Tag Archives: Croydon Central

Planning meeting became an Arena for education strategy

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Woodside resident PAULA GOODMAN feels betrayed by her Labour councillors over what she sees as an abuse of the planning procedures to permit the development of a 1,300-pupil Oasis academy next to Croydon Arena In a meeting with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Ashburton, Croydon Council, Education, Gavin Barwell MP, Hamida Ali, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Schools, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Planning chairman backs down over ban on MP Barwell

How many U-turns does Labour’s council leader Tony Newman have to perform before he disappears up his own fundament? Gavin Barwell will be allowed to speak at tonight’s planning meeting at Croydon Town Hall after all, as the Labour-run council … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Sarah Jones, Schools, Tony Newman, Transport, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council CEO admits propaganda posters had sums wrong

Croydon’s Labour council’s controversially political posters, which claimed that the borough has been hit by £100-million-worth of central government cuts over the next three years, were not just tax-funded propaganda. They were also inaccurate, according to Nathan Elvery, the chief … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

MP Barwell barred from speaking at academy planning meeting

MP Gavin Barwell has been banned from speaking on behalf of his constituents at a crucial planning meeting at Croydon Town Hall on Thursday night. The meeting is due to consider controversial proposals to shoehorn a six-form-of-entry Oasis academy secondary … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Sarah Jones, Schools, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Barwell aide: ‘Gavin has no idea. He trusts me to do whatever’

Further proof, as if any were needed, that Mario Creatura has been hired at considerable public expense by local Tory MP Gavin Barwell to spend much of his time managing his boss’s political career prospects, rather than actually doing any … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Twitter witnesses Croydon’s St Valentine’s Day massacre

Conservative Party activists in London have recently been in receipt of a guide on how to use social media in election campaigns. The guide offers glowing praise for the way that Croydon MP, Gavin Barwell, and his office tea boy, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Poster propaganda prompts Barwell into another costly error

The Croydon Labour brains trust (ha!) that is running the Town Hall has managed to score yet another political own-goal, handing a gilt-edged opportunity for Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, to boost his flagging credibility. From the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Sarah Jones, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Serious Whitgift CPO objections could end up in law courts

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The complaints to the Whitgift Centre CPO have been raised by some of the country’s biggest businesses, and DAVID CALLAM says that their public opposition could end up in the law courts Like Susan Oliver and commenter David … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, David Callam, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Planning, Property, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Boxpark pop-up retail outlet set to come to East Croydon

Croydon looks set to get its own Boxpark retail marketplace, right next to East Croydon Station. Croydon Visitor Centre and the computer gadget shop next door on the concourse area of East Croydon Station are being moved out to make … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Addiscombe, Commuting, Croydon Central, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Transport, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Woodside’s five-year wait for a bus comes to an end at last

Transport for London has announced that bus routes 130 and 312 – which have been unable to operate along their regular routes for five years due to engineering work on Spring Lane Bridge – will get back on the road … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Commuting, South Norwood, Stephen Mann, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Longer trams could save London millions, say LibDems

There is rapidly growing realisation that the major transport projects proposed in and around Croydon – so far amounting to more than £100-million-worth of publicly financed works – are concerned only with increasing the number of cars on our roads, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Commuting, CPO, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Property, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How MP for Whitgift Foundation has lobbied ‘Inspector Blight’

STEVEN DOWNES reports on a Tory MP’s latest failure to declare his interests in a £1 billion redevelopment of central Croydon The official inquiry into Croydon Council’s Compulsory Purchase Order for property in and around the Whitgift Centre began yesterday. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Bernard Weatherill House, Business, CPO, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Julie Belvir, Planning, Property, Purley Way, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Labour selects ‘excellent candidate’ Wood for Selhurst

David Wood, the son of a former Bishop of Croydon, will be Selhurst’s new councillor next month. Wood is 42 and lives in Selhurst. He was selected at a Labour ward meeting last night from among seven applicants. Patsy Cummings, … Continue reading

Posted in Bishop of Croydon, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon North, David Wood, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Gerry Ryan, Patsy Cummings, Paul Smith, Selhurst, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Barwell backs scheme which could bulldoze Waddon park

Backed by Boris Johnson, Gavin Barwell and even Labour councillor Kathy Bee, a £85m new roads scheme around the A23 is sure to go through. But as STEVEN DOWNES reports, all the evidence suggests that it will be a dead … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, CPO, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Health, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Tony Newman, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tory councillors warned over failure to pay party levy

Croydon’s Tory group on the council is feeling the financial pressure, and some elected councillors have been issued with warnings by local Conservative officials after failing to make payments from their council allowances into the campaign fund being used to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments