Category Archives: Outside Croydon

Croydon High ‘shocked’ at death of former head at Epsom

Emma Pattison, the headteacher at Epsom College who was discovered dead with her husband and daughter yesterday, had joined the private school in 2022 after six years as head at Croydon High School in Selsdon. Pattison, 45, her husband George, … Continue reading

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Pro-pollution Dombey re-states Sutton opposition to ULEZ

Environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION on the cynical games being played with people’s lives by some of the capital’s third-rate politicians Ruth Dombey, the leader of LibDem-controlled Sutton, today declared war on ULEZ, warning Mayor of London Sadiq Khan that she … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Surrey, Sutton Council, ULEZ expansion, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Coroner confirms woman killed by dogs was from Croydon

It was confirmed at the Surrey Coroner’s Court this morning that the professional dog walker killed near Caterham earlier this month was from Croydon. The court had named 28-year-old Natasha Johnston when releasing documents yesterday. Johnston had been walking a … Continue reading

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Perry left pot-less after failed bid for £20m levelling up money

Our Town Hall staff reporter, PEARL LEE, on the latest disappointing set-back for the Conservative Mayor Despite growing social deprivation in the borough and its failing town centre economy, Croydon has failed in its bid for £20million of Levelling Up … Continue reading

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Police investigations continuing after Caterham dog attack

Police cordons in Caterham were being removed this morning after officers finished forensic work relating to the death of a woman in a dog attack on Thursday. The police have described the woman as being “from London”. There has been … Continue reading

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Pro-pollution Scully to challenge Khan for anti-London Tories

The Conservatives in London, under threat of being wiped out as a political force at the next General Election (with the possible exception of Croydon South), are positioning themselves as the pro-car, pro-pollution party in a desperate effort to win … Continue reading

Posted in 2024 London elections, Evening Boris, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Paul Scully MP, Sadiq Khan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Passenger group concerned over Surrey’s cuts to bus routes

A public transport group representing passengers in Croydon, Sutton and Surrey has warned against widespread cuts to bus services implied in a consultation conducted by Surrey County Council. Surrey CC failed to consult the East Surrey Transport Committee directly, and … Continue reading

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‘Despicable’ Tory councillor under fire for rape-shaming victim

Remarks made by a Conservative councillor have been described as “despicable” and “dangerous and stupid”, while women’s support groups and his political opponents have demanded that Shaun Slator should be suspended by his party and resign immediately. Slator is a … Continue reading

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Park Trust gets ready for handover with Connections strategy

Bromley Council is due to hand the keys to Crystal Palace Park over to a charitable trust in April 2023, and the Crystal Palace Park Trust has released its strategy document ahead of the momentous event. The 200-acre park was … Continue reading

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Sutton’s 40-page emissions report fails to mention incinerator

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on the most ridiculous claims made yet by the Liberal Democrat-controlled council There is a meeting tonight in Sutton of the council’s environment and sustainable transport committee. And, along with Ruth Dombey, the LibDem-controlled council … Continue reading

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Trinity School goes to top of the class in post-pandemic exams

Single-sex selective schools shine in the annual Sunday Times schools rankings, in which the highest Croydon state school is rated only 186th Trinity, the £20,000 per year boys’ school at Shirley Park, has been rated the top school in Croydon, … Continue reading

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Viridor turns polluting Beddington incinerator into a sick joke

Incinerator operators Viridor have failed to instal any metal detectors to locate large batteries and other devices which are believed to have caused explosions inside the furnace at the Beddington Lane plant, leading to many of the 40 polluting breaches … Continue reading

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Walk out to winter with the Woodland Trust’s wild guide

With the cost-of-living crisis biting, a simpler, more environmentally friendly festive celebration is top of many people’s Christmas list this year – with fresh air and free fun on the cards instead of expensive gifts, excess and waste. The Woodland … Continue reading

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Environment Agency makes incinerator ‘site of high interest’

The Environment Agency has agreed to a request from UKWIN – United Kingdom Without Incineration Network – to declare the Beddington incinerator as a “Site of High Public Interest”. As a result, the EA has agreed to run a second … Continue reading

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Now Lambeth Labour forced to ditch its failed housing venture

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on the latest embarrassing climbdown by a south London council Lambeth Council is to wind up its arms-length housebuilding company Homes for Lambeth after an official review described its performance as “very poor” and recommended … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Community associations, Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Customers at Crystal Palace stadium could be left in the dark

One week on from an emergency closure of the National Sports Centre and parts of Crystal Palace Park, the venue is being “partially” re-opened today. But the thousands of runners, jumpers and throwers who train on the track at what … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Caroline Russell, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Exclusion zones’ set up for public safety in Crystal Palace Park

Some parts of Crystal Palace Park remain in an “exclusion zone” three days after the park was subject to an emergency shutdown because concrete pillars that support the floodlights around the athletics stadium at the National Sports Centre were deemed … Continue reading

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Client councils are failing to hold polluting Viridor in check

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on the feeble opposition from south London boroughs to the Beddington incinerator creating even more toxic pollution The South London Waste Partnership, the arm’s-length, unelected and unaccountable quango formed by Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton … Continue reading

Posted in Barry Lewis, Business, Croydon Council, Elliot Colburn, Environment, Mayor Jason Perry, Refuse collection, Ruth Dombey, Sheldon Vestey, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Commissioners set Reed and Jones a boundaries conundrum

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the layer-cake solution to the future of Croydon, and Lambeth’s, parliamentary constituencies It has been a standing joke on this website for a decade or so that former Lambeth council leader Steve Reed OBE … Continue reading

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Bailey holds urgent talks seeking Viridor bail-out for SDEN

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on the backroom deals that have been going on to try to salvage Sutton Council’s struggling heat network business Helen Bailey, the chief exec at Liberal Democrat-controlled Sutton, has been holding emergency talks with incinerator … Continue reading

Posted in Bobby Dean, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Helen Bailey, Kingston, London-wide issues, Merton, Refuse collection, Ruth Dombey, Shasha Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council to splash the cash on restoring Tooting Bec Lido

The nearest public lido to Croydon is to close next month for a (fingers crossed) nine-month £3million restoration project. Recent summer heatwaves have made open-air swimming pools hugely popular, and with the closure of the Purley Way Lido in 1979, … Continue reading

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MP secures Commons debate on Galpins Road gas explosion

Siobhain McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, has secured a House of Commons debate tomorrow over the gas explosion on Galpins Road in August that caused the tragic death of four-year-old Sahara Salman and led to the evacuation … Continue reading

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Viridor incinerator breaks its toxic VOC permit for 40th time

MARK GALE reports on how the Environment Agency’s ‘strict limits’ on polluting emissions are not so strict after all The latest emission data for the polluting incinerator on Beddington Lane has just been released and yet again, operators Viridor have … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Health, Kingston, Merton, Old Palace, Sutton Council, Wandle Park, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Coding teen scoops £5,000 prize from National Lottery Awards

A teen from south London has scooped the Young Hero title at the National Lottery Awards for her project that runs workshops teaching disadvantaged young women skills to improve their confidence and opportunities. Avye Couloute, 15, from Wimbledon, started coding … Continue reading

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Waitrose makes a move to Dobbies’ Woodcote garden centre

The latest straw in the wind to signal the changes in high street retailing blew through this morning, with the announcement that Waitrose groceries are to be available on the shelves of one of the larger local garden centres. Part … Continue reading

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