Category Archives: Croydon North

Library campaigners: ‘Broken promises will be on our minds’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ALUN and BARBARA THOMAS have sent an open letter to their local councillors, decrying the decision of Lambeth and Croydon councils to cut funding for Upper Norwood Library We are concerned at the latest developments concerning the funding … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, John Wentworth, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Library closure would be ‘disaster’ warns Society chairman

The chairman of the Norwood Society has sent an open letter to the Croydon councillors who represent Upper Norwood, and to the MP for Lambeth South, Steve Reed OBE, to appeal for help in raising more funds for Upper Norwood … Continue reading

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Farage dumps ‘Chump from the Dump’ Winston McKenzie

Is time running out on the joke which passes for the political “career” of the “Chump from the Dump”, Winston McKenzie? The Daily Wail is reporting today that McKenzie has been sacked as UKIP’s “Commonwealth spokesman” by Nigel Farage’s national … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Vidhi Mohan, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Library trust is ‘shellshocked’ at Lambeth’s 60% funding cut

The future of Upper Norwood Library has been thrown into doubt once again, this time after a Labour-run local authority announced its intention to reduce funding by 60 per cent in 2016. Upper Norwood’s library is unique due to its … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Education, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP, Transition Town, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Selhurst sees Labour touching Wood over Croydon Central

Labour’s David Wood romped to an overwhelming victory in the Selhurst ward council by-election yesterday, winning 71.5 per cent of the vote to take his party’s 40th seat at Croydon Town Hall. But fewer than 1 in 5 Selhurst voters … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croham, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, David Wood, Gavin Barwell MP, Gerry Ryan, Nathan Elvery, Selhurst | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

UKIP make ‘crass’ member chairman of Croydon North branch

UKIP in Croydon, who caused widespread disgust when three of its members lodged the call for the Selhurst ward by-election before the funeral of former councillor Gerry Ryan, have rewarded one of those who created the outrage by making him … Continue reading

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‘Chump’ McKenzie could duck showdown over his UKIP future

Winston McKenzie, Croydon UKIP’s “Chump from the Dump”, risks losing his grasp of control over local party matters at a meeting tonight. McKenzie and his closest political aide, Marianne Bowness, were forced to stand down as officers of the local … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace stadium report delayed as scheme reconsidered

ZhongRong’s deadline for paying Bromley a non-refundable £5 million deposit to maintain their preferential status as developers of a £500 million “exciting glass-house proposal” (© Boris Johnson) for the top site in Crystal Palace Park expires later today, with the … Continue reading

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Date set for Winston McKenzie to fight for his UKIP future

A showdown over the future of UKIP as an organised political party in Croydon will take place next week, with an extraordinary general meeting (another one) of the shambolic Lambeth and Croydon North branch. The Lambeth and Croydon North branch … Continue reading

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UKIP’s short straw for Selhurst by-election drawn by Reid

UKIP has chosen Annette Reid as the person to face the wrath of Selhurst ward’s Council Tax-payers, many of them angered that they could face an unnecessary bill of £20,000 for having to go to the polling stations on March … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, David Wood, Gerry Ryan, Selhurst, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labour selects ‘excellent candidate’ Wood for Selhurst

David Wood, the son of a former Bishop of Croydon, will be Selhurst’s new councillor next month. Wood is 42 and lives in Selhurst. He was selected at a Labour ward meeting last night from among seven applicants. Patsy Cummings, … Continue reading

Posted in Bishop of Croydon, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon North, David Wood, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Gerry Ryan, Patsy Cummings, Paul Smith, Selhurst, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

UKIP Croydon leader forced to apologise for ‘crass’ members

Ahead of UKIP’s candidate selection meeting tonight, Peter Staveley, the party’s branch chairman in Croydon, has issued an apology to the family and friends of Councillor Gerry Ryan, who died last month, for what he describes as “the crass actions” … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gerry Ryan, Peter Staveley, Selhurst, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

96 days to go and councillors’ self-interest is showing

Have you had someone with a rosette knock at your door yet? You will, says WALTER CRONXITE, you will. Though how the tax-payers of Croydon will benefit from one of the longest election campaigns in history is questionable Fed up … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Chris Wright, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell MP, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Louisa Woodley, Maggie Mansell, Malcolm Wicks MP, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Mark Watson, Patricia Hay-Justice, Robert Canning, Sara Bashford, Sarah Jones, Steve Hollands, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Staveley tells Kippers he’s ‘very upset’ over Selhurst

Peter Staveley, the UKIP parliamentary candidate in Croydon Central and the chairman of the only UKIP branch still regarded by their own party as competent to operate in the borough, has issued a furious email to his local colleagues over … Continue reading

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UKIP call for Selhurst by-election may cost tax-payer £20,000

The disrespectful and impatient move by three UKIP members to demand a Town Hall by-election in Selhurst ward could cost the Council Tax-payers of Croydon up to £20,000. As exclusively revealed earlier this week by Inside Croydon, UKIP members Emmanuel … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gerry Ryan, Restaurants, Selhurst, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Time to scrap Boris’s Crystal Palace vanity project, say Greens

Time is running out for one of Boris Johnson’s vanity projects, the £500 million Chinese Crystal Palace which although unbuilt, has cast a dark shadow over the park and the National Sports Centre there, and blighted planned improvements and developments … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Community associations, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

UKIP condemned for election call ahead of councillor’s funeral

UKIP’s out-of-control members in Croydon, who are usually fronted by the notoriously incompetent Winston McKenzie, have struck again, causing widespread disgust by impatiently demanding a by-election in Selhurst ward following the death of widely admired Labour Councillor Gerry Ryan. Ryan’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Gerry Ryan, Selhurst, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shapps sends an SOS for Barwell: Save Our Salaries

HAS GAV GIVEN UP (Part 94): Not so much a straw in the wind. More an entire bale of hay that shows the Conservatives are very worried for the fate of their former Tory HQ wonk, Gavin Barwell, as last … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Chris Philp, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UKIP’s Winston McKenzie snubbed over charity debate

Winston McKenzie, the controversial UKIP parliamentary candidate for Croydon North, has been snubbed for a televised debate on foreign aid being staged in Thornton Heath later this week. The debate is organised by a Sri Lankan children’s charity, and the … Continue reading

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Foreign aid on agenda at Thornton Heath debate, Jan 15

The charity Child Aid Lanka is staging a Question Time event in Thornton Heath next Thursday, January 15, with an impressive panel of guests, including Dominic Grieve MP, the Tories’ former attorney general, Suzanne Evans, the deputy chairman of UKIP, … Continue reading

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