Category Archives: Environment

Eagles fan becomes first to spot real-life eagle at Beddington

A national rewilding project working with the largest bird of prey native to the British Isles has confirmed another sighting of one of these spectacular birds in this part of south London. IAN JONES was in the right place to … 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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Garratt and Cummings finally agree to debate climate crisis

It took them a while but, finally, the two frontrunners in the race to be Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly Member have agreed to take part in an online hustings organised by the Friends of the Earth’s Croydon Climate Action … 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

Posted in 2021 London elections, Claire Bonham, Croydon Greens, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Peter Underwood, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Time to end borough’s ‘lazy’ political duopoly say Greens

Voters at next month’s council by-elections are being encouraged to end the Town Hall’s unfunny double act, reports WALTER CRONXITE, political editor The Green Party has accused the political duopoly which dominates Croydon politics of becoming “lazy”, with Tories 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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Viridor incinerator given 20 warnings in just 15 months

Twenty: that’s the number of official warnings issued by the Environment Agency to Viridor over their waste incinerator at Beddington in just 15 months. The 20 formal warnings – without a hint of any kind of sanction for the multi-national … Continue reading

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Whitgift Foundation sows the seeds of a green revival

The Whitgift Foundation, Croydon’s biggest landowners and the operators of three large fee-paying schools, has launched an ambitious borough-wide gardening project to inspire residents to shrug off lockdown, dust off the trowels and get green-fingered as we spring into spring. … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Gardening, Old Palace, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, Trinity School, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

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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Let’s reflect on a year of covid and find ways to improve

CROYDON COMMENTARY: On the anniversary of the start of Britain’s first national lockdown, PETER UNDERWOOD says we should take some time to think about how to make things better Today, March 23, is the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown … Continue reading

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Oval Tavern flips pancakes into help for the homeless

The team at The Oval Tavern in East Croydon is joining forces with the Green Party to support homeless people in Croydon. They have set up an appeal for food, toiletries, warm clothing and sleeping bags. The donations will be … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterflies: 2021 Hutchinson’s Bank walks

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Town Hall protest over climate commission’s wasted time

Time is running out to tackle the climate emergency. That was the message of a demonstration on the Town Hall steps this morning by environmental activists Croydon Extinction Rebellion, who were protesting against the inaction of Croydon Council and its … 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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Greens’ Berry wants to end TfL’s unfair fares for outer London

Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, wants to change the unfair fare zones in the capital which have seen bus, tram and Tube fares rise for Croydon commuters from Zones 5 and 6 by nearly £400 … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Commuting, Croydon Greens, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Calls for Beddington incinerator to be shut down over CO2

Viridor’s figures show that their south London plant is pumping out three times as much CO2 as other, similar facilities. By PAUL LUSHION, environment correspondent The Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane, operated on behalf of Croydon and three other south … Continue reading

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Gate Expectations: park swiftly reopened for Selhurst families

Less than 48 hours after Inside Croydon reported on the concern of Selhurst families over the closure of a local open space, today the gates of Boulogne Road Recreation Ground had been reopened, the padlocks removed. A community group had … Continue reading

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Residents worried after the council padlocks Selhurst park*

Locked park gates and a dismissive and “insulting” response from the local authority have caused concern among a community group in Selhurst that the cash-strapped council might try to flog off their children’s playground. The Selhurst park which has been … 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

Posted in Charity, Community associations, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace Park Trust, Friends of Crystal Palace Park, History, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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Berry’s mayoral campaign goes for solar-powered bus stops

The Green Party has today unveiled plans for a vastly improved new bus stops for London’s streets. Sian Berry, the Greens’ candidate for Mayor in the London elections on May 6, has pledged that she will commission a full redesign … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Russell, Croydon Greens, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sian Berry, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

‘Email us if you are unable to access our online consultation’

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the council’s latest blunder over a public consultation for the badly polluted Purley Way and false claims for ‘the highest environmental standards’ Croydon Council, which already has a diabolically bad reputation for the way … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Report: Incinerator is ‘as polluting as coal-fired power stations’

An investigation published by the Daily Telegraph reports that hundreds of millions of pounds of public money has been handed over to the incinerator industry based on false claims that burning waste generates cheap, green energy. The Telegraph investigation, published … 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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Sutton heating ‘disaster’ has residents seeking compensation

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton correspondent, reports on a badly-organised meeting – part Muppet Show, part Orwell’s 1984 – at which shocked residents saw their new ‘luxury’ homes reduced in value potentially by tens of thousands of pounds because of a … Continue reading

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