Tag Archives: Labour

Wandle Park gets £58,000; Waddon park bulldozed with £87m

There’s something bittersweet about the announcement this week that Croydon Council has been awarded £58,800 from City Hall towards the cost of improving pedestrian and cycling access to Wandle Park. Sweet, because it is a cause that Inside Croydon’s loyal … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Business, Connected Croydon, CPO, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Environment, Friends of Wandle Park, Kathy Bee, Mayor of London, Planning, Tony Newman, Waddon, Wandle Park, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

£50m deal clears away last objectors to Westfield supermall

Hammersfield – the “Croydon Partnership” formed between shopping mall developers Hammerson and Westfield – will pay out around £50 million to buy-out the irritatingly persistent minority owners of the freehold and managers of the Whitgift Centre, whose legal challenges and … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Alison Butler, Business, CPO, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Library campaigners: ‘Broken promises will be on our minds’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ALUN and BARBARA THOMAS have sent an open letter to their local councillors, decrying the decision of Lambeth and Croydon councils to cut funding for Upper Norwood Library We are concerned at the latest developments concerning the funding … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, John Wentworth, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Gove joins Barwell’s ‘Don’t mention the Tories’ campaign

At least Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, is consistent in one respect. Barwell has just endured what he described as “a difficult week”, following his starring role on the front page of the Evening Boris for asking … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Boris Flyover to cost more than Mayor’s annual bike spend

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants to spend more on building a four-/five-/six-lane flyover through a Waddon park than his entire annual spend on cycling in the city for 2014-2015. That’s the conclusion of Darren Johnson, the Green Party Assembly … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Darren Johnson, Environment, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This takes this biscuit: cuts start to hit Town Hall tea breaks

The Osborne-Balls austerity consensus is biting, and biting hard where it really matters: councillors’ hob nobs. Angry tweets have been sent from the Town Hall to complain about the lack of sandwiches at recent council meetings. Some outraged councillors cannot … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Library closure would be ‘disaster’ warns Society chairman

The chairman of the Norwood Society has sent an open letter to the Croydon councillors who represent Upper Norwood, and to the MP for Lambeth South, Steve Reed OBE, to appeal for help in raising more funds for Upper Norwood … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

A day in the life of Sarah Jones: 24 hours well-spent

With 50 days to go to the General Election, Croydon Central’s Labour candidate can look back on the past couple of days as a turning point in her campaign. By STEVEN DOWNES It is fair to say that Sarah Jones, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Nightmare scenario as O’Connell is lined up as London Mayor

It is a nightmare scenario, probably for Tories as much as the rest of Croydon’s residents, and certainly for all Londoners. But greedy Steve O’Connell, at one time the most overpaid local councillor in Britain (© The Daily Wail), could … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Stephen Mann, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon Central candidates agree hustings for Apr 23

Prime Minister David Cameron may well be “frit” of appearing in televised election debates, but in Croydon, and Croydon Central in particular, there promises to be no shortage of hustings meetings with candidates before May 7. The first to confirm … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Esther Sutton, Gavin Barwell MP, Peter Staveley, Sarah Jones, South Croydon Community Association | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latest Ashcroft poll puts Labour’s Jones 4% ahead of Barwell

Gaffe-prone Gav, the Tory MP for Croydon Central, has closed the gap since his former employer last polled his battleground seat. But not by enough for the career politician to save his skin, as WALTER CRONXITE reports A new poll … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Jones embarks on a Day in the Life of Croydon. Oh boy…

Read the news today? Oh boy… Sarah Jones, Labour’s candidate for Croydon Central, is three hours into a 24-hour tour of the constituency, speaking with everybody from parents and patients to traders and teachers, to learn more about what they … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour’s licensing scheme in doubt as Tories back landlords

Croydon’s Labour council’s flagship landlord licensing policy is under threat, after the Tory Housing Minister – also known as “the landlords’ best mate” – this week issued a deadline of April 1 for implementation. “This just shows how far the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

MP Reed ‘guaranteed’ library’s ‘future’ for just nine months

How long is the “future”? How reliable is a “guarantee”? We only ask because it is barely a year since Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South, got together with Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour group on … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

This is what £8,000 of public money buys at MIPIM (Part 2)

Two affluent-looking suits, over their Cannes croissants and cafes au lait pose with the Med in the background for local quango Develop Croydon’s photographer, pretending to read Croydon News, the execrable propaganda freesheet. This touching scene from around the fringes … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council leader misses his Oscar moment with Sue Perkins

Hard to calculate who was the biggest loser on Wednesday night: Stuart Collins, the council deputy leader who’d had to endure his beloved Chelsea being dumped out of the Champions League, or his boss, Tony Newman, who spent the evening … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

This is what £8,000 of public money buys Croydon at MIPIM

When the Conservatives were in power in Croydon, the spending on sending a delegation to Cannes for the annual developers’ champagne “junket” (© Tony Newman) was at least announced at a council meeting in the Town Hall. This year, under … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Council Tax, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Planning, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Library trust is ‘shellshocked’ at Lambeth’s 60% funding cut

The future of Upper Norwood Library has been thrown into doubt once again, this time after a Labour-run local authority announced its intention to reduce funding by 60 per cent in 2016. Upper Norwood’s library is unique due to its … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Education, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP, Transition Town, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Barwell starts to close the gap on Jones in Croydon Central

Parliament will be dissolved in three weeks’ time, with the polls suggesting the borough’s one battleground seat, Croydon Central, will be a tighter contest than was previously predicted, reports WALTER CRONXITE The result of the Selhurst ward by-election last week … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Andrew Pelling, Ashburton, Croydon Central, David Wood, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Purley Pool, Sarah Jones, Selhurst, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Waddon councillors silenced over Boris flyover proposals

Croydon Labour is supporting a multi-million-pound road-building scheme which will destroy homes and part of a public park while benefiting developers who are Conservative Party donors. And the councillors for the ward most affected have been worryingly quiet. By STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, Commuting, CPO, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Hamida Ali, John Burton, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Planning, Property, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Tony Newman, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments