Category Archives: Steve Iles

Part-time Perry uses Labour budget to outsource graffiti team

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest dollop of hypocrisy and deceit to be issued on behalf of the Tory Mayor Jason Perry, Croydon’s part-time Mayor, has spent even more public money to burnish his own reputation, this time … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Mayor Jason Perry, Norbury, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council caught fly-tipping discarded furniture by youth club

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Volunteers, residents and even councillors have been ignored by officials, as council staff have turned a patch of open space into a dump. EXCLUSIVE by KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter Croydon’s part-time Mayor has his work … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Katherine Kerswell, Steve Iles, Youth Services | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mayor Perry’s 20million reasons for breaking election promise

A council FoI response suggests that bullish remarks made about removing controversial traffic reduction schemes could prove too expensive to implement. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES £4,288,284.76 That’s the amount just a single low traffic neighbourhood scheme has generated for Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Community associations, Croydon Council, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Parking, Planning, Steve Iles, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

School street schemes dropped after council failed to consult

Croydon’s failing council administration has had to abandon an important child safety measure, introduced during the covid lockdown, because they failed to organise in advance any replacement of what were initially temporary measures. Campaigners who have fought for healthier, less-polluted … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Schools, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Tried calling Croydon Council? Please hold the line… forever

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Have you had difficulties getting through to the council, perhaps to report the latest missed bin collection, or when trying to make a Council Tax payment? According to sources at Fisher’s Folly, you’re just wasting your time. … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Section 114 notice, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Veolia’s rubbish service ‘will stay the same’, says council

If you have been fortunate to actually receive a copy of the council’s annual waste and recycling services leaflet through your letterbox, you had better cherish it. It is the last you will ever see. The leaflet is supposed to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Steve Iles, Veolia | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Mind the gap: finance director warns of £13m cuts shortfall

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tonight’s council cabinet meeting is to be told that officials are struggling to meet their £38m budget cuts target. And the council’s future is now in the hands of Michael Gove. By STEVEN DOWNES There are growing … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Croydon Council, Croydon NHS Trust, Health, Katherine Kerswell, Landlord licensing, Richard Ennis, Section 114 notice, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Result! Trader gets his yellow line back… after iC report

Coincidence? You decide… Within 24 hours of Inside Croydon reporting of a Waddon businessman’s year-long struggle to get the council simply to do their job by re-painting a faded bit of yellow line along the busy road outside his Stafford … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Robert Canning, Steve Iles, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waddon business waits year for action on dangerous parking

A local business owner claims that inaction by the council’s roads department is putting lives at risk on busy Stafford Road, as officials treat elected councillors with undisguised contempt. Report by our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON How difficult can it … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Robert Canning, Steve Iles, Stuart King, Waddon, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Director admits £12m sums on ANPR fines don’t add up

Fisher’s Folly’s answer to Baldrick has come up with a cunning plan to help fix the bankrupt borough’s finances: raise millions of pounds through penalty charges on Croydon’s drivers. The trouble is, some drivers might simply follow the warning signs … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Buss, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Robert Canning, Steve Iles, TfL, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

#BINMAGEDDON! Boroughs left looking like rubbish tips

‘They treat us like the rubbish they are supposed to collect!’ Mounting reports from around the boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership suggest that the councils’ waste service contractors are creaking under pressure. By STEVEN DOWNES The complaints about … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fly tipping, Merton, Refuse collection, Shirley, Steve Iles, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Flood warning: after six years, Riddlesdown works set to start

More than a month’s average rainfall was deposited on Croydon and parts of southern England yesterday, exposing once more the areas of the borough more prone to flooding, and in many cases also illustrating the failures of council contractors’ to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Helen Redfern, Kenley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Residents take to the streets to protest Parsons Mead LTN

The Low Traffic Neighbourhood at Parsons Mead in West Croydon yesterday drew a small crowd of protesters, plus regional news television cameras, as public frustration with the fines being levied by CCTV cameras continues to increase. The LTNs, government-funded and … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Muhammad Ali, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Broad Green driver has 12 penalty notices dropped by council

A traffic adjudicator has ruled that some council signs for restricted-access streets are ‘inadequate’ A motorist who accumulated more than £845 in fines for driving into a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Broad Green has had 12 of his 13 PCNs … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Parking, South Croydon, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , , , | 14 Comments

Rebel councillor kicked off traffic committee on eve of meeting

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the latest twist in the saga of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes Pat Ryan, the veteran councillor for Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward, has been removed as a member of the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, Shifa Mustafa, South Norwood, Steve Iles, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Court ruling forces removal of Crystal Palace traffic measures

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on how vocal motoring lobbies and TfL legal advice has got the council to abandon traffic-reduction rules – for the time being, at least The council has caved in to pressure from motoring lobbyists and … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Muhammad Ali, South Norwood, Steve Iles, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Everything in the garden waste is rosy, as service resumes

Well, that bit of the coronavirus emergency, with staff off sick or isolating, didn’t last long. Just a week after suspending the rubbish contractor Veolia’s garden waste collection service, Croydon Council yesterday announced that the service is to resume. The … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Refuse collection, Steve Iles, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Binmageddon!: Council blunders again over garden waste

The serial incompetence of the propaganda department at Labour-run Croydon Council has managed to hand another (albeit minor) political victory to the Tory opposition, this time over the suspension of the borough’s garden waste service. As Inside Croydon was first … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Refuse collection, Sean Fitzsimons, Steve Iles, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Binmageddon!: Veolia admits to botched leaflets delivery

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. But on Christmas Eve in Croydon, in the middle of a Tier 4 coronavirus lockdown, functionaries from Veolia, the council’s rubbish … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Refuse collection, Steve Iles, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Sutton does U-turn over plan to route HGVs into Croydon

JEREMY CLACKSON reports on the latest gear change in the niggling roads dispute between south London councils over lorries trucking rubbish – including potentially radioactive waste – to and from the Beddington Lane incinerator Sutton Council has pulled up the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Outside Croydon, Steve Iles, Sutton Council, TfL, Transport, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sutton failed to consult on HGV plan, says Croydon Council

Sutton Council has been threatened with a public inquiry into their plans to redirect heavy lorry traffic into Croydon, as a senior Town Hall official has accused the neighbouring local authority of getting their figures wrong, of failing to follow … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Planning, Steve Iles, TfL, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: The six-month saga to get one bin changed

CROYDON COMMENTARY: We appear to have a new version of the ‘how many people does it take to change a light-bulb’ gag here in Croydon… Only this one, inevitably, involves the bins. From the recent experience of KEN TOWL, pictured, … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe East, Croydon Council, Environment, Ken Towl, Maddie Henson, Refuse collection, Steve Iles, Stuart Collins, Tom Lawrence, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Residents’ anger over builders’ mess at Auckland Road

“Auckland Road is a mess,” residents living in a conservation area in Upper Norwood say, blaming sloppy building practices on a couple of sites, including one run that is run by Brick by Brick, the council’s house-builders. And they accuse … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Steve Iles | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments