Category Archives: Southwark Council

Fix! Internal Labour inquiry confirms selection stitch-up

EXCLUSIVE: After the local Labour Party tried to cover-up the scandal of their botched handling of the Fairfield ward by-election last year, the resulting inquiry criticises the ‘questionable integrity and competence of paid party officers’. By STEVEN DOWNES An internal … Continue reading

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Appeals to Sutton and Croydon to join Rashford campaign

The leaders of LibDem-run Sutton and Labour-controlled Croydon have been urged to join a growing number of councils in issuing food vouchers over half term as the row over free school meals provision during holidays continues. London boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Elliot Colburn, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Paul Scully MP, Ruth Dombey, Schools, Southwark Council, Sutton Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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Croydon Labour MP Reed is quick to reject Umunna’s splitters

STEVEN DOWNES on reactions and responses to the not-so-magnificent seven’s resignation from the Labour Party The bitter, decade-long personal, political feud between Chuka Umunna and Steve Reed OBE may have played a significant factor in the former vice-chair of Progress … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon North, Jack Buck, London-wide issues, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Buck-ing the trend: Croydon Labour staffer challenges Mayor

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on wranglings within Labour in south London over the social cleansing of working class areas An employee of the Labour Party in Croydon has condemned Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan for having a gentrification agenda … Continue reading

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Festival of the Great North Wood, Sydenham Hill Wood, Sep 9

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Going, going, gone: Housing associations in property flog-off

Step-by-step – or is that brick-by-brick? – social cleansing is coming to Croydon. A luxury hotel in central London is the swanky venue today for an auction for property speculators at which £7.2million-worth of former social flats and houses is … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s profitable Blairite response to Right to Buy

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has, rightly, focused attention on safety around the nation’s low-cost housing. But underlining the lack of attention given to the conditions of such homes and the ongoing under-investment in council housing has been … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, Chris Philp MP, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Planning, Property, Southwark Council, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Henry Cotton’s south London home to get blue plaque

English Heritage has arranged for a blue plaque in Crystal Palace to commemorate one of the greatest British sportsman of the 20th Century. The unveiling ceremony is taking place at 47 Crystal Palace Road, the childhood home of golfer Henry … Continue reading

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Croydon’s well-paid councillors pay their Council Tax on time

WALTER CRONXITE on a new report that shows that in neighbouring boroughs, some councillors have not been punctual in paying their Council Tax bills Yet further evidence has emerged that Croydon Council Tax-payers may be forking out far too much … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bromley Council, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Outside Croydon, Southwark Council, Surrey, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Crystal Palace to hold multi-borough hustings, May 7

Crystal Palace is getting “ready to rumble” on May 7 at the Queen’s Hotel with a packed Election Question Time cross-borough panel debate. With Town Hall elections on May 22 across Croydon and in the neighbouring London boroughs which converge … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bromley Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, Darren Johnson, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, Southwark Council, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Tramlink | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments