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Croydon in crisis: Minister’s approval required for cuts plan

The council’s £220,000 per year chief executive has ‘Whitehall looking over her shoulder’, reports KEN LEE The grumblings of discontent around Fisher’s Folly among the hundreds of council staff who face redundancy have been partially relieved with the discovery that … Continue reading

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Councillor claims: We can’t afford to reopen Arena stadium

Track where Olympic stars Donna Fraser, Martyn Rooney and Lawrence Okoye began their track and field careers is under threat after covid-19, as senior council figure claims it could cost £200,000 to reopen Oliver Lewis, the council cabinet member, last … Continue reading

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Satire is dead: Brick by Brick and ‘the power of social housing’

On Wednesday, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s wholly-owned, loss-making house-builder, will be staging a virtual ‘discussion’ entitled, The Power of Social Housing, an act which prompted some to recall Tom Lehrer’s remarks on the day Henry Kissinger was named a … Continue reading

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Story Tellers young writers competition, to Feb 29

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Our neighbourhoods are under attack. It’s time to fight back

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Aggressively acquisitive developers, operating mainly across the suburban southern parts of the borough, allied to a council planning department that seems to wave through most of their schemes for blocks of flats, is causing great distress for existing … Continue reading

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Newman stifles report which alleges conspiracy over selection

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on a leaked report over the rumbling row in Croydon Labour over a selection stitch-up that saw Tony Newman’s favoured candidate put forward for last November’s Fairfield council by-election A internal party report, leaked to … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan facing ‘the most fragmented Assembly ever’

Like last month’s European elections, the London Mayor and Assembly votes in May 2020 will be conducted using a form of proportional representation. As WALTER CRONXITE reports, based on the Euro poll, that could cause even further discomfort for Croydion’s … Continue reading

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Scott’s cunning plan to squeeze in 3,000 new homes per year

KEN LEE on how increased housing  targets have forced the council into a rapid rethink of its Local Plan Just like Baldrick, Paul Scott has got a cunning plan. Another one. Controversial Town Hall figure Scott has been booked to … Continue reading

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Is Scott set to dig for planning victory over Purley ‘skyscraper’?

EXCLUSIVE: Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on a possible breakthrough to solve a development crisis across the capital A document leaked from the council’s planning department suggests that a solution may have been found to one of the longest running … Continue reading

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Buckley talks about his rocky road to success, TMRW, Feb 5

Russell Buckley is the guest at TMRW, the internet café and events space on Croydon High Street, for the first in a series of talks with successful entrepreneurs who had rocky starts. Buckley is a veteran of the dot.com boom, … Continue reading

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Trams go into Trophy game with several scores to settle

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Crisis club Croydon FC suffered its second 5-0 drubbing in succession on Tuesday. The prospect of a trip to Tolworth to take on Corinthian Casuals, a side from the Isthmian League who had already given their strikers shooting … Continue reading

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Tories accused of breaking election rules with Belmont leaflet

Our Sutton correspondent, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, reports on the latest breach of election rules in the council by-election campaign The Belmont ward council by-election, already contentious because of the manner in which the rarely seen Conservative councillor Patrick McManus resigned in … Continue reading

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Mum2Mum Markets, nearly new sales, Sanderstead and Purley

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Tories on target to win back control of Town Hall in… 2118

Some of the spin being put on the outcome of the local elections would make Comical Ali blush with shame, as WALTER CRONXITE reports In the week since the local elections, both political parties have been making inflated claims of … Continue reading

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The writing’s on the wall for Croydon’s artful dodger

WANDLE WANDERER: Art fan KEN TOWL set off on another walk this weekend, but this time in the town centre, where one of the lowlights was a limited edition, £20,000 balloon dog shitting balloon shit From the town that brought you … Continue reading

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Council failure over children’s services becomes election issue

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: The local Tories are suspicious over the sudden banning of a senior councillor from a key social services improvement board meeting. WALTER CRONXITE reports For Labour in Croydon, it has been the issue that they dare not mention … Continue reading

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Thornton Heath Library’s Code Club starts this week

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Croydon Minster lunchtime music recitals, Feb 2-Mar 23

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Tories back candidate who is banned from talking at Town Hall

Croydon Conservatives either do not realise or are trying to ignore strict Civil Service rules which prohibit one of their councillors from voting or speaking at Town Hall meetings. Coulsdon West councillor Mario Creatura has landed himself the plum job … Continue reading

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Croydon FC v Faversham Town, Croydon Arena, Aug 19

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Report: sexual health services for teens must improve

Croydon’s teenagers will have the opportunity to advise on how sexual health services can meet their needs, following a report published today by Healthwatch Croydon. Croydon has some of the highest rates of abortions, repeat abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) … Continue reading

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Weather lore fact or fiction? Honeywood Museum, Mar 23

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Scott’s ‘secretive’ meeting with the gentrifiers of Hackney

It’s nearly one month since Paul Scott, the councillor for Woodside ward and part of the Croydon clique which controls the Labour group at the Town Hall, staged a secretive meeting to discuss development schemes for the area. Since when, … Continue reading

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Two-thirds of Croydon Guardian staff to quit the paper

This week’s edition of the local free newspaper, the Croydon Guardian, could be the last seen in the borough for a while. It will certainly be the very last newspaper on which journalists with good contacts and an understanding of … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s criminal offence over company records

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing reporter, on a worrying lack of accountability at the Labour-run Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick, the council chief executive Jo Negrini’s house-building brainchild, has broken the law and committed a criminal offence after barely … Continue reading

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