Taberner House

From childhood to adulthood in Croydon

Posted on June 12th, by Uday Shukla in Culture. 2 comments

One man’s memories of growing up in Croydon

Apart from a few years away when at university, I’ve lived in south London for all of my life. During this time, I’ve seen Croydon change.

As a child, I remember my dad driving me and my sisters to Croydon on Saturdays to do the speciality food shop. This meant parking the car what seemed like a million … Read More »

Genius loci

Posted on November 24th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 1 Comment

Andrew Dickinson looks back at Croydon’s summer of saffron

A good number of Croydon residents have been fortunate enough to be involved with the incredible, horticultural, community heritage project that is Saffron Central, which has been attracting a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

I visited the site on 8th November to help harvest what may be the last of any great quantity of saffron as temperature and … Read More »

Summer news in brief

Posted on September 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The big stories of the summer in a handy round-up

Croydon Council sets sights on Bakerloo Line extension

In late July, Croydon Council began public moves to lobby Transport for London to place the long-proposed extension of the Bakerloo Line in Croydon. The extension has previously been earmarked for Bromley, but an apparent lack of support for the idea on Bromley Council … Read More »

Croydon ’til they die: Andy Miller and John Grindrod in conversation

Posted on July 15th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon is the super ‘burb, pin-up and lightning rod for all that post-war development promised then (arguably) failed to deliver. This summer, celebrated authors John Grindrod and Andy Miller have explored suburban identity in their literary roadshow, Croydon Till I Die.

Here are John and Andy on how their four book-readings in Crystal Palace, Shoreditch, Fairfield Halls and the Brecon Beacons came about, what they set … Read More »

New council development company to deliver Taberner House scheme

Posted on July 14th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The council’s newly-launched development company is to take control of the Taberner House scheme, aiming to provide more affordable housing, more open space and a better financial return.

Release begins: This will be the development company’s first major scheme, which will provide 418 homes, with 30% affordable housing – double that under the previous plans.

The development company will work with a developer, which will build the scheme across four blocks instead … Read More »

In defence of the suburbs

Posted on July 7th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The suburb is inoffensive, but why does it conjure up so much negative sentiment? asks James Naylor

“But what, exactly, do the suburbs need defending from?” said Rob.

To me, the answer felt obvious. It was the reason that I, and 300 others, gathered on 11th June for the final leg of the part literary roadshow, part reading group, part evangelical revival that was … Read More »

April in brief

Posted on May 6th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The headlines of last month, compiled into one handy article

Croydon became key election battleground

Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband and David Cameron were just three of the high-profile politicians to visit Croydon during the general election campaign. At the time of writing, the polls showed a neck-and-neck race between incumbent Conservative Gavin Barwell and Labour’s Sarah Jones. While betting markets and polling predictions narrowly … Read More »

Taberner House: story of a demolition

Posted on April 17th, by Rossella Scalia in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A building vanishes. Rossella Scalia reflects on Croydon’s newest public space

Since April 2014, Rossella Scalia has been watching the demolition of one of central Croydon’s chief landmarks. Taberner House was built between 1964 and 1967, the work of architect H. Thornley, and named after Ernest Taberner OBE, Croydon’s Town Clerk from 1937 to 1963. Generally unpopular with locals, the building was notable for being not oblong but … Read More »

Address the housing shortage or improve the public realm? Does Croydon even have a choice?

Posted on May 9th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 12 comments

Tom Lickley asks whether Croydon can ever address its housing shortage whilst maintaining a pleasant environment for residents

Study the above image. Just a small snapshot of a residential district that goes on for miles and miles. Then imagine that this is just one of many residential zones which sprawl across the largest city proper in the world, and a city which is still expanding.

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A Bridge Too Far

Posted on January 13th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 4 comments

Can the name of a bridge strengthen ties with our twin town? Andrew Dickinson explores

The new pedestrian bridge at East Croydon opens in the same month that news comes of the council proposing to cut funding for activities linked with our twin town Arnhem, in the Netherlands; all to save just £10,000. We have been linked since 1946 but we are to suffer  another … Read More »