Category Archives: Croydon North

South Norwood Primary is forced to become an academy

Parents and guardians of children at South Norwood Primary received the dread note of execution for their school yesterday. John Phillipson, the chairman of the interim executive board (IEB), has already overseen the forcible academisation of one Croydon primary school … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, Education, Hamida Ali, Paul Greenhalgh, Paul Scott, Schools, South Norwood, South Norwood Primary, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fairness Commission provides Blue Labour with opportunity

The consequences of the General Election result continue to roll out. Such as: What does Croydon’s Labour-run council do with its very Ed Miliband-esque Fairness and Opportunity Commission? “Fairness” is so redolent of the Milband era, it appears that Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Bishop of Croydon, Croydon Council, Fairness Commission, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

All too quiet about Quietway closures on Norbury Avenue

Once the school run was over yesterday morning, official-looking blokes wearing hi-viz jackets blocked off a one-mile stretch of a suburban street in Croydon. It’s a new “Quietway” on Norbury Avenue. Which might explain the near-silence from Croydon Council about … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Cycling, Environment, Jo Negrini, Kathy Bee, Norbury, Norbury Green Residents' Association, Norbury Village Residents' Association, Parking, Planning, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Palace revolution as Bromley hands park to community

Bromley Council has agreed to hand over the management and governance of Crystal Palace Park to a community-led trust. The decision has been described as “one of the most important decisions in 30 years”.

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Community associations, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, History, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Martin Tempia, Mayor of London, Stephen Carr, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Coe has been backing Baku while Crystal Palace crumbles

Sebastian Coe’s attempts to run a mile from being associated with recommendations to bulldoze Crystal Palace athletics stadium and other south London sports facilities which were to be part of the “Olympic legacy” promised by the 2012 London Games looks … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Sport, Property, London-wide issues, Business, 2012 Olympics, Athletics, Environment, Upper Norwood, Croydon Harriers, Crystal Palace Community Association, Bromley Council, Crystal Palace Park | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bollards! Latest crash underlines danger on Grange Road

Further proof of the need for better enforced speed controls on key routes through Croydon was delivered by another out-of-control motorist on the eve of the end of the council’s 20mph consultation. Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader sent us this picture, … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Cycling, Environment, Karen Jewitt, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Coulsdon roads campaigner Morgan is kicked out of UKIP

To be kicked out of one right-wing party is unfortunate. But Coulsdon agitator Peter Morgan has now been expelled from two such political groups. According to a lawyer from UKIP, Morgan has had his membership of  that party “rescinded”. This … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Parking, Peter Staveley, Transport, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

20mph zones under threat from UKIP activists, warns Khan

What appears to be a UKIP-led campaign against 20mph speed limits on residential streets in the north of the borough has been condemned, after stickers and posters have been placed – often unlawfully – around Croydon. In a display of … Continue reading

Posted in Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Environment, Norbury, Parking, Selhurst, Shasha Khan, Thornton Heath, Transport, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Croydon Tory MP gives his backing to newspaper strikers

Wonders will never cease (Part II). A week after a right-wing Tory MP declared he couldn’t possibly live in London on the National Minimum Wage, now another Conservative MP from Croydon has declared his support for striking journalists at the … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Guardian, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Local media, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Athletics body condemns plans to bulldoze Palace track

Finally, the Lottery-funded national governing body for athletics has delivered a report which is strongly against the demolition of the track and field facilities at Crystal Palace. UK Athletics has delivered its views nine months after the start of a … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Park, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sport, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council’s 20mph consultation looking like a political car crash

One of Croydon’s Labour council’s flagship policies appears to have been driven down a dead-end road. The local Labour group’s 20mph proposal for residential streets is in a state of crisis, faced with energetic opposition from the motoring lobby, otherwise … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Environment, Karen Jewitt, Kathy Bee, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Policing, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Matthew Bennett, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Winston McKenzie’s latest rant does UKIP leader no good

Poor old Winston McKenzie, Croydon’s UKIP “Chump”. He really doesn’t get it, does he? Barely a week after he held on to his General Election deposit thanks to a handful of votes in Croydon North, McKenzie was back on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell clings on to turn the tide for the Tories in Croydon

To borrow a phrase from that giant among Croydon residents, Ronnie Corbett: “And finally…”. WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a copy of Computer Weekly, offers his analysis of the local state of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Ashburton, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Purley Pool, Purley Way, Sarah Jones, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How can abolishing the Bedroom Tax be called ‘too left-wing’?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Trades unionist BOB HEWLETT suggests that blame for his party’s defeat in the General Election is being placed too conveniently on one or two individuals Well, well, well. Summer has not even arrived but already hairy old chestnuts … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Bob Hewlett, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Four million conversations: but what was their message?

JOHN BRAGGINS, pictured left, strips away some of the data to show that Tory MP Gavin Barwell had one of the biggest vote swings against him in the whole of London in last week’s General Election The headlines from Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Britain is left a divided nation, Croydon a polarised borough

WALTER CRONXITE pokes through the wreckage left by the 2015 General Election in Croydon, London and the country Balls. Metaphorically, and as far as the former shadow chancellor is concerned, physically. Politically, Croydon today is more polarised than at any … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Peter Staveley, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

VOTE 2015: Live coverage of Croydon’s General Election

We will be reporting live through the night on the General Election results in Croydon – North, South and Central – London and across the country. We encourage you to send us your comments by email and Twitter. Croydon’s counts … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Esther Sutton, Gavin Barwell MP, Gill Hickson, Jon Bigger, Kathleen Garner, Nathan Elvery, Peter Staveley, Peter Underwood, Sarah Jones, Shasha Khan, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Croydon Tory official justifies racist tweet by using ‘N’ word

Croydon Conservatives have failed to apologise for, or take disciplinary action over, the racist tweets of Anne Piles, a member of their executive committee and prominent supporter of parliamentary candidates Gavin Barwell, Chris Philp and Vidhi Mohan. And without any … Continue reading

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Russell Brand casts media campaign into a new light. Maybe

On the eve of the General Election, JOHN BRAGGINS finds the polls are not offering much insight on the result, the bookies are hoping to hedge their bets on their favourite, and UKIP is employing eastern Europeans. So no change … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Gill Hickson, Kathleen Garner, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment