Category Archives: Karen Jewitt

Audit shows £9m shortfall in Hall’s property speculation deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Internal audit report will make very uncomfortable reading for the council leader and his finance chief, and shows worrying budget problems for most of the council-run schools. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor It is barely a week … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Social Care, Business, Children's Services, Colonnades, Croydon Council, Croydon Park Hotel, Jo Negrini, Karen Jewitt, Katherine Kerswell, Schools, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adrian Dennis: ‘A legacy of honesty, integrity and decency’

Tributes to the life and works of Adrian Dennis, the former Thornton Heath Labour councillor who died last week, have flooded in from a wide range of former colleagues and friends, including a former Deputy Mayor of London. Dennis, who … Continue reading

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Victory for Friends’ group as council abandons park land sale

Thousands of objections from residents have forced Croydon Council into a U-turn on its scheme to flog off a Victorian park lodge and a strip of Grangewood Park. But as our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, has discovered, despite declaring … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Friends of Grangewood Park, Karen Jewitt, Pat Clouder, Property, Simon Hall, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jackpot for Thornton Heath campaign as slots arcade rejected

Extraordinary scenes in Thornton Heath tonight, where the council has broken the habit of a lifetime and actually listened to residents. Croydon Council announced today that it has refused permission to an operator of “adult gaming centres” to open a … Continue reading

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Newman and Scott given a free pass on Woodside selection

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a week of surprises and disappointments (for some) as Croydon Labour’s candidate selection process limps on Tony Newman and Paul Scott, half of the Town Hall “Gang of Four” who have an iron grip on the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Rendle, Callton Young, Clive Fraser, Fairfield, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Karen Jewitt, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Invisible’ Selva suffers knock-out blow from Muhammad Ali

Seconds out! Round four… Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the latest twists in Labour’s selection saga Alison Butler, the deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, survived a re-selection scare when members in Bensham Manor this week duly … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Humayun Kabir, Jamie Audsley, Karen Jewitt, Manju Shahul Hameed, Matthew Kyeremeh, Mike Selva, Muhammad Ali, Pat Clouder, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour deputy leader Butler is under threat of de-selection

Croydon Labour’s long-delayed local election candidate selection process is beginning to look like a cross between House of Cards and Game of Thrones, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Alison Butler, the all-powerful deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council, … Continue reading

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‘I’ll lie in the doorway to stop chicken shop’ vows councillor

A Thornton Heath councillor has vowed to lie down in the doorway of a landmark pub to stop any redevelopment of the site into a fried chicken outlet. Karen Jewitt, one of Thornton Heath’s two Labour councillors, was responding to … Continue reading

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Cummings selection video highlights fault-lines in local Labour

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest public arm-wrestle among the Blairites and Corbyn supporters in the party in Croydon Labour’s selection of a candidate to stand for the council vacancy in South Norwood in a by-election to be staged in … Continue reading

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Little Progress in Croydon, as Newman backs another loser

WALTER CRONXITE says there were plenty of Croydon mentions at the Labour conference, but few signs that those in charge of the local party are about the embrace enthusiasm for the leadership any time soon As Croydon’s Labour politicians and … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, David White, Housing, Jane Avis, Jo Negrini, John Wentworth, Karen Jewitt, Sadiq Khan, Sarah Jones MP, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

New pub donates old pictures to locals at Stanley Halls

The Antic Pub Co, which recently acquired the William Stanley pub in South Norwood from Wetherspoons, has been as good as its word, donating a wide collection of old photos and pictures which used to adorn the wall of the … Continue reading

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Robbed Norwood charity sends thanks to community donors

An appeal from a Norwood lunch club to replace stolen food and equipment has hit its target in less than 24 hours – thanks in part to a donation from one local businessman who read about the charity’s plight on … Continue reading

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Thieves steal £500-worth of food intended for charity meals

Thieves have broken into a hall in South Norwood which provides lunches for the elderly and adults with learning difficulties, and stolen around £500-worth of food and equipment, much of it paid for through donations raised by the community group’s … Continue reading

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South Norwood community centre seeks lunch club volunteers

The South Norwood and Woodside Community Association is appealing for volunteers to assist with its lunch club. SNWCA is a small charity based in the South Norwood High Street area. The lunch club is for older people on Mondays, Wednesdays … Continue reading

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Labour official says party knew of councillor court case in 2013

A long-time official of the local Labour Party has condemned them for selecting and promoting a councillor with links to the Conservative Party. Adrian Dennis is the Croydon alderman who reported his concerns over Labour councillor Matthew Kyeremeh’s political links … Continue reading

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Bollards! Latest crash underlines danger on Grange Road

Further proof of the need for better enforced speed controls on key routes through Croydon was delivered by another out-of-control motorist on the eve of the end of the council’s 20mph consultation. Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader sent us this picture, … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Cycling, Environment, Karen Jewitt, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Thornton Heath, Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 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

Thornton Heath lawyer wants to give major parties a wigging

VOTE 2014: It is not just some among the black and minority ethnic Conservatives in Croydon who feel that they have been overlooked by their own party. Thornton Heath lawyer Dwain Coward, previously a Labour supporter, has become so disillusioned … Continue reading

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Are you local? New Addington’s Royston Vasey campaign

VOTE 2014: Labour needs to win both New Addington seats if they are to have any chance of winning control of the Town Hall, but they have been handicapped by internal wrangles and Tory accusations of being “outsiders” Labour’s determination … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, George Ayres, Karen Jewitt, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Tony Pearson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Dog-gate”: Councillor bites back to get £75 fine refunded

Roy Barnes, who was fined £75 by the council’s bounty hunter contractors when walking his dog through Queen’s Gardens, is to get all his money back thanks to an intervention by local councillor Karen Jewitt. Queen’s Gardens is the public … Continue reading

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The Croydon Mayor who always had a smile and kind word

KAREN JEWITT pays tribute to former Croydon Mayor Wally Garratt, who has died this week When I first came on the council, Wally Garratt was my friend and guardian and fellow colleague in the Labour Party. Wally, who served as … Continue reading

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Councillor Woodley misses out in Thornton Heath selection

The members of the local Labour party made their voices heard again last night, when Louisa Woodley was not re-selected in Thornton Heath ward to stand in next May’s Town Hall elections. Woodley is the latest sitting councillor to come … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Karen Jewitt, Louisa Woodley, Pat Clouder, Paul Smith, Thornton Heath, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Five into three won’t go in Thornton Heath selection race

Labour party members in Thornton Heath ward will get a lesson in basic arithmetic on Monday night: five into three won’t go. Thornton Heath is the latest ward Labour party to conduct its selection process for candidates for next May’s … Continue reading

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Gray day for “rising star”, as Smith loses selection battle

Paul Smith, the Labour councillor for West Thornton and member of the shadow cabinet, has not been selected to stand at next May’s Town Hall elections. He is the fourth serving Labour councillor in Croydon to miss out on selection … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Alison Butler, Bensham Manor, Bernadette Khan, Broad Green, Gerry Ryan, Humayun Kabir, Karen Jewitt, New Addington, Paul Smith, Selhurst, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Councillor Smith to contest Labour’s West Thornton short-list

Carnage at a Croydon Labour meeting in West Thornton ward this week, when no fewer than three sitting councillors who had put themselves forward for selection failed even to be short-listed by local party members. The three councillors who did … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Khan, Gerry Ryan, Humayun Kabir, Karen Jewitt, Paul Smith, Selhurst, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments