Category Archives: Mark Watson

Controversial chair of planning Scott gets promoted to cabinet

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest egregious example of Town Hall patronage, and all done at your expense – including one of ‘Tony’s Cronies’ getting £6,000 per committee meeting Despite managing to bring together 17 residents’ groups in opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Louisa Woodley, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mark Watson, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Council’s figures show traders in exodus from Surrey Street

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE has been doing some digging into how a £1.2m ‘improvement’ scheme has driven away businesses from the town’s historic street market The legacy of Mark Watson’s £1.2million, council-funded artwashing and gentrification of Surrey Street is … Continue reading

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Signs of the times: Watson’s whim is now back on message

It has not been in position for two months yet, but Councillor Mark Watson’s whimsy on the newly pedestrianised bit of the High Street has now got a second sign. The art-installation seating, which looks as if it was made … Continue reading

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Council warning that Watson’s whim is dangerous structure

Less than a month since Mark Watson, the senior Labour councillor, heralded it as “a popular addition” to the town centre, his latest costly piece of whimsy in the High Street has now effectively been declared as a hazard and … Continue reading

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Watson ‘backing’ business, after halving his charity’s income

Above is the scene in Surrey Street Market in early afternoon yesterday, Wednesday January 3, 2018. It is about six months since the council, in a plan pushed through by the soon-to-be-ex councillor Mark Watson, spent £1.2million, on “upgrading” the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boxpark, Business, Mark Watson, Pubs, Restaurants, Surrey Street, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Road works in town centre force bus routes on diversion

Councillor Mark Watson’s whimsy of closing a stretch of the High Street in the town centre has encountered an unforeseen complication since the weekend, as Thames Water has dug up the road on Katharine Street, close to the Town Hall, … Continue reading

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Disability groups never consulted over latest Watson whim

Members of two bodies which seek to represent the interests and needs of Croydon’s disabled and elderly – one of which is organised by the council itself – have confirmed that there was no consultation held with them before Croydon … Continue reading

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