Croydon Labour

How Boxpark can become a permanent fixture in Croydon

Posted on May 17th, by Daniel Deefholts in Economics & Business. 5 comments

Questions over empty units distract from an opportunity to make Boxpark work

Improving four key areas at Boxpark could guarantee future support from the re-elected Croydon Council administration – and open new possibilities for the space to become permanent on Ruskin Square.

Last October, local community and media platforms celebrated the first anniversary of Boxpark Croydon. In 2016, both Croydon Council and the Greater London Authority … Read More »

Reflections on the Croydon council elections 2018

Posted on May 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Just a few days after the local elections took place, a chance to review and re-assess…

Local politics is not for the faint-hearted. Pavements are pounded, doors are knocked, strategies and tactics are earnestly discussed. Data is analysed and hundreds of doorstep conversations, plus six months of work, are all judged in a single day.

After a restless night’s sleep, my election day started early with … Read More »

Local elections 2018: what does each party stand for?

Posted on May 2nd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

If you’re still not sure who to vote for, here’s a breakdown on what each of the major parties is campaigning for

Plenty of people are in the running for this week’s local election on 3rd May – 267, to be exact.

And according to Croydon Council, over 270,900 voters are currently registered to vote for the candidates contesting the twenty-eight council wards.

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Fly-tipping isn’t just Croydon’s problem

Posted on May 2nd, by Paul Dennis in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Dumping rubbish is an issue across the country

It may come as news to many Croydon residents, but fly-tipping is not a problem unique to the borough. In fact, it is a nationwide problem, with leafy hamlets and inner cities alike all falling victim to this unacceptable side of human behaviour.

On a recent visit to my home town, up in the Midlands, fly-tipping was front-page … Read More »

The Croydon parks getting lost under Labour

Posted on April 30th, by Helen Pollard in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Thirty-one of Croydon’s parks and green spaces are under threat

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the Local Plan that was recently signed off by Croydon’s Labour council. One of the most controversial elements was the lack of protection for some of the town’s parks and green spaces.

There are thirty-one parks that have no special status in the Local Plan, which leaves … Read More »

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 »

Potholes and pointless art

Posted on April 20th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 20 comments

What has Croydon’s Labour council actually achieved?

On Thursday 3rd May, we have local elections in Croydon. No matter what the outcome of these elections, due in part to ward changes, the council will look quite different. So what has four years of the current Labour administration brought us?

Central Croydon has become an in-vogue place. Boxpark, Croydon Pride and Croydon Cycle Fest are among the … 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 »

The Croydon Manifesto 2018

Posted on April 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

With local elections looming on 3rd May, we meet the opposing forces battling to take control of Croydon’s council

Croydon goes to the polls with the rest of London and much of metropolitan England on Thursday 3rd May. Against a backdrop of renewed two-party politics in the UK, the Citizen reached out to the two men vying to be leader of Croydon Council on 4th May: the … Read More »

Labour politicians just can’t get their heads around non-confrontational politics

Posted on March 21st, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The leader of Croydon Conservatives argues that like Monty Python’s Norwegian Blue parrot, democracy in our town is arguably not quite dead – but “it ain’t ‘arf sick, mate”

We were treated to another display from Croydon Labour politicians at the budget-setting council meeting recently, where they interrupted and heckled our speakers continuously and then went on to insist that one of the policies that they announced … Read More »