Category Archives: David Callam

Shock and sadness at the death of contributor David Callam

STEVEN DOWNES on the tragic news of a stalwart of the local press, the borough, and of Inside Croydon We were going to run a self-indulgent feature at the weekend about the fifth anniversary of Inside Croydon. But then we … Continue reading

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It’s long overdue that we move on from the local High Street

CROYDON COMMENTARY: £148,000 on tonight’s bike race, a few more thousand on the South Croydon Food Festival, and millions of Riot Recovery money on some paving and saplings, all to replace paving and saplings. DAVID CALLAM responds to our report … Continue reading

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Time to make housing a voting issue, one brick at a time

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council’s “MasterPlan” for housing is a political joke, says DAVID CALLAM The housing MasterPlan would be funny if it wasn’t so serious for so many families who can never afford the fairytale prices being demanded by property … Continue reading

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Serious Whitgift CPO objections could end up in law courts

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The complaints to the Whitgift Centre CPO have been raised by some of the country’s biggest businesses, and DAVID CALLAM says that their public opposition could end up in the law courts Like Susan Oliver and commenter David … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, David Callam, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Planning, Property, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Developers’ ‘affordable’ homes do little for housing crisis

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The housing crisis shows no sign of easing, as home sale prices and rents in London, and Croydon, continue to rise.    DAVID CALLAM identifies a worrying possibility over the council’s action on the Menta development of more yuppie … Continue reading

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BID’s report suggests the impact of loss of Allders and Nestle

CROYDON COMMENTARY: DAVID CALLAM is a fan of business improvement district schemes but reminds the town centre’s elite firms that self-praise is no recommendation All Change! Croydon is the title of the recently published 32-page annual report from Croydon Business … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, David Callam, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town centre is a monument to municipal mismanagement

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The honeymoon is over for Tony Newman’s Labour council which was elected in May, says DAVID CALLAM Labour has settled back into power in Croydon Town Hall and many of the same old problems are as intractable as … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Council Tax, Croydon Council, David Callam, Housing, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, RIF, Tony Newman, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Long overdue that we found proper future for Segas House

CROYDON COMMENTARY: According to senior sources at the Town Hall, the scheme to convert the Grade II-listed Segas House into a primary school, the brainchild during the previous Tory council of Tim Pollard, has been abandoned because the building would … Continue reading

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Going live and going Dutch offering encouraging early signs

THE FIRST 100 DAYS: Following a fortnight’s post-election hiatus at Fisher’s Folly (the council shredding machines were glowing red-hot, allegedly), Tony Newman’s Labour group finally got the keys to Croydon Town Hall for the first time in eight years. This … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard Weatherill House, Croydon Council, David Callam, Fly tipping, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Farage offers refuge to people frightened of the future

CROYDON COMMENTARY: This borough, like most of London, generally rejected the “appeal” of Nigel Farage’s UKIP in both the local and the European elections. But DAVID CALLAM thinks not enough is being done by Labour or the Tories to counter … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, David Callam, South Croydon | 12 Comments