Category Archives: Bromley Council

Taking a U-turn on road measures risks a traffic accident

Some people are taking to the streets in Upper Norwood today to protest against the traffic-calming Low Traffic Neighbourhood initiative. But as an investigation by environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION has discovered, their campaign is supported and funded by motoring lobbyists … Continue reading

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Posted in Bromley Council, Colin Smith, Commuting, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, Gareth Streeter, Mario Creatura, Scott Roche, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bromley in legal moves against Croydon over road closures

Croydon could be heading for a bitter, cross-boundary dispute with one of its neighbouring boroughs after the leader of Bromley’s Conservative-controlled council told residents that they have begun legal moves to get traffic-calming measures removed from residential streets in Crystal … Continue reading

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Triangle will be ‘decimated’ by road closures, warns councillor

The Labour group at the Town Hall, already riven with fault lines on a number of contentious issues, is facing another split, this time over road closures in Upper Norwood that have been introduced today under coronavirus emergency powers. The … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Wilkins, Bromley Council, Commuting, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Town Team puts Crystal Palace Triangle on the (digital) map

The new Crystal Palace Town Team has launched an interactive map of the Crystal Palace Triangle and surrounding areas, allowing the community to find which businesses have marked themselves as “open” during the pandemic lockdown. The CP Town Team is … Continue reading

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‘Cough up’ to save centre for elderly, council leader is told

A Labour MP and local councillors are calling on the leader of Bromley Council to “cough up” and take immediate action to save a vital day services centre for older people from being forced to close – possibly as soon … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace’s historic dinosaurs placed on ‘at risk’ register

Crystal Palace Park’s historic dinosaurs are in danger of becoming extinct… or at least, crumbling apart. And conservation agency Historic England has stepped in, adding the 30 Grade I-listed, life-size statues to its Heritage at Risk Register – which will … Continue reading

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Exclusive competition: WIN £60 tickets for Dance To The Music

Inside Croydon has a pair of VIP tickets to give away – completely FREE – to see Strictly Come Dancing‘s Kristina Rihanoff and singing host Jake Quickenden live on stage in Bromley next month in their Dance To The Music … Continue reading

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College building in park could end Crystal Palace tram scheme

Any prospect of extending the tram network to Crystal Palace could hit the buffers before its backers even check-in at a platform, if the GLA gets its way. Piece by piece, the Greater London Authority, which has responsibility for the … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Wilkins, Athletics, Bromley Council, Commuting, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Sport, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Official figures show Croydon is capital’s worst for complaints

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, crunches some numbers and finds that according to the annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman, our council does not compare well, however you dress it up Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Bromley Council, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Jo Negrini, Lambeth Council, Merton, Planning, SEND, Southwark Council, Sutton Council, TfL, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Freedom! Are Crystal Palace residents ready for breakaway?

The week-long Crystal Palace Festival gets underway tomorrow with a weekend of music and dance in the park. But because of the local borough geography, the organisers and other groups have to deal with five, even six, local authorities, which … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Bromley Council, Comedy, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, Dance, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Music, Poetry, Southwark Council, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

44 care homes in Croydon fail post-Grenfell fire safety tests

Figures from the Mayor of London show that 44 care homes in Croydon were failing to meet fire safety standards through London Fire Brigade audits carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The figures put Croydon as second worst in … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Andrew Dismore, Bromley Council, Croydon Council, Kingston, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Outside Croydon, Southwark Council, Sutton Council, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Security warning for demonstrations over European elections

WALTER CRONXITE on how Croydon and other London local authorities have been told to prepare for the worst: European elections in May Jo Negrini, Croydon’s barely competent £200,000 per year council chief executive, confirmed to Monday night’s full council meeting … Continue reading

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Council could seek more time to fix problem children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest, critical Ofsted report on the council children’s services department, which has 78% vacancy rate among  some of its social work teams Croydon Council could be forced to seek an extension to the … Continue reading

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Feck! Croydon Tories cry foul as Garratt wins selection ballot

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on a somewhat fractious outcome to the Conservatives’ vote on who  will represent the party in the 2020 London Assembly elections Neil “Father Jack” Garratt, the councillor for Belmont ward, will be the Conservative candidate for … Continue reading

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Tories’ male, stale and, mainly, pale shortlist for selection

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reveals the Conservative shortlist for the candidate to stand in next year’s London Assembly elections in Croydon and Sutton The local Tory Party, which has held the Sutton and Croydon constituency at the London Assembly … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Bromley Council, Joseph Lee, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, Simon Hoar, Stephen Carr, Steve O'Connell, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BINMAGEDDON!: Rubbish contractor considers more job cuts

If you thought that the refuse collection and street cleaning in Croydon couldn’t get any worse, WALTER CRONXITE has news for you Croydon’s rubbish contractor, Veolia, is considering cutting the number of staff it employs to carry out the domestic … Continue reading

Posted in Bromley Council, Business, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Kingston, Merton, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Wibberley goes wobbly, and Bromley residents go to the polls

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE peers over the borough boundary to see how campaigning is going for Thursday’s council by-election Residents in Bromley’s Kelsey and Eden Park ward will be trudging back to the polls on Thursday, just six months … Continue reading

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Barwell’s role in Brexit sees him rejected by Beckenham Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE suggests that Brexit may have sunk the prospects of another career politician Prospects for Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell to return to the House of Commons as an MP appear to be as ruined a the credibility of … Continue reading

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Poetry performers embark on Inspiration tour of south London

Momtaza Mehri, the Young People’s Laureate for London, is calling on 13- to 25-year-olds in Kingston, Sutton and Bromley to be part of her Be My Next Inspiration campaign. During the school half-term week, Mehri will headline Spread the Word’s … Continue reading

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‘Deep suspicion’ over Mayor plans for National Sports Centre

The future of the athletics stadium at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is under threat once again, as the Mayor of London is staging the latest round of “consultations” on the badly neglected, once internationally renowned facility. Campaigners have … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Boris Johnson, Bromley Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Football, Housing, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Outside Croydon, Sadiq Khan, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tram’s Elmers End branch on track with £3.3m from TfL

The Elmers End branch of the tram network is to be upgraded, including double tracking of the branch line and a second platform at the tram stop, as part of £24million-worth of transport infrastructure improvements around the capital announced this … Continue reading

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VOTE 2018: How you voted in the Town Hall elections

ELECTION LIVE BLOG: Our Croydon exit poll showed Labour 50%, Tories 37%… But keep coming back here through the night for ward-by-ward results and election news from across Croydon, Sutton and the rest of London Keep refreshing your page. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe East, Ashburton, Bromley Council, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell, Maddie Henson, New Addington, New Addington North, Shirley, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

LOOP takes the high ground to offer vistas across London

WANDLE WANDERINGS: As he continues his ventures on the capital’s orbital walking route, KEN TOWL follows Saxon era church paths, side steps some rugby players, and arrives back in the borough of Croydon Before London spread south into what are … Continue reading

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More police cuts on the way as borough commands merge

Another raft of police reorganisation has been announced and, like all such re-organisations, the change is not to make the service better, just cheaper. For once, there seems to be cross-party unanimity over the proposals, as no party appears to … Continue reading

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Council leader forced to resign over critical Ofsted report

WALTER CRONXITE reports on another local government Carr crash over failures to provide adequate social services The pressure is mounting this weekend on Tony Newman, the Labour leader of Croydon Council, over his and council officials’ response to the highly … Continue reading

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