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New competition launched for local fashion designers

New competition launched for local fashion designers

A competition has been launched for young aspiring fashion designers as part of Croydon’s business month. The Made in Croydon competition is organized by UR-iD, a customized print and design company based in Croydon. They are working in partnership with Croydon Council to offer exposure to Croydon artistic residents. The…

Council plans to stop the rush to turn offices into flats

Council plans to stop the rush to turn offices into flats

In an attempt to stop the development of substandard housing, Croydon council are bidding to pull out of a law which allows property developers to convert offices into flats without planning permission. Permitted development rights were brought in by the government last year, and since then 1074 out of 1236…

Job seeking revolutionised by new search platform

Job seeking revolutionised by new search platform

Job hunting has been made easier for housing association residents thanks to a new job search Internet platform designed by a Croydon business. Launch For Jobs was created by 3D Change and introduced yesterday, 21 October, at the South London Jobs Fair at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The firm is a social…

Ben Haenow makes it through yet another X Factor round

Ben Haenow makes it through yet another X Factor round

Ben Haenow wowed the X Factor judges once more at the competition’s second live show last weekend with a passionate rendition of John Lennon’s ballad “Jealous Guy”. With the week’s theme being the 80s, the 29-year-old van driver from Purley got standing ovations from two of the judges, smoothly making…

Locals to have their say on Crystal Palace future

Locals to have their say on Crystal Palace future

The Mayor of London has launched a public consultation on plans to redevelop Crystal Palace National Sport Centre, with the current stadium under threat of demolition. Boris Johnson described the redevelopment as “exciting” and a “benefit for the local community” but not all  locals agree with the Mayor. The plans…

Croydon College plans secondary free school

Croydon College plans secondary free school

Croydon College has submitted plans for a secondary ‘free’ school. Plans for the New Croydon Academy have just been sent to the Department of Education for approval. The NCA, as a free school, would be state funded, but independent of the local authority. It would also provide 180 new places…

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Croydon van driver, Ben Haenow, has continued smoothly on his X Factor journey with a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water. After performing the classic by Simon and Garfunkel, the 29-year-old was the second singer announced to be going on to the next live show, together with 13 more acts.…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

One of Croydon’s most remarkable parks has been shortlisted for an award that recognizes exceptional landscape design and architecture. Wandle Park is running for this year’s Landscape Institute Award in the category  for large-scale public development. The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects. They work to…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

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