Category Archives: Colm Lacey

Council accused of ‘wildlife vandalism’ to help Brick by Brick

Our environment correspondent, PAUL  LUSHION, on suspicions that a rare wildlife habitat in suburban Kenley has suffered the cruellest cut The council has been accused of an act of “wildlife vandalism”, with some angry residents of Wontford Road and Roffey … Continue reading

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Posted in Brick by Brick, Climate Crisis Commission, Croydon parks, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, Kenley, Planning, Tony Newman, Wildlife, Wontford Road Green | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Timber! Brick by Brick’s ecological claims come crashing down

GEOFF JAMES has been analysing the council-owned builders’ planning applications and discovered that many of the borough’s trees are for the chop, in a crass act of environmental vandalism Inside Croydon recently reported that a tree survey commissioned by the … Continue reading

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Is Brick by Brick’s Theobald Road ‘Stasi prison’ now kaput?

Pressure is growing on the council’s house-builders to drop their ugly plans for a site in Waddon, after a second tree quality survey completely contradicted an earlier report. By BELLE MARSH, our prisons correspondent Brick by Brick, the council’s wholly-owned, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Environment, Felicity Flynn, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Robert Canning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Facing uncertain future, Fairfield Halls returns all its pianos

The Fairfield Halls had the removal men in yesterday – taking away the arts venue’s pianos. Inside Croydon understands that the pianos – nine in total, including two grand pianos – have been returned to their makers after the venue … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Music, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Troubleshooter’s report may give Negrini no choice of action

STEVEN DOWNES on a crucial couple of days for the borough At some point today, Ian O’Donnell will deliver his report on the state of the borough’s finances and what he recommends that needs to be done to get the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Richard Simpson, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Talk to Brick by Brick about their ‘success’ in social housing

Brick by Brick, the council’s wholly-owned, loss-making building company, wants to hear from you in an online discussion where they want to celebrate their great achievements in building social housing. Like an over-excited six-year-old on Christmas Eve (left), the company … Continue reading

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Negrini faces showdown meetings over finances next week

A consultant ‘parachuted in’ to salvage the council’s rocky finances will deliver a vital report next Tuesday, STEVEN DOWNES reports, as Croydon’s £1.5bn borrowings have been described by a local MP as ‘reckless’ and its financial position ‘unsustainable’  The dire … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Patsy Cummings, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Residents call for end to planning meetings for ‘cowboys’

One of the borough’s largest organisations representing the interests of residents has called on the council to stop all planning committee meetings until the covid-19 emergency is over – and they have singled out the Brick by Brick proposal to … Continue reading

Posted in Addington, Addington Residents' Association, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Fieldway, Housing, New Addington, New Addington North, Paul Scott, Planning, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BxB’s daylight robbery and the magic vanishing trees of Kenley

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Brick by Brick spends thousands on specialist reports to support its planning applications – if only the claims made in one set of documents they submit did not contradict the solemn statements made elsewhere. GEOFF JAMES has done … Continue reading

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Is Wontford Road Green the worst BxB housing scheme yet?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Even with their very large, in-house team of  architects, council-owned builders Brick by Brick are still creating planning applications that completely fail to comply with the council’s own Local Plan, says GEOFF JAMES Brick by Brick’s planning application … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Kenley, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

TfL’s cashflow crisis could make Croydon traffic jams worse

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on finance problems for Transport for London that could have a profound impact on south London Transport for London’s appeal to the government for £3.2billion to allow it to keep operating in the covid-19 crisis … Continue reading

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Tell us what’s wrong with Hutchinson’s Bank build, Scott says

Paul Scott, one half of the Labour council tag team that is determinedly allowing the borough’s green spaces, kids’ playgrounds and nature reserves to be buried under a wave of ready-mix concrete, has dismissed out-of-hand complaints from residents that the … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon parks, Environment, New Addington, New Addington North, Paul Scott, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Soaring costs of unviable schemes should sound alarm bells

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Brick by Brick have been patting themselves on the back, but their high-staffing levels, low-experience levels and expensive schemes ought to be deeply concerning, according to SEBASTIAN TILLINGER Alarm bells should be ringing all over Croydon Council about … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Jo Negrini, Kenley, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Brick by Brick chief tells trade press they’ve ‘worked very well’

When Brick by Brick released details of its latest blitz on the borough across two dozen sites, many of them in New Addington and mostly intended to deliver one- and two-bed flats, the council-owned company wheeled out one of its … Continue reading

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‘Buildable and financially savvy’: BxB’s blitz on the borough

Brick by Brick is demonstrating some desperate-looking urgency over its next wave of 24 sites around the borough by announcing them during the coronavirus emergency lockdown – making it impossible for them to stage what anyone would recognise as proper … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Fieldway, New Addington, New Addington North, Planning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council staffer Pitt is recruited to board of failing Brick by Brick

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, discovers that the council has been less-than-forthcoming over the latest appointment to their loss-making house-builder Brick by Brick has appointed a new company director, in a move that could signal the council-owned house-builder is … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Why we must protect site of some of Britain’s rarest butterflies

We never appreciate the value of some things until they are gone, which is why amateur naturalist ERIC BROWN says it is important to save Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve from the threat of intrusive development by Croydon Council’s house-building company … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon parks, Environment, Hutchinson's Bank, Planning, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Covid death rates linked to poverty and high-density housing

Official death rate figures from the ONS show that over-intensification of housing has played a part in helping the spread of coronavirus, as Croydon’s NHS chief warns against ‘inequalities’. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Croydon has suffered a far … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon NHS Trust, Health, Housing, London-wide issues, Matthew Kershaw, Mayday Hospital, Planning, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Endangered butterfly ignored in Brick by Brick flats application

Hutchinson’s Bank, near New Addington, has a worldwide reputation as a conservation reserve, having been supported at its very beginning by Sir David Attenborough. But that hasn’t stopped the latest dubious scheme from council builders ‘Trick by Trick’. STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fieldway, Housing, Hutchinson's Bank, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Planning, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Even Labour councillors are turning on Brick by Brick plans

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, on how members of the council’s ruling group are now criticising Brick by Brick’s latest attempts to concrete over the borough’s green spaces Croydon Council’s already shaky green credentials are under more pressure following environmental … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Estate agents predict housing market to fall by up to 10%

Market forecasts made by estate agents this month estimate that more than half a million home sales would be “lost” this year because of the coronavirus lockdown, with some saying that house prices could drop by as much as 10 … Continue reading

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Where’s the step-free access to East Croydon? Or aesthetics?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The buildings granted planning permission on Thursday night, between the Fairfield Halls and the railway line, are architecturally disappointing and the scheme fails to deliver on one of the requirements in the local plan, says SEBASTIAN TILLINGER Having … Continue reading

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Putting Mr Blobby in charge is Newman’s latest blunder

TOWN HALL SKETCH: If a council’s planning deliberations have to be seen and heard to meet the requirements for democracy laid down by law, then Croydon could be in a spot of trouble, writes WALTER CRONXITE Well, that was a … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, College Green, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Fairfield, Fairfield Homes, Housing, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Toni Letts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Butterfly sanctuary under threat from BxB development

Some might see it as a disconnect at the Town Hall, where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Others might characterise it as just another example of blatant civic hypocrisy. Last summer, when the headlines … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fairchildes Primary, New Addington, Planning, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Our voice is being totally ignored’ say worried Purley residents

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, reports on how the council, despite declaring a climate emergency, is now planning to destroy open spaces and rare wildlife habitats The council’s voracious appetite for concreting over the borough’s precious green spaces has seen … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments