Category Archives: Yvette Hopley

Only five Croydon Tory councillors listed as ‘Backing Boris’

Croydon Town Hall’s Conservatives are not backing Boris. That’s according to a listing published today by the Boris Johnson leadership campaign which includes just five of Croydon’s 29 Tory councillors, from among 1,000 Conservative elected representatives at local authorities around … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Jason Cummings, Mario Creatura, Neil Garratt, Steve O'Connell, Tim Crowley, Tim Pollard, Yvette Hopley | 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

Balancing the books allows Labour to invest in Croydon

BUDGET COMMENTARY: With the council’s books balanced, a government-approved increase in Council Tax and front-line services being maintained by the Labour council, it is little wonder that the local Tories have so little to offer, writes Councillor ANDREW PELLING Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Council Tax, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Fly tipping, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Shirley, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Councillor objects to borough-wide ban on ice cream vans

Labour councillors were indignant at last night’s Town Hall meeting when it was suggested that they want to ban “Stop Me And Buy One” ice cream vans from the borough. Tory councillor Yvette Hopley – “I do enjoy a 99” … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon West, Mario Creatura, Sanderstead, Tony Newman, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Own goals galore scored on Croydon’s school playing fields

WALTER CRONXITE recounts the unedifying clusterfuck that has engulfed the Labour-run council over its development plans. Which they say that they don’t have Croydon’s Conservative councillors are predicting that Simon Hall’s days as a member of Labour’s front-bench team are … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Environment, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Julie Belvir, Maria Gatland, Nathan Elvery, Phil Thomas, Planning, Sara Bashford, Schools, Shasha Khan, Simon Hall, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Foundation, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mayor has to apologise as Crapita draws a blank for public

Virtually the first thing which Croydon’s new mayor, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, was forced to do on taking office last night was to apologise to around two dozen members of the public because of the latest embarrassing council technology short-coming caused … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe West, Bernard Weatherill House, Broad Green, Capita, Charity, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Libraries, Manju Shahul Hameed, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sara Bashford, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, URV, Waste incinerator, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 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

Which councillors attended Town Hall Christmas banquet?

Many thanks to all those who have already expressed support, and donated or offered other help, to Croydon Nightwatch as a result of Inside Croydon’s Christmas appeal. We have noted before the proximity, and stark contrast, between the grinding poverty … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Croydon College, Croydon Council, Croydon Nightwatch, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Double trouble with council mailshot for Mayor’s charity

Inside Croydon Towers has been inundated with mail. Well, two pieces of mail. Both had been sent first class. Both were sent by Croydon Council. And both to try to promote the very same event. The event in question is … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Charity, Croydon Council, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

MP Reed’s on his bike – have a heart and sponsor him

Croydon North’s MP Steve Reed appears to be taking Norman Tebbit’s most famous adage to heart. But Reed is getting on his bike to help his and other people’s hearts, as he is joining the London to Brighton bike ride … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, British Heart Foundation, Charity, Croydon North, Cycling, Health, Steve Reed MP, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Store at beating centre of making Croydon a Heart Town

Croydon is to become a “Heart Town”, with the borough’s new mayor, Yvette Hopley, choosing the British Heart Foundation as one of her official charities for the coming year and endorsing the campaign to reduce the amount of heart disease … Continue reading

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Countdown to council elections begins in Toy Town gowns

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is one year until the council elections, and for some, they have everything to lose, writes STEVEN DOWNES Last night’s instalment of a new Mayor of Croydon, Sanderstead councillor Yvette Hopley, marked the firing of the starter’s … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2012 by-election, 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Alison Butler, Badsha Quadir, Boris Johnson, Centrale, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon East, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Eddy Arram, Environment, Gavin Barwell, Health, Louisa Woodley, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, New Addington, Policing, Purley, Richard Ottaway MP, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Red Deer locals look north for help to rebuff Morrisons

Another landmark Croydon pub is under threat of takeover from a supermarket chain. And our local councillors’ response – where they have bothered to respond – is effectively to shrug their shoulders and say there’s nothing that they can, or … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Maria Gatland, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sanderstead, South Croydon, South Croydon Community Association, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Hamsey Green shops and schools under threat from Lidl plans

To absolutely no one’s surprise – largely because they have paid top-dollar for the landmark site and need to make the £2 million investment work for them commercially – Lidl has submitted a renewed planning application for a supermarket where … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Parking, Planning, Pubs, Sanderstead, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lidl drops planning application for Hamsey Green site

Lidl, the German supermarket chain, has dropped its planning application for what amounted to a vast steel shed to be built on a gateway site into Croydon from Surrey on the Limpsfield Road, to the south of Sanderstead. The Lidl … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Environment, Planning, Property, Pubs, Sanderstead, Yvette Hopley | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sanderstead’s Hopley expected to be Croydon’s next mayor

Yvette Hopley, a councillor for Sanderstead, is to be the borough’s next Mayoress, Inside Croydon understands. Hopley, a Purley Oaks resident, has a background in public relations and antiques – some reckon the perfect training for working with Croydon’s Conservatives. … Continue reading

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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