Category Archives: Fairfield

Fix! Internal Labour inquiry confirms selection stitch-up

EXCLUSIVE: After the local Labour Party tried to cover-up the scandal of their botched handling of the Fairfield ward by-election last year, the resulting inquiry criticises the ‘questionable integrity and competence of paid party officers’. By STEVEN DOWNES An internal … Continue reading

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New leader Ali is set to confront ‘shocking’ council finances

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After winning a Labour group selection battle by 22 votes to 19 over Alisa Flemming, Hamida Ali tells her supporters ‘the hardest graft ever is about to start’. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Hamida Ali has no … Continue reading

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Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

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Selsdon locals celebrate as Brick by Brick scheme refused

Labour’s Town Hall whip voted down the council-owned developers’ housing proposal, the first application from them to be rejected in four years. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Residents from Selsdon were celebrating today after their concerted objections saw an … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Emergency budget cuts may not be enough

EXCLUSIVE: There’s simmering discontent among the Town Hall’s ruling Labour group over their leadership’s inconsistent messaging, secretiveness and bungling, while the council’s new chief exec has made a good first impression. By STEVEN DOWNES “It’s like a fresh breeze through … Continue reading

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Woman assaulted by Labour councillor: I want to reopen case

The woman who was subjected to vicious domestic violence by a sitting Croydon Labour councillor has spoken out publicly for the first time since her ordeal. The violent attack, which took place last September, led to the resignation of Niro … Continue reading

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Newman’s claims over diversity miss the real ‘need for change’

Black Lives Matter. But in Orwellian Croydon, some matter more than others, as our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports While many in England will be rushing off to the pub tomorrow, Tony Newman will be using a Croydon Labour councillors’ … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick could be blocked by rare butterfly’s tiny egg

The chair of the council’s planning committee has given a public undertaking that the application by Brick by Brick to build an ugly four-storey block of flats next to a wildlife reserve in New Addington has been shelved until a … Continue reading

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It is time for some difficult conversations, not virtue signalling

KEN TOWL on a tale of two (or is it three? Or four?) online petitions “What, another one?” is my default reaction these days to online petitions. There seem to be more of them than ever, perhaps a symptom of … Continue reading

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Newman bans Labour councillors from ‘liking’ Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the ludicrous lengths that the council leadership is going to in order to avoid scrutiny of their failing administration Tony Newman, the increasingly absurd leader of Croydon Council, has ordered his fellow Labour councillors not to … Continue reading

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Newman hand-picks ‘Secret Seven’ to check on finance panel

EXCLUSIVE: The beleaguered council leader has moved to avoid  being held responsible for the borough’s massive £1.5bn debt and huge over-spend, reports KEN LEE A group of councillors, secretly hand-picked by Tony Newman, will meet tonight to discuss the council’s … Continue reading

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Call to remove Churchill mural puts Labour council on spot

Council leader Tony Newman doesn’t tend to enjoy having his judgement called into question, but a councillor-backed petition to remove the image of the wartime leader from the side of a town centre building appears to do just that, as … Continue reading

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Pavements to be widened in South Norwood and Crystal Palace

Seven more Croydon roads, in Crystal Palace, South Norwood and Thornton Heath, are to undergo pavement widening measures next week as part of the council’s Streetspace scheme that aims to make it easier to walk or cycle during the coronavirus … Continue reading

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Residents call for end to planning meetings for ‘cowboys’

One of the borough’s largest organisations representing the interests of residents has called on the council to stop all planning committee meetings until the covid-19 emergency is over – and they have singled out the Brick by Brick proposal to … Continue reading

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Newman fails to gag website over councillor’s resignation

By Steven Downes Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, has tried to have news reports removed from this website with a threat of a libel action which has been robustly rejected by Inside Croydon. It … Continue reading

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Labour Party orders Newman to cancel his planned group AGM

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, reports on the latest setback for the council leader, and a financial blow for one of his most loyal supporters Tony Newman, the Labour leader at Croydon Town Hall, has been dealt another blow after being … Continue reading

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Where’s the step-free access to East Croydon? Or aesthetics?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The buildings granted planning permission on Thursday night, between the Fairfield Halls and the railway line, are architecturally disappointing and the scheme fails to deliver on one of the requirements in the local plan, says SEBASTIAN TILLINGER Having … Continue reading

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Putting Mr Blobby in charge is Newman’s latest blunder

TOWN HALL SKETCH: If a council’s planning deliberations have to be seen and heard to meet the requirements for democracy laid down by law, then Croydon could be in a spot of trouble, writes WALTER CRONXITE Well, that was a … Continue reading

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Newman switches planning chair before remote meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the latest behind-the-scenes shenanigans going on at the Town Hall The fix is in. Two days before the Croydon planning committee is due to meet for the foregone conclusion of approving a Brick by Brick … Continue reading

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Eyewitness: I saw man climbing the crane. I was scared for him

An eyewitness has told Inside Croydon of the terrifying incident when they saw a man climbing a construction crane hundreds of feet above the ground on a building site in the centre of Croydon. The man eventually came down from … Continue reading

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Newman’s ‘virtually all there’ for his secret Town Hall meeting

The government finally moved late last week to make it legally possible for local authorities to stage “virtual” council meetings, and to continue with a semblance of Town Hall business during the covid-19 lockdown. Yet less than 48 hours before … Continue reading

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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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Newman feels pressure as Fairfield selection referred for review

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how an internal party scandal is about to cause more discomfort for the Croydon council leader As council leader Tony Newman comes under increasing pressure over a range of policy failures, while the Democratically Elected … Continue reading

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, David White, Fairfield, Jose Joseph, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman’s £100,000 governance review that’s going nowhere

KEN LEE on some of the more gruesome findings in a council-commissioned report about Croydon’s ineffective council Even the majority of Croydon’s elected councillors don’t think Croydon Council is “very effective”. That’s just one of the damning findings buried in … Continue reading

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Newman stifles report which alleges conspiracy over selection

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a leaked report over the rumbling row in Croydon Labour over a selection stitch-up that saw Tony Newman’s favoured candidate put forward for last November’s Fairfield council by-election A internal party report, leaked to … Continue reading

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