Category Archives: Business

Council to be rocked by second Report In The Public Interest

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The £70m ‘Fairfield fiasco’ has provoked serious concerns with auditors over the potential misuse of public money, with bungling developers Brick by Brick under scrutiny. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES External auditors are to issue a Report In … Continue reading

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All square at Wendy’s when they offer a feast for the eyes

They’ve been queueing around the block on George Street to try out Croydon’s newest burger joint, but BELLA BARTOCK, our culture correspondent, got in there early to find out what all the fuss is about It’s unusual for me to … Continue reading

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Labour councillor’s leaflet causes anger in Addiscombe

An Addiscombe couple, whose business has cosy links to Labour’s General Secretary David Evans, has shocked and angered party members by distributing a leaflet which tries to pass itself off as official Labour literature. The efforts of Maddie and Mark … Continue reading

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Let there be lights! Coulsdon traders defy Grinch Creatura

A small group of Coulsdon business people, backed by the dynamic help of the chair of a local residents’ association, have defied their Tory councillors by having a whip-round and organising Christmas lights for the town in barely 48 hours. … Continue reading

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Buyers beware: High Court judge puts planners in the dock

A High Court judge has ruled against Croydon’s planning department, quashing the decision of a senior council official to grant permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. Here, former council planner STEVE WHITESIDE explains how the court ruling could … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Represent Book Festival, Centrale Shopping Centre, Dec 4

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Trump-like far-right create covid dangers on Croydon march

Boxpark was the starting point on Saturday for a march organised by QAnon-style conspiracy theorists who bullied members of the public queuing to get their booster jab, attacked a council covid testing stall and intimidated staff in the Whitgift Centre. … Continue reading

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Businesses furious over Tory’s Christmas lights blame game

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE,  on the latest controversy caused by Coulsdon’s most witless councillor Councillor Mario Creatura, the failed Conservative parliamentary candidate, has caused fury among local businesses and residents in the ward he is supposed … Continue reading

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Building in suburban back gardens is not the only answer

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As residents in Old Coulsdon organise themselves to oppose more ‘back-garden’ developments in their village, LEWIS WHITE (right), offers some alternatives to unnecessary intensification It is not unknown for local residents’ associations to be heavily influenced by people … Continue reading

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Caribbean bar is still recruiting ahead of delayed reopening

After a near-two-year closure, Croydon High Street’s Turtle Bay Caribbean-themed cocktail bar and restaurant is set to reopen,  just in time for Christmas… The Croydon branch is the last of the 40-or-so Turtle Bay chain to reopen after the enforced … Continue reading

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Big Local Broad Green Winter Grotto, Keeley Road, Dec 11

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Photographer ready to share her ‘wonky vision’ with Cronx art

A Croydon-based artist has launched a collection of Cronx-based posters for sale, offering perhaps the perfect Christmas gift ideas. Monica Gianniti Brookbank was brought up in south London and describes herself as a “photo artist with wonky vision”. “I have … Continue reading

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Result! Trader gets his yellow line back… after iC report

Coincidence? You decide… Within 24 hours of Inside Croydon reporting of a Waddon businessman’s year-long struggle to get the council simply to do their job by re-painting a faded bit of yellow line along the busy road outside his Stafford … Continue reading

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Winning Women, free dance and sport sessions, Centrale

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Talk Money Week at Whitgift Square, Nov 11 to 12

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Waddon business waits year for action on dangerous parking

A local business owner claims that inaction by the council’s roads department is putting lives at risk on busy Stafford Road, as officials treat elected councillors with undisguised contempt. Report by our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON How difficult can it … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Robert Canning, Steve Iles, Stuart King, Waddon, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Brick by Brick ‘sweetheart’ sale could have cost another £45m

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The latest report from government-appointed inspectors assigned to check on the council finances reveals that a sweetheart deal to sell failed house-builders Brick by Brick to a Manchester developer could have cost the bankrupt borough another £45m. … Continue reading

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Multi-million-pound loss on hotel ‘not ideal’ says panel

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Whitehall-appointed inspectors raise serious doubts over the council’s property sales. By STEVEN DOWNES The council’s sale of the Croydon Park Hotel at a loss of as much as £10million has been condemned by government-appointed officials. Such a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Callton Young, Chris Buss, Croydon Council, Croydon Park Hotel, Improvement Board, Katherine Kerswell, Planning, Section 114 notice, Stuart King, Tony McArdle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Purley home offers care advice for elderly over fireworks

A care home in Purley has shared its top tips for supporting those living with dementia ahead of Bonfire Night and Diwali, which are both taking place later this week. While a fun tradition for many, the sound of fireworks … Continue reading

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Chancellor’s Council Tax bombshell: how Budget hits Croydon

Our new columnist ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, looks at what this week’s Budget will mean for Croydon’s residents, businesses and for the services provided by the local authority Nearly 50,000 households in Croydon receive Universal Credit. The £20 per week … Continue reading

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Schoolchildren’s half-term homework is to have their covid jab

Parents and carers can, for the first time, book a covid-19 vaccination for their 12-to-15-year-olds during the schools’ half-term this month using the national booking system. Starting tomorrow, October 23, parents and carers can book an appointment to take their … Continue reading

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BHLive’s business losses hit Fairfield Halls’ arts programme

The lack of activity in and around the Fairfield Halls and the return to the “bad old days” of tired programming dominated by derivative tribute acts and all-star wrestling is all because not enough people in Dorset are paying for … Continue reading

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New Star rising at Ruskin House as national paper moves in

While the two local newspapers have long ago abandoned having a proper, physical presence in the borough, Croydon is now the home of a national newspaper, one which Labour politician Tony Benn once described as “the best national newspaper in … Continue reading

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Sutton chiefs block opposition from seeing fraud report

Our Sutton investigations editor, CARL SHILTON, on the latest strokes being pulled by the LibDem-controlled council Tonight, there is a meeting of the Sutton Shareholdings Board, the committee that exercises the corporate shareholder and governance responsibilities of Sutton Council’s privately-held … Continue reading

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Londoners among worst-hit by UK petrol and food shortages

A survey reports that 1-in-5 Londoners were unable to purchase essential food items in the past two weeks. The research, conducted by delivery management experts Urbantz, used data from the Office for National Statistics to analyse the percentage of people … Continue reading

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