Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dr Toxic’s latest hit is a real Song for Europe (and Waddon)

It’s unlikely to be at No1 when the next charts are announced, and Justin Beiber has little to fear. But Dr Toxic’s little ditty might just end up becoming an ear-worm for the Waddon councillors who sought election on a … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Environment, Health, London-wide issues, Music, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

£7.5m renovation gives Anerley a Palace of a station

Step-free access has this week become a reality for all passengers at Crystal Palace station, a fine example of Victorian railway architecture but built with little consideration for the disabled or infirm. Three new lifts from the ticket hall to … Continue reading

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Fairfield’s future needs to engage with Croydon public

Tired. Poorly managed. Poorly used. Under-funded. Under-appreciated. The Fairfield Halls, half a century old, might symbolise the faded grandeur of Croydon itself. With mounting concern over the council’s arts policy, or absence of it after the axing of the Mela … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Cinema, Comedy, Community associations, Dance, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Music, South Croydon Community Association, Theatre, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hundreds attend Good Friday enactment in town centre

The crowd bayed for blood, and they got it in Croydon town centre this morning. The judge was swayed by the mob’s call for justice, despite there being no crime to justify such a severe punishment as execution nailed to … Continue reading

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Racism, immigration, false stats and Councillor Pearson

Abraham Lincoln once said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”. ANDREW FISHER says it is advice a New Addington councillor would do well to follow The … Continue reading

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Streatham-Croydon dig in for the future at Frant Road

RUGBY ROUND-UP: Redevelopment work on Streatham-Croydon’s stand and changing rooms has begun in earnest at Frant Road this week following a “breaking the ground” ceremony after the last home league game of the season against Old Rutlishians. Steve O’Connell, the … Continue reading

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More plaudits for work of Lives Not Knives founder

Congratulations are due to South Croydon’s Eliza Rebeiro, who this week has had her work with the Lives Not Knives campaign recognised as an outstanding winner in  national volunteering awards. Rebeiro was named as the winner by Vinspired, the national … Continue reading

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Should our local hospital be placed in intensive care?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There is a looming crisis at Mayday Hospital, but according to DAVID CALLAM, our national politicians are failing to do anything about it Privatisation is an overused word, especially in the argument surrounding the future of the National … Continue reading

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Council silent as HR chief Parkes heads for the exit

Croydon’s Council Tax-payers look to be facing another expensive six-figure pay-off, after an internal announcement yesterday confirmed that the borough’s human resources director, Pam Parkes, one of the council’s five most senior officers, is to leave with immediate effect. There … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hayley Lewis, Jon Rouse, Nathan Elvery, Stephen McDonald | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon one point away from ending losing streak

They’ve won just one league match all season, they regularly concede more than 30 points, and in one game they lost 134-10. And then they were lucky to get the 10. IAN LAMONT visits Croydon RFC to find out how … Continue reading

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April Fools’ Day welfare changes are fooling nobody

Social security, or welfare, payments are about to be drastically reduced. Or “reformed”, in the language used by the government. TONY NEWMAN, leader of the opposition Labour group on the council, highlights how those changes are likely to impact Croydon … Continue reading

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Addiscombe marathon runner seeks wholehearted support

Tamsin Carelse, from Upfield, in Addiscombe, completed her first London Marathon in 2011. On April 7 this year, she is hoping to complete her second 26-mile race in Paris. Tamsin fits her training around a busy working life. Nothing stops … Continue reading

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£3.1m on HQ’s furniture is “value for money” in Croydon

Lewis Carroll couldn’t have made this up. There is a proposal going before Croydon Council’s corporate services committee on Wednesday that suggests spending £3.14 million of public money on new furniture and fittings for Bernard Weatherill House, the council headquarters … Continue reading

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Did we really vote for this man to be Mayor of London?

It is the sort of thing that is often referred to as “car crash telly”. It is not the sort of interview that someone as practised and skilled at evading and avoiding providing answers to uncomfortable questions usually gives. But … Continue reading

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X marks the spot: Croydon appoints firm in administration

News reaches Inside Croydon of what appears to be yet another epic fail by the leadership at Croydon Council. On February 11, at the Town Hall cabinet meeting, Mike Fisher, the council leader, and his “top team” decided to appoint … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Environment, Jason Perry, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, Simon Hoar, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Residents ill-served by Town Hall self-serving politics

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Council meetings at the Town Hall are poor theatre and rarely achieve much, despite considerable public cost, as this week’s emergency library meeting demonstrated, says STEVEN DOWNES What are Croydon Council meetings at the Town Hall for? What … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Mike Fisher, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Sutton now apologising for Croydon on incinerator plans

A consultation in Croydon and Sutton on amendments to the planning application for the £1 billion Beddington Lane incinerator scheme has been extended by a month – because of the latest administrative cock-up at Croydon Council. Anti-incinerator campaigners who wanted … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Environment, Planning, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fisher battle through to second day at Rosslyn Park 7s

RUGBY ROUND-UP: John Fisher School‘s senior rugby squad faces a daunting morning today, as the National Schools 7s go into a second day at Rosslyn Park, kicking off at 11am with a game against Rydal Penrhos. The schools 7s season … Continue reading

Posted in John Fisher School, Old Mid-Whitgiftians RFC, Old Walcountians, Old Whitgiftians, Purley-John Fisher, Rugby Union, Schools, Sport, Streatham-Croydon RFC, Warlingham RFC, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steve Reed MP: “I’m taking police cuts issue to the very top”

After his first 100 days as MP for Croydon North, STEVE REED is getting on with the job at Westminster, and in Croydon I’ve just finished my first 100 days since I was elected last November. As a new MP, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Community associations, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Libraries, Mayor of London, Policing, Riots Review Panel, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

May the force be with you: Rugby 7s tournament launched

Does the Road to Rio begin at Hamsey Green? With Rugby 7s an Olympic sport from 2016, the path of a budding Olympic medal-winner might just begin at Warlingham rugby club on “Star Wars day“, May 4 (“May the Force … Continue reading

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