Category Archives: Pat Ryan

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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Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Pat Ryan, Stephen Mann, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

Posted in Angela Wilkins, Bromley Council, Commuting, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Town Team puts Crystal Palace Triangle on the (digital) map

The new Crystal Palace Town Team has launched an interactive map of the Crystal Palace Triangle and surrounding areas, allowing the community to find which businesses have marked themselves as “open” during the pandemic lockdown. The CP Town Team is … Continue reading

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Councillors seek compensation for BxB housing scheme

BARRATT HOLMES on demands for apologies and compensation for Upper Norwood residents who have endured nearly three years of living on a building site for a scheme which Labour councillors have criticised for its ‘poor project management and delivery’ Another … Continue reading

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Rent hikes force closure of Crystal Palace independent shops

It is not only in Croydon town centre that big business is contriving to destroy the fabric of the high street. As our retail correspondent MT WALLETTE reports, in Crystal Palace a precious corner of independent stores and old-style character … Continue reading

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Council’s secret deal on Queen’s Hotel sways inspector’s ruling

Our Crystal Palace correspondent, JOE PAXTON, on a predictable, if disappointing, outcome to a three-year planning battle Having twice won the arguments at the council’s planning committees, residents, councillors and even the local MP were today trumped by the developer-friendly … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Stephen Mann, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Planning inspector expected to rule on Queen’s Hotel this week

A decision on the expansion plans for the Queen’s Hotel at Crystal Palace is expected this week. Croydon Council’s planning committee has twice refused planning permission for the owners Euro Hotels’ £10million expansion scheme, which prompted the appeal to the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Stephen Mann, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Excrement ‘hand-delivered’ to councillor in row over planning

Being a councillor is becoming an increasingly shitty proposition. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports ahead of tonight’s Town Hall meeting on how ‘a council motion’ has taken on whole new meaning Tension is running high at the Town Hall, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Housing, Jo Negrini, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Selhurst, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Queen’s Hotel planning inquiry is a case of David v Goliath

Whose side is Croydon Council on? As JOE PAXTON reports from the Town Hall, Crystal Palace Council Tax-payers face a four-day public hearing having had little support from their own local authority A David v Goliath battle commences at the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Norwood Society, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Stephen Mann, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Seconds out: champ Duke fights for survival at Victory Place

Three-time boxing world champion Duke McKenzie is facing the toughest fight of his life yet – a battle for the survival of the gym in Crystal Palace which he has worked hard over eight years to establish as a thriving … Continue reading

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Labour councillor alleges planning bias for Brick by Brick

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how a Town Hall veteran has broken ranks over some of the council’s inappropriate over-development It is no longer just disgruntled residents, unhappy over the way the council and their slow-motion house-builders, Brick by … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

New stone to mark the long-lost history of the Beulah Spa

Some 187 years after it was opened and became one of the most popular attractions in the country, drawing crowds of 10,000 and being visited by Queen Victoria and the future monarchs of Britain and Germany, the Beulah Spa in … Continue reading

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Labour councillors defy Scott over Queen’s Hotel expansion

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on an against-the-odds victory for residents over the council’s planning machine For the second time in little more than six months, councillors sitting on Croydon’s planning committee have thrown out proposals for a giant-scale redevelopment … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Felicity Flynn, Jason Perry, Oni Oviri, Parking, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Queen's Hotel, Scott Roche, Simon Brew, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Canning rejects new job after being dropped as cabinet deputy

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the fall-out from the latest round of patronage for Tony’s cronies Tony Newman’s usual tactic of using public money patronage to keep the support of his Labour council colleagues appears to have been less … Continue reading

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Labour’s new slate in Fairfield as Momentum makes a mark

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, with the latest weekly round-up of the ins, and outs, in a tortuous selection process Boundary changes, demographic changes and the Jeremy Corbyn-inspired swing towards Labour has made Fairfield ward in the town centre a … Continue reading

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Football-watching Labour councillor to stand down at election

KEN LEE on the announcement from Steve Reed OBE’s agent that he has gone out and found a proper job One of the leading members of the Blairite clique which controls the Labour group on Croydon Council is standing down. … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Audsley pays price as Newman sacks him as cabinet deputy

A lapse in judgement means that Jamie Audsley will be about £10,000 out of pocket next year, as the Bensham Manor ward councillor has been sacked from Labour leader Tony Newman’s cabinet team. Or, as Tony Soprano once said, “There’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Bensham Manor, Humayun Kabir, Jamie Audsley, Maggie Mansell, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mark Watson, Norbury, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Stephen Mann, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘The Nasty Party is alive and well and active in Croydon’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Veteran Labour councillor for Upper Norwood, PAT RYAN, pictured left, was disappointed to see a local Tory activist being abusive to trade unionists on social media. Here, he calls on Andrew Stevensen and his party to do the … Continue reading

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Croydon Tories fail to act over candidate’s ‘scumbag’ abuse

A Croydon Tory activist, who was a Conservative candidate for the council in 2014, has been told to apologise and his party urged to act for calling rail union members “scumbags” over the Southern Railways dispute. Veteran Labour councillor Pat … Continue reading

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Football-watching councillors are rewarded with promotions

WALTER CRONXITE, our man outside the Town Hall with a Yorkie bar and Mike Fisher’s discarded copy of the Racing Post, sees a clear message in the latest council cabinet reshuffle: mediocrity will be rewarded in Croydon Tony Newman, Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Kathy Bee, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Newman’s time for change as he faces threat of ‘dead sheep’

WALTER CRONXITE on the ins and outs of the latest council “non-reshuffles”, and how the the spectre of #WadGate and others’ past crimes still stalk the Town Hall’s corridors of (not much) power “They used to say that being attacked … Continue reading

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Job losses and volunteer libraries leaves us feeling let down

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Public library provision is a statutory requirement for local authorities such as Croydon. But they also represent a soft target when councils want to make cuts. ROBERT GIBSON says that the funding announcement for Crystal Palace’s library is … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Greenwich Leisure, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council accused of ‘shoddy’ deal on Crystal Palace library

Our libraries and bookish gyms correspondent, GENE BRODIE, reports that there’s a sense of “glass half-empty” over Croydon’s grant for Upper Norwood Library A row has broken out between trustees and library campaigners over Croydon Council’s £85,000 per year, two-year … Continue reading

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The year in review, as it really happened inside Croydon

2015 marked the fifth year of publication of Inside Croydon, and we’re proud to continue to offer truly independent coverage of what is really happening in the borough, the unvarnished truth, without influence or favours from the speculators or politicians, … Continue reading

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Newman’s failures to act widen his credibility deficit

CROYDON COMMENTARY: If our council really wants to improve the borough’s reputation, then they need to consider carefully their own behaviour, writes STEVEN DOWNES Council leader Tony Newman is suffering a credibility deficit, as fewer than 1 in 5 of … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman | 1 Comment