Bishop of Croydon makes amnesty appeal on immigration

Bishop Clark: more humane immigration system

The Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, has today entered the debate on the government’s “hostile” immigration strategy by calling for the immediate release of a mother and daughter who have been interned in “inhuman” conditions at immigrants’ removal centre at Yarl’s Wood.

In a letter to The Guardian newspaper which is also signed by senior prelates from the Church of England, Methodists and spokesperson for the Quakers, Bishop Clark calls for “a more humane immigration system based on our shared Christian values of fairness and decency”. Continue reading

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Old Whitgiftians are on the way up as champions of Surrey

RUGBY ROUND-UP: Old Whitgiftians finished the league season last weekend by maintaining their unbeaten home record at Croham Manor Road this season with a 41-31 win over Chipstead to underline their status as Surrey 1 champions, with promotion to the London regional divisions next season.

The John Youngs-coached squad finished with a playing record of Won 14, Lost 4, and a comfortable eight points clear of runners-up Old Georgians, having had the honours secured two games before the season’s end. Continue reading

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Lambert: ‘Disgrace’ of Sutton’s destruction of green spaces

Green MEP Jean Lambert: campaigning against Sutton’s LibDems

Thanks to Brexit, MEPs are now an endangered species. Tomorrow morning one of them, Jean Lambert, London’s Green Party representative to the European Parliament, will be visiting the River Wandle in Beddington to highlight the plight of local wildlife and conservation schemes which have been recklessly put at risk by local authorities and big business.

Lambert won’t have to go far to find some serious examples of wanton destruction and pollution for profit:

The dirty waste incinerator: Beddington Farmlands has the potential to become a world-renowned wetlands centre. However, the construction of the controversial Viridor waste incinerator on the Farmlands has already caused 10 acres of land to be stripped of its Green Belt status and handed to industry for development. It’s now likely that this land-grab will extend further into the nature reserve as developers consider the space ripe for development. Continue reading

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Croydon Minster lunchtime music recitals, May-Jul

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Friends coffee morning, ARCC, London Road, Apr 25

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Council to spend £50,000 on mural in council leader’s ward

Labour-run Croydon Council, struggling to make ends meet as the Tory Government continues to cut its annual grant, yesterday announced that it is to spend £50,000 to fund an art installation under a railway bridge in South Norwood.

The railway bridge on Portland Road, about to get possibly one of the most over-priced makeovers yet seen in the artwashing of the borough

The scheme is to be backed by the self-proclaimed community group, People for Portland Road.

The announcement of this extravagant expenditure on artwashing was made two weeks to the day before the local elections on May 3.

The railway bridge happens to be in the Woodside ward in which one of the councillors is Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council. Newman’s fellow Woodside ward councillor is Paul Scott. Scott is the chair of the council’s planning committee.

Scott, an architect by profession, is also the founder and (only) chair of People for Portland Road.

The announcement of a competition to “win” the £50,000 task of adorning the walkway alongside Portland Road was made in the Architects’ Journal. Continue reading

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Neighbours start legal challenge over Brick by Brick ‘bias’

A group of neighbours in South Norwood have started a crowd-funding appeal to raise money to pay for a legal challenge against Croydon council and planning chair Paul Scott over a Brick by Brick development which will overshadow their homes.

Alex Toogood’s CrowdJustice page went live this morning, seeking to raise £30,000 towards a Judicial Review against the decision of the council’s planning committee, which she claims has shown bias in favour of the developer – the council’s own housing company – and demonstrates multiple conflicts of interest while ignoring significant elements of the council’s own planning officials’ reports.

“We are concerned that the council is driving through decisions without the usual democratic safeguards because the council is simultaneously the land-owner, developer and planning authority,” Toogood said.

“We feel there is a clear conflict of interest with this planning process.” Continue reading

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