Tag Archives: London

Keep it quiet: councillors make allowances for themselves

Croydon’s councillors last week opened the way for potential increases in their own “allowances” of as much as 20 per cent, and they did it all without any debate. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s new council last week passed a range … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Julie Belvir, London-wide issues, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Jack Bauer comes to Coulsdon with a drone’s-eye view

The things you find on t’interweb… Not sure if this is from the CIA, keeping tabs on the violent militants of Coulsdon, or surveyors working on behalf the fracking companies with licences to explore the mineral resources under Farthing Down. … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Friends of Farthing Downs, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

Posted in Gavin Barwell MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, New Addington, Mike Fisher, Steve O'Connell, Waddon, Clare Hilley, Vidhi Mohan, Phil Thomas, Dudley Mead, Addiscombe, Nathan Elvery, Coulsdon West, Ashburton, Tony Pearson, 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Dis-Connected Croydon put on the rack over cycle installation

ANDREW DICKINSON got on his bike when he saw the latest example of ill-considered spending of public money on the streets of South Croydon Don’t get me wrong. As a cyclist, I want to see more cycle lanes and secure … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Connected Croydon, Croham, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Planning, South Croydon Community Association, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon at back of pack in London’s house price boom

Research shows that property prices in Croydon have increased at one of the slowest rates among London boroughs over the last two decades, yet there are still many fewer residential builds going on in the borough than elsewhere in the … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Housing, IYLO, London-wide issues, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newman’s front-bench team has Collins in charge of clean-up

Tony Newman, the new Leader of Croydon Council, has announced his front-bench team following last Thursday’s Labour local election victory, with a line-up of mainly familiar faces after eight years in opposition. The positions were determined by Newman following a … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Business, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Environment, Gerry Ryan, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Louisa Woodley, Planning, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, URV, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ten things we have learned from the 2014 Town Hall elections

So the results are in. And a thoroughly fascinating few weeks we have had in Croydon leading up to yesterday’s local elections. Croydon has no UKIP councillors, or councillors from any party other than Labour or the Conservatives. The LibDems … Continue reading

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Labour takes aim at Ashburton as UKIP charge in Waddon

VOTE 2014: Our final assessment from the battleground wards in the Town Hall elections sees a surprising change in fortunes As election day dawns and the overnight rains and morning mists clear, the deployment of the parties’ armies on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Adam Kellett, Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Clare Hilley, Gareth Streeter, Joy Prince, Robert Canning, Robert King, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Residents debate the role of Crystal Palace Park: May 28

With proposals to redevelop Crystal Palace Park, a group of local residents have started The Information Project to publicise the possibilities for the park and to help create a critical, intellectual debate about the identity of community, place, culture and design for the 21st … Continue reading

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Green Party’s MEP backs call for more space for cyclists

Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP, has urged cyclists to support candidates in this week’s council elections who have pledged improvements to cycling infrastructure. Lambert was speaking ahead of the Space for Cycling Big Ride staged in London and cities across … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Commuting, Croydon Greens, Cycling, Environment, Health, Transport | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Are you local? New Addington’s Royston Vasey campaign

VOTE 2014: Labour needs to win both New Addington seats if they are to have any chance of winning control of the Town Hall, but they have been handicapped by internal wrangles and Tory accusations of being “outsiders” Labour’s determination … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, George Ayres, Karen Jewitt, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Election candidate calls Croydon’s modern slums a scandal

Croydon Council’s mishandling of its housing stock – with a rising number of empty council homes despite more than 2,000 families forced to live in temporary accommodation – has been described as a “scandal” by one of the candidates for … Continue reading

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Greens take a stand against Chinese takeaway of public park

Green Party figures from the five boroughs that meet at Crystal Palace – Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Croydon – have united to oppose what they have called the “privatisation” of the Grade II-listed public park in a promised £500 … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Community associations, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Darren Johnson, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

316 people want your votes: election candidates declared

May  22’s local elections in Croydon will be a five-party battle, with the Conservatives, who have controlled the Town Hall since 2006, up against challengers from Labour, the LibDems, Greens and UKIP across the borough. The nominations lists were published … Continue reading

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The council’s in a hole, and yet they still keep on digging

ANDREW FISHER, the author of a new book on the failed economics of the last four decades, says that the same mistakes are being repeated in £1 billion shopping centre-fixated Croydon In the 1930s, the economist John Maynard Keynes advocated … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Allders, Andrew Fisher, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Housing, Mayor of London, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment