Tag Archives: Conservative

Labour’s get-tough policy with tippers looks a bit of a mess

“Speak softly and carry a big stick,” was the foreign policy of US President Teddy Roosevelt more than a hundred years ago. “Don’t make an effing threat unless you’re prepared to carry it out,” was the more forthright message which … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Whitehall warns council over unlawful reading lesson fees

EXCLUSIVE: Croydon Council has been ordered by Whitehall to stop charging some of the borough’s children for reading and writing lessons, a practice described by one angry parent as “demanding money with menaces”. By GENE BRODIE, education correspondent The council’s … Continue reading

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Non-exclusive offer: Meet Boris Johnson in Croydon, Sep 22

Inside Croydon is delighted to present our loyal reader with another outstanding offer. And this one is far from exclusive. You get the chance to meet Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London – and the next leader of the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, London-wide issues, Mayor of London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon risked handing back £20m unspent riot recovery cash

A community activist, Bushra Ahmed, herself one of the victims of the 2011 Croydon riots, has discovered that after three years, Croydon’s Conservative-run council had managed to spend less than £4 million of the £23 million Riot Recovery Fund promised … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Business, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Fairfield, London Road Traders Association, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour and Tories condemn ‘hate-driven’ BNP campaign

In a rare demonstration of cross-party unity in Croydon for the benefit of the locals, four Labour councillors have today come together with a local Tory MP and Conservative London Assembly Member to condemn a “hate-driven” anti-Muslim campaign in New … Continue reading

Posted in Carole Bonner, Croydon Central, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell MP, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Actions will speak louder than words in Wild West Croydon

The signs have gone up around town, as if they are “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters in Dodge City in the Wild West. Except this is Wild West Croydon. Don’t you dare dump rubbish on our streets, or you’ll face … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayor Boris Johnson’s back on familiar track with his tram lies

The witless bumbling of Boris Johnson, the part-time London Mayor, is well known to the people of London Road and the riot victims who were promised much by the Bullingdon Club Old Etonian, but who have received little. But as … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport, Upper Norwood, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The festering scandal of how London Road has been forgotten

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week of anniversaries, tomorrow’s of the Croydon Riots reminds us quite how poorly served the people of London Road have been by some working in public service. By STEVEN DOWNES To borrow a phrase, August 8 … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Business, Crime, Croham, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Fairfield, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Knife crime, London Road Traders Association, Nathan Elvery, Riots Review Panel, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council executive salaries are ‘rewarding mediocrity’, says MP

A Labour MP has responded to the latest “Town Hall Rich List”, which showed that Croydon Council has at least 15 executives being paid more than £100,000 per year, by saying that such high salaries are “rewarding mediocrity”. Simon Danczuk … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

How was your child affected by Norbury free school shambles?

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, makes an appeal to hear from parents who considered applying for a place for their son or daughter to attend one of Michael Gove’s promised free schools Inside Croydon wants to hear from you if … Continue reading

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15 Croydon Council employees receive total salaries of £1.8m

Croydon Council spent £1,833,846 on the salaries and pension contributions of just 15 executive staff members in 2012-2013, according to figures published by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Averaged out – and one or two individuals were trousering considerably more than the … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hannah Miller, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Paul Spooner, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Barwell backs down over interns: now he wants ‘volunteers’

Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for Croydon Central, has as good as admitted he may have been breaking the law by recruiting interns to work on his re-election campaign unpaid for up to six months. Not for the first-time, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barwell exposed for broken election promise on expenses

Promises made by politicians before elections should be regarded as about as useful as full-scale model of the starship Enterprise made out of honey. Take, for instance, the solemn undertakings given by gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, before he was elected as … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council claims that conduct of elections is a ‘private matter’

Croydon Council has been breaking the law to keep some details of its senior appointments secret, and it is refusing to reveal details of the new chief executive’s work in his role as the returning officer for the recent local … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Capita, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Keep it quiet: councillors make allowances for themselves

Croydon’s councillors last week opened the way for potential increases in their own “allowances” of as much as 20 per cent, and they did it all without any debate. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s new council last week passed a range … Continue reading

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