‘Sneaky’ plan for ‘vandalism on a grand scale’ in Addiscombe

Another day, another planning application which residents fear will destroy a characterful Victorian house, replacing it with a bland brick block of flats. This time, the proposals have been described as “sneaky” and “vandalism on a grand scale”.

275 Addiscombe Road as it appears today. A proposed ‘extension’ has been described as ‘vandalism’

A planning application for 275 Addiscombe Road was originally submitted last October, but has been amended more recently.

This is not the usual knock-down-a-grand-family-home-and-build-flats-in-its=place scheme, though. The revised scheme has been presented to the council planning department as a “mere” “Basement extension, two storey front, side and rear extension and roof extension”.

The reality is somewhat different. In fact, the “extension” will remove the grand Victorian turrets at each corner of 275 Addiscombe Road, and but for leaving some of the original walls standing, will effectively deliver a new-build block of five two-bed-roomed flats. Continue reading

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Trams have 10 games left to salvage their promotion push

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Fixture congestion, cup knock-outs, floodlight failures, losing streaks, ANDREW SINCLAIR reports on a tough February for the local clubs.
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Croydon FC need to rise to the occasion against Kennington at the Arena tomorrow

Croydon’s non-league clubs have had a tough month, as one saw their promotion hopes badly dented and the other saw themselves dragged into a relegation dogfight.

A combination of scheduling and the wet weather saw Croydon FC play just three league games in the past month, and while they were able to get a morale-boosting 5-0 win over Kent Football United, with Martin Smith nabbing a hat-trick, defeats to fellow promotion contenders Elmstead and Kennington have been a knock-back.

The Trams’ home game against top-of-the-table Kennington at Croydon Arena tomorrow afternoon is crucial if they are to return to the Southern Counties East League Premier Division at the first time of asking. Continue reading

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Carshalton’s springs guided walk, Honeywood Museum, Mar 8

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Pop singing at CYTO, South Norwood, every Wednesday

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International Women’s Day, Braithwaite Hall, Mar 14

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Negrini draws ridicule for her £81 On The Buses guided tour

Hold very tight please! Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, is ready to be taken for a ride around Croydon town centre, all in the name of a good cause

Croydon’s beleaguered £220,000 per year chief executive has attracted yet more ridicule after it has emerged that she and some architect chums are planning to stage a guided bus tour around Croydon town centre next month.

All for a one-way ticket costing a cool £81.44. Continue reading

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Court ruling against airport expansion is problem for Newman

This morning’s Court of Appeal ruling that a third runway at Heathrow is unlawful could put Croydon’s council leader Tony Newman’s bollocks in a vice.

A new runway for Gatwick may cost more jobs than it provides

For not only has the ruling managed to coalesce opposition, legally and environmentally, against airport expansion, but it may yet see Gatwick push the case for their second runway.

And that is something which Newman – now claiming personal credit for his council’s declaration of a climate emergency – has always supported with conspicuous enthusiasm.

The contradictions in Newman’s positions may be obvious to most, but they remain unapparent to the Labour leader at the Town Hall.

This is possibly because Gatwick continues to be a generous sponsor of some activities in Croydon, apparently also because a second runway would generate some jobs for south London residents (though the economic case for this has never been laid out by Newman), and probably also because before Sarah Jones became MP for Croydon Central, she worked for Gatwick Airport for several years.

Yet Newman’s untenable position over airport expansion has become even more so, as his Labour Party colleagues today came out strongly in support of the Heathrow ruling. Continue reading

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