Steve Reed


What can Croydon do for Israel and Palestine?

Posted on July 5th, by Samuel Ali in Politics & Society. 11 comments

How Croydon MPs and a Croydon artist have reacted to the issues in Israel and Gaza

There is a familiar course of action followed by the British government after escalations of violence in Palestine. First, a ‘neutral’ call that both sides show restraint whilst insisting that Israel has the right to defend itself; then a grudging recognition of the one-sided civilian death toll as it becomes undeniable; and, … Read More »



Thornton Heath rallies for youth support in Croydon

Posted on June 4th, by Myra Rademacher in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The community takes a stand against knife crime by promoting youth empowerment

The church was sweltering in the May heat, but the atmosphere inside was warm and inviting. Dozens of community members stood around their booths, talking with the adults and kids who had given up their Saturday afternoon on a bank holiday weekend to discuss youth empowerment. The people at the Thornton Heath Youth … Read More »



Tribunal rules that Citiscape residents are responsible for costs of Grenfell-style cladding

Posted on March 20th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Residents are in discussion about whether or not they will appeal the tribunal’s ruling

A tribunal has ruled that leaseholders in Citiscape are responsible for paying nearly £500,000 to keep their building safe.

By 16th February 2018, eight months after Grenfell Tower caught fire, the Building Safety Programme had identified 314 residential or public buildings over 18 metres in England with Aluminium Composite Material cladding … Read More »



Residents and politicians respond to cladding charges at Citiscape

Posted on February 19th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

The property management company says there are no other funding options to remove unsafe cladding

The cladding on a residential building in Croydon may not be replaced until the property manager can collect enough money from leaseholder service charges.

After Grenfell Tower caught fire, safety tests were carried out on other blocks to determine if other buildings had the same cladding. The results showed that Citiscape, … Read More »



Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



Sarah Jones has gained Croydon Central for Labour

Posted on June 9th, by Zach Baker in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Croydon Central result changes Croydon’s political map for first time since 2005

After a long night of counting and deliberation, the results came in for Croydon’s three constituencies. Croydon North and Croydon South have been traditionally safe seats for the Labour and Conservative parties respectively. This year’s results kept those seats in the red and blue columns. However Croydon Central swung left and was gained by the … Read More »



The Brexit effect on Croydon’s general election

Posted on May 26th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 8 comments

We’re having an unexpected election because of an unexpected result, and its shockwaves are felt in Croydon’s campaigns

We are where we are. Unfortunately, much of the discussion since the Brexit vote has been diverted into places where we are not. It can be a good place to hide if you don’t like where we are, but doesn’t change the reality.

Where we are is that … Read More »



In #GE2017, decisions made in Croydon will matter

Posted on April 26th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 5 comments

As Theresa May’s election snaps at our heels, Max Shirley takes a look at the issues for Croydon

If you think you’ve trekked to the postbox or polling station quite enough recently, then I’m sure that you won’t be too happy with Tuesday 18th April’s news that a snap election is upon us. Confirmed by the Commons’ vote on Wednesday by 522 votes to 13 … Read More »



October 2016 in brief

Posted on November 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

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

Food and drink hub Boxpark opens

The shipping container-based development finally opened its doors at the end of October. Featuring more than thirty bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other assorted eateries, the large development next to East Croydon station began with a two-day launch party, the thumping bass of which could be felt on East Croydon’s … Read More »



Croydon’s boundary reforms: what you need to know

Posted on September 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Black explains what the parliamentary boundary changes could mean for Croydon

The 2016 boundary review, tasked with equalising the population in constituencies as far as possible and – controversially – reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600, has delivered its verdict on Croydon. After talk of four seats, and three-and-a-half-seats (sharing one with Sutton), the result is surprisingly muted. But what does it … Read More »