Category Archives: Outside Croydon

Tory minister Scully accused of ‘bungling’ over covid app gaffe

Paul Scully, the Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, was derided as “bungling” today over his failure to understand his own government’s laws on covid-19 and self-isolation. In a live broadcast interview this morning, Scully claimed it was up to … Continue reading

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Four London boroughs have no plans for waste reduction

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Kingston have a new draft South London Waste Plan and, according to PETER UNDERWOOD (right), it’s a load of rubbish One of the most common issues people raise with me is … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, Fly tipping, Kingston, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Peter Underwood, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

SDEN’s business plan ‘dishonest at best, fraudulent at worst’

Sutton’s LibDem council was last night forced to agree to an independent investigation into its failing heating company. CARL SHILTON reports Sutton Council’s controlling Liberal Democrats, after spending six years trying to deny that there was anything even vaguely suspicious … Continue reading

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Men’s Mental Health Walk and Talk group, Beddington Park

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Whyteleafe league exit raises doubts over property investors

The Steven Gerrard Football Academy has tried to distance itself and the eponymous former Liverpool and England captain from any mention in the public outrage caused by two non-league football clubs being forced to quit their home grounds after they … Continue reading

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Boundary Commission recommends four MPs for Croydon

Croydon is to get an extra MP under far-reaching proposed changes to parliamentary constituencies released overnight by the Boundary Commission for England. Under changes which have been years in the making, England will have the number of seats in the … Continue reading

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Biggin Hill suffers delayed take-off for fare-paying flights

Biggin Hill Airport appears set to challenge a decision to block it from operating fare-paying passenger flights. The application for a change of permitted use was rejected by Bromley Council last week over concerns that an increase in flights and … Continue reading

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Spendthrift LibDems won’t pay for Carshalton investigation

Liberal Democrat-controlled Sutton Council has ruled that it cannot afford to carry out an official, lawyer-led investigation into the misconduct of three LibDem councillors who libelled a local businessman and community sports club in one of their party leaflets. This … Continue reading

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Report: Ex-Labour leader denies sexual harassment claims

Jack Hopkins, one of the rising stars of Lambeth Labour when Steve Reed OBE was council leader at Brixton Town Hall, is being investigated by the party over an allegation of sexual harassment and unwanted touching, according to a report … Continue reading

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Caught Short: ‘incompetent’ licensing chair told to resign

After receiving a threat of legal action, three Sutton FibDems have admitted that the content of their newsletter about the local non-league football club was a pack of lies. BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports There have been calls for the resignation of … Continue reading

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Football club threatens libel action against three councillors

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on how the LibDems have been accused of having a ‘vendetta’ against Carshalton Athletic “At best incompetent, at worse downright dishonest, and in either case incredibly negligent.” That is how three Liberal Democrat councillors have … Continue reading

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Lambeth’s Labour council leader in shock resignation

Jack Hopkins won a leadership challenge a month ago, but stepped down today just as his council agreed to pay out a share of £1m damages and costs to black groups who won a human rights High Court case  Jack … Continue reading

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Garratt doubles victory margin as he takes City Hall seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: Labour has slipped back in the London Assembly voting, with its worst result in Croydon and Sutton for 13 years. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Neil “Father Jack” Garratt was named on Saturday as Croydon and Sutton’s … Continue reading

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Tories are tipped to cling on to Croydon and Sutton seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: With just hours to go before the polling stations open, WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, offers some important advice to make  sure that your votes count After a turgid campaign that has lasted, off and on because … Continue reading

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Mayor’s relocation plans place City Hall on ‘at risk’ register

The 20th Century Society expresses fears for landmark building and for under-threat social housing at Cressingham Gardens On the eve of the sixth election for the Mayor of London, City Hall, the building which has been the home of the … Continue reading

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Wallington groups seek to clean-up for Christian Aid Week

Members of St Michael and All Angels junior choir, siblings Viviene and Jansen Lim are getting ready for a sponsored litter pick on May 23. They will be raising money for international relief and development charity Christian Aid in its … Continue reading

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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

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Tory Assembly candidate in racism row over stop and search

Election candidates have not been subject to the kind of public scrutiny they might have expected pre-covid, and online hustings last week demonstrated why such questioning is so necessary. By STEVEN DOWNES Neil “Father Jack” Garratt, the Conservative candidate for … Continue reading

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Sutton accused of ‘misleading’ over SDEN and the Heat Trust

SDEN, the misfiring heating network business run by Sutton Council, has been accused of passing themselves off falsely as a member of government-backed quango, the Heat Trust. The very damaging allegation of serious misrepresentation has been made by… the Heat … Continue reading

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Loonys on the march in Chessington with 13 candidates

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on something (sadly?) lacking from the local elections in Croydon next month Croydon is not the only south London borough staging council by-elections next month. But, after the candidate nominations were released last week, … Continue reading

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Garratt and Cummings finally agree to debate climate crisis

It took them a while but, finally, the two frontrunners in the race to be Croydon and Sutton’s London Assembly Member have agreed to take part in an online hustings organised by the Friends of the Earth’s Croydon Climate Action … Continue reading

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School Streets work – so why have Sutton removed them?

In Carshalton, the local council has removed a traffic-calming scheme outside a primary school, so that they can hold a consultation about… re-introducing it. Local parent VERITY THOMSON takes up the story Parents, residents and volunteers working on the School … Continue reading

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Viridor incinerator given 20 warnings in just 15 months

Twenty: that’s the number of official warnings issued by the Environment Agency to Viridor over their waste incinerator at Beddington in just 15 months. The 20 formal warnings – without a hint of any kind of sanction for the multi-national … Continue reading

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Teacher recalls Merton’s park stars finest hour and a half

Two south London boroughs have managed to produce a profusion of footballing talent, from Neil Sullivan to Callum Hudson-Odoi, from Jason Cundy to Wilfried Zaha. Here, DAVID MORGAN looks back to the days when he was manager of one of … Continue reading

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Singapore-based firm buys up Whyteleafe’s football ground

Whyteleafe Football Club’s ground has been bought by a Singapore-based company in a half-million-pound deal which could see the Isthmian League side have to leave their Church Road home. “This could end up finishing the club,” a sports website has … Continue reading

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