Category Archives: Stuart King

Ben-Hassel joins contest to become council deputy leader

‘We can’t do business as usual’ says rookie councillor looking to make an impression, writes KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter Leila Ben-Hassel, a Croydon councillor only since March 2019, last night announced herself as a fourth contender to become … Continue reading

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Three in the running to replace Butler as Labour deputy leader

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest part of the break-up of Tony Newman’s ‘dream team’ Alison Butler has resigned as the deputy leader of the council’s Labour group, triggering another internal party election, which is … Continue reading

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Scott and Butler sacked from cabinet as Tories get their way

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on what passed for a ‘night of the long knives’ at the council’s extraordinary meeting Hamida Ali’s first act as the leader of the council last night was to sack three of the … Continue reading

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Newman ally Ali tipped as favourite to be council’s new leader

WALTER CRONXITE on the lacklustre contest among Labour councillors to become the Town Hall’s new chief Croydon Council should have a new leader as soon as tomorrow night. But the appointment looks as if it could present the borough with … Continue reading

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Fears unfounded over Crystal Palace’s Low Traffic network

JOE PAXTON reports from Upper Norwood after the first week of controversial road closures which, despite predictions of doom and gloom, have not caused Armageddon Local social media earlier this week was debating which of the Four Horsemen of the … Continue reading

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Triangle will be ‘decimated’ by road closures, warns councillor

The Labour group at the Town Hall, already riven with fault lines on a number of contentious issues, is facing another split, this time over road closures in Upper Norwood that have been introduced today under coronavirus emergency powers. The … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Wilkins, Bromley Council, Commuting, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Five roads are to be closed under emergency covid measures

Five Croydon roads are to be closed to motor traffic from Sunday under special coronavirus emergency legislation, in efforts to make streets more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly and to open up new cycle routes for use by key workers riding bikes … Continue reading

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Wider pavements and slower cars: King makes road changes

The council has announced a range of measures on the streets in West Croydon and Woodside to assist social distancing for pedestrians, improve road conditions for cycling, while suspending parking bays and announcing the intention of enforcing speed restrictions on … Continue reading

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Newman appears increasingly desperate as referendum nears

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the far-reaching consequences for Croydon’s Town Hall leadership of yesterday’s deferral of May’s local elections According to some Town Hall sources, several of the borough’s elected councillors were in a state of shock this morning … Continue reading

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Docked: Lime hire bike trial is abandoned after just six months

JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, on another failed council initiative The 12-month trial in Croydon of Lime bikes, the dockless hire bicycles equipped with electric motors, has been abandoned before reaching the halfway stage. Senior Town Hall sources suggest that an … Continue reading

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Councils considering reviving Crystal Palace tram extension

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on moves to implement a long-promised improvement to the public transport system The on-off-on-off-on again-off again extension of the Croydon tram network to Crystal Palace could be… on again. But this time, it is Croydon … 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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Council forced into speedy U-turn on councillor parking permits

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, reports on how a decision passed at a Town Hall committee just a few days ago didn’t manage to survive a phone call from the news desk of The S*n Croydon’s Labour-run council leadership has … 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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£300 parking tax agreed but councillors will keep their freebies

Croydon Council is back in Orwellian mode again. Transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on the latest stealth tax imposed on the borough’s residents, but from which its councillors are spared Croydon residents’ parking permits are to be hiked to up to … Continue reading

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Works to begin to instal segregated cycle lane at Bedford Park

A new cycle lane and signalling improvements will make it easier for cyclists to access central Croydon. The work on Bedford Park will begin on Monday. Once the lane is installed, cyclists will be able to safely cycle against the … Continue reading

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Council fails to write to permit-holders over parking charge hike

Croydon is being accused of deliberately suppressing details of its on-going parking consultation from the people most affected: the 9,000-plus residents who already have permits for on-street parking issued by the council each year. “We’re earning a deserved reputation for … Continue reading

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Parking charge consultation begins as air quality worsens

Our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on the latest sham consultation from the council intended to justify a £300 per year charge for resident parking permits Croydon Council’s propaganda department – the press office, which operates off a budget of around … Continue reading

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31 schools apply to have car-free zones on nearby roads

Proposals to introduce up to eight more School Streets across Croydon have been widely supported, with 31 of the borough’s schools having applied to have car-free zones on the roads near them during the rush hour. Ten schools at eight … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Fairchildes Primary, Norbury Manor, Parking, Regina Coeli, Schools, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Council looking to hike parking permit fees for older vehicles

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on how Croydon’s air-polluting council is now coming after the elderly and poorer car owners More car-free zones around schools and discounts on resident parking permits for those using low-emission vehicles are among proposals which … 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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Electric cars in slow lane as council offers three power points

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, on a disappointingly feeble effort to offer wide-ranging infrastructure for battery-powered vehicles The inconsistent commitment from Croydon Council – the backers of Gatwick airport expansion, the funders of an industrial-scale waste incinerator on the borough … 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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Council killjoys ban bikes and scooters from play street

Saturday is World Car-Free Day, though Croydon Council’s efforts to mark the event are hardly fun-filled. There’s no grand gesture, no scheme to close off the Croydon Flyover, that monument to the primacy of the internal combustion engine. Somewhat more … Continue reading

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