Category Archives: Clare Hilley

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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Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Council, Paul Scott, Planning, Simon Hoar, Stephen Mann | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Palace are playing a homes game which council will lose 5-0

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the detail-lite presentation at the Crystal Palace stadium public consultation If you’re going along to the Crystal Palace stadium public consultation at Speroni’s tomorrow, don’t get too excited. The football club wants to … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Paul Scott, Planning, Selhurst, Simon Hoar | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Former reporter in bitter attack against ‘clickbait’ Advertiser

STEVEN DOWNES on an extraordinary Twitter outburst from a “heart broken” local newspaper journalist who says that redundancies and cut-backs at his old workplace have made things “really shit” The Croydon Sadvertiser is dead. It’s ceased to be. It’s pushing … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Advertiser, Croydon Guardian, Local media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Council erases role of Borough Solicitor as Belvir leaves

Julie Belvir, the Borough Solicitor, is to leave her job and the post of most senior legal adviser to the council is to be abolished in a cost-cutting measure. Because it’s not like Croydon Council doesn’t need all the legal … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Council, Julie Belvir, Riesco Collection, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Goldsmith selection pits Old Etonian against bus driver’s son

WALTER CRONXITE drills into the numbers to show that 70 per cent in a selection vote is not always an overwhelming mandate So the third Mayor of London will be either the son of a Tooting bus driver, or a … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Cane Hill, Caroline Pidgeon, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon, Environment, Gavin Barwell, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

POLL: Should Croydon Council stop the incinerator?

What do you, Inside Croydon’s loyal reader, want your council to do about Sutton’s plans to build a waste incinerator right next to Croydon, on the Beddington Farmlands Metropolitan Open Land site? Do you want Croydon Council to back the … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Business, Clare Hilley, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Health, London-wide issues, Outside Croydon, Refuse collection, Shasha Khan, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Tony Newman, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Croydon Tory MP chooses Sutton grammar school for his son

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, delivers another exclusive report which reflects badly on the real standards of schools in our borough There is not a secondary school in the whole of Croydon that is good enough for the son of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Education, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell, Old Palace, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Sutton Council, Trinity School, West Thornton, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Phil Thomas, Steve O'Connell, Tony Pearson, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

How Croydon Tories were trumped by more ideas and activists

COUNCILLOR ANDREW PELLING looks ahead to tomorrow evening’s formal Town Hall occasion which will herald the beginning of a new municipal year, and a new council administration I am looking forward to tomorrow’s annual meeting of the council. It’s a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Clare Hilley, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell, Heathfield, Margaret Mead, Maria Gatland, Mike Fisher, Simon Hoar, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘Dumb’ and dumber: outgoing councillor’s rant to regret

We will miss Clare Hilley. Not because she was a hard-working councillor, as she sought to advance her personal political ambitions for what seemed like five minutes. But because when she was an elected representative for Waddon ward, Hilley and … Continue reading

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Croydon’s political weather signals Town Hall climate change

VOTE 2014: Newly elected Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING provides his analysis of how the council elections were won, and lost Political pundits sometimes belittle council elections as being just barometers for the national standings of political parties. They see Town … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Andrew Rendle, Ashburton, Bernard Weatherill House, Boris Johnson, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Joy Prince, Maddie Henson, Mayor of London, Robert Canning, Sarah Jones MP, Stephen Mann, URV, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Labour takes aim at Ashburton as UKIP charge in Waddon

VOTE 2014: Our final assessment from the battleground wards in the Town Hall elections sees a surprising change in fortunes As election day dawns and the overnight rains and morning mists clear, the deployment of the parties’ armies on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Adam Kellett, Ashburton, Avril Slipper, Clare Hilley, Gareth Streeter, Joy Prince, Robert Canning, Robert King, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council spends £200,000 on dropped kerbs in flood-risk area

Senior Conservative politicians have ordered Croydon Council staff to cold-call house-holders in a marginal ward to offer to build dropped kerbs with a hefty discount provided on the rates. At the same time that council staff and the emergency services … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Pelling, Bensham Manor, Clare Hilley, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, Joy Prince, Parking, Phil Thomas, Property, Robert Canning, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Building problems force another closure at Waddon pool

The swimming pool at Waddon Leisure Centre is part-closed again, for the second time in just a couple of months. The Waddon Leisure Centre was opened in January 2013, but has been prone to a range of snagging issues with … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Bernard Weatherill House, Clare Hilley, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Planning, Purley Way, Simon Hoar, Swimming, Tony Harris, URV, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tory councillors under pressure for re-selection in Heathfield

The nominations to be Conservative candidates in the ultra-safe council ward of Heathfield look like being strongly contested tomorrow. According to a very well-placed Tory source at the Town Hall, the current Heathfield councillors, Jason Cummings, Helen Pollard and a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Heathfield, Helen Pollard, Janet Marshall, Jason Cummings, Margaret Mead, Mike Fisher, Richard Chatterjee, Shirley, Simon Hoar, Steve Reed MP, Tim Pollard, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Yeo, Perry and the ‘unacceptable face of Conservatism’

Croydon can rest easy: there is only one Jason Perry (and no, this is not suggested as a new chant from the Holmesdale End, “One Jason Perry, there’s only one…”). Inside Croydon’s loyal reader points out that, if you dig … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Business, Clare Hilley, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Jason Perry, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, Planning, Property, South Croydon, URV, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tory councillor Hilley jumps ship before 2014 elections

It was Enoch Powell who said that all political careers end in failure. In the case of Croydon councillor Clare Hilley, that failure has just come a little sooner than she might have hoped. The Waddon Tory will not be … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Pelling, Clare Hilley, Joy Prince, Robert Canning, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Paxman and Brand unmask deep distrust with local politicians

Yesterday, we posted an online poll for our loyal reader to vote for their preferred candidate to become the local Conservatives’ candidate for Croydon South at the next parliamentary election. Whoever is chosen next week will be replacing Tricky Dicky … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Clare Hilley, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Heathfield, Margaret Mead, Richard Ottaway MP, Selsdon & Ballards, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Flawed inspection regime highlights health risks of incinerators

Four years ago, Simon Hoar, a cabinet member in the Conservative group that controls the Town Hall, was distributing leaflets in Waddon ward offering a solemn promise that he and his colleagues, if re-elected to the council, would stop the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Clare Hilley, Environment, Health, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Labour uses shock tactics at Carshalton Environmental Fair

The Labour party in Carshalton and Wallington courted controversy on Monday at the Carshalton Environmental Fair by wearing face masks and industrial suits to protest against the decision by the local council to grant planning permission to the Beddington Lane … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Environment, Mayor of London, Planning, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Incinerator campaigners to take battle to judicial review

Environment campaigners in south London want to use a judicial review to challenge the decision to allow Viridor and Sutton Council to build a waste incinerator on Metropolitan Open Land at Beddington Lane. The decision was announced on Wednesday by … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Business, Clare Hilley, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jones makes final call on Boris to reject Beddington incinerator

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is expected to announce his final decision on the Viridor incinerator at Beddington Lane tomorrow. Jenny Jones, the Green party London Assembly member, today called on the Mayor to firmly reject the incinerator plan … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Environment, Health, Jenny Jones, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | 1 Comment

Celebrate the re-opening of Wandle Park in colourful waters

It’s the official re-opening of Wandle Park today, with six hours of activities from noon. All free, according to the organisers, which considering it is being staged in a public park is no more than ought to be expected. The … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Clare Hilley, CODA, Community associations, Croydon Ramblers, Dance, Friends of Wandle Park, Music, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UKIP threat sees Croydon Tories put EU on Town Hall agenda

If you’re interested in seeing how local democracy is run, then you had best get along to the Town Hall this evening to see the latest meeting of Croydon Council. The next such assembly of Croydon’s 70 councillors – all … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Addiscombe West, Ashburton, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Fairfield, New Addington, Peter Staveley, Schools, South Croydon, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Stop the Incinerator legal challenge fundraiser: June 28

Posted in 2014 council elections, Activities, Clare Hilley, Community associations, Croydon Greens, Environment, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment