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From childhood to adulthood in Croydon

Posted on June 12th, by Uday Shukla in Culture. 2 comments

One man’s memories of growing up in Croydon

Apart from a few years away when at university, I’ve lived in south London for all of my life. During this time, I’ve seen Croydon change.

As a child, I remember my dad driving me and my sisters to Croydon on Saturdays to do the speciality food shop. This meant parking the car what seemed like a million … Read More »



Do small businesses hurt more than they help?

Posted on August 16th, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. No Comments

In his continuing multi part series, Sean Creighton explores the state of SMEs in Croydon and whether they help or hurt the community

This is the third part of a series by Sean Creighton. The first and second parts are available now.

A serious weakness in the Small Business Commission’s interim report is the absence of discussion on the ethics and legality of some SMEs, and whether SMEs … Read More »



I would make Croydon better by… May 2016

Posted on May 9th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

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 »



Occupy Croydon: How to deal and negotiate with reluctant landlords (Part 3)

Posted on January 13th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Jonny Rose offers advice for anyone seeking to reclaim Croydon from the landowners

Despite the myriad benefits of setting up a pop-up that I explored in part one of the ‘Occupy Croydon’ series, it can be difficult sometimes to persuade private landlords or local councils to offer temporary leases to artists and entrepreneurs for cultural activity.

This is certainly something faced by … Read More »



Croydon’s cuts begin to kick in

Posted on October 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 3 comments

As the election recedes and austerity bites, Sean Creighton asks what this means for Croydon

As cabinet member Simon Hall will tell today’s meeting of Croydon Council: “the government has continued its onslaught on local government generally and Croydon specifically.” He will detail over £11.1m cuts affecting unaccompanied asylum seeker children, no recourse to public funds issues, public health services and Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT).

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Restaurant review: two eats, one place – it’s Pizzeria di Prato, London Road

Posted on August 10th, by Marcia Henry-Morgan in Culture. No Comments

Marcia Henry-Morgan is talking good. Belly buster good

152 London Road, CR0 2TD
Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes /  10 minutes by 64 or 198

Pizzeria di Prato, 152 London Road (formerly known as Adams), is quite a place. By day – that’s until about 3:00pm – it’s a café. Then from 4:00pm, it’s a pizzeria. So I’m going to review both the offerings of this … Read More »



Restaurant review: Timber Garden, London Road

Posted on July 21st, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 3 comments

Paul Dennis fills up at a former petrol station

Timber Garden, 161 London Road, CR0 2RJ
Time from East Croydon:  12 minutes / 5 minutes 64 or 198

I enjoy a visit to the Croydon Restaurant Quarter as much as the next person. But as a London Road resident, I’m always keen to give my local eateries some support too. So it was that I visited … Read More »



March’s submissions to ‘I would make Croydon better by…’

Posted on March 11th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. Comments Off

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

Last year we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place. Why? From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems. Now we want to do more and to involve readers on a larger scale than ever.

These are three … Read More »



Betting, fast food and the protection of heritage – can Croydon learn from Wandsworth?

Posted on December 1st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

So what’s planned for our high streets? Sean Creighton looks at protection for communities and the environment

Norbury residents recently refused to withdraw their objections to the licence application of  Paddy Power, the chain of betting shops, to cover an existing shop at 1421 London Road and its planning-approved expansion to 1423 next door. This refusal highlights the limited powers of the council to control … Read More »



The twain shall meet: how Westfield could bring East and West Croydon together

Posted on November 18th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

While East Croydon is east, and West Croydon is west, the Westfield development may draw them together, writes Tom Black

I wasn’t particularly excited about Westfield at first. Don’t get me wrong – as shopping centres go, Westfields are nice places. But they’re still shopping centres, and I’m not much of a shopper.

So the announcement of ‘the Croydon Partnership‘ didn’t make me dance in the street. … Read More »