Category Archives: Clive Fraser

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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Posted in Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Housing, Paul Scott, Planning, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, David Wood, Jane Avis, Janet Campbell, Louisa Woodley, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Clive Fraser, Inside Croydon, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

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

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Wood, Leila Ben-Hassel, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, Stephen Mann | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Newman accused of ‘evil stitch-up’ over Fairfield candidate

STEVEN DOWNES reports on allegations of bullying and racism within the Croydon Labour Party after the local leadership fails to nominate a democratically selected candidate for a ward by-election The Labour Party in Croydon is in turmoil today, after council … Continue reading

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Fairfield, Jose Joseph, Niro Sirisena, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Councillors expect answers over Sirisena’s ‘serious incident’

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the growing disgust among the council’s ruling Labour group at the conduct of a former colleague, but also discomfort at the way their leadership handled the councillor’s shock resignation The majority of Croydon’s 40 remaining Labour … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Mary Croos, Niro Sirisena, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Governance review costs soar as Newman nobbles the panel

A report on the way in which Croydon Council is governed, already three months late, will now not be finished until the end of the year, and is costing four times its original budget. The Croydon governance review – a … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Joy Prince, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Newman uses allowances threat to councillors over canvassing

WALTER CRONXITE reports that it is not just the Prime Minister who likes to use public money to bribe or coerce Labour politicians Whatever the weather this weekend, the people of Croydon can look forward in eager anticipation to the … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Woodside councillors go missing from rubbish walkabout

Just two weeks after residents organised a walkabout in South Norwood and part of Woodside ward with some councillors and management from Croydon’s rubbish contractors, and the photograph (right) shows the state of one of those streets again yesterday. Residents … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Environment, Fly tipping, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Refuse collection, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Veolia, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hundreds march through South Norwood to support Grenfell

More than 300 people, plus TV crews and newspaper reporters, turned out in South Norwood last night to show solidarity with Grenfell and reject racism. But who was the only one to talk to the reporter from The Sun? KEN … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Community associations, Ken Towl, Niro Sirisena, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Planning chair votes twice to thwart Sunny Bank residents

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE watched last night’s council planning committee, so you wouldn’t have to… Paul Scott, the Labour-run council’s chair of the planning committee, last night allowed himself to vote twice to push through a housing scheme in … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jane Avis, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Muhammad Ali, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Pubs, Ruskin House, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Unions accuse Brick by Brick of proposing ‘devious’ scheme

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest disconnect between the interests of residents, their elected representatives and the council’s planning committee Another Thursday, another planning meeting, another Brick by Brick scheme backed by the council against the wishes of … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Housing, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Ruskin House, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour councillors defy Scott over Queen’s Hotel expansion

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on an against-the-odds victory for residents over the council’s planning machine For the second time in little more than six months, councillors sitting on Croydon’s planning committee have thrown out proposals for a giant-scale redevelopment … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Felicity Flynn, Jason Perry, Oni Oviri, Parking, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Queen's Hotel, Scott Roche, Simon Brew, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Progress MP’s local members back Wadsworth’s reinstatement

Awks for Steve Reed OBE. The Progress MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North sent a message of support to his Blairite colleague Ruth Smeeth six weeks ago, as the Labour Party decided to suspend anti-racism campaigner Marc Wadsworth, one of his … Continue reading

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Alexei Sayle to headline opening event of #Justice4Marc tour

Marc Wadsworth, the anti-racism activist who was expelled from the Labour Party last month, begins a national tour to raise funds for his reinstatement campaign tomorrow night in central London, where his support act is comedian Alexei Sayle. So there … Continue reading

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Jobs for the boys, as Tony’s cronies are promised promotion

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Labour leader Tony Newman is already handing out jobs to councillors, and wannabe councillors, ahead of next week’s Town Hall elections. As WALTER CRONXITE notes, it may be a sign of supreme confidence, or absolute contempt for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Clive Fraser, South Norwood, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour campaign rocked by complaints over abuses of power

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the mounting complaints over the mishandling of candidate selections ahead of Town Hall elections in May The mismanaged and still incomplete candidate selection process being conducted by Croydon Labour ahead of the local elections on … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Clive Fraser, Croydon North, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Nine months on, and Labour still selecting election candidates

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how the ruling party in Croydon is struggling to find candidates for all the borough’s wards Today marks 60 days until the Town Hall elections on May 3. Yet Croydon Labour still hasn’t managed … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Caragh Skipper, Clive Fraser, Croydon Central, Selsdon & Ballards, Shirley South, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Police investigate bomb threat made against Labour MP’s office

The police are investigating a bomb threat made against the constituency office of Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones. The office, on Blackhorse Lane in Addiscombe, is due to be opened officially on Saturday morning by Emily Thornberry, a senior member … Continue reading

Posted in Caragh Skipper, Clive Fraser, Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Ruskin House, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour in row over notice to quit office in Ruskin House

There’s a new rift between groups within Croydon Labour, after one official has handed in notice on the use of an office at Ruskin House, the local party’s headquarters for the last half-century. Ruskin House, situated in its own grounds … Continue reading

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Labour’s new slate in Fairfield as Momentum makes a mark

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, with the latest weekly round-up of the ins, and outs, in a tortuous selection process Boundary changes, demographic changes and the Jeremy Corbyn-inspired swing towards Labour has made Fairfield ward in the town centre a … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Carole Bonner, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Fieldway, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Mary Croos, New Addington North, Niro Sirisena, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newman and Scott given a free pass on Woodside selection

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a week of surprises and disappointments (for some) as Croydon Labour’s candidate selection process limps on Tony Newman and Paul Scott, half of the Town Hall “Gang of Four” who have an iron grip on the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Rendle, Callton Young, Clive Fraser, Fairfield, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Karen Jewitt, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment