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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Searching for an answer to Croydon’s rubbish problem

Posted on May 19th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 8 comments

How can local residents hold back the rising tide of litter?

The Croydon Communities Consortium should be congratulated on holding a meeting that attempted to face up to one of Croydon’s seemingly perennial problems – rubbish. A number of Croydon’s residents’ associations were represented and, in all, around thirty people turned up to ask questions and make suggestions. Due to the election, no council officers were present, … Read More »

The Broad Green community spring clean, Monday 17th April

Posted on May 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Locals set out to clean up Litter Land

If you’re reading this, you most likely know that there’s a serious fly-tipping/littering problem in west and north Croydon. People argue about it: who’s to blame, what’s been done and not done, what’s to be done next. Some of them seek to score political points from it. This article, which has met with a strong response across social media, describes the … Read More »

How I want Croydon’s community to respond to fly-tipping

Posted on April 4th, by Stuart Millson in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Being a citizen of Croydon means taking responsibility for the state of the place

This picture of a fly-tip in Mayfield Road, Croydon, was taken on Saturday 4th March as part of the Great British Spring Clean weekend. Over the course of the weekend, community groups from all over Croydon took to our parks and streets, supporting Keep Britain Tidy and helping, to borrow the hashtag, … Read More »

The emotional impact of fly-tipping

Posted on March 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 13 comments

The fly-tipping blame game is fun for politicians but misery for residents

I moved to West Croydon ten weeks after it was hit by the 2011 riots. Conflicted though my feelings on gentrification are, I know I’m playing a part in it. Still, whatever the area might one day become, I felt positively about my new home just as it was – a good choice for price, … Read More »

A truly frightening budget

Posted on March 6th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 22 comments

Conservative council group leader Tim Pollard has strong words for Croydon’s Labour council

On Monday 27th February, Croydon Council voted to pass a truly frightening budget. The highest council tax increase in London this year. The highest council tax ever paid in Croydon. The biggest mountain of debt ever seen in Croydon. The worst departmental overspend ever seen in Croydon.

On Monday evening, we heard howls … Read More »

What a load of rubbish: debating Croydon’s fly-tipping troubles

Posted on December 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Robert Ward reports on the first meeting of the Croydon Debate Club

A debate about fly-tipping wouldn’t be a long one. Speakers to propose the motion ‘this house believes fly-tipping is of benefit to Croydon’ would be hard to find. So the modest-but-engaged audience gathered at Matthews Yard for the debut of the Croydon Debate Club had more of a discussion on what … Read More »