Category Archives: Park Hill and Whitgift

Vote swings to Tories could see Labour lose 15 council seats

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: The toxic legacy of Tony Newman and his cabal at the Town Hall could see the ex-leader’s former party wiped out if this week’s by-election results are repeated in 2022. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor If Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jade Appleton, Joy Prince, Kenley, Kola Agboola, Louis Carserides, New Addington North, Ola Kolade, Park Hill and Whitgift, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Waddon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Full results of council by-elections held in five wards

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: Here’s the full results of Thursday’s council by-elections in Kenley, Park Hill and Whitgift ward, New Addington North, South Norwood and Woodside The results of five council by-elections held on Thursday were announced yesterday, as a Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Kenley, New Addington, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tories are tipped to cling on to Croydon and Sutton seat

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: With just hours to go before the polling stations open, WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, offers some important advice to make  sure that your votes count After a turgid campaign that has lasted, off and on because … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Croydon Greens, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Neil Garratt, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Patsy Cummings, Peter Underwood, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spot the difference: Tories go for BNP vote in New Addington

With one week to go until polling day in the borough’s five council by-elections, and Croydon Tories have played their joker. Councillor Scott Roche was out on the streets of New Addington North, one of the wards where a council … Continue reading

Posted in Fieldway, Kenley, New Addington, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Scott Roche, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Delay in despatching ballot papers could reduce vote numbers

EXCLUSIVE: The distribution of postal ballots for council by-elections is running behind schedule, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council’s struggles to administer even the most straightforward of matters could reduce the number of residents taking part in the borough’s five ward … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

May’s five local by-elections attract total of 28 candidates

There are a total of 28 candidates nominated across five Croydon wards for council by-elections to be held on May 6. The statements of persons nominated were released on Friday afternoon by Katherine Kerswell, the council’s interim chief executive and, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Time to end borough’s ‘lazy’ political duopoly say Greens

Voters at next month’s council by-elections are being encouraged to end the Town Hall’s unfunny double act, reports WALTER CRONXITE, political editor The Green Party has accused the political duopoly which dominates Croydon politics of becoming “lazy”, with Tories and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Hamida Ali, Housing, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Tracey Hague, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tories include a proven liar among by-election candidates

The Conservative Party candidates in the council by-elections next month include one man who, the last time he stood for election to Croydon Council, was accused of telling falsehoods by no less than three bishops, and a woman who allowed … Continue reading

Posted in Bishop of Croydon, Croydon Council, Kenley, London Councils, Lynne Hale, New Addington North, Ola Kolade, Park Hill and Whitgift, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Candidates’ tough task to shake off Labour reputation

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how candidates standing in ward by-elections next month have to shake off the stigma of replacing discredited Tony Newman and Simon Hall Kola Agboola and Mike Bonello have been named by Labour as their … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Fieldway, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tories O’Connell and Mohan stand down from council

Two senior Conservative councillors, Steve O’Connell and Vidhi Mohan, announced today that they are standing down from the council. It brings to five the number of ward by-elections that will need to be staged on May 6, the same day … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Fairfield, Kenley, London Assembly, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Simon Hall, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Budget is approved but Labour council haunted by its past

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Back-to-back meetings yesterday pushed through the paperwork to balance the books and increase Council Tax. But Hamida Ali’s administration cannot shake off its part in the borough’s financial calamity. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor With the £120million … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Stranack, Brick by Brick, Chris Buss, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Hamida Ali, Ian Parker, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Sean Fitzsimons, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tory leader Perry shows ruthless streak by sacking Creatura

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest game of musical chairs at the Town Hall Mario Creatura has been sacked from his front bench job with the Town Hall opposition group in a reshuffle of the Croydon’s Conservative councillors … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Helen Pollard, Helen Redfern, Jason Perry, Mario Creatura, Scott Roche, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brick by Brick CEO says company has sold 6 houses. Or is it 5?

Our overdevelopment correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on the latest admission of incompetence from Croydon Council’s loss-making house-builders Five. Or it might be six. Colm Lacey, the former council employee who has been promoted way beyond his skills and abilities to … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Leila Ben-Hassel, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Don’t mention the war! Tories flounce out of Town Hall meeting

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on what passes for high drama at the latest council meeting Croydon’s Conservative leadership flounced out of last night’s council cabinet meeting midway through a discussion on the borough’s preparedness – or otherwise – for … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jason Perry, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor of London pledges Park Hill garden £17,500 cash boost

A project to redesign Park Hill Park’s Victorian walled garden has had £17,500 pledged by the Mayor of London in a round of crowdfunding for community projects. Through Crowdfund London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged more than £600,000 to support … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Mayor of London, Park Hill and Whitgift, Sadiq Khan | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tory Creatura and Croydon’s nightmare before Christmas

WALTER CRONXITE reports on signs that at least one political party in the borough is gearing itself up for a General Election (yep, another one) Members of Croydon’s Conservative Party will meet tonight to choose a candidate to contest the … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Joseph Lee, London Assembly, Mario Creatura, Sarah Jones MP, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: Sloppy council dashes pensioner’s hopes

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the council has binned the hopes of a Park Hill OAP by first telling him they would remove his unwanted Veolia bins, only to contact him again less than 24 hours later to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Park Hill and Whitgift, Refuse collection, Tom Lawrence, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

BINMAGEDDON!: Council rolls back on costly bins roll-out

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on the latest twist in #CroydonBinChaos All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others Just as “Binmageddon” made it into the headlines of BBC London’s radio coverage this morning (including a … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Environment, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Park Hill and Whitgift, Patricia Hay-Justice, Refuse collection, Sean Fitzsimons, Stuart Collins, Tom Lawrence, Veolia, Vidhi Mohan, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dogs Trust Community Event, Park Hill Park, Aug 30

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Park Hill Allotments Open Day, Deepdene Ave, Aug 12

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Did planning chief mislead committee over MP’s objections?

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on growing concerns about what testimony to trust at the council’s planning meetings Did Croydon’s most senior planning official mislead elected councillors on the planning committee last week? Had the planning department provided unhelpful … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Park Hill and Whitgift, Pete Smith, Planning, Property, Sarah Jones MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP Jones to speak against Addiscombe Road flats scheme

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on cross-party opposition to a property speculators’ multi-million-pound scheme that could change the exclusive Whitgift Estate forever Sarah Jones, Croydon Central’s Labour MP, will tomorrow night speak out at a Town Hall meeting against … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Property, Queen's Hotel, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Tories accused of breaking their own rules over selections

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on complaints of undemocratic interference in the candidate selection process, and too much influence from the local party leader in those allowed to stand in May’s Town Hall elections At least four of Croydon’s longest serving … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Donald Speakman, Fairfield, Helen Pollard, Ian Parker, Mike Fisher, Purley, Shirley, Steve Hollands, Sue Winborn, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour’s new slate in Fairfield as Momentum makes a mark

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, with the latest weekly round-up of the ins, and outs, in a tortuous selection process Boundary changes, demographic changes and the Jeremy Corbyn-inspired swing towards Labour has made Fairfield ward in the town centre a … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Carole Bonner, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Fieldway, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Mary Croos, New Addington North, Niro Sirisena, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Patsy Cummings, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vast majority of Croydon Tories (about a dozen) vote Perry

Jason Perry has been elected overwhelmingly to be the new deputy leader of Croydon Conservatives. When we say “elected overwhelmingly”, we mean just by Tory councillors. A maximum of 29 of them. That’s because Sara Bashford has now got a … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Jason Perry, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Sara Bashford, South Croydon, Sue Winborn, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment