Category Archives: Andrew Pelling

‘None of the above’: 47% reject puppet leadership candidates

WALTER CRONXITE on an expression of public opinion that should be a cause of grave concern for whoever becomes Croydon Labour’s new Town Hall leader tonight Nearly half of Inside Croydon readers in an online poll published yesterday preferred “None … Continue reading

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Council’s ‘underhand’ plan to stage rave in conservation area

A consultation deadline passed this week, almost certainly unnoticed by thousands of residents – just the way the council likes it – as Town Hall officials make preparations for up to 15,000 to attend raves and other events in the … 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

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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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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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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

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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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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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Sutton backs scheme to route 60,000 lorries through Croydon

BELLE MONT on how the environmental vandals running Sutton Council are pushing a scheme for another industrial plant on Beddington Lane Just a matter of weeks since declaring a climate emergency, Sutton Council is tonight backing a Beddington Lane waste … Continue reading

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Croydon CLP backs elected mayor over ‘dysfunctional’ council

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on what Mrs Merton might have called ‘a heated debate’ The simmering internal conflict within the Labour Party in Croydon seems unlikely to cool off during the Town Hall’s summer recess, after members in Croydon … Continue reading

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Momentum backs Pelling to run in Croydon South election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how there is one group of Labour members in the borough who are getting themselves organised Momentum is backing Andrew Pelling to be Labour’s candidate in Croydon South at the next parliamentary election – … Continue reading

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£1.2bn council fund told it can’t invest in green schemes

When he was Chancellor, Gideon Osborne was widely criticised for not introducing more environmentally friendly economic policies, and years after he stepped down his influence remains a drag on the green ambitions of the Town Hall pension committee, as KEN … Continue reading

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Scott unveils secret plan to build 12,000 flats beside Purley Way

EXCLUSIVE: Under pressure over rising housing targets, has Paul Scott found his get-out-of-jail-free card alongside the A23? KEN LEE reports Having spent the past five years excusing the overdevelopment of neighbourhoods throughout the borough by claiming that there are no … Continue reading

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CLP cancels meeting with motion opposing NHS privatisation

A constituency Labour Party in Croydon cancelled its regular monthly meeting this week – thwarting an attempt to discuss a motion opposing the latest round of NHS reorganisation and privatisation in the borough. Town Hall sources suggest that centrist-dominated Croydon … Continue reading

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Planning protests expected as Scott angers residents

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE reports ahead of what could prove to be another contentious session in the council chamber, amid calls for a domineering councillor to stand down from a committee Security is likely to be tight at the … Continue reading

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After campaign criticism, Labour’s organiser passes the Buck

Thursday’s Euro election results are expected tonight, but in Croydon Labour the party in-fighting has already begun, as WALTER CRONXITE reports Recriminations and faction fighting has broken into public among the Croydon Labour Party even before the votes have been … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 European elections, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Jo Negrini, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Former MP John Moore, the ‘Icarus of Thatcherism’, has died

WALTER CRONXITE charts the career of someone once seen by Margaret Thatcher as her successor as Prime Minister The death has been reported this week of the first MP for Croydon Central, John Moore. Moore, who was Conservative MP for … Continue reading

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Barwell’s legacy to Croydon: Tories set for fifth in Euro vote

While the two major parties in Croydon try to behave as if there’s nothing going on, weekend polling ahead of Thursday’s European elections suggests that Labour and Tories are to lose seats in London. Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports With … Continue reading

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MP Jones wants council proposal for Shirley Library ‘ignored’

Our bookish gyms correspondent GENE BRODIE reports on how the local Labour MP has vowed to oppose plans to close a library in her constituency, as suggested in a report commissioned by the Labour-run council Sarah Jones, the Labour MP … Continue reading

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DWP drops plans for ‘cruel’ A23 benefits assessment centre

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on a remarkable result in a David v Goliath contest Labour councillors in Waddon were today celebrating victory with disability campaigners, after they managed to halt plans by the Department of Work and Pensions … Continue reading

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Incinerator traffic sees battle lines drawn between boroughs

Croydon could soon be going into battle with neighbouring council Sutton, as some of the heftier consequences of building a vast waste incinerator on the borough boundary finally begin to dawn on the people who are supposedly in charge of … Continue reading

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Excrement ‘hand-delivered’ to councillor in row over planning

Being a councillor is becoming an increasingly shitty proposition. Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports ahead of tonight’s Town Hall meeting on how ‘a council motion’ has taken on whole new meaning Tension is running high at the Town Hall, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Brick by Brick, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Housing, Jo Negrini, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Selhurst, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

MP Philp offers Tory manifesto preview at Coulsdon debate

And you thought you might get away without having to go to the polling station at all in 2019. It is looking increasingly possible that, borough-wide, there will  be at least one election day coming up, with a General Election, … Continue reading

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Disabled forced to walk 400m to get to proposed benefits centre

The Department for Work and Pensions is “playing a cruel trick” on the disabled and unwell of Croydon over plans to open a benefits assessment centre in the New South Quarter development off the Purley Way. That’s according to a … Continue reading

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£17.5m plans for Minster area take a walk round Old Town today

Today brings a second – and final – chance to see the council’s plans to improve the area around Croydon Minster. On Friday, along with around 60 other local residents, Inside Croydon went to see what is intended for the … Continue reading

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