Category Archives: Oliver Lewis

BHLive starts redundancy process for staff at Fairfield Halls

There have been unconfirmed reports that BHLive, the Bournemouth-based operators in charge of running the council-owned Fairfield Halls, have this week begun making their full-time employees in Croydon redundant. According to BHLive insiders, the move could see the Fairfield Halls … Continue reading

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Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Oliver Lewis | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Councillor claims: We can’t afford to reopen Arena stadium

Track where Olympic stars Donna Fraser, Martyn Rooney and Lawrence Okoye began their track and field careers is under threat after covid-19, as senior council figure claims it could cost £200,000 to reopen Oliver Lewis, the council cabinet member, last … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Croydon Council, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Cycling, Football, Lawrence Okoye, Martyn Rooney, Oliver Lewis, Sport, Tony Newman, Uncategorized, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Virus sees council turn Fairfield into a £43m rehearsal space

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports on how the council has belatedly come up with a handful of measures to see the Fairfield Halls at least partially come out of its covid-induced ‘hibernation’ A month after the venue management laid … Continue reading

Posted in Art, BH Live, Dance, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Music, Oliver Lewis, Savvy Theatre Company, Talawa Theatre Company, The Wreck | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

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

Fears grow at Fairfield Halls over operator’s unsigned lease

The Fairfield Halls may be in “hibernation” until next year because of coronavirus, but Croydon Council is now facing another crisis over its ill-fated £43million refurbishment project, with growing fears that the company appointed to manage the arts complex could … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 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

Newman bans Labour councillors from ‘liking’ Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the ludicrous lengths that the council leadership is going to in order to avoid scrutiny of their failing administration Tony Newman, the increasingly absurd leader of Croydon Council, has ordered his fellow Labour councillors not to … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Clive Fraser, Inside Croydon, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

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

Facing uncertain future, Fairfield Halls returns all its pianos

The Fairfield Halls had the removal men in yesterday – taking away the arts venue’s pianos. Inside Croydon understands that the pianos – nine in total, including two grand pianos – have been returned to their makers after the venue … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Music, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis, Theatre | 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

Labour council backs scheme to encourage library volunteers

The council is “making it easier than ever before” – their own words – for people to volunteer to work in the borough’s libraries. A missive from Fisher’s Folly last week announced, “a new online system” that allows people to … Continue reading

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Library closures: Lewis forced to issue statement on plans

The Labour cabinet member who told the scrutiny committee that he ‘absolutely’ has plans to build more flats on the borough’s public libraries now says the council ‘currently’ has no plans to close libraries. Our bookish gyms correspondent, GENE BRODIE, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Carillion, GLL - Better, Libraries, Oliver Lewis, Sanderstead, Shirley, South Norwood, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

CLP cancels meeting with motion opposing NHS privatisation

A constituency Labour Party in Croydon cancelled its regular monthly meeting this week – thwarting an attempt to discuss a motion opposing the latest round of NHS reorganisation and privatisation in the borough. Town Hall sources suggest that centrist-dominated Croydon … Continue reading

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£300,000 new book fund just a start to revive public libraries

Our bookish gyms correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on how an announcement of a 9% increase on not very much leaves a long way to go to stock the borough’s library shelves The council’s somewhat dubious practice of telling only half of … Continue reading

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The last 12 months told through Inside Croydon reports

So how was it for you dear? As 2018 draws to an end, we rifle through the past year’s archive to highlight what Inside Croydon’s loyal reader was reading about most JANUARY: Council ‘Godfather’ is made an offer he can’t … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Art, Brick by Brick, Business, Centrale, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield Halls, Housing, Inside Croydon, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Niall Bolger, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Refuse collection, Richard Simpson, Ruth Dombey, Schools, South Norwood, Sutton Council, TfL, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Veolia, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon to get £1m from Mayor’s ‘gentrification premium’

Croydon has been named as one of London’s six Creative Enterprise Zones, part of the Mayor of London’s initiative to support artists and creative businesses, and develop skills and jobs for Londoners. Croydon has been awarded just £500,000, from a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cabinet member says Brick by Brick could build on libraries

GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, on the latest inadvertent slip by a council cabinet member which betrays the next possible target for the council’s ‘award-winning’ house-builders Brick by Brick’s insatiable appetite for turning public property into mainly private flats … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Carillion, Housing, Joy Prince, Libraries, Oliver Lewis, Planning, Selsdon & Ballards, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Joy to the world: Please don’t wreck our Arnhem Gallery

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on a rare outbreak of critical thinking in the council chamber, as one councillor spells out for the Fairfield Halls management the blatant imbecility of one of their proposed name changes At last, a Labour councillor … Continue reading

Posted in Arnhem Gallery, Art, BH Live, Fairfield Halls, Joy Prince, Neil Chandler, Oliver Lewis | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Three Croydon high streets among ‘unhealthiest’ in London

Another day, another survey that demonstrates that Croydon is slowly deteriorating into decay, poverty and neglect. The Royal Society of Public Health published a list of “Unhealthiest Streets” this week, and Croydon was the only borough that had three entries … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Environment, Fiona Twycross, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Sadiq Khan, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Butt-plug art ‘Not everyone’s cup of tea’, says councillor

A month since Inside Croydon revealed how the Arts Council and Croydon Council had jointly put up £48,000 of public money in grants for an arts festival which included an act that sought to “demystify the anus” and another where … Continue reading

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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

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

Speakman speaks truth to the council’s powers-that-be

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a rare outburst of straight talking among our Town Hall elected representatives “Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to say it,” one very senior Labour councillor confided after Monday night’s full council meeting … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Donald Speakman, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Phil Thomas, Purley, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments