Category Archives: Joy Prince

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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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

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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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Governance review costs soar as Newman nobbles the panel

A report on the way in which Croydon Council is governed, already three months late, will now not be finished until the end of the year, and is costing four times its original budget. The Croydon governance review – a … 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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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

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Heidi Alexander, Joy Prince, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Refuse collection, Robert Canning, Sadiq Khan, Stuart Collins, Sutton Council, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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Old Town underpasses to be filled thanks to £10m TfL grant

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on moves to remove a barrier to pedestrians and cyclists which has seen the town centre split in half more than half a century The dingy, often intimidating and piss-tainted pedestrian subways under the Croydon Flyover … Continue reading

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Cabinet member says Brick by Brick could build on libraries

GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, on the latest inadvertent slip by a council cabinet member which betrays the next possible target for the council’s ‘award-winning’ house-builders Brick by Brick’s insatiable appetite for turning public property into mainly private flats … Continue reading

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Joy to the world: Please don’t wreck our Arnhem Gallery

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on a rare outbreak of critical thinking in the council chamber, as one councillor spells out for the Fairfield Halls management the blatant imbecility of one of their proposed name changes At last, a Labour councillor … Continue reading

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Public’s Town Hall questions on Binmageddon get censored

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, sat through nearly four hours of Monday’s Town Hall meeting, so that you didn’t have to… A mere 90 days since the last full meeting of the council, and most of the borough’s councillors … Continue reading

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Black councillor loses vote to become Labour deputy leader

WALTER CRONXITE on a failed challenge for the place at the local party’s top table Just as Tony Newman’s 41 Labour councillors were slapping themselves on the back about how “inclusive” they are, their first meeting as a group following … Continue reading

Posted in Callton Young, Joy Prince, Pat Clouder, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waddon councillors’ bumpy ride to being top of the POPs

An initiative by ward councillors working with local police in Croydon South has been declared “top of the pops”, after deadly street racing has been halted through collaborations with businesses off the Purley Way. The loud and rowdy Friday night … Continue reading

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‘Farce’ as West Thornton postpones ward selection meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the latest calamities to befall the local Labour Party’s efforts to select candidates for next May’s Town Hall elections Already more than a month behind schedule, Labour’s selection process for candidates to stand for election … Continue reading

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Council’s experts warned hotel scheme must be rejected

The council’s planning department not only left out an MP’s objections to the Queen’s Hotel scheme, they tried to ignore entirely the findings of their own panel of conservation experts. KEN LEE reports Serious questions continue to be raised over … Continue reading

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TfL pushes through bus route changes despite opposition

Transport for London, after running a public consultation which found that a majority of respondents opposed changes to bus routes serving the Purley Way shops and Colonnades, has announced that it will go ahead with its proposals anyway. It means … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Croydon South, Joy Prince, Purley Way, Robert Canning, Steve O'Connell, TfL, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Assembly Member tells Mayor to bin TfL’s Fiveways scheme

A London Assembly Member has called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to get Transport for London to go back to the drawing board with its latest proposals for the Fiveways junction on the Purley Way and “come back with a set … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick is failing to deliver on affordable homes pledge

BARRATT HOLMES on the overdevelopment of planning meetings – five more to come in the next few weeks  – and how Thursday’s committee approved three schemes from a council-owned developer without any affordable housing whatsoever Croydon’s chief executive, Jo Negrini, … Continue reading

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Mystery of the vanishing objections to council’s Local Plan

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the disappearance of ward councillors’ contribution to a key consultation on Croydon’s strategic planning document It might not be quite up there with the unexplained disappearance of Lord Lucan, but comments submitted by Waddon Labour councillors … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Duppas Hill Park, Education, Environment, Harris Primary Purley Way, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Krishna Avanti Primary, Paul Scott, Planning, Robert Canning, Schools, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Air pollution means pupils at new school will be kept indoors

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest example of a school development which the council concedes could put the long-term health of generations of children at risk The planning committee last night gave the go-ahead to build a school for four- … Continue reading

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Croham loses its View, as pubs face 43% business rate hike

And there goes another one. The View pub, on the Selsdon Road, what was once called the Railway View, because it has a view of, well… has called last orders for a final time, the business crushed by the changing … Continue reading

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