Category Archives: South Norwood

Stanley Halls has taken arts and crafts online during pandemic

MARY LITCHFIELD reports on how a South Norwood arts venue has managed to extend its reach of workshops over the past year At the Stanley Halls, the “new normal” has seen the South Norwood arts venue have to make significant … Continue reading

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Council rebrands low traffic streets scheme in latest U-turn

As traffic U-turns goes, Croydon’s latest has the look of a screeching handbrake turn. The Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Crystal Palace and South Norwood are no more. In their place is a not-too-subtly rebranded “healthy streets scheme”. Gone are the … Continue reading

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Removal of LTNs was unnecessary says cycling campaign

Croydon Council acted prematurely in removing its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes in Crystal Palace and South Norwood, according to the London Cycling Campaign. The council decided to remove the planters and other measures following a ruling from a High Court … Continue reading

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Rebel councillor kicked off traffic committee on eve of meeting

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the latest twist in the saga of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes Pat Ryan, the veteran councillor for Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward, has been removed as a member of the … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace give stadium over to NHS for vaccination centre

Sports centres in South Norwood are being turned into emergency coronavirus medical facilities. A hospitality suite at Crystal Palace FC’s Selhurst Park stadium has been adapted into one of London’s biggest covid-19 vaccination venues, playing a pivotal role in vaccinating … Continue reading

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After 27,000 meals for charities, Palace Kitchen is still cooking

The Palace Kitchen project is being extended into February so that thousands of local people in need can continue to receive nutritious food. Palace Kitchen, based at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium and backed by the Palace for Life Foundation … Continue reading

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Court ruling forces removal of Crystal Palace traffic measures

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, on how vocal motoring lobbies and TfL legal advice has got the council to abandon traffic-reduction rules – for the time being, at least The council has caved in to pressure from motoring lobbyists and … Continue reading

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Portland Arms pub opens its kitchen for community service

South Norwood reporter JANE NICHOLL on the latest lockdown initiative Community groups in South Norwood this week welcomed a much-needed additional self-help service, when the Portland Arms pub offered its kitchen and food during lockdown to prepare and distribute meals … Continue reading

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South Norwood library needs £900,000 more to be fit to open

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Mounting repair bills has seen the bankrupt council earmark five public libraries for possible closure. But they are not saying how much they might make if they sell the properties. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports More … Continue reading

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Confused councillor in roads row after he ‘likes’ vandalism

The council’s traffic management committee meeting tonight has provoked a row between Labour politicians, some of whom have been associating with questionable characters in their opposition to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, reports The intervention of MPs … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood’s street battle could be settled this week

After a rushed consultation, the council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee meets next week to discuss two of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Our environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION reports on the gathering storm When Councillor Muhammad Ali was promoted to the … Continue reading

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May 6? Maybe not, as Johnson prepares for new lockdown

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the implications of any extension to the coronavirus restrictions for the borough’s leafleting cult and the London elections Westminster observers are already predicting that the London Mayoral and Assembly elections, which were postponed from … Continue reading

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Tory councillors object to anarchists’ solstice sacrifice video

Croydon’s largest group of anarchists have expressed outrage that a video they had prepared to celebrate the winter solstice has been removed from a community Facebook page – because Tory councillors claimed that the short movie was “partisan” and “too … Continue reading

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City trust’s £143,000 helps South Norwood charity reach higher

A scheme which helps vulnerable young people in Croydon boost their career and life prospects will triple the size of its operation thanks to new funding. Youth charity Reaching Higher’s leadership programme supports 20 teenagers at risk of being excluded … Continue reading

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Government’s £175m for cycle lanes and low-traffic schemes

Tory government minister says that no one group should be allowed to veto schemes that close roads to rat-runners. By JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent The Tory government has announced £175million extra funding for a new wave of traffic reduction schemes … Continue reading

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Strange Cummings and goings as protests begin over library

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The battle has begun to save the borough’s libraries, under threat because of the council’s financial collapse. GENE BRODIE reports from yesterday’s well-attended protest in South Norwood More than 100 residents, including many parents with youngsters in … Continue reading

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Labour agree to hold mayoral referendum in October 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Council leader votes for a ballot that could cost as much as £1m, as agreement is finally reached to listen to the wishes of 20,000 Croydon residents. By STEVEN DOWNES The Labour group which controls Croydon Town Hall has … Continue reading

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BxB-built library which has never opened is now to be closed

The story of South Norwood Library is just the latest example of how thoroughly screwed-up and costly the council’s relationship with its loss-making house-builders has become. GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, reports This could only happen in Croydon. The … Continue reading

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Lacey still spinning as he hangs on to his job at Brick by Brick

It is not only the former council chief exec who has shown unconcealed contempt for the borough’s residents. Now, as our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reports, the discredited head of the council-owned builders is pushing his luck, too Colm Lacey … Continue reading

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Croydon house fires prompt safety warnings over batteries

The London Fire Brigade successfully tackled a fire at a house on Whitehorse Lane in South Norwood this morning. It was the second house fire at a home in Croydon in a couple of days, in a week when the … Continue reading

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30% parking fees hike will apply even to electric-powered cars

As George Orwell never wrote, all vehicles are equal, but some are more equal than others. Using environmental policies as an excuse, the council is expected to implement a parking charge hike of one-third from January. JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, … Continue reading

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Taking a U-turn on road measures risks a traffic accident

Some people are taking to the streets in Upper Norwood today to protest against the traffic-calming Low Traffic Neighbourhood initiative. But as an investigation by environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION has discovered, their campaign is supported and funded by motoring lobbyists … Continue reading

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Scott and Butler sacked from cabinet as Tories get their way

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on what passed for a ‘night of the long knives’ at the council’s extraordinary meeting Hamida Ali’s first act as the leader of the council last night was to sack three of the … Continue reading

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Barber signs Chelsea winger Canoville for cancer campaign

Chelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville, has joined a campaign based in a barbershop in South Norwood to raise cancer awareness among customers. Yianni Hapeshis, the owner of Barber Jack & Son on Portland Road, hopes that by fundraising for … Continue reading

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Brewers Greene King call time on popular South Norwood pub

The Albert Tavern in South Norwood is to close permanently. The Albert, warmly regarded as a community hub by locals living near the Harrington Road pub, is one of 79 pubs which brewers Greene King has announced are to close. … Continue reading

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