Category Archives: Croydon North

Newman takes his group off to Brighton, paid via the rates

If you live in one of the Labour-held wards in Croydon, you probably didn’t have an opportunity to meet your publicly funded councillor at a residents’ surgery this weekend. You definitely would not have seen council leader Tony Newman standing … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Purley, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Coe is accused of ‘world-class hypocrisy’ over Palace plans

Some of London’s leading athletes and coaches have reacted with dismay and horror at plans, revealed this week, to demolish the athletics stadium and indoor training facilities at Crystal Palace. And there is mounting anger among some senior athletics figures … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Olympics, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Croydon Harriers, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London Assembly, Martyn Rooney, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, South London Harriers, Sport, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Award-winning’ planning chief says house building is easy

Famously, Tom Lehrer said that satire died the day that Henry Kissinger was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. What Lehrer might have made of Croydon being presented with an award for being Britain’s best local planning authority probably … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, RIF, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman goes missing at the making of piece of black history

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall chamber with a Yorkie bar and half-finished crossword from that day’s Metro sticking out of his jacket pocket, reports on Monday’s council meeting, where all promises of doing civic business in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon North, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell MP, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Planning, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Meeting to safeguard Upper Norwood Library, Oct 13

With local authorities, including Lambeth and Croydon councils, having to make further cuts in public spending – by as much as 25 per cent – here ROBERT GIBSON calls for more public help to keep Upper Norwood Library operating We … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon North, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Steve Reed MP, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jobs, homes and wages: Questions still to be answered

A Croydon-based economics commentator has issued a coruscating critique of the conference speech given in Manchester this week by Labour leader Ed Miliband, just months before his party faces an election which, if they win, will make him Prime Minister. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Fisher, Business, Centrale, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Health, Housing, Richard Ottaway MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Tory blunder as they sign UKIP campaigner as member

Massive embarrassment for Croydon’s Conservatives – another one following #WadGate – as one of their Coulsdon councillors had to be told that one of his own local Tory party members is not only on the membership list for their political … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon North, Parking, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Winston McKenzie, Peter Staveley, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon warns against creating “the slums of the future”

ANDREW PELLING, pictured left, reports from the Labour party conference in Manchester, where Croydon councillors are out in force lobbying for the borough With Labour eyeing a return to power at Westminster after next May’s General Election, it is of … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon North, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Property, London-wide issues, Business, Ken Livingstone, Housing, Tony Newman, Andrew Pelling, Planning, Addiscombe, Sean Fitzsimons, Paul Scott, Steve Reed MP, "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

“Book Token” promoted as Pollard completes Tory takeover

Croydon’s Tory councillors yesterday duly anointed Tim Pollard, the “loyal deputy” who did just enough to cause the downfall of Mike Fisher over #WadGate, as their new leader. With no one else from the 30-strong group of Conservative councillors prepared … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Sara Bashford, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ending office-to-flats won’t harm market, SHW director says

A director of the Croydon estate agency which manages the Whitgift Foundation’s vast portfolio of properties in the borough has told Inside Croydon that the council’s move to end permitted development – the planning device which allows the owners of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Planning, Property, Stiles Harold Williams, Taberner House, Vidhi Mohan, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ottaway milked MPs’ pay system for £250,000 last year

Conservative MP Richard Ottaway has hit the parliamentary jackpot again. According to the latest official figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, or IPSA, in the financial year to May 2014, Tricky Dicky cost the taxpayer the grand total of: … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Oh Phlip! Philp gets the name of fellow Tory candidate wrong

It was Mario Creatura, who has risen from desperate wannabe politician to become an MP’s gobby fac totum and a councillor for one of the safest Tory wards in the borough, who infamously said of Croydon North’s parliamentary constituency that … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chump: UKIP candidate in legal threat against this website

STEVEN DOWNES, Inside Croydon’s editor, on the latest self-important politico who thinks he can bully and intimidate Poor old Winston McKenzie, UKIP’s branch chairman for Lambeth and Croydon North and now their parliamentary candidate for Croydon North. With each passing … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | 2 Comments

#WadGate: O’Connell and Mohan join Fisher’s Infamous Five

Mike Fisher was not alone among Croydon’s senior Conservative councillors in looking at claiming an increase in his allowances. And at the front of the queue for a bigger hand-out at the expense of Council Tax-payers was Steve O’Connell, the … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

#WadGate latest: Fisher’s deputies put pressure on him to go

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the Town Hall allowances scandal does not reflect well on councillors of either of the political parties Say what you like about George Galloway (keep it polite, please), but he does have one phrase which … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mike Fisher, Sara Bashford, Shirley, Steve Reed MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment