Category Archives: Manju Shahul Hameed

Ben-Hassel joins contest to become council deputy leader

‘We can’t do business as usual’ says rookie councillor looking to make an impression, writes KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter Leila Ben-Hassel, a Croydon councillor only since March 2019, last night announced herself as a fourth contender to become … Continue reading

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Three in the running to replace Butler as Labour deputy leader

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest part of the break-up of Tony Newman’s ‘dream team’ Alison Butler has resigned as the deputy leader of the council’s Labour group, triggering another internal party election, which is … Continue reading

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Council leaves 400 firms waiting for ‘urgent’ covid grants

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the continuing delays in emergency grant distribution in Croydon which have seen some firms go out of business during the coronavirus lockdown Croydon has been the worst local authority in London for distributing … Continue reading

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There’s no masking fact that covid-19 infection is on rise again

Croydon’s newly installed ceremonial Mayor admits she has been affected by covid-19, yet did not wear a mask or practice social distancing on her first two engagements, while Public Health England reports an increase in virus infection rates in some … Continue reading

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Shamed into action, council offers new grants for business

More than two months after being handed £60million by the government to distribute to the borough’s businesses as coronavirus emergency grants, Croydon Council is now offering some firms special one-off grants of up to £5,000. “They’re just trying to buy … Continue reading

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Council’s sitting on £33m of unpaid grants for local businesses

Five weeks after the council promised to get grants to businesses ‘within seven days’, more than half of the borough’s firms are still waiting to receive a penny, as MT WALLETTE reports Hundreds of traders in Croydon have been left … Continue reading

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Two-thirds of businesses yet to receive emergency grants

£40million in grants from a government-funded scheme to help businesses through the covid-19 emergency remain to be distributed by Croydon Council, as our business correspondent, MT WALLETTE, reports Croydon Council has managed to distribute just one-third of the £60million it … Continue reading

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Free money! But Croydon Council can’t even give it away

Our business correspondent, MT WALLETTE, reports on how Croydon Council can’t even manage to hand-out millions of pounds of free money from the government A Croydon Council Labour cabinet member last night pretty much admitted that her strategy for helping … Continue reading

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Council promises to pay business virus grants in seven days

Stung into action following Inside Croydon’s report on its detail-lite, vacuous announcement intended to “help” the borough’s businesses, the council last night issued a new press statement about the business aid available in the coronavirus emergency. And this time they … Continue reading

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Town Hall’s empty promises to business misses out vital grants

There’s a lot more help available out there for businesses hit by the pandemic emergency than the council is letting on, reports KEN LEE Businesses seeking support from Croydon Council during the covid-19 pandemic will find the Town Hall shelves … Continue reading

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Scott unveils secret plan to build 12,000 flats beside Purley Way

EXCLUSIVE: Under pressure over rising housing targets, has Paul Scott found his get-out-of-jail-free card alongside the A23? KEN LEE reports Having spent the past five years excusing the overdevelopment of neighbourhoods throughout the borough by claiming that there are no … Continue reading

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Labour names Euro candidates as City Hall selection undecided

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the glacial progress in Labour choosing its candidates for London elections which are now barely 12 months away The Labour Party thought they had sorted a major selection dilemma last night when they … Continue reading

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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

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‘Invisible’ Selva suffers knock-out blow from Muhammad Ali

Seconds out! Round four… Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the latest twists in Labour’s selection saga Alison Butler, the deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, survived a re-selection scare when members in Bensham Manor this week duly … Continue reading

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Labour deputy leader Butler is under threat of de-selection

Croydon Labour’s long-delayed local election candidate selection process is beginning to look like a cross between House of Cards and Game of Thrones, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Alison Butler, the all-powerful deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, … Continue reading

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First aid training course, London Road, Sep 9

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Elmwood Community Centre mini-bazaar, May 17

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Audsley pays price as Newman sacks him as cabinet deputy

A lapse in judgement means that Jamie Audsley will be about £10,000 out of pocket next year, as the Bensham Manor ward councillor has been sacked from Labour leader Tony Newman’s cabinet team. Or, as Tony Soprano once said, “There’s … Continue reading

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Watson’s moving speech homes in on a Labour weakness

WALTER CRONXITE on what could turn out to be another boost for local estate agents, unwittingly provided by Croydon Council Mark Watson is going nowhere – and that’s official. Well, at least that’s what the under-pressure Addiscombe councillor told a … Continue reading

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Having a ‘mare: Newman could use chance for a reshuffle

Punch and Judy’s back on at the Town Hall tomorrow night, with the latest full meeting of the council. Nothing of note is likely to be decided. Little of real interest will be announced. That’s transparent and accountable democracy in … Continue reading

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Night of the short knives as Newman sacks chief whip Ryan

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Twix bar and a copy of the Racing Post, offers the inside information on what passes for a reshuffle at the Town Hall It was the sort of “hit” that … Continue reading

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Scouts celebrate another year’s achievement at awards night

Around 180 members plus assorted VIPs and invited guests, including the Mayor of Croydon, Manju Shahul-Hameed, attended Croydon Scouting’s annual awards night at Whitgift School last week. The Mayor’s speech highlighted the borough’s diversity and the importance of recognising and … Continue reading

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Boswell speaks out on behalf of Croydon’s “heroic” teachers

Canon Colin Boswell used Croydon’s annual civic service yesterday to call on the people of the borough ”to encourage heroic teachers”. The Vicar of Croydon’s remarks came in a sermon to the congregation in Croydon Minster and to the many … Continue reading

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Solemn moments to remember Arnhem events of 70 years ago

Last weekend was the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of of the Battle of Arnhem. JOHN CHEETHAM was there with a delegation from Croydon The important folk there last weekend were the veterans of that battle in 1944 – not … Continue reading

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Council website offline again following Crapita handover

A brief, and easily missed, notice has appeared on the Croydon Council website. “Due to server maintenance, our online forms, My Account and About Your Area sections of the website will be unavailable on Friday (20 June) evening from 11:30pm until … Continue reading

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