Mark Watson


Undercover at Develop Croydon

Posted on November 28th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

An afternoon session at last week’s property conference featured optimism, constructive criticism, and lots of people from Croydon

I’m not a fan of overstated promotion and management-speak. ‘Placemaking Croydon, Space Age City’ would normally see me walking quickly by on the other side of the street, staring intently at my shoes. But if you believe some people, this year’s Develop Croydon conference was a chance to meet … Read More »



Fear and self-loathing in Croydon

Posted on April 17th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 10 comments

Jonny Rose exhorts all remotely cheerful Croydonians to ignore the haters and shake it off

A tweet from the editor of the Croydon Advertiser, Glenn Ebrey, revealed what happens when you introduce positive news to the psyche of a particular type of Croydonian.

Comments (which you can see for yourself here) poured in, varying from the grindingly pessimistic (“Croydon is beyond help. All the … Read More »



How can Croydon foster equality and combat hate?

Posted on November 11th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton looks at how Croydon deals with hate crime and wonders how the council will response to allegations laid against it

The number of hate crimes recorded by the police in Croydon is falling. 338 were recorded in the year to August, a fall of 4% on the previous twelve months. This contrasts with London’s figure: up 13% to 12,450. Racial and religion-related hate crimes account … Read More »