Tag Archives: Steve O’Connell

Calibre of candidates in local elections called into question

Hat-tip to the Tory blogger and LBC radio presenter Iain Dale for this, which he linked to on Twitter with the note: “And these people want to represent us?” Up to the April 24 deadline this week, all candidates who … Continue reading

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Tea-time leaflet leaves Easter egg over faces of Waddon Tories

Direct from an election meeting where the most impressive thing was Eddie Izzard’s new glasses, WALTER CRONXITE, our man on Katharine Street with the rolled up copy of the local free paper and an e-cigarette tucked behind his ear, reports … Continue reading

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Council allowances and local politicians’ secret consensus

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There’s one cut-back our Town Hall politicians won’t make, writes STEVEN DOWNES Here’s a proposal you will not find in any party’s local election manifesto – if Croydon’s Tories ever get round to publishing a statement of policies … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, Tony Newman, Steve O'Connell, Council Tax, Dudley Mead, London Assembly, Ian Parker, 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Cane Hill road deal not enough to stop all residents’ objections

Richard Thurbon, the chairman of the Coulsdon West Residents’ Association, last night confirmed that his organisation has filed a formal objection to the planning application by house-builders Barratt for Cane Hill, despite the promise from Mike Fisher, the leader of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Cane Hill, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce Question Time, Mar 27

Crystal Palace Chamber Of Commerce is staging a Question Time event next Thursday, March 27, from 7pm at the Queens Hotel, Church Road, where members of the public put their questions to Greater London Authority members of the Labour, Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Business, Community associations, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Darren Johnson, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Planning, Steve O'Connell, Upper Norwood, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council leader Fisher commits to paying for Cane Hill road

The fix is in. Cane Hill, the 677-home yuppie housing estate which Barratt will be building on the site of the former asylum near Coulsdon will get its additional access road, according to a promise made by Mike Fisher, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Cane Hill, Chris Philp, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Mike Fisher, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve O'Connell, Terry Lenton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

De-selected Pollard quickly finds Fairfield ward an easy Fitze

Congratulations to the Pollard family, who had to go barely 24 hours facing the horrible prospect of living like ordinary, hard-working Croydon residents and no longer receiving their annual “allowances” total of £67,354 for their part-time roles as Croydon councillors. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Croham, David Fitze, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Perry, Kenley, Maria Gatland, Mayor of London, Michael Neal, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Budget-busting 25 quid bribe that ignores Croydon’s £1bn debt

Have you received your Council Tax bill this week? Wonder how Croydon Council can afford to pay out £25 to residents? With the Town Hall having accumulated £1 billion debt in the last eight years, SIMON HALL, pictured, says that, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Fieldway, Fly tipping, Housing, Mike Fisher, Refuse collection, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell, Street lighting, URV, Youth Services | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Boris plan wants to bulldoze West Croydon bus station

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Plans announced this week suggest a drastic solution to the issue of bus and tram congestion alongside the soon-to-be £1billion Hammersfield shopping centre – knock down the bus garage. The replacement proposed, says ANDREW PELLING, lacks imagination, proper … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Commuting, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Boris visits Kenley-on-Thames as Greens call for flood action

Boris Johnson, the former MP for Henley on Thames, was in his former constituency’s new, near namesake, Kenley-on-Thames, this morning, the London Mayor becoming the latest high-profile politician to visit the scene of flooding in the south of Croydon. Just … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Croydon Greens, Environment, Jenny Jones, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley, Roke Primary, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Academy head’s warped priorities: A Roke by any other name?

There has been a civil emergency going on in the Kenley area of Croydon for the past week. Residents of homes in one road have faced the prospect of being flooded out. The A22 Godstone Road has been impassable because … Continue reading

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How much is your vote worth? Fisher reckons 50p a week

Things must be getting bad for florid-faced Mike Fisher, the Conservative leader of Croydon Council, who this morning announced at a poorly attended media briefing that he is to offer the borough’s residents a £3 million bribe – paid for out … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Mayor of London, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The day Boris and Croydon Tories found homelessness funny

Sometimes, we miss something. So it was, nearly a year ago when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, came to Croydon to announce the shot-gun marriage of Westfield and Hammerson over the £1 billion redevelopment of property at the centre … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Business, Charity, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Nightwatch, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Kenley, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Steve O'Connell, Taberner House, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Council’s “sound investment” in Davis House costs £15m

Our Conservative-run council’s flawed policies of property speculation on the rates, which have put Croydon on course to have unsustainable debt of more than £1 billion, will be laid bare again in a report to the Tory councillors in the … Continue reading

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Croydon doesn’t count when it comes to its rubbish reports

We here at Inside Croydon Towers have become great fans of nearby neighbours Wandsworth’s “open council” webpage, which records the Conservative-run borough’s performance with comparative data on a range of indicators from other councils across London. In the past, data … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments