Category Archives: Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown

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

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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

Councillor warns Purley leisure centre may never reopen

A ward councillor in Purley says that the council-owned swimming pool and leisure centre there, which has been closed since March because of coronavirus, is at serious risk of never being reopened.

Posted in Croydon Council, GLL - Better, Helen Redfern, Leisure services, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Pool, Sport, Swimming | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Residents’ associations angrily reject Scott’s concrete plans

Croydon’s housing targets are out-of-step with the Mayor’s London Plan, and residents are on the warpath against the Town Hall’s planning chief, reports BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent When Paul Scott, the architect behind Croydon’s disastrous planning and housing policies, … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Geoff James, HADRA, Housing, Kenley, Mayor of London, Old Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon Residents' Association, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Pollard fires starting gun on race to be Croydon Tories’ leader

EXCLUSIVE: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, says that the next local election campaign has  just begun Croydon’s Conservatives have started a search for a new Town Hall leader after Tim Pollard, who has been in the job since 2014, announced … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Helen Pollard, Helen Redfern, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Mario Creatura, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Brick by Brick set to break the covid-19 lockdown next week

Residents are accusing the council’s house-building company of underhand tactics and of breaking the covid-19 lockdown, writes our overdevelopment correspondent, writes BARRATT HOLMES, in the first of a two-part report Much of the rest of the country might be on … Continue reading

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‘The works are putting my family’s lives at risk from the virus’

Shocking video footage and photographs, taken by council residents who are terrified that they might contract coronavirus, show construction workers taking no special measures to avoid spreading the deadly disease This video was filmed yesterday by a mother with a … Continue reading

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Residents on high alert to keep check on planning applications

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on the 9-9-9 emergency for some roads in the south of the borough Last week’s decision to delegate all planning decisions to council officials, removing even a vestige of cover offered by the planning committee … Continue reading

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Estate agents’ report highlights the crisis in Croydon housing

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on  a report from housing experts which shows how the council has been ignoring its own planning policies, to the detriment of neighbourhoods around the borough As the borough’s residents’ associations go to battle with … Continue reading

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Sanderstead and Riddlesdown lead battle to save Green Belt

In 1953, the Coulsdon and Purley Urban District Council was granted a coat of arms, and this included two trees, one an oak to represent the Purley Oaks and the other a beech for Purley Beeches. In 2020, Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Residents’ mounting anger as BxB builders cancel meeting

A meeting arranged for tonight by Brick by Brick to discuss a mounting volume of complaints over the mismanagement and poor conduct of one of their sites in the south of the borough has been cancelled, at barely 24 hours’ … Continue reading

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Residents’ group appeals for help in handling planning process

With the council’s planning department doing nothing to deter greedy developers from buying up suburban family houses and develping them, one-by-one into blocks of flats across the borough, some groups of residents are looking at finding ways to fight back … Continue reading

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Hancock’s half-hour at Mayday prompts politicians’ squabble

Our elected representatives had a busy Monday. As well as the borough’s three MPs and short-attention-span councillors turning out at the Town Hall for the Mayor-making in the evening, earlier in the day many of them were in attendance for … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Health, Helen Redfern, Jane Avis, Louisa Woodley, Mayday Hospital, Ola Kolade, Purley Hospital, Sarah Jones MP, St Helier Hospital, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Creatura’s Town Hall promotion could signal early end of May

The next full meeting of our council is Monday’s anachronistic annual ‘mayor-making’ ceremony in the Town Hall chamber. Ahead of it, the council’s two political groups have been tinkering with their line-ups. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports that one … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Chris Clark, Crime, Croydon Council, Helen Redfern, Knife crime, Leila Ben-Hassel, Mario Creatura, Oni Oviri, Purley, Stephen Mann, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

4.88% Council Tax increase gets backing from Croydon Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the opposition group last night supported tax increases in the ‘last Blairite council in London’ The Conservative “opposition” group on Croydon Council last night voted with the majority Labour councillors to see Council … Continue reading

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Could Newman back ‘shoot Trump’ Skipper for Assembly?

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE has found Croydon Town Hall’s political ‘elite’ on manoeuvres, hopeful of selection for bigger, better allowances. But is the local Labour leader going to back a complete outsider? Despite campaign groundwork being laid for a snap … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, 2020 London elections, Addiscombe East, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Caragh Skipper, Fiona Twycross, Joseph Lee, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brick by Brick contractor in asbestos scare on Purley Oaks site

Contractors working for Brick by Brick, the council-owned house-builders who have yet to build a single home, were today accused of neglect, potentially endangering the long-term health of residents and their children on a building site in Purley Oaks. The … Continue reading

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