Category Archives: Purley

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. Advertisements

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

Questions tower over council’s husband and wife planning act

Angry residents are seeking a full and independent investigation into the role played by a senior member of the council’s planning department in a £300million tower development that was granted planning permission in central Croydon – when the wife of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, One Lansdowne Road, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Covid deaths should halt Brick by Brick’s densification plan

Criticised as being an over-development that ‘will give an overall appearance of cramped, overcrowded, poor-quality dwellings’, the latest council-backed scheme could even risk future coronavirus outbreaks. Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reports The deaths of residents from covid-19 when living in … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Environment, Housing, Joy Prince, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley, South Croydon, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Stanhope’s pear tree mural helps recall Purley’s ancient history

Purley has joined some of Croydon’s other railway stations by getting its name painted as a mural by noted artist, Lionel Stanhope. The mural, featuring traditional Southern Railways green and using heritage type font, was organised by Purley Business Improvement … Continue reading

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School to hold Food Bank Day to help families through summer

Thomas More School in Purley has organised a Food Bank Day for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15, from 9.45am to 3pm. “The school has been through an extraordinary time and our families have been through many difficulties during this lockdown,” Eugene … Continue reading

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Join the MonsterHeroes safari in Purley to raise funds for NHS

Youngsters and their adults are going on a safari adventure, following a story-trail around Purley to help spread joy, support the NHS and give families a safe reason to return to local shops. Launched this morning by the Purley Business … Continue reading

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‘Get it built’ says Purley business group backing Mosaic Place

The government decision to give a green light to the £20.25million redevelopment of a long-derelict site at Purley Cross, with more than 200 homes and including a controversial tower block, has left the local MP feeling “gutted”, while a local … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Mosaic PLace, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Set-back for MP Philp as Purley tower gets green light

A development scheme at Purley Cross that will provide more than 200 homes, some retail space and a significant amount of public infrastructure was finally given the go-ahead by Whitehall today, after a six-year planning saga that has involved two … Continue reading

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Residents plan legal action to save green from Brick by Brick

A group of residents in Kenley and Purley are getting financially “tooled up” to take on the council’s planning committee and the in-house house-builder Brick by Brick by raising money through a crowd-funder for a possible Judicial Review of a … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon parks, Environment, Kenley, Planning, Purley, Wontford Road Green | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Objections? What objections? Opposition? What opposition?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Has the council granted planning permission to a slew of sub-standard developments because the local Tories have allowed them to do so? STEVE WHITESIDE on the questions that Croydon Conservatives refuse to answer Have you ever wondered how … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Purley, Sanderstead, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Water board decides to pull the plug on A22 road closures

SES Water has cancelled its plans for major works on the water mains that will have closed a quarter-mile stretch of the A22 Godstone Road at Purley for three months. Announcing the abandonment of the works, SES Water today said … Continue reading

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BxB’s daylight robbery and the magic vanishing trees of Kenley

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Brick by Brick spends thousands on specialist reports to support its planning applications – if only the claims made in one set of documents they submit did not contradict the solemn statements made elsewhere. GEOFF JAMES has done … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Geoff James, Housing, Kenley, Planning, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

TfL issues revised bus diversions for Godstone Road closure

The closure of the A22 Godstone Road, originally planned to begin yesterday and to last approximately three months, as first highlighted by Inside Croydon, has now been postponed by a week. The works, being carried out around the clock while … Continue reading

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Is Wontford Road Green the worst BxB housing scheme yet?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Even with their very large, in-house team of  architects, council-owned builders Brick by Brick are still creating planning applications that completely fail to comply with the council’s own Local Plan, says GEOFF JAMES Brick by Brick’s planning application … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Kenley, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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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Soaring costs of unviable schemes should sound alarm bells

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Brick by Brick have been patting themselves on the back, but their high-staffing levels, low-experience levels and expensive schemes ought to be deeply concerning, according to SEBASTIAN TILLINGER Alarm bells should be ringing all over Croydon Council about … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Jo Negrini, Kenley, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council in cover-up over planning’s husband and wife act

Croydon’s planners have clearly never heard the old saying, ‘when in a hole, stop digging’, as suspicion mounts over the absence of documents to support dubious statements given to a committee, as KEN LEE reports Croydon Council has been accused … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Kenley, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘Our voice is being totally ignored’ say worried Purley residents

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, reports on how the council, despite declaring a climate emergency, is now planning to destroy open spaces and rare wildlife habitats The council’s voracious appetite for concreting over the borough’s precious green spaces has seen … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Purley cancer help centre shifts services online for pandemic

The country might be on lockdown, but the volunteers and specialists at the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley are continuing to provide a wide range of counselling and activities – but they are doing it all online. With … Continue reading

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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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Family fortunes: council suspected of planning cover-up

Heather Cheesbrough, one of Croydon’s most senior directors, has been accused of misleading the public and the elected councillors on the planning committee in a council cover-up over whether one of her staff properly declared an interest in advance over … 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

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Shirley | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Croydon Council, Housing, London-wide issues, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment