Category Archives: Croydon South

#Macarnage: Planner Slominski returns with a promotion

EXCLUSIVE: Distrust of the council’s planning department, and director Heather Cheesbrough, has reached new highs after it was discovered that they have re-employed a developer-friendly official with blatant conflicts of interest. By STEVEN DOWNES Representatives of residents’ associations at a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Heather Cheesbrough, Kenley, Old Coulsdon, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Poll misery for Perry as #Partygate could cost him council seat

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The latest opinion polls suggest that despite bankrupting the borough, Labour could increase its number of councillors in May’s Town Hall elections. STEVEN DOWNES reports Inside Croydon’s mole in the lawns of Croydon Tories’ suburban Purley headquarters … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Robert Ward, Selsdon and Addington Village, South Croydon, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Boff bashes Boris, as careerist Philp digs himself into a hole

Croydon’s only Conservative MP is rapidly developing a reputation for cravenly saying anything that might get him a promotion. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Croydon South’s Tory MP Chris Philp is looking increasingly marginalised, and more ridiculous than ever, … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Andrew Boff, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lewis gets another chance as selection process grinds to halt

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: The party’s membership has dropped by 50% in some wards since 2020, and officials didn’t have enough women applicants to complete their selection process in what was supposed to be a target ward. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Jamie Audsley, London-wide issues, New Addington, Norbury, Norbury Park, Oliver Lewis, Sarah Jones MP, Sherwan Chowdhury, South Croydon, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

MP backs call to extend Surrey Hills beauty area into Croydon

A Croydon MP says that residents have a “fantastic opportunity” to take part in a public consultation which could see parts of his constituency, such as Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, Coulsdon Common and Rddlesdown, added to an Area of … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, City Commons, Coulsdon, Croydon parks, Croydon South, Environment, Planning, South London Downs NNR, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour members angry over ‘Orwellian’ deselection of Pelling

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Not content with bankrupting the borough and then ignoring the will of their members by opposing the move to an elected Mayor, the rump of Newman’s numpties has embarked on a petty vendetta which seems intent … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Andrew Pelling, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Joy Prince, Robert Canning, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Tories try to make crime pay by misleading over figures

Croydon’s Conservatives have shifted up a gear in their campaign efforts ahead of next May’s local elections, but WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, has been fact-checking their latest video nasty Inside Croydon’s loyal reader has probably already twigged that there … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon South, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audsley has nowhere to run after Labour selection stitch-up

The insular and inward-looking local Labour Party is limping towards the finish line of a foregone conclusion, weeks after the Tories and Greens began campaigning to get their candidates elected as Croydon Mayor. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Labour’s laborious selection … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Alisa Flemming, Callton Young, Croydon North, Croydon South, Jamie Audsley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Manju Shahul Hameed, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Latest Tory sleaze scandal shows that rules are for other people

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The backlash against the Tory government’s vote to let one of their MPs escape penalties for breaking the rules over lobbying has today brought the suggestion of a U-turn. But why is it one rule for them and … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Elliot Colburn, Olga Fitzroy, Paul Scully MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Nothing to see here: police back down over Palace banner

As the old saying goes, tweet in haste, repent at your leisure. Croydon’s police are certainly repenting that tweet they sent out on Saturday evening after Crystal Palace’s match against Saudi-owned Newcastle United, following a backlash from fans who reminded … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon South, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Policing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

MP Reed admits live on air: ‘I’m not anti mayoral system’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Ten minutes of radio featuring a live spat between two very well-paid politicians over why we do, or don’t, need another politician provided a splendid example of the self-serving futility of the borough’s political duopoly. By WALTER … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour break Coulsdon promises because ‘We need the money’

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports on how the council’s  planning department has broken the land speed record to push through the £1m sale of a site that was earmarked for a community centre The consequences of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, CALAT, Callton Young, Colm Lacey, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Hamida Ali, Health, Jo Negrini, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley Hospital, St Helier Hospital, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Reshuffle sees Philp shunted sideways to the ‘Ministry of Fun’

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the unlucky ‘escape’ in the government reshuffle for Croydon’s only Conservative MP Croydon’s only Tory MP has finally made his escape from the clutches of Priti Patel at the Home Office. There are rumours, unconfirmed, … Continue reading

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Planning chief wants to give permission to more blocks of flats

As Croydon Tories get their facts wrong (again) and heap praise on the borough’s planners, a council director warns that she wants to green-light more developments. By STEVEN DOWNES Heather Cheesbrough, Croydon’s planning chief, wants the council to grant even … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Shirley | Tagged , , | 30 Comments

Labour official seeks to stop DEMOC using campaign leaflets

As Croydon Tories begin the process to select their candidate to stand for the borough’s first directly-elected mayor next May, KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent, reports on the local Labour Party’s latest effort to stifle debate While Croydon’s Conservatives … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jamie Audsley, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Starmer and Evans face impossible task with Croydon South

To win the next General Election, Labour needs to gain 124 seats. And Number 122 on the list of Labour target seats is Tory Chris Philp’s Croydon South constituency. Our sarf of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, looks at the … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, David Evans, Hamida Ali, Jennifer Brathwaite, London-wide issues, Olga Fitzroy, Sarah Jones MP, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Make sure your pleas to power are never ignored again

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With a little more than a month until the referendum over how we should choose future leaders of the council, MP CHRIS PHILP (pictured left) outlines why he’s supporting a change in the system Croydon Council’s politics are … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon South | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

The Police and Courts Bill is an assault on basic British liberty

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Boris Johnson’s government is about to change the law to clamp down on peaceful protesting, handing powers to the police that are more Draconian than those used by the Chinese to shut down democracy campaigners in Hong Kong, … Continue reading

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Council chiefs accused by MP of being on side of developers

As concerns mount about the local authority’s failure to exercise any development controls or planning enforcement over rapacious private developers operating in the borough, a local MP has accused Croydon Council of not caring about residents and being “content to … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Katherine Kerswell, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Those in power are enabling a whole culture of racism

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The overt racism that was witnessed following last Sunday’s Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out did not come as any surprise. By SANJANA IDNANI (right) This week, the nation has been shocked by racist abuse directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon … Continue reading

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Scott and Butler among the ‘numpties’ looking to stand again

CROYDON IN CRISIS: No shame, no accountability, no remorse – Tony Newman’s ‘inner circle’ at the council who helped bankrupt the borough to seek selection to stand again. By STEVEN DOWNES Paul Scott and Alison Butler, two of the leading … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Louis Carserides, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones MP, Sean Fitzsimons, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The fix is in: Labour leaders endorse status quo on 14% turnout

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After overseeing the failure of the borough’s children’s services, setting up the loss-making Brick by Brick, presiding over slum-like conditions in council flats and bankrupting the borough, some of Tony Newman’s closest colleagues are claiming ‘victory’ over … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Alison Butler, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jamie Audsley, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones MP, Sean Fitzsimons, Steve Reed MP, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Boundary Commission recommends four MPs for Croydon

Croydon is to get an extra MP under far-reaching proposed changes to parliamentary constituencies released overnight by the Boundary Commission for England. Under changes which have been years in the making, England will have the number of seats in the … Continue reading

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£50m shortfall in Home Office payments for asylum children

The council says that the government has underpaid it by around £50million, money which it says is owed for taking care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who arrive in the UK in Croydon. The council claims that over the past decade … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Hamida Ali | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Labour councillors set to support discredited leader system

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Some of the borough’s politicians have again placed their own self-interests ahead of the public and come up with another dodgy decision, writes WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Not content with having crashed the council’s finances, the Labour … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, Alison Butler, Andrew Fisher, Andrew Pelling, Croydon South, Jamie Audsley, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments