Category Archives: Community associations

Council planners’ 3-month delay over Sanderstead complaint

When senior officials in Croydon’s planning department refuse to acknowledge their own serious errors, can residents rely on the council’s complaints system? Not if the latest development fiasco in Riddlesdown is anything to go by, says STEVE WHITESIDE Deliberate delays … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Heather Cheesbrough, Lynne Hale, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Volunteer self-funds kids’ summer club after council delays

EXCLUSIVE by SANJANA IDNANI A community volunteer in West Croydon has been left thousands of pounds out of pocket because of delays by the council in handing over a promised government grant towards the costs of running a children’s summer … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Charity, Children's Services, Community associations, Croydon Council, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

55 residents evacuated after 3am fire at Regina Road block

Fears about the safety of residents living in tall blocks of flats were made worse this morning after the London Fire Brigade was called out to a blaze in one of the council blocks on Regina Road, South Norwood. No … Continue reading

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BME Forum to open second health space in Whitgift Centre

By SANJANA IDNANI The Croydon BME Forum is to open a Health and Wellbeing Space in the Whitgift Centre in October. The space will provide services similar to that available at Croydon BME Forum’s other space, The Wellness Centre, which … Continue reading

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The show must go on: theatre groups prepare for reopening

SANJANA IDNANI reports on how local theatrical venues and amdram groups have been dealing with the covid lockdown as they prepare to put on their summer shows Theatre companies and performers across the borough have faced their fair share of … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Coulsdon, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Libraries, Music, Theatre, Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Children’s ‘Summer of Play’ gets delayed in Croydon by council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Following a promise from a Labour cabinet member, volunteers are still waiting for permission to allow children to play on the streets where they live Despite assurances from senior council officials that there would be no road … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Education, Hamida Ali, Muhammad Ali, South Norwood, Woodside | 1 Comment

‘Croydon Council! Shame on you!’: protesters make their point

SANJANA IDNANI reports from South Norwood on the latest efforts by council tenants to secure decent living conditions for their families Residents from across the borough took to the streets of South Norwood last night for a march and rally … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Louis Carserides, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Borough needs to change gear to access £100m cycle fund

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our borough scored poorly in a Healthy Streets report published last week. AUSTEN COOPER on how that can be improved “The joy of cycling is that doing it doesn’t just benefit you. It doesn’t just make you happier. … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Commuting, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Magic! Bodged repair gets fixed after Inside Croydon report

It was almost as if by magic. Within a couple of hours of Inside Croydon approaching senior council figures about the latest “bodged” repairs jobs carried out by contractors in the residential blocks on Regina Road, suddenly workmen appeared in … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Shoddy’ botched repairs as council housing scandal deepens

CROYDON IN CRISIS: ‘Nothing has changed’: Regina Road residents are planning a protest march next week over the continuing neglect and mismanagement of their council homes. By STEVEN DOWNES Despite solemn apologies and promises made on national television by council … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Community associations, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon among worst London boroughs for ‘healthy’ streets

The council deputy leader’s cycling strategy appears to have gone down a dead-end street, as environmental report ranks the borough the 10th worst in London. By STEVEN DOWNES A report published yesterday shows that even when Croydon Council does have … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, Schools, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Regina Road Solidarity March, South Norwood, Jul 14

Posted in Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

South Norwood Community Festival 2021, Jul 18

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Brick by Brick use police to remove New Addington residents

Only “frantic calls” to the local MP and councillors managed to get the police to stand down from “horrifying scenes” in New Addington this morning, as a council official colluded with staff from Brick by Brick to have residents removed … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Kola Agboola, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Policing, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

South Norwood Community Kitchen fund-raiser quiz, Jul 21

Posted in Charity, Community associations, Pubs, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Feeble planners allow builders to get away with (tree) murder

The council’s “light-touch” planning enforcement officials appear set to allow another piece of egregious eco-vandalism occur, this time with the wanton destruction of a mature yew tree likely to be more than 100 years old. The tree, on the junction … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, HADRA, Planning, Purley, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , | 20 Comments

Croydon In Crisis: Now council wants to charge kids to play

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our cash-strapped council is so hard-up, they want to charge kids hundreds of pounds for the simple pleasure of playing in the street outside their homes. EMMA HOPE-FITCH explains Back in 2015, I had the pleasure of organising … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Gardening, Hamida Ali, Schools, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Three ex-pubs are put up for sale as developers get cold feet

Community group has six weeks to find at least £1m to buy a once-successful  East Croydon boozer, as owners abandon plans to build flats Three former pubs have been put up for sale, as firms of developers appear set to … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Community associations, Housing, Maria Gatland, Planning, Property, Pubs, Shirley, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Friends group shows Olympic ambition for park’s wildlife

A series of schemes to help green and improve South Croydon Rec seem to have really taken wing, in one case quite literally. The park, tucked away off the Brighton Road and squeezed up against the mainline railway viaducts, was … Continue reading

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Director refuses to admit conflict of interest over South Drive

A council director has told residents that there is nothing wrong whatsoever in a member of her planning staff providing pre-application advice to a developer,  and then leaving their job at the council to work for the architects hired by … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Voluntary service gets helping hand from housebuilder staff

Committed to investing in the local neighbourhoods surrounding their community in Purley, housebuilder Lifestory has joined with Royal Voluntary Service and signed up for individual members of its staff to deliver 4,000 volunteer hours this year. The RVS provides volunteers … Continue reading

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Reed rails against Tory plans, as his mates flog off public park

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council pushes on with its plans to sell off part of Grangewood Park, a ‘quiet secluded oasis in the heart of a busy local area’, while Blairite MP does nothing to oppose. By STEVEN DOWNES As Steve … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Environment, Friends of Grangewood Park, Planning, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Community Action Team | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lockdown delays see Old Coulsdon Village Fair cancelled

Covid has hit one of the area’s most popular summer community events for a second year. The Old Coulsdon Village Fair has been cancelled, the organisers announcing that they “simply cannot comply with the required regulations”, after the government delayed … Continue reading

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Britain’s biggest ever survey wants your views on covid crisis

The first and largest survey of its kind in Britain to document the impact of covid-19 and the lockdowns on the lives of 17,000 ethnic and religious minority people wants your input – but you need to participate soon, as … Continue reading

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#Macarnage: Planning officer’s ‘leaving present’ to Coulsdon

EXCLUSIVE: The revolving door between the council planning department and private developers and architects is exposed over a scheme for 39 flats in Coulsdon. By STEVEN DOWNES Before Jan Slominski was hired as a senior planning adviser for the architects … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments