Tag Archives: Conservative

Licence fees set to increase for borough’s street traders

The council’s licensing committee has endorsed increases in fees for street trading licences, albeit at rates reduced from the original proposals. It is the first change for nearly a decade in the charges for shops, cafes and restaurants which choose … Continue reading

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Only 700 respond to survey that excludes library users

GENE BRODIE, our libraries and bookish gyms correspondent, on the council’s latest crass move over another bogus-looking consultation Croydon’s Labour-run council is being accused of trying to “fix” the borough’s latest consultation on the running of its public libraries, by … Continue reading

Posted in Carillion, John Wentworth, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘You’re stuffed’: O’Connell attacks Tory housing policy

London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell last night launched an unexpected attack on his own party’s housing policies. “If you earn around £35,000, you’re basically stuffed,” O’Connell said dismissively of the impact of Conservative policy when speaking to a small, supportive … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Coulsdon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

£1.4bn supermall may need new CPO and planning permission

Is this where we say ‘we told you so’? The Nirvana of a megamall in central Croydon, first aired in 2012, could be another six years away following this week’s change of plan from ‘Hammersfield’, reports STEVEN DOWNES Croydon faces … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell MP, Jo Negrini, John Burton, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Barwell’s forgotten campaign boost from Tory Road Trip

STEVEN DOWNES reports on how Gavin Barwell’s account of his election victory last year somehow managed to overlook the day when a Cabinet minister and more than 100 Tory activists visited the borough to help him Is this a picture … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Ian Parker, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Murder on the dance floor as Newman checks who’s in step

Ignore the pointless “debate” on the EU referendum and badly sung versions of Land of Hope and Glory. Monday’s council meeting was in fact a thinly disguised contest to judge the performances in the Town Hall chamber of some of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kathy Bee, Mark Watson, Mayor of London, Nathan Elvery, Oliver Lewis, Sadiq Khan MP, South Norwood, Stuart Collins, Stuart King, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Wayne Lawlor, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Making our roads a safer place needs enforcement action

CROYDON COMMENTARY: One of our MPs has written to constituents expressing his disappointment at council proposals for 20mph speed limits on residential roads. On one matter, AUSTEN COOPER agrees with the MP I took this picture, left, yesterday, and tweeted … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, East Croydon, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, New Addington, Policing, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Newman’s time for change as he faces threat of ‘dead sheep’

WALTER CRONXITE on the ins and outs of the latest council “non-reshuffles”, and how the the spectre of #WadGate and others’ past crimes still stalk the Town Hall’s corridors of (not much) power “They used to say that being attacked … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon South, Dudley Mead, Hamida Ali, Heathfield, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Margaret Mead, Mark Watson, Matthew Kyeremeh, Mike Fisher, Pat Ryan, Paul Scott, Planning, Sara Bashford, Selsdon & Ballards, Steve O'Connell, Stuart Collins, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP Philp’s questions unanswered over Pluto tax affairs

In a week when the Prime Minister, Mayor of London and Jeremy Corbyn have all made their tax returns public, Croydon South MP Chris Philp has called for privacy for public figures. WALTER CRONXITE reports on why the Commons new boy … Continue reading

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CEO Elvery causes row in Sussex over ‘offensive’ salary

Nathan Elvery, the £180,000 per year Croydon Council chief executive who never had to apply for his job, has caused a row down in sleepy Sussex by the Sea – and he has not yet even been confirmed in the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

London election candidates need to ‘be brave’ on transport

One of those who stood against Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor has called upon all those standing in next month’s elections, from borough councillors upwards, to show some leadership, abandon the tendency of following the path … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Sadiq Khan MP, Transport, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayoral matrix that highlights candidate similarities

Another day, another London Mayoral infographic.

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fairfield Halls turns to Katie Price in desperate Twitter splurge

There is growing concern for the well-being of which ever member of the Fairfield Halls staff has been placed in charge of the venue’s official Twitter feed, as they have been issuing messages with a near maniacal-zeal, claiming that the … Continue reading

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#BackZacAndCrack shown two red cards by Generation Rent

One of the advantages of social media is the publication by various interest groups – from lobbyists and charities through to estate agents – of infographics, snappy illustrations of news. Like this one, from Generation Rent, published today on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Caroline Pidgeon, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Whistleblower’s book ignored by all Croydon’s councillors

Local government worker ROB TAPE decided to write a book based on the experiences of his council work career. He called it Sorry, It’s Not My Department. He then wrote to all 70 of Croydon’s councillors. He received not a … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Nathan Elvery, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

London Assembly candidate calls for inquiry over incinerator

Marina Ahmad, Labour’s London Assembly candidate in Croydon and Sutton, is demanding an investigation into the contracts and deals surrounding the £1billion Viridor incinerator being built at public expense on Beddington Lane, on the Croydon-Sutton borough boundary. “The incinerator scheme … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Environment, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Marina Ahmad, Sadiq Khan MP, Steve O'Connell, Waste incinerator, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

MP who voted for benefits cuts claims £280 per week expenses

While we were waiting for Dodgy Dave to publish his tax returns and for Jeremy Corbyn to find his, Inside Croydon has dug out some financial records on Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell. Back in 2010, when still a thrusting … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

McKenzie’s back on the ballot with the right-wing splitters

It looks like Winston McKenzie may get to stand in an election on May 5 after all. But the “Chump from the Dump”, who was ruled out of being a candidate for the London Mayoralty because he couldn’t manage to … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Callton Young, Croydon North, Emily Benn, Nathan Elvery, West Thornton, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Fairfield’s Vennell: The phasing argument is ‘no longer useful’

Kate Vennell, the chair of the charity board which runs the Fairfield Halls, has today dismissed any further calls for a phased redevelopment of Croydon’s arts venue, which is due to close in July to allow a £30 million council-funded … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Fairfield Halls, Kate Vennell, Timothy Godfrey | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP’s former employee blames Barwell for security breach

It’s beginning to appear that Gavin Barwell couldn’t be trusted to organise a piss up in a brewery, not even one brewing Dutch lager, after an ex-employee passed the buck to the Tory MP over a potential security breach at the … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment