Tag Archives: London

‘Our failure can be read on the headstones of dead youth’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Black teenagers continue to be seriously hurt, maimed and even die in knife crimes and shootings on our streets every week. In a speech last week, LEE JASPER said that there’s a ready solution to the worsening problem … Continue reading

Posted in Mayor of London, Education, London-wide issues, Crime, Housing, Policing, Community associations, Knife crime | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Londoners left to count the cost of part-time Tory Mayor

The announcement over the weekend that London’s fleet of Boris Buses are to have windows retro-fitted to their upper decks, because the air-conditioning in the £350,000-a-time Roastmasters has never worked, offers as good a reason as any for our Transport … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour picks Assembly candidate with fewer than 600 votes

Amid all the “excitement” and “euphoria” (those are not entirely the right words, but you’ll know what we mean) surrounding Corbynmania over the weekend and the election of Labour’s party leader and London Mayoral candidate, one other selection took place, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Louisa Woodley, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sarah Jones, Steve O'Connell, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holy smoke: Sutton to investigate Viridor ‘gift’ to church

Sutton Council has bowed to public pressure and is to look into the controversial £275,000 donation from the charitable arm of Viridor, the industrialists who were granted permission by the local authority to build and operate a massive waste incinerator … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Church and religions, Croydon Greens, Environment, London-wide issues, Nick Mattey, Outside Croydon, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Give south London under-11s free travel, says Shawcross

Primary school children in London should be allowed to use public transport for free during the summer holidays, according to a London Assembly Member who has called for those living “south of the river” to be allowed to have free … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Education, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Schools, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Property developer Ansari donates to Cooper and Khan

Anwar Ansari, the Croydon-based property developer who was among the leading figures behind a High Court legal action against the borough’s Labour-run council’s landlord licensing scheme, has donated tens of thousands of pounds to leading contenders in internal Labour Party … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Business, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan MP, Tessa Jowell | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Reed supporter’s petition to halt election gets 15 signatories

As ballot papers for a raft of Labour elections arrive through letter boxes this week, Croydon North’s Progress MP Steve Reed OBE and a “co-operative” councillor who served under him during his time as leader of Lambeth Council have called … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Gavin Barwell MP, Jason Cummings, Lambeth Council, Mayor of London, Steve Reed MP, Tessa Jowell | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Purley Way crash highlights pollution disaster coming our way

Anyone who tries to drive along the Purley Way, whether as a route to work or simply to visit any of the retail sheds that line the urban motorway, already knows it can be a pretty dispiriting experience. Last Friday … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Croydon Council, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Tessa Jowell, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tumbleweed moment as Tessa fails to chime with Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports that the latest polling results on the London Mayoral candidate selection are not being reflected in Croydon Two events, staged for the same audience, at the same venue, just 48 hours apart. The contrast ought to cause … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Environment, Health, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Tessa Jowell, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

POLL: Should comedian Mark Steel be allowed a Labour vote?

It is rare indeed that Croydon makes it on to the front page of a national newspaper. But The Independent has today splashed a picture story of how its columnist, Mark Steel, has been rejected by the Labour Party from … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Comedy, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

If you want change, then now’s the time to vote for change

First, the declaration of interest. I have known Christian Wolmar since 1986, when we both experienced what it was like to work for Robber Maxwell. But when I suggest that all of Croydon (perhaps with the exception of serving Tory … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, London-wide issues, Mayor of London | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Hustings where a Dame turned into a pantomime villain

Inside Croydon’s Editor, STEVEN DOWNES, managed his own bit of entryism to report from the far-left corner of last night’s Labour hustings at Ruskin House There was an end-of-term feeling about it all. And with the headmistress missing, there was … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Central, Cycling, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sarah Jones, Tessa Jowell, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Will Self writes for Inside Croydon… (Well, sort of)

Labour’s candidates for London Mayor, or at least most of them, come to Croydon on Monday for a suburban hustings. But only one of them will be able to do so with the endorsement described by the New Statesman as … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Christian Wolmar, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Tessa Jowell, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to gridlock Croydon in 100 million easy moves

CROYDON COMMENTARY: London’s Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, with Labour-run Croydon Council and through Transport for London, has earmarked more than £100 million for road schemes and to re-configure the tram system in the town centre, all for the sake of … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Addiscombe, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Commuting, Connected Croydon, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Cycling, Duppas Hill Park, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, Property, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Palace offers youngsters sporting chance with One Goal

Crystal Palace Football Club has teamed up with London & Quadrant Housing Association to take part in a project called One Goal, which is offering free sport and arts activities over the summer holidays, as well as the possibility of … Continue reading

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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

Landlords challenge licensing scheme with Judicial Review

Another of Labour’s flagship policies for Croydon, the landlord licensing scheme which was a key part of the manifesto when they won control of the council last year, could be facing a crisis as a group of local businesses are … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Planning, Property | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bollards! Latest crash underlines danger on Grange Road

Further proof of the need for better enforced speed controls on key routes through Croydon was delivered by another out-of-control motorist on the eve of the end of the council’s 20mph consultation. Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader sent us this picture, … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Cycling, Environment, Karen Jewitt, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 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

Get on the trail of the River Effra and Sherlock Holmes

The Norwood Society has announced the details of its series of summer walks over the coming weeks. Some, such as the first, a tour of Anerley and Penge, are conducted as part of local festivals (in this case, the Crystal … Continue reading

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