Category Archives: Kathy Bee

Cummings sees off Blairite campaign with win on first ballot

WALTER CRONXITE reports from South Norwood on what may prove to be a significant Labour selection decision In the end, it wasn’t even close. Labour’s selection meeting to choose a candidate to stand in the forthcoming South Norwood by-election overwhelmingly … Continue reading

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South Norwood set for council by-election as Bee buzzes off

There is to be a council by-election in the safe Labour ward of South Norwood, after former Town Hall cabinet member Kathy Bee announced that she is to resign as a councillor in order to pursue a Civil Service job … Continue reading

Posted in Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Brick by Brick is failing to deliver on affordable homes pledge

BARRATT HOLMES on the overdevelopment of planning meetings – five more to come in the next few weeks  – and how Thursday’s committee approved three schemes from a council-owned developer without any affordable housing whatsoever Croydon’s chief executive, Jo Negrini, … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, South Norwood, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council hands Hunt final decision over cuts to IVF treatment

The Council’s health and social care scrutiny committee has thrown a curve ball to the Tory government over cuts in NHS provision by referring the decision to end the provision of IVF fertility treatment in Croydon to Jeremy Hunt, the … Continue reading

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Scott’s latest Hart to Hart offers a few more details

More details have seeped out from the latest of the “invitation-only” meetings organised by local councillor, Paul Scott, in one of his many other roles, on behalf of what is supposed to be a community group, People for Portland Road. … Continue reading

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Only select few get invite to Norwood ‘regeneration’ meeting

There’s another chance for residents in South Norwood to ask awkward questions about the “plans” that one or two influential council figures and their consultants appear to have for the area around Portland Road at a meeting tonight at Stanley … Continue reading

Posted in Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Paul Scott, People for Portland Road, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Councillor promises to investigate shops’ £1,500 licence fees

A senior Labour councillor has promised to “investigate” whether he can do anything about the eye-watering increases to licensing charges for using pavement areas outside shops in South Norwood, which the owners say could force them to close. Paul Scott, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Paul Scott, People for Portland Road, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

£1,500 licence fee drives South Norwood shops out of business

Sad times on Croydon’s high streets. M.T. WALLETTE, our shopping correspondent, reports from South Norwood where two long-standing retailers fear they might be forced out of business… by their own council Two much-loved high street shops, both in the Mayor … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Business, Croydon Council, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Football-watching councillors are rewarded with promotions

WALTER CRONXITE, our man outside the Town Hall with a Yorkie bar and Mike Fisher’s discarded copy of the Racing Post, sees a clear message in the latest council cabinet reshuffle: mediocrity will be rewarded in Croydon Tony Newman, Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Callton Young, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Kathy Bee, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Newman looks for Plan B on roads as Bee is moved on

Kathy Bee, the councillor in charge of the state of the roads in the borough, looks set to be another casualty of Tony “Soprano” Newman’s inadvertent reshuffle of Town Hall top jobs expected to be undertaken at a Labour group … Continue reading

Posted in Callton Young, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Kathy Bee, Mark Watson, Parking, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Murder on the dance floor as Newman checks who’s in step

Ignore the pointless “debate” on the EU referendum and badly sung versions of Land of Hope and Glory. Monday’s council meeting was in fact a thinly disguised contest to judge the performances in the Town Hall chamber of some of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Mark Watson, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council launches second area to trial 20mph traffic zone

A second large area in the north of the borough could get a 20mph zone on its residential roads, as the council begins a consultation tomorrow asking residents if they agree to extending the speed restrictions into South Norwood, Selhurst … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Bensham Manor, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Environment, Fairfield, Heathfield, Kathy Bee, Selhurst, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Homes to be sacrificed as part of TfL’s Purley Way proposals

Transport for London today confirmed that they have abandoned the £85million Boris Flyover scheme they proposed for the A232 Croydon Road where it meets the Purley Way. Instead, they want to widen a road bridge over the railway line at … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Housing, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Planning, Pubs, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

We can expand Duppas Hill Park and still improve the roads

CROYDON COMMENTARY: This week, in an answer at Mayor’s Question Time, Boris Johnson gave the firmest indication yet that Transport for London has abandoned plans for a £85 million flyover on the A232 across Waddon Station. But as TfL delays … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council opts to oppose Boris Flyover and save Waddon Hotel

Croydon Council’s cabinet will tonight give Jo Negrini, the executive director in charge of planning and development, and transport spokeswoman, Kathy Bee, the task of taking on Transport for London to deliver a new road system around the Purley Way … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Pubs, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘Fourways junction’: TfL’s latest botch for Purley Way traffic

Transport for London wants to re-configure the Fiveways junction on the A23 Purley Way, turning it into “Fourways” by diverting Denning Avenue away from one of the worst traffic choke points in south London. How this will reduce the number … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Croydon South, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Property, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Parking the tow trucks is another sign that cuts don’t work

WALTER CRONXITE on another cut in council services which seems to offer irresponsible drivers free rein to park their cars wherever they like What follows is a sentence that has never before appeared on Inside Croydon: We agree with Phil … Continue reading

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Councillors finally oppose Waddon flyover ‘monstrosity’

WALTER CRONXITE has trawled through the council’s audio recording of a Town Hall meeting which was never webcast, and discovered a breath of fresh air over Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s £85 million proposal to build a flyover to the … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Duppas Hill Park, Environment, Health, Joy Prince, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Transport, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Halls transferred to community group headed by councillors

The management of Stanley Halls has been formally transferred from Croydon Council to local residents’ group, The Stanley People’s Initiative, which has signed a 35-year management lease for the cherished venue. No sooner had the transfer to the community group … Continue reading

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Council lets builders turn Arena parkland into a car park

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE avoids saying “we told you so” about what promises to be a disappointing start to life at big school for the bright-eyed new Year 7s at the Oasis Academy alongside Croydon Arena Parents of children excitedly … Continue reading

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Community leader asks if council is ‘complicit’ with developer

Residents in and around Norwood and Crystal Palace, and pub-lovers from across the country, have reacted with disgust at the pusillanimous manner in which Croydon Council officials have failed to enforce the decisions of elected councillors on the planning committee … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Jane Avis, John Wentworth, Kathy Bee, Pat Ryan, Pubs, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

All too quiet about Quietway closures on Norbury Avenue

Once the school run was over yesterday morning, official-looking blokes wearing hi-viz jackets blocked off a one-mile stretch of a suburban street in Croydon. It’s a new “Quietway” on Norbury Avenue. Which might explain the near-silence from Croydon Council about … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Cycling, Environment, Jo Negrini, Kathy Bee, Norbury, Norbury Green Residents' Association, Norbury Village Residents' Association, Parking, Planning, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Council’s 20mph consultation looking like a political car crash

One of Croydon’s Labour council’s flagship policies appears to have been driven down a dead-end road. The local Labour group’s 20mph proposal for residential streets is in a state of crisis, faced with energetic opposition from the motoring lobby, otherwise … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Environment, Karen Jewitt, Kathy Bee, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Policing, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Duppas Hill Park looks set to make way for new Bee road

The world of unreality that is inhabited by Croydon’s Labour-run council was evident once again in a report to Monday’s council meeting from Kathy Bee, the cabinet member in charge of the borough’s transport. It was just like 1984 all … Continue reading

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Wandle Park gets £58,000; Waddon park bulldozed with £87m

There’s something bittersweet about the announcement this week that Croydon Council has been awarded £58,800 from City Hall towards the cost of improving pedestrian and cycling access to Wandle Park. Sweet, because it is a cause that Inside Croydon’s loyal … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Business, Connected Croydon, CPO, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Environment, Friends of Wandle Park, Kathy Bee, Mayor of London, Planning, Tony Newman, Waddon, Wandle Park, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments