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Jobs in Croydon: past, present and future

Posted on January 11th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

How has Croydon fared with different types of work since 1971?

GLA Economics has recently produced an experimental data series, available on the London Datastore, of London jobs on a borough and sector basis from 1971 to 2015. This period chronicles the seismic shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy across the capital. It’s an opportunity to see how Croydon has been faring in that … Read More »



“It’s a hugely humbling position to be in – and very scary”: Sarah Jones on being Croydon’s newest MP

Posted on August 7th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Croydon’s first woman MP talks to Tom Black about what a difference two years makes, how to solve a problem like Southern, and the sudden celebrity status of Jeremy Corbyn

When I meet her, Sarah Jones has only been an MP for five weeks. But if her schedule the day we meet is anything to go by, hers is a job you just have to dive into.

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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 »



A voice from the south

Posted on February 20th, by Peter Davis in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Central Croydon is renewing itself, but please don’t forget the rest of the borough

I have lived in Croydon since 1984. We moved from Streatham to Purley because the state schools would be better for our young children, as would the greener environment. We moved from a flat to a house and had to rapidly learn gardening skills. Purley then had (and still has) excellent north-south transport … Read More »



November 2016 in brief

Posted on December 12th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Tram derailment near Sandilands kills seven

Shortly after 6am on the morning of Wednesday 9th November, tram number 2551 derailed after leaving the Sandilands tunnel. The tram, which was travelling towards central Croydon from New Addington, overturned completely and fell onto its side. Seven people died in the accident, while fifty-eight more suffered injuries, many extremely serious. The … Read More »



What was decided at last month’s Croydon Congress

Posted on December 8th, by Hamida Ali in Economics & Business. No Comments

Councillor Hamida Ali reports on a well-attended meeting to shape Croydon’s economic and cultural future

Last month Croydon College was host to Croydon Congress – a bi-annual assembly where leaders across business, voluntary and public sectors in the borough come together to discuss common issues. Previous topics have included social isolation, child sexual exploitation and domestic and sexual violence and galvanised people to take action. The purpose … Read More »



Print archive: November 2016 – When will it end?

Posted on December 3rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

Chaos on the Brighton Line has begun to have a major impact on Croydon, as this issue examines in depth

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A Christmas prayer for Croydon

Posted on December 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A list of demands for an authority higher than Develop Croydon

Dear Lord,

Thank you for bringing us to the end of another year in Croydon.

As ever, it has been a mixed year – with highs, lows, and everything in between. Whilst we might not fully understand why some things happen to ourselves or our fellow Croydonians, we can trust in … Read More »



Undercover at Develop Croydon

Posted on November 28th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

An afternoon session at last week’s property conference featured optimism, constructive criticism, and lots of people from Croydon

I’m not a fan of overstated promotion and management-speak. ‘Placemaking Croydon, Space Age City’ would normally see me walking quickly by on the other side of the street, staring intently at my shoes. But if you believe some people, this year’s Develop Croydon conference was a chance to meet … Read More »



When will the saga of Southern end?

Posted on November 22nd, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 8 comments

With an eye to the costs of disruption, the Citizen Editor-in-Chief tries to answer the question on every commuter’s mind

In a time when political divisions about the European Union are tearing the country apart, we can all at least find some common ground in that most British of things: complaining about the trains. It’s usually a safe topic; against a backdrop of economic and … Read More »