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Winter in brief

Posted on February 23rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of winter 2016-2017, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Annual ‘Big Street Clean’ sees young Ahmadiyya Muslims tidy up Croydon on New Year’s Day

Young men from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) Croydon celebrated the start of 2017 by waking at the crack of dawn. After offering communal prayers for a prosperous year ahead and their usual morning prayer, they took to the streets, … Read More »



Croydon: Forget skyscrapers, why not build down?

Posted on April 13th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 15 comments

Skyscrapers be damned, says Jonny Rose – the future is underground

There’s a desperate need for housing in Croydon

Recent figures from Shelter show that over 2,500 families are currently without permanent residence in the borough.

This reflects a wider British malaise: there is an affordable housing ‘crisis’ – rents have shot up and we are building less than half of the affordable … Read More »



Buy now – Croydon will not be this pocket friendly for long

Posted on August 11th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Sean Creighton asks what Croydon’s soaring house prices mean for local people, and finds a predictable answer

“Impressive new housing developments are under construction and we have penthouses selling well in excess of £1m.”

“We have a real issue in the mainstream market, in that 80 per cent of houses in London are only affordable by 20 per cent of the population.”

“The Saffron development’s … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part three)

Posted on December 9th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 1 Comment

In this third in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent acquaints himself with Croydon’s deathwishes and people in Icelandic sweaters, and has his first encounter with the festival’s live music

The only attraction beyond Cherries Cafe … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part two)

Posted on December 2nd, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 2 comments

In this second in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent arrives at East Croydon station, ponders the local and future architecture, and encounters a graffiti installation

And so I move on to attraction no. 3, on … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part one)

Posted on November 25th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 3 comments

In this first in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Bear with me. This is my first piece of investigative journalism – I’m not a Croydon native, have never lived here, and in fact hail from Croydon’s mirror image … Read More »