Category Archives: Business

Chancerygate set to build huge deliveries base at Factory Lane

Plans have been submitted to build a massive 95,000 sqft of Grade A urban logistics space on a four-acre site on a former gas works site on Factory Lane. The developers claim the scheme could create more than 250 jobs. … Continue reading

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Croydon and three other boroughs to bin Veolia rubbish deal

Veolia, who have swept Croydon’s streets and emptied its residents’ bins sporadically since 2003, are to be dropped as the council’s rubbish contractor. The decision has been reached following “significant and ongoing concerns” with Veolia’s performance, which saw three of … Continue reading

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Wetherspoons confirm closure of Purley pub as Brexit bites

The Foxley Hatch in Purley is to close by the end of October, one of 32 Wetherspoons pubs put up for sale across the country. The Foxley Hatch will be the third Wetherspoons in Croydon to close this year, following … Continue reading

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Council delays and lack of enforcement cause residents misery

Council planners have ignored an Order from a High Court judge over the granting of retrospective permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. But as STEVE WHITESIDE explains, the case of 54 Arkwright Road is far from an isolated … Continue reading

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Lawyers offer free advice to counter workplace discrimination

The employment law team at the Croydon-based legal firm of Martin Searle Solicitors’is about to stage Disability Matters, their annual campaign to work to stamp out disability discrimination in the workplace. The campaign coincides with World Mental Health Day on … Continue reading

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Council planners ignore court order over flats in Sanderstead

Those who hoped new Mayor Jason Perry would sweep away the bad practices of the council’s planning department are in for a bit of a disappointment. STEVE WHITESIDE with the latest in a long-running saga Even the decision of a … Continue reading

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Part-time Mayor Perry to re-boot Negrini’s design review panel

The council is looking to re-set its Place Review Panel – now to be renamed the Design Review Panel – and is inviting applications from architecture and design experts to sign up for two or three days’ work each year, … Continue reading

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Croydon’s top Tory Barwell admits: I am politically homeless

WALTER CRONXITE, Political Editor, on the Conservative peer’s criticism of the Truss government’s reckless ‘Mini-Budget’ Baron Barwell of Croydon in the London Borough of Croydon has had enough of the Conservative government. The patience of the man who was Tory … Continue reading

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Council drops sale of Coulsdon Manor Hotel and golf course

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, on another massive hole in the council’s budgets Croydon Council has taken Coulsdon Manor Hotel off the market. The grand country house, sitting in a 140-acre parkland golf course, was put out … Continue reading

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Croydon’s bus shelter project ‘has been progressing well’

The management of even straightforward pieces of street furniture continues to be beyond the capabilities of some of the council’s six-figure-salaried executives As the chill winds and rains arrive with autumn, council officials snug in their offices in Fisher’s Folly … Continue reading

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‘Rabbit hutch’ flats and the Chief Secretary: Philp’s conflicts

Ahead of tomorrow’s ‘mini-Budget’, ANDREW FISHER delves into the murky pool of business interests retained by the millionaire Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Croydon South MP Chris Philp Removing the cap on rich bankers’ bonuses, cutting Stamp Duty, slashing Corporation … Continue reading

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Company behind ‘smart’ bus shelters has CCJs for unpaid bills

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A former government minister under Tony Blair helped to broker the deal with an unproven tech company promising the council £6.8m in advertising income from ‘smart’ bus shelters – but that is all in jeopardy, with the … Continue reading

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Residents’ groups show red card to Palace’s £100m new stand

Locals living near Selhurst Park have organised to oppose the new stand – despite being frozen out of meetings by their Labour councillors Two residents’ associations in the area around Selhurst Park, together with council tenants whose homes are under … Continue reading

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BID rangers called ‘bullies in high-viz’ after High Street incident

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Serious questions have been raised about the behaviour of the Mayor-backed security staff drafted into the town centre supposedly to deter anti-social behaviour. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES An investigation is being conducted into the behaviour of a … Continue reading

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High Street’s Caribbean-themed bar shakes up its cocktails

Turtle Bay, the Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant on Croydon High Street, has introduced announced a brand new, tropical cocktail menu together with two “Steel Bottom Beers”, serving up some sunshine as autumn beckons. Turtle Bay has ramped up its island-style … Continue reading

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Philp retains Pluto business interests after Treasury promotion

The MP for Croydon South who has lobbied against building blocks of flats in his own constituency has a significant holding in a company which has invested £19.3m in a block of flats near East Croydon Station. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Truss’s new housing minister has his eyes on the Green Belt

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how changes at the Department for Levelling Up could signal a change in attitude to areas protected from development After years of Tory councillors, their friends running residents’ associations in the south of the … Continue reading

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Bin workers face sack if they don’t work on Queen’s Funeral

While most council services have shut down for the bank holiday weekend ahead of Monday’s solemn royal ceremonials, Veolia staff have been told that if they don’t show up for work, they could be fired. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s … Continue reading

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1-in-5 change retirement plans because of cost of living crisis

One of the country’s leading pension advisors has called on government to take all necessary steps to help everyone, including the less well-off, to plan for their retirements in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis. One-fifth of adults aged 40 … Continue reading

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New PM gives Philp opportunity to do right thing for Croydon

ANDREW FISHER takes a look at what Liz Truss’s Premiership could mean for Croydon, its MPs and constituencies, its council and its people So, we now have our fourth Prime Minister in just six years, as Liz Truss begins the … Continue reading

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ASLEF suspend tram strikes after managers improve pay offer

Train drivers’ union ASLEF has suspended the three days of tram strike action planned for next week, after managers made an improved pay offer. “Although the improved offer does not meet our members’ aspirations, ASLEF will always look for a … Continue reading

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‘Severe disruption’ expected as tram drivers stage 3-day strike

12.30pm UPDATE: Union suspends strikes ahead of arbitration talks Managers in charge of Croydon’s tram network are predicting “severe disruption” next week, as members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, go on strike for three days for an improved pay … Continue reading

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Bailiffs instructed after council breaks High Court injunction

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The discredited council under Newman and Negrini won their bid for ‘Borough of Culture’ status by using material that senior staff knew to be stolen intellectual property. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Katherine Kerswell, the chief exec of … Continue reading

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McDonald’s hands out thousands of books on Croydon tour

McDonald’s is set to donate thousands of books to children in Croydon as part of its national literacy campaign helping disadvantaged children across the country. Croydon at the end of August was the first stop in a nationwide tour during … Continue reading

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The Joyful Environmentalist, talk at Bookseller Crow, Sep 29

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