Tag Archives: Tory

Labour cuts and pastes Tory plans for a very bleak midwinter

Tough luck. That’s the message from Croydon Council if we have a bad winter. As commuters battle their way home through what’s left of Hurricane Gonzalo, winter seems to be with us already. Snow and ice cannot be too far … Continue reading

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Coe’s old rival Ovett backs calls to keep Crystal Palace on track

Steve Ovett, the Olympic gold medal-winner and half of one of the biggest rivalries ever seen in international sport, has entered the debate over the future of the Crystal Palace athletics stadium, backing local campaigners, and the athletes and coaches … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Olympics, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Business, Community associations, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour is getting all spaced out over Croydon’s old offices

Proposals to preserve Croydon’s over-supply of old and unwanted office space go before Croydon Council’s cabinet meeting tonight, and risk jeopardising the town’s tentative recovery, writes WALTER CRONXITE Criticisms of Croydon Council’s commitment to preserving heritage are misplaced. A report … Continue reading

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Newman takes his group off to Brighton, paid via the rates

If you live in one of the Labour-held wards in Croydon, you probably didn’t have an opportunity to meet your publicly funded councillor at a residents’ surgery this weekend. You definitely would not have seen council leader Tony Newman standing … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Coulsdon, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Nathan Elvery, Purley, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

£756,608 for two-bed flat? Speculators roll the dice again

What will three-quarters of a mil buy you in Croydon these days? Not a lot, if the latest piece of property speculation, on Edridge Road in South Croydon, is anything to go by. Yes: £756,608 for a two-bedroom flat. In … Continue reading

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Ashcroft’s polling points to election defeat for Barwell

WALTER CRONXITE has got some new batteries for his Casio calculator and what he’s worked out adds up to bad news for the sitting MP in Croydon’s marginal parliamentary constituency If you are unlucky enough to get cornered by Gavin … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Andrew Pelling, Ashburton, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Peter Staveley, Sarah Jones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Coe is accused of ‘world-class hypocrisy’ over Palace plans

Some of London’s leading athletes and coaches have reacted with dismay and horror at plans, revealed this week, to demolish the athletics stadium and indoor training facilities at Crystal Palace. And there is mounting anger among some senior athletics figures … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Olympics, Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Business, Croydon Harriers, Crystal Palace Community Association, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, London Assembly, Martyn Rooney, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, South London Harriers, Sport, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Award-winning’ planning chief says house building is easy

Famously, Tom Lehrer said that satire died the day that Henry Kissinger was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. What Lehrer might have made of Croydon being presented with an award for being Britain’s best local planning authority probably … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Planning, RIF, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, URV, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lord Coe’s company behind plans to bulldoze athletics stadium

Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organising committee which promised to create a sporting legacy for London and the whole of Britain, now heads up the company which has put forward plans to bulldoze the Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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Long overdue that we found proper future for Segas House

CROYDON COMMENTARY: According to senior sources at the Town Hall, the scheme to convert the Grade II-listed Segas House into a primary school, the brainchild during the previous Tory council of Tim Pollard, has been abandoned because the building would … Continue reading

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Boswell speaks out on behalf of Croydon’s “heroic” teachers

Canon Colin Boswell used Croydon’s annual civic service yesterday to call on the people of the borough ”to encourage heroic teachers”. The Vicar of Croydon’s remarks came in a sermon to the congregation in Croydon Minster and to the many … Continue reading

Posted in Archbishop Lanfranc, Canon Colin Boswell, Church and religions, Croydon Minster, Education, Manju Shahul Hameed, Parish Church schools, Roke Primary, Schools, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Apartment Apartheid’ arrives in Croydon via the back door

Croydon’s previous, Tory-led council administration – who have spent their first few months in opposition re-affirming their credentials for backing rich landlords over the interests of tenants’ rights – gave planning permission to a multi-millionaire developer to have “Poor Doors” … Continue reading

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Newman goes missing at the making of piece of black history

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall chamber with a Yorkie bar and half-finished crossword from that day’s Metro sticking out of his jacket pocket, reports on Monday’s council meeting, where all promises of doing civic business in a … Continue reading

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Calls for auditor to investigate old Ashburton Library sale

There are calls for the deal to sell the council-owned old Ashburton Library at a “discount” of more than £400,000 to be referred to the district auditor for investigation, after the aborted sale was the subject of further acrimonious exchanges … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Church and religions, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Maddie Henson, Mike Fisher, Property, Sara Bashford, Stephen Mann, Timothy Godfrey, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Incinerator campaign in 11th-hour appeal for legal funds

The Stop the Incinerator Campaign could yet be denied its day in court – all for a lack of money. The campaign was expecting to begin its judicial review of the Beddington incinerator scheme – which has the backing of … Continue reading

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