culture. But we can most definitely hold our heads high with the sense of pride and honour that comes from having fought the good fight.

Croydon has changed dramatically in recent years. In fact, it’s the reason that Croydon made a bid for London … Read More »



Croydonites Festival of New Theatre announces its programme for 2018

Posted on February 14th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The ground-breaking Croydon theatre festival returns for its third year, offering the surreal, the singular and the sincere.

Release begins: The third edition of Croydonites Festival of New Theatre will present works over four weeks between 27 April and 20 May 2018. We continue our mission to bring new performance work to Croydon and provide a platform for local artists, with seven of the twelve based in the … Read More »