Ex-councillor quits Tory party and blasts local leadership

Another former Tory councillor has quit Croydon Conservatives, launching a farewell blast at the party’s local leadership.

Ex-councillor Tony Pearson: Croydon Tories are not right-wing enough for him

Tony Pearson, who was a councillor for New Addington until 2014, announced over the weekend that he was quitting the Tories, complaining that he was to be blocked from their WhatsApp discussion group.

Pearson, a member of the freemasons, was a controversial figure while elected to the Town Hall.

In 2011, when he was working as a steward at Crystal Palace football club, Pearson was accused of using abusive language and rough treatment on season ticket-holders in the Holmesdale End. He was also accused of snatching a fan’s mobile phone to prevent the incident being video’d. Continue reading

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Kisstory music festival, Streatham Common, Jul 21

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Losing LibDems ‘expel’ pensioner – who was not party member

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on the first sign of recriminations among that borough’s ruling party

‘Prof’ Adrian Bonner: Sutton LibDem chair who has expelled someone who is not a party member

MP Tom Brake and Sutton’s Liberal Democrats, still reeling from the shock of last month’s local elections in which they lost 12 council seats, have begun to seek scapegoats for their failure at the ballot box. One Beddington pensioner received a hand-delivered letter informing him that he has been expelled from the party – even though he is not a member.

Gervais Sawyer, a retired lecturer, had the letter from the local LibDems drop on to his door mat on June 10.

It came from someone styling himself “Professor” Adrian Bonner, the chair of Sutton Liberal Democrats. Undated, the letter used the daunting heading: “RE: Revoking membership of Sutton Borough Liberal Democrat Party”. Continue reading

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Purley Oaks Primary Summer Fair, South Croydon, Jun 23

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Amnesty International Swim For Refugees, Shirley Park, Jul 21

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Friends of Norbury Hall Park clean-up day, Jun 30

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Council withholds £1m from Veolia for bin service failings

Croydon Council has withheld nearly £1million in fees due to street-cleaning and bin-collecting contractors Veolia because of poor performance, Inside Croydon has learned.

Veolia are now locked in to the bin collection and street cleaning services in Croydon until 2025

The penalty has been applied by Croydon’s clean and green cabinet member, Stuart Collins, because of various shortcomings by Veolia, including missed bin collections and unswept streets.

The massive amount of withheld payments emerged this week during a regular meeting of the South London Waste Partnership, of which Collins is deputy chair.

Croydon is one of four boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership, along with Kingston, Merton and Sutton.  Continue reading

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