Category Archives: New Addington

Lewis launches reading challenge – when 11 libraries are shut

CROYDON IN CRISIS: As the council’s second consultation in a year to shut down a statutory service comes to an end, eight of the borough’s libraries remain closed for the majority of the week. By STEVEN DOWNES With all the … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls’ £70m fiasco: ‘BxB didn’t know what it was doing’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Trade newspaper The Stage has described the five-year saga of the Fairfield Halls refurbishment as a ‘catastrophic mess’ and a ‘£70m fiasco’. Now, the centre’s former artistic director has broken his silence over the bungling of Brick … Continue reading

Posted in Arnhem Gallery, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Fairfield Halls, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

‘Apologetic Ali’ fails once again as BxB sends in the builders

Council leader tells community meeting she is powerless to act against the council-owned development company, as New Addington residents’ five-year campaign to save a communal space comes to a sad end. By STEVEN DOWNES Not for the first time, Croydon … Continue reading

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Ali apologises to New Addington residents after BxB ‘raid’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Earlier this month council figures offered to let residents have the publicly-owned community space at Warbank Crescent – provided they coughed up £180,000 to Brick by Brick. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Never let it be said that … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Brick by Brick use police to remove New Addington residents

Only “frantic calls” to the local MP and councillors managed to get the police to stand down from “horrifying scenes” in New Addington this morning, as a council official colluded with staff from Brick by Brick to have residents removed … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Kola Agboola, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Policing, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Voting figures suggest there’s a storm coming for Labour

Croydon’s own red wall turned blue in the London elections this month. Ward-level voting figures provide more bad news for Labour in Croydon, reports our resident psephologist, WALTER CRONXITE The unseasonable heavy rainfall in May is not the only reason … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Hamida Ali, Jason Perry, Maddie Henson, Mayor of London, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury Park, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Croydon, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council forced to back down over plan to close five libraries

Having created a threat to close five of the borough’s public libraries, the witless Labour administration is now trying to claim the credit for ‘saving’ them. By STEVEN DOWNES For the second time in just two years, hapless Ollie Lewis, … Continue reading

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Full results of council by-elections held in five wards

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: Here’s the full results of Thursday’s council by-elections in Kenley, Park Hill and Whitgift ward, New Addington North, South Norwood and Woodside The results of five council by-elections held on Thursday were announced yesterday, as a Croydon … Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Tories go for BNP vote in New Addington

With one week to go until polling day in the borough’s five council by-elections, and Croydon Tories have played their joker. Councillor Scott Roche was out on the streets of New Addington North, one of the wards where a council … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Kenley, New Addington, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Scott Roche, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

Posted in Addington, Church and religions, City Commons, Coulsdon, Croydon parks, Environment, History, New Addington, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Surrey, Tandridge District Council, Walks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Conservatives recruit social media expert for local elections

Our south of the borough reporter, PEARL LEE, on the latest efforts to win political control of the Town Hall Croydon Tories are gearing up for a battle to win back control of Croydon Town Hall – just in time … Continue reading

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Seconds out: Round 3! Boxing club gets temporary reprieve

New Addington Amateur Boxing Club, which faced immediate closure at the end of March, has been given a temporary reprieve. Another one. As with most things involving Croydon Council, the outcome is less than satisfactory. One source said today, “If … Continue reading

Posted in Boxing, Community associations, Duke McKenzie, Felicity Flynn, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington ABC, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Under-threat libraries missing from council’s re-opening plans

Croydon Council this morning released details of its phased re-opening of some of the borough’s public libraries – but with no immediate plans for three of the buildings which it has listed for permanent closure in its recent consultation. Broad … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Broad Green, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Libraries, New Addington, Norbury, Old Coulsdon, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Addington Village, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fitzsimons stays on to scrutinise his scrutiny committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Town Hall’s theatre of the absurd continues tonight with a meeting chaired by a councillor criticised by auditors and government inspectors for failing to raise the alarm over finances and poor governance. STEVEN DOWNES reports Sean … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Nina Degrads, Oliver Lewis, Report in the Public Interest, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

New Addington residents asked to report their pot holes

The New Addington Residents’ Association is carrying out a survey of residents over the state of their roads. “We are aware that there are many roads in New Addington and Fieldway that are damaged and littered with potholes,” NARA announced … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterflies: 2021 Hutchinson’s Bank walks

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McKenzie gives his backing for New Addington’s boxers

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Former world champion says that council failing to provide a base for boxing club will cause a massive ‘backlash’. By STEVEN DOWNES Seconds out! A community boxing club is facing a fight for survival, set to be … Continue reading

Posted in Boxing, Community associations, Croydon Council, Duke McKenzie, Fieldway, New Addington, New Addington ABC, New Addington Residents' Association, Oliver Lewis, Scott Ainsworth-Payne, Simon Hall, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Shameless’: public react angrily to councillors’ resignations

CROYDON IN CRISIS: If former councillors Newman and Hall thought they would win over sympathy with their resignation statements, then they made another significant misjudgement. By STEVEN DOWNES Tony Newman and Simon Hall’s efforts to claim victimhood when they announced … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Hamida Ali, New Addington, New Addington North, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Seven GP practices in Croydon taken over by US health giant

An American health insurance giant which has been described by the Daily Mail as “a profit greedy” company is about to take over seven GP surgeries in Croydon. Centene, through Operose Health, its UK subsidiary, has been taking over GP … Continue reading

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Latest council failure could be knock-out blow for sports club

A successful and popular community sports club in New Addington has been given until the end of this month to pack up its punchbags and other equipment and move out of council-owned premises. The New Addington Amateur Boxing Club has … Continue reading

Posted in Boxing, Felicity Flynn, New Addington, New Addington ABC, New Addington North, New Addington Residents' Association, Oliver Lewis, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Lip-service webinars fail to consider libraries’ community future

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the council pays lip-service to a legally required consultation process, there’s a sense of inevitability about proposed closures for up to five of the borough’s public libraries. After sitting in on one of the council’s virtual Q&A … 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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South African variant of covid-19 identified in New Addington

Additional covid-19 “surge testing” is being launched in New Addington and Fieldway from tomorrow, after Public Health England found evidence of a covid-19 case with the South African variant that cannot be linked back to international travel. The need for … Continue reading

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Purley campaign demands answers over pool’s lack of funding

CROYDON IN CRISIS: With Greenwich Leisure, who operate the borough’s leisure facilities, under intense covid-19 financial pressures of their own, local mum RACHEL GARNETT (pictured left) explains the vital importance of the continuing campaign to save Purley Pool from closure … Continue reading

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Council paid £1m compensation for unfinished Fairfield Halls

EXCLUSIVE: A year-long investigation has uncovered multi-million-pound payments by the council on its arts centre, largely because of the bungled refurbishment managed by Brick by Brick. And it is now suggested some payments may have been unlawful. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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