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Grammar school in Croydon would be unlawful and divisive

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The idea that a new secondary school, run as an “annex” of a Sutton grammar, would improve education in Croydon is wrong, according to one local teacher* Chris Philp, the MP for Croydon South, in his Croydon Commentary … Continue reading

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Chris Philp: Why I’m working for a Croydon grammar school

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Croydon South’s Conservative MP, CHRIS PHILP, pictured left, makes his case for backing the establishment of the first grammar school in the borough for nearly half a century Croydon parents wanting a grammar school education for their sons … Continue reading

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EcoLocal charity gets £1m lucky Brake from Sutton Council

£500 That’s the value that Tom Brake has had put on his reputation. Brake is the last London LibDem MP standing. The MP for Carshalton and Wallington, in Sutton, served as Deputy Leader of the House in the ConDem coalition. … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Nick Mattey, Outside Croydon, Property, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

GCSE results show academies struggling to make the grades

If our education correspondent GENE BRODIE had to do an end-of-term report for the borough’s academised secondary schools after the 2015 GCSE results, then “Could do better” might be regarded as an understatement If you’re a parent seeking an educational … Continue reading

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Assembly’s O’Connell failed to comment on Purley Way report

The man once labelled as “Britain’s most over-paid local councillor” has come under fire for failing to serve his constituents in Croydon and Sutton and not managing to register any comments in a public consultation held by Transport for London. … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Joy Prince, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Steve O'Connell, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

BANNED: What has the Grey Label conference got to hide?

By Steven Downes, Editor, Inside Croydon Grey Label, the PR agency of choice of Croydon Council, has banned Inside Croydon from attending the property speculators love-in that they are “organising” at the Fairfield Halls today. This will be the sixth … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Stiles Harold Williams, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hundreds of teachers leaving Harris academies each year

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports on the mysterious case of the disappearing school staff Parents who are considering sending their child to one of the growing number of academies, primary and secondary, that are run by the Harris Federation … Continue reading

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Tories demand Newman keeps promise on Fairfield report

Croydon’s Conservative opposition has renewed demands that the council leader, Labour’s Tony Newman, fulfills his public promise to release a confidential report from consultants Mott MacDonald on the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls and Croydon College. The Tories … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls says ‘No’ to UKIP Batten’s anti-EU debate

The Fairfield Halls this morning told the organisers of what was claiming to be a “debate” about Britain’s membership of the European Union that they were going to postpone the event, to have been staged in the Arnhem Gallery, in … Continue reading

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Croydon’s under-9s land sponsorship from… the Freemasons

In what could be a unique sponsorship deal, Croydon FC’s under-9s took to the pitch for their match this weekend with their shirts emblazoned with the regalia of a secretive society, the Freemasons. The area’s oldest non-league club has accepted … Continue reading

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UKIP’s ‘Muslim Charter’ author Batten in Fairfield debate

Given the febrile atmosphere of distrust and fear that is sure to follow last night’s appalling atrocities in Paris, where more than 100 innocent people were killed in terrorist shootings and bombings, the management of Fairfield Halls, Croydon police and … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Addiscombe, Chris Philp MP, Church and religions, Coulsdon, Croydon South, East Croydon, ECCO, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Sadiq Khan MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ruskin Square considered for HMRC’s new tax supercentre

Senior officials from Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenues – HMRC – were in Croydon on Wednesday visiting the Ruskin Square development as a potential office location for a new tax supercentre. The Government announced yesterday a plan to close 170 … Continue reading

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Could do better: council chief gets low marks and no Marx

Tony Newman has got his bucket and spade ready for a weekend break at the seaside. As WALTER CRONXITE delivers his mid-term report on Croydon’s Labour council, he’s not expecting the Town Hall leader to bring him back a stick … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, CVA, Fairness Commission, Fly tipping, Housing, Mark Watson, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Paul Scott, Phil Thomas, Policing, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Norbury fire engine facing axe as Boris plans more cuts

Further Tory cuts to public services could see the lives of Londoners, including Croydon residents, put at risk with the capital served by 13 fewer fire engines, if a proposal from London Mayor Boris Johnson is passed at a City … Continue reading

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£85m Boris Flyover scheme might yet be overtaken by events

Transport for London’s plans for more and wider roads around the Fiveways junction on the Purley Way may be delayed so long that the £85 million Boris Flyover to the Croydon Flyover might yet fail to be built, with any final … Continue reading

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Tory MPs grandstand after voting through 40% council cuts

STEVEN DOWNES on the abject politicking of Croydon’s Tory MPs over the application of council cuts that they have supported at Westminster Even by Tory standards, the rank hypocrisy of Croydon’s Conservatives over Chancellor Gideon Osborne’s austerity cuts is staggering. … Continue reading

Posted in CALAT, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Education, Environment, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council closes CALAT’s Coulsdon centre as austerity bites

Croydon Council is to close the CALAT centre in Coulsdon, with job losses and hundreds of students affected, the latest evidence of Government austerity being applied across the borough with potentially profound and long-term damaging effects to the provision of … Continue reading

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Arena Academy build causing mounting anger for residents

Woodside councillor Paul Scott could be in for a rowdy reception when he speaks at a public meeting at the Stanley Halls on Monday evening. If, that is, locals are allowed to raise matters which their councillors have been avoiding … Continue reading

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Labour’s London list candidates display a Croydon bypass

Labour has announced its “list” candidates for next year’s London Assembly elections, and there is not a single figure associated with the council in Croydon included. As well as the 14 London Assembly Members elected from constituencies, a further 11 … Continue reading

Posted in Mayor of London, London-wide issues, Tony Newman, Steve O'Connell, Waddon, London Assembly, 2016 London elections, Marina Ahmad | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

£4m Home Office cut is unfair to refugees and to Croydon

COUNCILLOR SIMON HALL on how the government has cut funding from Croydon towards looking after some of the most vulnerable new arrivals The refugee crisis across Europe has been making international headlines, with footage of human misery being shown nightly … Continue reading

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