Category Archives: Jane Avis

Will South Norwood and Woodside ask the sensible question?

KEN TOWL takes to the campaign trail and discovers that in a couple of the more contentious ward by-elections being held on May 6, community mutual aid is getting more of a hearing Let’s be honest – if the Daily … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Jane Avis, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tory needed Fraud Office permission to stand in election

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the real agenda behind one of the council by-elections next month Croydon Conservatives are so confident of losing the South Norwood council by-election next month that they have fielded a candidate whose job might … Continue reading

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‘Council flats crisis has been heartbreaking, and cruel’

The scandal over the appalling conditions in South Norwood flats rolls on, as the council evacuated some of its tenants into poor conditions – in one case, placing a mother with a two-year-old toddler into what appeared to be a … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Aide to MP Reed selected for South Norwood by-election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the local MP could soon have a member of his office staff on the council Croydon North’s Progress MP, Steve Reed OBE, yesterday moved one step closer to his goal of installing a placeman … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Jane Avis, Louis Carserides, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Candidates’ tough task to shake off Labour reputation

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how candidates standing in ward by-elections next month have to shake off the stigma of replacing discredited Tony Newman and Simon Hall Kola Agboola and Mike Bonello have been named by Labour as their … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Fieldway, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fitzsimons stays on to scrutinise his scrutiny committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Town Hall’s theatre of the absurd continues tonight with a meeting chaired by a councillor criticised by auditors and government inspectors for failing to raise the alarm over finances and poor governance. STEVEN DOWNES reports Sean … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Nina Degrads, Oliver Lewis, Report in the Public Interest, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘Appalled’ Jenrick seeks ‘urgent answers’ over Croydon flats

Croydon Council has been roundly criticised for its failures to act over the chronic and dangerous water leaks and long-term damp in its block of flats in South Norwood. The appalling conditions – described as “the worst I have ever … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Sadiq Khan, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon Labour shaken after resignation of third councillor

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Hamida Ali’s control of the Town Hall continues to crumble, as long-standing councillor Jane Avis decides to quit. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Jane Avis, the council cabinet member for homes and gateway services, has resigned from the … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, New Addington North, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Libraries, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Education, Jane Avis, Libraries, Lisa Taylor, Oliver Lewis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Section 114 notice, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Brick by Brick, Callton Young, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Leila Ben-Hassel, Section 114 notice, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

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

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Jason Perry, Muhammad Ali, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman’s claims over diversity miss the real ‘need for change’

Black Lives Matter. But in Orwellian Croydon, some matter more than others, as our political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports While many in England will be rushing off to the pub tomorrow, Tony Newman will be using a Croydon Labour councillors’ … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, David Wood, Jane Avis, Janet Campbell, Louisa Woodley, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Sean Fitzsimons, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Newman accused of breaking own rules over councillor sacking

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest shenanigans from Croydon’s Labour leader Tony Newman, the leader of the council, may have broken his own Labour group’s rules last week when he issued an email “announcing” the appointment of Janet Campbell as … Continue reading

Posted in Callton Young, Humayun Kabir, Jane Avis, Janet Campbell, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman sacks social care cabinet member in middle of crisis

Leader claims move improves racial balance in council cabinet, while his three-strong leadership team remains all white. WALTER CRONXITE reports Labour leader Tony Newman has sacked Jane Avis, his council cabinet member for health and social care, right in the … Continue reading

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Covid-19 a ‘ticking time bomb’ in borough’s 140 care homes

Croydon is among the London boroughs worst hit by coronavirus according to the latest government figures this weekend. And yet the pandemic death toll in this part of south London could be far worse once the fatalities are counted up … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Care Homes, Croydon CCG, Croydon Council, Health, Jane Avis, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayfair property developers fence off Woodside play space

Greedy property developers, who are trying to bully a group of neighbours off the community gardens they have created in South Norwood, have erected a six-foot fence around a children’s play area in Love Lane without seeking any planning permission. … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, Heather Cheesbrough, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council to end contract for elderly sheltered housing care

The council is bringing back in-house the care of 237 older tenants in special sheltered flats and ending its contract with the existing private provider, following repeated complaints that the services provided had been falling below acceptable standards. It is … Continue reading

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Croydon CLP backs elected mayor over ‘dysfunctional’ council

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on what Mrs Merton might have called ‘a heated debate’ The simmering internal conflict within the Labour Party in Croydon seems unlikely to cool off during the Town Hall’s summer recess, after members in Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

CLP cancels meeting with motion opposing NHS privatisation

A constituency Labour Party in Croydon cancelled its regular monthly meeting this week – thwarting an attempt to discuss a motion opposing the latest round of NHS reorganisation and privatisation in the borough. Town Hall sources suggest that centrist-dominated Croydon … Continue reading

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Hancock’s half-hour at Mayday prompts politicians’ squabble

Our elected representatives had a busy Monday. As well as the borough’s three MPs and short-attention-span councillors turning out at the Town Hall for the Mayor-making in the evening, earlier in the day many of them were in attendance for … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Health, Helen Redfern, Jane Avis, Louisa Woodley, Mayday Hospital, Ola Kolade, Purley Hospital, Sarah Jones MP, St Helier Hospital, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Woodside councillors go missing from rubbish walkabout

Just two weeks after residents organised a walkabout in South Norwood and part of Woodside ward with some councillors and management from Croydon’s rubbish contractors, and the photograph (right) shows the state of one of those streets again yesterday. Residents … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Environment, Fly tipping, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Refuse collection, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Veolia, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

We don’t want to deselect Progress MP Reed say Momentum

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on backing for Croydon North’s centrist MP from a surprising source Steve Reed OBE must have had a relaxed weekend after he received a ringing endorsement of his position as MP for Croydon North from the … Continue reading

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Council’s Autism Board failed to hold meetings for nine months

Croydon Council’s Autism Board failed to hold any meetings during a nine-month period from October last year. That’s according to a written response from the cabinet member responsible, Jane Avis. For a council which is struggling to improve its reputation … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Adult Social Care, Andrew Rendle, Charity, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jane Avis, Jerry Fitzpatrick | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planning chair votes twice to thwart Sunny Bank residents

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE watched last night’s council planning committee, so you wouldn’t have to… Paul Scott, the Labour-run council’s chair of the planning committee, last night allowed himself to vote twice to push through a housing scheme in … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jane Avis, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Muhammad Ali, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Pubs, Ruskin House, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment