Don’t mess with Croydon

How Croatia thrashed Croydon 3–0 in the litter-collecting World Cup

Posted on August 8th, by Uday Shukla in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Matching up two different places in a litter-picking challenge

Hot on the heels of the football World Cup and Croatia’s success in reaching the finals, Croydonians also found fame as a fantastic bunch of lively supporters when scenes of them showcasing the ‘Croydon Cheer’ at Boxpark were televised nationwide.

Now imagine this: having failed to secure city status after so many attempts, Croydon becomes bolder and … Read More »

‘I would make Croydon better by…’, one year on

Posted on December 18th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Your ideas are being put into action, but there are many more that can become a reality with your help

In January 2017, the Citizen unveiled a pocket-sized book of ideas collated from its readers over the preceding two-and-a-half years. In the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, the Leader of Croydon Council, and the council’s Chief Executive, copies of the book were handed out to representatives of … Read More »

Council: “Join our drive making Croydon cleaner and greener”

Posted on June 22nd, by Stuart Collins in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Our last print edition saw two contributors raise serious concerns about fly-tipping. Councillor Stuart Collins responds

Editor’s note: On pages 6 and 7 of May 2017′s Croydon Citizen, Liz Sheppard-Jones and Stuart Millson wrote about the issue of fly-tipping in Croydon. Councillor Collins provided this article in response. 

It’s important that publications like the Citizen highlight issues which have a massive impact on everyone’s daily lives. … Read More »

I would make Croydon better by… June 2016

Posted on June 27th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at

In 2014 we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place, and it’s still going strong. From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems and we are delighted that so many have responded so positively. We … Read More »

Croydon’s litter crisis should make us all angry

Posted on April 21st, by Stuart Collins in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Twitter@cleanstreetstu, aka Croydon cabinet member Stuart Collins, calls on all citizens to stand up to the litter louts

Across the United Kingdom, local councils spend over a billion pounds every year clearing litter. If people took more pride in their communities and responsibility for their own personal behaviour, that money could be spent improving people’s lives. Official government monitoring shows that the problem is endemic … Read More »

Salute Croydon’s clean and green champions, but more must be done

Posted on February 16th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 17 comments

Max Shirley salutes the work done to end fly-tipping and clean up Croydon but asks: why isn’t it working?

Our town centre can be pretty abysmal, with cigarette butts, chewing gum and litter on the ground, and the lack of central green spaces and colourful buildings lowering the overall mood. The underpass that runs adjacent to Fairfield Halls has been littered with profanity in the … Read More »

Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of Croydon

Posted on January 19th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Robert Ward couldn’t keep away from another story about rubbish, politics, and statistics

A recent story on street cleaning in Croydon combined street cleanliness, fairness, analysis and politics. Even two of them would have been hard for me to avoid, four was irresistible.

The report in the Croydon Advertiser told how Croydon Council had cut street cleaning in the south of the borough and increased it … Read More »