Category Archives: Coulsdon West

Coulsdon councillor highlights Southern Railway’s profiteering

It took a hitherto little-regarded local Conservative councillor to flag up the futility of Chris Philp, the Tory MP for Croydon South, staging a public meeting with executives of Southern Railways. Philp has threatened to demand that Southern lose its … Continue reading

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MP Barwell tries to claim election office cost just £1.84 per day

Tory MP Gavin Barwell, who won the Croydon Central parliamentary seat last May by just 165 votes, has tried to meet strict election spending limits by submitting that his campaign office cost only £1.84 a day. The Daily Mirror is … Continue reading

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Police receive complaint over MP Barwell’s election expenses

Gavin Barwell is the subject of a formal complaint to the police which asks them to investigate whether the Croydon Central Tory MP broke the law by under-declaring his campaign spending at last year’s General Election. Barwell has form in … Continue reading

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Barwell’s forgotten campaign boost from Tory Road Trip

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how Gavin Barwell’s account of his election victory last year somehow managed to overlook the day when a Cabinet minister and more than 100 Tory activists visited the borough to help him Is this a picture … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

MP’s former employee blames Barwell for security breach

It’s beginning to appear that Gavin Barwell couldn’t be trusted to organise a piss up in a brewery, not even one brewing Dutch lager, after an ex-employee passed the buck to the Tory MP over a potential security breach at the … Continue reading

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Lager lobbyist Creatura given free pass by Tory MP Barwell

Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell has been caught out in another abuse of parliamentary rules, this time by allowing his former parliamentary assistant Mario Creatura to continue to hold a security pass to access the House of Commons while working as a … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Just like cabinet, Croydon’s Tory MPs look split over Europe

The political posturing and positioning over the European referendum extends to Croydon’s two Conservative MPs, who appear to be split much like Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet. As one Westminster pundit has observed, the referendum on Britain’s membership of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, Ashburton, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gareth Streeter, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Matthew’s Yard shuts workspace after fire safety visit

Having been abandoned by their staff baristas, Matthew’s Yard is now threatening to call in the barristers. Sited off Surrey Street, Matthew’s Yard is the favoured haunt of leading Croydon Tories and gentrifiers, with its overpriced coffees and pretentious snacks. … Continue reading

Posted in Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Jo Negrini, Mario Creatura, Planning, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Time for council to listen to Coulsdon on car parking

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There’s been plenty of grumbling since the council’s “strong leader” (their phrase, not ours), Tony Newman, told the people of Coulsdon to “get on yer bike”. LEWIS WHITE welcomes the re-opening of the Lion Green Road car park, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Luna mission that could light up Croydon’s night scene

While a Tory councillor was grandstanding this week with a meeting to discuss Croydon’s “night-time economy” – attended by few under the age of 25, hardly any members of minority ethnic communities, and by one proven racist, all of whom … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Dance, Fairfield, Mario Creatura, Music, Pubs | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Coulsdon is thrown a CCURV ball: but who is responsible?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The collapse of the CCURV Coulsdon supermarket project, as we reported yesterday, is a worrying sign about our local authority’s ability to handle development schemes, warns DAVID WICKENS The £25-million “Bridge to Nowhere” at East Croydon broke one … Continue reading

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Coulsdon supermarket deal collapses as CCURV fails again

Croydon’s reliance on retailing for its economic salvation will come under even greater scrutiny after the council’s most senior official overseeing the multi-billion-pound redevelopment schemes around the borough identified the decline of high street shopping for the collapse of a … Continue reading

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Tandridge has plans for thousands of homes on Green Belt

A neighbouring Tory-run local authority in Surrey is consulting on bulldozing a golf course and redeveloping next to a Battle of Britain conservation area in a drive to build thousands of homes on the Green Belt, reports WALTER CRONXITE Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cane Hill, Caterham, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Kenley, Kenley Airfield Friends Group, Mario Creatura, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Outside Croydon, Planning, Sam Gyimah MP, Sanderstead, Surrey, Tandridge District Council, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The year in review, as it really happened inside Croydon

2015 marked the fifth year of publication of Inside Croydon, and we’re proud to continue to offer truly independent coverage of what is really happening in the borough, the unvarnished truth, without influence or favours from the speculators or politicians, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Boxpark, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, CPO, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Education, Emily Benn, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Housing, Inside Croydon, Jo Negrini, John Wentworth, Julie Belvir, Mario Creatura, Pat Ryan, Peter Underwood, Planning, Schools, Steve Reed MP, Stiles Harold Williams, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Boundary change won’t cut £6m cost of top-heavy Town Hall

All change! But as WALTER CRONXITE reports, Croydon’s Labour group won’t be lobbying for any real reform of democracy in the borough, and instead will just shore-up their own self-interest The Croydon Council elections in 2018 will be fought with … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Heathfield, Kenley, New Addington, Norbury, Purley, Sanderstead, Selhurst, Selsdon & Ballards, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

11,000 Croydon residents to lose the vote under Tory scheme

First they take away your tax credits. Next they take away people’s votes. WALTER CRONXITE reports on a piece of election manipulation which is being introduced by stealth In a little over one month’s time, more than 11,000 Croydon residents … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell MP, Heathfield, Housing, Kenley, New Addington, Norbury, Purley, Sanderstead, Selhurst, Selsdon & Ballards, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Jobs for the old boys as Barwell post goes to Hammersmith

Croydon Central’s Conservative MP Gavin Barwell has appointed a former “hobby bobby”, John Hammersmith, as his new parliamentary assistant at the House of Commons. Hammersmith attended Whitgift School. Until very recently, Barwell sat on the board of governors of the … Continue reading

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‘Britain’s FBI’ to investigate corruption in Lawrence case

Was there perhaps some uncomfortable shuffling in their seat by a senior Croydon Conservative on Friday, when it was announced that the National Crime Agency, described as “Britain’s equivalent of the FBI”, has started an investigation into allegations of corruption … Continue reading

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Parking problems see businesses quit Coulsdon town centre

Businesses are quitting Coulsdon, as trade has dropped off by as much as 50 per cent because of what residents and businesses  are describing as the “shambles” of the traffic and parking chaos created by on-going council works and developments … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Coulsdon West Residents' Association, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Colour-coded divisions over Black History Month events

It surely cannot be deliberate, since Croydon Council’s press and publicity department is too ham-fisted to organise itself so well. But if anyone ever wanted a demonstration of how we live in a divided borough, then they need only refer … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Badsha Quadir, Black History Month, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Dance, Education, Fairfield Halls, History, Kenley, London-wide issues, Mario Creatura, Music, Purley, Steve O'Connell, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment