Category Archives: Kingston

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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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

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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

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Careful what you wish for as we bin rubbish contractor Veolia

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The news that Veolia won’t have their four-borough deal extended once it expires in 2025 has prompted loyal reader LEWIS WHITE, pictured right, to question our councils’ roles in the service decline From the comments made in response … Continue reading

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Croydon and three other boroughs to bin Veolia rubbish deal

Veolia, who have swept Croydon’s streets and emptied its residents’ bins sporadically since 2003, are to be dropped as the council’s rubbish contractor. The decision has been reached following “significant and ongoing concerns” with Veolia’s performance, which saw three of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Kingston, Merton, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Bin workers face sack if they don’t work on Queen’s Funeral

While most council services have shut down for the bank holiday weekend ahead of Monday’s solemn royal ceremonials, Veolia staff have been told that if they don’t show up for work, they could be fired. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Bromley Council, Business, Croydon Council, Kingston, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Merton, Refuse collection, Southwark Council, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Abrasive’ lobbyist smoothing the way for Selhurst’s new stand

Crystal Palace’s £100m new stand at Selhurst Park has the backing of fans (natch), support from councillors and approval from the planning department. Yet the club has gone out and hired a planning lobbyist. STEVEN DOWNES profiles Terrapin’s man hoping … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Christopher Herman, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Kingston, Louis Carserides, Paul Scully MP, Planning, Property, South Norwood, Sport, Stella Nabukeera, Steve Parish, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Viridor incinerator fined for multiple pollution permit breaches

After at least 34 permit breaches in three years, the south London councils’ partnership is taking action against their contractor – though nothing is being done about the serious ‘acidic air’ incident in May Viridor is to be fined for … Continue reading

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Councillor says big-money deals for medical and radioactive waste are at centre of Viridor’s diesel tank planning application

A Sutton councillor claims that Viridor wants to begin burning medical and radioactive waste at its Beddington Lane incinerator, but that it has withheld these lucrative business plans from its latest application to build a large fuel tank on the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, Merton, Nick Mattey, Outside Croydon, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Off-target: Town Hall chiefs’ concern over net zero dates

More than half of the country’s local council leaders fear that their areas will fail to meet their own net zero targets, according to a survey published over the weekend. The survey was conducted on behalf of renewable energy supplier … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Climate Crisis Commission, Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, London-wide issues, Merton, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayor will have little say over borough’s rubbish contractors

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is one of the biggest and most important services provided by any local council. But the manner in which the borough has outsourced the management of bin collections, street cleaning and waste disposal and recycling has become … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Business, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, idVerde, Kingston, London-wide issues, Merton, Peter Underwood, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Val Shawcross, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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 , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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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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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Calls for Beddington incinerator to be shut down over CO2

Viridor’s figures show that their south London plant is pumping out three times as much CO2 as other, similar facilities. By PAUL LUSHION, environment correspondent The Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane, operated on behalf of Croydon and three other south … Continue reading

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One year on, Viridor finally submit report on Beddington blaze

PAUL LUSHION on how a company worth £4.2bn looks set to get away with another crime against the environment Don’t hold your breath, but Viridor might just be about to get around to delivering a report on the massive fire … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, Merton, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Councillors ‘gagged’ from questioning incinerator operators

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on how what is supposed to be a public meeting at Croydon Town Hall tonight has banned questions about the fire at the Beddington Lane incinerator Councillors elected to represent people living across four boroughs … Continue reading

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Pants on fire! Viridor continue to lie over incinerator blaze

Environmental polluters Viridor continue to lie about the extent of the major blaze at their Beddington Lane waste plant in July. In an official report submitted ahead of a meeting of the South London Waste Partnership to be held at … Continue reading

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Croydon councillor leads call for incinerator fire investigation

BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports on the fall-out from yesterday’s fire at the site of the Viridor incinerator on Beddington Lane Stuart Collins, Croydon Council’s deputy leader, has called for an urgent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the fire at the Beddington … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Charlie Mansell, Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Merton, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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Croydon is struggling to meet Mayor’s recycling targets

Residents in Croydon, or Sutton and the other boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership who endure having Veolia as their councils’ rubbish contractor, might be forgiven for having allowed Global Recycling Day, which was yesterday, apparently, to have passed … Continue reading

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Council dumps disastrous idVerde outsourced parks contract

This was not what was meant when ‘taking back control’ was coined as a slogan, but this week in Croydon, our council has moved in to relieve a French firm of its responsibilities in our parks, as KEN LEE reports … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Carillion, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, idVerde, Kingston, Libraries, Lloyd Park, Merton, Stuart Collins, Veolia, Wandle Park | 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

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