Category Archives: Environment

Tiverton. Wakefield. Can South Croydon be an election shock?

CROYDON IN CRISIS: With the two major parties in turmoil in Croydon, alternative candidates, seeking the ‘none of the above’ vote, are hopeful ahead of next week’s council by-election, reports WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Having broken the borough’s political duopoly … Continue reading

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Sutton Ecology Centre summer activities, from Jul 25

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Happy Valley Wild Flower Walk, Farthing Downs, Jun 26

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The NHS’s ‘top tips’ for families to stay safe in the heatwave

With temperatures in London and the south-east expected to soar above 30 degrees on Friday, the local NHS has issued a set of guidelines and advice to help you and your family ending up in hospital. People are being admitted … Continue reading

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Dombey’s dodgy LibDems’ handbrake turn over dirty diesel

Viridor and Ruth Dombey’s dodgy Liberal Democrats are so worried about the latest attempts to increase the volume of rubbish burned at the Beddington Lane incinerator, and the use of vast amounts of dirty diesel to do so, that they … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick abandons its planning consents and 23 sites

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council this week set light to a ‘bonfire of the vanities’, abandoning planning applications on 477 homes around the borough in development proposals by their failed house builders. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council has dumped … Continue reading

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Spring Bird Walk, Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, Jun 12

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Croydon bin lorry workers call for three-week strike action

Croydon’s going to get a whole lot more stinking this summer, as bin lorry workers are set to go on strike for three weeks in a dispute over what their union calls “poverty pay”. More than 100 workers with rubbish … Continue reading

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Councillor says big-money deals for medical and radioactive waste are at centre of Viridor’s diesel tank planning application

A Sutton councillor claims that Viridor wants to begin burning medical and radioactive waste at its Beddington Lane incinerator, but that it has withheld these lucrative business plans from its latest application to build a large fuel tank on the … Continue reading

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Quirks on display as Croydon embraces the Jubilee party

Communities across Croydon have embraced the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend with the kind of gusto you’d expect after a couple of locked down, grim years. There’s been with sandwiches and Scotch eggs, cake after cake, cardboard cups of Prosecco, welly … Continue reading

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Off-target: Town Hall chiefs’ concern over net zero dates

More than half of the country’s local council leaders fear that their areas will fail to meet their own net zero targets, according to a survey published over the weekend. The survey was conducted on behalf of renewable energy supplier … Continue reading

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Sutton planners add fuel to incinerator fires with dirty diesel

Think those plumes of smoke coming out of the polluting Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane are just from the burning of hundreds of thousands of tons of rubbish? Think again. It’s not entirely the case. Some of the pollution comes … Continue reading

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NHS Trust sparks fresh demand with its electric ambulance

The local NHS trust has started using the area’s first purpose-built electric ambulance, beginning its replacement of petrol and diesel ambulances with more environmentally friendly ones. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust says that this represents “an important milestone in the … Continue reading

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Mayor Perry’s 20million reasons for breaking election promise

A council FoI response suggests that bullish remarks made about removing controversial traffic reduction schemes could prove too expensive to implement. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES £4,288,284.76 That’s the amount just a single low traffic neighbourhood scheme has generated for Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Shirley’s wild garden opens its gates for a royal celebration

Staff at a Croydon care home will be using their historic garden to host a street party picnic. Wilderness Gardens is a seven-acre historic garden situated on Shirley Church Road within MHA Hall Grange, a care home that offers residential … Continue reading

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Public parks are suffering effects of decades of malign neglect

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The loss of the council’s professional gardeners, as reported earlier this week, is the latest stage in a long process that has eroded a once-proud civic service, says LEWIS WHITE Council parks departments used to have area senior … Continue reading

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Friends of Mitcham Common open day, walks and talks, Jun 18

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Dodgy Dombey’s ‘squalid and disgraceful’ committees stitch-up

On Sutton Council, the opposition groups are fighting for fair representation as the Liberal Democrats, after winning just 53% of council seats, want to instal themselves in more than 60% of committee places. Ahead of tonight’s first meeting of the … Continue reading

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Council gardeners are now an endangered species in Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: While the new Mayor announces the restoration of some services, such as the graffiti-cleaning team, other parts of the fabric of the borough are still vanishing, like red-list endangered species, in this year’s £38m round of cut-backs. PETER … Continue reading

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Jubilee Beacon veggie picnic event, Lloyd Park, Jun 2

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Incinerator goes 7 times over level for acidic hydrogen chloride

Viridor, the operators of the Beddington Lane incinerator, have admitted that they have been polluting the south London air with hydrogen chloride, a chemical normally used in the production of potentially deadly hydrochloric acid. Data released by Viridor today shows … Continue reading

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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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After 40 years as a one-team player, this year I voted Green

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After 40 years of campaigning only for one political party, this month PAUL AINSCOUGH, pictured left, couldn’t bring himself to vote Labour. Here, he explains why For me and for countless others, supporting a political party is like … Continue reading

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Do you have what it takes to play a role alongside Mr Darcy?

CODA are back in town, and are looking for men. Well, three men in particular. CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – is one of the borough’s leading community theatre companies. It is returning to the bandstand in … Continue reading

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Faiths Together Jubilee Summer Picnic, Park Hill Rec, Jun 3

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