Category Archives: Tony Harris

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

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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

Tea-time leaflet leaves Easter egg over faces of Waddon Tories

Direct from an election meeting where the most impressive thing was Eddie Izzard’s new glasses, WALTER CRONXITE, our man on Katharine Street with the rolled up copy of the local free paper and an e-cigarette tucked behind his ear, reports … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

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

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

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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

Selling himself cheap: Councillor Hoar’s a wanted man

This was spotted by our loyal reader in North End yesterday, at the Green Fair… Clearly, Councillor Simon “I’m cheap, but I’m not free” Hoar’s reputation is sinking lower than ever.

Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Environment, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ex-MP Pelling selected to run for Labour in Waddon

They used to call Bill Clinton “the Comeback Kid”. But Andrew Pelling could soon become known as Croydon’s Comeback Kid, following the former Tory MP and council’s Conservative leader’s selection last night as one of three candidates to stand for … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Andrew Pelling, Clare Hilley, Joy Prince, Robert Canning, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Countdown to council elections begins in Toy Town gowns

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is one year until the council elections, and for some, they have everything to lose, writes STEVEN DOWNES Last night’s instalment of a new Mayor of Croydon, Sanderstead councillor Yvette Hopley, marked the firing of the starter’s … Continue reading

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Councillor acts as delivery boy for £1bn incinerator company

A senior Conservative councillor in Croydon has refused to answer questions about why he spent much of Saturday distributing leaflets in his ward, apparently as an overpaid delivery boy on behalf of multi-billion rubbish burners Viridor. Simon Hoar, councillor in … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Environment, Mike Fisher, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Investigation called for over councillor’s planning interests

Julie Belvir, the Borough Solicitor, Croydon Council‘s senior legal officer, is expected to investigate the conduct of Waddon councillor Clare Hilley. Last month, Inside Croydon published an email from Hilley in which she offered her “planning expertise” to a leading … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Environment, Housing, Julie Belvir, Planning, Property, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dr Toxic’s latest hit is a real Song for Europe (and Waddon)

It’s unlikely to be at No1 when the next charts are announced, and Justin Beiber has little to fear. But Dr Toxic’s little ditty might just end up becoming an ear-worm for the Waddon councillors who sought election on a … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Environment, Health, London-wide issues, Music, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Leisure centre opens – and charges locals £44 per month

Olympic legacy? Not at the Waddon Leisure Centre, opened yesterday by Croydon Council inviting a Paralympic champion from… Sutton. The public facility – built at a cost of £15million, or one-tenth of the price we are paying for the Council … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Fusion, Leisure services, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

‘MPs are being chosen by tiny bunches of people’

Local democracy is in a state of terminal decay, through disinterest, apathy, disgust with politicians and general ignorance, with the effect that unrepresentative cabals are dominating the national political agenda, from Town Hall to parliament, often assuming power simply by … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Eddy Arram, Gavin Barwell, Margaret Mead, Michael Neal, Richard Ottaway MP, Sara Bashford, Steve O'Connell, Tom Brake MP, Tony Harris, Tony Pearson, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon’s Labour group prepares for 2014 elections

The Croydon election campaign is underway. The campaign for the 2014 local council elections, that is. Though we are 20 months out from the next local elections, it is notable that the Croydon Labour party is organising so early for … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Council Tax, Croydon Council, New Addington, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson, URV, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Greens call for Croydon residents to act now on incinerator

The local Green party is calling on Croydon and Sutton residents to ensure that they take part in the consultation process for the Beddington Lane incinerator, with the deadline for objections to be submitted next Tuesday, September 18.

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Wildlife and fire puts the heat on Beddington incinerator plans

Tuesday’s massive fire at the Beddington Lane sewage works and some rare migrating birds are to be used by campaigners to strengthen their arguments against plans for a £1billion waste incinerator scheme on the site. The London Fire Brigade warned … Continue reading

Posted in Clare Hilley, Croydon Greens, Environment, Gordon Ross, Outside Croydon, Planning, Simon Hoar, Sutton Council, Tony Harris, Waddon, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waddon residents land a coo with Thomas’s promises

Waddon has a big pigeon problem, apparently. But the area’s bird shit-lined, often flooded, dark and threateningly unpassable pedestrian underpasses, the scene of at least two mugging attacks in recent weeks, are to get a council-run makeover. “And that’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Commuting, Crime, Croydon Council, Environment, Parking, Paul Scott, Phil Thomas, Simon Hoar, Tony Harris, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Waddon councillor stands in for the Mayor with Darth Vader

By Andrew Pelling It’s Carers’ Week. To kick off proceedings Croydon Carers – “Help for those helping others” – had a reception for some of the estimated 30,000 carers in our borough. The burden on carers has been increasing with … Continue reading

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Meeting urges locals to boycott Swan & Sugarloaf Tesco

A new residents’ association drew the attention and attendance of four Croydon councillors and an MP. It was a learning experience for them, as DIAMOND GEEZER reports How things change: after a first meeting to which none of the nine … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Clare Hilley, Fairfield, Jason Perry, Maria Gatland, Michael Neal, Property, Pubs, Restaurants, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Croydon Community Association, Tony Harris, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment