Category Archives: London-wide issues

Perry promises council will restore Thornton Heath Clocktower

Jason Perry, Croydon’s part-time Mayor, has blamed the council – over which he presides – for the fire that wrecked Thornton Heath’s historic clocktower. Addressing the situation somewhat late (with tweets on Friday afternoon, 36 hours after the fire), Perry … Continue reading

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33% Labour lead puts Tories on alert for Forestdale by-election

There is to be a council ward poll on November 3 – which will test voters’ devotion to Thick Lizzy and Croydon’s part-time Mayor Perry. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Croydon, or at least a small bit of its … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Badsha Quadir, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Sarah Jones MP, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council delays and lack of enforcement cause residents misery

Council planners have ignored an Order from a High Court judge over the granting of retrospective permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. But as STEVE WHITESIDE explains, the case of 54 Arkwright Road is far from an isolated … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Thornton Heath’s landmark Clocktower left gutted by fire

A Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade investigation is underway after a fire in the Thornton Heath Clocktower gutted the local landmark. The fire took place in the early hours of this morning. Despite prompt arrival by the Brigade, the … Continue reading

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Council planners ignore court order over flats in Sanderstead

Those who hoped new Mayor Jason Perry would sweep away the bad practices of the council’s planning department are in for a bit of a disappointment. STEVE WHITESIDE with the latest in a long-running saga Even the decision of a … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Lynne Hale, Mayor Jason Perry, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Part-time Mayor Perry to re-boot Negrini’s design review panel

The council is looking to re-set its Place Review Panel – now to be renamed the Design Review Panel – and is inviting applications from architecture and design experts to sign up for two or three days’ work each year, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Art, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Design Review Panel, Environment, Housing, Jo Negrini, Mayor Jason Perry, Paul Scott, Place Review Panel, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Commissioner Byford’s resignation leaves TfL staffers stunned

After negotiating the crisis of covid and delivering the Elizabeth Line, Andy Byford presents the Mayor of London with a new challenge: finding his replacement. By our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has been confronted … Continue reading

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BID rangers called ‘bullies in high-viz’ after High Street incident

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Serious questions have been raised about the behaviour of the Mayor-backed security staff drafted into the town centre supposedly to deter anti-social behaviour. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES An investigation is being conducted into the behaviour of a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Centrale, Crime, Croydon BID, Mayor Jason Perry, Policing, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Truss’s new housing minister has his eyes on the Green Belt

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how changes at the Department for Levelling Up could signal a change in attitude to areas protected from development After years of Tory councillors, their friends running residents’ associations in the south of the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Bin workers face sack if they don’t work on Queen’s Funeral

While most council services have shut down for the bank holiday weekend ahead of Monday’s solemn royal ceremonials, Veolia staff have been told that if they don’t show up for work, they could be fired. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Bromley Council, Business, Croydon Council, Kingston, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Merton, Refuse collection, Southwark Council, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bishop in call for calm after police shooting of Chris Kaba

The Bishop of Croydon has appealed for calm ahead of a demonstration to be held later today that will call for justice for Chris Kaba, the young black man who was shot dead by police in Streatham earlier this week. … Continue reading

Posted in Bishop of Croydon, Church and religions, Crime, Croydon 8/8, London-wide issues, Policing, Rosemarie Mallett | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Law Centre starts project to aid borough’s temporary tenants

Housing is a longstanding problem in Croydon, where council continues to accept a higher percentage of those who are homeless and have priority needs than many other areas of London. But there is now a small prospect of improvement for … Continue reading

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Revealed – the real reason for PSPO: Perry’s Power Rangers

Not content with having an extra 24 Met officers patrolling Croydon town centre, the borough’s new Mayor is clearing the way for a private police force, armed with the threat of £80 fines. By STEVEN DOWNES Anyone seeking the hidden … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Crime, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Mayor Jason Perry, Policing, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Closed doors in Croydon for London’s Open House festival

If the 2022 Open House Festival is anything to go by, then when Croydon is London’s Borough of Culture next year, the capital could be looking at a cultural desert. There are only nine venues in the whole of the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Art, Borough of Culture 2023, Croydon Council, Croydon Minster, Fairfield Halls, History, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Property, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, South Norwood, Waddon, Walks, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town centre PSPO will just drive problems out to the suburbs

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Conservative Mayor’s proposals for a new Public Space Protection Order in the town centre will just displace anti-social behaviour, while failing to help the targets of the on-the-spot fines, says RIA PATEL, pictured left, a Green Party … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Community associations, Crime, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Mayor Jason Perry, Policing, Pubs, Ria Patel, South Norwood Community Kitchen, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

New PM Truss’s first big crisis: a Christmas beer shortage

A strike by lorry drivers and draymen over job cuts could see Croydon’s pubs run out of beer for the football World Cup in December and Christmas. That’s the warning from union Unite, after their members working for GXO Logistics … Continue reading

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LibDems refuse council debate on £44m Beech Tree money pit

Ruth Dombey’s LibDems in Sutton are refusing to discuss a council development project which has already gone £14million over budget before a single brick has been laid. Sutton wants to bulldoze 25 council homes on Beech Tree Place in the … Continue reading

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Council ordered to pay £2,800 over homeless nightmare

Ombudsman discovers Croydon has 27 families in temporary B&B accommodation for longer than the six-week legal limit Croydon Council’s housing department, already under critical scrutiny in the aftermath of the Regina Road scandal, has been ordered to pay a mother … Continue reading

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‘No choice’: Khan accepts £3.6bn deal for London’s transport

Tories used threat of cuts to London’s bus routes to force London Mayor to accept pension ‘reforms’ and to move towards potentially dangerous driverless Tube trains The Conservative government has finally agreed a longer-term funding settlement for London’s buses, Tubes, … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Cycling, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

More rail cuts coming down the line thanks to Tory Treasury

Funding formula for the country’s biggest railway operator represents  ‘levelling down’ for London, according to a member of one of the largest passenger user groups More Southern and Thameslink railway timetable changes were slipped out last week, just ahead of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Coulsdon, Croydon North, Croydon South, East Croydon, London-wide issues, Norbury, Norwood Junction, Purley, Selhurst, South Croydon, South Norwood, Surrey, Sutton Council, Thornton Heath, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Police begin arson investigation into Norbury grassfires

Scotland Yard has this morning announced that they are conducting an arson investigation into a large grassfire in Norbury in June, and they have released images of a man with a knife acting suspiciously in the area that they want … Continue reading

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Owami found safe: now the investigation is to be investigated

Owami Davies, the 24-year-old student nurse who was reported missing in early July and whose last sighting had been in West Croydon, has been found safe and well. The Metropolitan Police issued a statement just before 5pm yesterday to announce … Continue reading

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Police seek information on Thornton Heath motorbike crash

The police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision that occurred in Thornton Heath. Police were called at 6.20pm on Saturday, August 13, to reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and a white Renault Clio on Beulah Road. … Continue reading

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‘Listening’ council gives two hours notice of housing workshop

Part-time Mayor Jason Perry’s half-arsed commitment to “listening” to locals was exposed yet again today when the council’s propaganda unit got round to issuing a press release about housing workshops less than two hours before the first session was due … Continue reading

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Regina Road repairs are falling short of required standards

CROYDON IN CRISIS: An estimated £100,000 has been spent so far repairing council flats in South Norwood. But tenants and their representatives are concerned about the poor standard of the works. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Nearly 18 months since the … Continue reading

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