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Sat 06 Feb 2021 at 8:05pm

One dead and nine injured in series of stabbings in Croydon

One man has died after paramedics could not save his life at the scene and nine have been injured in a series of stabbings across three locations in Croydon on Friday, February 5. The Metropolitan Police said they responded to five reports of stabbings within three hours. Calls were made to ...

Sat 06 Feb 2021 at 8:05pm

Croydon residents face losing five libraries within months

Five of Croydon’s thirteen libraries are due to close amid the council’s declaration of bankruptcy in late 2020. The five buildings facing closure are Bradmore Green, Shirley, Sanderstead, South Norwood, and Broad Green. The council said these libraries had expensive maintenance costs and were the least visited. ...
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Fri 05 Feb 2021 at 3:45pm

Sweet support: community gives back to NHS workers with chocolate

Croydon University Hospital was one of the first to benefit from the kindness of the NHS Chocolate Bar Campaign Tamiyah Barbour, nine, and her mother Jessica Edwards, 31, were watching their third or fourth news report from a Covid ward when they felt the urge to do something. “We knew it ...

Wed 03 Feb 2021 at 9:20am

CR4 postcode new variant testing does not cover Croydon

A mass testing programme in south London to curb the spread of the South African variant of Covid-19 will be limited to a small CR4 postcode area around Pollards Hill which is part of Merton Borough rather than Croydon. The government is urging everyone in the area over the age ...

Wed 16 Dec 2020 at 3:15pm

Residents fear new greener parking scheme will hit poor hardest

From January 1 drivers with cars that produce more pollution will be charged more to park in Croydon, as part of the council’s greener parking scheme. However, some residents have protested that this will come at a cost to those who cannot afford zero emission vehicles and so will be ...

Thu 10 Dec 2020 at 11:15pm

Croydon Commons debate a ‘political stunt’ says Labour MP

Croydon Labour MP Sarah Jones has attacked a Commons adjounment debate on Croydon Council’s financial crisis as ‘a political stunt.’ In a Twitter post this morning Mario Creatura, a Conservative councillor for Coulsdon, said that the failure of Labour’s MPs attend the debate showed “They couldn’t care ...

Thu 10 Dec 2020 at 3:15pm

‘More consistent support’ needed for local homeless says Big Feed charity

Rough sleepers in Croydon need “100% backing” from the council says Jack Percival, founder of the non-council funded Percy’s Homeless Hub charity, who is hosting the Big Feed event in the borough tomorrow. While many council-supported spaces in the area take in homeless people, Percival told Eastlondonlines that “more consistent ...

Thu 10 Dec 2020 at 2:00pm

Nostalgia for the future: Exploring Croydon’s past and present through six buildings

In these virus-stricken times getting outside is, in fact, just what the doctor ordered. If you have exhausted your local parks or get a little down looking at denuded trees in winter, Croydon’s wealth of 20th-century modernist architecture offers the perfect escape into the borough’s history and, if ...

Fri 04 Dec 2020 at 9:45am

Croydon in talks with Government over financial bail out

Croydon council have issued a second Section 114 notice and have said it will continue to do so every 21 days until the budget is balanced, which can only be achieved through Government funding. In this week’s extraordinary meeting, the council heard that as the 21 day period draws to a close ...

Thu 03 Dec 2020 at 7:15pm

Croydon seeks private sector developers to fund Purley regeneration scheme

The private sector will have to step in to redevelop Purley Town Centre because Croydon Council cannot afford to pay for it, local residents have been told The Future Purley project involves the council and the Purley Panel, and has laid out plans to drastically change Purley, addressing issues such ...