Tony Newman


Being priced out of the Croydon job market

Posted on June 21st, by Michael Swadling in Economics & Business. No Comments

What’s wrong with paying the living wage in Croydon?

Many of us are used to buying and selling goods on eBbay and similar sites. You will have bid, suggested or offered a price, you will have agreed the price. As the buyer, would you have wanted the council to come in and tell you that price is wrong and you have to pay more? As the seller … Read More »



May 2018 in brief

Posted on June 14th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of May 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

The Croydon Partnership announced Waitrose and John Lewis as anchor stores in the proposed new Croydon Westfield retail development

On 31st May the Croydon Partnership confirmed that a four-level John Lewis store and a Waitrose will be the ‘anchor’ stores in its proposed town centre Westfield retail centre.

Work on the centre is set to begin in 2019. Councillor Alison Butler, … Read More »



Businesses invited to free one-to-one support clinic

Posted on June 11th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

On Thursday 26th July businesses are invited to drop in for free one-to-one advice on economic development and business support.

Release begins: Croydon businesses are being offered the chance to attend free one-to-one support clinics to help boost their business.

Hosted by the Croydon Business Network, the sessions offer a wide range of support whether it’s for entrepreneurs wanting to develop their business idea or those … Read More »



Mayor Sadiq Khan visits the People’s Republic of Croydon

Posted on May 1st, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

It was #EatDrinkCampaign as the London Mayor spoke at Boxpark on Monday evening

Sadiq Khan arrived in Croydon at 7pm on a wet and windy night. London’s mayor is every inch the people’s politician, engaging quickly through the crowd, touching everyone and making close eye contact. At the end of the event he lingered, took part in selfie after selfie, listened, talked and hugged. This is a … Read More »



The rainbow civic launch of Croydon’s LGBT month

Posted on February 15th, by Peter Blackburn in Culture. No Comments

A variety of performances kick off Croydon’s diversity celebrations in the presence of the mayor and Croydon Central’s MP

Croydon’s month of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebration and awareness opened on Thursday 1st February at 5pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, councillor Toni Letts.

After short speeches from the mayor and the council leader, the … Read More »



Three missed opportunities to sort out children’s social care

Posted on February 5th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The council’s management of children’s services is failing badly

Croydon Labour council leader Tony Newman, and the cabinet member for children, families and learning, Councillor Alisa Flemming, missed no fewer than three opportunities to intervene to correct falling standards in the department in the run-up to the council failing its Ofsted inspection of children’s services last summer. I am now the leader of the Conservative … Read More »



Event review: Purley Festival 2017

Posted on July 11th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Now in its sixth year, Purley Festival 2017 showcased the best of Croydon’s creativity and community spirit

The sun shone on the Rotary Field on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July as thousands joined together to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and fun during the finale of Purley Festival.

In these uncertain times, there is something special about people uniting to celebrate the … Read More »



We’re all thinking it: will Westfield ever happen?

Posted on April 27th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Why Westfield’s delays are both foreseeable and risky despite what its proponents say

In recent months, one subject keeps rising, quite strangely, amongst the most read topics on the Citizen‘s website. It’s not Boxpark, Croydon Tech City or the sadly recently departed Croydon Radio. It has no reason to be there because we haven’t published, nor had call to publish, anything about it for six months. It … Read More »



A truly frightening budget

Posted on March 6th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 22 comments

Conservative council group leader Tim Pollard has strong words for Croydon’s Labour council

On Monday 27th February, Croydon Council voted to pass a truly frightening budget. The highest council tax increase in London this year. The highest council tax ever paid in Croydon. The biggest mountain of debt ever seen in Croydon. The worst departmental overspend ever seen in Croydon.

On Monday evening, we heard howls … Read More »



‘I would make Croydon better by’: the next stage

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

It’s time to put your ideas into practice

From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing solutions to the town’s problems. So in 2014 we launched a unique, long-running campaign to publish actionable suggestions for improving the town. All that readers had to do was tell us what one way they would make Croydon better.

Submissions ranged from the … Read More »