Tag Archives: Croydon Council

Skanska’s ‘lightbulb moment’ over Purley street lights

There have been plentiful and regular complaints about the quality of workmanship and service from some of the council’s out-sourced contractors, whether it be the shabby My Croydon App mishap, the trail of rubbish left after the bin men have … Continue reading

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Norwood Junction ready for take-off with new station name

Council leader Tony Newman and the man pulling his strings, council CEO Nathan Elvery, clearly remain uncomfortable with being in… well, Croydon. This week’s Carve-up Croydon Conference was full of talk of “city status” from some of the estate agent-types. … Continue reading

Posted in East Croydon, Nathan Elvery, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

£2,000 per month two-bed rent in London within four years

The average rent for a two-bed home in London will hit £2,007 a month by January 2020 if rents continue to rise at their current pace, according to research by a London Assembly member. That would mean that in little … Continue reading

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Library staff in walk-out as shelves are stripped of books

Council staff in Lambeth libraries walked out today in protest at plans to close five of that borough’s 10 public libraries, turning some of them into “bookish gyms”, and threatening the future of Upper Norwood Library, which has been run … 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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Harris determined to build primary beside polluted A23

The Harris Federation, established by a carpet salesman to run a chain of academised schools, seems determined to push ahead with establishing a primary school on the Purley Way, on a derelict site alongside one of the busiest roads in … Continue reading

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TfL’s loopy scheme will strangle town centre to a stand-still

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Multi-million pound proposals for the trams in the town centre could see the Croydon road network being gridlocked, says bus passenger VALERIE HUNTER According to Transport for London, the improvements – new platforms and more frequent services – … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Addiscombe, Business, Commuting, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Cycling, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, New Addington, One Lansdowne Road, Planning, Ruskin Square, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 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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Up to 600 Town Hall jobs at risk in latest council redundancies

Croydon Council yesterday launched another round of voluntary redundancies, as it tries to balance the Town Hall budget from a £3.5 million overspend. Some estimates suggest as many as 600 more council jobs may need to go. The budget short-fall … 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

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

Thornton Heath high street public meeting, Nov 21

Posted in Community associations, Connected Croydon, Croydon Council, Environment, Planning, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Community Action Team, Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association | Tagged , , | 1 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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Empire-building architects’ department doesn’t add up

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A former member of the borough’s engineering department, DAVID WICKENS wonders why the council is to re-establish an in-house architects’ department I read with interest the council’s decision to resurrect an in-house architects’ department. As I recall the … 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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We need quality homes, not quantity, to avoid ghettoes

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Location. Location. Location. LEWIS WHITE is less concerned about the need to build flats in the redevelopment at College Green, provided they offer enough open spaces and are of the right quality, and not mega-sized tower blocks David … Continue reading

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Shadow chancellor McDonnell backs council on Living Wage

John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor, paid a flying visit to the council this morning to endorse its work in making Croydon a Living Wage borough. After meeting the council leader, Tony Newman, and Labour councillors, McDonnell was taken on a … Continue reading

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£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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Murder, mystery and turkey dinner – all for Mayor’s charities

The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Patricia Hay-Justice, is seeking people’s support to a couple of events being held in aid of her nominated charities in the run-up to Christmas. The Mayor’s charities are: MIND in Croydon – an active charity … Continue reading

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Croydon has built only 12 council homes in 18 months

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the council is getting on with its “ambition” to provide the many new homes needed by its growing population 12 That’s how many new housing units that have been completed by Croydon Council since Labour … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Anthony Brooks, Bernard Weatherill House, Boxpark, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Jo Negrini, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments