Category Archives: Hamida Ali

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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Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Joy Prince, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Olga who? Another knock-back for Newman over selection

WALTER CRONXITE on how the Labour Party is parachuting into Croydon South a General Election candidate, after a ‘selection’ which even ‘Toxic’ Tony Newman could not fix For the second General Election in succession, Labour Party HQ has decided to … Continue reading

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Mayfair property developers fence off Woodside play space

Greedy property developers, who are trying to bully a group of neighbours off the community gardens they have created in South Norwood, have erected a six-foot fence around a children’s play area in Love Lane without seeking any planning permission. … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, Heather Cheesbrough, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | 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

South Norwood police meeting leaves public feeling anxious

The latest ransacking of the Croydon FC clubhouse came just days after the police in South Norwood, together with the local MP and Croydon Council’s cabinet member for community safety, staged a meeting intended at rebuilding confidence in the local … 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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Community meetings and forms as council tests public mood

How safe do you feel in Croydon today? Recent tragic and traumatising events across the borough have led the council to seek the views of the public on the level of tension in Croydon and its suburbs. This urgent check … Continue reading

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Community safety meeting, South Norwood, Jul 19

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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

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Joy Prince, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Former colleagues express worries over new Croydon director

The real reasons for the abrupt resignation of a leader of a London council were part of a local authority ‘cover-up’. KEN LEE reports on serious reservations expressed by Labour councillors and Camden staff over the past conduct of the … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Big turn-out for Country Park walk, while Met waits in the car

At barely 24 hours’ notice, the people turned out in force yesterday to “reclaim our park”, following the series of sexual assaults and daylight robberies in South Norwood Country Park. A Metropolitan Police inspector was there, too, but he chose … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon parks, Hamida Ali, Policing, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council to spend £2m to upgrade borough’s 100 CCTV cameras

A decade after the matter was first raised in the Town Hall chamber, Croydon Council is about to embark on an upgrade of its borough-wide CCTV system. The council has allocated a budget of £2million for the upgrade, the first … Continue reading

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Council light on detail of how £3m Community Fund will work

The council states it has already contacted “over 200” charities and voluntary groups in the borough over its new funding scheme. It just doesn’t manage to detail how any community groups can access the money, as KEN LEE reports Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Woodside councillors go missing from rubbish walkabout

Just two weeks after residents organised a walkabout in South Norwood and part of Woodside ward with some councillors and management from Croydon’s rubbish contractors, and the photograph (right) shows the state of one of those streets again yesterday. Residents … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Environment, Fly tipping, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Refuse collection, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Tony Newman, Veolia, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon’s suffrage movement, Ruskin House, Nov 10

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Council gets more secretive over its councillors’ declarations

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on a strange reversal of previous open and transparent Town Hall policy, which is deliberately keeping cabinet members’ interests under cover The Labour group which is running Croydon Council is becoming more secretive by the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jason Cummings, Louisa Woodley, Mario Creatura, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Simon Hall, Simon Hoar, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Hostile environment’ charity part of clampdown on beggars

A charity which has handed over details of its homeless clients to the Home Office, as part of Theresa May’s “hostile environment” deportation policy, is one of the agencies being used by Croydon Council in its “campaign” to clear the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Charity, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon’s Labour council in crackdown against street beggars

Compare and contrast. While local authorities, and not just Blairite-run Croydon, wring their hands piously over the “housing crisis” as they sell off more council homes than they build, on the streets of London every night, the homelessness crisis gets … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, London-wide issues, Policing, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Controversial chair of planning Scott gets promoted to cabinet

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest egregious example of Town Hall patronage, and all done at your expense – including one of ‘Tony’s Cronies’ getting £6,000 per committee meeting Despite managing to bring together 17 residents’ groups in opposition to … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jane Avis, Louisa Woodley, Manju Shahul Hameed, Mark Watson, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Simon Hall, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

One Million Poundworld: store fined after judge smelt a rat

Poundworld, the town centre branch of a national chain, has been hit with a fine of £1.2million for food hygiene and health and safety offences after a Croydon Crown Court judge said: “The smell of rodents’ urine was discernible upon … Continue reading

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Council agrees reintroduction of free collections for bulk waste

The reintroduction of bulky waste collections free of charge from Croydon Council, announced at this week’s Town Hall cabinet meeting, comes after lobbying from Inside Croydon. The decision reverses a penny-wise, pound-foolish austerity cut applied by the previous Conservative administration. … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Business, Croydon Council, Fly tipping, Hamida Ali, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Croydon lights a candle to remember the Holocaust

The borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony next Friday, January 26, will be open to everyone. Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 is an international event marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Croydon … Continue reading

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Newman and Scott given a free pass on Woodside selection

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a week of surprises and disappointments (for some) as Croydon Labour’s candidate selection process limps on Tony Newman and Paul Scott, half of the Town Hall “Gang of Four” who have an iron grip on the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Rendle, Callton Young, Clive Fraser, Fairfield, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Karen Jewitt, Matthew Kyeremeh, Pat Clouder, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Tony Newman, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council to drop licensing restrictions to make way for Westfield

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest move by the council to make it easier for Westfield to rent out space in its supermall to boozers, bars and places flogging £10 burgers There’s an estimated 17,000 people moving … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boxpark, Business, Crime, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Hamida Ali, Jo Negrini, Planning, Policing, Pubs, Restaurants, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Newman attacks O’Connell over his Tory cuts to police

Monday night’s council cabinet meeting was the last before the summer break, and it produced a much-needed outbreak of political passion and rhetoric. Political editor WALTER CRONXITE trawled through the webcast so that you don’t have to Tony Newman, the … Continue reading

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