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Labour’s Newman waves white flag over Viridor incinerator

Just six months in to their new administration, and the Town Hall’s Labour leadership has confirmed that its “ambitious” promise “to make Croydon the cleanest and greenest borough in London” is in shreds, as they have abandoned all opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Developer price tag for New Addington pool is £10m too much

David Cameron and Gideon Osborne, the Tory Prime Minister and his Chancellor, have been described as “two posh boys who don’t know the price of milk”. Croydon’s own career politician, Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, has himself … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Leisure services, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Pool, Sport, Swimming, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon NHS crisis as only 51% of ambulances achieve target

Lives of the elderly, frail and ill could be at risk this winter, as Croydon’s NHS ambulance service struggles to cope with demand. Barely half of ambulance call-outs in Croydon achieved their target response times this autumn – and that … Continue reading

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Elvery considers staging election count at separate venues

The count for the three Croydon parliamentary constituencies at next May’s General Election could be held at three separate venues. That’s according to Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, who will be trying to retain his parliamentary seat … Continue reading

Posted in Gavin Barwell MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Richard Ottaway MP, Nathan Elvery, Steve Reed MP, 2015 General Election, Chris Philp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pool closure leaves Labour’s Emily Benn high and dry

WALTER CRONXITE on how Labour has quickly reinforced Croydon’s North-South divide, in moves which it may come to regret Have you got the message? If you live in Purley, Kenley or Coulsdon, Labour don’t expect you to vote for them. … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Bishop of Croydon, Chris Philp, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Parking, Purley, Purley Pool, Tony Newman, Transport, Waddon, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council leader promises X Factor winner civic reception

Tony Newman, the Labour leader of Croydon Council, has made a decision and managed to get it spot on. But it may yet be some time before X Factor winner Ben Haenow gets to perform to packed audiences in his … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ben Haenow, Fairfield Halls, Music, Shirley, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The myth of the economic “recovery” where we’re all worse off

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For ANDREW FISHER, the notion of a national economic recovery based on debt or a borough-wide regeneration based on retailing are equally flawed “We inherited an economy reliant on banking, immigration and debt,” Croydon Conservatives told us at … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Andrew Fisher, Business, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Vidhi Mohan, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Flip! Flop! The Sequel: Playing fields shambles rolls on

It’s beginning to look as if Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon’s Labour Party, could do with a new pair of flip flops for Christmas. Because he must be wearing out the pair he’s got now, as the “shambles” (© … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell MP, Joy Prince, Planning, Robert Canning, Schools, Tony Newman, Waddon, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why do all roads lead to Hammersfield but not the costs?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In response to TfL proposals to build a flyover to the Croydon Flyover, DAVID WICKENS asks why the town centre’s £1bn shopping mall developers are not required to contribute more towards improving the borough’s transport network I believe … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, East Croydon, Environment, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Miliband declares ‘Our Time Isn’t Now’ for Croydon Labour

Croydon Council is set to lose a devastating £25 million more from its central government grant if Labour wins the General Election in May. Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader, made a speech in The City yesterday trying to gain … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Gavin Barwell MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Woodside residents given fortnight to review Oasis plans

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Residents in Woodside have just received a special Christmas present – more than 2,000 pages of planning proposals for the Oasis Arena Academy, all to be reviewed and commented on by December 25. Not surprising that FRANCES FEARON … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Croydon Council, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Education, Environment, Hamida Ali, London-wide issues, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, South Norwood, Sport, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Wildlife, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

In £100m black hole, Labour’s opted not to dig their way out

WALTER CRONXITE reports on Croydon Labour’s first council Budget for eight years, and finds them deferring much of the pain of dealing with the Town Hall’s “financial black hole” Croydon’s Labour council yesterday revealed its 2015-2016 Budget, which falls well … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Leisure services, Libraries, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Sarah Jones, Simon Hall, Street lighting, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Purley Pool to close as council Budget cuts begin to bite

Croydon Council is to close Purley Pool in a cost-cutting exercise aimed at avoiding having to spend at least £780,000 on urgently required repairs and renovations to the much-neglected swimming facility. Purley’s swimming pools’ fate was sealed once the council … Continue reading

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Arena trams ‘most congested part of network’ says Bee

Croydon Council’s planning committee meets next month to consider the application to build a massive secondary academy on Metropolitan Open Land next to Croydon Sports Arena. But the Labour-run council’s cabinet member for transport has already suggested that public transport … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Oasis Academy, Parking, Paul Greenhalgh, Planning, Schools, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council can’t show Elvery got permission for private company

Croydon Council has no record of any correspondence from Nathan Elvery, now its chief executive, to show whether he ever sought or obtained permission to form a private consultancy company when he was already working full-time as the borough’s deputy … Continue reading

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