Category Archives: Croydon Greens

It is time to act to save Croydon’s precious green spaces

CROYDON COMMENTARY: While getting out and about during the covid-19 crisis, PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured left, has discovered parks and open spaces that need more care, and which are coming under increasing threat of development – from the Labour council and … Continue reading

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No Labour councillors sign petition against council job cuts

Hundreds of Croydon Council workers, many of whom helped to provide frontline services to the borough’s residents during the coronavirus lockdown, are expected to gather outside the Town Hall in Queen’s Garden’s at lunchtime today to protest at the threat … Continue reading

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Oval Tavern appeal success sees pub helping other venues

A popular central Croydon pub and music venue has been so successful with an online fund-raising appeal that it is now sharing some donations with other independent venues around the country that have been hard-hit by lockdown closures because of … Continue reading

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Community spirit helped us through the crisis. Let’s cherish it

It is Volunteers’ Week and this year, writes PETER UNDERWOOD, it is more important than ever that we celebrate what makes people want to volunteer One of the really positive things to come of the coronavirus pandemic crisis has been … Continue reading

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It’s time for Philp to condemn No10’s Cummings and goings

CROYDON COMMENTARY: If Croydon South’s Conservative MP does not join the calls for Dominic Cummings to be sacked, PETER UNDERWOOD (right) says will be calling for his suspension from the House of Commons It has been very easy to criticise … Continue reading

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Wider pavements and slower cars: King makes road changes

The council has announced a range of measures on the streets in West Croydon and Woodside to assist social distancing for pedestrians, improve road conditions for cycling, while suspending parking bays and announcing the intention of enforcing speed restrictions on … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Greens, Environment, Mayday Hospital, Parking, Peter Underwood, Stuart King, West Croydon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Local businesses get on their trikes to help Mayday workers

As the pandemic crisis heads into its second month in London, even under the toughest economic conditions for generations small businesses rooted in their communities are going out of their way to help, with special offers for NHS staff. Jose … Continue reading

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Climate Crisis Commission is a last chance to make a change

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Climate Crisis Commission met for the first time this morning. PETER UNDERWOOD, one of the commission members, explains what its work will involve In the face of the growing threat of climate change, this is our chance … Continue reading

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It’s time to vote for someone who ‘gets’ the climate emergency

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Worried about flooding locally, and climate change globally? PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured right, a Green Party candidate, says that these issues should be a central in the London Assembly elections Families and businesses are yet again being left to … Continue reading

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Senior LibDem dined with Viridor days before incinerator vote

EXCLUSIVE: Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, has uncovered proof that a close party colleague of MP Tom Brake was enjoying hospitality with the incinerator operator just four days before a crucial council meeting to approve a £1bn, 25-year contract Evidence … Continue reading

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This is how we have always run elections, since before there was TV or even radio, and no one’s noticed how pointless it is

KEN TOWL finds there’s not much recreational fun in this electioneering lark, as he attends last night’s set-piece hustings Having tried my hand at canvassing at the weekend, I thought I would really throw myself into the democratic melee by … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Ken Towl, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Sprague | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Under The Flyover Election Special podcast: Peter Underwood

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, introduces the third of our  ground-breaking virtual hustings Ahead of the General Election on December 12, Inside Croydon invited some of the candidates from across the three Croydon parliamentary constituencies to join us at our … Continue reading

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‘Dumb Creatura’: bad week for Tories who duck questioning

The subject of ridicule in the national press, criticised for handing over voter details to a cult-like church and now too scared to face questions from Inside Croydon’s virtual hustings: Mario Creatura’s dream of becoming a Conservative MP is turning … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Gavin Barwell, Inside Croydon, Mario Creatura, Peter Underwood, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman, Under The Flyover | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Green Party opts against ‘Remain Alliance’ in Croydon Central

There’s no chance of the Green Party’s Croydon candidates running up any gas-guzzling air miles to get around their constituencies ahead of the General Election on December 12, as all three live and work in the areas they are seeking … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Croydon South, Environment, Esther Sutton, Peter Underwood, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Empty promises and puppet candidates shape Fairfield vote

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, crunches the numbers ahead of the next Croydon polling day Labour look to be on course to win the election. No, not the Christmas General Election which Prime Minister Boris Johnson may or may not … Continue reading

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Ex-Labour councillor Rendle stands for LibDems in Fairfield

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on one of the more intriguing twists to emerge from the nominations for next month’s council by-election It is often said that the Liberal Democrats in Croydon stage their meetings in a phone box. To … Continue reading

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Surrey Street stall-holder picked to run in Fairfield by-election

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on the latest blow to the leadership of the local Labour Party Jose Joseph, a stall-holder in Croydon’s historic Surrey Street Market, was selected last night to be the Labour Party’s candidate in the Fairfield ward … Continue reading

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Crowe flies from Sutton leaving £30,000 legal bill behind her

Our Sutton reporter, BELLE MONT, on the latest high-profile departure from the Civic Offices So, farewell then, Jessica Crowe. Sutton Council’s £100,000 per year “assistant director of customers, commissioning and governance” (whatever that is supposed to mean) is off to … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Helen Bailey, Housing, Jessica Crowe, Jules Pipe, Mayor of London, Nick Mattey, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Croydon needs more and better democracy, not less

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For all the talk of introducing a directly elected mayor for Croydon, what’s been overlooked is the need to make every vote count, writes Green Party candidate PETER UNDERWOOD There are lots of people in Croydon who are … Continue reading

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£300 parking tax agreed but councillors will keep their freebies

Croydon Council is back in Orwellian mode again. Transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on the latest stealth tax imposed on the borough’s residents, but from which its councillors are spared Croydon residents’ parking permits are to be hiked to up to … Continue reading

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Newman ducks questions to show he’s all words, not deeds

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Who are we to believe? The last full council meeting until October descended into accusations from politicians of lying (ahh, the sweet irony), while the public’s petitions were re-written for them by council officials, until debate was … Continue reading

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Cherish your ‘local green space’ and take part in consultation

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Less than two years after Croydon’s Local Plan was signed off by government officials, and the council is running a new consultation that looks to change it. PETER UNDERWOOD, right, explains how it is important that as many … Continue reading

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Extinction Rebellion wants council to call a climate emergency

As PETER UNDERWOOD reports, CROXR is pressing the Town Hall to make changes to its environmental policies It’s a stereotypically British thing to talk about the weather. So it’s no surprise that the torrential rain has been the main topic … Continue reading

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Hard work starts to recreate garden home of the Shirley poppy

Work is underway to restore an historic and scientifically important seven-acre garden which became known as “The Wilderness” long before it became quite so overgrown. Tucked behind the MHA Hall Grange care home on Shirley Church Road, the area once … Continue reading

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Scott puts forward proposals to raise parking fees by 375%

“The problem isn’t with cars being parked, it’s with cars being driven.” Croydon’s Labour-run council is putting forward proposals for £300 per year resident parking permits which will hit the poor and the elderly hardest, as transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON … Continue reading

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