Category Archives: 2014 council elections

Viridor incinerator doomed to be our Splott on the landscape

“PFI is distorting the decision-making process because big incinerator plants are more attractive to investors than small-scale recycling projects.” That was Tom Brake, speaking in 2001, when he was the LibDems’ environment spokesman. Then, the Carshalton and Wallington MP described … Continue reading

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Posted in 2014 council elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Environment, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Tom Brake MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Boundary Commission rejects Tory proposal for 60 councillors

WALTER CRONXITE reports on initial findings from an independent local boundary review which suggest that Croydon’s councillors are overworked Croydon Conservatives’ politically inspired proposals to the Boundary Commissioners to get one over the Labour-run council by suggesting a reduction in … Continue reading

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Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

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Is this the election real life? Is this just MP Barwell’s fantasy?

WALTER CRONXITE reviews “the world’s longest job application”, the Croydon Central MP’s account of the 2015 General Election campaign If anyone needed further evidence that self-serving career politicians are only in it for themselves, then Gavin Barwell’s How To Win … Continue reading

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Ex-UKIP candidate joined Tories after making ‘nuke ISIS’ call

Przemek Skwirczynski, the former UKIP election candidate who has also stood alongside a far-right Holocaust denier in Poland, has been welcomed back into the Conservative Party despite Islamophobic and other extreme views which have even seen him call for western … Continue reading

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#WadGate Fisher gets rejected again, this time in Bromley

“Whatever happened to Mike Fisher?” no one at Inside Croydon Towers has ever asked. Fisher was the leader of Croydon Conservatives who mismanaged the council for eight years, until he was caught with his hand in the Town Hall cookie … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2016 London elections, Bromley Council, Croydon Council, Croydon South, London Assembly, Mike Fisher, Shirley, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour councillor gets to speak at last – after 18-month wait

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the end of a councillor’s silent tribute to his party’s leadership at the Town Hall A Labour councillor used Monday’s full meeting of the council – only the second such meeting held since March – to … Continue reading

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Tory councillor aids roads lobbyist expelled from UKIP

JEREMY CLACKSON, Inside Croydon’s Motoring Correspondent, has uncovered evidence that one of the borough’s most senior Tory councillors has been busily assisting a roads lobbyist to undermine efforts to make the borough’s streets safer for all When the Labour group … Continue reading

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Croydon’s suffering Labour pains at delivering promises

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Being “Ambitious” for something is one thing, says ARNO RABINOWITZ. Actually delivering on those election promises is proving a different matter Just for fun – but then I am a closet masochist – I looked through the Labour … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, CALAT, Croydon Council, Duppas Hill Park, Education, Environment, Family Justice Centre, Housing, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Legal case against landlord scheme comes from Bury, Lancs

The leadership of Croydon Council will be up before a High Court judge next Tuesday, August 4, at the start of a Judicial Review of its landlords licensing scheme which is being brought by a company registered in … Bury, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Julie Belvir, Planning, Property, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town Hall’s propaganda posters may re-appear as leaflets

It was not only the gobby fac totem of a local MP who power-steered his way into a car crash interview last week. The leader of the council, Tony Newman, was at it as well. Croydon’s #PosterGate took an inevitable … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Julie Belvir, Mario Creatura, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tory councillors warned over failure to pay party levy

Croydon’s Tory group on the council is feeling the financial pressure, and some elected councillors have been issued with warnings by local Conservative officials after failing to make payments from their council allowances into the campaign fund being used to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Survey predicts MP Barwell is facing capital ‘punishment’

Even the Evening Boris is predicting that Gavin Barwell, the MP for the Whitgift Foundation, will lose his parliamentary seat at the General Election in 100 days time. Barwell had London Mayor Boris Johnson attend his glitzy campaign launch last … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was: Readers pick their favourites

Our second bite at a review of the year (also know as “driving traffic with links to previous articles”) hands over the editorial choices to our loyal reader from all parts of our borough, and beyond. We approached a random … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was: Inside Croydon’s 2014 most read

So what have you been reading on Inside Croydon in 2014? Unlike certain Dorking-based publications, we’re not so self-obsessed as to suggest that this is in any way indicative of the BIG (note the unnecessary use of capitals) stories of … Continue reading

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Own goals galore scored on Croydon’s school playing fields

WALTER CRONXITE recounts the unedifying clusterfuck that has engulfed the Labour-run council over its development plans. Which they say that they don’t have Croydon’s Conservative councillors are predicting that Simon Hall’s days as a member of Labour’s front-bench team are … Continue reading

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Croydon MP Barwell was a target in Mirror’s “sext” sting

Gavin Barwell, the Croydon Central MP and a government whip, was one of a number of Tories targeted by the Sunday Mirror as part of the Twitter sleaze sting which led to the resignation yesterday of government minister Brooks Newmark. … Continue reading

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Council claims that conduct of elections is a ‘private matter’

Croydon Council has been breaking the law to keep some details of its senior appointments secret, and it is refusing to reveal details of the new chief executive’s work in his role as the returning officer for the recent local … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Capita, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Not a single question asked over £180,000 CEO appointment

The French have a phrase for it: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“. In England, the tabloids devised a game for their prize competitions: Spot the Difference. Last week, at the first full council meeting of the Labour … Continue reading

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Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

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Tories pick councillor who oversaw £12m riot cash to own ward

Croydon Tories have ensured that the 2011 riots will be a live issue at the 2015 General Election after choosing Fairfield councillor Vidhi Mohan as their candidate to stand in Croydon North – the man who, when a cabinet member … Continue reading

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Rave response highlights serious short-comings at council

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What happens after decades of cost-cutting and Council Tax freezes when we need our council to act in an emergency? Nothing, as shown the mishandled road closures following the illegal rave earlier this month, says ROD DAVIES The … Continue reading

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Does Croydon’s new council have much to rave about?

One month on, WALTER CRONXITE, our local elections pollster who was first to call correctly the result of the Croydon Town Hall vote, takes a look behind the scenes in Fisher’s Folly to see what changes might be in store … Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Crapita sponsors Labour Mayor’s banquet

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, suggests that the borough’s new council has allowed itself to be compromised by the council’s senior staff, developers and big business even before it has been in office for a month Spot the difference. … Continue reading

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Councillor returns to Twitter as MP seeks own Inside Croydon

QUESTION: What does Steve “Three Jobs” O’Connell, the London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, and the CIA have in common? ANSWER: They both launched themselves on to Twitter last week. Whether there are any further “connections” between the two, … Continue reading

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