Category Archives: Stuart King

Budget is approved but Labour council haunted by its past

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Back-to-back meetings yesterday pushed through the paperwork to balance the books and increase Council Tax. But Hamida Ali’s administration cannot shake off its part in the borough’s financial calamity. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor With the £120million … Continue reading

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Council starts the biggest fire-sale ever seen in south London

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Last night’s cabinet meeting agreed to flog off 15 sites around the borough, as the council seeks to pay down its £1.5bn debt. But they will struggle to recoup the £35.7m paid for a hotel just three … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon Park Hotel, Planning, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

£100m questions on Ali’s ‘transparent, open and honest’ pledge

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the growing row over council secrecy over Brick by Brick and the fire sale of property assets The secrecy over the consequences of the council’s plan to wind-down failed housing developer Brick … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Property, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Leader of crisis-hit council has kept her job at City Hall

EXCLUSIVE: While others in the council’s leadership have left employment to better focus on the crises at the Town Hall, Hamida Ali has opted for a spot of unpaid leave from her role at the GLA.  By STEVEN DOWNES If … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Report in the Public Interest, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Lacey still spinning as he hangs on to his job at Brick by Brick

It is not only the former council chief exec who has shown unconcealed contempt for the borough’s residents. Now, as our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reports, the discredited head of the council-owned builders is pushing his luck, too Colm Lacey … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Callton Young, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Leila Ben-Hassel, Section 114 notice, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

30% parking fees hike will apply even to electric-powered cars

As George Orwell never wrote, all vehicles are equal, but some are more equal than others. Using environmental policies as an excuse, the council is expected to implement a parking charge hike of one-third from January. JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Broad Green, Business, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Environment, New Addington, Parking, Purley, Restaurants, Shifa Mustafa, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stuart King, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Taking a U-turn on road measures risks a traffic accident

Some people are taking to the streets in Upper Norwood today to protest against the traffic-calming Low Traffic Neighbourhood initiative. But as an investigation by environment correspondent PAUL LUSHION has discovered, their campaign is supported and funded by motoring lobbyists … Continue reading

Posted in Bromley Council, Colin Smith, Commuting, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Environment, Gareth Streeter, Mario Creatura, Scott Roche, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

King’s peers crown him Croydon Labour’s new deputy leader

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The alarm signals over the electoral fate of the Town Hall, and perhaps even the Croydon Central marginal parliamentary seat, saw the borough’s Labour councillors given a stern lecture last night. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Stuart … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Leila Ben-Hassel, Manju Shahul Hameed, Paul Scott, Sarah Jones MP, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Hamida Ali, Leila Ben-Hassel, Manju Shahul Hameed, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Hamida Ali, Manju Shahul Hameed, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Alison Butler, Callton Young, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Jason Perry, Muhammad Ali, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Children's Services, Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Paul Scott, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Commuting, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Stuart King, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 14 Comments

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

Posted in Commuting, Cycling, Stuart King, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Croydon Greens, Environment, Mayday Hospital, Parking, Peter Underwood, Stuart King, West Croydon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Patsy Cummings, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Commuting, Crime, Croydon Council, Cycling, East Croydon, Lime bicycles, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Stuart King, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Broad Green, Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Planning, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Suez waste treatment plant, Sutton Council, Waddon, Waste incinerator, West Thornton | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, London-wide issues, Parking, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Croydon South, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Paul Scott, Robert Canning, Stuart King, Tony Newman, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

£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

Posted in Croydon Council, Environment, Parking, Peter Underwood, Stuart King, Transport, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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