Category Archives: Coulsdon West

Banned! Barwell blocks Inside Croydon from his little chat

In the week that the Grenfell fire inquiry resumed, the former minister who failed to act on multiple warnings about the dangers around tower blocks is staging a cosy little fund-raiser all about his ‘career’. We wanted to listen in. … Continue reading

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Budget is approved but Labour council haunted by its past

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Back-to-back meetings yesterday pushed through the paperwork to balance the books and increase Council Tax. But Hamida Ali’s administration cannot shake off its part in the borough’s financial calamity. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor With the £120million … Continue reading

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Coulsdon West residents in move to kick out plotter Morgan

The takeover of a residents’ association in Coulsdon by a rabid right-winger has turned very nasty over the past fortnight, as Peter Morgan has made a desperate attempt to cling-on to control of the Coulsdon West RA’s membership list and … Continue reading

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Coulsdon ready to ‘fight tooth and nail’ for community centre

A charity is threatening legal action against the council if they try to sell-off their ‘village hall’ without providing replacement facilities. Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports As Croydon Council tries to crawl from the wreckage created … Continue reading

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Coulsdon councillors distance themselves from plotter Morgan

Our fringes of Surrey correspondent, PEARL LEE, on the latest developments in the intrigue and dispute around a residents’ association Coulsdon’s Tory councillors have finally called time on the illicit takeover of a residents’ association. Coulsdon Town councillors Ian Parker, … Continue reading

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Tory candidate for London Mayor accused of campaign fraud

Lawyers acting for the Labour Party have accused Shaun Bailey of a form of fraud ahead of the London Mayoral elections, after his campaign last month distributed leaflets headed with fake City Hall insignia. The leaflets made the claim that … Continue reading

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‘Best in the business’ Creatura lands new Westminster job

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest job manoeuvre by someone whose political ambitions exceed his abilities Mario Creatura, the Tory councillor who sought the help of the SPAC Nation cult church to try to win him the Croydon Central … Continue reading

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Car lobbyist’s Christmas ‘coup’ over Coulsdon residents’ group

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, finds a controversial right-winger bending rules to grab control of a local association Peter Morgan, the resident of east Coulsdon notorious for having been kicked out of UKIP and the Tory parties, … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Tory councillors object to anarchists’ solstice sacrifice video

Croydon’s largest group of anarchists have expressed outrage that a video they had prepared to celebrate the winter solstice has been removed from a community Facebook page – because Tory councillors claimed that the short movie was “partisan” and “too … Continue reading

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Perry’s Tories make call for cuts that have already been agreed

WALTER CRONXITE on the political games being played out at the Town Hall The dozy Tory opposition at Croydon Town Hall has today demanded an extraordinary council meeting (yes, another one!) to consider a motion to cut councillors’ allowances – … Continue reading

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Taking a U-turn on road measures risks a traffic accident

Some people are taking to the streets in Upper Norwood today to protest against the traffic-calming Low Traffic Neighbourhood initiative. But as an investigation by environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION has discovered, their campaign is supported and funded by motoring lobbyists … Continue reading

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Johnson quits! (It’s Mark, chair of Croydon Tories, not Boris)

With local elections just 18 months away, the chairman of Croydon’s Conservatives has resigned, abruptly. Mark Johnson had been in the chair since early 2019 but submitted his resignation earlier this month with little explanation beyond saying, “I no longer … Continue reading

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Tories accused of putting campaigns ahead of covid safety

Croydon South’s MP and a former Downing Street special adviser have been caught breaking their own government’s rules. KEN LEE reports Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, and arch-careerist Mario Creatura, one of the Town Hall’s top Tories, … Continue reading

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New leader Ali is set to confront ‘shocking’ council finances

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After winning a Labour group selection battle by 22 votes to 19 over Alisa Flemming, Hamida Ali tells her supporters ‘the hardest graft ever is about to start’. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Hamida Ali has no … Continue reading

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Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Jeet Bains, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Lisa Taylor, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Mario Creatura, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Tory leader Perry shows ruthless streak by sacking Creatura

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest game of musical chairs at the Town Hall Mario Creatura has been sacked from his front bench job with the Town Hall opposition group in a reshuffle of the Croydon’s Conservative councillors … Continue reading

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Tories pick Perry as new leader in run-up to local elections

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports as the Town Hall’s opposition Conservatives stage their leadership reshuffle Jason Perry is Croydon’s Conservative opposition’s new leader, elected at a meeting of the borough’s Tory councillors last night. Croydon’s Tories have been enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Pollard fires starting gun on race to be Croydon Tories’ leader

EXCLUSIVE: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, says that the next local election campaign has  just begun Croydon’s Conservatives have started a search for a new Town Hall leader after Tim Pollard, who has been in the job since 2014, announced … Continue reading

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Former Barwell aide tweets his support for ‘Tommy Robinson’

Shaun Bailey, the very dim Tory candidate for London Mayor, came in for another round of criticism last night after his Twitter account posted praise for the supporters of far-right racist extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known to some as “Tommy Robinson”. … Continue reading

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Creatura shows his contempt for public by backing Cummings

Dominic Cummings can rest easy. Coulsdon councillor Mario Creatura reckons he did no wrong. Creatura, who worked in Downing Street as Theresa Mayhem’s Twitter monitor, must now surely be ranked as only the second-worst government special adviser in the history … Continue reading

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Residents’ association issues apology for ‘Chinese virus’ tweet

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports on how a Tory-backed group in Coulsdon has cause to regret handing its social media account over to a far-right agitator The Coulsdon West Residents’ Association, only reformed recently with the … Continue reading

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Justice junior minister tests data law in call for volunteers

Chris Philp, the Tory MP for Croydon South, sent out a pandemic emergency email to his constituents last week which provided contradictory advice and bends data protection laws to breaking point, as PEARL LEE reports Chris Philp, the MP for … Continue reading

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Concrete-coated Brexit is a disaster for Croydon’s Westfield

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Britain’s exit from Europe has played a major part in the collapse of the town’s Westfield scheme, says SIMON SPRAGUE During the General Election campaign in December, I made the perhaps unwise decision to join Twitter. I set … Continue reading

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Scaled-down town centre development could take 10 years

MT WALLETTE, our unbuilt shopping malls correspondent, reports on the deep hole that Croydon has got itself into over the aborted Westfield development Croydon Council has allowed itself to be mugged by a couple of multi-national developers, and has handed … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

‘It’s like Rotherham’: MP Reed calls for urgent action on SPAC

Croydon North MP Steve Reed is to raise in Parliament this week his growing concerns about a lack of police action over mounting complaints about the activities of SPAC Nation, the cult-like church which featured in a BBC Panorama documentary … Continue reading

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