Category Archives: London-wide issues

Residents on high alert to keep check on planning applications

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on the 9-9-9 emergency for some roads in the south of the borough Last week’s decision to delegate all planning decisions to council officials, removing even a vestige of cover offered by the planning committee … Continue reading

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Ten top tips to help do your bit during the covid-19 emergency

After more than a week of the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve probably all got more time on our (very well-washed) hands than we know what to do with. Here, Croydon teacher and volunteer ROWENNA DAVIS (pictured left) offers some suggestions about … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick CEO says company has sold 6 houses. Or is it 5?

Our overdevelopment correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on the latest admission of incompetence from Croydon Council’s loss-making house-builders Five. Or it might be six. Colm Lacey, the former council employee who has been promoted way beyond his skills and abilities to … Continue reading

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The latest Croydon carbuncle: Riddlesdown’s own glasshouse

Another day, another Croydon carbuncle. This time it is a block of 18 flats in a gargantuan five-storey block plonked between the suburban detached houses of Mitchley Avenue, Riddlesdown, as proposed by Vita Homes.

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Community housing trust awards pupils prizes for new logo

Back in the good old days – you may remember them when kids went to school, adults went down the pub, and you could buy an almost inexhaustible supply of bog roll in the shops – some people were making … Continue reading

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Council in appeal to private landlords to offer rent holidays

Days after other councils in London stepped in to demand that private landlords offer rent breaks and financial help to their tenants affected by the covid-19 pandemic, Croydon has stepped in to do the same. Yesterday, the council issued a … Continue reading

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Estate agents’ report highlights the crisis in Croydon housing

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on  a report from housing experts which shows how the council has been ignoring its own planning policies, to the detriment of neighbourhoods around the borough As the borough’s residents’ associations go to battle with … Continue reading

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