Category Archives: Environment

Residents afraid of ‘risk to life’ from flats’ heating system

For the second time in just four cold, winter days, more than a thousand residents of “luxury” homes in Hackbridge had to go without heating and hot water today – and this time it required an emergency call-out for the … Continue reading

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Thousands left freezing as council heating network fails again

Residents who paid up to £600,000 for luxury homes on a Barratts-built Hackbridge development fear their properties have become unsellable because of a ‘100% reliable’ heating network owned by the LibDem-run council. Our Sutton correspondent, CARL SHILTON, reports More than … Continue reading

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George Street’s wind tunnel is causing dangerous problems

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There could be a towering reason for the second closure in a year of the area in front of East Croydon Station because of damage to the building’s glass canopy, according to DAN MAERTENS In some ways, the … Continue reading

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MP Reed tells ‘disingenuous’ council to remove LTN scheme

Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Croydon North, has accused the Labour-run council of being “disingenuous” over its handling of the results of a public consultation for what he describes as the “controversial” Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme in Crystal … Continue reading

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Borough’s open spaces and parks are facing cruellest of cuts

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The borough’s parks and open spaces have been a lifeline for many during lockdown, but they are now under a new threat as a result of council financial cuts, as ELLA HOPKINS reports The Conservation Volunteers in … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood’s street battle could be settled this week

After a rushed consultation, the council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee meets next week to discuss two of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Our environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION reports on the gathering storm When Councillor Muhammad Ali was promoted to the … Continue reading

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Tory-run Bromley looking to sell or develop public parks

Tory-run Bromley Council has drafted a policy which seeks to identify parks and green spaces “for development or disposal”. Today is the closing date for residents to submit their comments on Bromley’s Open Spaces Strategy. The Campaign for the Preservation … Continue reading

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‘Safety-critical’ works close Beddington Lane for four months

By Ella Hopkins The weight of traffic of thousands of HGV lorries trucking in rubbish to be burned at the Beddington Lane incinerator has seen the vital route closed for “safety-critical” emergency works. The closure could last up to six … Continue reading

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Council applies emergency brake on New Year parking hike

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on how Fisher’s Folly officials have been forced into a sudden U-turn over their money-spinning ’emissions-based’ parking charges New car parking charges, due to come into force at council-run car parks and … Continue reading

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‘Spectacular’ eagle has been soaring over Coulsdon

A white-tailed eagle – the huge bird of prey which has been used as a mascot by Crystal Palace for their games at Selhurst Park – has been tracked flying over Coulsdon. The bird is part of a reintroduction programme … Continue reading

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There’s a new electric feel to Amazon’s Purley Way depot

The Amazon depot off the Purley Way is using a new fleet of electric delivery vans to bring you your presents and gifts this Christmas by the most environmentally sustainable method possible. Amazon are using Mercedes-Benz vehicles as part of … Continue reading

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Viridor going for the burn: will councillors stand up to them?

The government watchdog, the Environment Agency, is actively encouraging incinerator operators to pollute more and so bank more cash, at the expense of south London residents’ health. By our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT Any chance that Croydon or Sutton might … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick abandons plans to build on ‘village green’

A resident-led campaign in Purley and Kenley was today declaring victory after Brick by Brick announced it was abandoning plans to build on their “village green”. Brick by Brick wanted to build 17 flats, nine houses and a car park … Continue reading

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Survey shows huge increase in walkers and cyclists in LTN

A council consultation on the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Crystal Palace  closes tonight, with some residents who live on the streets affected producing hard data to prove how by closing residential roads to rat-running vehicles more people have been using … Continue reading

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Charges to be introduced for car parking at Farthing Downs

Parking charges are to be introduced on Farthing Downs by the City of London Corporation. Through City Commons, the Corporation manages seven commons and open spaces across Croydon and south London, including large tracts of the new South London Downs … Continue reading

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Greenpeace give supermarkets a monstering over their meat

Alongside the John Lewis Christmas ad and the seasonal TV commercials that play across our screens, Greenpeace wants us to tune in to the important message contained within their own new and powerful animation: Monster. If kids’ pester power really … Continue reading

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Great North Wood goes virtual to plant the ecology message

A wildlife festival has gone online, and an online search engine is offering to plant a tree for you, as PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, reports This is National Tree Week. But like most things in 2020, this year’s events … Continue reading

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Five tips for improving mental health through gardening

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is raising funds to help its patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of their therapy garden. Under this year’s Big Give appeal, which runs from December 1 to 8, every £1 raised … Continue reading

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‘The Tories have given us a sticking plaster for a broken bone’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It’s time to take a step back from the council’s financial crisis and look at the bigger picture, says the Green Party’s PETER UNDERWOOD We know that the problems at Croydon Council are due to a long history … Continue reading

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Give a little, help a lot: comic Jo Brand backs Bethlem appeal

TV comic Jo Brand is backing an appeal from the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where she used to work as a mental health nurse, to raise funds to help patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of the … Continue reading

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Work to stop floods in Kenley and Purley scrapped by council

Croydon’s bankrupt council has cancelled vital flood-prevention measures in the south of the borough because it has already spent the money it was given for the works. That’s according to the Town Hall opposition Tories, who say that funding had … Continue reading

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Fixing our bankrupt council needs a longer-term, Greener view

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Croydon is in crisis. We need to deal with the immediate priorities, find a way out of it and make sure it never happens again, says PETER UNDERWOOD (pictured right) As in any crisis, our first priority should … Continue reading

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Friends group raises jaw-dropping amount for dinosaur repair

The Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (yes, it’s a thing) have been successful in raising almost £25,000 towards the cost of restoring one of Crystal Palace Park’s Grade I-listed dinosaur models. The Megalosaurus sculpture is about 170 years old and … Continue reading

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30% parking fees hike will apply even to electric-powered cars

As George Orwell never wrote, all vehicles are equal, but some are more equal than others. Using environmental policies as an excuse, the council is expected to implement a parking charge hike of one-third from January. JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, … Continue reading

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Medics strongly support Mayor’s moves to safer streets

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has received a letter signed by 120 medical professionals – doctors and nurses – supporting Transport for London’s Streetspace initiative and backing road changes that make it safer to walk or cycle around the … Continue reading

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