Tag Archives: Andrew Pelling

Council meeting goes through the motions as a costly joke

WALTER CRONXITE, our man watching the webcast with a Yorkie bar and  a cup of strong black coffee, calls for another reform of Croydon Council: scrap meetings of the full council. They’re a complete waste of time and public money, … Continue reading

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Selhurst loses a councillor and champion in Gerry Ryan

STEVEN DOWNES attempts to pay tribute to Gerry Ryan It was Gerry Ryan’s 57th birthday yesterday. That, by any measure, is too young an age at which to die, but after many months suffering a debilitating form of cancer, finally, … Continue reading

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Council backs developers to allow Croham flat conversions

Inside Croydon Towers received the following letter in its bulging sack of mail this week. It is a damning account of how Croydon Council’s attitude to planning protection is affecting residents’ lives adversely I moved from Wallington to Croydon in … Continue reading

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Labour’s Newman waves white flag over Viridor incinerator

Just six months in to their new administration, and the Town Hall’s Labour leadership has confirmed that its “ambitious” promise “to make Croydon the cleanest and greenest borough in London” is in shreds, as they have abandoned all opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Is it time to park ill-considered plans for the Arena Academy?

Councillor ANDREW PELLING suggests that the mounting case against building a secondary academy at the Croydon Arena will get a thorough hearing at tonight’s planning committee My colleagues on the council’s planning committee will want to ask some pertinent questions … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Athletics, Croydon College, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Education, Environment, Oasis Academy, Parking, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, South Norwood, Sport, St Andrew's | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ashcroft’s polling points to election defeat for Barwell

WALTER CRONXITE has got some new batteries for his Casio calculator and what he’s worked out adds up to bad news for the sitting MP in Croydon’s marginal parliamentary constituency If you are unlucky enough to get cornered by Gavin … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Andrew Pelling, Ashburton, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Peter Staveley, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 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

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#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: Fisher is forced to resign as Croydon’s Tory leader

Mike Fisher, for eight years the leader of Croydon Council, was forced to quit as the head of the Tories at the Town Hall on Friday night, less than 72 hours after he was exposed as having secretly claimed an … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Waddon councillors’ monthly surgeries underway this Saturday

Residents in Waddon who wish to take up issues with their local councillors can do so at regular monthly surgeries. The surgeries are to be held in the church hall at St George’s, Barrow Road, on the first Saturday of … Continue reading

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Aimless opposition could make for an extended honeymoon

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK BENCHES: Last night’s first council cabinet meeting of the new Labour administration was full of interesting announcements for Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING So that’s what my Labour colleagues have been up to over the last … Continue reading

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Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Phil Thomas, Steve O'Connell, Tony Pearson, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

China syndrome is a blight for Crystal Palace Park

ANDREW PELLING reports on (yet another) consultation on the future of the much-loved but much-neglected Crystal Palace Park Sometimes, politicians and public bodies can overdo consultations with the public, especially if their motivation is procrastination or the pretence of public … Continue reading

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Police forced to abandon efforts to control East Croydon rave

For the second time in less than three years, last night the Metropolitan Police was forced to abandon a part of central Croydon to an unruly mob, with officers ordered to withdraw from an area that was unsafe for them … Continue reading

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How Croydon Tories were trumped by more ideas and activists

COUNCILLOR ANDREW PELLING looks ahead to tomorrow evening’s formal Town Hall occasion which will herald the beginning of a new municipal year, and a new council administration I am looking forward to tomorrow’s annual meeting of the council. It’s a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Andrew Pelling, Clare Hilley, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mike Fisher, Simon Hoar, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments