Tag Archives: Labour

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

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

East Croydon’s new platforms put borough on track for growth

East Croydon Station is to get two new platforms to help it cope with the increased number of passengers anticipated in a plan for growth by the Labour council, which forecasts 16,000 new jobs being created in the borough and … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Jo Negrini, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Commitment: a new work at the Warehouse Theatre?

Ted Craig, the director of the Warehouse Theatre at East Croydon which was forced to close two years ago, has warmly welcomed the news, reported by Inside Croydon, that Ruskin Square developers Stanhope are keen to stand by their pledge … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Comedy, Fairfield Halls, Music, Property, Ruskin Square, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

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

Rogers calls on planners to build homes in “empty” Croydon

One of the world’s leading architects has called for the radical re-building of central Croydon to provide homes to help meet the national housing crisis. “You could put two new towns in the centre of Croydon without any problem because … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Environment, Housing, Ken Livingstone, Planning, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 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

Opportunity knocked as council halts office-to-flat conversions

Croydon’s Labour council is putting its pro-business reputation on the line by calling a halt to the often lucrative conversion of the borough’s empty offices into housing. Last week, owners and occupiers of office buildings in what the council has … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 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

The day Carnival came to the streets of Thornton Heath

The Thornton Heath Festival last Sunday was enjoyed by all who attended and acclaimed as a massive success. Here, the day’s Master of Ceremonies, CALLTON YOUNG OBE, pictured above with two of the young dancers who graced the main day, … Continue reading

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Council considering using CCTV to monitor traveller groups

Croydon’s Labour council wants to use Big Brother to help to stop groups of travellers from dumping piles of rubbish on the borough’s green spaces. Stuart Collins, the cabinet member for slogans and T-shirts, is understood to be considering calling … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Crime, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Fisher’s “black hole” of debt could see 500 job cuts at council

One hundred days in, and the honeymoon could be over for Croydon’s Labour council, as confronted with a £92.8 million “funding gap” over the next four years, they face having to cut up to 500 jobs at the local authority. … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Nathan Elvery, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Proud to have been trusted to improve borough’s future

THE FIRST 100 DAYS: Labour took charge of Croydon Town Hall for the first time in a decade 100 days ago today. Elected as a councillor for the first time was HAMIDA ALI, pictured, who here outlines her early experiences … Continue reading

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