Category Archives: London-wide issues

Tory Bailey in bother again after his ‘buy lots of drugs’ claim

Tory Shaun Bailey, a sometime adviser to Boris Johnson, has again damaged his campaign to become Mayor of London by claiming people “would buy lots of drugs” if they were given a universal basic income. It is the latest gaffe … Continue reading

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London’s boroughs make eve of Budget appeal for covid help

CROYDON IN CRISIS: According to London-wide figures published today, unemployment in the city is approaching half a million people while covid-19 has cost every borough in the capital £66m. In Croydon, the latest estimate of the budget overspend has now … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Georgia Gould, Health, London Councils, London-wide issues, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Greens’ Berry wants to end TfL’s unfair fares for outer London

Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, wants to change the unfair fare zones in the capital which have seen bus, tram and Tube fares rise for Croydon commuters from Zones 5 and 6 by nearly £400 … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Commuting, Croydon Greens, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon’s ‘crime capital’ to get share of Mayor’s £6m fund

London Road, which one council-appointed official described today as “Croydon’s crime capital”, is one of eight areas in the capital to receive a share of £6million-worth of new funding from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit. The Violence Reduction … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Crime, CVA, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Steve Phaure, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tenants of 44-storey tower told they might move in in April

After taking just 35 weeks from the first module being installed to complete “the world’s tallest prefab”, it now seems likely that it will be at least 36 weeks since completion before the first tenants will move in. Greystar, the … Continue reading

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Calls for Beddington incinerator to be shut down over CO2

Viridor’s figures show that their south London plant is pumping out three times as much CO2 as other, similar facilities. By PAUL LUSHION, environment correspondent The Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane, operated on behalf of Croydon and three other south … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, London-wide issues, Merton, Peter Underwood, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

London resilience funds look for capital recovery by design

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the capital’s economic and social recovery from the covid-19 pandemic to be led by design and innovation. His £1million Resilience Fund, announced last year and with grants of up to £50,000 each, will … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan asks ‘heroic’ Londoners to stick to the covid rules

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, today urged all Londoners to continue to follow the lockdown rules in order to ensure that all restrictions in the capital can be lifted by June 21, as outlined last night by the Prime … Continue reading

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Listed Sandrock pub under threat again from ‘hideous’ scheme

A “hideous” development proposal for the site of a locally listed Victorian pub in Shirley which has already been rejected twice is being brought forward to the council’s planning committee again this week, with the planning department recommending that the … Continue reading

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Council admits its ‘pub protection policy’ may not work

City Hall has ruled that a developers’ scheme to demolish a previously thriving East Croydon pub and turn the site into (yet another) block of flats does not meet local planning regulations. But Croydon’s own planning department looks ready to … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Community associations, London-wide issues, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mayor Khan announces further £30m to tackle London crime

In the midst of what he called “huge financial challenges”, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today announced a further £30million investment in policing to ensure that more than 1,000 Met officers will continue to patrol the streets of the capital … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Park life: Shawcross has plenty of appeal in her new role

EXCLUSIVE: Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council and Deputy Mayor of London, spoke to CLARA MURRAY about her new role as chair of the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the excitement over their latest projects Crystal Palace Park … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Community associations, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace Park Trust, Friends of Crystal Palace Park, History, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Removal of LTNs was unnecessary says cycling campaign

Croydon Council acted prematurely in removing its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes in Crystal Palace and South Norwood, according to the London Cycling Campaign. The council decided to remove the planters and other measures following a ruling from a High Court … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, South Norwood, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Rebel councillor kicked off traffic committee on eve of meeting

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the latest twist in the saga of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes Pat Ryan, the veteran councillor for Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward, has been removed as a member of the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, Shifa Mustafa, South Norwood, Steve Iles, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Police make 28 drug- and violence-related arrests in one week

More than 200 people were stopped and searched and 28 arrests were made in the past week, as extra police took to the streets of West Croydon as part of Operation Cleveland, in the aftermath of the spate of knife … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Crime, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Policing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Berry’s mayoral campaign goes for solar-powered bus stops

The Green Party has today unveiled plans for a vastly improved new bus stops for London’s streets. Sian Berry, the Greens’ candidate for Mayor in the London elections on May 6, has pledged that she will commission a full redesign … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Russell, Croydon Greens, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sian Berry, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Police launch stop and search operation in West Croydon

Croydon police have today launched Operation Cleveland, with an increased presence of officers on the streets around West Croydon “carrying out high visibility foot patrols to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour”. The move comes after the outbreak of knife attacks … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Crime, Knife crime, Policing, Selhurst, West Croydon | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

‘Email us if you are unable to access our online consultation’

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the council’s latest blunder over a public consultation for the badly polluted Purley Way and false claims for ‘the highest environmental standards’ Croydon Council, which already has a diabolically bad reputation for the way … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Police begin murder inquiry as ‘senseless’ stabbings continue

Croydon police yesterday began a murder investigation into the events that led to a man in his 20s dying from knife wounds after a stabbing in Selhurst on Friday night. Yet even as senior officers were reassuring MPs and council … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Broad Green, Coulsdon, Crime, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, Policing, Selhurst | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

One dead and 10 stabbings in Croydon night of savagery

Unconfirmed reports suggest a turf war between south London gangs could be behind the outbreak of violence on Croydon streets last night, with too few police to prevent such deadly incidents In a couple of hours of unprecedented savagery in … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Crime, Fairfield, Knife crime, Policing, Selhurst | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Council set to take £100m hit as it winds down Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The borough is looking for a buyer for its failed development company, as a secret report to next week’s scrutiny committee balances the costs of selling off sites currently under development against the price of persisting with … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, College Green, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Homes, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, Planning, Property, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Sutton heating ‘disaster’ has residents seeking compensation

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton correspondent, reports on a badly-organised meeting – part Muppet Show, part Orwell’s 1984 – at which shocked residents saw their new ‘luxury’ homes reduced in value potentially by tens of thousands of pounds because of a … Continue reading

Posted in Ben Andrew, Elliot Colburn, Housing, Jayne McCoy, London-wide issues, Property, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

MP Colburn in ‘angry’ row with Sutton over faulty heat network

The hot water supplied to Hackbridge’s New Mill Quarter might be lukewarm, but the political row over the council’s faulty heating network is close to boiling point, as our Sutton correspondent, CARL SHILTON, reports The MP who represents thousands of … Continue reading

Posted in Ben Andrew, Elliot Colburn, Helen Bailey, Jayne McCoy, London Fire Brigade, Property, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Door-to-door testing rolled out to locate covid-19 variant

A mass testing programme was rolled out this morning in the CR4 postcode area in a determined effort to locate people with a highly infectious variant of coronavirus. On-the-spot doorstep tests, home testing kits and mobile testing units are to … Continue reading

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George Street towers stay empty due to building regs delays

EXCLUSIVE: A prestigious, towering development of 546 flats, some costing £26,000 a year to rent, has been standing empty for months while the developers wait for council officials to sign-off on planning requirements. By STEVEN DOWNES The dark towers quickly … Continue reading

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