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Croydon’s new planning guidelines: great leap forward or stumble to uncertainty? (part 1)

Posted on September 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Not just for policy wonks – these documents will affect the lives of everyone in Croydon

Planning-development decision making in Croydon has been the subject of much controversy recently, with the apparent obsession with meeting the government’s and Mayor of London’s housing targets – regardless of the strategic policies and objectives of the Croydon Local Plan, with its detailed decision-making process.

Although the new Croydon Local Plan … Read More »



More thoughts on tackling gangs and knife crime in Croydon

Posted on June 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

What else can we do to try to prevent this deadly culture from getting worse?

Sadly, Croydon did not elect a Conservative-led council on 3rd May. Whether the Labour-led council takes up the idea of consulting a panel of experts to advise on tackling knife crime remains to be seen. Just in case they don’t, let’s develop the argument beyond my previous article, which was couched largely … Read More »



Mayor Sadiq Khan visits the People’s Republic of Croydon

Posted on May 1st, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

It was #EatDrinkCampaign as the London Mayor spoke at Boxpark on Monday evening

Sadiq Khan arrived in Croydon at 7pm on a wet and windy night. London’s mayor is every inch the people’s politician, engaging quickly through the crowd, touching everyone and making close eye contact. At the end of the event he lingered, took part in selfie after selfie, listened, talked and hugged. This is a … Read More »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan: answers are blowing in the wind

Posted on July 4th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

All talk and not much action: will this Air Quality Action Plan affect Croydon’s pollution levels?

Consultation on Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan was recently kicked off at a ‘summit’ attended by councillors, council employees and members of the public. The consultation runs until Monday 21st August – so if you care about your air, take a look at the draft plan and make your thoughts known.

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Perception versus punishment? Croydon’s new crime plan

Posted on January 19th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Revisiting the Police and Crime Plan

We are being consulted (again). This time it’s the Police and Crime Plan, which the mayor must produce to explain how the police and related agencies will work together to reduce crime. A figure in the report shows central Croydon to be one of the worst areas for certain crimes, and home to the perpetrators too, so we should be particularly … Read More »



Print archive: April 2016 – Election 2016

Posted on May 24th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

April 2016′s print edition brought election season to Croydon once again, with interviews and manifestos from all major candidates and plenty of commentary. Plus food, drink, and local economics

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How Zac lost, why Sadiq won, and what’s next

Posted on May 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Local Conservative activist Robert Ward has experienced his first losing campaign. He’s now in a reflective mood

So another election is done. The big prize was Mayor of London which Labour’s Sadiq Khan won. Congratulations to him.

Losing is not a good feeling. True, it could have been worse. Steve O’Connell was re-elected to the London Assembly with an increased majority; and losing the … Read More »



“I believe in community politics and local decision making”: interview with Amna Ahmad, Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on April 14th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas’ interviews with Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly candidates continue, with Liberal Democrat Amna Ahmad making her case

Tell me a bit about yourself. What makes you passionate? Why are you standing for election to the London Assembly as the Lib Dem candidate for Croydon and Sutton?

I grew up in south London, but I was born in Pakistan, moving to London when … Read More »



Should Croydon have a directly elected mayor?

Posted on March 23rd, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Max Shirley looks at Croydon’s current electoral model and suggests it might be time Croydon had a directly elected mayor

Every day we move closer to the next London Mayoral and Greater London Assembly elections, which are being held on 5th May. Current polls suggest that Labour candidate Sadiq Khan is in the lead, and has been since the summer. Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has been sitting in a healthy second place … Read More »