Category Archives: Surrey

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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109th annual Chipstead Village Flower Show and Fair, Jul 14

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Global Greyhound Walk comes to Banstead Heath, Jun 10

The Great Global Greyhound Walk 2018 is coming to Banstead Heath on Sunday June 10 with local sighthounds – greyhounds, whippets, all kinds of lurcher, and others – invited to take part in this international event, which sees thousands of … Continue reading

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Greens fired up over Brake and pick a vicar to take on Philp

WALTER CRONXITE sorts through the assortment of candidates from the eco-friendly party who want to have a blazing row over Sutton’s incinerator There will be no “progressive alliance” in Croydon at next month’s General Election, after the Green Party announced … Continue reading

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Enjoy lambing weekend at traditional North Downs farm

This month’s farmers’ market at Shabden Park Farm in Chipstead will be held alongside the farm’s lambing open weekend, offering a chance to see the baby lambs close up, meet the farmer and his sheepdogs, and learn about how we … Continue reading

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Greyhounds get in the traps for start of dog-walking group

A South Croydon dog-owner has established a new group to combine two passions: her pet greyhound and walking in the local countryside, with the Surrey Sighthounds Walking Group having its first meeting this Sunday, February 26, starting at 11am.

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Newman demands same treatment as in Surrey’s ‘secret deal’

Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, has added his name to a round-robin from dozens of Labour-run local authorities demanding that they should receive the same sort of preferential treatment which the Tory government has given to Conservative-run Surrey … Continue reading

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Tory Surrey’s plea for 15% Council Tax hike fails to help

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a piece of political posturing which will do little to improve the standard of social care and other services provided by local councils For Tony Newman and his Labour councillors who have been fretting over how … 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

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