Category Archives: Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood

The show must go on: theatre groups prepare for reopening

SANJANA IDNANI reports on how local theatrical venues and amdram groups have been dealing with the covid lockdown as they prepare to put on their summer shows Theatre companies and performers across the borough have faced their fair share of … Continue reading

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Croydon among worst London boroughs for ‘healthy’ streets

The council deputy leader’s cycling strategy appears to have gone down a dead-end street, as environmental report ranks the borough the 10th worst in London. By STEVEN DOWNES A report published yesterday shows that even when Croydon Council does have … Continue reading

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Reed rails against Tory plans, as his mates flog off public park

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council pushes on with its plans to sell off part of Grangewood Park, a ‘quiet secluded oasis in the heart of a busy local area’, while Blairite MP does nothing to oppose. By STEVEN DOWNES As Steve … Continue reading

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Community builders ask locals what kind of homes they want

Crystal Palace Community Land Trust is asking people who live or work in and around Crystal Palace to complete a housing needs survey, with a chance for a £50 prize. The survey launch follows the shocking reports of slum conditions … Continue reading

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Voting figures suggest there’s a storm coming for Labour

Croydon’s own red wall turned blue in the London elections this month. Ward-level voting figures provide more bad news for Labour in Croydon, reports our resident psephologist, WALTER CRONXITE The unseasonable heavy rainfall in May is not the only reason … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival appeals to provide creative futures

The Crystal Palace Festival has launched an appeal to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on young people from local housing estates. Festival director Noreen Meehan said “It has become very obvious that the pandemic is having a disproportionately … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Park dinosaur bridge swings into action

The architect-designed swing bridge for dinosaur island in Crystal Palace Park is now fully operational. Paid for out of grants from the Greater London Authority and £70,000 raised through a public crowdfunder, the bridge was designed by architects Tonkin Liu … Continue reading

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Khan’s lead at the polls could be enough to elect Cummings

If the pollsters have got their numbers right, history could be about to be made in next month’s London Assembly elections, according to our resident psephologist WALTER CRONXITE This time next month, for the first time in history, Croydon and … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Park is electrified to get a bit of The Power

The race track around the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace has been transformed this week into a trailer park for location shooting of a blockbuster television series. Amazon Prime are adapting Naomi Alderman’s prize-winning novel The Power into a … Continue reading

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MP tells developers they could rebuild Downsview bungalow

Croydon North MP Steve Reed has written to a firm of property developers demanding that they cease immediately all work on a new block of flats on a residential street in Upper Norwood, threatening them that they may need to … Continue reading

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Fitzsimons stays on to scrutinise his scrutiny committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Town Hall’s theatre of the absurd continues tonight with a meeting chaired by a councillor criticised by auditors and government inspectors for failing to raise the alarm over finances and poor governance. STEVEN DOWNES reports Sean … Continue reading

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Developers in legal challenge over Upper Norwood plans

Residents of a road of 1920s-built bungalows and cottages in Upper Norwood who fear that their cherished neighbourhood is about to be destroyed have called in their MP and hired lawyers to fight against profit-hungry property speculators, and the local … Continue reading

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Month-long music festival aims to ‘reboot the Rusty Laptop’

A month-long festival of music, featuring acts from Dizzee Rascal to Supergrass to the English National Opera performing Tosca, and all taking place on a floating stage, has been announced today as the Crystal Palace Bowl seeks to re-establish itself … Continue reading

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Council rebrands low traffic streets scheme in latest U-turn

As traffic U-turns goes, Croydon’s latest has the look of a screeching handbrake turn. The Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Crystal Palace and South Norwood are no more. In their place is a not-too-subtly rebranded “healthy streets scheme”. Gone are the … Continue reading

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Relic of Newman regime to face Labour confidence vote

Pat Ryan, the veteran councillor for Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, tonight faces a confidence motion at a meeting of his Labour Party branch. Ryan is a relic of the Labour regime under Tony Newman which bankrupted the borough. He … Continue reading

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Park life: Shawcross has plenty of appeal in her new role

EXCLUSIVE: Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council and Deputy Mayor of London, spoke to CLARA MURRAY about her new role as chair of the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the excitement over their latest projects Crystal Palace Park … Continue reading

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Removal of LTNs was unnecessary says cycling campaign

Croydon Council acted prematurely in removing its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes in Crystal Palace and South Norwood, according to the London Cycling Campaign. The council decided to remove the planters and other measures following a ruling from a High Court … Continue reading

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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

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Time for a show of leadership on Croydon’s climate crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With children struggling to maintain good mental health in the pandemic, and while the lockdown is seeing declining physical activity levels among some youngsters, AMY FOSTER calls on the council leader to provide real support for one of … Continue reading

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Veteran councillor Ryan under investigation over ‘outburst’

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest allegations of rule-breaking by a veteran Labour councillor “Pat has lost it.” That’s the view of a senior member of the Labour Party in Crystal Palace after a month in which their … Continue reading

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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

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Shawcross steps up as Crystal Palace Park looks to the future

It has been a momentous week for the upkeep and improvement of one of the capital’s under-appreciated gems, writes MARTIN TEMPIA When a former head of planning at the London Borough of Bromley described Crystal Palace Park as the “unloved … Continue reading

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Confused councillor in roads row after he ‘likes’ vandalism

The council’s traffic management committee meeting tonight has provoked a row between Labour politicians, some of whom have been associating with questionable characters in their opposition to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, reports The intervention of MPs … Continue reading

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MP Reed tells ‘disingenuous’ council to remove LTN scheme

Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Croydon North, has accused the Labour-run council of being “disingenuous” over its handling of the results of a public consultation for what he describes as the “controversial” Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme in Crystal … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood’s street battle could be settled this week

After a rushed consultation, the council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee meets next week to discuss two of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Our environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION reports on the gathering storm When Councillor Muhammad Ali was promoted to the … Continue reading

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