Category Archives: Stephen Mann

Great North Wood under threat from holy order’s £3.5m scheme

A holy order of Catholic nuns wants to hack down mature and healthy trees in a specially protected site, part of the ancient Great North Wood, and then use the timber to build a “visitor attraction” to commemorate… the Great … Continue reading

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Pat Ryan’s excess: veteran’s generous grants left unquestioned

The culture of secrecy and cover-ups in Croydon Labour meant that one councillor never did face any scrutiny over his misuse of thousands of pounds of public money to resurface a private road and to pay for equipment in a … Continue reading

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Even the Town Hall meetings don’t work at bankrupt council

In the time-honoured words of EJ Thribb, ‘And so farewell then…’. As many as 35 of the borough’s 70 councillors who were elected in 2018 won’t be Town Hall regulars after the May 5 elections. Political Editor WALTER CONXITE bids … Continue reading

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Boycotts and resignations in rows over Labour selections

‘The conduct of Labour Party affairs locally does seem to be almost tailored to create continuing unease and disaffection’. WALTER CRONXITE,  political editor, with the latest round-up of shenanigans “Croydon North’s in meltdown” was how one angry Labour member put … Continue reading

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Butler and Scott among those not facing the voters again

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the high drop-out rate among Croydon’s Labour councillors, bruised and deflated after nearly eight years in charge at the Town Hall Paul Scott and Alison Butler, the husband and wife duo who made up … 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

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Nina Degrads, Oliver Lewis, Report in the Public Interest, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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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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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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

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

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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‘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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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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Police investigate ‘heritage crime’ on park’s Victorian dinosaurs

Police are investigating damage to one of the 170-year-old, Grade I-listed dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park, believed to have been caused by acts of criminal vandalism, and which has been described as “shameful behaviour”. The Friends of Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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Pavements to be widened in South Norwood and Crystal Palace

Seven more Croydon roads, in Crystal Palace, South Norwood and Thornton Heath, are to undergo pavement widening measures next week as part of the council’s Streetspace scheme that aims to make it easier to walk or cycle during the coronavirus … Continue reading

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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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Community housing trust awards pupils prizes for new logo

Back in the good old days – you may remember them when kids went to school, adults went down the pub, and you could buy an almost inexhaustible supply of bog roll in the shops – some people were making … 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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New McDonald’s could ‘give rise to gangs’ say police

Our Town Hall correspondent KEN LEE on a council planning decision that backs the interests of residents against big business Croydon Council’s planning department is capable of saying “no” to inappropriate developments after all, if a decision handed down over … Continue reading

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Council tries to hide BxB’s latest flats for sale scheme

A Town Hall planning meeting this week is seeking to cover-up the council-owned developer’s role, with residents saying that they were misled over the intention to exclude completely any social housing for rent. Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports Profit-hungry … 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 latest land grab sees short-notice garage evictions

The council’s moved in for yet another land grab. Notices went up last week on the garages behind homes on College Green in Crystal Palace, giving residents just one month’s notice to remove all their possessions. This land grab is … Continue reading

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Creatura’s Town Hall promotion could signal early end of May

The next full meeting of our council is Monday’s anachronistic annual ‘mayor-making’ ceremony in the Town Hall chamber. Ahead of it, the council’s two political groups have been tinkering with their line-ups. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports that one … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Chris Clark, Crime, Croydon Council, Helen Redfern, Knife crime, Leila Ben-Hassel, Mario Creatura, Oni Oviri, Purley, Stephen Mann, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

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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

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