Category Archives: Purley

Massive 247-flat scheme proposed for Purley Station site

Developers with ties to the Croydon Establishment move in on suburban town centre with a proposal for five blocks of flats that would cover the pitch at Wembley Stadium three times over Purley town centre, already the site of dozens … Continue reading

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Feeble planners allow builders to get away with (tree) murder

The council’s “light-touch” planning enforcement officials appear set to allow another piece of egregious eco-vandalism occur, this time with the wanton destruction of a mature yew tree likely to be more than 100 years old. The tree, on the junction … Continue reading

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Voluntary service gets helping hand from housebuilder staff

Committed to investing in the local neighbourhoods surrounding their community in Purley, housebuilder Lifestory has joined with Royal Voluntary Service and signed up for individual members of its staff to deliver 4,000 volunteer hours this year. The RVS provides volunteers … Continue reading

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Tesco abandon scheme to use CCTV in Purley store car park

Tesco have today dropped their planning application to use Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras in the car park of their Purley superstore, after “a significant level of objection from local residents”. The application has attracted more than 600 comments since … Continue reading

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Tesco plan to use CCTV to remove free parking at Purley

Residents in Purley, Sanderstead, Kenley and beyond are asking for their neighbours to join with them in posting objections on the council’s online planning portal to Tesco’s application for permission to instal two ANPRs – automatic number plate recognition cameras … Continue reading

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No bridge is too far for Purley couple’s Forces Day march

Alison and Nick Goveia will be going that extra mile or so on Armed Forces Day next month to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. The Goveias, from Purley, have signed up to walk SSAFA’s 13 Bridges Challenge … Continue reading

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Purley Bury Croquet Club open day, free entry, May 29

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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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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

Posted in Addington, Church and religions, City Commons, Coulsdon, Croydon parks, Environment, History, New Addington, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Surrey, Tandridge District Council, Walks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Two private schools to move into vacated Virgo Fidelis site

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on how an Opus Dei Catholic education trust is paying the £5m cost of repairs to a grand Gothic building in Upper Norwood, while Croydon Council Tax-payers are still getting stung with a £4m bill … Continue reading

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Under-threat libraries missing from council’s re-opening plans

Croydon Council this morning released details of its phased re-opening of some of the borough’s public libraries – but with no immediate plans for three of the buildings which it has listed for permanent closure in its recent consultation. Broad … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Broad Green, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Libraries, New Addington, Norbury, Old Coulsdon, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Addington Village, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Seven GP practices in Croydon taken over by US health giant

An American health insurance giant which has been described by the Daily Mail as “a profit greedy” company is about to take over seven GP surgeries in Croydon. Centene, through Operose Health, its UK subsidiary, has been taking over GP … Continue reading

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Purley Station’s new artworks offer inspiration from history

Purley BID’s efforts to enhance their district centre has seen them commission three giant artworks for the local railway station. A collaboration of works by Dan Cimmermann and Morgan Davy, the project was supported by Southern Rail, with the art … Continue reading

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Purley’s 117-year-old fountain is back in working order

Purley BID has completed their restoration project for the water fountain located in the gardens of Purley Library. The fountain has been a Purley landmark for more than 100 years, and now it is back in full working order.

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‘Email us if you are unable to access our online consultation’

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the council’s latest blunder over a public consultation for the badly polluted Purley Way and false claims for ‘the highest environmental standards’ Croydon Council, which already has a diabolically bad reputation for the way … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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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Binmageddon!: Veolia provides consistently rubbish service

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Purley resident PENNY SCOTT says that she has not had her household refuse collected on schedule since 2018 We did receive the council’s leaflet detailing the changes to our household refuse collections over Christmas. But my general waste … Continue reading

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Council applies emergency brake on New Year parking hike

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on how Fisher’s Folly officials have been forced into a sudden U-turn over their money-spinning ’emissions-based’ parking charges New car parking charges, due to come into force at council-run car parks and … Continue reading

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Purley organist gives church’s carols the Abbey Road touch

With their live choirs silenced by the covid crisis, All Saints Kenley and St Barnabas Purley have had to look elsewhere for Christmas inspiration. They didn’t have to look far, because organist and choir-leader Giles Holland was able to use … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick abandons plans to build on ‘village green’

A resident-led campaign in Purley and Kenley was today declaring victory after Brick by Brick announced it was abandoning plans to build on their “village green”. Brick by Brick wanted to build 17 flats, nine houses and a car park … Continue reading

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Churches in Kenley and Purley are Zoom-ing in on Christmas

Some of the borough’s churches are operating under the ‘new normal’ conditions, as our Religions Correspondent, PHIL PUGH, reports All Saints Church in Kenley and St Barnabas in Purley have decided not to use the traditional “Happy Christmas” message this … Continue reading

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Work to stop floods in Kenley and Purley scrapped by council

Croydon’s bankrupt council has cancelled vital flood-prevention measures in the south of the borough because it has already spent the money it was given for the works. That’s according to the Town Hall opposition Tories, who say that funding had … Continue reading

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30% parking fees hike will apply even to electric-powered cars

As George Orwell never wrote, all vehicles are equal, but some are more equal than others. Using environmental policies as an excuse, the council is expected to implement a parking charge hike of one-third from January. JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Broad Green, Business, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Environment, New Addington, Parking, Purley, Restaurants, Shifa Mustafa, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stuart King, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Jobs and livelihoods on a knife-edge says business chief

Purley BID’s CEO has spoken out about the impact that the latest covid-19 restrictions are having  on his members’ businesses The move into “High” covid-19 restrictions “has been devastating” for local businesses, according to the official who manages the Purley … Continue reading

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Sutton Cancer Hub and south of Croydon to get new bus routes

With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital, TfL is consulting on new and re-routed bus services around Belmont, Sutton, Purley, Addiscombe and Waddon, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports Croydon and Sutton are … Continue reading

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