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Croydon recognised for ‘dynamic’ social enterprises

Croydon recognised for ‘dynamic’ social enterprises

National campaign body Social Enterprise UK has awarded Croydon social enterprise status for its many businesses trading for social and environmental purposes. This is the first time a borough in London is awarded the recognition. Currently, eleven towns and cities across the country have achieved social enterprise status. Peter Holbrook,…

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice is the new Mayor of Croydon. After Manju Shahul-Hameed had office for one year, Hay-Justice will serve for the 2015-16 term. She was Deputy Mayor until now. Labour member Hay-Justice was elected to represent Addiscombe ward in 2010 and participated in several committees such as Crime prevention or Housing ever since. After having…

Crushed fly-tipper van goes on display

Crushed fly-tipper van goes on display

A van used to illegally dump waste that was  seized and crushed by Croydon Council has gone on display around the borough as a message to fly-tippers. The van was seized on 21 February, and later destroyed, after it had been used to dump nearly two tonnes of rubbish in…

NHS whistleblower case postponed until September

NHS whistleblower case postponed until September

The case of an NHS whistleblower’s alleged unfair dismissal has been postponed until 14 September. The five-day long tribunal held at the Croydon Employment Tribunal run out of time before a judgment could be reached. Bernadette Rochford has issued a claim for unfair dismissal against NHS Southwark Primary Care Trust (PCT), now…

Three youths in knife fight outside Croydon McDonalds

Three youths in knife fight outside Croydon McDonalds

Three men were stabbed in Croydon on Monday. An altercation that started inside McDonalds, North End is believed to have escalated outside the restaurant. Two teenagers were injured. A third male, aged 20 presented himself at a south London Hospital suffering stab wounds to his face. Metropolitan Police believe these…

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows how Labour lost in Croydon

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows how Labour lost in Croydon

As one of the 12 key battleground constituencies, all eyes were on Croydon Central on election night. The Conservative win in this marginal seat spoke to the larger national result, while North and South Croydon saw no particular political shakeup. Increased support for UKIP, however, was notable. Croydon Central saw a close race, with…

#ELLGE2015: Barwell wins by just 165 votes

#ELLGE2015: Barwell wins by just 165 votes

Weary Labour eyes hoping for some crumbs of comfort turned to Croydon Central this morning only to see Conservative MP Gavin Barwell defeat Labour’s Sarah Jones by just 165 votes. It had been one of the key target marginal seats Labour needed to win to have any chance of power. In…

#ELLGE2015 Croydon: what you need to know

#ELLGE2015 Croydon: what you need to know

GE2015 mapped: polling stations Search for your polling station: The Croydon result is expected to be declared at around 2:45am tomorrow morning. Croydon is a diverse area, with one Labour-held and two Conservative-held constituencies. The result in the marginal seat of Croydon Central will be of national significance: as one of…

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

A café in Norwood Junction station, Croydon could be forced to close because the landlords, London Overground Rail Operations (LOROL), have refused to renew its existing lease. Rachid Yassine, the owner of Café Basmaccino, faces an uncertain future since his previous lease “expired on Monday”. “I just got these documents…

Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Green activists have lost a seven-year battle to stop an incinerator from being built in Croydon, after the High Court threw out their appeal on Tuesday. Shasha Khan of the Green Party, who is running in the coming general election to represent Croydon North in Westminster, said he was “very…