Category Archives: Waddon

Fire Brigade detect a different kind of smoke at workshop fire

Firefighters on an emergency call-out to a vehicle workshop on Stafford Road in the early hours of this morning encountered more than they bargained for – with a suspected cannabis factory discovered in the building. Four fire engines and around … Continue reading

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Newman’s ‘sickening’ defence of Negrini’s £400,000+ pay-off

Newman failed to brief party colleagues on departing CEO’s pay-off ‘Golden handshake’ to Negrini may be even bigger than first estimated Negrini was given a £4,000 pay rise just days before she left Croydon Threat of backbench revolt by Labour … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Bensham Manor, Croydon Council, Jamie Audsley, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Covid deaths should halt Brick by Brick’s densification plan

Criticised as being an over-development that ‘will give an overall appearance of cramped, overcrowded, poor-quality dwellings’, the latest council-backed scheme could even risk future coronavirus outbreaks. Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reports The deaths of residents from covid-19 when living in … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick climbdown over ‘Stasi prison block’ in Waddon

It’s get-out-of-jail-free for the residents of Theobald Road, as the council-owned developer pulls its plans for an ugly block of flats, without any public explanation. Prisons correspondent, BELLE MARSH, reports Brick by Brick has withdrawn its planning application to build … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Paul Scott, Planning, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Council planning decisions ‘open to corruption’, says research

Recommendations from an independent think tank, if they were applied in Croydon, could force cabinet member Paul Scott to stand down from all planning responsibilities. KEN LEE reports Planning decisions are open to corruption from secretive lobbying, council officials’ conflicts … Continue reading

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Is Brick by Brick’s Theobald Road ‘Stasi prison’ now kaput?

Pressure is growing on the council’s house-builders to drop their ugly plans for a site in Waddon, after a second tree quality survey completely contradicted an earlier report. By BELLE MARSH, our prisons correspondent Brick by Brick, the council’s wholly-owned, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Environment, Felicity Flynn, Louisa Woodley, New Addington, New Addington North, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Robert Canning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council fails to mention 12,000 flats in its Purley Way survey

It is, even by Croydon Council standards, an extraordinarily vacuous and transparently misleading public consultation announcement. The council says it is seeking “the public’s likes, dislikes, memories, opinions and ideas” on the Purley Way. In the honey-dripped soothing words of … Continue reading

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TfL’s cashflow crisis could make Croydon traffic jams worse

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on finance problems for Transport for London that could have a profound impact on south London Transport for London’s appeal to the government for £3.2billion to allow it to keep operating in the covid-19 crisis … Continue reading

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‘Buildable and financially savvy’: BxB’s blitz on the borough

Brick by Brick is demonstrating some desperate-looking urgency over its next wave of 24 sites around the borough by announcing them during the coronavirus emergency lockdown – making it impossible for them to stage what anyone would recognise as proper … Continue reading

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Covid death rates linked to poverty and high-density housing

Official death rate figures from the ONS show that over-intensification of housing has played a part in helping the spread of coronavirus, as Croydon’s NHS chief warns against ‘inequalities’. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Croydon has suffered a far … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon NHS Trust, Health, Housing, London-wide issues, Matthew Kershaw, Mayday Hospital, Planning, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Even Labour councillors are turning on Brick by Brick plans

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, on how members of the council’s ruling group are now criticising Brick by Brick’s latest attempts to concrete over the borough’s green spaces Croydon Council’s already shaky green credentials are under more pressure following environmental … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Friends launch crowdfunder for covid doctor’s funeral

Family and friends of Dr Krishan Arora have started an online appeal to raise money for the GP’s widow and family. Dr Arora worked as an NHS family doctor at the Violet Lane practice in Waddon for nearly 30 years. … Continue reading

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65 homes on brownfield site: professionals show how to do it

The development novices at Brick by Brick, who managed to sell just eight housing units in 2019, and their slow-working contractors might want to have a chat with the construction professionals who have just completed 65 new homes overlooking the … Continue reading

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Violet Lane doctor Krishan Arora has died from coronavirus

A long-serving and much-admired Croydon GP has died from coronavirus. Dr Krishan Arora was 57 and had worked at the Violet Lane Medical Practice in Waddon for 27 years. Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed that Dr Arora “tested positive for … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick CEO says company has sold 6 houses. Or is it 5?

Our overdevelopment correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on the latest admission of incompetence from Croydon Council’s loss-making house-builders Five. Or it might be six. Colm Lacey, the former council employee who has been promoted way beyond his skills and abilities to … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Leila Ben-Hassel, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Newman’s £100,000 governance review that’s going nowhere

KEN LEE on some of the more gruesome findings in a council-commissioned report about Croydon’s ineffective council Even the majority of Croydon’s elected councillors don’t think Croydon Council is “very effective”. That’s just one of the damning findings buried in … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council pension fund makes £19m in General Election gamble

Croydon Council’s pension fund has made £19million in just a few weeks, through a gamble on the value of the pound sterling on foreign exchanges since August. That’s according to Andrew Pelling, the Waddon councillor who chairs the council’s pensions … Continue reading

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Waddon Christmas Fair, St George’s Barrow Road, Nov 16

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SPAC-backing Tory campaigned on Remembrance Sunday

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest, and late, entry to the Croydon General Election campaign After much dither and delay, and some serious second thoughts among local Tories, the Conservatives have finally got round to announcing the name … Continue reading

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Olga who? Another knock-back for Newman over selection

WALTER CRONXITE on how the Labour Party is parachuting into Croydon South a General Election candidate, after a ‘selection’ which even ‘Toxic’ Tony Newman could not fix For the second General Election in succession, Labour Party HQ has decided to … Continue reading

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Calls for Sutton’s CEO to resign over secret letter to Morrison’s

Our investigations editor, CARL SHILTON, on an attempted land grab by a council chief executive that has caused anger among councillors in two boroughs – and which has favoured the work of a senior Croydon councillor’s firm of architects There … Continue reading

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Harvest of Talents, St George’s Barrow Road, Oct 12

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Long-Bailey announces eco-industry ‘Gigafactory’ for Croydon

Possibly lost amid the panicked and rushed “serious incident” announcement from Croydon Labour on Tuesday was one of the most significant statements to emerge from the 2019 Labour Party conference staged in Brighton. Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey revealed plans … Continue reading

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Charity car wash, Croydon Fire Station, Sep 28

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