Environment


New year’s resolutions for Croydon in 2018

Posted on January 29th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

More events, remembering to vote, cleaning up: one contributor’s proposals for a brighter 2018

I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions

They look good, they sound good and they mean good, but very quickly they become onerous, guilt-inducing reminders that we are not as virtuous and capable as we like to think we are. To that end, they are fantastic, but if long-lasting behaviour … Read More »



As elections loom, what kind of Croydon do you want?

Posted on November 17th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. No Comments

UKIP candidate Michael Swadling sets out his priorities for next year’s local elections

After the snap election this year, you could be forgiven for being pretty fed up with politics and elections. In 2018, for the fourth straight year, Croydon will be returning to the polls – this time, for the local elections.

Whilst we’ve probably all had enough of voting for a while, these local … Read More »



Re-using bikes: in Croydon, recycling means exactly what it says

Posted on September 18th, by Andrew Dickinson in Politics & Society. 9 comments

How one man and sixty bikes stayed the course and avoided the scrapheap

Just a little story to share with you.

One of the original projects on the Croydon ReUse site was a social enterprise that would make use of unwanted bikes. These would either be donated machines from the public or cycle shops where they had done a trade-in. Or, believe it or not, where … Read More »



What do children want from parks?

Posted on August 29th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

A consultation with schoolchildren finds Croydon’s parks to be appealing destinations that could use some improvement

One of the challenges for primary schools is how to incorporate the National Curriculum encouragement to include knowledge and inquiry about the local areas in which they are based. There are many ways in which this can be done including walkabouts, visiting local amenities, and having people come in to talk … 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 »



The Wandle pollution scandal isn’t going away

Posted on May 16th, by Peter Ball in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Now there’s sewage in the River Wandle

I recently wrote an article in the Citizen highlighting the issue of visible pollution in the River Wandle in Croydon. Since then I have carried out further investigations. What I have discovered is troubling.

After becoming aware of pollution in January 2017, I have walked the length of the river within Wandle Park almost every day. There has not been a … Read More »



What’s polluting the river Wandle?

Posted on March 17th, by Peter Ball with Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Pollution is seriously affecting the flow of the river through Wandle Park

On Monday 24th February, early morning dog walkers saw an oil slick at the downstream end of the Wandle river, next to the skatepark in Wandle Park. Next day, although still present, it was much reduced and by Thursday 27th only a couple of small smears remained on the surface. Then on Friday 28th, a … Read More »



An energy garden for West Croydon station

Posted on January 28th, by Vanessa Nicholson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The case for an energy garden at West Croydon Overground, and how to get involved

Energy Garden is a partnership project delivered by Repowering London, Groundwork and Transport for London. Each energy garden is different, and is designed with input from the community to reflect the local area. The gardens incorporate on-site renewable energy to power lighting, water pumps, community noticeboards and other small-scale station amenities. A … Read More »



What Croydon stands to gain from Greater London becoming a National Park City

Posted on January 17th, by Beth Collier in Culture. 1 Comment

Green spaces, wildlife, inquisitive residents: Croydon’s got everything that it needs to benefit from this world-changing initiative

The campaign to make Greater London the world’s first National Park City is a grassroots movement which has captured the imagination of the capital. Over 85% of polled Londoners and Mayor Sadiq Khan support its aims to connect more of us with nature, make the majority of London green and … Read More »



Croydon Saffron Central one year on

Posted on October 19th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon interviews the movers and shakers and diggers and planters of the world’s largest urban saffron farm

In an unlikely ‘garden’ in Croydon the first shoots are staring to appear. Fenced in by a burst of colourful graffitied panels and overlooked on all sides by buildings, the Wellesley Road traffic thunders past as this small part of built-up Croydon reconnects with its Roman past.

Inside, … Read More »