Category Archives: Merton

SGN ‘donates’ £0.5m to Merton to pay for displaced residents

A week on from the horrific blast in Thornton Heath that killed a four-year-old child, destroyed one house, damaged dozens of others, and forced 500 people from their homes, Southern Gas Networks, the company responsible for providing gas to Galpins … Continue reading

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Investigations continue into tragic Galpins Road explosion

The four-year-old girl who died in the massive explosion in Thornton Heath on Monday morning has been named as Sahara Salman. Police confirmed that Sahara’s body had been recovered from a house on Galpins Road. Three other people were taken … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Sutton planners add fuel to incinerator fires with dirty diesel

Think those plumes of smoke coming out of the polluting Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane are just from the burning of hundreds of thousands of tons of rubbish? Think again. It’s not entirely the case. Some of the pollution comes … Continue reading

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‘A pattern of unacceptable behaviour, spread over months’

Junior government ministers Paul Scully and Chris Philp remain silent over the Prime Minister’s Partygate scandal, while  other Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to resign Two south London Conservative MPs have joined a growing number from their party to … Continue reading

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Tories blame Boris as Westminster and Wandsworth fall

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on a ‘dangerous political moment’ for the Conservative Prime Minister When Boris Johnson got up this morning, he was living in a Labour-controlled local council. Labour won Westminster City Council yesterday, the first time since … Continue reading

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Merton’s £50m education shortfall raises finance alarms

A south London council on the brink of financial collapse, getting a multi-million-pound bail-out from government, while being run by a new chief exec and with a rudderless Labour group where the leader isn’t standing for re-election in their old … Continue reading

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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

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All Croydon parks ‘under threat’ says environmental campaign

A shocking report from charity CPRE London highlights how the council’s Local Plan has put every open space in the borough at risk from development, writes PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent Croydon, and its planning protection-lite revised Local Plan, has … Continue reading

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#Binmageddon: Under-performing Veolia hit with warnings

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on some long-overdue action being taken with the rubbish contractors who are supposed to be responsible for the state of the borough’s streets One day after “Mucky Merton”™ issued a Service Improvement Notice to … Continue reading

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Help to Buy fuels London’s house price inflation say Lords

A parliamentary report out today underlines that £29bn-worth of housing subsidies have simply helped to boost several Tory donors’ profits, reports our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES The cost of an average home in Croydon increased by 4 per cent in … Continue reading

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#BINMAGEDDON! Boroughs left looking like rubbish tips

‘They treat us like the rubbish they are supposed to collect!’ Mounting reports from around the boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership suggest that the councils’ waste service contractors are creaking under pressure. By STEVEN DOWNES The complaints about … Continue reading

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13 MPs criticise move of maternity services from St Helier

MPs from across south London have written to Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, with a letter critical of plans for St Helier Hospital’s maternity services to be downgraded and moved to a new site in Belmont. Sarah Jones, MP for … Continue reading

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Tenants’ despair and politicians’ disdain: Britain’s slum crisis

STEVEN DOWNES on the television documentary being broadcast on Sunday night which seems certain to shock the nation and pour shame on Croydon Council all over again You might think you couldn’t be shocked any more. But you’d be wrong. … Continue reading

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Government cuts £100m from budget for new Sutton hospital

Plans for a new hospital in Sutton have been hit after the government wrote to the local NHS Trust to advise that they would be cutting their contribution to the £511million build costs by around a quarter. The plans 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

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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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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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Door-to-door testing rolled out to locate covid-19 variant

A mass testing programme was rolled out this morning in the CR4 postcode area in a determined effort to locate people with a highly infectious variant of coronavirus. On-the-spot doorstep tests, home testing kits and mobile testing units are to … Continue reading

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Merton seeking replacement for long-standing CEO Curran

Ged Curran, the chief executive at Merton Council for nearly 17 years, is set to leave his £220,000 per year job. There has been no formal announcement from Merton of Curran’s departure, but the council is holding an appointments committee … Continue reading

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Merton scraps building company to avoid Brick by Brick failure

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how a neighbouring borough has twigged that Croydon’s model for house-building doesn’t work Another Labour-run south London council is to junk its arm’s-length house-building company – after seeing what the catastrophic clusterfuck Brick by … Continue reading

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Overflowing sorting hall sees Viridor facing health complaints

Shocking photographs taken from inside the sorting hall at the Viridor-operated incinerator at Beddington Lane show overflowing piles of rubbish with clinical waste sacks mixed with general household refuse and strewn across the floor. The only thing that appears to … Continue reading

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