Tag Archives: Labour

Council calls in Ronald McDonald to help pay off £144m bill

It would be a cheap shot to suggest that Fisher’s Folly is run by a bunch of clowns. But Ronald McDonald has registered a presence recently in Croydon Council’s £144 million headquarters building. Desperate to rake back some of the … Continue reading

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Tax-payers pay £5.8m for councillors’ job creation scheme

Political patronage on the rates has reached ridiculous proportions at Croydon Town Hall, reports WALTER CRONXITE Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, parliamentary elder statesmen and former Foreign Secretaries, are clearly not as sharp as they would have liked us … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Democratic control is an alien concept at the Town Hall

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What powers and influence do our elected councillors really have? ROD DAVIES, a local resident and a local authority official in the past, poses the questions Croydon Town Hall’s 70 elected councillors are all dependent on professional officers, … Continue reading

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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

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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

Town Hall’s propaganda posters may re-appear as leaflets

It was not only the gobby fac totem of a local MP who power-steered his way into a car crash interview last week. The leader of the council, Tony Newman, was at it as well. Croydon’s #PosterGate took an inevitable … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Mario Creatura, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Strong need for our council to be more ‘open’ and ‘fair’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council’s Fairness Commission appears to be struggling to recruit resident volunteers. ROD DAVIES suggests it may be because the Town Hall has a widening credibility gap Having attended a number of pan-Croydon residents or community meetings and … Continue reading

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By Jupiter! Is Whitehall considering a move to Fisher’s Folly?

A government department is looking to move into a 250,000 square foot office building in East Croydon, according to reports in the commercial property trade press this week. And the only relatively new office block in the vicinity offering that … Continue reading

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Opportunity fails to knock for Commission volunteers

It’s beginning to appear as if the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is not being regarded as much of an opportunity at all. An email has flooded into Inside Croydon’s inbox this afternoon. Its subject? “One Week to make a … Continue reading

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Incinerator deal could collapse as Viridor get greedy

There has been an extraordinary development in the saga of the Beddington Lane incinerator, with the Sutton Guardian newspaper reporting that the £1 billion local authority contract is under threat because developers Viridor want the incinerator to be bigger, busier, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, Planning, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Underwood leads opposition to Waddon’s flyover to Flyover

Peter Underwood, the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Croydon South, has launched a petition against the plans to build urban motorways through Waddon. Transport for London has announced a proposal to build a multi-lane flyover – with possibly five or … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Boris Johnson, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Peter Underwood, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mayor’s new road schemes ‘will leave motorists worse off’

One of the people who wants to replace Boris Johnson as Mayor of London has described his road-building proposals across the city – which include the £87 million Waddon flyover to the Croydon Flyover – as “laughable”, “fanciful” and “damaging”. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Christian Wolmar, CPO, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, Purley Way, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 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