BINMAGEDDON!: Our street has been blighted by council

Blighted by bins: Canning Road in Addiscombe is supposed to be an attractive conservation area

KEN LEE on how some residents are responding to the imposition of wheelie bins they never wanted, and mostly never need

More than three months after the council spent £2.3million to deliver new wheelie bins to 150,000 properties around the borough, and the Council Tax-payers who paid for the often unwanted imposition on their properties are still seething over the way their homes and streets have been needlessly blighted. Continue reading

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Squatters sighted on roof of £500m Nestlé Tower development

The two figures on the roof of the 22-storey Nestle Tower yesterday lunchtime

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Photojournalist ARNIE LEIBOVITZ provides evidence that one of the town centre’s biggest projects might have security issues

Squatters may have moved into the Nestlé Tower, the Croydon landmark building in the town centre undergoing a £500million redevelopment.

The office building, formally titled St George’s House, has been empty since September 2012 when the Swiss multi-national food and consumer goods company left Croydon, which had been their British operations base for nearly 50 years. Continue reading

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Barwell’s role in Brexit sees him rejected by Beckenham Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE suggests that Brexit may have sunk the prospects of another career politician

Theresa Mayhem’s dependence on former Croydon MP Gaffe-prone Barwell has had disastrous consequences for the nation

Prospects for Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell to return to the House of Commons as an MP appear to be as ruined a the credibility of his boss, Theresa Mayhem, after the latest Brexit balls-up.

Barwell, for seven years the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, had made it known to friends and confidants within the Croydon Tory party – presumably over a plate of over-priced Portuguese spice chicken – that were he to seek to return to Parliament, it would not be by campaigning to regain his former seat (code for: “I don’t think I have a chance of beating Sarah Jones”). Continue reading

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BINMAGEDDON!: Let’s build a Christmas tree with old boxes

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Three months after the ‘changeover’ in rubbish contractor Veolia’s bin collection schedules, with new bins, smaller wheelies and recycling boxes which were supposed to be taken away, loyal reader KIRSTIE SMITH, right, has penned on open letter to the residents of Croydon

I’m sick to death of looking at our old recycling boxes.

I’ve now raised a complaint with the council after tweeting them to ask when they’d be collected and promised a date (it seems they’ve now deleted the tweet. Note to self: screen shot everything involving Croydon Council and Veolia in future).

Council promises to remove the recycling boxes it rendered redundant have yet to be fulfilled

I didn’t take our recycling boxes to the dump because, after originally saying that they would not remove the boxes, the council later – after a lot of public complaints about their failure to match their recycling words with their rubbish deeds – said that they would collect them.

Now, I can’t take them to the dump as I had an accident, am on crutches and cannot drive. Hubby doesn’t drive. Continue reading

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BRIT School is going live with town centre dance and drama

The BRIT School will be providing the entertainment for town centre shoppers with a series of pop performances this month.

The BRIT School’s dance troupe, Khronos

BRIT Presents begins later this month, a programme of outdoor showcases in public spaces, which will run through to Christmas and beyond.

BRIT Presents will include a range of performances from some of the school’s most talented pupils, ranging from musical theatre classics to their own compositions, and starting on November 29 (4.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm) at Centrale with contemporary dance troupe Khronos. Continue reading

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Sanderstead Dramatic Club’s Cinderella, Jan 5-12

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MP Philp: I won’t be calling for no confidence vote on PM

Croydon’s lone Conservative MP will not be among those who sends a letter calling for a no confidence vote in the Prime Minister,  Inside Croydon can reveal.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp is backing the beleaguered Theresa May over Brexit

Theresa Mayhem’s Tory Government has been in crisis this week, since the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement were published. After nearly two years of negotiations, the document is a masterpiece of political fudgery, offering a deal which is  unacceptable to Leavers and Remainers alike.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, described the agreement as “a false choice… between her botched deal and no deal”.

Corbyn told Parliament, “The PM is offering a choice between the worst of all worlds and a catastrophic series of consequences. Neither of these options is acceptable.”

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