Category Archives: West Croydon Community Forum

London Road still bypassed by aid, media and politicians

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The area worst-hit by arson and looting on the night of the riots has never been a priority, right from the moment the first petrol bombs were hurled on August 8, 2011, says PATRICK RATNARAJA London Road has … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Broad Green, Community associations, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon Tamil Business Forum, Gavin Barwell, Jon Rouse, London Road Traders Association, Malcolm Wicks MP, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The riots, an assertion of power and our self-serving council

It is two years to the day since the riots hit Croydon, and not only do many of those dispossessed and rendered homeless on that night of infamy remain waiting for government help and compensation, but we still do not … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Jon Rouse, Mayor of London, Policing, Riots Review Panel, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Waddon, West Croydon, West Croydon Community Forum, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

CVA accused of “takeover” at riot-hit community’s forum

A council-funded organisation that is supposed to assist voluntary groups across the borough is being accused of unseating the chairman of a community association in the area worst hit by the 2011 riots. Croydon Voluntary Action – or CVA – … Continue reading

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The statement to West Croydon Community from Clive Locke

This is the unedited text of a statement prepared by Clive Locke, the founder chairman of the West Croydon Community Forum, for its meeting staged at CVA last week: Firstly, I would like to say thank you to, the community … Continue reading

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Council offers four days’ notice for Question Time event

Who dares say that Croydon Council has problems with its communications with Council Tax-payers? Who has the audacity to suggest that senior councillors from the Conservative group that runs the council are a bit slow in coming forward when it … Continue reading

Posted in 8/8: London Road stories, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Community associations, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Croydon Tamil Business Forum, London Road Traders Association, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon’s CEO refuses to allow press to attend public meeting

Only in the dystopian, secretive world of Croydon in 2012 could an open meeting begin with a public servant, the £248,000 council chief executive, demanding that the press must leave. That’s exactly what happened yesterday at a West Croydon Community … Continue reading

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Documents show £255,000 of riot cash spent with PR firm

Croydon Council’s CEO refused to allow the press to attend an open meeting of the West Croydon Community Forum on Thursday. Click here to read our report. Perhaps Jon Rouse did not want to face questions about the council’s ballooning … Continue reading

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Cooper condemns government’s betrayal of London Road

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, has condemned the London Mayor’s plan to divert millions of pounds of riot compensation cash from Croydon’s victims of rioting in order to cover-up his planned cuts in policing. On a visit to Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 8/8: London Road stories, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Business, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, London Road Traders Association, Policing, Steve Reed MP, West Croydon Community Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Boris says he’s using riots funding to cover-up police cuts

London Road businesses and residents are to have a massive insult heaped upon the injury that many of them suffered in the Croydon riots last year, with Mayor Boris Johnson admitting that the Riots Recovery Fund he promised the area … Continue reading

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Boris’s cunning plan: too high, too many, too central

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Mayor of London’s “cunning plan” for Croydon is flawed in important respects, says ANDREW PELLING – too much housing crammed into the centre of the borough, in too many high-rise blocks, and by ignoring other parts of … Continue reading

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