Category Archives: Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood

Spa Wood volunteers and council work both win ‘Tree Oscars’

Croydon has won two “Tree Oscars” in awards announced this week by the Forestry Commission and the Mayor of London. The London Tree and Woodland Awards are in their 12th year of celebrating the work of individuals, communities and professionals … Continue reading

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‘No longer viable’: council sounds death knell for Virgo Fidelis

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on the impending closure of another, once proud and successful, secondary school Croydon Council’s ability to run down long-established church schools to the point of closure continues, while at the same time they have been lavishing … Continue reading

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Remains of Brunel’s Crystal Palace tower granted listed status

The base and foundations of a water tower at Crystal Palace, the last remnants of one of the final engineering projects undertaken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, have been given listed status by Historic England because of their importance to the … Continue reading

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St Joseph’s College latest secondary to take covid-19 action

St Joseph’s College on Beulah Hill is the latest school to have been forced into taking action after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus. It brings to 10 the number of schools – primary and secondary – across Croydon and … Continue reading

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Great North Wood 2021 calendar’s photo competition

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Photographer’s loving portrait makes it into Gallery exhibit

A Crystal Palace-based photographer, Nina Robinson, is to have one of her pictures included in a National Portrait Gallery exhibition after her photo of her grandfather in lockdown was named yesterday among the top 100 images in a competition. “Hold … Continue reading

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Something really stinks about this Brick by Brick site

Residents in Upper Norwood have complained long and hard that they’ve been forced to put up with a lot of shit from Brick by Brick, the council-owned builders. But this week, they have been having to step over and around … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick legal row sees further delays at Auckland Rise

Brick by Brick is locked in another legal dispute with one of its building contractors, this time over unfinished works at Auckland Rise in Upper Norwood. Croydon Council’s wholly-owned, loss-making developer is building seven blocks on what were open spaces … Continue reading

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240 Virgo Fidelis pupils sent away due to unsafe buildings

Old and poorly maintained school buildings could hasten the closure of what was once a proud Catholic girls’ school. By our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE A landmark Victorian school building in Upper Norwood is “not currently safe for pupils and … Continue reading

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Bromley in legal moves against Croydon over road closures

Croydon could be heading for a bitter, cross-boundary dispute with one of its neighbouring boroughs after the leader of Bromley’s Conservative-controlled council told residents that they have begun legal moves to get traffic-calming measures removed from residential streets in Crystal … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick lied about using £600k house as site office

EXCLUSIVE: A family with a five-year-old child undergoing cancer treatment are among those whose house-owning dream has been turned into a nightmare. By BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent A young family have been delayed for more than a year from moving … Continue reading

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MP takes on council and Mayor over Upper Norwood roads

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on renewed calls for consultation over traffic calming measures introduced by TfL and the local council that Steve Reed has called ‘roadblocks’ Steve Reed OBE has entered the row over Upper Norwood’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood … Continue reading

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DBC Pierre in Talks From An Empty Bookshop, Aug 13

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Fears unfounded over Crystal Palace’s Low Traffic network

JOE PAXTON reports from Upper Norwood after the first week of controversial road closures which, despite predictions of doom and gloom, have not caused Armageddon Local social media earlier this week was debating which of the Four Horsemen of the … Continue reading

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Let’s give Crystal Palace’s streets a chance to breathe again

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Even ward councillors need to check what petitions they are signing, and what their party policies are. AUSTEN COOPER sifts through some of the contradictory opposition to road closures in Upper Norwood Let’s get one thing straight. The … Continue reading

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Triangle will be ‘decimated’ by road closures, warns councillor

The Labour group at the Town Hall, already riven with fault lines on a number of contentious issues, is facing another split, this time over road closures in Upper Norwood that have been introduced today under coronavirus emergency powers. The … Continue reading

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Comedian Brigstocke added to Crystal Palace Festival line-up

With just two weeks to go, the Crystal Palace Festival has announced its special guest acts for the live-streamed show from Upper Norwood Library. Top-flight comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Deering have been added to the roster of performers who … Continue reading

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Christobel Kent talks with Bookseller Crow, Aug 7

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Council planning decisions ‘open to corruption’, says research

Recommendations from an independent think tank, if they were applied in Croydon, could force cabinet member Paul Scott to stand down from all planning responsibilities. KEN LEE reports Planning decisions are open to corruption from secretive lobbying, council officials’ conflicts … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival have their headline acts Pegg-ed

The Crystal Palace Festival has revealed that its headline acts next month will be Andrew Ashong and his band and John. This year’s Crystal Palace Festival is being staged virtually because of coronavirus, live-streaming from a temporary television studio in … Continue reading

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Library will be a TV studio for this year’s Crystal Palace Festival

The 2020 Crystal Palace Festival is going ahead next month – with live acts streaming directly to your home from Upper Norwood Library. The organisers announced overnight, “With support from the Arts Council, we are setting up a temporary television … Continue reading

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‘A once in a generation opportunity to shape a new Croydon’

We’ve had red Labour. There’s been “Blue Labour”. Now, a handful of councillors from the north of the borough want to see a truly “Green” Labour in Croydon. Learning from many of the environmental benefits of the coronavirus lockdown, and … Continue reading

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‘Green Labour’ letter throws down challenge to leader Newman

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the first signs of revolt against the leadership among unhappy Labour councillors In what appears to be a barely-disguised challenge to the authority of the council leader, five Labour councillors have today signed … Continue reading

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Bob Marley’s last London gig set to be marked with blue plaque

Fund-raising to pay for a blue plaque to commemorate Bob Marley and the Wailers’ final ever live performance in London, at the Crystal Palace Bowl, was more than halfway to its target within hours of being launched this morning – … Continue reading

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Newman hand-picks ‘Secret Seven’ to check on finance panel

EXCLUSIVE: The beleaguered council leader has moved to avoid  being held responsible for the borough’s massive £1.5bn debt and huge over-spend, reports KEN LEE A group of councillors, secretly hand-picked by Tony Newman, will meet tonight to discuss the council’s … Continue reading

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