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November 2017 in brief

Posted on December 18th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of November 2017, summarised by the Citizen team

Croydon Council announces plans to preserve outlying town centres after the Westfield retail centre opens

It was reported in the Croydon Advertiser that Croydon Council plans to invest in Croydon’s ‘village’ centres after the Westfield complex is built in the town centre. Croydon Council chief executive Jo Negrini made the statement during questioning on the issue at the … Read More »

May 2016 in brief

Posted on June 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

May’s news in brief, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon became a haven for bees

The team that brought Saffron Central, the world’s largest urban saffron farm, to Croydon in 2015 is now using the space to create a haven for bees. With the support of Croydon Beekeepers Association and community volunteers, they have planted the site, formerly the location of Croydon’s council … Read More »

Dying in Croydon in the age of social media

Posted on January 28th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Jonny Rose explores the effect of modern technologies on death and mourning

A remarkable Croydon Guardian story from last year caught my eye recently: Simon Binner, a 57 year old man from Purley, suffering from motor neurone disease announced his own death on LinkedIn.

Binner used the social network for professionals to alert followers to his imminent departure from this world – care of … Read More »

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 »

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 »

Artist Hale Man in the Whitgift Centre: where creativity and commerce meet

Posted on January 8th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon finds fire, earth, metal, wood and water in the Whitgift Centre

Would you expect to find an artist in a shopping centre? Probably not.

But that’s where I find Hale Man, tucked away in the Whitgift Centre, behind the metal grid door and several large plate glass windows of a hitherto empty retail unit, working on six-foot tall canvases depicting the five … 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: Labour in the lead in Croydon Central as Zone 4 united front falters

Posted on November 6th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

The politicians were never going to play nice for long on Zone 4 Croydon, writes Tom Black

O’Connell and Barwell write to Boris about Zone 4 Croydon

Gavin Barwell MP and Steve O’Connell AM have written to Boris Johnson about the Zone 4 Croydon campaign, requesting “a meeting with TfL Director Sir Peter Hendy and you [Johnson] to seek your support for a review … Read More »