Tag Archives: Conservative

Croydon MP Barwell was a target in Mirror’s “sext” sting

Gavin Barwell, the Croydon Central MP and a government whip, was one of a number of Tories targeted by the Sunday Mirror as part of the Twitter sleaze sting which led to the resignation yesterday of government minister Brooks Newmark. … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace library celebrates record reading figures

Staff at the Upper Norwood Joint Library have celebrated helping 140 Crystal Palace children complete a six-book reading challenge over the summer. This year’s Mythical Maze-themed Summer Reading Challenge was the latest, annual event, organised nationally, by the Reading Agency. … Continue reading

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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 Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Mario Creatura, Parking, Peter Staveley, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

UKIP’s McKenzie goes hurtling towards a speed bump

AUSTEN COOPER, of the Croydon Cycling Campaign, is familiar with handlebars, and also Twitter handles. And yesterday he noticed something suspicious as some in UKIP decided to attack road safety measures that are proven to save lives Something out of … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Health, London-wide issues, Parking, Sara Bashford, Transport, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Council gambles millions with “Son of CCURV” scheme

Given recent experience, Croydon councillors more than most should realise that using public money to gamble rarely ends happily. But like a losing punter chasing after his losses, Croydon Council, now under a Labour administration, is going back to the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 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

Building a new Croydon won’t be boring, promises Negrini

Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s head of planning, this week rejected earlier schemes – drawn up by the previous Conservative council – for Fairfield Halls to be virtually surrounded by high-rise housing as “really, really boring”. Instead, Negrini told hundreds of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Ashcroft Theatre, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Centrale, Cinema, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Planning, Taberner House, Tech City, Theatre, URV, Warehouse Theatre, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Now you see it, now you don’t: Elvery dumps David Brent look

We may never be able to use this piece of artwork again – unless the council’s £180,000 a year chief executive decides to do something for chari-dee in Movember. The beard’s gone.

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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

Mead speaks out at cabinet on behalf of his “inner circle”

In an extraordinary outburst of arrogance, entitlement and pomposity, Dudley Mead, the deputy leader of the Conservative group on Croydon Council, last night underlined exactly why neither he, nor any other councillor with vested interests outside the Town Hall chamber, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Education, Emily Benn, Jo Negrini, Mike Fisher, Planning, Property, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | 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

Ruskin Square could include theatre if council refunds £3m

Croydon could get a purpose-built, modern 200-seat studio theatre to replace the much-lamented Warehouse Theatre, provided that the council re-allocates a £3 million grant originally intended for the purpose by private developers Stanhope. The news comes as the now Labour-run … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Business, Cinema, Comedy, Croydon Council, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Music, Planning, Property, Riesco Collection, Ruskin Square, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council’s education spokeswoman joins Letts on Whitgift board

An overwhelming 81 per cent of respondents in Inside Croydon’s latest online poll believe that veteran Labour councillor Tony Letts should resign her position on the board of governors of the Whitgift Foundation to avoid conflicts of interest in her … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alisa Flemming, Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Education, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Margaret Mead, Old Palace, Property, Sarah Jones, Schools, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Trinity School, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments