Tag Archives: Conservative

Tory O’Connell gets it wrong on Commissioner’s retirement

Not for the first time, City Hall figures are asking whether Croydon’s representative, Steve O’Connell, is up to the task as a London Assembly member. O’Connell yesterday made a desperate grasp for some political capital over the retirement announcement of … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Kenley, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Developer offers new homes in Addiscombe on 5% deposit

House builders at Penhurst Square, off Addiscombe’s Grant Road, have decided to offer their new homes on a 5 per cent deposit, as they try to push through the sales using public subsidies of up to £3,000 through a government … Continue reading

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Croydon NHS in urgent need of injection of new funding

JAMES KILLDARE, our health correspondent, reports on a worrying report, much of it due to be discussed in secret at the Town Hall tonight, where wide-ranging cuts are expected to be suggested You might do well to give a miss … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon CCG, Croydon Council, Croydon NHS Trust, Health, Healthwatch Croydon, Mayday Hospital, St Helier Hospital | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boundary Commission rejects Tory proposal for 60 councillors

WALTER CRONXITE reports on initial findings from an independent local boundary review which suggest that Croydon’s councillors are overworked Croydon Conservatives’ politically inspired proposals to the Boundary Commissioners to get one over the Labour-run council by suggesting a reduction in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Heathfield, Jo Negrini, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Southern Failways: Passengers plan mass demo at Victoria

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports on the latest exhibition of discontent from angry commuters Commuters are planning possibly the biggest demonstration yet against Southern Rail’s poor service and the Tory government’s role in undermining the railway network, to be … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Commuting, Croydon South, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2018 council elections, Ambition Festival, Art, Ashcroft Theatre, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Fairfield Halls, Music, Riesco Collection, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon Tories still don’t grasp meaning of data protection

Croydon Tories clearly do not understand the meaning of the word “Protection” in the title of the Data Protection Act. Last week Inside Croydon published a report on how the local Conservative Party, and its Town Hall group leader, Tim … Continue reading

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Council does High Court U-turn to stop Purley Way racers

Croydon Council officials have performed a sharp U-turn and decided to go to the High Court later this week in efforts “to ban illegal high-speed road races at Imperial Way”. The move to the law, for an injunction against those … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Joy Prince, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tories could face £5,000 fine over alleged breach of data law

Tim Pollard, the leader of Croydon Conservatives, has been accused of breaking data protection laws with an email widely circulated to residents asking them to support his party’s latest petition over council policy. If enough Croydon residents complain, Pollard and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Planning, Purley, Sanderstead, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council CEO’s selfie with Mayor Khan is far too ‘chummy’

Jo Negrini, recently installed as Croydon Council’s £185,000 per year chief executive, has been accused of being politically compromised after a picture of her taking a selfie with London Mayor Sadiq Khan was plastered all over the Town Hall’s intranet. … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wanted: someone who can make Gavin Barwell look good

Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, is recruiting. “I am currently advertising for a caseworker, who as well as helping me provide support to my constituents would also be responsible for liaison with the local media and developing my … Continue reading

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The Shawcross redemption: transport deputy changes gear

The former leader of Croydon Council was a surprise appointment by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. But it is already proving to be a shrewd decision. By WALTER CRONXITE Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council who has been … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Bikes, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon North, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fire tower in Croydon will be used ‘seven days a week, 24/7’

London’s fire authorities have confirmed that an £11-million training tower they want to build in Croydon will be operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, potentially producing dense smoke close to a densely populated residential area and four … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Fiona Twycross, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Council forced to keep phone hotline in war against fly-tippers

The Labour-run council has been forced to back down from an attempt to quietly drop one of his key election manifesto promises, to provide a fly tipping hotline. Labour leader Tony Newman fought the 2014 Town Hall elections on a … Continue reading

Posted in Capita, Crime, Croydon Council, Environment, Fly tipping, Refuse collection, Stuart Collins | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Assembly Member’s lunch at the Hilton excludes smaller firms

Steve O’Connell, the very well-paid London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, clearly has no belief in the old adage that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. The elected representative is the star turn at a local business … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Business, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kenley, Planning, Steve O'Connell | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

TfL’s £7.6m grant for 20mph zones and road ‘improvements’

Croydon’s councillors will have an opportunity next Monday to demonstrate that they have grasped Einstein’s definition of insanity, and that they won’t be doing the same thing and expecting different results over the spending of millions of pounds on often … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Connected Croydon, Croydon Council, Cycling, Environment, Fairfield, Parking, Purley Way, South Norwood, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Norbury’s constituency move helps to spell end for McDonagh

WALTER CRONXITE, in a final review of the Boundary Commissioners’ review, lays out the extraordinary lengths undertaken to squeeze out of existence a Labour-held seat in south-west London If any further proof was needed to demonstrate that the Tories are … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 General Election, Merton, Norbury, Outside Croydon, Siobhain McDonagh MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Brake Escape: Sutton unscathed by Boundary Commission

WALTER CRONXITE on the wider ramifications of the Boundary Commission’s somewhat gentle realignment Sutton’s parliamentary seats So excited was London’s last remaining LibDem MP last night that he – or one of his over-eager aides – broke the strict embargo … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 General Election, Merton, Norbury, Paul Scully MP, Siobhain McDonagh MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shirley shome mishtake: boundary review keeps Barwell happy

WALTER CRONXITE on the latest recommendations for Croydon’s parliamentary seats from the Boundary Commissioners, just published Croydon gets to keep three parliamentary constituencies under proposals published today by the Boundary Commission. But the Commissioners have surely delivered what the Tories’ … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 General Election, Bromley Council, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fieldway, Gavin Barwell MP, Lambeth Council, New Addington, Norbury, Purley, Shirley, Steve Reed MP, Waddon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Cameron’s Revenge: Boundary changes force a Brake up

Four years ago, the LibDems blocked a set of Tory proposals to re-draw parliamentary constituencies. Tomorrow, the latest set of plans are due to be published, and WALTER CRONXITE suggests that they will have far-reaching consequences for four south London … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Fairfield, Gavin Barwell MP, Steve Reed MP, Sutton Council, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments