Category Archives: Mark Watson

‘Elderly and disabled avoid town centre as it is too dangerous’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Former Labour councillor ADRIAN DENNIS, pictured left, accuses the current Town Hall administration of failing to fulfil its legal responsibilities over the closure to traffic of a short stretch of the High Street While there were very good … Continue reading

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More changes on the buses thanks to Watson’s whim

Transport for London has been forced to make more changes to bus routes in the town centre as a consequence of the “Watson whim” closure to vehicles of the High Street between Park Street and Katharine Street. From Monday, January … Continue reading

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Latest ‘Watson whim’ generates ridicule and confusion

As well as little proper consultation over the closure of a stretch of Croydon High Street, there doesn’t appear to have been much thought gone into what Mark Watson, the soon-to-be-ex councillor behind the scheme, and the council intend to … Continue reading

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High Street closure to be permanent, says council consultant

The closure of Croydon High Street, between Park Street and Katharine Street, imposed on the town centre in October after only the briefest of “consultations”, is intended to be permanent, according to correspondence obtained by Inside Croydon. When it was … Continue reading

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Owner ‘rises to the challenge’ as businesses quit Boxpark

“Stop sort of complaining about your lot and get on with rising to the challenge, that’s my message to people,” businessman Roger Wade said recently. “You can’t have the council going out trying to protect local businesses.” Wade is the … Continue reading

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Labour councillor Watson opts to jump before de-selection

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the latest shift of power at the Town Hall Addiscombe councillor Mark Watson, an influential member of the council cabinet, last night stunned Labour Party members in his ward by announcing his withdrawal from the selection … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Business, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Mark Watson, Patricia Hay-Justice, Paul Smith, Sean Fitzsimons, Stephen Mann, Surrey Street, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Residents associations in dispute over latest one-way scheme

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on the latest diversion for traffic coming down the road in East Croydon Road users in Addiscombe can prepare themselves for a third change to the one-way system in the area in barely 18 months, … Continue reading

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Night clubbers’ cars stop Surrey Street traders from working

It is only now, three months after the re-opening of Surrey Street Market, beginning to emerge why it was necessary to spend £1.2million on resurfacing a stretch of the road as part of Councillor Mark Watson’s attempt to drive stall-holders … Continue reading

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Calls mount for councillor to resign from community groups

Paul Scott, the Labour councillor who describes himself as a “community leader”, has been challenged to step down from at least one of his many roles and to consider the various conflicts of interest that he has, after being accused … Continue reading

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Watson’s latest whim will see High Street closed to traffic

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a town centre-changing scheme which has been kept a secret from all but just 10 of the borough’s councillors And now, ladies and gentlemen, from the senior council figure who spent more than £1million on Surrey … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Cycling, Fairfield, Jo Negrini, Mark Watson, Planning, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments