Category Archives: Merton

Labour leader of south London council is to stand down

Stephen Alambritis is to stand down as the leader of Merton Council. Alambritis announced his decision two hours into last night’s annual meeting of the Labour-run council. No reason was given for his decision to stand down. He described his … 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

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TfL backs Sutton Tram Link – but lacks £420m to pay for it

Transport for London has plumped for a tram extension that links Sutton town centre with the Northern Line Tube at Colliers Wood. But they just don’t have the £420million needed to pay for it just yet. The outcome of a … Continue reading

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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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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

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

Creatura needs help from ‘Bust-up Boris’, as LibDems win seat

Two south London council by-elections in the past week suggest the LibDems might have a chance of breaking Croydon’s political duopoly, reports our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Boris Johnson’s selection by the 0.15per cent of the population which comprises the … Continue reading

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TfL’s Crossrail debts seem certain to shunt Sutton tram link

All prospect of City Hall or the government stumping up the £330million-plus needed to build an extension to the Croydon tram network appears to have vanished. Finance reports released last week by Transport for London show that further delays to … Continue reading

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Viridor apologist Brunt’s blunt treatment from Merton Council

Our Merton correspondent, NORMAN COLLIER-WOOD, reports on how the toxic fall-out from rubbish contractor Veolia’s shortcomings has claimed its first council victim Merton’s rubbish councillor, Mike Brunt, has been sacked from his council cabinet post. Labour councillor Brunt had been … Continue reading

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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

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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Labour official wants new scrutiny body to oversee incinerator

A leading official in Sutton Labour has called on his party colleagues in Croydon and Merton to establish urgently a scrutiny body to keep the South London Waste Partnership in check, in order to better monitor the emissions from the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Charlie Mansell, Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, Merton, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Viridor allowed to give ‘absurd’ name to incinerator road

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on how the council has opted to name the service road to the Beddington Lane incinerator after a bird species that has been almost wiped out locally, in part, at least, as a consequence of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Nick Mattey, Refuse collection, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

NHS set to announce A&E and Maternity closures at St Helier

NHS chiefs in Merton will later this week propose the closure of the Accident and Emergency department and the Maternity unit at St Helier Hospital, according to an MP for the area. The MP, Siobhain McDonagh, warns that any such … Continue reading

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Sutton LibDems have cause to worry over Brake’s boundaries

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on the potential consequences of the parliamentary boundary changes for the borough’s veteran MP It is not only Labour seats in London that the Tories are after through their gerrymandering exercise masquerading under a constituency … Continue reading

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Boundary changes put Labour MP Jones’ seat under threat

The parliamentary boundary commissioners have finally issued their proposals for new constituencies, and it is not good news for Croydon’s Labour MPs. WALTER CRONXITE reports Tasked by the Conservative Government under David Cameron (remember him?) to reduce the size of … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Lambeth Council, Merton, Sarah Jones MP, Siobhain McDonagh MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Free activities at the Mitcham Heritage Day, Sep 8

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Quacky Races comes to the River Wandle next month

One of Morden Hall Park’s favourite traditions returns on Saturday, September 1: Quacky Races. The River Wandle and a number of channels flow through Morden Hall Park, now run by the National Trust. In the past, the waterways were used … Continue reading

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Politicians lead call for 1,000 years more cricket at Mitcham

A community campaign to preserve the fabric of one of the world’s oldest cricket grounds is celebrating today after securing cross-party support to save from development the pavilion at the historic Mitcham Cricket Green, with politicians backing calls for a … Continue reading

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We should tax polluting incinerators, MPs say at report launch

Waste incinerators, like the one soon to be fully commissioned on Beddington Lane on the Sutton-Croydon borough boundary, frequently breach pollution limits on harmful emissions, but due to a loophole exploited by operators, the public is never informed. Those were … Continue reading

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Council withholds £1m from Veolia for bin service failings

Croydon Council has withheld nearly £1million in fees due to street-cleaning and bin-collecting contractors Veolia because of poor performance, Inside Croydon has learned. The penalty has been applied by Croydon’s clean and green cabinet member, Stuart Collins, because of various … Continue reading

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Leaflets target Labour leaders to halt Brick by Brick schemes

Guerilla leafleting has been carried out across three south London boroughs in protest against the councils’ leaderships, and in one case the police have been called in. Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports Residents’ groups have been flyering their neighbourhoods to … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Brick by Brick, Housing, Local media, Merton, Outside Croydon, Paul Scott, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments