Nathan Elvery


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 »



How Croydon will seek universal suffrage by 18th April 2016

Posted on March 7th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 3 comments

So far so good, says Sean Creighton to the Croydon electoral registration team. But challenges still remain

Croydon’s electoral registration team has done a good job to get 250,383 people onto the new electoral register by early February. The team faced the major challenge of trying to ensure that at least 11,000 residents did not lose their chance to vote as the register was updated, replacing … Read More »



Crocus valley blooms again

Posted on October 14th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How Ally McKinlay brought saffron home to Croydon

Boxpark? Just a fancy place for a sandwich. Westfield? Retail detail – see one and you’ve seen ‘em mall. The stand-out Croydon story of 2015 is horticultural.

In August, the people of Croydon responded enthusiastically to a proposal to bring crocus-growing back to the town centre. In Roman times, the species crocus sativus grew here, producing saffron … 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 »



How sustainable can Croydon become?

Posted on August 25th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton takes a look at how Croydon is seeking to become a more sustainable borough and the challenges this presents

In 1987 a committee of the United Nations defined ‘sustainability’ as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. In 2014, Croydon Council is grappling with how its Local Development Plan can reflect the … Read More »