Tag Archives: Steve O’Connell

Assembly’s O’Connell failed to comment on Purley Way report

The man once labelled as “Britain’s most over-paid local councillor” has come under fire for failing to serve his constituents in Croydon and Sutton and not managing to register any comments in a public consultation held by Transport for London. … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Joy Prince, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Steve O'Connell, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Platform puts Wimbledon service back on track with Tramlink

Tramlink services through to Wimbledon have resumed as normal after Transport for London built a new tram platform at the tram network’s western terminus in less than five months. From next spring, when four new trams enter service, bringing the … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Greens pick Addiscombe’s Hague as their Assembly candidate

Tracey Hague has been selected by the Green Party as their candidate for Croydon and Sutton in next May’s London Assembly elections. The dual-borough constituency has been held by the Conservatives since the first City Hall elections in 2000, with … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Croydon Greens, Environment, London Assembly, Tracey Hague, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Westfield PR spinner calls for Brexit to improve our curries

An influential Croydon businessman, who is one of the new intake of Tory MPs at Westminster, wants Britain to turn its back on our European neighbours, including Poland, Italy and Greece, in favour of encouraging more curry cooks into the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 London elections, Business, London Assembly, Paul Scully MP, Steve O'Connell, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Colour-coded divisions over Black History Month events

It surely cannot be deliberate, since Croydon Council’s press and publicity department is too ham-fisted to organise itself so well. But if anyone ever wanted a demonstration of how we live in a divided borough, then they need only refer … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Badsha Quadir, Black History Month, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Dance, Education, Fairfield Halls, History, Kenley, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Music, Purley, Steve O'Connell, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coulsdon residents demand Philp delivers new primary school

Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new MP – and a man who sits on a platform with The Taxpayers’ Alliance where one of their number seriously advocates that the Tory government should cut pensioners’ benefits because many affected would “not be … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cane Hill, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Education, Environment, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Purley business district scheme gets green light from council

Purley’s hopes of having a Business Improvement District – BID – and get a six-figure sum towards the upkeep of the town centre’s high street took an important step forward this week when Croydon Council agreed to back the proposal. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Kenley, Purley, Purley BID, Steve O'Connell, Toni Letts | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

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

Council to investigate flats conversion at The Ship pub

Croydon Council is to investigate a planning breach at The Ship on South Norwood High Street, where estate agents have been letting out upper floor flats that have been developed without permission. The pub closed last year, after 160 years … Continue reading

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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

Labour go for six of the best to become next London Mayor

Londoners – of all political persuasions, and of none – will have six to choose from this summer when the Labour Party stages its first ever open primary to select its candidate to run for London Mayor in 2016. A … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Christian Wolmar, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Environment, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve O'Connell, Val Shawcross | 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

Barwell clings on to turn the tide for the Tories in Croydon

To borrow a phrase from that giant among Croydon residents, Ronnie Corbett: “And finally…”. WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a copy of Computer Weekly, offers his analysis of the local state of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Ashburton, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Purley Pool, Purley Way, Sarah Jones, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 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

Tax-payers pay £5.8m for councillors’ job creation scheme

Political patronage on the rates has reached ridiculous proportions at Croydon Town Hall, reports WALTER CRONXITE Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, parliamentary elder statesmen and former Foreign Secretaries, are clearly not as sharp as they would have liked us … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Two years of secret meetings for world’s largest ‘glass-house’

The Mayor of London’s office first discussed “the exciting Crystal Palace glass-house proposal” with representatives of China’s ZhongRong Group more than two years before Boris Johnson announced the £500 million scheme from the steps of Paxton’s terracing in October 2013. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, History, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Sport, Stephen Carr, Tramlink, Transport, Upper Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council meeting goes through the motions as a costly joke

WALTER CRONXITE, our man watching the webcast with a Yorkie bar and  a cup of strong black coffee, calls for another reform of Croydon Council: scrap meetings of the full council. They’re a complete waste of time and public money, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Kenley, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Report covers up council’s role in #WadGate scandal

Croydon Council has overseen a cover-up of the role of senior public officials in the #WadGate scandal, in which over the course of a year the now former council leader, Mike Fisher, was allowed to trouser an extra £13,000 of … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Julie Belvir, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Shirley, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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