Shasha Khan

Happy Chinese New Year, Croydon! Love from Hale Man, artist-in-residence

Posted on February 27th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones has a go at visualising Croydon’s Five Elements of Transformation – water, earth, wood, metal and fire

The Whitgift Centre‘s artist-in-residence, Hale Man, hosted her artistic celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February, with workshops and guided tours in her ground floor studio, close to the centre’s information point. On Sunday afternoon, I took a tour as part of a … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Seventy days

Posted on February 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

After a short sabbatical, Tom Black returns to cast his eye over Croydon’s politics ten weeks before the general election, and to make a special announcement

National issues dominate Croydon’s campaigns as general election looms

Ten weeks from today, Croydonians – and their fellow Britons – will go to the polls and elect a new government. It might look a lot like the current … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Suspensions and appeals

Posted on November 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Tom Black takes a break from the Barwell/Jones 2015 prizefight and looks at two setbacks for smaller parties in Croydon

Anti-incinerator judicial review fails, appeal planned

Shasha Khan, who has been the face of the Stop The Incinerator campaign for some years, has had all four of his grounds for legal challenge thrown out. The news is a blow to Khan and to the campaign, as … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Slow cars and slower judicial reviews

Posted on October 23rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Tom Black explores one of the ‘hot’ issues dividing Croydon, and prepares to twiddle his thumbs for a while

Is twenty plenty, or merely trendy?

How fast should cars be allowed to drive on residential roads?

If you accept the current situation as fine, then you’d say 30mph.

If you were part of our local governing party, Croydon Labour, you’d say 20mph.

If you … Read More »

The Public Gallery: When is an endorsement not an endorsement?

Posted on September 25th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Boris, a Black livetweet and a brush with controversy as Barwell joins battle for Croydon Central

So who endorsed Gavin Barwell this week?

Gavin Barwell’s campaign launch on Monday was a glitzy, well-put-together affair. Tory operatives were milling around the refurbished Arnhem Gallery in matching blue t-shirts. The blue in question is a pleasing, light shade with a hint of green – no prizes … Read More »

If 50,000 people in Croydon North don’t vote…

Posted on November 16th, by Brendan Walsh in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

….ask not “why do so few people vote?”, but, “why so many?”

The Croydon North electorate in 2010 numbered 85,216. Normally a By-Election of produces a turnout of 20% lower than then General Election, this suggests that 41% will vote on November 29th. It also suggests that 50,000 people will not vote. More often than not they feel the outcome of an election will have little bearing on their … Read More »