Category Archives: Lynne Hale

Newman wins vote but consigns Labour to election misery

TOWN HALL SKETCH: The borough is in the middle of two crises – the coronavirus pandemic and its own financial mess. Yet last night saw the first full meeting of Croydon Council in almost three months, an ’emergency’ meeting only … Continue reading

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Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Jeet Bains, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Lisa Taylor, Lynne Hale, Maddie Henson, Mario Creatura, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tories pick Perry as new leader in run-up to local elections

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports as the Town Hall’s opposition Conservatives stage their leadership reshuffle Jason Perry is Croydon’s Conservative opposition’s new leader, elected at a meeting of the borough’s Tory councillors last night. Croydon’s Tories have been enthusiastic … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Jason Cummings, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Sanderstead, South Croydon, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 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

Croydon Tories in call for public inquiry into Brick by Brick

Croydon Tories have appealed to a government minister to hold an urgent inquiry into the running of Brick by Brick, the council’s in-house house-builders. The call was made public at last night’s meeting of the full council by Tim Pollard, … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Chris Philp MP, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jo Negrini, Lynne Hale, Planning, Sanderstead, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Official: Croydon won’t build a single council home in 8 years

Council housing company won’t complete first new home until March Of homes to be completed this year, only 29% will be ‘affordable’ Two Tory councillors failed to show up for scrutiny of Brick by Brick Business plan is ‘just guesswork’, … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, College Green, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Luke Clancy, Lynne Hale, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tories are waging war on council housing, says Butler

This week’s council meeting featured a tub-thumping performance in the council chamber over Croydon’s housing policies. KEN LEE reports Monday night’s meeting of the full council witnessed something not seen in a very long time: Alison Butler delivering a speech … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Lynne Hale, Planning, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

£180m Fairfield operator contract is called-in for scrutiny

Fifteen Conservative councillors signed official forms to call-in the decision to award the operator contract for the Fairfield Halls, a move which some fear might delay the appointment process, and others have described as petty political point-scoring. The matter will … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Chris Philp MP, Chris Wright, Donald Speakman, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell, Helen Pollard, James Thompson, Jan Buttinger, Jason Cummings, Jeet Bains, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mario Creatura, Sean Fitzsimons, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tories object to flats – one mile from housing minister’s home

WALTER CRONXITE highlights the latest egregious example of hypocrisy and misrepresentation from Croydon’s Conservatives In the week of the government’s housing White Paper, when the focus was on resolving the housing crisis, Croydon Conservatives led by Tim “Nice But Dim” … Continue reading

Posted in Gavin Barwell, Housing, Lynne Hale, Paul Scott, Planning, Sanderstead, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Creatura fails to declare his council position to Parliament

Admin is clearly beneath Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell and his very well-staffed office (whose salaries are paid for by you, the tax-payer). Well over a year since Mario Creatura, Barwell’s Westminster bag carrier, got himself a second publicly funded … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon West, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Julie Belvir, Kenley, Lynne Hale, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Purley, Purley Pool, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Newman goes missing at the making of piece of black history

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the Town Hall chamber with a Yorkie bar and half-finished crossword from that day’s Metro sticking out of his jacket pocket, reports on Monday’s council meeting, where all promises of doing civic business in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, David Osland, Dudley Mead, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Planning, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Time for thorough ethical review of Croydon’s governance

 CROYDON COMMENTARY: The nexus of connections that have been developed between the local authority – of whatever political hue – and vested interests in the borough makes it long overdue for a review of proper governance, says CHARLOTTE DAVIES The … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Art, Ashcroft Theatre, Bishop of Croydon, Business, Care Homes, Croydon Commitment, Croydon Council, CVA, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, Gavin Barwell, George Ayres, Housing, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Planning, Property, Riesco Collection, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Trinity School, URV, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

These councillors voted last night to build on a Croydon park: next month they will want you to trust them with your vote

When you last had a chance to vote for the local council four years ago, were you asked for your views on the council building on public open space so that the developers could make more than £100million in profit? … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Business, Chris Wright, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, David Osland, Environment, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Lynne Hale, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Sanderstead, Shirley, Sue Winborn, Taberner House, Tim Pollard, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Tories dump councillor No3 as Barwell strengthens his hand

Andy Stranack was duly selected on Saturday night as a Tory candidate for Heathfield ward in May’s local elections. Stranack’s selection saw a third sitting Conservative councillor dumped in the selection process so far and provided the latest sign that … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Ian Parker, Jason Cummings, Justin Cromie, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Phil Thomas, Sanderstead, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve Reed MP, Tim Pollard, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Downing Street tips its advisors for parliamentary selection

On yer bike. Downing Street has spoken and Laura Trott is one of its three preferred candidates to run for the Conservatives in the ultra-safe Tory Croydon South seat in 2015. But you might want to hit your Shimano brakes… … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon South, Lynne Hale, Mike Fisher, Richard Ottaway MP, Simon Hoar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Charity Commission to examine takeover of Fairfield Halls

The Charity Commission is to look into Conservative-run Croydon Council’s plans to take over the running of the Fairfield Halls and London Mozart Players. The Commission’s decision follows reports on Inside Croydon. Papers for the decision-making cabinet last month suggested … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Charity, Croydon Council, David Fitze, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, George Ayres, London Mozart Players, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Music, Planning, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, URV | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pollard makes a false dubstep at London’s New Year parade

The secrecy, half-truths and bogusness of so much of what Croydon Council is about was extended even to the float at the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Day Parade last month. Alongside similar floats from the other London boroughs, Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Nero tendency: fiddling over the election figures

The few visitors to the public gallery for this week’s council meeting at the Town Hall were treated to a couple of innovations. With the assistance of council officials, Conservative councillor Lynne Hale was able to intersperse her speech with … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Lynne Hale, Sara Bashford, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council helps Lidl defeat batman over pub demolition

Croydon Council has given the all-clear to Lidl to demolish the Good Companions pub at Hamsey Green, leaving local residents and some Sanderstead councillors to pin their hopes on objections to the planned supermarket because it is unsuitable for a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Environment, Fairfield, Lynne Hale, Maria Gatland, Planning, Property, Pubs, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, South Croydon, Tim Pollard, Whitgift Foundation, Wildlife, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lidl encounters strong opposition after paying £2m for pub site

Lidl could have paid three times the market rate to purchase the Good Companions pub site on Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, and look like they could be left with a £2.2 million real estate bill for a store that few locals … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Crime, Croydon South, Environment, Fairfield, Lynne Hale, Outside Croydon, Planning, Property, Pubs, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Schools, South Croydon, Tim Pollard, Waddon, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Why join a political party that does not allow you to vote?

Last week, we reported the Croydon Conservative Association’s appeal for a recruitment officer, to try to stem the decline in local Tory membership. Here, ANTHONY MILLER provides insight into what may await new recruits The dismal size of the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Ashburton, Boris Johnson, Croydon Central, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Lynne Hale, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Absent MP Ottaway doesn’t know what day it is

Croydon South‘s MP is not just absent in body, it seems, but absent minded, too. All the clues about when the rioting and civil disorder took place, with repeated references to “Croydon 8/8”, and which anyone who lives in the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon 8/8, Croydon South, Lynne Hale, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ottaway raises more parliamentary questions over Hale

Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway has been in touch to deny that Maddy Hale was ever in his paid employment. Hale, as we reported, is the teenaged daughter of Lynne Hale, the Croydon Councillor for Sanderstead ward who as well … Continue reading

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For Croydon MP Ottaway, it’s a case of jobs for the girls

Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway has a new staff member at his Westminster office: a local teenager called Madeleine Hale. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because Hale is the daughter of senior Conservative Croydon councillor, Lynne Hale. Lynne … Continue reading

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