Category Archives: Wayne Lawlor

MP Jones to speak against Addiscombe Road flats scheme

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on cross-party opposition to a property speculators’ multi-million-pound scheme that could change the exclusive Whitgift Estate forever Sarah Jones, Croydon Central’s Labour MP, will tomorrow night speak out at a Town Hall meeting against … Continue reading

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Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Parking, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Property, Queen's Hotel, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, Steve O'Connell, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Public rallies round to save South Norwood business

A family-run business that has been serving South Norwood for more than 40 years has almost had the stuffing knocked out of them in the past week, as their landlord has notified them of a rent increase of £3,600 a … Continue reading

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Trakas-Lawlor votes down Queen’s Hotel expansion plan

Has Croydon’s planning worm turned? KEN LEE reports from the Town Hall chamber, where two developments of little merit were both rejected last night Residents in Crystal Palace are preparing themselves for a long-term battle over the future of the … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Wright, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Jamie Audsley, Parking, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Pete Smith, Planning, Property, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Former Mayor of Croydon decides to stand down from council

Another senior member of the Labour group at the Town Hall has decided not to stand at next May’s council elections. Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, a councillor in South Norwood ward since 2010, announced his decision to colleagues yesterday. Trakas-Lawlor is the … Continue reading

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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

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Dinner at the Hilton looks to be good for builders’ business

BELLA BARTOCK, our resident culture vulture, slipped on her best frock and sling-backs for a night on the town with a motley crew of councillors Some of the world’s best-paid leaflet deliverers took the night off yesterday, as Croydon’s councillors … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Refuse collection, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Veolia, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audsley pays price as Newman sacks him as cabinet deputy

A lapse in judgement means that Jamie Audsley will be about £10,000 out of pocket next year, as the Bensham Manor ward councillor has been sacked from Labour leader Tony Newman’s cabinet team. Or, as Tony Soprano once said, “There’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Bensham Manor, Humayun Kabir, Jamie Audsley, Maggie Mansell, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mark Watson, Norbury, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Stephen Mann, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayor of Croydon’s St George’s Day Gala dinner, Apr 21

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Win a £22,000 Lexus at Mayor’s charity golf day, Mar 29

You could win yourself a new car at the Mayor of Croydon’s charity golf day next month. All you have to do is hit a hole in one. Coming towards the end of Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor’s year in office as … Continue reading

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Selhurst councillor Letts confirmed as next Croydon Mayor

Toni Letts, the councillor for Selhurst ward, has been confirmed as the next Mayor of Croydon. It will be Letts’ second term as Croydon Mayor. The news was announced this morning by the mayoral incumbent, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor: “Warm congrats to … Continue reading

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Croydon gets all Bollywood for 2017 New Year’s Day parade

Croydon Council’s going a bit Bollywood for the New Year’s Day parade in central London. Teenaged dancers and adult drummers from Apsara Arts in Mitcham Road will be performing on and around Croydon’s float, which has been decorated by graffiti … 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

Civic and religious leaders to mourn tram victims together

Croydon’s civic and religious leaders came together this afternoon to express their sympathy for the victims and the bereaved of today’s horrific Sandilands tram accident. Sunday’s annual civic service, to be held at Croydon Minster to remember the fallen in … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday service at Croydon Minster, Nov 13

Croydon’s annual Civic Service of Remembrance, held in conjunction with local branches of the Royal British Legion, will take place at Croydon Minster at 11am, on Sunday November 13. The service at the Minster will be conducted by the Bishop … Continue reading

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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

Purple Purley in the pink after doubling charity fund-raising

Local shops, businesses, organisations and schools managed to raise more than £5,000 for a cancer charity in less than seven days of Paint Purley Purple. Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, the Mayor of Croydon, visited the South East Cancer Help Centre yesterday to … Continue reading

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Waddon school pupils get chance to eat as they learn

Croydon’s new Mayor tended to his roots in more ways than one when he came to open St Giles’s School’s edible garden today. Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor got in some good spade work to bed down a tree planted to mark … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Education, Environment, Gardening, Schools, South Norwood, St Giles' School, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Flat developers could face £140,000 fines over The Ship

“How I laughed,” was the response of Rachel Lawrence, one of the organisers of the Save The Ship campaign in South Norwood, when she heard that the developers had described the campaign group as “23 middle-class white guys who don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Planning, Property, Pubs, South Norwood, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Having a ‘mare: Newman could use chance for a reshuffle

Punch and Judy’s back on at the Town Hall tomorrow night, with the latest full meeting of the council. Nothing of note is likely to be decided. Little of real interest will be announced. That’s transparent and accountable democracy in … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Bernadette Khan, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, John Wentworth, Louisa Woodley, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mike Selva, New Addington, Patricia Hay-Justice, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Tim Pollard, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Wayne Lawlor, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Commuting, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Cycling, Education, Environment, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Schools, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Wayne Lawlor, Wildlife, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Night of the short knives as Newman sacks chief whip Ryan

WALTER CRONXITE, our man in the public gallery with a Twix bar and a copy of the Racing Post, offers the inside information on what passes for a reshuffle at the Town Hall It was the sort of “hit” that … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Hamida Ali, Humayun Kabir, Manju Shahul Hameed, Oliver Lewis, Pat Ryan, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sherwan Chowdhury, Simon Hall, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Waddon, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments