Tag Archives: Croydon South

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

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Education, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Croydon Council, Purley, Skanska, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon South, Education, Schools, Sutton Council, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Harris Primary Purley Way, Purley Way, Schools, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

£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

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Environment, Joy Prince, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Transport, Waddon | 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

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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Andrew Pelling, CALAT, Coulsdon | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Now Umunna plays role of Labour’s witch-finder general

Fair is foul and foul is fair… STEVEN DOWNES on how the witch-hunt within the Labour Party is going in Croydon It’s not Halloween for a couple of days yet, but the Murdoch press has banded together with right-wingers who … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Fisher, Emily Benn | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Councillors finally oppose Waddon flyover ‘monstrosity’

WALTER CRONXITE has trawled through the council’s audio recording of a Town Hall meeting which was never webcast, and discovered a breath of fresh air over Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s £85 million proposal to build a flyover to the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Health, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Transport, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Benn’s attempt at Labour purge highlights support for WEP

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how the Labour  parliamentary candidate in Croydon South has been breaking party rules by supporting political rivals Efforts by the Progress wing of the Lambeth South/Croydon Labour Party to de-stabilise Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership team could stumble … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Fisher, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Jon Bigger, Steve Reed MP, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP Philp tells petitioners that he may vote against TTIP

Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new MP, at his surgery in Waddon this morning accepted a residents’ petition opposing TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – and pledged that he would oppose the proposals. Accused by War on Want … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Waddon | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

MP Philp adds his name to petition for new Coulsdon primary

Notoriously, Croydon South’s previous MP, when visited at his office by lobbying constituents, called the police to have them removed, and to pay particular close attention to the dangerous septugenarians in the party. How things change: tomorrow, the new MP … Continue reading

Posted in Cane Hill, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon South, Education, Planning, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Estate agents chip in to help St Peter’s Christmas Market

Fancy getting some money out of an estate agents’, to go to a good cause? Bairstow Eves in South Croydon has promised to pay £10 towards St Peter’s Church’s Christmas Market fund-raising for every local owner-occupier who agrees to take … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Croham | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Creasy gives up her pay rise as an example to Croydon MPs

Now here’s an idea for this kinder, gentler era of politics: Croydon’s three MPs could ask their constituents how to use the money from their recent pay hike – up 10 per cent, now at £74,000 per year for back … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Coulsdon commuters offered reduced services by Southern

When the Tannoy system at Coulsdon Town station next announces “Mind The Gap”, they won’t be referring to the distance between platform and train carriage, but the length of time until the next timetabled service on the line. The residents … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Commuting, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

St Giles’ School, South Croydon, open morning, Nov 6

St Giles is a special school for pupils aged 4-16 years with physical and learning disabilities, complex medical needs and speech and language difficulties, We also offer a Further Education department for pupils aged 16-19 years who have Profound and … Continue reading

Posted in Schools, St Giles' School | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Coulsdon friends get together to improve their park life

The Friends of Grange Park, Old Coulsdon, need your help. They have raised £38,000 since they began their campaign to renovate the playground, thanks to the support of sponsors, including Old Coulsdon Residents’ Association, East Coulsdon Residents’ Association and Hartley … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Coulsdon, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Friends of Grange Park, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Purley business district scheme gets green light from council

Purley’s hopes of having a Business Improvement District – BID – and get a six-figure sum towards the upkeep of the town centre’s high street took an important step forward this week when Croydon Council agreed to back the proposal. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Kenley, Purley, Purley BID, Steve O'Connell, Toni Letts | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tory MP Philp is quick to curry favour with local party donor

Here in Croydon in 2015, it is still not what you know, but who you know that counts. What other conclusion can any reasonable person reach from discovering that Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new MP, has nominated the Royal Tandoori … Continue reading

Posted in Badsha Quadir, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Purley, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Croydon MP offers to house refugees in his 4-bed home

If you owned this sumptuous, near-£1 million property, pictured above, in “sexy” Shirley (copyright Will Self, 2015), would you open your doors to house Syrian refugees? Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North (delete to taste), has been … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Property, Shirley, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments