What is the Fairfield for?

Posted on December 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

The South Bank of south London? As the announcement of its two-year closure for renovation is debated, Anna Arthur considers possible futures for the Fairfield Halls

Fairfield Halls has been the topic of much debate in recent years. It seems that anyone and everyone has an opinion on what it does and whom it’s for. It undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of … Read More »

Croydon politicians should write more, not less

Posted on August 5th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Jonny Rose responds to calls to silence Tony Newman

The disgruntled outpouring in the comment sections of Councillor Tony Newman’s most recent article made for reading almost as interesting as the piece that spawned it.

Whilst the piece was a little overindulgent in its Tory-bashing – and rightfully called out as such – I took issue with some commenters’ requests that there should … Read More »

How should Croydon’s progressives vote in the general election?

Posted on April 21st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton offers some advice to those who want a different kind of governing coalition

Recently in the Citizen, Robert Ward explained why he’s going to vote Conservative. How about the decision-making process for those looking in a different direction?

I believe it’s going to be difficult for progressive people in Croydon to decide how to vote in the general election. For Labour supporters – how … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Fares and Fairfield

Posted on October 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon wonders whether it is where it ought to be and the Twittersphere takes a local councillor at his word

Is the Fairfield Halls at risk of closing within 12 months? No, it isn’t

As the flippant subheading above suggests, this week saw a QTWTAIN – A Question To Which The Answer Is No – explode into Croydon’s often-volatile Twittersphere. Anonymous tweeter @ParkHillFriends, … Read More »

What will Labour offer on boosting culture in Croydon?

Posted on January 6th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

Sean Creighton takes a look at why voters should care about cultural activities in Croydon in the lead up to the  local elections

Who should be concerned for arts and culture in Croydon? Should it only be those actively involved in delivering arts and other cultural activities? Or a band of community activists, who see culture as an important contribution to economic development building their … Read More »

The Festive Gallery: A 2013 round robin from Croydon

Posted on December 24th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

‘Tis the season of goodwill, although one could be forgiven for forgetting that in Croydon’s political class. After a rollercoaster of a year (anyone would think there’s an election in five months), the people of Croydon are settling down for a nice mince pie, a flick through the channels and, without doubt, a self-congratulatory round robin or two from friends and family. In the spirit of … Read More »