All England’s MPs were given prior sight of the proposals at noon yesterday, 12 hours before the Commission’s report went live to the public.

47.3% White British 1.5% White Irish 0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller 6.3% Other White 2.7% White & Black Caribbean 0.9% White & Black African 1.4% White & Asian 1.6% Other Mixed 6.8% Indian 3% Pakistani 0.7% Bangladeshi 1.1% Chinese 4.8% Other Asian 8% Black African 8.6% Black Caribbean 3.6% Other Black 0.5% Arab

Croydon Airport was once London's main airport, but closed on 30 September 1959 due to the expansion of London and the need of more room at the airport which was impossible to provide, so Heathrow International Airport took over as London's main airport. It Has now been mostly converted to offices, although some important elements of the airport remain. It is a tourist attraction.[19]

Energy Gardens will promote food and energy security, create resilient communities and improve the health and well-being of Londoners. Continue reading →

At the 2010 Croydon local elections seats lost previously in Addiscombe, South Norwood and Upper Norwood were retaken by Labour Party councillors; in New Addington the Conservative party gained a councillor, the first time that the Conservatives had taken a seat there since 1968. The composition of the council after the 2010 elections was Conservatives 37, Labour 33.

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HOOK SHOT: Ahead of Surrey’s one-day final showdown at Lord’s tomorrow, MARCUS HOOK interviews the skipper about the season and his recall to the England Test squad

Croydon Town Hall on Katharine Street in Central Croydon houses the committee rooms, the mayor's and other councillors' offices, electoral services and the arts and heritage services. The present Town Hall is Croydon's third. The first town hall is thought to have been built in either 1566 or 1609.[10] The second was built in 1808 to serve the growing town but was demolished after the present town hall was erected in 1895.

Chamberlain said, “We would like to thank the Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts, for opening the Fair, and all those involved – stall-holders, sponsors, and members of the public, who all contributed to this ever-popular community event.” Continue reading →

The borough is served by the London regional versions of BBC and ITV coverage, from either the Crystal Palace or Croydon transmitters.[138][139]

There are a large number of attractions and places of interest all across the borough of Croydon, ranging from historic sites in the north and south to modern towers in the centre.

The “Executive Club Lunch” organised by the Croydon Chamber of Commerce offers as their guest O’Connell who, they say, has “a wealth of experience and connections in Croydon”. The implication of buying influence seems pretty clear.

The Warehouse Theatre (which closed in 2012), was a studio theatre known for promoting new writing, comedy and youth theatre. It had to close because of the major Ruskin Square redevelopment, but will re-open in the future in a new larger theatre building within the new development.

The Switchback 5 on Sunday September 25 is one of the highlights of Croydon Striders’ club calendar. The course is a five-mile, single-lap, off-road route around Lloyd Park and into Addington Hills.

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to focus on the "day job" and rule…

It’s all a little awkward for the career Conservative politician.

A selection of RSPB goods, nuts and seeds are on sale. Car parking is limited on site but free in adjacent roads. Buses 64 and 433 stop nearby. Continue reading →

Tuesday 20 September is the deadline to nominate an individual or community organisation to...

There are several local and small venues for comedy and community events dotted around Croydon and its districts. Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation celebrated its 40th birthday in 2005. There are several community arts groups, particularly in the large Asian community.

With a matter of days to go until voting closes in the latest phase of the never-ending Labour leadership contest, and the purge of Corbyn supporters within the Croydon Labour Party continues, with members suspended and told that their votes will not count.

Royal Russell School is a co-educational independent boarding and day school in South Croydon and is a member of the Headmasters' Conference.

The London Borough of Croydon is twinned with the municipality of Arnhem which is located in the east of the Netherlands.[140] The city of Arnhem is one of the 20 largest cities in the Netherlands. They have been twinned since 1946 after both towns had suffered extensive bomb damage during the recently ended war. There is also a Guyanese link supported by the council.[141]

The borough is covered by three parliamentary constituencies for the Westminster Parliament, these are Croydon North, Croydon Central and Croydon South. There are 24 wards which represent Croydon Council.

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The council was so slow to implement any of the agreed works that it nearly reached the point where it had to return the whole grant. In the end the money was spent, just in time, but not necessarily wisely. Continue reading →

The town is bordered by Waddon immediately southwest of central Croydon. To the west, inside the London Borough of Sutton lies Beddington. To the north are Broad Green, Thornton Heath and Selhurst. To the south lies South Croydon, and going further south are Purley and Sanderstead. To the east lie Addiscombe and Shirley.

WALTER CRONXITE on the wider ramifications of the Boundary Commission’s somewhat gentle realignment Sutton’s parliamentary seats

Come the re-arranged date, last Saturday, “Unbelievably, it then chose to rain again for most of the day,” according to  Roy Chamberlain, the Rotary Club’s President.

Lunar House is another high-rise building. Like other government office buildings on Wellesley Road, such as Apollo House, the name of the building was inspired by the US moon landings (In the Croydon suburb of New Addington there is a public house, built during the same period, called The Man on the Moon). Lunar House houses the Home Office building for Visas and Immigration. Apollo House houses The Border Patrol Agency.

The next Town Hall cabinet meeting will be discussing grants totalling £7.6 million from Transport for London for a range of road “improvements” around the borough.

We want to hear from everyone who uses or would like to use Croydon’s parks and green spaces.

The present town hall was designed by local architect Charles Henman[10] and was officially opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on 19 May 1896. It was constructed in red brick, sourced from Wrotham in Kent, with Portland stone dressings and green Westmoreland slates for the roof. It also housed the court and most central council employees.

There have also been exhibitions for regional districts of Croydon, including Waddon, South Norwood and Woodside, Purley, New Addington and Coulsdon. Examples of upcoming architecture featured in the expo can easily be found to the centre of the borough in the form of the Croydon Gateway site and the Cherry Orchard Road Towers.

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In 1965 the County Borough of Croydon was abolished and the area was transferred to Greater London and combined with the Coulsdon and Purley Urban District to form the London Borough of Croydon.

The Croydon Guardian is another local weekly paper, which is paid for at newsagents but free at Croydon Council libraries and via deliveries.[136] It is one of the best circulated local newspapers in London and once had the highest circulation in Croydon with around one thousand more copies distributed than The Post.[137]

Wellesley Road on the A212 road forms a north-south axis through the town centre. In line with London Plan policy, there have been a number of proposals to create greater integration between East Croydon station, which lies on one side of the A212, and the town centre of Croydon, which lies on the other side of it. Croydon Vision 2020 aims to tackle this though such solutions as making the road easier for pedestrians to cross by creating a centre island pathway.

Liberal Democrat councillors at a Sutton Council meeting applauded their leader, Ruth Dombey, after she admitted that she had no idea that one of her councillors had been defrauding a council-funded charity of thousands of pounds – even though her own mother is a trustee of an associated charity group.

Croydon was the location of London's main airport until the Second World War. During the war, much of central Croydon was devastated by German V-1 flying bombs and V-2 rockets, and for many years the town bore the scars of the destruction. After the war, Heathrow Airport superseded Croydon Airport as London's main airport, and Croydon Airport quickly went into a decline, finally closing in 1959.

From February 2005 until May 2006 the Leader of Croydon Council was Labour Co-operative Councillor Tony Newman, succeeding Hugh Malyan.

In recent years, the development of tall buildings, such as the approved Croydon Vocational Tower and Wellesley Square, has been encouraged in the London Plan, which will lead to the erection of new skyscrapers over the next few years as London goes through a high-rise boom.[61]