Category Archives: Michael Neal

Pollard’s manifesto makes election a question of honesty

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Four years ago, the Conservatives in Croydon demonstrated their contempt for the electorate by not even bothering with a manifesto. This time round, as political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports, what they have produced is simply not very credible … Continue reading

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Posted in "Hammersfield", 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Bernard Weatherill House, Boxpark, Brick by Brick, Carillion, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Housing, Jason Perry, Libraries, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Mike Fisher, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Shirley, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council backs developers to allow Croham flat conversions

Inside Croydon Towers received the following letter in its bulging sack of mail this week. It is a damning account of how Croydon Council’s attitude to planning protection is affecting residents’ lives adversely I moved from Wallington to Croydon in … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Planning, Richard Ottaway MP, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Godfrey dismisses Tory ‘scaremongering’ over Fairfield Halls

A Croydon council cabinet member has hit out at what has been described as deliberate scaremongering and “opposition for opposition’s sake” from a Conservative councillor, who last night announced to a community association annual meeting that the Fairfield Halls was … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Fairfield Halls, Michael Neal, Riesco Collection, Selhurst, South Croydon, Timothy Godfrey, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Scouring Croham’s campaign for anything that might inspire

VOTE 2014: Over the next couple of weeks, we will preview the local elections with a look at key wards and the key issues. With 15 candidates from seven parties or groups standing in Croham, with the Greens, UKIP and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Croydon Greens, Croydon South, Gordon Ross, Jason Perry, Jon Bigger, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Parking, Property, Pubs, Shasha Khan, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

De-selected Pollard quickly finds Fairfield ward an easy Fitze

Congratulations to the Pollard family, who had to go barely 24 hours facing the horrible prospect of living like ordinary, hard-working Croydon residents and no longer receiving their annual “allowances” total of £67,354 for their part-time roles as Croydon councillors. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, David Fitze, Fairfield, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Jason Perry, Kenley, Maria Gatland, Mayor of London, Michael Neal, South Croydon, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Sue Winborn, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Labour select councillor from Kent to stand in Croham

Croydon Labour’s selection process for candidates to stand in next May’s local elections has stumbled into another potential controversy, after Chris Clark was chosen to stand in Croham ward in 2014. Clark is currently a councillor in Ashford in Kent, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Digging in to plant seeds of new community feeling

The borough is to get another community garden, this time in Birdhurst Avenue off Coombe Road in South Croydon. Ahead of the celebrity official opening on Saturday, HILARY GEE outlines the neighbours’ hard work This time last year, the green … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Environment, Gardening, Michael Neal, South Croydon, South Croydon Community Association | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

£30m library deal referred for scrutiny – by report’s author

It was past 9pm last night, Bank Holiday Monday, when the official Croydon Council Twitter feed spluttered into life (double time for someone in the press office, perhaps?), offering a link to some new content on the official council website. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Greenwich Leisure, Jason Cummings, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, Michael Neal, Steve Hollands, Terry Lenton, Tim Pollard, URV, Wandsworth Council | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘MPs are being chosen by tiny bunches of people’

Local democracy is in a state of terminal decay, through disinterest, apathy, disgust with politicians and general ignorance, with the effect that unrepresentative cabals are dominating the national political agenda, from Town Hall to parliament, often assuming power simply by … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Margaret Mead, Michael Neal, Richard Ottaway MP, Sara Bashford, Steve O'Connell, Tom Brake MP, Tony Harris, Tony Pearson, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Locals file complaint to Archbishop over neglected properties

The South Croydon Community Association, a group of concerned residents and businesses in the South End area, has lodged a formal complaint with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Charity Commission about the Whitgift Foundation’s management of its estimated £90-million … Continue reading

Posted in Fairfield, Michael Neal, Old Palace, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Croydon Community Association, Trinity School, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meeting urges locals to boycott Swan & Sugarloaf Tesco

A new residents’ association drew the attention and attendance of four Croydon councillors and an MP. It was a learning experience for them, as DIAMOND GEEZER reports How things change: after a first meeting to which none of the nine … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Clare Hilley, Fairfield, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Property, Pubs, Restaurants, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Croydon Community Association, Tony Harris, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment