Category Archives: Purley

Tory government rail cuts cause more commuter misery

Conservative ministers might expect us to return to work ‘as normal’, but they’re doing less-than-nothing to provide a transport service at pre-pandemic levels, reports JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent New rail timetables are to be implemented from Monday, with Croydon, Purley … Continue reading

Posted in Caterham, Community associations, Commuting, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, East Croydon, Epsom and Ewell, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Norwood Junction, Purley, Selhurst, Surrey, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No Overall Control: full election results for Croydon’s 28 wards

No overall control. After weeks of campaigning, all the voting and, eventually, all the counting was concluded three days after the polls closed, the final results of the 2022 Croydon local elections were in. With the borough’s first Green councillors … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Claire Bonham, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Kenley, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury, Norbury Park, Old Coulsdon, Park Hill and Whitgift, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selhurst, Selsdon and Addington Village, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Shirley South, South Croydon, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Erato Orchestra, Beethoven concert, Purley, May 21

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John Fisher governors get Ofsted backing in gay author row

Teachers are on strike at John Fisher School today, with the backing of the majority of parents, as well as former governors and even Ofsted, as the row with the school’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese rumbles into a third month. Governors … Continue reading

Posted in Church and religions, Education, John Fisher School, Purley, Ruth Dombey, Schools, Sutton Council, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Amberley Lodge celebrate Queenie’s glorious 101-year reign

Queenie Read celebrated her 101st birthday in style last week with a special birthday party at Care UK’s Amberley Lodge, on Downlands Road in Purley. For the milestone birthday, the home’s team organised an afternoon tea party, surrounded by Queenie’s … Continue reading

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Take your pick: our ward-by-ward guide to council elections

With a complete listing of all the candidates in Croydon’s May 5 councillor vote, political editor WALTER CRONXITE provides a guide to where the contest for the Town Hall might be won or lost The introduction of Croydon’s first democratically-elected, … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Andrew Pelling, Badsha Quadir, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Esther Sutton, Fairfield, Felicity Flynn, Gareth Streeter, Hamida Ali, Helen Redfern, Jade Appleton, Jan Buttinger, Janet Campbell, Jason Perry, Jose Joseph, Kenley, Leila Ben-Hassel, Mike Bonello, New Addington North, Norbury, Norbury Park, Ola Kolade, Old Coulsdon, Oliver Lewis, Oni Oviri, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Scott Roche, Selhurst, Selsdon and Addington Village, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Shirley South, Simon Hall, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stella Nabukeera, Steve Hollands, Stuart King, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Easter Fun Day, Christ Church School, Purley, Apr 16

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Planning Inspector rejects developer’s appeal on Hartley flats

After nearly a decade of profit-hungry developers being allowed to build too-small flats in too-large blocks in Croydon’s leafy suburbs, a government official has finally pointed out that this does nothing to help the housing crisis. By BARRATT HOLMES Residents … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, HADRA, Housing, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Tory budget amendment looks to reopen Purley Pool for £3m

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The disparity in provision of leisure facilities between the north and south of the borough has sent mayoral candidates trying to make a budget splash. By WALTER CRONXITE, Political Editor The Tory opposition group at the Town … Continue reading

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That’s entertainment! Purley celebrates its High Street heroes

Purley BID has announced its first Entertainment Week to be held from March 28 to April 3, featuring more than 45 events in what they claim “will be Purley’s most entertaining week ever”. Entertainment Week will also mark the return … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Comedy, Music, Purley, Purley BID, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Rail works to cut off Purley and East Croydon for rest of month

Rail passengers in south London and the south-east, after having had direct journeys into Victoria closed off during December and January, now face nine days later this month when routes to the south of the Brighton Main Line are shut … Continue reading

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Lewis is given another £1.3m to spend on Fairfield Halls

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Somehow, our cash-strapped council has managed to find a spare million to hand to the under-performing operators of the town centre’s arts venue, thanks to the recommendation of a new employee of The Campaign Company. EXCLUSIVE By … Continue reading

Posted in BH Live, Croydon Council, David Evans, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Purley, Purley Pool, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

#Macarnage: Higher Drive devastated as developers move in

Residents on a plush suburban street on a hillside in Purley have been thrown into a panic since the weekend after demolition workers showed up and started grubbing up trees and clearing the site of not one… not two… not … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Kenley, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Purley, Simon Brew | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Council’s misleading Open+ and shut case for public libraries

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The bankrupt council is spending £1.6m on an untried system that will allow it to reduce staffing hours at our libraries, a decision passed without debate at a Town Hall meeting. Our libraries correspondent, GENE BRODIE, investigates … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Education, Heather Cheesbrough, Libraries, Manju Shahul Hameed, New Addington, Norbury, Old Coulsdon, Planning, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Addington Village, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Vax roll-out accelerated – but not in Purley, Kenley or Coulsdon

The NHS vaccination programme cranked up an extra gear or two this week, as part of the national effort to offer millions of Britons a covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year in a race to protect the … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Croydon NHS Trust, Health, Kenley, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Route masters let TfL know what they think of bus changes

Our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON takes a closer look at TfL’s proposed changes to 13 routes through Croydon and Sutton, and discovers residents’ groups and ward councillors sceptical about the service reductions London Mayor Sadiq Khan has recently said that … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chipstead, Commuting, East Croydon, Kenley, London-wide issues, Norwood Junction, Purley, Purley Way, South Croydon, South Norwood, Surrey, Sutton Council, TfL, Transport, Waddon, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Let the drains take the strain: council acts to avoid flooding

Officials ask residents to report blocked gulleys to help reduce the risks of floods this winter A £162,000 flood alleviation project carried out in an area near Riddlesdown Station has been completed by the council before the worst of the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Kenley, Muhammad Ali, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Buyers beware: High Court judge puts planners in the dock

A High Court judge has ruled against Croydon’s planning department, quashing the decision of a senior council official to grant permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. Here, former council planner STEVE WHITESIDE explains how the court ruling could … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

From the Wandle to the Hudson, Carr campaigns on pollution

Lizzie Carr, the environmentalist from Purley who in 2016 paddled the length of England’s waterways to check how much waste plastic was polluting the country’s rivers and canals, is still battling against the toxic polluting of the nation’s rivers and … Continue reading

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Purley home offers care advice for elderly over fireworks

A care home in Purley has shared its top tips for supporting those living with dementia ahead of Bonfire Night and Diwali, which are both taking place later this week. While a fun tradition for many, the sound of fireworks … Continue reading

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NHS alliance staging consultations in Coulsdon, Nov 4 and 5

A health services alliance organisation is to stage two consultation sessions next week to outline plans for the medical centre planned for Coulsdon town centre. The sessions will be held at Coulsdon Methodist Church on Thursday November 4 and Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon NHS Trust, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Health, Kenley, Matthew Kershaw, Old Coulsdon, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Goats settle in for their winter’s work at Riddlesdown Quarry

There are goats in Croydon. No kidding. That was the announcement made by City Commons yesterday, as goats were turned out to graze at Riddlesdown Quarry. City Commons is the part of the City of London Corporation which manages large … Continue reading

Posted in City Commons, Coulsdon, Croydon parks, Environment, Kenley, Nature Notes, New Addington, Old Coulsdon, Purley, Sanderstead, South London Downs NNR, Whitgift Foundation, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Leisure centre is an asset of community value. Treat it like one

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The time has long passed for polite petitions seeking to save the council-owned Purley Pool. It’s time for the community to take the initiative. By STEVEN DOWNES, Editor of Inside Croydon While Save Purley Pool petitions and banners … Continue reading

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Purley Pool closure planned to help GLL repay £279,000 loan

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Cash-strapped council’s case for closing down leisure centre depends entirely on made up figures and abandoning terms of a 20-year management agreement. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Inside Croydon’s exclusive report two weeks ago about proposals to cut … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Oliver Lewis, Purley, Purley Pool, Sarah Hayward, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tories welcome back far-right figures as 2022 candidates

Our Political Editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the names in the frame to become new Tory councillors next May Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative opposition at Croydon Council, has handed the local politics equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Helen Redfern, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury Park, Purley, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Tony Pearson, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments