Pants! Runners told to keep their trousers on in park cafe

Shock, horror, and barely disguised disgust among the demure “ladies who lunch” in Selsdon and Ballards after “outrageous” behaviour – outrageous, no less – following a cross-country race in Lloyd Park a fortnight ago. There were even mutterings of refunds having to be made to unhappy customers.


The Parklife Cafe near the Lloyd Park tram stop has been doing a good trade since it opened at the end of last year. But on busy, sporty Saturdays it has found itself over-run on occasions by some of the participants.

This is not an issue with the well-dressed participants in the ParkRun which starts and finishes outside the cafe each Saturday morning.

Nor is it much of a problem even with the footballers who turn up for their match and manage to enjoy the pies and pasties in the cafe after their game with the FA ever having to call in the betting fraud squad. Continue reading

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South Norwood suffers a ‘white-out’ in council publicity

Is this what Croydon Council's press office regards as an 'idealised' vision of the future for South Norwood?

This appears to be what Croydon Council’s press office regards as an ‘idealised’ vision of the future for South Norwood, in an image issued with their press release this week

For what is supposed to be among the most diverse and colourful boroughs in the country, parts of Croydon appear to be very… pale if the expensively commissioned architects’ drawings of some council schemes are anything to go by.

Take the “major improvements” – meaning a few new paving slabs, the latest in the DisConnected Croydon programme – promised for South Norwood in a council press release this week, a project close to the hearts of Alison Butler and Paul Scott, the couple which forms half of the Gang of Four that have an iron grip over the Labour group that runs the council.

The image accompanying the council bumpf, which also includes a quote from Butler, shows what the council must regard as an idealised South Norwood high street after the works are completed, portraying an area which is anything but “bustling”. And not a brown face to be seen anywhere.

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Tories oppose 2,000 homes in housing minister’s constituency

Croydon Council is able to roll out its lovingly drawn architetcts' impressions of what College Green will one day look like

Croydon Council is able to roll out its lovingly drawn architects’ impressions of what College Green will one day look like

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the planning permission granted to a Labour council scheme which could make Gavin Barwell’s constituency a safe Tory seat

Barely a year before the next Town Hall elections, and Croydon Tories last night handed a gift-wrapped vote-winning present to the Labour group that’s running the council when four of their councillors voted against proposals to build more than 2,000 homes that just happen in the constituency of the Conservative government’s housing minister.

Even by his own gaffe-prone standards, MP Gavin Barwell would struggle to drop such a massive bollock.

To compound the political blundering, the four Tory members of the council planning committee – Chris Wright, Jason Perry, Sue Winborn and Luke Clancy – also managed to vote against plans for the long overdue and much-needed £30million refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls.

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Ruskin Chorale spring concert, Shirley, Mar 25

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Geek Con reveals special guests from Doctor Who to Hellraiser

Croydon Geek Con, being staged at The Ship pub on the High Street on March 4 and 5, has announced its line-up of special guests, who include Nicholas Vince, Paul Davis and Mike Tucker, who have acted in, written about or designed and built the special effects for some of the geekiest of movies and television programmes.

Croydon Geek Con gives you the chance to have a chat with the actor who played the Chatterer

Croydon Geek Con gives you the chance to have a chat with the actor who played the Chatterer

Tucker is a special effects expert who worked for many years at the BBC, and now runs his own company, the Bafta award-winning The Model Unit.

He is also the author of a number of TV tie-in Doctor Who novels (some co-written with Robert Perry), and three books based on episodes of the television series Merlin. He also co-wrote Ace! The Inside Story of the End of an Era with Sophie Aldred in 1996, and BBC VFX – The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department with Matt Irvine in 2010.

Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Kinski in Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. Continue reading

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‘Veil of secrecy’ surrounds Barratt’s £150,000 pipe dream

Opposition councillors in Sutton are demanding an urgent meeting with the council chief executive after the authority’s planning committee last night granted permission for a pipe-laying scheme to a division of a company which is paying towards a council trip to the South of France next month.

Sutton Tories' leader Tim Crowley: wants answers from council CEO

Sutton Tories’ leader Tim Crowley: wants answers from council CEO

Tim Crowley, the leader of the Conservative group on Sutton Council who attended last night’s planning meeting, says that he is very concerned about what he calls “a veil of secrecy” surrounding Sutton’s relationship with house-builders Barratt’s and the council’s district energy project, SDEN.

SDEN is the district energy network which Sutton has devised to market the hot water generated from the incinerator being built at Beddington Lane. Unless SDEN can secure several long-term customers for the heat generated from the incinerator, many of the (often specious) economic and environmental arguments which were put forward by Sutton and the South London Waste Partnership (of which Croydon is a member) would… go up in smoke.

Barratt’s, through their development of the Felnex site, are expected to be SDEN’s first, possibly only, major customer. Last night, the house-buidlers were applying for planning permission to lay an estimated £150,000-worth of hot water piping, but not to serve Felnex or any Barratt’s-built properties. Instead, the piping would allow the SDEN network to provide heating elsewhere, including possibly some Croydon properties.

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Fraser tipped to take chair in Croydon North Labour Party

Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Croydon North/Lambeth South (delete to taste) looks set to get his fourth constituency party chair in the space of 18 months at a meeting being held tonight.

Clive Fraser: lots of experience in Croydon

Clive Fraser: lots of experience

Local party insiders tip Clive Fraser, a long-time activist and former councillor, to be elected without opposition, following the resignation of Ann O’Connor.

O’Connor, a Reed loyalist, had been in the role barely six months, having been hurriedly installed into the position at the behest of the local MP to replace Patsy Cummings.

Cummings herself had had only been elected as Croydon North CLP chair in June 2015 when differences emerged within the local Labour party between the large majority of ordinary party members who supported Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, and the rump of Blairites, who include Reed, council leader Tony Newman and members of his Town Hall clique. Continue reading

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