Tag Archives: London Assembly

Developers are not the answer to London’s housing crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Borough councils, including Croydon, have leant heavily on speculative developments to build new homes. But London needs a far more radical approach, according to CHRISTIAN WOLMAR, who is seeking selection by Labour to be the party’s Mayoral candidate … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 London elections, Business, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Council, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Plane nonsense is choking Croydon, one toxic gasp at a time

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the week when the Airport Commission is expected to deliver its verdict on runway expansion – Heathrow or Gatwick – PETER UNDERWOOD expresses his concern at the uncritical outlook of our local politicians One of Chris Philps’ … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Peter Underwood, Sarah Jones, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Palace revolution as Bromley hands park to community

Bromley Council has agreed to hand over the management and governance of Crystal Palace Park to a community-led trust. The decision has been described as “one of the most important decisions in 30 years”.

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Community associations, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, History, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Martin Tempia, Mayor of London, Stephen Carr, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Athletics body condemns plans to bulldoze Palace track

Finally, the Lottery-funded national governing body for athletics has delivered a report which is strongly against the demolition of the track and field facilities at Crystal Palace. UK Athletics has delivered its views nine months after the start of a … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Park, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sport, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hopes go up in smoke as LibDems hold Sutton council seat

Last week’s Sutton Council by-election result was bad news for Labour and worse news for any campaigns to halt the incinerator at Beddington Lane, reports WALTER CRONXITE Candidates who oppose the Beddington Lane incinerator won 55.9 per cent of the … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Ashburton, Environment, London Assembly, Nick Mattey, Outside Croydon, Paul Burstow MP, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All aboard for new service so that you never miss the bus

The capital’s transport watchdog wants Croydon bus passengers to sign-up for a new online community which helps to monitor services. London TravelWatch has established the London Bus User’s Online Community, where you can get free information about your bus services, … Continue reading

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Greens’ housing spokesman takes Chance as London Mayor

While local Labour groups go through the motions of “nominating” Dame Tessa Jowell towards becoming the party’s candidate for London Mayor next year, and the Tories – with the exception of Michael Gove’s former flatmate Ivan Massow – feign disinterest, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace Park, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Shasha Khan | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

UnConnected Croydon where cycle lanes become dead ends

CROYDON COMMENTARY: AUSTEN COOPER, of Croydon Cyclists, responds to our exclusive report last week that a single night’s bike racing in the town centre is receiving £148,000 of public cash The £50 million spent by Connected Croydon on ripping up … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Connected Croydon, Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Matthew Bennett, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

TfL’s £48m loop schemes could break the link in Tramlink

Transport for London seems determined to double the cost of new Tramlink loops in the centre of Croydon – to around £48 million of public cash – and all at the behest of local council planners who want to reduce … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Addiscombe, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Mayoral contender calls for review of incinerator schemes

A leading contender for selection by Labour to run for the Mayor of London next year says he will ask whoever is the Environment Secretary in the new Government to conduct an urgent review of all waste incinerator schemes planned … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Greens, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

TfL’s £87m scheme for Purley Way really is a bridge too far

WALTER CRONXITE took his copy of the A to Z and Boys’ Book of Bridges to Waddon Leisure Centre yesterday for the public consultation session about road schemes along the Purley Way. He might have saved himself the bother The … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon South, Environment, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Sutton Council, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Video: London Bridge was falling down (again) 40 years ago

Commuters who travel to work via London Bridge, who have had to endure chaos on their daily journeys over the past week or more – and all in return for higher fares – may be interested to view a public … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Transport, Val Shawcross, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Pigs and dead dukes more important for O’Connell than TfL

Neither the local London Assembly Member nor the MP for the area have taken part in an important public consultation on the future for bus routes 312 and 130. Steve O’Connell and Gavin Barwell are both Conservatives. The 312 runs … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Central, East Croydon, Gavin Barwell MP, Kenley, London Assembly, Mayor of London, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Developers’ ‘affordable’ homes do little for housing crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The housing crisis shows no sign of easing, as home sale prices and rents in London, and Croydon, continue to rise.    DAVID CALLAM identifies a worrying possibility over the council’s action on the Menta development of more yuppie … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Boris Johnson, Business, Croydon Council, David Callam, Housing, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

£85m TfL road schemes include flyover to Croydon Flyover

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the latest example of millions of public money being spent for the benefit of private interests Boris Johnson’s Transport for London wants to build a flyover to link from the Sutton side of the Purley Way … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Cycling, Darren Johnson, Environment, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

MP Barwell ducks TV appearance as pressure begins to mount

REVERSE FERRET ALERT! Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for the Whitgift Foundation, has pulled out of an appearance on this week’s BBC Sunday Politics programme. Barwell has never knowingly declined an invitation to attend even the opening of a fridge … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2015 General Election, Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Crystal Palace Park, Gavin Barwell MP, John Burton, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Our time is now’? Newman is having a bit of a Mayor

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall reception flicking through the visitors’ book, says that the council leader’s “strategy” for funding cannot be delivered unless he agrees to abandoning the patronage on which he depends for his political power … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, City status, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Mayor of London, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments