Brick by Brick ‘putting safety last’ on town centre site

The building site hoardings going up at Brick by Brick’s Drummond Road site last Friday, without any safety signage or temporary crossings in place

Our housing reporter BARRATT HOLMES on the latest troubling development by Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick, the council-owned housing developer (Total number of homes built since 2015: ZERO), has been accused of “putting safety last” on a site in the town centre, after hoardings went up last week to block off pavements that forced pedestrians to walk in the busy road, dodging on-coming traffic.

There were no safety notices, nor any temporary road crossings – as provided for in the project’s planning application – when Brick by Brick’s contractors started work on the site, at the junction of Drummond Road and Ann’s Place last Friday. Continue reading

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Sadiq Khan’s intervention sees work start at Blackhorse Lane

At last: after more than two years of road closures, shops going out of business and massive inconveniences, work appears to have got under way at Blackhorse Lane bridge

The long-delayed strengthening works on the Blackhorse Lane bridge, a vital route between Addiscombe and Woodside, appears to have begun.

Back in October, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan described as “just not good enough” the suggestion from Transport for London that the works on the bridge would not be completed until 2020.

The road bridge, usually a busy north-south road, crosses the tram tracks close to the eponymously named tram stop. Continue reading

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Tories rush to pick Croydon candidate for General Election

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on latest indications that, while Theresa Mayhem might be saying one thing, behind the scenes her ‘top advisers’ are doing another

PM Theresa Mayhem discusses the size of her majority with gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell

Senior figures in Downing Street, which presumably must mean gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, are secretly preparing for a snap General Election.

That’s according to separate reports in the national media in the past 24 hours, which say that among the distress signals being sent out by Theresa Mayhem’s failing Conservative Government has been instructions for candidate selection even in constituencies the Tories themselves regard as “unwinnable”.

On that Tory list of “unwinnable” seats is Croydon North, held by Progress MP Steve Reed OBE. Continue reading

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Talk: Lavender in south London, Honeywood Museum, Jul 25

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City Commons Fires and Food, Kenley Common, Feb 21

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Further Westfield delays put more pressure on CEO Negrini

It is six years to the day since Westfield and Hammerson said that, jointly, they would redevelop central Croydon. KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the increasingly beleaguered mood among senior council figures

Croydon Council’s chief executive, Jo Negrini, is coming under mounting pressure as it emerges that the long-promised redevelopment work on the Whitgift Centre will not begin this year after all.

Jo Negrini, the council’s £200,000 per year CEO: might she be considering her position?

Negrini has held the £200,000 per year role as the borough’s most senior civic servant since June 2016, but leading figures in Katharine Street have suggested that she may be  considering her position. Inside Croydon has twice in the past month given Negrini the opportunity to comment on such speculation; on each occasion, she failed to deny that this may be the case.

Today marks six years since the “marriage of convenience” between Hammerson and Westfield was announced over the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre. Then, the shiny new temple to retailing was all supposed to be rebuilt and open for business by 2017. Now, no one appears to know when it might open, or even if it ever will. Continue reading

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Fly tipper fined £2,000 after being caught on camera

A fly tipper caught dumping 10 tons of waste, including carpet, sofas and bathroom furniture outside garages in Waddon has been told to pay nearly £2,000 in costs and compensation.

The man with a van: Louis Robinson was caught fly tipping on CCTV

Louis Robinson was fly tipping on Thorneloe Gardens, the piles of rubbish costing more than £1,500 to clear up, and it was these costs that he was ordered to pay when he was sentenced at Croydon Magistrates Court yesterday.

Robinson, of Headley Drive, New Addington, was convicted of depositing waste on public land contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, after he was caught tipping rubbish out of the back of a van on a council CCTV camera.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 240 hours – more than six weeks’ worth – of unpaid work and told to pay compensation of £1,518, costs of £300 and a £85 victim surcharge.

He was also made subject to a two-year criminal behaviour order. Continue reading

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