Category Archives: Mark Watson

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

Posted in Alison Butler, Cinema, Mark Watson, Paul Scott, Planning, South Norwood, Stanley Halls, Stanley's Film Club, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

‘Pound a croissant!’ Council continues to artwash Surrey Street

Croydon’s Labour-run council is not even trying to hide its gentrification agenda for Surrey Street any longer. Having ripped the guts out of the traditional street market through neglect of its traders and an enforced two-month closure, all done at … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Mark Watson, Surrey Street, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Latest Addiscombe road changes are heading only one way

Croydon Council officials’ ability to set neighbour against neighbour plumbed new depths this week at the Traffic Management Advisory Committee meeting held at the Town Hall. On the agenda was the council officers’ proposal to make Canning Road and Addiscombe … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe, Addiscombe and Shirley Park RA, Addiscombe Residents Association, Community associations, ECCO, HOME, Mark Watson, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sean Fitzsimons, TACRA | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Now council’s housing developer snubs its Place Review Panel

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on how the borough’s Council Tax-payers are providing another nice little earner for the Town Hall  CEO’s chums In the eight months since council chief executive Jo Negrini unveiled Croydon’s Place Review Panel, it has … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Angela Brady, Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Mark Watson, Place Review Panel, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Something smells about council’s Surrey Street party flop

M.T. WALLETTE, our shopping correspondent, bolstered the numbers attending Councillor Mark Watson’s cosy little soiree on Surrey Street on Saturday, when even the offer of free drinks couldn’t pull in the crowds It was a fitting metaphor for the whole … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Mark Watson, Surrey Street, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Experts express doubts over £1.1m spent on Surrey Street

The council’s own set of architecture and design experts have suggested that much of the Town Hall’s £1.1million spend on the gentrification of Surrey Street Market may have not been the best use of public money, Inside Croydon has learned. … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Brady, Art, Business, Croydon Council, Mark Watson, Paul Scott, Place Review Panel, Planning, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments