Category Archives: Surrey

Capturing every step of non-league Dorking’s meteoric rise

SATURDAY SUPPLEMENT: A former Croydon school teacher has been ever-present in the relentless rise through the divisions of a Surrey non-league club. DAVID MORGAN interviews football photographer Steve O’Sullivan, who took the pictures… Whatever the dramas involving the super-rich footballers … Continue reading

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Tory government rail cuts cause more commuter misery

Conservative ministers might expect us to return to work ‘as normal’, but they’re doing less-than-nothing to provide a transport service at pre-pandemic levels, reports JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent New rail timetables are to be implemented from Monday, with Croydon, Purley … Continue reading

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Route masters let TfL know what they think of bus changes

Our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON takes a closer look at TfL’s proposed changes to 13 routes through Croydon and Sutton, and discovers residents’ groups and ward councillors sceptical about the service reductions London Mayor Sadiq Khan has recently said that … Continue reading

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Reshuffle sees Philp shunted sideways to the ‘Ministry of Fun’

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the unlucky ‘escape’ in the government reshuffle for Croydon’s only Conservative MP Croydon’s only Tory MP has finally made his escape from the clutches of Priti Patel at the Home Office. There are rumours, unconfirmed, … 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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Whyteleafe league exit raises doubts over property investors

The Steven Gerrard Football Academy has tried to distance itself and the eponymous former Liverpool and England captain from any mention in the public outrage caused by two non-league football clubs being forced to quit their home grounds after they … Continue reading

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Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

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Singapore-based firm buys up Whyteleafe’s football ground

Whyteleafe Football Club’s ground has been bought by a Singapore-based company in a half-million-pound deal which could see the Isthmian League side have to leave their Church Road home. “This could end up finishing the club,” a sports website has … Continue reading

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Covid outbreak takes seven Surrey fire engines out of service

The fire brigade in neighbouring Surrey has been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus which has placed nearly one-third of the county’s full-time fire engines out of service. According to the Fire Brigades Union, the outbreak has occurred after Surrey … Continue reading

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Tories choose NHS’s birthday to sound death knell for St Helier

The Tory government chose the weekend of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS to sound the death knell for acute services at St Helier Hospital, and at Epsom Hospital in Surrey. A 25-year-long battle to maintain and … Continue reading

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Shock as leader of council with £1bn property debts is ousted

The leader of a local council which has gambled hundreds of millions of pounds on the property market has been ousted by party colleagues, and may now face an independent investigation. No, loyal reader, don’t get too excited just yet… … Continue reading

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Godstone Road water works bring tears to the eyes of traders

Residents and businesses in Purley don’t know whether to laugh or cry as, after stoically enduring nine weeks of covid-19 lockdown, they are now bracing themselves for a two-month closure of a major arterial road. Locals have found out almost … Continue reading

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South of the border, residents brew up a planning rebellion

The Conservatives suffered a near-wipe-out in last week’s council elections held in the usually true blue stockbroker belt of Surrey. Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE has crunched the numbers and found that local issues do matter Croydon’s 70 councillors cost … Continue reading

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Surrey’s voters face a multi-coloured swapshop at the polls

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, checks out some straws in the election wind caused by the Brexit storm, as neighbouring councils hold their elections today Londoners might be spared the bother of going to the polling stations today, but for … Continue reading

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LibDem councillor who rediscovered herself as an Epsom sort

BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports on how Monica Coleman, having voted through the incinerator in Sutton, has re-invented herself as a residents’ association candidate in West Ewell to jump on the councillor allowance gravy train in local elections in Surrey tomorrow It’s … Continue reading

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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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Banstead Rotary Club charity walk, Epsom Downs, May 5

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‘People’s Vote’ poll paints bleak picture for Labour in London

WALTER CRONXITE has been crunching some numbers from the latest opinion poll A much bigger survey than usual  of London voters by YouGov, as part of their mega 25,000-people national poll (funded by something calling itself “The People’s Vote”), suggests … Continue reading

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Report warns that Tory-run Surrey council could go bust

All those residents in true blue wards to the south of the borough, who dream of the day when Coulsdon can declare their own little version of UDI and hitch themselves to a neighbouring council, might want to be careful … Continue reading

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How to climb a Surrey hill and see a view from a mountain top

WANDLE WANDERER: Our non-resident rambler KEN TOWL, pictured left, suffered a hair-raising experience in his quest to scale the highest point in south-east England A handful of us at work have been challenged by a colleague to “get high”, in … Continue reading

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Trap For A Lonely Man, Courtyard Theatre, Oct 22-27

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Chekhov’s The Sneeze, Courtyard Theatre, Chipstead, Sep 4-8

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Courtyard Fringe’s summer season, Chipstead, Jul 25 – 28

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Oxted Beer Festival, Master Park, Jul 20-22

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Downlands Partnership anniversary event, Chipstead, Jul 7

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