Category Archives: Purley Pool

Purley Pool remains shut despite £1m grant to council

Croydon Council has received nearly £1million of government covid cash from a fund to ensure local sports and leisure facilities can reopen safely after the coronavirus lockdown – but the authority has done nothing to open the doors of Purley … Continue reading

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Purley campaign demands answers over pool’s lack of funding

CROYDON IN CRISIS: With Greenwich Leisure, who operate the borough’s leisure facilities, under intense covid-19 financial pressures of their own, local mum RACHEL GARNETT (pictured left) explains the vital importance of the continuing campaign to save Purley Pool from closure … Continue reading

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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.

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Make a splash for cash: Purley Swimathon back for 33rd year

The Purley Swimathon will be diving head-first into another charity fund-raising venture next March, when teams of swimmers set off to help boost charities’ cash reserves. Since 1988, the Purley Swimathon – organised by Purley Rotary – has helped to … Continue reading

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Purley Swimathon splashes the cash as its reaches £520,000

Purley Rotary Club are rightly congratulating themselves on breaking through the half-million pounds barrier in money raised in their annual Purley Swimathon after this year’s event. With swim days staged on February 23 and March 2, the Purley Swimathon, in … Continue reading

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Purley Rotary Club Swimathon 2019, Feb 23/Mar 2

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Angry complaints force U-turn over leisure centre charges

The council’s ‘Better’ leisure centres have been forced to abandon plans to charge the carers of disabled people for use of the facilities. But those on low incomes are still expected to pay £28.50 for a membership scheme they probably … Continue reading

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Croydon pools to offer free summer swimming for under-16s

Youngsters aged 16 and under can use swimming pools at five Croydon leisure centres for free this summer.

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Tories did not want to oppose Purley tower, claims Speakman

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: The battle for the ‘grey vote’ in the south of the borough has taken an unexpected turn in Purley, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports Senior Conservatives, including councillor Simon Brew, are secretly keen not to make … Continue reading

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Speakman quits Tory party and launches attack on ageism

EXCLUSIVE: WALTER CRONXITE on the latest recriminations over party selections for the local elections next month Donald Speakman, a Tory councillor in Purley for the past 16 years, has resigned from the Conservative Party and has started a campaign to … Continue reading

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2018 Purley Swimathon, Purley Pool, Feb 24 and Mar 1

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GLL lined up for libraries, as well as leisure and pools

GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, on an added twist to the tale of a 20-year leisure centre management contract GLL – Greenwich Leisure Ltd – could be lined up to take over the operation of Croydon’s library service. GLL … Continue reading

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Council is splashing the cash for another swimming summer

Croydon’s Labour council has splashed the cash again, to give the borough’s under-16-year-olds free swimming sessions over the summer holidays. The free offer runs from Monday July 26 to Tuesday September 4. “This is the fourth summer in a row … Continue reading

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Make a splash with council’s free swimming offer for under-16s

Free summer swimming for under-16s is available at all of Croydon Council’s leisure centres for the six weeks of the schools’ summer holidays. As well as free swimming there will be crash courses for those new to the water, and … Continue reading

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Palace keeper Speroni helps Swimathon splash the cash

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni was on hand to get the Purley Swimathon underway this year, with swimmers aged from seven to 80 raising more than £20,000 towards local causes. As well as supporting their own chosen causes, the swimmers … Continue reading

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Make a charity splash in the new year with Purley Swimathon

There are still a few lanes available for eager fund-raisers at the 2016 Purley Swimathon on Saturday February 27 and Thursday March 3.

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Barwell clings on to turn the tide for the Tories in Croydon

To borrow a phrase from that giant among Croydon residents, Ronnie Corbett: “And finally…”. WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Yorkie bar and a copy of Computer Weekly, offers his analysis of the local state of … Continue reading

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Barwell starts to close the gap on Jones in Croydon Central

Parliament will be dissolved in three weeks’ time, with the polls suggesting the borough’s one battleground seat, Croydon Central, will be a tighter contest than was previously predicted, reports WALTER CRONXITE The result of the Selhurst ward by-election last week … Continue reading

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Council meeting goes through the motions as a costly joke

WALTER CRONXITE, our man watching the webcast with a Yorkie bar and  a cup of strong black coffee, calls for another reform of Croydon Council: scrap meetings of the full council. They’re a complete waste of time and public money, … Continue reading

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POLL: Back our scheme to save Purley Pool – permanently

FLIP FLOP (Part 94): Purley Pool has been given a reprieve, of sorts. Following an announcement this morning by Tony Newman, the council leader, the only public swimming pool serving a vast catchment area in the south of the borough … Continue reading

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Money-saving argument over pool closure won’t hold water

Campaigners hoping to keep Purley Pool open might want to consider whether the costs saving argument put forward by Croydon Council for the closure actually… well… holds water. The pool at Purley was earmarked for closure in 2014 by the … Continue reading

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Croydon needs a comedy candidate: Run, Jonny! Run!

Yesterday’s announcement that The Pub Landlord is to stand as a candidate in the General Election in South Thanet, wherever that might be, was satire of the highest calibre, worthy of Beyond the Fringe or Private Eye. But it also … Continue reading

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Purley Pool shows Tories and Labour are both in shallow end

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Croydon South’s anarchist candidate, JON BIGGER, pictured left, says that the decision over Purley Pool is another example to show there’s little difference between his Conservative and Labour election rivals The debate around the closure of Purley Pool … Continue reading

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Benn puts clear blue water between herself and pool closure

The Hon Emily Benn, who once distinguished herself as being “a Benn, not a Bennite”, made it clear at last night’s Croydon South Posh-Off debate that she’s not Ed, nor Ed. And she doesn’t much care for some of the … Continue reading

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Spot the difference as Philp takes on Benn in Purley Posh-Off

There promises to be a “Posh-Off” when Coulsdon and Purley Debating Society stages a General Election debate next Monday – yes, it’ll be January 5 – as the Tory candidate in Croydon South, Chris Philp, takes on Labour’s The Hon … Continue reading

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