Shirley


Croydon in the ‘roaring ’20s’ remembered

Posted on August 3rd, by Freda Beaven in History. 3 comments

Local girl Freda Beaven grew up in Croydon in the ’20s. In these extracts from her memoir, she remembers life in a very different time…

My grandparents lived in the elegant house known as Laurel Villa, 93 St James’s Road, Croydon. This has now been modernised with little respect for its original character. When I knew it there were front iron railings and a front gate into … Read More »



Blazing a trail

Posted on April 12th, by Lyn Simmons in Politics & Society. No Comments

Could a jumble trail be right up your street?

Well, it will be for residents in Addiscombe and Shirley Park on Saturday 1st July 2017.

Not heard of a jumble trail? It’s a fantastic idea initiated in 2013. Martina Randles loved jumble sales, was a keen supporter of recycling and wanted a way to get to know her local community. She came up with the … Read More »



The Croydon Plan fails to let the public participate in strategy

Posted on September 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Robert Ward takes the council to task over their ‘Croydon Plan’ for housing 

There’s a housing problem and pretty much everyone agrees that it’s a supply issue. We need more houses, the sooner the better. But where?

That’s a question for our planning process, whose purpose is to “ensure that the right development happens in the right place at the right time to benefit communities and … Read More »



Is this how a council is meant to function?

Posted on August 11th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Heavily implying that the answer is ‘no’, Michael Swadling reports on a very familiar scene in the town hall

Croydon Council has often been accused of ‘Punch and Judy politics’ with both main parties using council meetings to act out a mini House of Commons, rather than debating local issues in Croydon. Is this how a council is meant to function?

On Monday 18th … Read More »



News in brief February 2016

Posted on March 7th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big Croydon news stories from February 2016, summarised for your convenience

Controversy surrounded the Tiger Tiger nightclub closure

The closure of Croydon’s well-known Tiger Tiger nightclub was met with regret and nostalgia, as reported in the London Evening Standard but was welcomed by others. Quoted in the Croydon Advertiser, Zack Rodney, owner of the Granaries, described the closure as “the best thing that ever … Read More »



Protestors launch campaign to ‘save Shirley’s green spaces’

Posted on February 2nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Green space is under threat, say campaigners in Shirley. Sean Creighton reports

On the evening of Monday 25th January, a group of Croydon residents opposing the local council’s plans to remove Metropolitan Open Land protection for Shirley came to the town hall to raise its concerns. In particular, the group fears that this would result in ‘intensification’ of development, loss of the area’s character and … Read More »