Category Archives: Louisa Woodley

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

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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

Residents quick to see through councillor’s skatepark offer

The mounting anger among New Addington residents over Brick by Brick’s plans for “slumification” of their area has created a sense of panic among the cabal that controls the Labour group at Croydon Town Hall. With four council seats at … Continue reading

Posted in Boxing, Felicity Flynn, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington ABC, New Addington North, New Addington Residents' Association, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Is Brick by Brick’s Theobald Road ‘Stasi prison’ now kaput?

Pressure is growing on the council’s house-builders to drop their ugly plans for a site in Waddon, after a second tree quality survey completely contradicted an earlier report. By BELLE MARSH, our prisons correspondent Brick by Brick, the council’s wholly-owned, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Environment, Felicity Flynn, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Robert Canning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

TfL’s cashflow crisis could make Croydon traffic jams worse

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on finance problems for Transport for London that could have a profound impact on south London Transport for London’s appeal to the government for £3.2billion to allow it to keep operating in the covid-19 crisis … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Commuting, Croydon Council, Environment, Joy Prince, London-wide issues, Louisa Woodley, Maddie Henson, Mayor of London, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Robert Canning, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Newman’s councillors set to give themselves another 2% raise

KEN LEE reports on the latest hike for the councillors’ allowances Tony Newman, Croydon’s Labour council leader, and Prime Minister Theresa Mayhem appear to agree on at least one point: austerity is over. At least it is if you’re among … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Louisa Woodley, Paul Scott, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hancock’s half-hour at Mayday prompts politicians’ squabble

Our elected representatives had a busy Monday. As well as the borough’s three MPs and short-attention-span councillors turning out at the Town Hall for the Mayor-making in the evening, earlier in the day many of them were in attendance for … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Health, Helen Redfern, Jane Avis, Louisa Woodley, Mayday Hospital, Ola Kolade, Purley Hospital, Sarah Jones MP, St Helier Hospital, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

4.88% Council Tax increase gets backing from Croydon Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the opposition group last night supported tax increases in the ‘last Blairite council in London’ The Conservative “opposition” group on Croydon Council last night voted with the majority Labour councillors to see Council … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Health, Helen Redfern, Ian Parker, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Niro Sirisena, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council gets more secretive over its councillors’ declarations

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on a strange reversal of previous open and transparent Town Hall policy, which is deliberately keeping cabinet members’ interests under cover The Labour group which is running Croydon Council is becoming more secretive by the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Louisa Woodley, Mario Creatura, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, Simon Hoar, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Angry complaints force U-turn over leisure centre charges

The council’s ‘Better’ leisure centres have been forced to abandon plans to charge the carers of disabled people for use of the facilities. But those on low incomes are still expected to pay £28.50 for a membership scheme they probably … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Felicity Flynn, Fieldway, GLL - Better, Greenwich Leisure, Health, Leisure services, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Purley, Purley Pool, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Sport, Swimming, Thornton Heath, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

EXCLUSIVE: Newman’s internal memo to justify wage hike

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, reveals a leaked report which seeks to justify increasing pay to ‘Tony’s cronies’ at the Town Hall, in one case by more than £20,000 a year While Croydon Council and the council leader, Tony Newman, … Continue reading

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Newman’s secret agenda includes pay hike for council leader

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the recently elected Labour leadership is trying to sneak through increases in councillor allowances without anyone noticing Something was being withheld from the public domain when, just before the weekend, the council … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Louisa Woodley, Paul Scott, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Controversial chair of planning Scott gets promoted to cabinet

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest egregious example of Town Hall patronage, and all done at your expense – including one of ‘Tony’s Cronies’ getting £6,000 per committee meeting Despite managing to bring together 17 residents’ groups in opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Louisa Woodley, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mark Watson, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Fieldway’s Hall launches attack on ‘unacceptable’ Veolia

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the widening splits within the leadership of the Labour group on the council, with local elections less than four months away One of Croydon council leader Tony Newman’s most trusted lieutenants has this week … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Carole Bonner, Felicity Flynn, Fieldway, Fly tipping, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Refuse collection, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour deputy leader Butler is under threat of de-selection

Croydon Labour’s long-delayed local election candidate selection process is beginning to look like a cross between House of Cards and Game of Thrones, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Alison Butler, the all-powerful deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Rendle, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Humayun Kabir, Jamie Audsley, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Karen Jewitt, Louisa Woodley, Maggie Mansell, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mike Selva, New Addington, Norbury, Oliver Lewis, Shafi Khan, Sherwan Chowdhury, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tory cuts force Newman to increase Council Tax by 4.3%

With 14 months to go until the next local elections, this year’s council budget has fired the starting gun on the Town Hall political campaign. WALTER CRONXITE reports on a Labour gamble to hint at no local tax increases above … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Bernard Weatherill House, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Housing, Louisa Woodley, Richard Simpson, Tony Newman | 1 Comment

Ex-Palace striker Johnson strolls to launch of Active Eagles

Former Crystal Palace striker Andrew Johnson, always known for his ability to out-pace defenders, last week helped to launch a scheme which deliberately encourages footballers to stroll their way into the penalty box. Johnson was the star turn at the … Continue reading

Posted in Age UK Croydon, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Health, Louisa Woodley, Sport | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Charity groups seek volunteers for CR Zero homeless project

A coalition of organisations, endorsed by the local council, is looking for 120 volunteers and local businesses to help tackle chronic rough sleeping in Croydon, as part of a scheme called CR Zero 2020. Among London’s boroughs, Croydon has one … Continue reading

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Refuge accused of failing to support vulnerable women

Croydon has been paying up to £26,000 per month to a housing “trust” which has provided sub-standard, dilapidated accommodation in a hostel for vulnerable women in the borough, apparently without the council checking that proper support services were being provided. … Continue reading

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Council offers free online training to help autism awareness

An online autism awareness training package has been developed by Croydon Council and was launched to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week. The package is useful to anyone interested in understanding the condition. It provides useful and practical ways of … Continue reading

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Having a ‘mare: Newman could use chance for a reshuffle

Punch and Judy’s back on at the Town Hall tomorrow night, with the latest full meeting of the council. Nothing of note is likely to be decided. Little of real interest will be announced. That’s transparent and accountable democracy in … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Bernadette Khan, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Louisa Woodley, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mike Selva, New Addington, Patricia Hay-Justice, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

House on King Henry’s Drive lights up New Addington

A house on King Henry’s Drive has been declared the winner of the 2015 New Addington best Christmas lights display.

Posted in Carole Bonner, Fieldway, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Labour picks Assembly candidate with fewer than 600 votes

Amid all the “excitement” and “euphoria” (those are not entirely the right words, but you’ll know what we mean) surrounding Corbynmania over the weekend and the election of Labour’s party leader and London Mayoral candidate, one other selection took place, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Croydon North, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Louisa Woodley, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sarah Jones MP, Steve O'Connell, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

96 days to go and councillors’ self-interest is showing

Have you had someone with a rosette knock at your door yet? You will, says WALTER CRONXITE, you will. Though how the tax-payers of Croydon will benefit from one of the longest election campaigns in history is questionable Fed up … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Chris Wright, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Louisa Woodley, Maggie Mansell, Malcolm Wicks MP, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Mark Watson, Patricia Hay-Justice, Robert Canning, Sara Bashford, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Hollands, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fewer than 30 attend BNP’s shabby charade on Central Parade

It seems that the widespread support being claimed by the bigots of the BNP for a campaign they are running in New Addington is as non-existent as the plans to build a mosque on which it is based. Fewer than … Continue reading

Posted in Carole Bonner, Croydon Central, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour and Tories condemn ‘hate-driven’ BNP campaign

In a rare demonstration of cross-party unity in Croydon for the benefit of the locals, four Labour councillors have today come together with a local Tory MP and Conservative London Assembly Member to condemn a “hate-driven” anti-Muslim campaign in New … Continue reading

Posted in Carole Bonner, Croydon Central, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell, London Assembly, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments